Film Session: Down the Stretch

  • 01/13/2014 7:38 am in

In Saturday’s win against Penn State, the Hoosiers executed on both sides of the ball down the stretch to emerge victorious for the first time in Big Ten play.

A look at two big scores and some defensive stops in the latest edition of Film Session:

With the Hoosiers down two with 2:18 to play, Will Sheehey sets a ball screen for Yogi Ferrell as Evan Gordon cuts across the baseline:


The Penn State defenders switch. Sheehey cuts to the other side of the court as Noah Vonleh sets another ball screen for Ferrell:


As Sheehey sets another screen on the weakside, this leaves just Ferrell and Vonleh on the left side of the court. With both defenders about to occupy Ferrell … :


… Vonleh is able to roll in space and Ferrrell zips the pass through:


Vonleh finishes with a dunk to tie the ballgame:


This was a nice play call to get Vonleh a bucket.


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  • sarge

    This shot crushed any momentum Penn State may have had at that point. Clutch AE, Clutch!!

  • wakajawaka

    We don’t play very good defense on the inbound play. Fraizer should not get the ball that easily under his own basket as shown in the last two film session segments. But congratulations to Ethrington for making that monstrous shot. And way to go Hoosiers! Let’s have more of this overall effort.

  • notfargj

    good stuff, ryan. thanks!

  • Rie

    I still am wondering what AE meant when he said something to the extent of Coach discouraging the corner three. Anyone know if that was ever expanded on?

  • SCHoosier

    Agree that inquiring minds would like to know! UM makes a living from corner three’s. IU’s passing improved so much in the second half that I thought I was watching WIS for a couple of possessions..and that’s a compliment.!

  • ForeverIU

    People were saying it makes getting the offensive rebound more difficult.

  • sarge

    It also limits the ability to get back in transition if the shot is missed, especially if your team spacing includes multiple players taking up corner or post positions under the basket. It means that only two players have the ability to stop a transition basket.

  • mk

    Limits the shooters ability for transition D and you rarely see a corner shooter get his own rebound. If you are wide open you gotta shoot though

  • Rie

    How is a system predicated on spacing useful if players do not post up for, or take, corner threes? I understand the offensive rebounding thing, but honestly, do we take shots with the notion of missing them?

    I remember Crean doing a film breakdown of one of his plays on CBS or something before a game, and the play emphasized spacing and posting up shooters in the corners. Are we abandoning these things as a result of our very poor shooting? Are we omitting a great shot selection because our crappy lineups earlier in the season could not play in the half court? Just seems like an odd practice. Wish AE, Crean, or anyone for that matter would clarify the comment.

  • Bleeding Crimson

    I totally agree…almost every TO call by CTC ends up in disaster. I rather just let the guys play thru like Coach RMK. That is why and what they practice for….to not call TO’s unless need be due to a run by the other team.

  • sarge

    I would say it depends on the matchup. Frazier is one of the quickest guards in the country and finds easy looks in transition. He is also good at finding the open guy. I think you would rather have them grind it out in their half court offense as opposed to letting them run and get easier shots. It might not always be a point of emphasis, but against this backcourt I think it was.

  • benchwarmer32

    Luke Winn did a statistical workup in 2012 of the most effective coaches coming out of timeouts. Crean and IU were #4 in efficiency after timeouts. Of course, that team had juniors and seniors and this one has freshman and sophomores. Don’t underestimate player’s inability to execute. Plus, he sat Hollowell, Williams and other freshman in the crunch and they executed better this game.

  • PDXHoosier

    Statistically, a shot from the top of the key has a higher chance of going in than shots toward the corner because the backboard acts as a backstop for the ball to bounce in.
    But there are a lot of players that love that corner shot.