Well, every game in the conference will be difficult. Clemson was no exception. Give them all the credit for physically taking us out of our offense. We were averaging two-to-three challenged shots per game and that is one of the reasons we were shooting a high percentage. In Sunday’s game, we totally abandoned those high percentage shots, going 0-13 with challenged shots. Lots of lessons the hard way for us with this loss.
Golden opportunity lost! Clemson’s football team playing for the National Championship Monday night brought a very small crowd to Bon Secours Wellness Arena. Their home court advantage was not like other places because of their arena renovation. Opportunity Lost!
* As usual, the group played with great effort, but it was lost with our poor shot selection and lack of passing.
* Our front court players shot 16-24 from the field.
* Split first two ACC road games.
* Fouling. Clemson’s 32-44 free throws led to our demise. With the #1 free throw shooting team in the nation coming into the KFC Yum! Center on Thursday, this is something we must correct.
* Seventeen turnovers in a slow game — mostly traveling — was not typical of our team.
* Deflections – my biggest concern with this team. As often stated, if we record 40+ deflections, we win 95% of our games. We have had 26, 26, & 22 deflections the last three games. Clemson had 8 steals to our 6. Not what Louisville defense is all about.
Here is the MVP chart:
Pittsburgh comes to town boasting one of the best offenses in the nation.
* Shoot 79% from the foul line.
* One of the best three-point defenses in the ACC (.315).
* Second-best scoring margin in the ACC (+21.1).
* Best assist-turnover ratio in the ACC (1.86).
Pittsburgh will be one of the toughest games of the season. A must game. We will have to play much better than the last three games to gain victory. We need the Yum! crowd to help our defense. Anything is possible with great effort!