Film Session: Craft’s turnovers

  • 01/03/2012 9:10 am in

In Saturday’s win over the Buckeyes, Ohio State point guard Aaron Craft turned the ball over six times. Such a mark was a season-high, and tied his career-high. (He had six just once before in a loss to Purdue in West Lafayette last season.)

A few of Craft’s turnovers came on key possessions, allowing the Hoosiers to capitalize and escape with the W.

An inspection of his six miscues in the lastest edition of Film Session:

Craft’s first turnover came in the midst of Indiana’s 23-13 run to close out the fist half. Here, Cody Zeller continues to slide and move with Craft as he looks to get a body into Zeller and pass around him, creating a travel:

Verdell Jones hit two free throw on the ensuing Indiana possession.

Craft’s second and third miscues also came during Indiana’s first half run and allowed the Hoosiers to go up by a point at half, 33-32. Victor Oladipo played some ahem, crafty on-ball defense, picking Craft’s pocket on back-to-back Ohio State possessions:

Another offensive foul for Craft on his fourth miscue. Derek Elston slides over to cut him off baseline, and Craft lowers his shoulder:

In the closing minute of the game, Craft turned the ball over twice. His first occurred as Jordan Hulls slides over to give Jones some help defense. Craft decides to go airborn between the two of them, turn around and try and pass the ball to Sam Thompson. Hulls is able to recover back and get his hands up, deflecting the pass. From there, Jones gets possession of the ball and finds Oladipo for two and the lead:

On Ohio State’s next possession, Elston does strong defensive work on Sullinger and the Buckeyes don’t get it into him. Craft drives into the right block and attempts a tough one-handed pass around Hulls to Thompson. Thompson is unable to corral it and it goes out of bounds. Hulls is subsequently fouled and hit one of two free throws, extending Indiana’s lead to 72-70:

As Dan Dakich says on the call, Craft got “sped up” here, and it lead to a turnover.

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  • Anonymous

    IU did a good job of keeping Craft in check in the second half. Hulls was getting beat on every play in the first half. Oladipo, Abell, and Jones did a good job of defending him. Many times Craft looked uncomfortable and it showed in his play.

  • Anonymous

    It’s nice to know that this year we don’t get beat on the drive as much because of our improved perimeter and help defense. Last year, one guard would just murder us with the drive. This year for the most part we’ve been able to adjust and take them out of the game when it counts. 

  • WindCityHoosier

    If this is a window into things to come, Elston gets strong consideration for most improved player.  His defense in the OSU game was terrific.  Funny to think about him as a “stopper” but he clearly bought into what Crean was selling- what an improvement.  He’s in a stance, moving his feet.. active without fouling.  Good for him. 

  • Bobby

    Craft was exposed in this game! take the dribble drive away and face him up with a player like Oladipo with speed and ball hawking ability and he became very vulnerable!

  • stonaroni

    The key to this win and OSU struggles is because we brought the intensity, grit and toughness we seemed to have left in bloomington when we went to MSU last week.

    We definitely gave Craft a dose of his own medicine.

    Kudos to CTC for having a better game plan against OSU and looking at exploiting match ups.

    I was happy to see these guys respond and play so hard after the loss last week.

    + DE looked strong on D
    + AE and Remy played solid in their short spurts and they are FR
    + CZ didn’t back down
    + VO can play any style any game and guard anyone
    + Hulls was a good facilitator and made some shots
    + We beat #2 without supersub WS and his 11 ppg

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    Anybody else notice that Craft tried to trip up Oladipo on the second steal?  Craft is lying on the floor and the ball is waaaay out of his reach, so his arm swipe could have only been aimed at one thing: Oladipo’s foot.  I’m glad Oladipo got the dunk, but part of me wanted Craft to trip Vic up so that the refs would’ve given Craft a flagrant two foul (since he was making no play on the ball and trying to trip Vic in the open court).

  • MillaRed

    Craft’s turnovers were the biggest surprise to me in this game. Especially getting ripped by Victor twice when he is usually the one doing the ripping.

    If you are an OSU fan, you have to believe Craft cost them the game.

  • MillaRed

    I saw that too. Take a look at Matta after VO’s 2nd steal and dunk. He was begging for a T for hanging on the rim. And honestly I couldn’t have blamed a ref for doing so. He did a nice little chin up there.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    I think it’s Sports Illustrated’s cbb power rankings that constantly tracks the turnovers that Craft creates in their “Turnometer” — I LOVE the fact that we one-upped him at his own specialty.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    I was a little worried (12%) that VO was going to get a T, but I think he knew just the right moment to let go.  Another half second and it may have been a T.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    I was a little worried (12%) that VO was going to get a T, but I think he knew just the right moment to let go.  Another half second and it may have been a T.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    AE had a wide open look from beyond the arc but didn’t take it — did you hear the crowd groan?  He looked super nervous though, so I bet he would’ve drawn all backboard.  Maybe he will feel confident enough to take (and drain) that shot 5-7 games from now (I’m hoping he can get 10-15 minutes in upcoming games against Penn St. [x2], Minnesota, Nebraska, and Iowa).

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    Unrelated, but I just checked the remaining schedule.  If we win all our home games (not only possible, but probable), and only lose to ranked teams on the road (Wisc, Mich, OSU, and maybe Purdue), we’ll go 12-4 in B1G play (13-4 counting NCC).  Maybe we beat Purdue at Mackey and lose at home to MSU, but that puts us at 26-5 for the year.

    Worst case scenario (barring additional injuries), we lose to all the ranked opponents on the road, at Mackey, at the Barn, and drop home games against MSU and Illinois, going 22-9. (I think we’ll win 3 out of those 4.)

    Best case scenario, we win all our home games and beat Purdue, Mich, and Wisc on the road (again, entirely within the scope of possibility), putting us at 29-2 (our only additional loss coming at OSU. I had us pegged for 18 wins at season’s outset (and I thought Dakich was crazy for his 22). I don’t want to get ahead of the game here — disaster could still strike (I’m thinking a Mo Creek type of injury to Jordy, Watford, Vic, or Cody) — but we could conceivably win 30 games this year (picking up one in the B1G tourney).  That. Is. NUTS.

    I think we’re headed for 25 or 26 wins, but “pleasant surprise” is an extreme understatement.

  • MillaRed

    “Pulling back on the reigns” – Take a deep breath PhD!

    I am going to agree with the team motto this year, “One game at a time.” And that begins with a tough Michigan team on Thursday.

    25 wins? Man I still cannot believe we are talking about that possibility. It’s freaking me out!

    I’m still not sold on how good we are. Like you said, another injury will really hurt us. We need Will back.

    But hey, let’s enjoy the ride! It is fun to be a Hoosier again.

  • Anonymous

    Some indication that playing with a hernia is not conducive to a successful season. We tore him up pretty well last year but maybe it wasn’t as much of a mental issue as we thought it was. 

    If nothing else he’s the most physically intimidating player on the team.

  • Anonymous

    Crean should have his IU record over .500 next season.  Yes, his 5th year, which is when the majority of realistic people thought he’d finally get the program turned around.  I’d say that puts him ahead of schedule.  I’d say I’m damn glad he’s here and even happier that he’s gonna be here for a while.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    Let me repeat: worst case scenario, 22-9.  That’s crazy.  I don’t think we’ll achieve our best case scenario (7% chance), and I’m a little fearful we’ll drop a game or two that we shouldn’t (at Iowa, for example), but I think 25 wins is very reasonable — I’d say we have a 50% chance to meet or exceed that number.

    Agreed, one game at a time, but I’m a big picture guy and I’m expectations-oriented.  Also think about this: I think we’ll only get better as the season goes along because we’ll learn how to better (read: more frequently) employ Cody, and I think Cody will grow as a result.  Sure, we’ll have some off shooting nights like at MSU, but I think we’ll make strides and be a better team by B1G tourney time.

    What’s the mood like in Wisconsin about their bball team?  Are they brushing off the Iowa game as a fluke or are people taking it a bit more seriously? A small part of me wishes I was still at Purdue so I could lecture in my IU gear.

  • MillaRed

    I would have been very impressed if next year’s team was 13-1 at this stage plus the signature wins.

    Right now he is the runaway coach of the year. Like I said….freaking out.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    It would be awesome — and is entirely feasible — that Crean loses as many games this year (6) as he won in his first year.  Boom.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    It would be awesome — and is entirely feasible — that Crean loses as many games this year (6) as he won in his first year.  Boom.

  • N71

    One-game-at-a-time is good for the team but I’m not on the team.  If we don’t get hurt, catch some luck, and have others fumble 29-2 would be remarkable and make you wonder what we could do the following year.  Final 8 or Final 4 this year and a championship next year?  Hell, if you go 29-2 through the Big Ten and beat Kentucky as well…bring it…any one, any time.  Why not win a championship this year?  Are there other great teams, sure, but we don’t have to beat them all to win a championship, just a few.

    When Larry Bird took the head coaching job with the Pacers suddenly things changed but the personnel essentially stayed the same.  He put down a marker saying anything but a championship was a failure and I think he meant it.  It seemed to shift everything to the right and brought the team together under a single umbrella/mission.  He was the first within the Pacer organization to have the audacity, the sack, the confidence to say why not us even in the time of Michael Jordan and the Knicks.

    Why not the Hoosiers…THIS YEAR?  Do we win at MSU or OSU, probably not.  Hell, the Wizards could loose at MSU.  We just need to get hot in the tourney and win 6 games. 4 of the games will be against good teams on a neutral court.  Syracuse could get beat in the third round and we end up playing Stanford instead.  How often have we gone 13-1?  We’ve won championships with lesser teams…sixth banner knockin’ at your door.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    He’ll have competition from Haith and maybe Drew, but you have to think that he’s the favorite right now.

  • MillaRed

    I was at the Wisc-Iowa game and let me tell you, this is the year they are not very good. We always say “this is the year” because they lost this and that. But someone always steps up.

    This team is TOTALLY live and die by the three. Take it away and they are mediocre. Iowa did not do anything spectacular. They just beat UW. Period.

    The Hoosiers are a better team than the Badgers. Unfortunately we only go there this year. And I will be there in my IU garb. Might not make it out alive.

  • MillaRed

    Ha ha! Love the enthusiasm. Absolutely love it!

    But I’m not there yet N71. Here’s to hoping you are right.

  • Anonymous

    With this post you’ve single-handedly caused a multitude of heads to explode across the state of Indiana. Sorta like in “Scanners” or something.

  • Anonymous

    With this post you’ve single-handedly caused a multitude of heads to explode across the state of Indiana. Sorta like in “Scanners” or something.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    Ha ha, and Milla thought I was being overambitious!  After a long absence from the Big Dance, I’d take a Sweet 16 and call it a success.  Now, if we go 29-2, then anything less than an Elite 8 would be disappointing, but like I said, I think 29-2 is a looooong shot.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    That happens during lecture sometimes … I’m used to it 🙂

  • Tolly1

    Yep Im thinking the same thing 23,24,25 wins is very obtainable considering what we’ve done so far. I think the MSU game at home will be more of a winnable game though than say Purdue, Mich, and Wisky on the road.

  • Anonymous

    Food for thought.  At the beginning of the season, Kenpom.com had IU predicted to win 16 games.  With the stats rolling in and crunched from the first 14, that prediction has been adjusted to 26 games, lending some pretty credible support to the optimistic outlook.  I’m right there with ya.

  • Anonymous

    Food for thought.  At the beginning of the season, Kenpom.com had IU predicted to win 16 games.  With the stats rolling in and crunched from the first 14, that prediction has been adjusted to 26 games, lending some pretty credible support to the optimistic outlook.  I’m right there with ya.

  • Verdell Jones IV

    As a incoming freshman Victor doubter, nothing makes being proven wrong feel better than watching him swipe Aaron Craft on back to back possessions to turn a 3 point halftime deficit into a 1 point halftime lead. Add his new ability to find his offensive slasher role to consistently produce on the offensive end and he’s just became a great surprise. Hopefully, one of our non-top 100 commits will take him as an example. Obviously, the most beneficial for us would be Jurkin considering a lock down 7 footer is never a bad thing.

  • Kwang

    Did they change or relax that rule (hanging on the rim) somewhat?  It is hardly ever called anymore

  • Kwang

    Did they change or relax that rule (hanging on the rim) somewhat?  It is hardly ever called anymore

  • Kelin Blab

    Victor plays with a defensive confidence that most players have offensively where he believes he can guard ANYONE. Craft found out the hard way. I believe he gives guys fits in practice which will only help them in the long run.

  • Kelin Blab

    He deserved a T on that one for certain, he hung and got the hips involved….

  • Kelin Blab

    Crean should definitely win it in conference, nationally….lookout for Amaker if Harvard continues to win.

  • Kevin

    Kelin- haven’t heard from you on here in a while. Missed your insight.

  • Anonymous

    LOL… did I see Matta screaming for a tech on VO’s dunk in that second video there? Ha!

    Damn, I wish I had gotten to see that game. Was too busy doing New Years travelling. Bummer. But I’m damn glad to see them pull off a good win. 

  • AJRod42

    I never thought that I would see Elston do such a great job defensively as he did on that late possession denying the ball in to Sullinger. That was just flat out awesome post defense/ball denial. Great great job.

  • Brklynhoosier

    Totally!  This is what I love about these film sessions — in the moment, I was less than concerned w/ what Derek was doing — but watching it now… wow!

  • Brklynhoosier

    Totally!  This is what I love about these film sessions — in the moment, I was less than concerned w/ what Derek was doing — but watching it now… wow!

  • Pammy

    watch the game again, Craft went right by Abell in same minute he entered the game.  Craft went by Victor 2 times………just sayin

  • Anonymous

    Well, there goes that.  Any other coaches you’d like to jinx?  

  • Anonymous

    Finally an IU fan besides me showing the same cautious optimism lol

  • Anonymous

    He only goes right!!! You take it away from him and he can’t do anything.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    Here I was just thinking outloud and you found a credible source to back me up.  Thanks, HBN!

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    Good thing you weren’t at the Wisc-MSU game…