Film Session: Butler’s post-halftime scoring

Butler exposed Indiana’s defense at times in its 88-86 overtime win against the Hoosiers. This was especially apparent after halftime, as the Bulldogs pumped in 1.28 points per possession during the second half and overtime at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Saturday. Indiana had done a strong job so far this season at limiting 3-point makes, but Butler connected on 50 percent (6-of-12) during the final 25 minutes of play, including back-to-back daggers in the overtime period to erase a four-point deficit and take a two-point lead.

A look at what happened on those two 3-pointers — as well as a look at another Butler score from distance and one at the rim — in the latest edition of Film Session.

SECOND HALF:

I. Hanner Mosquera-Perea checks into the game for Cody Zeller before an inbounds play. He’s involved immediately, as Rotnei Clarke sets a screen for Khyle Marshall:

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Sheehey switches onto Marshall, while Perea slides down in the lane a bit. By the time he turns his head, Clarke is already curling around Erik Fromm, who’s got a body on Christian Watford and preventing him from immediately picking up Clarke:

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Clarke is able to get a clean look off — though Watford does eventually make his way out and try and get a hand up — which he hits:

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Tough to be too critical of Mosquera-Perea here; after all, these were his first collegiate minutes of his career against a team doing a lot of screening. But the fact remains: Butler took the advantage and scored three points.

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II. This play starts with Clarke handing the ball off to Roosevelt Jones:

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From there, Sheehey has to deal with three screens in a row before Clark eventually sets up on the left wing:

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Sheehey is able to get over the top of the last one and looks to put pressure on the ball with a reach-in:

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Sheehey then blankets Clarke with a defensive stance with his left foot over the 3-point line. His body and right foot appear to be a little open to the baseline:

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Clarke heads with his left hand towards the baseline, taking the sliver of space Sheehey is giving him:

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Watford doesn’t come to meet him quickly enough, and Clarke is able to get a clear path to the hoop for the bucket:

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Sheehey did a strong job of staying with Clarke here and denying him a look from distance shortly after he connected on the inbounds play detailed above. But as Crean said in his post-game comments: “They got more layups than we did.”

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OVERTIME:

III. Chase Stigall takes a somewhat contested 3-pointer over Sheehey:

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He misses. It’s a long rebound which caroms out to the top of the key where no Bulldog or Hoosier is. Another 50-50 ball up for grabs:

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And yup: Just as you suspected, it’s Butler who scoops it up, as Stigall picks up his miss. Keep an eye on Clark. It looks like he had already faded back on defense, as he’s on the other side of the halfcourt line:

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Stigall turns and finds Clarke entering back into the play. Victor Oladipo spots this, and starts racing towards where Clarke is going to receive the ball:

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Oladipo does a great job of recovering back, but Clarke still gets off a deep 3-pointer … which he hits:

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This was one of those moments that happened a couple times in the game where Indiana played well enough to force Butler into a miss, only for the Bulldogs to snag a 50-50 ball and convert. Tough blow.

IV. After Yogi Ferrell’s entry pass to Zeller is stolen on Indiana’s ensuing possession, Stigall sets a pick for Clarke:

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There’s some miscommunication here. Oladipo continues to track Clarke as Sheehey opts to do so as well. This leaves Stigall open at the top of the key:

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Stigall fakes a pass to Alex Barlow on the left wing, which Hulls bites hard on. It looks as if Hulls might be picking up Stigall, so Sheehey can be seen running to the left wing to mark Barlow:

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So with Sheehey looking elsewhere and Hulls popping out, Stigall steps into open space, fires and connects:

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This was another deep 3-pointer from Butler, and sometimes you have to tip your cap. But Indiana’s defense also went silent and was all over the place on a key possession here, and it helped Stigall find an uncontested shot which put Butler up with just under a minute to play in overtime.

Video of the back-to-back sequence in full:

  • chiv86

    Is it just me or was that a moving pick on Watford to slow him down on closing on the 3 point shooter? On the 1st example

  • CreamandCrimson

    Both teams were setting illegal screens all day. They are “brush screens” or “rub screens” and the player setting the screen barely gets set before continuing on his path. Butler is particularly good at this and I know Tom Crean said before the game that Butler “sets a lot of screens and put pressure on the referee to determine whether it’s illegal or not.”

    I don’t remember hardly any illegal screens being called all day on either team. At least the officials were consistent with it.

  • notfargj

    several times – for various reasons – kellogg mentioned that IU needed to get the ball down into zeller. vitale emphatically said the same thing during the kentucky game, particularly when davis had 4 fouls. it seems obvious but why doesn’t it happen?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steve-Fischer/691470077 Steve Fischer

    Hey stop rubbing it in -isn’t there a cupcake we can beat coming up? I don’t believe the loss is good for us- we should have gotten resolve from OT v Georgetown. If losses were good Purdue would have the most resolve in the state.

  • WhatsUpKnight

    man, i can’t wait to put this game in our rear view mirror once and for all. very humbling and very embarrassing. the preseason #1 honeymoon is over, and i say good riddance!

    i know the guys have said that they’re still playing like they’ve got something to prove, like they’r being disrespected, etc… now it’s time to show it! after last weekend, they’ve got all the motivation they need. good thing, because they’re probably getting a lot of disrespect around the country right about now. can’t wait to see how they react!

  • JohnFromBeyond

    The only illegal screen I remember being called was on Yogi near the end of the game. It was a very iffy call that went against us.

  • MillaRed

    The million dollar question……..

  • SCHoosier

    Don’t blame Perea….credit Stevens..he saw IU bring in 3 new players on that change of possession and called an out of bounds play that resulted in an open 3pter for his best shooter. Tough for anybody to fight thru those screens.. let alone a kid in his first game. Nice timely call Butler.!

  • notfargj

    coach has to have heard this before, no doubt from the experts. am really curious as to what the justification is. butler had 3 guys in foul trouble, particularly big guys, and we were still trying to create shots on the perimeter. it just doesn’t make sense. other teams would kill to have such a gifted big man down low. frustrating to watch.

  • CreanFaithful

    LOL. Nice!

  • SCHoosier

    I think when the Hoosiers dribble the ball (drive and dish) rather than really pass the ball quickly and with purpose..it’s just tougher to get it inside..cause hey..the other guys know that’s exactly what you should be trying to do. At times…IU looks inept at basic entry passes,,period..

  • Eville Coach

    I think it’s finally time to put it out there. Sheehey has to learn how to play defense. He loses his man for wide open shots all the time. On top of that his help side d is horrible. It drives me crazy to see him not switch or help and then start getting on to a teammate about it. His offense is solid but he should ride the pine until he learns how to play d. Look at him being blocked out by the offense above. Remember the last play where he was blocking out the offensive player, instead up stepping up and getting a hand in the face. That was not Hulls fault, it was all help side no d Sheehey!

  • Eville Coach

    I think it’s finally time to put it out there. Sheehey has to learn how to play defense. He loses his man for wide open shots all the time. On top of that his help side d is horrible. It drives me crazy to see him not switch or help and then start getting on to a teammate about it. His offense is solid but he should ride the pine until he learns how to play d. Look at him being blocked out by the offense above. Remember the last play where he was blocking out the offensive player, instead up stepping up and getting a hand in the face. That was not Hulls fault, it was all help side no d Sheehey!

  • sloan screen #45

    When you watch the video if Yogi lobs it to Cody instead of a bounce pass its a dunk and we are up 3. Then JH is there but leaves Stigall wide open. These are basics people

  • Kenneth234

    I completely agree, if Yogi (the alley master as many have made him out to be) would have thrown a lob to Zeller, he would have at minimal gotten to the stripe for a pair, if not laid the ball in easily, or possibly completed an and 1. Just a poor decision with the ball by a freshman.

  • Kenneth234

    I completely agree, if Yogi (the alley master as many have made him out to be) would have thrown a lob to Zeller, he would have at minimal gotten to the stripe for a pair, if not laid the ball in easily, or possibly completed an and 1. Just a poor decision with the ball by a freshman.

  • b_side

    Agree. Didn’t even need to be a lob. Just wait for Cody to carve out space to throw a basic entry pass as opposed to a slick, thread-the-needle bounce.

    Marshall (their biggest defender at 6’6) got switched onto Sheehey. It was 2 on 2 at that point: Cody and Yogi vs. Stigall and Barlow. We lost the possession and more importantly the momentum once Stigall hit the big 3.

    That, my friends, is a microcosm of why we lost. Two Big Macs couldn’t execute against a 6’3 bench player and a 6’0 walk-on.

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