Film Session: Passing in the halfcourt

  • 02/24/2014 7:08 am in

After struggling to put the ball in the basket against Northwestern in Bloomington, Indiana’s halfcourt offense hummed to the tune of 1.1 points per possession in Evanston.

Often, the Hoosiers stayed patient, making the extra pass to get the best look. And when Noah Vonleh and Yogi Ferrell drew extra attention, they made sure to make the Wildcats pay. A look at some sharp passing in the halfcourt in the latest edition of Film Session:

Vonleh sets an off-ball screen for Ferrell under the basket as Jeff Howard curls around on the right wing. Evan Gordon looks for Ferrell:

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As Ferrell gets the ball, all five Northwestern defenders are ball-watching:

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Ferrell gets by Tre Demps and Nothwestern continues to pay heavy attention to IU’s top scorer, as four defenders converge on him. This leaves Howard open in the corner and Troy Williams up on the right high block:

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Ferrell makes the pass to Howard. Not being a 3-point shooter, he immediately looks for Williams:

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Sanjay Lumpkin makes a move out to Howard, and this allows Williams a clear path up to the rim:

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He dunks it home:

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  • WestSideHoosier

    An “off-ball screen”?! What a novel idea. I like it.

  • SCHoosier

    Some basic b-ball..but finally well executed with no TO’s involved!! Way to go Hoosiers!. I was even more impressed that IU scored out of a time out at the end of the first half..and scored again with an inbounds play from under their own basket….radical!!

  • VAHoosier

    It was clear that NW had made stopping Yogi a priority, and they consequently lost some defensive discipline. That first sequence was crazy: dropping 4 guys into the paint to stop a 6′ guard?!? I’m glad Yogi was able to take advantage of that and find some teammates, but I’m even happier that his teammates finally hit some shots.

  • Candy Striped Kid

    Troy Williams bucket with 2 minutes left was, I thought, the biggest shot of the game. It was a great catch and finish from Troy.

  • David Macer

    By far the best sequence was the last one. Patience by all five IU players. Multiple passes, mulitple looks and great teamwork. This is what we can expect next year.