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Louisville Cardinals 86, EMU 53

December 12, 2015

I told you earlier that I wouldn’t be surprised if the final margin were 30 or more, although I am disappointed by this performance.

EMU v Louisville Cardinals four factors final 12/12/2015

The good news is the rebounding. If you just look at a box score, you’d see that Louisville grabbed three more rebounds than EMU today — and given EMU’s past rebounding woes, I’d have been satisfied with that. But on a percentage basis, EMU actually slightly out-rebounded the Cardinals. (The difference is that EMU had so many more missed shots.)

The bad news was shooting…and it was really bad. Louisville’s effective field goal percentage was over 60%, compared to just 31% for EMU. That difference translated into 1.178 points per possession for the Cardinals and just 0.726 points per possession for the Eagles. Having a particularly bad shooting day were Willie Mangum (1-11, including 0-5 from three-point range), Jodan Price (1-7, including 1-6 on three-point attempts), Tim Bond (0-5), and Ethan Alvano (0-4). The only good performances today came from Raven Lee, who came off the bench for 19 points in 25 minutes on 5-10 shooting, and James Thompson, who recorded his sixth straight double-double (MAC Freshman of the Year, anyone?) with 12 points (shooting 6-8) and 13 rebounds. Thompson might well have done even more, but foul trouble limited him to just 22 minutes.

Meanwhile Louisville had five players score in double-digits, including 16 by Damion Lee and 11 by Ray Spalding (on 4-4 shooting).

It’s finals week at EMU this week, so the Eagles will have a nine-day break to think this one over, before they return to action on Monday, December 21, at Coppin State.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. December 12, 2015 4:37 pm

    FWIW- Nazione had a lot to deal with when JT went to the bench in the first half. Having to guard a couple of guys that have a legitimate height advantage over him (and everybody else on the EMU roster), I’m pretty impressed to see that he finished with *only* two fouls against him with 8 rebounds.

    Glad to see Lee heat up late.

    Forget Freshman of the Year (jk don’t do that), I’m starting to believe that it’s not premature to think about him being a First Team All-MAC player. It’s going to be so much fun watching him go up against Boothe & Forsythe in conference play.

  2. Ken Barna permalink
    December 12, 2015 9:04 pm

    Dear Carter,
    Absolutely correct about the shooting. I thought Eastern would be a better shooting team this year, but they are just terrible when it comes to making shots. The same with free throws. Early in the game we had four shots and made one. Eastern won’t beat anyone in the MAC if they continue to shoot poorly. The other thing, when Eastern does so poorly with their shooting baskets, the other team seems to make every shot they take. This game reminded me of the game with Oakland. We missed shots, and everything they threw at the basket went in.

    • Block E permalink
      December 14, 2015 3:07 pm

      Let’s wait and see if Raven settles them all down. Hope springs eternal.

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