Film Session: Zeller’s first half against Notre Dame

  • 12/21/2011 9:30 am in

Indiana only shot 34.4 percent from the field in the first half against Notre Dame. But thanks to 14 first-half points (6-of-10 shooting) and an assist from Cody Zeller, the Hoosiers were able to take a 26-20 lead into the break.

A look at three of his plays in the latest edition of Film Session:

1) ASSIST TO OLADIPO

Zeller looks for the ball in the high post:

Victor Oladipo opts against dumping it in and swings the ball up top to Christian Watford. Zeller sets up in the mid-post on the other side of the paint, and Watford passes it into him:

Zeller makes a move into the paint:

With Jeran Grant turing his back to double-team Zeller, Oladipo slips in behind:

And slams it home for two:

Though Zeller didn’t score here, his ability to attract the defense and make the pass out of a double-team is the reason Indiana scored on this possession.

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2) BLOCK AND BREAK

Zeller blocks Pat Connaughton’s shot:

After a scum for the ball, Notre Dame recovers. With the shot clock winding down, Alex Dragicevich shoots a quick three, one that careens off the backboard. Will Sheehey grabs the longer rebound:

Sheehey outlets to Jordan Hulls. And Zeller, as he often does, has sprinted down the floor. He calls for the ball and Hulls makes the pass:

After a missed lay-in, Zeller tips it back in for two:

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3) PICK AND ROLL

Zeller passes it over to Watford, who’s isolated on the right wing:

Zeller comes and sets a pick for Watford:

Watford appears to go up for a shot and attracts both defenders:

But instead passes out of his shooting motion to Zeller and he easily scores over the smaller Eric Atkins:

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  • Anonymous

    His movement without the ball is a lot of  what makes him so good as well as dangerous. 

    While I don’t know if I’m comfortable with him actually dribbling the ball all the way out past the arc, I think people can live with it as long as good things happen. What’s important is what he does to enable his teammates, and that’s something that you don’t see too many “star players” do: Enable their teammates. It may be weird to see a near 7 footer playing so far out by the arc throwing screens, but when you see him also hustle back to the post, you realize that he’s working his tail off to help everyone else. That’s the mark of an excellent player.

  • JerryCT

    CZ has far exceeded my expectations ……………. and so has every member of the team. They look and play so different from year ago that I have to keep reminding myself to disconnect last year from this one.

    Having said that however we should have beaten MSU at their place , losing in OT when they had Lucas, Summers and Roe . I think we can take them this time.

  • Jakincade

    Love the pick and roll action. Would be great to see Zeller develop a deadly 15 ft jump shot.

  • Jakincade

    Love the pick and roll action. Would be great to see Zeller develop a deadly 15 ft jump shot.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    Agreed.  I thought he’d be at 10 and 5, but he’s averaging 15 and 7 … even though most of that was against cupcakes, I actually don’t expect his averages to go down. I think our team (thanks to CTC) has focused more on getting him the ball, which will continue in B1G play.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    (While looking at the stats, I saw that Jordy is hitting 58.5% of his threes, which is basically six out of ten … yowzers!)

  • PDMIU_04_11

    Some great clips there.  It seems like Zeller took more shots out on the floor when he was in high school.  He has a nice shot for a big man…would love to see him pop those 10-15 footers, as it would make him even more versatile and dangerous.  I wonder if he is not comfortable with doing so, or if he has been instructed to not take those shots? 

  • PDMIU_04_11

    Some great clips there.  It seems like Zeller took more shots out on the floor when he was in high school.  He has a nice shot for a big man…would love to see him pop those 10-15 footers, as it would make him even more versatile and dangerous.  I wonder if he is not comfortable with doing so, or if he has been instructed to not take those shots? 

  • Bill J Teague

    did everyone see the espn power rankings. IU is #2 listed as the biggest threat to Ohio State due to zellers skills.

  • MillaRed

    Zeller does things that do not show up in the box score. He not only gets the deflections CTC covets but they always result in something positive. Whether it be a team rebound, a steal for another player or creating problems for the shot clock.

    He seems to get 4-5 a game that absolutely contributes to the W’s.

  • Anonymous

    Said the exact same thing to my dad watching this game…A lot of the time I feel like we forget about Zeller in the pick in roll..If he rolls and is open give him the ball. And if he has to pull up and take a jumper, Id like to see him knock it down consistently 

  • Anonymous

    why take a 15-ft shot when you’re getting dunks and layups?  Especially when you don’t draw fouls on jumpers like you do attacking the lane. 

    I also can’t remember him getting the ball in that range too often.  I think he’s probably a better candidate to drive on his man than shoot jumpers as he has quicker feet than a number of big men he’ll face.  I’d think he could blow by Minn.’s Sampson or MSU’s Nix for dunks, for example. 

  • Anonymous

    I saw two things in this game that frustrated me at first but soon after I realized this team is only going to get better.

    – It seemed like the team made a concerted effort to get CZ the ball, but it didn’t seem natural or within the flow of the offense.  Later in the game it seemed like the guards and wings were taking over the game and didn’t get CZ as involved.

    – Once this team learns to play through CZ and not at him they are going to be scary good.  It would be nice to see a good mixture of both of these throughout the game.  I think the offense is only around 70% of what they are able to do.  The cuts by VO in the Howard game was an example of this.  I would like to see CZ get the ball with VO/WS cutting to the basket and JH/CW flaring out for a deep threat.

    The team is fun to watch with the movement of the ball and the cuts being made.  The defense is also extremely better this year.

  • Anonymous

    I saw two things in this game that frustrated me at first but soon after I realized this team is only going to get better.

    – It seemed like the team made a concerted effort to get CZ the ball, but it didn’t seem natural or within the flow of the offense.  Later in the game it seemed like the guards and wings were taking over the game and didn’t get CZ as involved.

    – Once this team learns to play through CZ and not at him they are going to be scary good.  It would be nice to see a good mixture of both of these throughout the game.  I think the offense is only around 70% of what they are able to do.  The cuts by VO in the Howard game was an example of this.  I would like to see CZ get the ball with VO/WS cutting to the basket and JH/CW flaring out for a deep threat.

    The team is fun to watch with the movement of the ball and the cuts being made.  The defense is also extremely better this year.

  • JerryCT

    The Pick/Roll action between CZ and CW could be critical against MSU. Imagine Green defending CZ and Nix defending CW if they switch the screen. MSU might respond w Payne defending CZ while Nix eats some pine.

  • PDMIU_04_11

    If the opposing team knows he can knock down the shot, he’ll have an even easier time getting to the bucket when he wants to.  He may not get a plethora of layups against every big man he goes up against, and in the event he can’t take a guy to the rack, he can take a baseline turnaround, elbow jumper, etc.  The more versatile he is, the more valuable he is for this team and in his future.  I think the shot is there…why not place it in the arsenal?

  • Anonymous

    Which is also a factor of Zeller.  How many times does Zeller get double teamed, pass it out, and eventually one of our guards gets a wide open 3.  Last year Hulls was shooting with a hand in his face all the time.  This year, it looks like warm-ups he is so open.

  • Anonymous

    I officially have a third man-crush. 1. Reggie Miller. 2. Peyton Manning. And now, CZ! I think my wife is jealous!

  • Anonymous

    I officially have a third man-crush. 1. Reggie Miller. 2. Peyton Manning. And now, CZ! I think my wife is jealous!

  • WestCoast Hoosier

    Also, last night at least, Sagarin showed IU as #2 —- not in the Big Ten, but in the Country! OSU was number 4.

  • WestCoast Hoosier

     http://www.usatoday.com/sports/sagarin/bkt1112.htm

    College Basketball 2011-2012 Div I games only through 2011 December 20 Tuesday
    HOME ADVANTAGE= 3.94 RATING W L SCHEDL(RANK) VS top 25 | VS top 50 | ELO_CHESS | PREDICTOR 1 Syracuse = 93.01 12 0 73.26( 184) 2 0 | 3 0 | 93.26 5 | 91.88 3 2 Indiana = 91.27 11 0 69.18( 314) 1 0 | 1 0 | 92.20 6 | 89.74 7 3 Kentucky = 91.22 10 1 70.21( 290) 2 1 | 2 1 | 90.15 9 | 91.33 5

  • eph521

    I have a feeling that Cody will use the jump shot when he needs it. So far he hasn’t needed it. Once another big man is able to shut down his inside/post-up game… then we’ll start seeing the jump shot. I have no doubts the kid has a jump shot when it’s needed. This is Cody Zeller we’re talking about.

  • Anonymous

    agreed.  I think he’ll hit it when needed but hasn’t had to settle for jumpers yet this season. 

    I’d also bet other teams know he can shoot. Probably aren’t too many scouting reports telling guys to “help off Zeller”.

  • Anonymous

    He’s been knocking them down in warm-ups

  • Anonymous

    I’ve said this before, but I love this feature! Hope DE is ready to go for the Big 10.

  • IUJeff
  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    If the defense has to help out away from the post area on Zeller who is consistently hitting jumpers from 13 to 15 feet out that will only open up the lane and open the post area for our guys to slash to the basket. Remember Cody is an excellent passer and a shot fake then pass to driving Vic will end in a thunderous dunk. What is sad is that CZ could feed himself in the post better than our guards can feed him…….our post entry needs lots and lots of work. That should be our top priority to fix.