EVALUATION OF OUR ROAD WIN AT ST. JOHN’S
Outside of the occasional closeout beat, and losing the ball by showing it to the defense in the backcourt, I was very pleased.
Here is the breakdown of the film:
5 Star Performances
Gorgui Dieng - passed and facilitated many baskets. Blocked shots and played extremely hard.
Russ Smith - Most of his reaches late, which really irritated the coaching staff because of clock stoppage, were not good calls. He has to manage the clock with the lead. That will be pivotal playing future road games. Outside of that, he was great. His high school coach, legendary Jack Curran, said Russ would make him die young. He was 78 when he made that statement. Great energy and terrific overall game. By the way -- I now feel older than Coach Curran
4+ Star Performance
Jared Swopshire - Heady game with 9 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1 steal.
4 Star performance
Kyle Kuric - Not doing enough for minutes played. 0 offensive rebounds, 0 assists, and 0 steals. Steady but needs to do more in 39 minutes.
3+ Star performances
Chane Behanan - Did not get a whole lot done, but worked and ran really hard. Grabbing only 1 defensive rebound is disturbing. Zero assists has been too common.
Kevin Ware - Take away his turnovers and he did some good things off penetration.
3 Star performance
Chris Smith - Zero steals pressing is bothersome. Steady, but forced some shots.
Peyton Siva - He was incomplete. Never got in the game. Must contain the ball better.
Overall after watching the film I was very pleased. However, with 3:49 left to go in the game it was 69-45 and we showed careless ball handling, poor shot selection, and relaxed defense. Our passing and cutting was much improved.
Notre Dame is always a battle. We must be active and ready on defense. Two overtime games last year. Always a thriller