Film Session: Defending the 3-pointer

With last Thursday’s game against Indiana Wesleyan not hitting the Big Ten Network until Wednesday, the inaugural Film Session comes a little late this season. Onwards.

Indiana Wesleyan got off to a hot start against Indiana last Thursday thanks to an early barrage of open 3-point looks the Wildcats knocked down. A look at what went wrong for the Hoosiers defensively on three such 3-pointers in the season debut of Film Session:

I.

After showing a little full-court pressure off an inbounds, Indiana sets up in the halfcourt. Jordan Hulls doesn’t immediately mark a Wesleyan player; he instead assumes a bit of a rover roll at the top of the key with his hands up:

D.J. Bettinger dribbles left and initiates the offense by passing to Jordan Weidner on the left wing. Patrick Hopkins comes across to the left high post and gets doubled by Cody Zeller and Hulls. This leaves the weak side vulnerable to attack:

From there, it’s a simple turn and pass to Aaron Martin, who knocks down the 3-pointer:

Not sure if Hulls was supposed to be marking someone here out of the gate or not. (UPDATE: I think, as Cbruce576 points out on Twitter, that Indiana is actually in a 2-3 zone here with Yogi Ferrell late to get into position because he’s applying on-ball pressure. Hence why Hulls is playing where he is.) But by Wesleyan putting the ball in the middle of the defense, they were able to exploit it for an open trey.

Video:

II.

Martin sets a pick for Bettinger before halfcourt:

Which has Hulls switching with Ferrell to pick up Bettinger across the timeline:

Bettinger hands it off to Weidner, who curls up as Hopkins looks to get a body on Victor Oladipo with a ball screen:

Hopkins never gets a body on Oladipo, but it doesn’t stop Zeller from showing hard and pressuring Weidner well out past the 3-point line with Oladipo:

Weidner is able to thread the D and find Hopkins, and with two Indiana defenders above the top of the key, Wesleyan is again on the advantage:

This time, Hopkins looks over to the right wing again, but instead makes a pass behind him to Bettinger who connects on a 3-pointer:

Hulls is able to pop out near the 3-point line quickly here, but because Bettinger flashes some NBA range, he has a wide-open look several feet behind the college line.

Video:

III.

Parker Stouffer sets a pick for Weidner and Zeller again aggressively hedges out to stop dribble penetration:

Out near the timeline, Weidner collects himself:

And passes to Taylor Schoen on the right wing:

Schoen makes an entry pass to George Jones IV on the right block. With Zeller still not recovered, Oladipo comes down to the right block to help, leaving Bettinger open in a smilar spot:

Jones the IV makes a quick pass out to him:

And he connects once more:

By Zeller showing hard on this one as well, it just took Wesleyan again making a few passes to find a wide-open man beyond the 3-point arc.

 Video:

  • Evansville Hoosier

    it looks like our defensive inefficiencies in this game were due to Crean trying out some more aggressive defensive sets; I’d suspect we play a little safer in games we actually have a chance of losing.

  • twoturntables

    Two out of three of these involve Zeller coming up out of the arc to help or double on a much smaller guard or wing. This seems almost too aggressive, I would much have Zeller defending the rim than out near the half-court line.

  • HoosierPat

    The hedge is way too agressive. It takes too long to recover when they hedge out that far and gives the opposing team numbers.

  • http://www.facebook.com/thomas.mcdonough.9216 Thomas McDonough

    Playing teams like Weslyan allow you to try things you might not normally do..

    I like that Zeller helped but hes got to get back quicker.. No reason for him to come so far out.. Bettinger is a great shooter….

  • Dflahardy

    I can’t friggin wait,, why is today not Friday??

  • http://twitter.com/Chugustus Chuck Flynn

    True. If Zeller’s hedging that high, and he sees his man dive to the block that quickly, it has to be a rotation, with Zeller rotating weakside to pickup the shooter. That doesn’t seem like the healthiest habit, Zeller/Watford are going to end up defending a lot of perimeter scorers on the weakside with our weakside guards defending in the post.

  • MillaRed

    You have a team out there with nothing to lose hitting 27 footers. I was really never worried about it. They were clanking by the middle of the 1st half.

    Other than that, Jordy had a really bad game on both ends. Plenty of time to fix all of this stuff.

    I think the 1st ten minutes would have looked a lot better if we knocked down our free throws.

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  • Hoosier89

    Completely agree. I was thinking that while watching.

  • Hoosier89

    Or hit 3’s at our usual clip.

  • Arch_Puddington

    That’s putting a pretty generous spin on it. Sending Cody that far out and letting ourselves get so imbalanced would be unsound under just about any circumstances. I hope that it is not what it looks like, which is a team that still struggles with rotations and basic help side defense.

  • Arch_Puddington

    That’s putting a pretty generous spin on it. Sending Cody that far out and letting ourselves get so imbalanced would be unsound under just about any circumstances. I hope that it is not what it looks like, which is a team that still struggles with rotations and basic help side defense.

  • Pritch24

    Completely agree. The rule of thumb in my playing days was that you hedge out enough to make the ball carrier take at least one step back. That seems sufficient to me. Too many open 3’s because Cody left his man, leading to simple ball rotation.

  • Pritch24

    Completely agree. The rule of thumb in my playing days was that you hedge out enough to make the ball carrier take at least one step back. That seems sufficient to me. Too many open 3’s because Cody left his man, leading to simple ball rotation.

  • HoosierPat

    I still have nightmares about Pritchard hedging out to halfcourt.

  • HoosierPat

    Jordy has to get shots. They can’t have a shooter of his caliber out there and not use him. And yes, the free throws were pretty bad.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Awesome!

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    The more we run and wear the other team down the quicker they lose their legs. You cannot consistently shoot well from the outside when your legs are tired. Conditioning can do a lot when trying to minimize the success of outside shooting from your opponent. I think this was enough of a hot button issue last season to make it a top priority and IU realizes it must improve this aspect of the game. To maintain the lead and close out an opponent is imperative. Having excellent perimeter defense limits the opportunity for a late run. My gut feeling is Coach will have this fixed and our defense may not be the best overall in the country but will be substantially better and near the top in the Big Ten.

  • http://twitter.com/DrB365 Coach Bryan

    In response to video 1, my 2 observations would bek #1) game JUST started and IU is playing a 2-3 zone? REALLY? Ok, it’s an exhibition so I’ll pass on commentary, but #2) Yogi’s ball-pressure into the zone works for the zone IF Hulls allows Zeller to do his job and cover the man at the high post, which he was in position for. IMO, Hulls tries to do too much, combined with a possible lack of communication by CW, and it yields a 3.

  • http://twitter.com/DrB365 Coach Bryan

    Thoughts on video 2 & 3… When you trap the screens, you ALWAYS run the risk of giving up the 3 IF the other team has good passers or good passing, which Wesleyan showed. In this video and in #3, IU does a good job of covering the basket, which again illustrates the good coaching they’re receiving.
    Remy looked confused on the trap with Zeller in video 3 and the result is Oladipo covering the paint, but leaving the wing open. Communication on those traps will resolve the wide open looks because guys will cover each other better, or know that they’re actually trapping the ball hard or soft.
    Good stuff Ryan. Looking forward to see how they correct these things tonight!
    Go IU!

  • http://twitter.com/DrB365 Coach Bryan

    Thoughts on video 2 & 3… When you trap the screens, you ALWAYS run the risk of giving up the 3 IF the other team has good passers or good passing, which Wesleyan showed. In this video and in #3, IU does a good job of covering the basket, which again illustrates the good coaching they’re receiving.
    Remy looked confused on the trap with Zeller in video 3 and the result is Oladipo covering the paint, but leaving the wing open. Communication on those traps will resolve the wide open looks because guys will cover each other better, or know that they’re actually trapping the ball hard or soft.
    Good stuff Ryan. Looking forward to see how they correct these things tonight!
    Go IU!

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