-Another conference win for the Cards, this one over Vah Tech. Can’t be mad about that!
-Sorry for the delay in getting this post out, but the game against Georgia Tech being postponed kind of mentally made me know I had some extra time and to not rush it. Plus, maybe this fills in a gap for you since we have time between games.
-I will read Mike’s extended thoughts on the game after I finish writing this, so I can do mine without knowing what he said. But since his is already posted, I will try to keep this brief. I am sure he covered just about everything already.
-Jae’Lyn Withers showed a lot of what he can do in this game. It started to seem like his points would usually come from offensive rebounds or the pick and roll. But in this one, he showed what he can do when he has the ball and needs to create his own shot. There was an up and under that looked good as well as a Euro step in transition for the finish. I think we got a glimpse of how he can play when Malik Williams is back and occupying the block. He finished with a very good 16 points and 12 rebounds.
-Carlik Jones continues to be great for this team. We say it all the time, but the control he plays under can not be overlooked. He doesn’t get in a hurry. When he drives, he knows when to stop and shoot that mid-range jumper, so you rarely see him go all the way to the basket unless he knows he can get there without getting blocked. He continues to look for his teammates and not play selfish. Just another solid game from him.
-David Johnson was 2/4 from three, continuing to expand on that part of his game, which is scary.
-Quinn Slazinski played 26 minutes and deserves every single one of them right now over his starting counterpart. That’s all I will say about that right now.
-Another good performance from the free throw line as the team shot 15/20 for 75%.
-Dre Davis getting more rebounds (eight) than shot attempts (five) is probably good for us right now. Not hating on his shooting, but more so happy with the rebounding. But he did airball two threes, so maybe I am hating a little bit.
-It didn’t really feel like any kind of collapse down the stretch to me, but maybe I am just not seeing it right? It wasn’t a barrage of turnovers. It just seemed like Vah Tech would hit a three and Louisville would come down and get fouled and only make one free throw. Or a three followed by a two. They just chipped away until suddenly they had a shot to win it and things got real. Was it a collapse? I could be wrong.
-A few days removed from the game, so you have read pretty much anything there is to read, so I won’t drag it out anymore. As always, I appreciate you taking the time to check this out. Go Cards!
You are down 8-0 early, the closeout on the shooter has to be better than this. No sense of urgency. pic.twitter.com/CCBTbcos49— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) January 9, 2021
Never assume the fast break will lead to points. Quinn doesn’t stop playing and the reward is two points. pic.twitter.com/PPsOMaGm35— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) January 9, 2021
I mean, the crossover had to make the film review. Too much was broken here for me to break it down any more. pic.twitter.com/qq9ZSOM3QE— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) January 9, 2021
J.J. Traynor makes the nice move with the up and under. Shows what he can do facing the basket and creating. When he first opens up, the quick jab step right makes the defender go that way just enough that he is off balance and Traynor drives. pic.twitter.com/WxGiQXEwX7— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) January 9, 2021
Speaking of up and unders, hello Jae’Lyn Withers. Great job starting with the inside out dribble to get into the lane, shot fake, score. pic.twitter.com/XSYEvT7tZB— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) January 9, 2021
I have no idea why Carlik’s man is at the elbow while Carlik is in the corner, but we’ll take it. Withers screens to give DJ some space and he makes a great pass with his left hand, which is harder than he makes it look. pic.twitter.com/O0rShiU7UJ— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) January 9, 2021