Film Session: Zeller’s first half

  • 03/06/2012 8:14 am in

Indiana’s offense was firing on all cylinders in the first half against Purdue on Sunday night, scoring 49 points on 1.37 points per possession.

A look at five plays with heavy Cody Zeller involvement in the latest edition of Film Session.

1)

Jordan Hulls swings the ball to Christian Watford:

Zeller comes over in what appears to be an attempt to set a ball screen:

But Zeller quickly slips the screen on Travis Carroll, who anticipates and starts hedging:

From here it’s an easy pass to Zeller:

Who’s able to rise over Lewis Jackson easily for a dunk:

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2)

Watford grabs a rebound and quickly outlets to Hulls:

Hulls passes it ahead of the defense to Zeller, a spot he’s often found himself in this year on the break:

Zeller catches:

And is swarmed by Purdue:

He passes out of four defenders to Will Sheehey:

Sheehey is fouled on a missed bucket and made one of two free throws:

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3)

Zeller looks for the ball on the left block:

But gets fronted by D.J. Byrd:

As Verdell Jones passes to Watford, Zeller gets some separation on a push:

Watford makes a quick pass:

Zeller is able to sneak in a bucket for two points:

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4)

Matt Roth gives Zeller an entry pass:

Byrd doubles down on him:

Zeller dribbles out to get a better view of his options:

Roth is wide open, and Zeller throw a cross-court pass:

Roth rises, fires and hits:

As Gary Williams notes on the call, this is not a play a lot of big men can make. But Zeller can.

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5)

Zeller begins to set a high ball screen for Hulls:

Caroll hedges for a bit and Jackson doesn’t pick up Zeller. This leave him alone as Ryne Smith runs by Zeller to pick up Roth beyond the arc:

Zeller catches the pass from Hulls:

And it’s another high-percentage look in the form of a dunk for the Big Ten’s Freshman of the Year:

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  • mrjonessodaandme

    If he stays 3 years and steadily improves, I can’t even imagine whats possible in the coming years. And to think, he’s getting even a better PG to feed him the ball next year. He’s gonna improve in that regard without trying.

  • SeattleHoosier

    We are so fortunate to have him.

  • PontifexMaximus

    The first of these plays was one of the best offensive sets of our entire season. My wife and rewound our DVR and watched it 2 more times while the game was still going on just to see how it was all set up. Great read by Zeller, great pass by Watford.

  • Almost as conspicuous here is Roth in the way he complements Zeller in spacing the floor. I think he’ll be the most missed senior; I mean, few guys shoot 55% from 3.

  • Amill

    best part of the entire film session was when roth catches the ball in the corner, and painter reacts by throwing his hands in the air in disbelief that purdue left him wide open.

  • Joe B

    haha nice catch.  Yeh he turns away and doesn’t watch with his hands on his head like “Well, that’s 3 more!!”

  • Oldguyy

    The offense in the first half was a thing of the most sublime beauty.

  • Laueb

    Just look at IU’s spacing on all for the still frames pictures above, just perfect!! I didn’t think these guys would ever really get this good at Crean’s offense this year. I’m very impressed with Crean and his staff’s x’s and o’s on diplay in these last several games.

  • Laueb

    Just look at IU’s spacing on all for the still frames pictures above, just perfect!! I didn’t think these guys would ever really get this good at Crean’s offense this year. I’m very impressed with Crean and his staff’s x’s and o’s on diplay in these last several games.

  • InTheMtns

    Love these film sessions, especially when they are to watch beautiful plays like these. Thanks, Ryan!