Mack seeks more patient, better offense
Louisville men’s basketball might be making shots, but coach Chris Mack believes his team can get better offensively. The Cardinals shot 58.5 percent from the field against Indiana State in a 91-62 victory Nov. 13 in its best offensive performance of the season.
Louisville used another hot start to take control early. The Cardinals made 9 of their first 10 shots to take a 23-11 lead against Indiana State and the visitors never returned their deficit to single digits.
The hot start was similar to Louisville’s game Sunday against Youngstown State, when the Cardinals made their first 11 shots from the field.
Despite the fast starts offensively, Mack isn’t sold on his team’s offensive aptitude.
“We can get so much better offensively,” Mack said. “Good offense isn’t when shots go in, it’s what shots are you creating,” Mack said. “I don’t want our team to think everything is fine on the offensive end, I think we have to share the ball a little bit more and be a little bit more patient.”
Jordan Nwora had a team-high 21 points on 5 of 10 shooting while making 9 of 10 free throws. Dwayne Sutton went 5 of 6 from the field for 14 points while Samuell Williamson shot 6 of 9 for 15 points.
Louisville finished with 16 assists on 31 made field goals. Along with more patience, Mack wants to see better ball movement. He thinks shot-making ability can hide poor offense.
“Sometimes you can run a play just like you drew it up, guys can screen, execute, and get the best look for the guy who has a hot hand,” Mack said. “The ball can still go in and out. The rebound goes to the wrong side of the floor even though you have three guys in great offensive rebounding position.”