One of the main storylines to emerge from Indiana’s victory over the Wildcats on Sunday was its handling of Northwestern’s 1-3-1 defense it sprung on the Hoosiers midway through the second half.
Indiana had its issues with it on some possessions. And with the Wildcats hitting on the other end, it allowed them to make things interesting. But there was also enough success from the Hoosiers against it that they kept the lead and won the game.
A look at Indiana’s successes and failures in the latest edition of Film Session:
I. THE TURNOVER
This is the second possession the Wildcats go to the 1-3-1. We see Christian Watford being double-teamed as Yogi Ferrell calls for the ball:
Ferrell receives the ball and is way out beyond the arc:
As the trap comes his way, he has a few options: 1) Jordan Hulls on the opposite side of the court 2) Watford in the middle 3) Will Sheehey down in the right corner:
He comes to the middle and throw a pass to Sheehey:
But the Wildcats are able to close out, and Sheehey passes it back up top:
Ferrell fakes a pass to Hulls:
But he continues to look his way, and telegraphs a pass to Hulls which is intercepted by Jared Swopshire:
He takes it the length of the court and dunks it home:
II. THE BAILOUT
Hulls is trapped up top:
Hulls finds Sheehey on the left wing:
Sheehey dribbles all the way down to the left block before he turns around and passes back out to Hulls:
Hulls comes through the middle and finds Oladipo on the right wing:
It finds its way back to Hulls and he passes it over the top back to Oladipo:
Oladipo passes over to Zeller on the left wing. His return pass is kicked out of bounds, resetting the shot clock from :07 to :15.
But with even more time to try and get a good look, Indiana does little with it. Zeller holds the ball up top for several seconds:
He eventually dribbles in and finds Oladipo on the right wing:
Oladipo passes it up top to Hulls, who curls around:
And gets off a deep runner as the shot clock expires:
But Zeller is here to the rescue, getting one of his tip-ins on the afternoon and bailing out the Hoosiers after they had 42 seconds expire on them in the halfcourt void of a quality look:
III. VICTOR’S 3
Oladipo flies up the court and nearly gets ball stolen; it instead heads out of bounds:
On the reset, Oladipo finds Sheehey in the left corner:
He gets it back:
And then it’s back to Sheehey once more with Reggie Hearn in-between Oladipo and Hulls:
Sheehey makes a move and comes into the middle. Hearn decides to come down to the free throw line with both Zeller and Sheehey close. So with both the side and top of the zone collapsed into the middle, this leaves Oladipo open beyond the arc:
He steps in and hits:
The way Indiana was looking to beat the 1-3-1 was getting into the middle and using the baselines. Sheehey’s ability to get into the middle here and attract enough of the defense away from the Oladipo allowed for a wide open look.
IV. ZELLER TO THE LINE
Hulls passes over the top to Oladipo:
Oladipo swings it around to Sheehey, who sees an open Zeller:
But Sheehey instead zips it to Watford, who has found open space in the middle:
Watford craftily fakes a shot, gets Alex Olah to commit, goes airborne and passes it to Zeller:
Who draws contact and scores two points at the line:
This was Indiana’s most efficient possession against the 1-3-1: a quick middle, baseline, points.