The University of Louisville moved to 17-3 (5-2 ACC) on the season Wednesday night after beating the Boston College Golden Eagles 81-72. The Cards had to travel to Boston the day of the game thanks to a tremendous snowfall in the area that began on Monday evening and lasted throughout Tuesday.
The Cards got a huge lift once again from its backcourt of Chris Jones & Terry Rozier. The duo combined for 51 points on 19-28 shooting and added 12 rebounds, 7 ast, and 3 steals with just ONE turnover in 75 combined minutes. That is incredible.
Boston College’s Aaron Brown kept things interesting with 28 points on 10-22 shooting and also hit 5 of 12 beyond the arc and really set the tone for BC’s 3-point effort that totaled 9 of 29 from 3-point range. It wasn’t enough and Louisville was in control for much of the game but never was in danger of surrendering the lead.
And that is because of the guard play that Louisville is getting. Montrezl Harrell added 12 points and really can’t find much room to operate with the attention he has been receiving. Louisville is not getting much of anything from its Center position, and that’s making life much more difficult for Montrezl. Teams may try the “Pack a Trez” defense now and hope that the Louisville guards have an ‘off night’, but at some point the guard play has to get Harrell more space to operate.
Rick Pitino said in his post-game with Learfield Sports’ Paul Rogers: ‘Terry gets a lot of credit and rightfully so, but in conference play there isn’t a better player in America than Chris Jones.” That is high praise for Chris Jones.
Louisville doesn’t need Wayne Blackshear to be a lottery pick to be a dangerous team, but they could do without a 1-7 night like he had vs. BC. Still Wayne hit all 7 Free Throws and was an active part of the offense. The Cards still are getting nearly nothing from the Center position and there doesn’t seem to be an answer coming.
In the meantime, enjoy the patented Wayne Blackshear “Air Dunking Cardinal”