That’s A Wrap: Offense

Welcome to “That’s A Wrap,” our recap of the 2011-2012 Indiana Hoosiers. Today: Indiana’s offense.

Final stats (36 games): 77.3 ppg, 49.2 FG %, 55.2 eFG %, 43.1 3P FG% 76.3 FT %, 44.5 % FTR.

Indiana opened the season with 90+ points in three of its first four games. Many probably attributed it to the level of competition, which included the likes of Stony Brook, Evansville and Savannah State.

But as the wins mounted in the non-conference and the offensive output continued to rank near the top of the heap nationally, it became clear the Hoosiers possessed an elite offense. In the final game of the season, a 102-90 loss to Kentucky in the Sweet 16, it was the offense that kept IU within striking distance of the Wildcats for much of the second half.

So how were the Hoosiers able to jump from the nation’s 64th best offense in 2010-2011 to the 6th ranked offense in 2011-2012?

It all started in the middle with the efficiency of Cody Zeller. His offensive rating of 126.8 was the 14th best in the country. His effective field goal percentage of 62.3 ranked 22nd nationally. And he was among the top 50 players nationally at drawing fouls and getting to the line.

The residual effect of defenses being forced to game plan for Zeller spilled across the rest of the roster. The perimeter opened up and the Hoosiers went from a 34.6 percent three-point shooting team in 2010-2011 to 43.1 percent in 2011-2012, which ranked second nationally. Four different regulars — Christian Watford, Derek Elston, Jordan Hulls and Matt Roth — hit over 43 percent of their 3-point attempts.

Indiana also enjoyed a healthy jump in free throw attempts and converted at a high rate. The Hoosiers ranked 12th nationally in free throw percentage and were 15th in free throw rate (FTA/FGA). Over 23 percent of IU’s points came from the foul line. It was a theme Tom Crean emphasized early in the season and a clear area of improvement.

Beyond the statistical measuring sticks, Indiana showed maturity with better decision making and crisper ball movement. This led to a far more balanced offensive attack as evidenced by the fact that six different players averaged better than 7.5 points per game and four averaged double figures.

The Bottom Line: The Hoosiers’ jump from an average offense in 2010-2011 to an elite offensive in 2011-2012 coincided with their jump from the bottom of the Big Ten into the top 15 teams in the country. Many wondered what impact Zeller could and would have as a freshman. Ultimately, he was the missing piece Indiana needed to turn the corner offensively. Not only did he post good enough numbers to rank in the top 10 of KenPom’s national player of the year race, his unselfishness led to an improved cohesiveness.

With nearly every key piece returning next fall, the next test will be integrating five-star point guard Yogi Ferrell into the mix and continuing to operate with similar levels of efficiency.

PreviouslyChristian WatfordDerek Elston, Jordan Hulls, Matt Roth, Tom Pritchard, Verdell JonesVictor OladipoWill Sheehey, Cody Zeller#benchmob, Remy Abell

  • Kreigh_Smiths_Short_Shorts

    The offense rocked.  Now, with an improvement in defense, banner #6 is soon to be hanging in Assembly Hall.

  • Devout Hoosier

    It wasn’t just Zeller, though he was a huge factor.  Shooting percentages don’t get that high without a lot of hardwork.  I’m sure we saw the fruits of summer improvement, gym rats, and repetition in practice.  The fact that the whole team improved, especially in free throws & 3 pointers, shows an emphasis from the players and the coaches.  Many thanks for the commitment and I sure hope it continues.  I *love* Indiana being know for great shooting, it has always been something we can hang our hats on.

  • Devout Hoosier

    It wasn’t just Zeller, though he was a huge factor.  Shooting percentages don’t get that high without a lot of hardwork.  I’m sure we saw the fruits of summer improvement, gym rats, and repetition in practice.  The fact that the whole team improved, especially in free throws & 3 pointers, shows an emphasis from the players and the coaches.  Many thanks for the commitment and I sure hope it continues.  I *love* Indiana being know for great shooting, it has always been something we can hang our hats on.

  • BKLock

    Offense wins games, defense wins championships…If the defensive improvement next year matches the offensive improvement from this year, banner #6 can be a reality sooner rather than later.  

    GO HOOSIERS! 

  • marcusgresham

    While the defense wasn’t what everyone hoped it would be (and I expect it to become as soon as next year,) it was much improved, as was the rebounding.  These were two factors that contributed to the improved offense, as well.  I’d bet if someone were to take the time to compile the stats (Jerry, you aren’t busy are you?) there would be far more fast-break baskets this season than there were the previous season.  You can also factor in rebounding from the aspect of the increase in offensive boards leading to more opportunities.

  • Hoosierfan323

     Reading this article made me think of a post on Twitter from CTC.  I posted it below.

     
    “If you thought we got faster and more explosive this season, wait until you see the pace we play at next year!” -CTC

    We are definitely closing in on hanging another banner in Assembly Hall!!!  GO HOOSIERS!!

  • Hardwood83

     Definitely increasing the athleticism several levels by trading Moore, VJ3, Roth & TP for Yogi, Patterson, Hollowell & Perea.

  • marcusgresham

    With no disrespect to the outgoing guys, when you compare those two groups the former will look like the fat-guy relay teams the track coaches would run out in high school just to get the shot/disc guys doing something else.

  • marcusgresham

    With no disrespect to the outgoing guys, when you compare those two groups the former will look like the fat-guy relay teams the track coaches would run out in high school just to get the shot/disc guys doing something else.

  • Outoftheloop

    Slightly off the thread, but does anyone know much about Trevor Thompson, the current junior at Ben Davis who is 6’10 with a wingspan of 7’9. He will be playing AAU ball with the Eric Gordon team of Irvin, Beachem, Davis, Hartman, etc. Is there any chance that he is a “sleeper” Big Man who will be great by the end of the HS season in 2013 and could be added to our 2013 class if Beejay Anya goes elsewhere?

  • plane1972

    Off topic, but Rivals has their updated 2012 individual rankings and Glenn Robinson 3 jumps to #11? McGary falls to #30 and Yogi comes in at #19 ahead of Gary Harris (#25), Hollowell (#41) and Perea (#43). Interesting. Check it out.

    http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/basketball/recruiting/rankings/rank-2509?sct=hp_t11_a4

  • SCHoosier

    Wasn’t until second half of the season that I thought Crean’s half court offense started to click. Even then there were games that they couldn’t get the ball to Zeller or penetrate and kick out for a three. Yogi should fix that next year. Hoosiers even scored after some time outs to call a play which hadn’t happened much in the past three years. Experience is a great thing..this offense has enuff of it now to really light it up. My concern is defense… to be a top 5 team..we need to shut down some good opponets. That didn’t happen much. I asume that’s tomorrow’s post?

  • 888

    Man I think we really missed out on GR3. The kids body is just like his dads. He was ranked110 last year. I know Garys a great athlete but hes very inconsistent and wouldnt trade 2 Garys for 1 Yogi. Jeremy is a 5 star theyll find out soon enough!!!!

  • Evansville Hoosier

    I’m really interested in this Stanford Robinson guy that Bozich was tweeting about earlier. He seems really talented, and should only rise in the rankings

  • BBB

    Oddly, Scout now has Hollowell #27, Perea #33, Yogi #34, and Gary Harris #11. I thought the 2 lists were somewhat closely aligned a few months ago.

  • iufan4life10

    I’m not sure what the final standings are but IU was in the top 10 of points scored after timeouts this past season.  I would say that is a huge improvement from the previous season. 

    As far as the defense is concerned we definitely need to make huge strides to compete at the elite level next year.  I think with the athleticism of the 2012 class, along with an uptempo style, we will improve on defense a lot.

  • jaywiz

    Agreed, you can’t give up 102 points….ever. You can play an offensive gem and put up sayyyyyy… 90 pts? and still lose. When the season is over next year and the highest score put up against IU is 70(still too high) that can be something to be proud of.

  • jaywiz

    Any word on the UK rivalry? I want our hoosiers to be the first to hand Cal a loss at Rupp.

  • SGHoosier

    Halfway though the season the team started to believe in the system and themselves. It was the mental aspect that changed. That was the difference.

  • Pinehurst

    “Mental is to physical as four is to one”. RMK

  • marcusgresham

    It’s all relative to your offense.  If you run, you give up more points because (even if you score,) you give the ball back sooner.

    Sure, Wisconsin plays great defense, but don’t discount the fact its defensive points-per-game average is greatly assisted by its offensive desire to hold onto the ball longer than it takes Axl Rose to release an album. 

    Giving up 70 is no great worry if you score over 80.  I doubt Kentucky was overly upset to have given up that 90.

  • plane1972

    Yeah, I think it goes to show you at a certain point these ratings are all subjective and don’t mean a whole lot until the guy shows up on campus and you see if not only his ability is as good as billed, but how well he gets integrated into the system. It’s all fit. I think Will and Vic are prime examples of that.

    The beauty I see in the situation in Bloomington is that Crean is a player’s coach who holds people accountable. There are no inmates and no asylum for them to run. He really epitomizes surrounding yourself with good people and good things will come.

  • plane1972

    Yeah, I think it goes to show you at a certain point these ratings are all subjective and don’t mean a whole lot until the guy shows up on campus and you see if not only his ability is as good as billed, but how well he gets integrated into the system. It’s all fit. I think Will and Vic are prime examples of that.

    The beauty I see in the situation in Bloomington is that Crean is a player’s coach who holds people accountable. There are no inmates and no asylum for them to run. He really epitomizes surrounding yourself with good people and good things will come.

  • plane1972

    Great insights, gresh!

  • Devout Hoosier

    I want two new T-shirts for next year.  They both will say Indiana on the front but on the back I want “The Movement” and another with “4 is to 1″.  I have an old college t-shirt now that says more Hustle, more Sweat, more Desire, more Heart makes a Hoosier but Knight’s quote is so much better.

    I don’t condone tattoos but if Oladipo was to get one it should be “4 is to 1″. 

  • Devout Hoosier

    I want two new T-shirts for next year.  They both will say Indiana on the front but on the back I want “The Movement” and another with “4 is to 1″.  I have an old college t-shirt now that says more Hustle, more Sweat, more Desire, more Heart makes a Hoosier but Knight’s quote is so much better.

    I don’t condone tattoos but if Oladipo was to get one it should be “4 is to 1″. 

  • Noah Cook

     Oladipo should improve his jumping ability so he can jump over Nerlens Noel and Anthony Davis.  LOL he’s a beast!

  • Noah Cook

     A combo of smart offense and smart defense wins championships.

  • Rikker68

    I think the biggest obstacle for next year’s team will be, whether or not Crean can manage all the talent and have them play together effectively. Hopefully the chemistry will be in the same ball park as last year and all will be good.

  • ThePureDivine

    I totally agree becuase these boys are going to be “fighting” to play the way they are used to! & Patterson has a HOT attitude so i wont be surprised if some of the players get on his bad side. I mean he tried to fight Trey Lyles during a game a frew months ago, becuase Lyles was giving it to him HARD! lol

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