Film Session: Watford’s final minutes

  • 12/02/2011 2:08 pm in

Indiana rallied back from a seven-point deficit in the final eight minutes of Wednesday’s win over N.C. Sate.

Christian Watford played a large role for the Hoosier during that final stretch. There was a defensive lapse or two, and four of his seven points came at the line off of what some considered two questionable foul calls. (Mark Gottfried is one of these people.)

Still, the Alabama native rose to the occasion by hitting all four of those free throw attempts, and he also snagged four crucial defensive rebounds to keep a good offensive rebounding team in the Wolfpack at bay.

A look at one such rebound before we roll the tape on Watford’s highlights in winning time.

As C.J. Williams launches a three, Watford is out near the free-throw line and doesn’t have inside position on DeShawn Painter:

Watford approaches the basket and gets next to Painter:

Watford simply out jumps and out muscles Painter for the board:

As Greg noted yesterday, Watford talked about bringing more toughness in the second half and challenging himself to close out the game. This rebound is an example of that.

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  • IUcharlie

    Watford has to rebound and play D for IU to beat good teams. We are missing one big PF from being a great team.

  • Anonymous

    You the man Wat…  Please bring the same effort you displayed in the second half of the North Carolina State game from here on out.  For the most part, your offense has always been reliable, but your D simply needed/needs more energy…  Demand the rebound more and you will become a better all around player.  And, our team will have a more successful year.   You, Cody, TP and DE are more than capable but we need more energy and leadership from you.  Make us proud CW!

  • IUJeff

    True that. This team will go only as far as our 6′-8″ and 6′-9″ guys take us. TP, DE, and CW are key to this year’s success. Block out and hit the boards men.   

  • Anonymous

    Wow, I just got goosebumps watching that video.  

  • Anonymous

    Wow, I just got goosebumps watching that video.  

  • Stammpede

    I said before the game that Wat was going to be the key.  He showed up big down the stretch!  (As did many others)  Love the rebounding and clutch foul shots, but my favorite was the 3 ball.  Not because he knocked it down, but because he had the confidence to take it.  Man’s game.  Keep it up big fella! 

  • Bake

    I would still prefer to see him hustle to position and block out Painter vs. out muscle him, but it worked here so no complaints

  • Bake

    I would still prefer to see him hustle to position and block out Painter vs. out muscle him, but it worked here so no complaints

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    Another great installment of Film Session.  Thanks, Ryan!

  • Anonymous

    Looks like he got decent position just before going up to get the board. That’s what I don’t understand about this team. Why wasn’t he in position before the shot when up? Positioning is everything on the glass, especially when you are a smaller opponent like IU often is. They did a much better job of rebounding in the 2nd half, but they really need to work on their positioning to be able to rebound against fundamentally sound teams in the Big Ten. This N.C. State team could rebound, but they don’t have the fundamentals that the teams in the Big Ten have. It is good however that IU held them to 18 second chance points. It felt like they were going to get into the 30’s. It was even better that IU held them to 42.4% FG though.

  • Anonymous

    Where was VJIII for the final five minutes?  How many points did we score?  .  .  .

  • peace house

    If he commits to boxing out he can be a great rebounder because he has great lower body strength but the second he tries to play the ball and not the man he loses the board because he isnt an elite leaper. As usual with CW its more about technique and using the noggin then athletic ability and talent……

  • guest

    alright we get the point….

  • HoosierAccipiter

    Another huge play I thought he made was on defense late in the game.  Shehee was screened off of wood on the right wing and CW made the switch to contest the shot.  It looked like he altered Woods shot juuuuust enough.  It was the best effort to contest a shot on a switch I’ve ever seen him do.  Great recognition and effort.

  • HoosierAccipiter

    Another huge play I thought he made was on defense late in the game.  Shehee was screened off of wood on the right wing and CW made the switch to contest the shot.  It looked like he altered Woods shot juuuuust enough.  It was the best effort to contest a shot on a switch I’ve ever seen him do.  Great recognition and effort.

  • JohnFromBeyond

    I’m glad “Christian Watford played a large ROLL”. Did he use a dinner roll instead of a basketball? Just kidding about your typo…

  • JohnFromBeyond

    I’m glad “Christian Watford played a large ROLL”. Did he use a dinner roll instead of a basketball? Just kidding about your typo…

  • CutterInChicago

    Just watched that rebound on the video.  It is more impressive in retrospect. It really was a matter of “wanting” to get the rebound that enabled Christian to grab it.  If that effort is consistent from him, this team has a lot of “upside potential”

  • CutterInChicago

    Just watched that rebound on the video.  It is more impressive in retrospect. It really was a matter of “wanting” to get the rebound that enabled Christian to grab it.  If that effort is consistent from him, this team has a lot of “upside potential”

  • Anonymous

    I’m sick and tired of people hating on christian watford. he may be our best player. the dude is as consistent as they come. I often find myself wondering, after a game, why I didn’t notice watford much in the game ONLY to find out he had 19 points. He’s a beast and a future pro, and that 3 he knocked down against the wolfpack late in the game was CLUTCH. cold blooded

  • Anonymous

    I’m sick and tired of people hating on christian watford. he may be our best player. the dude is as consistent as they come. I often find myself wondering, after a game, why I didn’t notice watford much in the game ONLY to find out he had 19 points. He’s a beast and a future pro, and that 3 he knocked down against the wolfpack late in the game was CLUTCH. cold blooded

  • Anonymous

    “Why wasn’t he in position before the shot when up?”
     
    Because Painter wasn’t his man, he was guarding Leslie (#5 at the elbow).  Oladipo was on Painter due to a switch with Pritchard, but left him.  Painter had good position and if Watford had ducked in front of him then he’d be almost under the basket, about the only rebound he would have got would be one straight down after hitting the bottom of the rim (not a common thing).  If Watford rode him out it would have been a foul, Painter had established position and is entitled to it.  Pretty much all Watford could do was what he did. 

    We’re lucky that Leslie had given up because it should have been Painter and Leslie against Watford, as Oladipo didn’t dive back hard to the basket.  If Leslie had hustled, they could have sandwiched Watford and likely got that rebound, especially since most rebounds from that angle come off on the weakside – precisely where Leslie should have been.

  • Anonymous

    “Why wasn’t he in position before the shot when up?”
     
    Because Painter wasn’t his man, he was guarding Leslie (#5 at the elbow).  Oladipo was on Painter due to a switch with Pritchard, but left him.  Painter had good position and if Watford had ducked in front of him then he’d be almost under the basket, about the only rebound he would have got would be one straight down after hitting the bottom of the rim (not a common thing).  If Watford rode him out it would have been a foul, Painter had established position and is entitled to it.  Pretty much all Watford could do was what he did. 

    We’re lucky that Leslie had given up because it should have been Painter and Leslie against Watford, as Oladipo didn’t dive back hard to the basket.  If Leslie had hustled, they could have sandwiched Watford and likely got that rebound, especially since most rebounds from that angle come off on the weakside – precisely where Leslie should have been.

  • Anonymous

    “Why wasn’t he in position before the shot when up?”
     
    Because Painter wasn’t his man, he was guarding Leslie (#5 at the elbow).  Oladipo was on Painter due to a switch with Pritchard, but left him.  Painter had good position and if Watford had ducked in front of him then he’d be almost under the basket, about the only rebound he would have got would be one straight down after hitting the bottom of the rim (not a common thing).  If Watford rode him out it would have been a foul, Painter had established position and is entitled to it.  Pretty much all Watford could do was what he did. 

    We’re lucky that Leslie had given up because it should have been Painter and Leslie against Watford, as Oladipo didn’t dive back hard to the basket.  If Leslie had hustled, they could have sandwiched Watford and likely got that rebound, especially since most rebounds from that angle come off on the weakside – precisely where Leslie should have been.

  • hoosier_kamp

    He is very important to this team. I wish he was a little more explosive off the dribble, but he gets to line and scores. And he made so big shots. He is very solid all around from D, to rebounding, to scoring inside and out. He is not awesome in any area, but solid in all of them. Bottom line, if he plays well, Hoosiers can really go a long way

  • Anonymous

    I love replaying his 3 pointer and hearing the IU fans (presumably in the rafters) cheering loudly.  Obviously you can’t differentiate the IU fans by the eye test, so it’s good to know we represented well in Raleigh.

  • Tom S

    The question deserves an answer.  In the last 5 minutes Jones was on the bench, and Indiana scored 20 points, a few of them of the garbage variety with the game essentially out of reach for NC State.

    In the first 5 minutes, with Jones on the floor, Indiana scored 17 points, by definition none of them garbage.  Jones had the final 3.   In the first 7 minutes and 35 seconds, until Jones came out of the game for the first time, Indiana scored 25 points – a 131 points per game pace if my math is correct.  Indiana led 25-19 at that point.

  • Tim

    I love how you stood up for VJ here. Yes, we all understand he goes through stretches where he struggles and looks terrible. But the kid also gives us 9 points, 3 boards, and nearly 4 assists a game. He might have had 3 turnovers. but he made up for each one of those with 3 steals.

  • JohnFromBeyond

    When Watford shot that late three pointer, I thought “Oh no” and then when it went in I yelled “Oh yeah”!

    I can tolerate when Watford doesn’t perform great because I know he has a lot of upside potential and often makes shots like that in the clutch. As opposed to another player who makes a lot of errors and isn’t any better than some of our bench players…

  • Anonymous

    thought the player evaluations were spot on for VJ.  Great ITH work as always.

  • Anonymous

    thought the player evaluations were spot on for VJ.  Great ITH work as always.

  • Anonymous

    Someone on this site always posts “CW is the least of my concerns” or something to that effect.  I’m certainly a fan, but the dribble drive turnovers as an example are aggravating.  Not “hating” but certainly aggravating.   What I don’t like of late is the number of times and the way the others are onto him about things like blocking out.  Hoping its healthy leadership but a little concerned about a potential chemistry problem brewing.  Anyone else see this or am I just a little paranoid on this one?  Just hoping in a week that he does to pUKe what Andre Patterson did  to Duke…….and then I definitely won’t worry. 

  • Anonymous

    guess i haven’t noticed the blocking out thing but it wouldn’t suprise me that much because i guess if i had to pick one complaint about christian is that i’ve never seen him really fired up. He always just seems to be kinda “chillin” while hes playing. I’ve never seen him have a moment like sheehey did in the butler game. Or a, signature move at this point, Oladipo crowd pump up. Idk, might just be paranoid too.

  • Anonymous

    It certainly would annoy me if I were CW…I’d think “Will is on me about blocking out right after he lost his man on D?”, for example.

    Jumping on a teammate for something can be overdone

  • HoosierSmitty

    Really wish you would have pointed out that wasn’t Watford’s man. I think some people didn’t watch the live action and think that CWat got lucky. He did a heck of a job going for a board against a man that already had position and wasn’t his in the first place. He simply wanted it more than the other guy.

    Watford is a key for us because like Zeller, he’s a big man that can hit FTs. He gets a decent amount of foul calls and finds ways to get to the line. I love how anyone can step up on any given night or situation and someone always does….that’s a tribute to the team basketball IU is playing. 

  • Bleeding Crimson

    I did the exact same thing…but we forget he can hit from anywhere when set.   I remember two years ago during HH where CW hit like 5 in a row from half way between the three pt line and half court.  He can hit it.  I also think we forget that his first three games he just came out of a boot, so he probably favored the stronger footing and it has just taken time to get his confidence back.

  • CreanFaithful

    I have been actively defending CWat throughout the last few weeks in light of some ridiculous posters. He is flat out one of our best players, if not the best.  However, I will concede that the dribble drive is an area that he has struggled with.  He simply dribbles too high, leaving an opportunity for a help side guard to strip him.  I wouldn’t worry too much about the chemistry though.  This squad is working toward accountability and being vocal on the court doesn’t indicate that trouble is brewing.  If anything I see it as a motivating force that will propel this team to greater success than has been seen in previous seasons under Crean.

  • Derbus

    CTC needs to tell CW that if he does not bring the energy/effort like here, then he will hit the pine.  That is a strong motivator for any player that is as lackadaisical as CW.  All the things that all the ITH fans type as critiques on each IU player need to be corrected for IU to be great.  Continuous improvement by each player is paramount to Hoosier success!  Cody is the bar they each need to strive to emulate.  No need to defend any player on here except for Cody, the others are fair game for venting our frustrations – especially when they make the same mistakes over and over and over.  Unlike last year, we have quality subs who can replace them when necessary.  IU will beat pUKe 84-81.

  • Pinehurst

    I visit NC because of family and went to the game, what a thrill. Hats off to NC State fans for sportsmanship and the RBC Center is great. I am convinced that IU will be in the Dance.