Film Session: Attacking, exploiting Michigan’s D

  • 01/10/2012 8:01 am in

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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  • Man, do I love me some Film Session. Great work, as always, guys.

  • Man, do I love me some Film Session. Great work, as always, guys.

  • TheRunningOne

    On the side ball-screen with Verdell and Zeller, notice right as Zeller makes his break to go set the screen, they run Roth on a bit of a rub to get Zeller wide open to set the screen.  As long as Verdell puts a good pass on Cody, that play is unstoppable.

  • Anonymous

    Tubby is watching film of our last two games and seeing four 20 point scorers. Not to mention Sheehey. Wow go Hoosiers and beat the Gophers!

  • HoosierDadE

    I honestly don’t think CWat can miss a 3 from that spot on the home court.  Might have to put an “X” down to give someone a fighting chance.

  • Anonymous

    Indeed.  Always good stuff.

  • Is Sheehey projected to be back for the Minnesota game?

  • HoosiersBB

    Just took a minute to compare the Zeller seasons-to-date.

    Incredible similarities between the two of them — minutes played, scoring average, the same number of baskets scored and nearly identical free throw details.

    PlayerGPMINPPGRPGAPGSPGBPGTPGFG%FT%3P%Cody Zeller1627.014.26.41.01.71.51.5.661.747.000
    Tyler Zeller1626.014.38.81.21.11.01.7.535.763.000

    PlayerMINFGMFGAFTMFTA3PM3PAPTSOFFRDEFRREBASTTOSTLBLKCody Zeller43284127597900227376510216242724  
    Tyler Zeller41684157618000229588314119271716  

  • It’s just like the hot spot in NBA JAM for Super Nintendo. 

  • NervousWreck

    Love the Pick-n-Roll play.  That seems to be open more often than not – need to continue to take advantage of it when it’s available.

  • NervousWreck

    Love the Pick-n-Roll play.  That seems to be open more often than not – need to continue to take advantage of it when it’s available.

  • NervousWreck

    “He’s on fire!”

  • Kentc

    “Handsome One”  🙂

  • Guest

    It’s not “The Handsome One’ it’s “The Big Handsome”.  Just saying.  

  • CreamandCrimson

    He was dressed and went through warm ups for the Penn State game.  I would say that indicates he is very close and I am hopeful we will see him get some minutes against Minnesota and be able to contribute quite a bit at Ohio State.  No one within the program is saying anything though so who knows.

  • CreamandCrimson

    These Film Sessions (and just watching the game) put holes into the arguments made by several people throughout Tom Crean’s tenure.  “We don’t run an offense” and those who think all we have is the dribble drive. 

    As these plays highlight, IU can do much more than nail three pointers (though that is extremely effective) and dribble around for most of the shot clock.  There were side ball screens, entry passes to the post, high ball screens and a pick and roll.  I’m not saying IU runs the best offense in the country or that Tom Crean is the most effective offensive coach.  However, he deserves some credit for what has turned into a very good offense with a lot of ball movement and high percentage shots.  I know it’s not the motion offense but what we are running is proving to be very difficult to stop.

  • johnnyumfan

    I wonder if UM’s defense will give Watford as much space in Ann Arbor as he got at Assembly Hall? No doubt this film session noted how UM fell asleep guarding Watford on the perimeter.

  • johnnyumfan

    I wonder if UM’s defense will give Watford as much space in Ann Arbor as he got at Assembly Hall? No doubt this film session noted how UM fell asleep guarding Watford on the perimeter.

  • Anonymous

    Love the analysis here! Love to see what we did wrong vs. on UM Hoops what we did right. Tough tough game, looking forward to the rematch in Ann Arbor!

  • Anonymous

    Jones, Wat, sheeladipo, Jordy, Hulls, Roth, and Z can all go for 20+ at any given time.  The scary  thing is, they should only improve throughout the rest of the season.  How many teams in the nation can say they have 8 players that could do that on a given night?  Not too many if any at all.  Even scarier, this number goes up next year, losing Jones and adding Creek, and the Movement.

  • Anonymous

    Doesn’t matter IMO. Watford is a matchup nightmare. He actually has a good first step going towards the basket. On the perimeter he can get around a big and he can shoot over a quicker smaller defender. When he gets more accustomed to having Zeller around the paint it’s curtains. Then Michigan game was just a small sample of what’s coming with them two playing together. The Penn St game was a large example of what happens when you focus on stopping them two. Man I’m super excited about this team.!

  • Anonymous

    Doesn’t matter IMO. Watford is a matchup nightmare. He actually has a good first step going towards the basket. On the perimeter he can get around a big and he can shoot over a quicker smaller defender. When he gets more accustomed to having Zeller around the paint it’s curtains. Then Michigan game was just a small sample of what’s coming with them two playing together. The Penn St game was a large example of what happens when you focus on stopping them two. Man I’m super excited about this team.!

  • Anonymous

    They run a lot of pick/roll with Cody, but the guards never seem to look for him after he rolls.  Seriously, you’re right, he should have about 12 more dunks this year just be being found when he’s open and rolling to the rim.

  • Anonymous

    They run a lot of pick/roll with Cody, but the guards never seem to look for him after he rolls.  Seriously, you’re right, he should have about 12 more dunks this year just be being found when he’s open and rolling to the rim.

  • Anonymous

    they’re saving that for the tournament…don’t want people picking apart our most dangerous surprise before March;)

  • Anonymous

    i almost spit my coffee on my screen!!! …put an “X” hahahaaaaa!

  • Anonymous

    It should be “The Big Handsome 40” so that we can name a 40oz barley and hops libation after him… just sayin’