-I always worry about an upset when Louisville plays at Boston College for some reason, whether that be in basketball or football. Maybe it just seems like such a boring program that it always feels like a trap. And with this one coming a week after beating Kentucky, you wondered how the team would come out.
-After a sluggish start, things were all good. They took care of business and after it got rolling, the game was never really in doubt.
-Once again, it was David Johnson and Carlik Jones that carried the Cards to victory. Johnson finished with 20 points, eight rebounds, three assists, and only one turnover. He was also 4-6 from three, which if he is shooting like that, this team can go to another level. I don’t know what level we are on or heading to, but we can get to another one if he is hitting outside shots consistently.
-Carlik stuffed the stat sheet with 15 points, nine rebounds, and six assists. It did not feel like he shot 3-13 from the field because he just does so many other things and keeps the train running for the Cards.
-After shooting 2-9 against Kentucky, Dre Davis came back and was 5-5 from the field. He only attempted (and made) one three, so he got back to the Dre that we started to love at the beginning of the season. Drive, cut, score around the basket and the outside shot will open up from there.
-I thought Samuell Williamson was alright. He was certainly better than the last game against Kentucky, but still some room for improvement. He can’t pick up cheap fouls early and take himself out of the game. Although doing that brought in Quinn and more energy. So after being pretty critical of him last game, I will just say he was better, but it has to continue to keep getting better. A decent game against Boston College doesn’t tell me he is all the way back yet.
-I think I counted this right. There were SEVEN charges called. UofL took five of them. It obviously worked out in our favor, but geez everything was a charge it seemed like!
-Louisville had 13 assists on 26 made baskets.
-Rebounding advantage was 43-30 Cards.
-Louisville turned the ball over 14 times, still too many.
-After 17 clips in the film review for Kentucky, I walked it back a bit and only had nine this time. But it felt like a solid nine. Mostly good, some bad. Per usual, David Johnson getting the ball in the middle of the zone is easy money.
-As always, I appreciate you taking the time to read this and check out the film clips. Go Cards!
On this play, Jae’Lyn Withers switches on the ball screen, which I believe he is supposed to do. But when he gets back to his man, he switches again with Sam, but I am not sure he should have. Either way, it breaks the defense down and everyone is left scrambling to recover. pic.twitter.com/Ikbm3F37Lj— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) January 5, 2021
This is why spacing the floor is so important. DJ gets into the middle of the zone and the wing defenders are covering Quinn and Dre. Bottom defender has to come up on DJ, leaving Withers open. pic.twitter.com/M6JMA2EN7z— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) January 5, 2021
Look, I can’t even try to break down the Xs and Os on this one. I was sure that DJ was passing to Nickelberry on the wing. Nope! I guess the point is, cut to the basket and you will be rewarded with a crazy pass from someone with incredible court vision. pic.twitter.com/PyEbWefGsC— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) January 5, 2021
Great job here by Quinn to get in the middle of the zone and make a pass immediately. No hesitation to let the defense shift and reset. Quick ball movement is why he gets David Johnson the open look. pic.twitter.com/AGYV36eEZF— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) January 5, 2021
This is the Dre Davis we loved to start the season. He passes up on the three (that he probably shoots previously) and drives, gets his own rebound and finishes. Growth from the freshman. pic.twitter.com/8xJyQlL1ke— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) January 5, 2021
Watch the guy down low guarding Withers. He does absolutely nothing except point for other people to help him. He directs DJ’s man to help on the screen that Withers sets, so DJ is open for three. I can’t understand what he is doing, but I’ll take it. pic.twitter.com/VFbpVLWg5s— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) January 5, 2021
I actually wanted to show a good BC moment here. When the ball handler comes to a jump stop near the right block, Heath (top of the screen) drifts to the corner to give his teammate a passing window and it pays off. If he stays on the wing, it probably ends in a turnover. pic.twitter.com/vyr8Y9FwLK— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) January 5, 2021
BC on an 8-0 run and this is coming out of a timeout when the Cards needed a bucket. BC playing a 2-3 zone, Withers screens one top man and Carlik forces the other to help. Carlik finds Quinn for the open three. Big basket and much needed. pic.twitter.com/YYQBymUAHS— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) January 5, 2021
Last one. Watch Jae’Lyn Withers on this play. As the ball is being moved, he is already getting into position and moving his man up the lane to get the seal. Easy basket because of the work he did before getting the ball. Steven Enoch was really good at this too. pic.twitter.com/PgvEOf1A5a— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) January 5, 2021