After being suspended for Wednesday’s loss at Syracuse, Louisville senior guard Chris Jones is expected to return Saturday when the Cardinals take on Miami. How much playing time Jones will receive, provided there are no issues between now and Saturday, remains to be seen. But he is a player the Cardinals need on the floor if they’re to be successful.
Jones leads Louisville in assists, and his defense is also a key component in Louisville’s pressure. Without Jones at the point of the press the Cardinals didn’t use it all that often against Syracuse, and that cost them. Syracuse committed just seven turnovers Wednesday night, and players other than Trevor Cooney shot 21-for-37 from the field.
Louisville also charts its deflections, and according to Jeff Greer of the Louisville Courier-Journal the Cardinals finished the game with just 18 deflections (their goal is 35). Without the pressure to call upon, Louisville looked passive defensively. If Jones has learned from this misstep, his return will help the Cardinals as they look to turn things around after having lost three of their last four games.