Film Session: Watford’s big night

In his last four outings before Saturday night’s 21-point, 8-of-12 outburst against Central Connecticut State, senior Christian Watford was just 11 of his last 36, including a 1-of-9 performance against North Carolina and a 3-of-10 outing against Georgetown in Brooklyn.

Watford was helped along against the Blue Devils by getting three wide-open 3-pointers, all of which he hit. But he also showed some aggression in the halfcourt by flashing to open spots and getting some buckets in pick-and-roll action.

A look at four such plays in the latest edition of Film Session.

I. Watford misses his only contested 3-pointer of the evening:

Cody Zeller gets the rebound and sees Jordan Hulls on the right wing:

Hulls has the option to kick it back up top to Yogi Ferrell or hit Watford in the lane, who fills the gap there and calls for the ball. Hulls opts for Yogi:

The Blue Devils are able to recover out and get a body on Ferrell, but he quickly comes right and starts to turn the corner. Watford is still lurking in the paint. Victor Oladipo, on the left block, is also another open option here:

From there, it’s one of Yogi’s patented jump-and-look-one-way-while-throwing-a-dart-the-other-way passes:

Watford finishes with a flush:

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II. This play begins with Watford calling Yogi to come left:

Malcolm McMillan chooses to go under Watford’s screen. Watford starts to flash up top:

Yogi gets the ball up top to Watford. Matt Hunter doesn’t square up completely on him, so he’s get an advantage right:

Terrell Allen does slide over and meet Watford just outside the restricted area, but he draws contact and a foul:

Watford hits both of his free throws.

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III. Watford sets a ball screen for Remy Abell at the top of the key this time around:

Watford has room behind him to roll while Brandon Peel hedges out on Abell:

Abell gets down into the paint and has options with no Blue Devil fully committing to stopping the ball. Oladipo is behind the 3-point line. Watford is ready for the pass on a roll. Abell could also keep attacking:

Abell goes up for a lay-up, which draws both Blue Devil players to the rim. But he quickly fakes the lay-in and dishes to Watford:

Who jams it home:

Nice little pick-and-roll action from Abell and Watford here.

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IV. Zeller sets a ball screen for Hulls. Hulls curls left as Zeller rolls towards open space:

Zeller calls for the ball, but Hulls continues left and spies Watford:

Perhaps because of his hot night from distance, Hunter overplays Watford out on the perimeter. Which allows him to cut behind him toward the rim. Hulls knifes a pass through:

Watford — who’s shooting a rotation-player worst 50.0 percent at the rim this year — gets his first attempt blocked. But he’s able to recover and put it in for two:

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  • Missouri Hoosier

    Nice breakdown of some pretty Hoosier basketball. This team has been very good at finding players cutting to the basket, leading to lots of easy points. However, the fact that Watford is “shooting a rotation-player worst 50.0 percent at the rim this year” is troublesome. Certainly this has always been a weakness of his, but you’d like to see him make some improvements. He’s had a couple of plays this year where he has slammed it home with authority, to which many of us react, “it’s about time!” Just when you think he’s turned the corner though, then he’s goes up soft and gets blocked easily by a smaller player. The upside is that as long as he gets fouled, he’s been extremely accurate from the charity stripe throughout his career.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Watford has the tools, I just think he personally needs the constant motivation to push himself to a higher level of play. CTC pulled him from the starting 5 earlier on and he had a big night. Motivation? I believe so. So what was his motivation this time? Perhaps the recent public statements and published reports of his draft stock falling could have been enough for C Wat to kick in high gear? An obvious assertion here but we are a much more rounded and complete team when he is playing at the top of his game. He is a senior and we need that from him each night.

  • Earl Scheib

    Christian is the man. Keep it up CW. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise: you’re an amazing ball player and a massive, indispensable part of this team and the inevitable banner that will hang in Assembly! Go Hoosiers!

  • http://www.facebook.com/gregory.spera.3 Gregory Spera

    I know this is off topic, but seeing these videos reminded me… I saw some Ohio State game highlights recently and am wondering why OSU hasn’t had to put that ugly B1G logo on their court?

  • ronb

    Well said by both and he did have a good night scoring but he plays a small forward a lot and his man Hunter got 40 points! Also Hollowell did not guard the guy when he was in for CWat either. There is no way this kid should have got 40 points on us. We did not recover on defense when we missed and Hunter got behind us several times for easy buckets and wide open 3’s. They made a small forward look like a super star with no defense. Vic and Will can’t guard everyone! They stopped their best player while the rest of the forwards were to busy trying to get open shots. The reason he gets blocked so much is because the other teams have scouted us for our weaknesses. If he would just use a head fake he could be at the line many more times. We run plays for Watford to get him going so he will keep his head in the game. When is the last time we ran a play for one of college basketball’ best shooters, Jordy Hulls? Watford leads the team in shot attempts while playing just 24.6 minutes a game he should get 20 every night! Sorry but I am not a fan of Watford’s offense however he has been a work horse on the boards. That may all change too when Hanner, Peter, and Elston return. Head Fake,Head Fake,Head Fake and get fouled. He is shooting 91.7% from the line which is outstanding for a big man!

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