Film Session: Zeller’s dominant finale

  • 03/12/2013 1:27 pm in

Hoosier fans have often griped about Cody Zeller’s touches this season, but a re-watch of the final minute and a half of Indiana-Michigan reveals this simple fact: IU’s last five possessions were all about getting its big man the ball.

The first two didn’t end so hot: A quick entry pass from Yogi Ferrell on the right wing to Zeller on the right block resulted in a turnover — the ball going out of bounds. The second possession was again a pass off the right wing. Victor Oladipo entered the ball to Zeller, who was set up down in the right corner. A move to the middle of the lane resulted in a travel call for Zeller and IU was on the ropes.

But the Hoosiers stuck with it, running similar action on the last three plays, all resulting in Zeller scores. It was enough to top the Wolverines by a point and win an outright Big Ten title.

A look at these three scores in the latest edition of Film Session:

I. Ferrell streaks down the right side of the court. Oladipo is in a familiar spot in the corner. Christian Watford trails and heads to the familiar left wing. Like we similarly saw on the Ferrell entry pass turnover, Zeller comes over from the left block as Jordan Hulls looks to get a body on Jordan Morgan to set a screen for Zeller and free him:

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Hulls gets some body on him and there appears to be a small window to hit Zeller on the right block:

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But Yogi decides against it. As he brings the ball back up a bit, we see some secondary action, as Watford sets a screen for Hulls to try and free him up top for a 3-pointer. Zeller is also trying to make himself more available up near the right wing:

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With Zeller now out near the 3-pointer line, he receives the ball. Morgan gives him some space because he’s so far out:

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Ferrell comes around for a handoff, but it doesn’t happen:

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So with a little space — and with plenty of ability to make a move from this far out and score, something we’ve seen from Zeller this season on occasion — he curls left and goes to work:

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He gets a shot up relatively untouched, but it misses:

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The miss comes right back to him, and he scores for two points. 71-68 Michigan:

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  • Juan

    Freaking awesome. Thanks Ryan.

  • chiswede

    Does anyone know why Michigan didn’t put anyone in to rebound on their 2 missed 1 and 1’s at the end? Were they that scared of the fast break or that confident that they’d hit them?

  • Evansville Hoosier

    When it mattered, Cody went clutch-mode on 3–count em, 3–STRAIGHT possessions. The amount of composure in that environment was remarkable. As Burke, Robinson, Hardaway were hitting 1-4, Cody was hitting 2-2 on the road from the line. If Cody does go pro, this last regular season game will be one hell of a swan song.

  • Jack

    I’m going to keep saying it- someone teach Cody how to ball fake or head fake. I can see his moves coming from Seattle. Great player, great kid, but he needs to incorporate that kind of action into his post play.

  • xCowHoosier

    Can a “Permanent File” or “Bad Day” button be added to the top of the ITH homepage with this Film Session posted there so three years from now these clips can be run over and over? Just kidding, but man…the last minute of that game will not be forgotten soon.

  • MillaRed

    All I can say is that might be the most enjoyable 50 seconds of basketball I have ever seen.

    I would add here that Yogi’s feed on the 2nd basket was ALL Yogi. Amazing maturity for a true FR under the circumstances.

    Jordy’s screen on the last basket is what we should be applauding. He took Cody’s man out of the play.

  • TMichael2

    How about more information on this Meyer guy. Did Crean expose something?

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    And that’s how you win the Big Ten Player of the Ye… oh, wait, never mind.

  • Christopher

    So right on Jordy. What presence of mind to know, “we gotta get Cody open” and go get his man out of the play. In the heat of the moment, I didn’t appreciate that move.

  • kewaynes

    Someone on Michigan might be stupid and get an over the back foul

  • It’s worth pointing out that when things go poorly, CTC gets a lot of the blame. Here we are watching what you might call perfect execution by a team who obviously has planned ahead for an occasion like this. Well done by the players and the coaches.

    Obviously, they had to get some help from the missed free throws, but when push comes to shove you still have to make it happen on your end.

  • I havent seen this, and if someone has acknowldged it I appologize, but…. Our Defense all game and for example Vic’s role on Burke (picking him up full court, making him run, ect.) hasn’t gotten any praise for the fact that most likely it was this that caused Michigan to brick crunch time free throws.

  • And_One

    Beautiful execution under pressure from everyone in red. That’s how you do it.
    Also, I like how on play 2 we get to see close-ups of the expression on CZ’s face as he draws the foul and hits the frees. Normally inscrutable, we can see the smallest trace of a smile. It’s winning time, and he knows it.

  • Tom S

    I doubt it was confidence. Probably the fast break – they’re not going to make any serious attempt at rebounding a miss and risk a foul, so better to ensure you don’t give up an easy bucket in transition.

  • PDXHoosier

    I thought that was a big mistake.
    1.There’s more pressure when you are alone up there shooting.
    2. He could have put 2 guys on the lane and left 2 guys back, and maybe get lucky with the rebound. On Burke’s miss, for example, it bounced way out to the corner, and anyone could have gotten it.
    3.It also allowed us to get up the court quickly without any ball pressure on the rebound.

  • Eastwood88_2

    I have the wat shot on my wall at work. Never been a bad day since it went up!

  • Eastwood88_2

    I have the wat shot on my wall at work. Never been a bad day since it went up!

  • Especially after he was called for travel right before the run of points. No one panicked. Big time effort by the Hoosiers and Zeller.

  • SCHoosier

    If I’m not mistaken Hulls had a key screen on each of those final 3 possessions in which Cody got a shot or scored?

  • WisconHoosier

    I might have a ring tone made from those missed UM free throws. CLUNK. What a great sound.

  • CreamandCrimson

    Nothing we didn’t already know. Meyer was an assistant at IU under Denim Shirt. He was a part of the staff that couldn’t stop texting recruits, refused to have any discipline in the program and quickly threw the program into the pit Tom Crean found when he took over.

    What part did Meyer play in it? We won’t know for sure but he did commit an NCAA violation (albeit a really stupid rule) by giving some IU gear to a close family friend of his (I think it was his God Son). Meyer was also involved in some type of secondary violation with Derek Elston (a backpack or something). Since he joined Michigan, it is widely known that Meyer continues to negatively recruit against Indiana and Tom Crean.

    Tom Crean doesn’t like Jeff Meyer, Meyer doesn’t like Crean. Nothing new was exposed (in my opinion).

  • CreamandCrimson

    Nothing we didn’t already know. Meyer was an assistant at IU under Denim Shirt. He was a part of the staff that couldn’t stop texting recruits, refused to have any discipline in the program and quickly threw the program into the pit Tom Crean found when he took over.

    What part did Meyer play in it? We won’t know for sure but he did commit an NCAA violation (albeit a really stupid rule) by giving some IU gear to a close family friend of his (I think it was his God Son). Meyer was also involved in some type of secondary violation with Derek Elston (a backpack or something). Since he joined Michigan, it is widely known that Meyer continues to negatively recruit against Indiana and Tom Crean.

    Tom Crean doesn’t like Jeff Meyer, Meyer doesn’t like Crean. Nothing new was exposed (in my opinion).

  • I think I disagree. He’s 7′, quick, and athletic. His inability to finish strong might lead one to believe that he needs to be all alone when he goes up in order to be able to finish (thus the need for head fakes) but I think you could just as easily say he needs to get stronger with the ball up high and finish with authority through contact, which he did down the stretch in this game. You can see several plays where UM players made contact with the ball or his arms and he was able to keep control and make the basket.