Film Session: Stealing from the Hoosiers

  • 01/20/2012 4:45 pm in

In Indiana’s 70-69 road loss to Nebraska, the Hoosiers turned the ball over on 22.7 percent of their possessions — allowing for 16 points off turnovers for the Cornhuskers.

A look at three errant passes which turned into points for Nebraska in the latest edition of Film Session.

NO. 1) RICHARDSON HEADS OUT OF BOUNDS

Christian Watford grabs a rebound off a Jordan Hulls missed three:

Watford holds the ball high and sees an open Tom Pritchard:

Watford tries passing over the top of Brandon Richardson, but he deflects the ball up in the air:

Richardson hops out of bounds and saves the ball back to Caleb Walker who passes it up to Bo Spencer:

Hulls fouls Spencer in the act of shooting:

He made both free throws.

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NO. 2) RICHARDSON’S DEFLECTION

Watford gets the ball at the top of the key and makes a move just inside the key:

He stops, looks over and attempts to pass to Hulls. Richardson is at it again on Watford. He deflects the ball, grabs it and heads down the court:

Watford fouls him in the act of shooting:

He converts one of two before halftime.

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NO. 3) HULLS TO SHEEHEY GETS INTERCEPTED

Verdell Jones takes a Nebraska miss up the  court and passes to Hulls on the right wing:

Hulls spots Will Sheehey near the free throw line, who has Toney McCray behind him anticipating the pass:

McCray cuts off the pass for the steal:

McCray takes it up the court and passes to Spencer:

Who puts it in for two:

It was early in the shot clock here, so Hulls could have elected to dribble up top himself to reset the offense. But by passing to Sheehey — who wasn’t quite high enough above the key to have a clear passing lane — it was a turnover for IU and score for Nebraska.

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  • Anonymous

    #1 – Good play by the defense

    #2 – Preventable.  Watford had the right idea.  Jordy flares a bit on the wing to create space and set up the shot.  Watford has to anticipate better and realize when to bounce or chest pass.  If I remember correctly, he makes a lazy one hand pass that he can’t back out of. 

    #3 – This is actually largely Sheehey’s fault in my mind.  An off-the-ball offensive player should know where their defender is at all times.  In this instance he is coming across the lane for a pass with his defender trailing.  This would dictate one of two things, either you curl into the lane (not open here) or you meet the ball at the elbow.  Instead he flares and forces his teammate to make a horizontal pass towards the opponents basket (big no no).  Any intercepted pass here is an automatic two.  This is bball IQ and is the balance between what your taught and experience.  I am sure Sheehey has done this in practice on routine and it was instinctive, but he needs to have that antennea up in the future.

    Great analysis gents!

  • Anonymous

    #1 – Good play by the defense

    #2 – Preventable.  Watford had the right idea.  Jordy flares a bit on the wing to create space and set up the shot.  Watford has to anticipate better and realize when to bounce or chest pass.  If I remember correctly, he makes a lazy one hand pass that he can’t back out of. 

    #3 – This is actually largely Sheehey’s fault in my mind.  An off-the-ball offensive player should know where their defender is at all times.  In this instance he is coming across the lane for a pass with his defender trailing.  This would dictate one of two things, either you curl into the lane (not open here) or you meet the ball at the elbow.  Instead he flares and forces his teammate to make a horizontal pass towards the opponents basket (big no no).  Any intercepted pass here is an automatic two.  This is bball IQ and is the balance between what your taught and experience.  I am sure Sheehey has done this in practice on routine and it was instinctive, but he needs to have that antennea up in the future.

    Great analysis gents!

  • Walt

    Maybe a bit off topic, but for one, would not want to be in Penn State’s collective shoes on Sunday. After the Illini win, this will be bad for P.S.

  • Anonymous

    Hope you’re right. We gotta be awfully fragile right now. This game will reveal a lot (maybe everything) about this Hoosier team.

    Ps: I love film session. Thanks, guys.

  • InTheMtns

    On # 1, I agree that it was good defense but I think the steal was preventable. I knew before CWat passed it what he was going to do and that it was going to get picked off, so I sort of think he should have known it, too. A little fake, a higher jump, or a crisper pass – any of those might have made a difference.

  • Anonymous

    On #2 Watford was just late to pass it. The passing lane was open at first but he held it then decided to lob it over.

  • JohnFromBeyond

    I disagree for #3. True, Sheehey put himself in a bad position for the pass, but Hulls has to see that and not make the pass. If you look at the snapshot right before the pass was made, you can see there is no chance that pass is going to work. I love Hulls, but that was a bonehead pass to make.

    In #2, a bounce pass would have worked.

    I love this film session because bad passing was definitely our biggest weakness in the game.

  • JohnFromBeyond

    Actually, I looked at #3 more closely, and I’ll downgrade the pass by Hulls from bonehead to just ill advised. The defender moved pretty quickly, and Sheehey should have come to the ball.