Cardinal Basketball

Let’s Talk About Louisville’s Three-Point Shooting

Chris Humphrey

Throughout the summer months I was somewhat concerned with the Louisville basketball team’s ability to shoot from behind the three-point line. With Damion Lee and Trey Lewis being the leaders in three-point field goals made last season, there was some concern as to who would will that void.

During the program’s annual media day in October Rick Pitino mentioned the shooting improvement from back-court starters Quentin Snider and Donovan Mitchell. Their improvement showed during the team’s two Red – White scrimmages and exhibition games. Unfortunately for the first six regular season games of the year the Cards aren’t exactly lighting it up. They’ve currently shooting 32% from three-point range, making 40 of 125 attempts.

— VS. Evansville 4-of-15, 26%

— VS. William & Mary 6-of-29, 20%

— VS. Long Beach State 6-of-18, 33%

— VS. Old Dominion 3-of-16, 18%

— VS. Wichita State 6-of-22, 27%

— VS. Baylor 2-of-13, 15%

After digesting that let me say that statistics just six games into a season can be a little misleading. With that said, three-point shooting has definitely not been a strength for this team thus far.

Despite having just one game where they shot above 30%, I’m not ready to say this is a team that can’t shoot. It’s hard to to tell if three-point shooting will ever be a strength of this team, but I’m fairly confident that it won’t be a weakness throughout the year like it has been thus far.

Donovan Mitchell, Quentin Snider, V.J. King, Deng Adel, David Levitch and Ryan McMahon are all capable shooters, but shot selection will be key in improving the team’s overall percentage. Ball movement as well as throwing it into the post early on in the possession could lead to better looks. At the Battle 4 Atlantis there was plenty of good looks that were missed, which is concerning, but playing three games in three days could have been a factor.

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