Lost Opportunity at Clemson

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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!

The Good:

* 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.

The Bad:

* 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:

Clemson MVP

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!

Coach P

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