In Indiana’s win against Michigan, Cody Zeller and Christian Watford combined for 43 of the team’s 73 points.
A look at four plays involving both players in the latest edition of Film Session:
NO. 1) WATFORD DRIVE AND DISH TO ZELLER:
Jordan Hulls brings the ball up the court and passes it to Watford on the left wing:
Hulls gets a bit of a body into Stu Douglass, which allows Watford some space to attack the paint:
Watford takes it into the lane:
Jordan Morgan comes up to stop the ball:
Which leaves Zeller open under the hoop:
He scores and draws a foul, converting the and-1 at the line:
As Dan Dakich said on the call, Watford had just hit a three on a previous possession and had another opportunity for one here. (And probably a pull-up in the lane as well.) But by staying patient and attracting another defender, it gave Indiana a higher-percentage look at the rim. When Zeller is open at the hoop, it goes in at a high clip — often even when he gets fouled in the process as shown here.
NO. 2) WATFORD TO ZELLER, TAKE TWO
Zeller sets a high ball screen for Hulls:
Hulls comes around to the right wing as Morgan follows:
Morgan recovers back to Zeller as Watford gets the ball on the right block:
Watford makes a curl move around Evan Smotrycz baseline side:
Like play No. 1, Morgan leaves Zeller to get a body between Watford and the hoop. With Douglass stuck behind Zeller, Watford dishes to him:
And he converts for two:
Again, it’s as simple as Watford making a move and attracting another defender. From there, he finds the open man (Zeller) near the hoop for an easy deuce.
No. 3) SIDE BALL SCREEN
Zeller sets a side ball screen for Verdell Jones:
Morgan — a frequent target of the Hoosiers as we’re seeing yet again — hedges over with Jones, leaving Zeller’s roll to the rim open:
And it’s a dunk for The Handsome One:
Textbook pick-and-roll action here.
NO. 4) CAUGHT NAPPING
Hulls brings the ball up the court as Novak points over to the wing for someone to pick up Victor Oladipo and perhaps Watford:
As Derek Elston sets a pick for Hulls, Watford is wide open on the wing as Smotrycz and Novak both appear to think they’re marking Elston:
Watford gets the ball with plenty of space:
Steps into the three and connects:
Nothing overly complicated here. But with Michigan falling asleep on D, it allowed a good 3-pointer shooter on a hot shooting night to get an open look.