Before the Orange travels to Georgetown attempting to rebound after the gut-wrenching loss to Louisville, it’s important to dissect the reasons the Cardinals were able to walk out of the Dome with a win.
Wes Johnson went a measly 5-for-20 from the field, and still looks off. Andy Rautins’ outside effectiveness faded down the stretch.
However, we should also point to point guard play as a major reason why the Orange just couldn’t get things going offensively Sunday.
Brandon Triche’s line? Beyond insignificant. 0 points, 3 assists, one turnover in 14 minutes.
Scoop Jardine had just 6 points, 3 assists, and 3 turnovers in 26. In fact, whether it be from up top or down low there wasn’t a floor leader for the ‘Cuse. Nobody had more than three assists in the game. And while 17 assists on 24 field goals is a great percentage, the sheer number of shots made was indicative of the teams ineffectiveness against Pitino’s press and zone.
A team that is usually tops in the Big East in field goal percentage was held to under 42% on the day.
And if Donna Ditota’s feature on study habits is to be believed, then the team should realize that number ain’t good.
The 2-2-1 that Rick runs was heralded coming into the game, and I mentioned to Couzens at the Fizz-Quarters, “I’d be surprised if Triche sees more than 15 minutes.”
Triche is good, he’ll get better, and he can score. That’s why he’s starting as a freshman.
But if there was going to be a “trap” for the Orange, this was it. An athletic, veteran team that had a litany of guards to throw at a young point who’s level of play has shown a parabolic motion.
As for Scoop, it just seemed to be a bad day. These things happen.
Anyone call Josh Selby lately?