Film Session: The anatomy of Indiana’s selflessness

Beyond the relentless break this Indiana team throws at opponents, beyond the individual talent of their Starting Six, there’s this truth: These Hoosiers, they of the most efficient offense in the country, show a special ability to share the ball and make the extra (and sometimes extra-extra-extra) pass.

A deep look at a prime example of their unselfishness in the latest edition of Film Session.

Indiana punches the lead out to 19 in the second half against North Carolina and the water smells of blood.

Cody Zeller snags a rebound on the left block off a Tar Heel miss. He immediately outlet passes to Jordan Hulls. Hulls pushes it up the left side of the court. Will Sheehey — who bragged before the season that “there’s nobody in the country that can run as far and as long as I can,” and a re-watch of Indiana’s torrid run in the second half can make you a believer in such things  — and Victor Oladipo sprint down the right side and look to fill an opening in the middle of the floor near the top of the key:

Yogi Ferrell is down in the right corner already ahead of the defense — he started his sprint down the court with less distance to cover than Sheeladipo — but there’s risk in Hulls playing that angle with Marcus Paige sitting under the free throw line. So Hulls opts to slow things down with Indiana not having the numbers to take advantage, as North Carolina has all five players over halfcourt.

Recognizing there will be no fast-break score here, Sheehey immediately goes and sets a ball screen for Hulls. It becomes a double ball screen when Cody Zeller enters the play as well. You can see that Hulls starts to split the defenders as both ball screens free him from Leslie McDonald and Joel James makes the decision to reach for the ball instead of getting his body in front of Jordy:

With the defense broken down, Hulls has options. Oladipo, like Zeller, is skilled at using the baseline area under the basket to create angles for scores. He’s sneaking around down there. Yogi is still over in the right corner. Sheehey is also an option back where he set the initial ball screen that freed Hulls:

Hulls draws all five Tar Heels in or near the paint and opts to whip it out to Yogi while avoiding a charge:

Ferrell ball fakes and gets by Reggie Bullock. Just as he’s met by McDonald and it looks as if he might try and go over him with a floater for a score, Ferrell turns his body and whips a pass to Sheehey, who’s filled into an opening in the left high post — a mid-range area Sheehey thrives in:

But instead of taking the shot, Sheehey turns and passes to Hulls on the left wing, who’s open for a 3-pointer — a distance he’s often automatic from. But Hulls doesn’t square up and fire; he immediately throws the hockey assist to Oladipo in the left corner:

With Indiana swinging the ball from right corner to left corner, this does allow North Carolina to re-set its defense some after Hulls’ breakdown of it, as all five defenders here are spaced better and are near Indiana’s five:

Oladipo ends up missing the trey, but Yogi springs for the board. Paige slides down off the perimeter instead of getting a body on Hulls for a box-out. Hulls is so far away from Paige at this point that he’s not even in camera’s view:

Yogi, as he did with his pass to Sheehey earlier in the possession, shows one way — he dribbles under the bucket toward the left corner — and then turns and whips a rocket of a pass to Hulls. Paige, at this point, follows Yogi’s decoy move and even tries getting his hands on the pass:

Leave Jordan Hulls open once beyond the arc with a more open teammate and he’ll pass him the ball. Leave him wide open a second time, and it’s buckets:

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  • mrjonessodaandme

    Right when Hulls catches the pass from Yogi (at 21 seconds), Schulman and Vitale both go ‘Uh-oh.’ Pretty funny…and correct.

  • RKJackson23

    Well done, Mr. Corazza!! Great breakdown.

  • RKJackson23

    Well done, Mr. Corazza!! Great breakdown.

  • wakajawaka

    Quite simply, a thing of beauty.

  • INexpat2001

    Loved the film sessions already but the gifs, arrows, etc. to illustrate the action make it even better!

  • Oldguyy

    I’m guessing there were some Tar Heels in neck braces after they watched the ball whip around so much the other night.

  • Andrew Walker

    I’ve watched the video several times but can’t figure out how Yogi knew Hulls was open.

  • Andrew Walker

    I’ve watched the video several times but can’t figure out how Yogi knew Hulls was open.

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    I watch a ton of college basketball and have seen Duke, pUKe, Syracuse, Louisville, MSU, Mich, OSU, Florida, and several other top ranked teams play several times this year. Without exception, the only team that moves the ball like IU does (or did the other night) is Florida. Even Duke relied heavily on the dribble to create offense. Michigan moves it well, but not as well as IU and Florida. OSU may as well be an NBA team because they rely almost entirely on 1-on-1 dribbling.

    At this point in the year, depending on seeds and brackets, I would feel comfortable saying IU, Duke, and Florida are early Final Four favorites with Syracuse, Michigan, and Gonzaga all being capable of filling the last spot. I think what makes college basketball special is that even with all the movements to become more like the pro game it still remains true that the team who shares the ball the best and has the best movement usually wins.

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    Oh, and after reading some stuff and thinking about it today, I think Trey Lyles is an idiot! Here’s his two options: 1) Go to IU and probably play with Yogi and Noah Vonleh for one year but be “the guy” or at least one of the two guys. 2) Go to pUKe and play with 4-5 other guys who are ranked higher than him and better NBA prospects than he is. Then you consider if he goes to IU he would be a home town hero while leading his team to a potential national championship. If he goes to pUKe he is just another guy on a team with potential national championship talent.

    Why would an Indiana kid make that decision? Is a shoe contract really worth it? He doesn’t stand to gain anything by not going to IU! I think it’s a real bad decision!

  • ToughMikeK’s

    Dickie V while the ball is in the air: “Count it!” … “They’re jumping for joy at Kilroy’s!”

  • ToughMikeK’s

    Dickie V while the ball is in the air: “Count it!” … “They’re jumping for joy at Kilroy’s!”

  • hoosierstateofmind

    This is what Indiana basketball is all about. To me the best part of the play is when Sheehey moves from his wide open spot on the far wing into the high post. That is just smart basketball b/c it a)makes it easier for him to get the pass and b) fills the best void created in the defense while all the UNC players are basically within a few feet of the bucket. That positioning allowed Hulls and Oladipo to get to their spots as well. High School coaches should have a field day showing this to teams on how spacing is the most important things to offense, not how fast you are.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    This is amazing and I will never forget this time in my life of fanhood. This group really has ushered in the resurgence of Indiana Basketball. Obviously, the rankings, but the pure mentality and culture has been cemented. Indiana basketball for the most part was built on being unselfish and winning with talent, class, and high moral standards. I feel this group is so tightly knit that there is little that could get in between them to degrade their unity.

    It feels pretty good knowing the team you support has their identity figured out. What is scary is that they are rapidly building a swagger because THEY KNOW they have their identity figured out. It isn’t about basketball fundamentals, drills, or sets. These guys are cerebral about the mental aspects of being a team. Not many teams in any sport ever capture that. These guys aren’t cocky about their abilities or portray that they are owed anything because of who they are. They just have confidence in each other and self confidence knowing that their team has their back in every situation. Win or lose this team will always be special to remember because it embodies at such a high level of what Indiana Basketball is about. Team play. It doesn’t matter who makes the plays, and everyone seems to understand that any player on any night can lead the team to victory. From that as well it never has been portrayed that any player believes they deserve accolades for what they did to deliver a win. I am really just amazed at this point, and so very blessed to be a Hoosier.

    This is 200% Tom Crean’s team and program now. Coach Knight is just a part of history, but I can tell you this. If Coach Knight truly has inside information given to him about the maturity, unity, discipline, strength, and leadership that this Indiana team has…..I can bet you just about anything that he is proud of them and impressed with this team. A team performing like this was his goal all along and he had several teams that were like this. Even though it always had to be his way to get there, I just can’t see any reason at all beyond the petty stuff that he isn’t smiling from ear to ear on the inside.

    So is Sheeladipo official? I kind of like Villadeehey (Vill-la-dee-hee) which incorporates both first and last names. Just sayin’

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    This is amazing and I will never forget this time in my life of fanhood. This group really has ushered in the resurgence of Indiana Basketball. Obviously, the rankings, but the pure mentality and culture has been cemented. Indiana basketball for the most part was built on being unselfish and winning with talent, class, and high moral standards. I feel this group is so tightly knit that there is little that could get in between them to degrade their unity.

    It feels pretty good knowing the team you support has their identity figured out. What is scary is that they are rapidly building a swagger because THEY KNOW they have their identity figured out. It isn’t about basketball fundamentals, drills, or sets. These guys are cerebral about the mental aspects of being a team. Not many teams in any sport ever capture that. These guys aren’t cocky about their abilities or portray that they are owed anything because of who they are. They just have confidence in each other and self confidence knowing that their team has their back in every situation. Win or lose this team will always be special to remember because it embodies at such a high level of what Indiana Basketball is about. Team play. It doesn’t matter who makes the plays, and everyone seems to understand that any player on any night can lead the team to victory. From that as well it never has been portrayed that any player believes they deserve accolades for what they did to deliver a win. I am really just amazed at this point, and so very blessed to be a Hoosier.

    This is 200% Tom Crean’s team and program now. Coach Knight is just a part of history, but I can tell you this. If Coach Knight truly has inside information given to him about the maturity, unity, discipline, strength, and leadership that this Indiana team has…..I can bet you just about anything that he is proud of them and impressed with this team. A team performing like this was his goal all along and he had several teams that were like this. Even though it always had to be his way to get there, I just can’t see any reason at all beyond the petty stuff that he isn’t smiling from ear to ear on the inside.

    So is Sheeladipo official? I kind of like Villadeehey (Vill-la-dee-hee) which incorporates both first and last names. Just sayin’

  • marcusgresham

    I love reading that Ohio State relies on dribbling, because I think on-ball defense is one of IU’s strengths. There are at least 4 perimeter defenders on this team with the skills to shut down that type of attack (Oladipo, Ferrell, Sheehey, Abell.)

  • marcusgresham

    Not sure if I was widely seen because it was posted late in a thread, but I pointed out that one telling stat supporting the unselfishness and depth of this team is that, despite averaging about 87 points per game through 7 games, one game of 20 and one of 23 (both from Zeller,) are the only 20-point performances on the season.

  • marcusgresham

    Not sure if I was widely seen because it was posted late in a thread, but I pointed out that one telling stat supporting the unselfishness and depth of this team is that, despite averaging about 87 points per game through 7 games, one game of 20 and one of 23 (both from Zeller,) are the only 20-point performances on the season.

  • Jack Nolan

    That was a great series. There was one other where Hulls drove to the hoop, and had two NC player around him, and he whips a crazy pass out to a wide open (Sheehey??). It was very obvious, Jordy knew he would be there without even looking.
    Sheehey said it best, when they play like a team (and they do that a LOT) they are very, very good.
    It’s going to be a great season.

  • KevOMG

    I haven’t thought about Lyles since he decommited.

    “Don’t want him, don’t need him”

  • MK

    Lyles wants to be one and done. He has made that clear…obviously Cal made the appeal to him that his guys go higher in the draft and he will prepare him better for the NBA. Trey has his eyes focused solely on the NBA, thats all he cares about…

  • MK

    Lyles wants to be one and done. He has made that clear…obviously Cal made the appeal to him that his guys go higher in the draft and he will prepare him better for the NBA. Trey has his eyes focused solely on the NBA, thats all he cares about…

  • yimyames

    Is it just me or is Hulls learning alot from our new point guard? Seems Hulls is all of a sudden being more aggressive and attempting passes he used to be reluctant to do. Real Yogi-like imo

  • yimyames

    Is it just me or is Hulls learning alot from our new point guard? Seems Hulls is all of a sudden being more aggressive and attempting passes he used to be reluctant to do. Real Yogi-like imo

  • unclekerfuffle

    If you ever get a chance to see a close up of the back of Yogi’s head when he’s driving the ball, you will understand how he does it.

  • Kenneth234

    I would still love to have him, he has plenty of time to make the right choice for him…which is Indiana. But even though I have been waiting patiently as possible for this season to arrive since the start of last season, I find myself already considering next season.

    Just imagine if we only lose the seniors, we may have to see someone transfer like Etherington and someone pay their way but:

    Zeller, Nolah, Sheehey, Oladipo, and Ferrell as a starting 5, with a second unit of Jurkin, Perea, Hallowell, Creek, and Abel, with Robinson,Fischer, and Williams rounding out the bench. Or it could be some other combination coming off the bench. But that is still 13 players, and only 12 scholarships.

  • Kenneth234

    Ohio State may be one of the worst teams I have seen in containing the dribble off a ball screen. Their defense against Duke was embarrassing for any Big Ten fan, and anyone who voted them in the top 5.

    Duke is not as good as their schedule and victories indicates either. Still think that NC State is better than them

  • Kenneth234

    Ohio State may be one of the worst teams I have seen in containing the dribble off a ball screen. Their defense against Duke was embarrassing for any Big Ten fan, and anyone who voted them in the top 5.

    Duke is not as good as their schedule and victories indicates either. Still think that NC State is better than them

  • Johninmi

    Yeah that’s what I noticed most, the neck movement. They had to be exhausted from watching that ball movement, much less defending against it.

    And as everyone else has said, this is Indiana basketball. And I absolutely love watching them play. I know this is a little late, but I love to hear Roy Williams say we got beat by Zeller and 2 guys I’ve never even heard of!

  • Johninmi

    Agreed, I’d love to see another Sheehey or Olidipo come into IU. Those are the guys you really want anyway.

  • Johninmi

    Agreed, I’d love to see another Sheehey or Olidipo come into IU. Those are the guys you really want anyway.

  • Johninmi

    Agreed, I’d love to see another Sheehey or Olidipo come into IU. Those are the guys you really want anyway.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tony-Phillips/100001004847898 Tony Phillips

    Actually, I would say that Yogi is learning leadership from Hulls at this point.
    And though Hulls was not originally a natural PG, he has, with his intelligence become one.

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