Film Session: IU against the full court press

No secret here: Once the Golden Gophers turned up the full-court pressure on the Hoosiers after halftime on Saturday afternoon inside Assembly Hall, their length and athleticism caused some problems. Yet, Minnesota actually never recorded an immediate, quick score after turning Indiana over before the timeline in the press; it was Indiana’s unraveling in halfcourt defense after its deadball turnovers that allowed Minnesota to capitalize and score.

A look at four such scores from the Golden Gophers in the latest edition of Film Session:

I. Indiana inbounds the ball and Jordan Hulls finds an open Christian Watford:

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But Joe Coleman adeptly steps up, plants his feet and draws the charge on Watford who doesn’t turn and see him until it’s too late. Turnover Hoosiers:

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After Minnesota inbounds the ball, the Golden Gophers set up with one player in each corner. With two others near free throw line, Indiana has four defenders in a row in between:

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Watford pointed for Hulls to step up and take another Minnesota player, as he now has Coleman on the weakside. But Hulls never seriously commits and he’s left guarding no one at the top of the key. This creates some imbalance when Minnesota swings the ball to the right wing. Victor Oladipo is left covering Andre Hollins and Austin Hollins, as the Hoosiers only have two defenders near the action on the strong side:

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Oladipo comes to meet Andre when he gets the ball. But it’s just a quick pass to the open Austin:

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Who drains the 3-pointer:

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II. Remy Abell looks to inbound the ball, but with Will Sheehey stepping in front of Yogi Ferrell, he double clutches and ends up stepping over the baseline, causing an IU turnover:

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Indiana starts out this defensive possession with all five players marked on a Minnesota player:

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But as the ball swings left, we again start to see an imbalance:

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Coleman, whom Sheehey had been marking, comes up to set a pick on Abell, who was guarding Andre Hollins:

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Sheehey stays with Hollins, which allows Coleman to sneak into the middle quickly off the Abell pick:

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Zeller does come up to meet Hollins — leaving Trevor Mbwake open — but he never gets off his feet, which allows Coleman an easier look that he converts:

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III. With 55 ticks to go and Minnesota still down 10 Hulls frees himself:

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But he’s quickly met by two Minnesota defenders. And with the sideline acting as a third defender, Hulls dribbles the ball off himself and out of bounds. Turnover IU:

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Minnesota inbounds the ball from that spot. Oladipo, who was guarding the inbounder Andre Hollins, slides down to Coleman and helps Ferrell:

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Oladipo pops out to the wing a split second before Coleman passes back to Hollins, as he’s anticipating he’ll be there. But Hollins is actually in the corner. This has Oladipo’s momentum heading the wrong way:

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He can only contest from the side, allowing Hollins a strong look which he hits, bringing the lead down to seven:

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IV. Here Ferrell gets open in a similar spot to Hulls. But Watford throws a pass too far away from him and it goes directly out of bounds:

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Indiana actually does just fine marking Minnesota here, as Andre Hollins takes a long 3-pointer due to time and score constraints:

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But Mbwake has position on Zeller and Zeller gives him a push in order to grab the rebound. Zeller is called for a foul and Mbwake hits both shots at the line, making it just a four-point ballgame with about 30 seconds left:

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  • MillaRed

    All CWat needed to do was grab the pass and pivot. Collect himself and dribble accordingly. We do not ALWAYS have to 100 mph on offense.

  • PDXHoosier

    I love film session. I love it even more when it has IU highlights

  • HoosierExile

    It kills me when I see Watford with the ball in the backcourt, even if no one is guarding him.

  • Joe B

    Abel did not have a game to remember: 1 pt, 2 to’s,that inbounding play, a pretty bad reach in foul. Also, Cwat was really scaring me taking the ball out; granted Minny was putting good pressure, but a couple plays it seemed that Christian made them tougher than needed to be.. says the guy watching the game on his coach with no pressure 60 miles away.

  • Joe B

    Abel did not have a game to remember: 1 pt, 2 to’s,that inbounding play, a pretty bad reach in foul. Also, Cwat was really scaring me taking the ball out; granted Minny was putting good pressure, but a couple plays it seemed that Christian made them tougher than needed to be.. says the guy watching the game on his coach with no pressure 60 miles away.

  • bloyd88

    Such a bad call my TV Ted in the last breakdown, he was decent all game about being low key but he had to take advantage of that and blow a terrible whistle.

  • bloyd88

    Such a bad call my TV Ted in the last breakdown, he was decent all game about being low key but he had to take advantage of that and blow a terrible whistle.

  • JerryCT

    On the forum we discussed this briefly but I would much rather see us inbound the ball to Cody or Yogi , with one setting a screen for the other …………. Hulls would never touch it unless in the center of the floor on the inbounds. He is always targeted for the trap and we oblige them and put him in the corner where not even Houdini could do anything to escape

    ALso I would like a brief film session showing Yogi blocking Williams from stuffing a miss at the 1:35 mark. It was incredible and happened so fast I had to rewind several times to believe it

  • HoosierDD

    Slow is smooth, smooth is fast. Needs to be or motto against the press. We panicked a couple times and forced things which led to turnovers.

  • SCHoosier

    On the Wat TO that was just a good play by Coleman and lack of court awareness by Wat. What concerned me more was our guards on the inbounds running toward the sideline to take the pass..and as Jimmy Jackson pointed out..making the sidelines a third MN defender. That was just bad planning and execution. Assume they are working on the press this week, not that WIS has the talent to trap like MN did.. With Yogi and Cody..getting a ball in should NOT be a problem..period. Late in the game u do want the ball in Jordy’s hands as soon as you get can get it there for FT potential.

  • SCHoosier

    Man u are right there Milla..watched the MN game second time and you were absolutely correct about IU rushing offense..taking quick shots and just not playing smart. No wonder we only had 6 buckets and one assist in the second half. Sometimes..in the right situation..laying off the gas is a good thing..especially when things are going to hell in a hand basket.

  • SCHoosier

    Man u are right there Milla..watched the MN game second time and you were absolutely correct about IU rushing offense..taking quick shots and just not playing smart. No wonder we only had 6 buckets and one assist in the second half. Sometimes..in the right situation..laying off the gas is a good thing..especially when things are going to hell in a hand basket.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dmcdonal Dee McDonald

    If you listen to the postgame interview with Crean, I think it explains that a little bit. He said he only practices 1 day last week after getting his clock cleaned in the Penn State game. I’ll give him a pass on the Minny game due to that fact. No more passes will be given, but just once I can deal with (in a win I might add).

  • http://www.facebook.com/david.macer.5 David Macer

    Unfortunately, while an untimely call, it certainly was within his right to call. Z did have his hands on Mbwake’s back. The video clearly shows some displacement by Zeller. By “possibly” pushing, IU would have gained an advantage. Good call by IU Ted. BTW, I don’t like him either. Wished he woud never referee again in the B10.

  • MillaRed

    In Bloyds defense i am fine with that if they didnt let them kill each other the first 39 minutes.

  • MillaRed

    Kind of surprised me too. Remember how well he did vs VCU? Without him handling the ball we might have lost that game.

  • moanders

    Amen…my thought exactly.

  • HoosierPat

    Two things are important when breaking a press:

    1. Be Patient. 10 seconds doesn’t seem like much but that is a long time to get past half court. Coleman drew the charge because Watford took off before scanning the floor in front of him. If he turns and looks, he would have seen Coleman and avoided the charge.
    2. Get the ball in bounds in a place where you can attack in different directions. When they got the ball in the corner, the only place to go is down the sideline so it was an easy trap for Minnesota. They need to get the ball near the middle of the court so they can attack to both sides of the court.

    These are easy fixes and I’m sure they were addressed in practice and hopefully should be improved the next time out.

  • HoosierPat

    Two things are important when breaking a press:

    1. Be Patient. 10 seconds doesn’t seem like much but that is a long time to get past half court. Coleman drew the charge because Watford took off before scanning the floor in front of him. If he turns and looks, he would have seen Coleman and avoided the charge.
    2. Get the ball in bounds in a place where you can attack in different directions. When they got the ball in the corner, the only place to go is down the sideline so it was an easy trap for Minnesota. They need to get the ball near the middle of the court so they can attack to both sides of the court.

    These are easy fixes and I’m sure they were addressed in practice and hopefully should be improved the next time out.

  • Ole Man

    Bring Cody down towards the in bound line.
    Geez, no matter what you show here, the team looked bad against press and can expect more of the same from now on.

  • marcusgresham

    “Be quick but don’t hurry.”—John Robert Wooden

  • marcusgresham

    Yes and no. I do want the ball going to Hulls when I know the other team plans to foul.

  • marcusgresham

    I’ll take that because I don’t expect them to struggle against a press that often and that puts the game in a more transition-style scenario.

  • marcusgresham

    He pushed him. The foul Mbakwe drew that was garbage was when he got “knocked down” by Hulls. Jordy couldn’t run over Mbakwe with a truck.

  • marcusgresham

    He pushed him. The foul Mbakwe drew that was garbage was when he got “knocked down” by Hulls. Jordy couldn’t run over Mbakwe with a truck.

  • Rchan

    What kills me is when Crean goes to the stupid 2-3 zone. We don’t defend well and don’t rebound well when we play zone! And it allowed MN to get back in the game hitting the 3 ball.

  • Rchan

    What kills me is when Crean goes to the stupid 2-3 zone. We don’t defend well and don’t rebound well when we play zone! And it allowed MN to get back in the game hitting the 3 ball.

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