-By now, you probably know how I am when I do these after losses. Let’s get this over with and move on to the ACC Tournament, shall we?
-Louisville trailed 43-29 and it felt like this one was over. They fought back to tie the game at 51. That’s the good news. The bad news is that it was tied at 51 with 5:11 left to play. Louisville finished with 54 points because Samuell Williamson hit that three with 0.3 remaining. Fight all the way back to tie it up, and then the offense just disappears faster than hand sanitizer off the shelves of your local grocery store.
-I’ll go ahead and address the guard play now. I really think Darius Perry and Ryan McMahon may have been the best combo out there. Fresh did some things on defense as always, but we all saw the last few minutes. There is a play on the film review where he dribbled 27 times and forced a shot. We all wondered where David Johnson was and then he came in and gave up the dagger three to Clark.
So we are just left with questions. Is there even a chance for a dagger if DJ is in longer because maybe the Cards pull away with it? Or if he is in longer, does Virginia score even more because of that? I don’t know. I would hope that with a three-guard lineup that DJ is one of the three, but he just didn’t play well on defense and Virginia is a team that will find your weakness and expose you. Either way, just awful execution down the stretch, regardless of who was in the game. Everyone seems to think we need to point to one person to blame when things go wrong. I’m not going to do that. I’ll just say it was bad all around and more than one person can share the blame.
-More props to Darius Perry. He struggled mightily in the last matchup against Virginia when it came to staying with Kihei Clark. He made sure that didn’t happen this time. I thought he played really well.
-Jordan Nwora was good in this one. He played all 40 minutes and had 12 of his 18 points in the second half. He came to play and did his part. He also grabbed 11 rebounds. The next highest on the team was Dwayne Sutton with five.
-Dwayne Sutton didn’t seem to do much. He didn’t make plays that necessarily hurt us. He just didn’t do a lot that stuck out either. I know he played hard; we never have to question that. But three points, five rebounds, and no assists just doesn’t seem right for him.
-Malik Williams was clearly not himself. Hopefully he will be soon, even if it’s not in the ACC Tournament. There are bigger things ahead. Don’t make the ankle worse.
-You’d like for your team to make more than 19 baskets, but the 14 assists is a good thing.
-Not a fan of Jay Huff staring down Dwayne Sutton.
-Not a fan of Mamadi Diakite making the “he’s too small” gesture after every made basket, even if he took four or five steps he takes to get there.
-Nobody wants to read anymore about this game. Let’s just make some noise in the ACC Tournament and get ready for the Big Dance.
-As always, thanks for reading and Go Cards!
And this is the reason I hope we get another shot at Virginia. Jay Huff staring down Dwayne Sutton is not how this season series needs to end. pic.twitter.com/AsxNTGr63q— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) March 11, 2020
Sam had a couple of bad defensive plays, and here is one. Don’t worry, I’ll show a positive one as well. Here he sees the screen coming and overplays it so much that it works against him and leads to a dunk. pic.twitter.com/lWLcGrWMDY— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) March 11, 2020
Malik was clearly not himself, and this is all the proof you need. Have you ever seen him not make an all out effort to get back to his man after a screen? pic.twitter.com/cqcNvtPd9Y— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) March 11, 2020
Nice recognition by Enoch here. He slips the screen and Jordan Nwora commands so much attention that Huff never recovers back to Enoch. Wide open. And nice pass. pic.twitter.com/RgfN7DzoY8— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) March 11, 2020
Another problem Sam seems to have on defense is trying to meet his man at the spot instead of chasing him (most times). This gets him caught on the screen and he has no chance. pic.twitter.com/qpkqXtWvv2— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) March 11, 2020
And here’s the difference. Sam follows his man and can stay with him instead of trying to meet him where he thinks his man is going. Also good to stay on his feet and challenge the shot instead of going for the fake. pic.twitter.com/vr2HMtpKnj— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) March 11, 2020
Enoch runs into DJ here, but it doesn’t happen if DJ is up on Clark. That would give Enoch plenty of room to get back to his man. Watch after DJ gets screened. He ends up way too far away from Clark. pic.twitter.com/aPy7ymrRM8— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) March 11, 2020
Sam seems to have a way of getting a big offensive rebound at some point. This is just being aggressive and playing with effort. pic.twitter.com/y4jHpLOfS0— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) March 11, 2020
Incredible pass by Darius Perry. I don’t know how it wasn’t deflected. But also credit to Nwora for drifting to the corner and giving Darius a target. When that guy drives baseline, his easiest option will be the corner so you want someone there. pic.twitter.com/py5HL4Ndg8— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) March 11, 2020
Credit to Fresh Kimble on this. He sees Huff on McMahon and knows there is a mismatch. If they switch on the screen, Fresh drives to the basket. Ryan slips it and there’s no way Huff recovers. Good quick pass to Ryan also. pic.twitter.com/eWvZf2sah5— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) March 11, 2020
After fighting back to tie the game at 51, this is a summary of what happened the rest of the way. There are 27 dribbles on this possession. Twenty. Seven. Ironically, this clip is also 27 seconds long. pic.twitter.com/NMSmZO16GZ— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) March 11, 2020
After looking more at this one (thanks to @TheBigRedLouie) I am taking the blame away from Fresh. The complete lack of urgency to start the play from Jordan and Dwayne force Fresh to create on his own. They take way too long to get where they need to be. https://t.co/1qdrhSu4FW— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) March 11, 2020
Darius Perry did not play well on defense in the first meeting this season. He brought it this time. This possession reminded me of Brandon Jenkins at the end of regulation against WVU. pic.twitter.com/BUjjBshaMa— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) March 11, 2020
The dagger. DJ goes under the screen and as Clark gathers to shoot, DJ backs up even more to the elbow. It’s basically a wide open shot in rhythm. Have to play close and if he gets around you, there is help and then you recover and help who helped you. pic.twitter.com/2yCbAHCIRs— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) March 11, 2020