Though the Hoosiers fell at the hands of the Spartans yesterday, they flashed a varied offensive repertoire which helped them stay in the game from start to finish.
A look at three plays highlighting this in the latest edition of Film Session.
NO. 1: WATFORD’S MISMATCH
Christian Watford has the ball on the wing against Michigan State’s Delvon Roe:
Tom Pritchard sets a pick for Watford:
With the slower Garrick Sherman now on him due to a switch, Watford makes a move around him to the rim:
And is fouled:
This one won’t show up on any highlight reels, and it’s a simple setup with just a pick. But it led to two made free throws and was one of several occasions where — as Shon Morris pointed out on the broadcast — Watford worked a mismatch on a slower player to his advantage.
POSSESSION IN FULL WITH FREE THROWS:
NO. 2: THE ALLEY-OOP TO OLADIPO
Derek Elston sets a pick for Daniel Moore:
Moore passes to Matt Roth who brings it to the top of key and shoots it over to Victor Oladipo:
Oladipo swings it to Moore, who has cut across to the strong side of the court:
Elston sets a pick for Oladipo:
Seeing that Oladipo has broken free from Draymond Green and Durrell Summers, Moore tosses it up at the rim:
And Oladipo slams it home for two:
This was the exclamation point on Oladipo’s 5-for-5 day.
POSSESSION IN FULL:
NO. 3: OVERTIME HUSTLE
Watford hoists a three:
Pritchard skys in and swipes the rebound from Kalin Lucas:
Pritchard kicks the ball back out to Jordan Hulls, who swings it over to Watford:
Watford drives in and shoots a jumper:
It misses, but Will Sheehey out-leaps Derrick Nix and Green for the tip-in:
No practiced set here. Just some nice offensive rebounding and hustle to get a score, which the Hoosiers desperately needed in the extra frame.
HUSTLE IN FULL:
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