Film Session: Louisville

  • 12/11/2014 10:20 am in

Indiana dropped .96 points per possession on the Cardinals in their loss Tuesday evening in Manhattan, the largest such number Louisville has allowed so far this season.

Indiana was aided by a hot start from 3-point land, but also had some success — as well as some failure — off the dribble-drive. A look at four such dribble-drive possessions in the latest edition of Film Session:

With the Hoosiers trailing by seven in the first half, Robert Johnson has curled around the baseline from the right wing on a handoff from Yogi Ferrell. His man, Wayne Blackshear, is trying to fight through some traffic to stick with him. Ferrell makes the pass to Nick Zeisloft up top:


Zeisloft swings to Johnson. Blackshear couldn’t get through, and Johnson now has a mismatch with Emmitt Holt’s man, Jaylen Johnson, switched onto him:


Johnson fakes left and goes by right. As this is happening, Ferrell takes a similar path to Johnson:


With Chinanu Onuaku coming to the middle of the paint to stop the ball, Johnson passes to Williams, whom Harrell left:


It’s a dunk for Williams:



It’s a play we’ve seen plenty of times from Indiana so far this season. A guard gets into the paint, draws the defense and dishes to an open frontcourt player on the strong side for a score at the bucket.

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  • SilentBob

    Yea I’d like those blocks on our team lol. He may be an excellent kid for all I know, but some of his stare downs he had in his highlights I was not a fan of.

  • ForeverIU

    Yes, different times, different game.

  • MillaRed

    “I’ve probably forgot more about it than you will ever learn.”

    Ha ha! You are cracking me up. Do you write this stuff and actually think people will credit you with anything?

    By the way your recent Disqus comments on various subjects are scintillating! Keep being you!

  • ForeverIU

    I think the philosophical question is do we prefer an efficient dictatorship over a rowdy democracy.

  • unclekerfuffle

    I would submit that what we saw in the game is simply another example of what I call Slap & Grab Pitino-ball. It started at Providence, continued at pUKe and is in its current incarnation at UofL.

    Can’t argue with it because it works (refs can’t call them all) but I don’t like it. Pitino is an exceptional coach and knows how to win games.

    I’ll leave it at that.

  • ForeverIU

    Yep, some stories are open-ended, just like in European movies. LOL!

  • enickman

    Good point Forever. Most coach/team relationships should be a dictatorship in a sense. A benevolent dictatorship where the coach teaches and directs and the players implement the plan. The coach’s behavior needs to reflect well on the school. Which is where Coach Knight fell short. But the man could coach a team and a game like nobody’s business!

  • Lance76

    While I agree with some of what you say, I must disagree with “RMK doing nothing after 87” If I recall correctly, the year Jefferies went down with knee was maybe 92 or 93 and that team would be contenders. Also Sean May likely would not have left town either along with others.

  • It would be interesting to examine some of our inbound plays in a film session segment.

  • InTheMtns

    Agreed. RJ is a valuable piece of the puzzle both now and going forward. I have no doubt he’ll take everything he learned from this game and build on it.

  • Bud Jenkins


  • JBJ just had his first true test of top level competion and on a big stage. I think he will benefit from it. Understanding what it takes to compete at the consistant level Louisville does will prepare jbj for the big ten and the nba. Blackmon and Johnsons maturity is as good as any freshman to ever wear the candy stripes and it really is a pleasure to watch. As far as louisville’ s attitude…..they are a final 4 team….so I guess that’s what the attitude of a final four team looks like.

  • Lance76

    You are correct, the memory is fading after 42 years of IU basketball

  • Jimmy Johnson

    On that last play as much as it was RJ’s fault the other three IU players on the weak side are equally at fault. As RJ begins his drive that all begin to float toward the lane and wind up with three offensive players less than 8-10 feet apart and that also means there are three defenders covering that area as well which makes it very easy to defend. NZ should have spaced to the corner, TW should have slide up the lane to space the floor and instead of NZ going to front of rim it should have been Holt, but that is what happens when you leap out of bounds and the passing lanes do not open up or players have not spaced the floor.