Film Session: Michigan State’s 20-0 run

  • 12/29/2011 6:48 pm in

After Indiana took a nine-point lead at the 11:07 mark in the second half, Michigan State ripped off a 20-0 run and was suddenly up 11 with 5:11 to go. That was about all the Spartans needed, as Indiana only got as close as eight once before losing by 15.

Michigan State turned up the defense and stymied Indiana in the halfcourt — something the Spartans also did in the first half to build their 18-point lead — and got some fastbreak points by turning some of that defense into offense.

A look at two of Michigan’s defensive efforts — as well as an Indiana defensive breakdown — during these crucial five minutes in the latest edition of Film Session:


Seventeen seconds have expired on the shot clock and the Hoosiers have yet to get anything going. Matt Roth looks for Cody Zeller down on the block, but he’s fronted by Adreian Payne:

Roth passes to Victor Oladipo, who also looks for Zeller, but isn’t able to get it into him:

Oladipo passes it to Christian Watford, who gives it back to Oladipo:

Eventually, Verdell Jones looks to re-initiate the offense, but only seven seconds remain:

Zeller comes up to set a pick for Jones, but he ends up trying to drive the other way:

Not able to penetrate, he passes out to Watford:

Because Jones doesn’t space the floor and comes right at Watford, MSU is able to get two defenders around Watford:

He takes a heavily-contested 3-pointer, which doesn’t draw iron as the shot clock expires:

This was one of several occasions where the Hoosiers would pass around the perimeter, look to get Zeller engaged and ultimately have to settle for a less-than-ideal look as the shot clock neared zero.



As Indiana sets up in a zone, Draymond Green calls for Payne to set up over on the left block:

Keith Appling passes it over to Brandon Wood:

Wood kicks it back to Appling, who sees Payne slipping in behind the zone:

By the time Zeller realizes it, Payne is dunking it over him for two:

Indiana doesn’t play much zone, and a miscue like this shows a bit of the Hoosiers’ inexperience with it.



Watford looks for Zeller, who’s again fronted:

Eventually, the ball makes it over to Oladipo near the left of the top of the key, who calls Jordan Hulls over:

Zeller sets a pick for Oladipo, which frees him going to the hoop:

Hulls lobs it in the air for an alley-oop:

But it’s a bit too short in front of the rim and Payne is able to recover back and snag the ball:

Oladipo fouled him on this play. And with MSU in the bonus, Payne made both free throws. Payne’s defense was key in this game, and this was just one of many examples.


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  • Anonymous

    EXCELLENT work! This was an especially insightful piece.

    But this one hurt…

  • Aubreyhouse

    This, i would guess, is what coaches do… nice!

  • JohnFromBeyond

    I’ve watched that failed lob several times. How is that a foul on Olidipo when he was just coming down off his leap, with the defender backing into him? Isn’t he supposed to be allowed room to come down when no defender is there first?

    Regardless it was a bad lob pass. Good thought, poor execution.

    That first play is one of those less-then-intelligent plays that don’t show up in the stat sheet (missing a screen, giving the ball to someone who can’t do anything with it, and bringing your defender over to double team). And don’t get me started on the head down dribbling at half court while precious time ticks away (shades of last season).

    Oh well, we will learn from this and hopefully the fan base will reset expectations to something more realistic. I’m willing to bet Zeller and Hulls won’t get shut down like that again, at least not in the same game.

  • Devout Hoosier

    I’d prefer a film session on the our
    25-2 run just before this 20-0 run by the Spartans.  Just for the smiles it brings.

    Would have been nice to have Will in this one.  Derek missed most of his shots so I hope he doesn’t have to wear that mask for too long into the season.  Our bench makes a huge difference I think.  40 minutes of great shooting gives us a great edge.

    Overall, I think the biggest difference maker was the Spartans defense bar none.  Lots of blocked shots without fouling in the first half, really zapped us.  Game largely went as expected though.

  • B-town 88

    When Roth made his 2 three pointers, he was WAY out at the top of three point area. This gave him space to shoot. During these sequences, he is stuck in a corner, where he is easy to guard and difficult to pass to. Even When he didn’t shoot from “downtown”, they still need to cover him, pulling the defender WAY out opening Watford open for his three!
    It seems our three point shooters need to stay out of the corner.

  • Anonymous

    While Victor is indeed entitled to space in which to land his arms are not entitled to come forward on Payne’s head. He was fine until the arms dropped forward and entered Payne’s space.

    It’s similar to a mistake defenders makes frequently contesting shots: they’re fine if their arms are straight up but its a foul to angle them into another’s space and create contact that gains an “advantage.”

    Not really Victor’s fault as its a natural reaction in that situation, you want guys fighting for the ball like a receiver in football.

    I know what you mean on the “less than intelligent” plays, I was burning after Roth passed up a open but long 3 off a long offensive rebound to pass it to…Pritchard? Who was 17 feet from the basket in a corner? Why on earth…? MSU’s defense reset before we could do anything.

  • Anonymous

    Can someone tell me why Olidipo was never given a screen when he had the ball at the key. Hulls and Jones were getting them all night.  I think if Olidipo was getting some of those we could have penetrated the D and opened things up for Roth and Hulls or Cody.  Cody and the Pritch set so many screens that were wasted, no wonder we didn’t get any production from them.

  • JohnFromBeyond

    Good point about the arms, but how about the fact that Payne’s entire body was moving into Olidipo? In that case, who gets the foul? I would say the offense gets the benefit of the doubt, but of course, in this case the home team gets it.

    Yeah, the problem with Pritch out there is that he won’t (can’t?) take a jump shot, and the defense knows it. At least Elston looks like he might score if you leave him open, and draws some defenders. In either case, I’d prefer to have Roth shooting a 25 footer!

  • JohnFromBeyond

    I agree. When Hulls and Jones are neutralized like they were last night, I’d just give it to Olidipo, set a screen for him, and let him use his speed to blow by the defense and at least try to draw a foul. The results couldn’t be any worse.

  • Anonymous

    Its the Eric Gordon strategy. If someone screens for you, don’t use it, go the other way where your defender can stay with you. Might work in high school but not against Sparty, at home no less

  • Anonymous

    It’d probably be a no-call as long as one isn’t bowling over the other. A little contact is fine but in this case the way it looked is always gonna be called a foul.

    I’ll give Payne credit, that was a set play to get Victor a lob and Payne saw it coming. There wasn’t another MSU defender in position to stop it since Watford and Jones pulled their defenders out of the play.

  • Anonymous

    It’d probably be a no-call as long as one isn’t bowling over the other. A little contact is fine but in this case the way it looked is always gonna be called a foul.

    I’ll give Payne credit, that was a set play to get Victor a lob and Payne saw it coming. There wasn’t another MSU defender in position to stop it since Watford and Jones pulled their defenders out of the play.

  • Anonymous

    That run through the middle of the game got me really fired up.  I actually said to myself at one point, “We are going to blow these guys out tonight.”  Opps!  Sorry about that guys, my fault.  They need to keep the ball moving.  When it got to half court offense, we couldn’t do anything.  I think Sheehey helps a ton in that situation.