Film Session: Eastern Washington

  • 11/26/2014 9:16 am in

Indiana had defensive issues against both Lamar and Eastern Washington, something we chronicled in yesterday’s Lamar Film Session.

We’ll instead be taking a look at Troy Williams work on the baseline on his way to 19 points.

What often makes Williams’ sneaky work out of the corners to the hoop so effective is that even when the defense has a foot in the restricted area, Williams still finds a way to use the precious amount of space between the endline and the hoop to receive the ball and score. The sophomore¬†makes it that much harder to defend with his leaping ability, which sometimes allows him to catch on one side and finish on the other, using the hoop as a¬†shield for scores.

The latest edition of Film Session:

James Blackmon Jr. has the ball on the top of the key. Yogi Ferrell, who has just inbounded the ball, gets a screen from Williams out near the right wing:


The Eagles sink into a 1-3-1 zone, and it leaves Williams tucked behind the defense as Blackmon Jr. still has the ball up top:


Blackmon Jr. sees it and throw it over the top as the Eagles scramble to recover:


Williams actually comes down with the ball first and has two defenders close:


But they take no part in him going up and he dunks it home with authority:



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  • Hoosier Hall

    We won’t have any problems putting points on the board this year because of our wide array of weapons. We have several options from the 3 point line, 3 or 4 guys who can attack off the dribble and then Williams on the baseline and back door. If we don’t improve our defense, it will all go to waste…

  • Kyl470

    Scoring won’t be the issue for this team. I wouldn’t be shocked at all if we led the Big Ten in points per game and even points per possession. But the game is played on both ends of the court. We have to be able to get stops either by making them miss and getting the rebound or forcing more turnovers.

  • INUnivHoosier

    I’m always impressed by these film sessions. We are really privileged fans to have people like Ryan contributing to a site dedicated to our team.

  • HoosierBuddy

    Im most likely going to stir the pot here. This is just my analysis. As much as i hated to lose this game. Would we as a fan base felt any better with a 2 point victory over a team like EWU. In my opinion a loss here benefits the team more forcing them to recognize issues that have plagued this team the first few games. If we would have won the interviews would have been we never gave up never doubted that we could win. Ignoring the fact that they would of let a team of lesser caliber score 88 points and 75% of those points in the paint. A loss here is a wake up call and hopefully these young hoosiers are up to the challenge that lays ahead. I believe these hoosiers will respond.

    Now for the second topic. Do I think Crean is the best coach ever. No. But at the moment he is our coach and I will show support for our team. But we as a fan base are saying hes not a good in game coach and cannot adapt to in game situations. Are you forgetting the SMU game where it was a chess match between Larry Brown and Crean. I distinctively remember fans praising him for his game plan. This EWU game came down to individual players trying to rely on talent to win them the game. Simply put they overlooked EWU, even though we as fans saw the signs of an upset here. That said this young team will figure it out. They are still gelling, honestly the insertion of Troy williams and Stan Robinson has disrupted that. Not that as individuals they are not good players but when I see them come into the lineup the chemistry and ball movement and the making of the extra pass seem to but all disappear. These Hoosiers played four games and gelled as a unit. Now Troy and Stan are thrown in the mix and both trying to show they deserve a starting spot. In order for this team to win and win big, These two MUST learn to make the simple plays and play as a team. Lets all just keep rooting for our team, because if they put it all together this will be a special season.

  • FinEndNow

    Indiana is a sleeping giant in college basketball. Indiana will be awoken when the right men are leading.

  • Hoosier Hall

    I certainly agree with your first point (even though it still sucks) and hopefully they will learn a great deal from that loss. There should be no shortage of examples on video of where they failed. Now, on your 2nd point I sort of agree with you. If you watch closely, Troy has seemed to “gel” a little better than Stan has so far. He is making the extra pass and working hard to keep moving on offense. Our success will depend heavily on Troy’s performance all season. Stan has not quite “meshed” with everyone offensively yet. Defensively Stan is one of our best on-ball guys but on the other end he hasn’t quite fit in with what we were doing previously. He is outstanding at drawing fouls but I would like to see him capitalize on that and become a much better free throw shooter…

  • HoosierBuddy

    I agree that it’s a learning process for them. Troy is coming around. I love Stan’s intensity on the the defensive end, but I cringe when I see him go through the lane like a wrecking ball. This team will learn and when they do it will be a special moment for Hoosier nation. On to UNC-Greensboro. Go Hoosiers!

  • Rie

    “Would we as a fan base felt any better with a 2 point victory over a team like EWU…”

    Who cares how we, as a fan base, feel? A win or loss does nothing in regards to “forcing them to recognize issues”. If we are going to support Crean and his ability as a coach, then we should realize that he is smart enough to watch film and go over our deficiencies with the players, whether or not we win or lose. You see this in every press conference, no matter what the end result of the game is. Honestly, even if we won by one or two points, that in itself should be a wake up call, as it is unacceptable for a team of EWU’s caliber.

    Point being, no, a loss never benefits a team more than a win. Win or lose, our coaching staff should be able to highlight and work on both the positives and negatives of the game. Crean certainly has glaring deficiencies as a coach, but I respect his ability well enough to know he is not going to scrap a review of film based on us winning, or ignore problems he sees in our games.

  • Gregory J. Haggard

    It speaks to mental preparation, which is a coaching issue.
    Perhaps he had other things to think about as I’m certain many things that go on in the program we are not privy to.
    But I lay this loss directly on the coaching staff.
    I’m not saying you are wrong, I’m saying that the other side of the coin is coaching, and it is deficient.
    I mean come on, could they really believe playing Ziesloft at the 4 is the best game plan?
    Either way, I agree that we have to move on, and I WILL support the Hoosiers, heart and soul.

  • ForeverIU

    If we don’t have the D to match the O, it would be the biggest waste of talent in Hoosier history! I’ve said it before: we have a 26-5 team that is squandering its chances because of a lack of fundamental D. I’m hoping against hope that the remedy is as simple as a switch (e.g., drop the fear of the foul, drop the experiment in this or that version of the zone, pinch Crean, or pinch a player or two, etc. etc.). And I’m not asking for super D, just decent or even average D. If, and it’s a big IF, we can turn on that switch, then EWU could be the only loss (or maybe one of two losses) in the pre-season.

  • Hoosier Pride

    They have to get holt and april on the floor as soon as possible bc if not, we are going to be having this same conversation next year. Hanner is coming around but we need more depth and we need it yesterday.

  • Joe B

    Ok.. let’s snap back to reality here… I appreciate the optimism, but need to pump the breaks on saying this is a 26-5 caliber team. The 2012-13 team went 29-7 with 2 top 5 picks, 2 seniors, and Yogi as it’s core. AKA a complete team with balance. I’m not quite sure that a lineup starting 2 freshman(albeit very talented freshman), 4 guards, and an unreliable big man really matches up well. This team was never going to compete for a B10 championship; being a tourney team should be this team’s standard.

  • ForeverIU

    I’ll snap back to reality the first game we lose because of our offense. I promise!

  • Gecko

    The pre season used to be a big pay day for cup cakes, but now they want to play IU. With a great chance of winning. Instead of Crean making big money at his basketball summer camps, he should go to some coaching clinics and learn the X and O’s of team bb.
    Funny how Crean said he had to wait until later to see what happened against E.Washington. All he had to do was ask the E. Washington players. Or was he waiting for a conference call with his Bro-in-laws to get their perspective ?
    This is going to be another LONG season.

  • ForeverIU

    You are suffering from Advanced Creanitis, while I am still in the Mild Creanitis stage. You must have been following IU basketball longer than I have in the Crean era. Having said that, I do have some insight into this. I think Crean has what it takes, but he is in the wrong coaching paradigm. He has said it before: at IU we (as in Crean & Co.) coach the players to coach themselves (presumably at game time). Maybe that was just a cute presser sound-bite (I certainly hope it was). He needs to be an in-game coach, and give those burdensome stat sheets to some geek to keep track of substitutions. I want him to be old-school of sorts. I believe in Coach.

  • Joe B

    So if we lose 15 games but average 75ppg you still think this is a 26-5 team if they could only play some better man to man..?

  • BigAd007

    I don’t know about the entire fan base, but I would definitely feel better about a 2 point win because this is the type of loss that could move us from a “Last four in” team to a “First four out” team come March.

  • ForeverIU

    Brother, do you understand logic? I said IF (big IF) we can get our D figured out! Maybe it’s the zone, maybe man-to-man. And 75 ppg is not what I predicted. I predicted 78-80 ppg: this is the point production we need to win with a decent/average D.

  • Michael

    Nah Stan can get to the foul line whenever he wants. Carry on

  • Oregoniu

    The day of the Mid-Major parity is upon college basketball, Butler beats UNC today. The power conferences keep recruiting the players that leave early or transfer to Mid-Majors and the Mid-Majors come loaded with upper-classman.

  • Kyl470

    26-5. Come on let’s at least have realistic expectations. The team with Vic, Cody, etc. didn’t even have that record.

  • FinEndNow

    Eastern Washington isn’t a Mid-Major. They’re from a small conference that is a notch below a Mid-Major.

  • ForeverIU

    Actually that team went 26-5 in 2012-13 and 24-7 in 2011-12. We arguably have an easier B1G schedule this year.

    But I get your point. For a time I kept saying 26-5 and top 3 in the B1G. I’ll be happy if we’re top 3 but with a worse record than 26-5.

  • Gecko

    You are correct, I am and “Old ” Hoosier fan. Well before the Knight era. I have endured several bad periods but not when the coach had to stand on the floor to dictate where to stand. This what practices is far.. Several times the ref has had to walk out further on the court to get around him . One time last year he even walked out on the floor to physically push a player into position.. Yogi was touted as the next Isiah, But he cannot do this when Crean is constantly screaming what play to do next. He is more worried about his image. He struts like a peacock. Next he might place x’s on the floor to show them where he wants them. Well thanks for letting me vent.
    Bob Morgan

  • Oregoniu

    I was refering to the Butlers of the world not EW.

  • HoosierPat

    Maybe if we had a healthy Devin Davis and Luke Fischer. But 26-5 with this group? C’mon that just isn’t realistic. We don’t have a big man that can be effective against Eastern Washington. So what is going to happen when we start B1G play? It isn’t going to be pretty.