Notre Dame 85 Kennesaw State 57
- The first half of basketball was probably the best half I’ve seen from KSU in the Lewis Preston era. There was good movement on offense and good rotations on defense.
- Markeith Cummings played a very good game. He came off of the bench and had a season high four assists, three steals and only one turnover. When he plays within himself and plays intelligently, he is a true asset and a force.
- The Owls had 16 assists, which is three more than any other game this year. The assists leader was Cummings (4), so there was good distribution of the ball by the entire team. KSU had 19 assists twice last year.
- KSU shot their highest free throw percentage in the Lewis Preston era with an 85.7% (12-14) mark. The next closest was 83.3% (15-18) against Mercer last season
- The Owls’ movement on offense created some shots from about 8-12 feet when Aaron Anderson flashed out to receive passes in the key. Credit to Anderson for knocking them down as well.
- The team looked for cutters against the zone. Even the 6’0″ Delbert Love had a wide open lay-up at one point.
- One of the best things to watch is Andrew Osemhen’s development. He had to do work on offense against players his own size last night, unlike vs. Charlotte, but he went right at them and didn’t hesitate. Here’s a stat that should blow your mind: Osemhen had three assists last night which is nearly half of his CAREER total of seven. He also recorded a block, giving him at least one in three straight games. The game seems to be slowing down for him.
- KSU forced 11 turnovers and only turned the ball over 10 times.
- KSU was blown out in the second half after only being down six at halftime. It was vs. a nationally ranked powerhouse so it’s not surprising, however it is a trend, that will hopefully correct itself on Friday vs. IPFW.
- The half-court defense wasn’t bad…until about the second half of the second half. However, the transition defense needs a lot of work. The Owls just got killed because they couldn’t get on the open man.
- Andrew Osemhen had zero rebounds…that cannot happen. KSU got outrebounded 36-17.
- Jordan Montgomery committed a flagrant foul going up to block a dunk after having the ball stolen. He injured himself and a Notre Dame player. Luckily, it seems they both escaped serious harm. I did like the aggression…which I didn’t see when Cummings and Dawson let a Notre Dame player go right between them for an easy deuce.
- Notre Dame shot the ball at a 69% clip in the second half.
- Markeith Cummings should come off of the bench for the rest of the year. The team needs to establish an offensive rhythm and let him join in, rather than vice versa. Brandon Dawson should get the Royal (Ivey) treatment; former Hawks coach Mike Woodson would start Royal Ivey at point guard, and quickly sub him out for Tyronn Lue who would get the bulk of the minutes.
- Yonel Brown hasn’t developed like I thought he would at this point. It sometimes takes shorter players longer to assimilate to the speed and physicality of the game. He’s a non-factor on offense and a liability on defense, which could be why he logged a season low six minutes. His previous low was 20 vs. Georgia Southern.
- Cole Hobbs played just over one minute and missed a wide open three. He has to make that shot if he wants the coaches to start thinking twice about his playing time.