The Cards opened the season with a victory over the Minnesota Golden Gophers. What jumps out on the stat sheet is Montrezl Harrell’s 30 point, 7 rebound performance were Trez was 3-4 from behind the arc and 9-10 from the Free Throw Line. No one can expect that Harrell can shoot 75% from 3-point range for the season, but if Montrezl does continue to hit consistently from both the foul line and from 3 he could be one of the most unguardable power forwards of the past 10 years in college basketball.
Terry Rozier also was OUTSTANDING, 7-11 from the Field, 18 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, ZERO Turnovers, and 4 steals in 31 minutes. BIG TIME. Rozier had the type of 2014-15 that lends credence to the pre-season hype that surrounded him from this summer. Terry did have 4 fouls in a game that featured 60 fouls (1.5 fouls per minute).
Chris Jones was OK. Louisville really needs Chris to shoot more consistently as he finished 4-13 from the floor (1-4 from 3) with 13 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals, and 3 turnovers in 30 minutes before fouling out.
Wayne Blackshear had a rough start to his 2014-15 campaign again with 1st half foul trouble. Wayne picked up 3 fouls in the 1st half which limited his minutes, but Blackshear finished just 1-4 from the field and did get to the line for 5 free throws (4-5). Wayne also had 4 rebounds, 1 assist, and 3 turnovers. This must get better.
Chinanu Onuaku had a tough debut, fouling out in just 8 minutes and gathering just 3 rebounds. Onuaku did register the game’s only blocked shot. Anton Gill had a similar nightmare performance as he finished with 4 fouls, 5 turnovers and 0-5 from the field and just 1-4 from the line…….both of these guys have to calm their games down if they are going to contribute effectively for the Cards this season.
Quentin Snider, however hit two HUGE momentum shots for the Cards. One in the 1st half, and one in the 2nd half, Q hit two timely jumpers that set the tone of both halves. Snider finished with 7 points and 4 rebounds in 14 minutes. No assists, but you can deal with that with ZERO turnovers.
Mangok Mathiang at 6’11” just can not play 32 minutes and get only 4 rebounds. Mangok took just 1 shot, had an assist and a steal, but was also just 2-6 from the Free Throw Line.
Jaylen Johnson saw his 1st action as a Cardinal and registered no statistics. David Levitch kept his undefeated streak alive and registered 7 minutes with 3 points and 4 fouls.