Film Session: Early second half offensive action

  • 01/24/2012 6:09 pm in

Indiana’s offense came out clicking after halftime in Sunday’s win against the Nittany Lions, and it helped propel them to a comfortable win inside Assembly Hall.

A look at three early plays — all of which featured some interesting sets — in the latest edition of Film Session.

1) DOUBLE SCREEN IN THE HIGH POST

Indiana has the ball to start the half, and Cody Zeller and Christian Watford set a double screen for Verdell Jones:

Jones curls around the screens and heads for the paint. Watford flashes out beyond the 3-point line to “The Spot.” Zeller rolls to the rim:

At first, Ross Travis looks to stay in front of Jones (above photo). But he flashes out to mark his man, Watford, which allows Jones a clear lane to the basket:

Jones is met by Jon Graham at the rim, which allows for a miss:

But he left Zeller to try and stop Jones, which allows Zeller to get a putback for two:

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2) DOUBLE SCREEN IN THE HIGH POST, PART DEUX

With just a fast break score inbetween, the Hoosiers set up in an identical fashion on their next half court possession. But instead of Watford, it’s Victor Oladipo up top with Zeller:

Oladipo flashes out to the same spot as Waford. Zeller rolls to the rim. But this time Jones’ penetration is stopped by a hedge off the screen by Graham:

Which leave the other side open for attack. Jones swings it weakside to Oladipo:

Who finds Watford in the corner. He has the option to dump it down quick to Zeller, who now has a mismatch on Tim Frazier after Travis sprints out to contest the three:

Watford, a strong 3-point shooter, elects to shoot. He connects:

With Indiana going to an identical play here so soon, one wonders if the coaching staff saw something to exploit with such a set at halftime and instructed the Hoosiers to go to it early and often.

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 NO. 3) CROSS SCREEN AT THE FREE THROW LINE

Indiana gets out quick in transition a few minutes later, but Penn State does a nice job of recovering. So Jones sets the offense:

Sheehey comes across from the left wing to the right wing as Zeller sets a cross screen for Jordan Hulls at the free throw line:

It frees Hulls enough to rise, fire and hit:

Both the double screens and the cross screen here were effective; they also freed Indiana from that passing-around-the-perimeter-and-maybe-dumping it-into-Zeller offense, which has gone stagnant at times in Big Ten play.

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  • Anonymous

    I’m as excited about Yogi as anyone else.  But Jordy is a seasoned BIG 10 player.  He will start but Yogi will still see plenty of playing time.

  • I’m afraid you are right…………….

  • Anonymous

    You’re probably right that he will start but I if Hulls isn’t stopping anyone on D and still has trouble feeding the post, then I would like to see Yogi starting

  • Anonymous

    Put your money where your mouth is CreanFaithful.

  • MillaRed

    He can score. And that’s about it. He is on one NBA Mock Draft, the #58 overall in 2013. Way behind a lottery pick named Jeremy Hollowell.

    I know he can score, but All-American? Puhlease.

  • MillaRed

    He can score. And that’s about it. He is on one NBA Mock Draft, the #58 overall in 2013. Way behind a lottery pick named Jeremy Hollowell.

    I know he can score, but All-American? Puhlease.

  • Anonymous

    Was hoping you might chime in on this thread.  But I don’t bet your coveted “hypothetical dollars.”  Also curious about your Hanner playing time/starting perspective…

  • Anonymous

    “With Indiana going to an identical play here so soon, one wonders if the coaching staff saw something to exploit with such a set at halftime and instructed the Hoosiers to go to it early and often.”  That statement would indicate that Crean made an effective in-game adjustment.  

    @not_an_X’s_&_O’s_coach @only_a_hype_man @great_recruiter_but_poor_coach #Hilarious 

  • Anonymous

    Will this be the last time they update these rankings before the mc d’s game?

  • Chris Schutte

    The one thing that IU’s class has that others dont is chemistry. 4 guys playing aau ball can only  translate to good things. Especially when each is at a different position. They are going to be an immediate force on the court together.

  • Anonymous

    It’s a difficult proposition to say how the five “starting” spots will be filled, with, thankfully, the potential for so much depth next year.  It’s also highly irrelevant in my opinion, because we know Crean loves to use a lot of substitutions in heavy rotation, going with matchups and responding to performance.  A lot of guys will have a role.

    As much trouble as we have rebounding though, I find it difficult to believe that Hanner won’t see significant minutes.  Unlike other areas, we will still be relatively thin up front.  As to whether he starts or not?  I’d say that it’s difficult to see us relegating guys that have earned their spot, Watford and Zeller, to the bench.  We could go big, but that pushes out Depo or Sheehey (who have earned starter type roles themselves).  I just don’t see Hanner starting too frequently.

    I could copy and paste the same logic into our Yogi disagreement, to support your side, admittedly.  Hulls has earned a spot.  Further, Crean does stay faithful to experienced “leaders” despite apt challenges from younger guys that may or may not have more ability, spark, effectiveness.  And then there is the success of this year’s team factor, that would make it even less likely that Crean decides to hand anything over to the younger class.

    The difference I see is the nature of the PG position itself.  Not only do I see Yogi having relative strengths that are desperately needed by this year’s team, i.e. the ability to create on the dribble and penetrate while looking to pass, I see him as our natural leader.   

    I only have to go back to the Nebraska game to see that we lacked a go-to-guy in crunch time.  Everybody standing around, not sure what to do with the ball.  I think Yogi fills that void.  It’s more important that he closes games than starts, but I think you send the message to the team that this is the Point guy on our team by inserting him in the starting five.  Hand the guy the keys and see if he can drive.

    Alas, I think I could lose our bet.  I’d play Hulls and Yogi both in the starting five (despite the defensive issues with doing so).  But that’s just me…  Also, there is a some sense in using a sort of two line Hockey approach- the guys that have been doing it together this year and the guys that have been playing for the Elite.

    Let’s just say, Yogi “should” start.

  • Anonymous

    Espn is a joke. Yogi and hollowell should be all Americans. We all know that yogi is a top two PG. He will have 15 assists in the mc d’s game… Write that down (van wilder’s dad’s voice!) He is clearly the best, pure one guard in the nation. He reminds me of dukes jay williams when shooting and his ability to find teammates reminds me of a young chris Paul. Raymond Felton type speed. He’s not 6’4″ so he won’t be top 15. I’d rather have him than any recruit in 2012.

  • Anonymous

    Cheaney told him. Lol

  • Anonymous

    Great post as usual.

    It’s nice to know that when (and if) the Hoosiers lose again, I will find comfort in being amused by the countless posts about how Indiana doesn’t run an offense. 

  • JerryCT

    When our offense suffers it is not because of X’s and O’s. Now that we are not forcing Hulls/Jones to be Derrick Rose we have a better offensive scheme. WHen the offense sputters it usually can be traced to:

    + poor defense and defensive rebounding  ==> we are much better early in the shot clock

    + too much Hulls on the dribble resulting in near traps while they play ball denial on CW

    CTC reacts to this always with what is documented here : 1) Hulls go to a shooting role and position, 2) CW begins to set screens and 3) Jones handles the ball

  • MillaRed

    Cracks me up. If Pritchard sets that screen for Hulls instead of Cody he gets whistled for a Flagrant 2.

  • MillaRed

    Cracks me up. If Pritchard sets that screen for Hulls instead of Cody he gets whistled for a Flagrant 2.