Film Session: Butler

  • 12/22/2014 7:02 am in

After a scoreless, foul-ridden first half, Yogi Ferrell put the Hoosiers on his back to the tune of 20 points after the break in Indiana’s win Saturday over No. 23 Butler.

We’ll take a look at 10 of those 20 points in the latest edition of Film Session:

With the Hoosiers trailing by six, Robert Johnson draws a double team near the top of the key:


This leaves Collin Hartman open on the right wing. Hartman catches as Kellen Dunham heads over to recover:


Hartman darts into the lane and attracts more defenders. Roosevelt Jones, who is guarding Ferrell, is one of them. Ferrell takes the opportunity to start sneaking down into the left corner:


Hartman leads him with a pass as Jones sees he’s lost Ferrell:


Ferrell rises and scores his first basket of the game:



This was smart movement by Ferrell to fill space and get himself going, as well as nice recognition from Hartman to make the pass.

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  • Hoosier Hall

    Yogi Ferrell ladies and gentleman. How valuable is Collin Hartman though? He makes smart, simple plays and always seems to find the right spot. His heads up play in the first video is obvious but in the second video I noticed 2 things: Even though RJ’s shot was blocked, Collin found him on the cut and made an excellent pass. Second thing was his positioning when Yogi went for the layup. If that shot misses, Collin probably gets another offensive board and put-back.

  • Eastwood88_2

    Time and Score on number 4. I lost my mind when he shot up 8 with three mins to go. Then lost my mind when it went in.

  • fourputtsforsnowman

    I like these film sessions, but often disagree with the analysis/observations. Sorry guys…but that’s why they call them discussion threads.

    For what its worth, in the first video I think it was Stan, that made the play, not Yogi. Stan cut to the middle, saw what Colin was doing, noticed Yogi and got out of the passing lane (i.e. created the passing lane) and got himself into rebound position. Had he not recognized and reacted, Yogi would have drifted to his position and there would NOT have been a passing lane at all, and he would have taken himself out of the play. So consider, it was Stan, not Yogi, that made the play.

    And I guess I’m the only fan that would like to see Yogi follow his shot for a potential rebound. The more this team embraces fundamental basketball, as Stan and Colin did on this play, the tougher they will be to defeat. Notice that all IU players except Yogi went to rebound or get back on defense. Yogi admired his work.

  • fourputtsforsnowman

    In video 4 I’m really surprised that ITH used it to opine that Yogi is great. Sure, the shot went in, but again, when I watch these film sessions, Yogi, to me, has so many improvements to make. Up 8, 3 minutes and Yogi takes an utterly unnecessary 3 pointer. IU doesn’t need a 3 and needs to run the clock. A miss and Butler could easily be back in the game. And he jacks up the 3 with an open man at the bucket for a lay up (!!!) and 4 Butler players back on defense (!!!). It worked this time, but not smart for a junior point guard. Not smart at all.

    And again, its Colin that continues with the play to establish rebound position (along with his teammates coming downcourt). Its Yogi that can’t be bothered to follow his shot…watch how he admires his work. He has a lot of improving that he can do to help this team, but to me, it is all the other guys that are working, thinking, improving that excite me as a fan.

    Q to ITH: Why not do a film session on IU’s improving team play? Like in video 4 at the start…right at 0:00…the team defense (except Yogi is out of position on defense both in terms of where he’s facing and how he’s standing) and then Troy tapping the rebound to HP and HP covering the ball and showing the discipline not to dribble and find a ball handler and how all 4 IU guys follow the play to completion (except Yogi who watches his shot, taking himself out of the play and then turning his back on the inbounds play and showboating). The exciting features of IU this year are the team improvements and this Butler victory was a team victory.

    What we are seeing, if you watch closely, is that IU is starting to play in a manner that will likely lead to a solid, proud big 10 and ncaa showing.

    …just fourputting

  • b_side

    Think you’re being a little hard on Yogi with respect to his defensive position in that very short time frame at the beginning of the fourth clip. His teammates are in a box and 1, he’s the “1” glued to Dunham. So yeah, he’s going to appear to be a little off. But let’s look at the broader context here for meaning: Dunham scored 18 first half points, just 5 in second.

    Secondly, Yogi trying to thread the needle to Hartman seems foolish. At 5’11, Yogi would have to get the ball through both Dunham (6’6) and Woods (6’9). Not an easy pass. We’ve seen IU run the clock and end up with a worse shot. I liked the three ball attempt, especially with no hand in his face. We had them on their heels and as you said, Hartman had position underneath.

    Bottom line, we don’t win this game without Yogi’s herculean effort in the second half. And that’s why Ryan and co. decided to focus on him in the Film Session.

    …my view from the gallery

  • ForeverIU

    Not to mention also that the shot Yogi took seems to be a high percentage shot for him. He thrives under the pressure, and we should take full advantage of his high octane game.

  • yimyames

    IU running clock, lol that’s the worst thing they could have done, 3 minutes is a ton of time. Yogi has a killer’s mentality, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

  • Bk39

    Exactly, this team must stay aggressive and scores much better in transition, it seems as if we can never make an end of half or end of game shot or a score when we run down the clock.

  • TJK4489

    Some people (fourputtsforsnowman in this case) always have an axe to grind with Yogi. Stop video # 4 at the 2 second mark and you will see Yogi standing on the left block, facing the basket, in a rebounding position. I guess him being 2-3 feet from the rim (closer than Hanner by the way) isn’t good enough for you. I can only imagine if Butler had gotten the rebound and kicked to one of their two guys at the 3pt line for an open shot that you would chastise Yogi for leaving his man. Yogi put the team on his back the second half and was the best player on the floor the
    last 20 minutes. Yogi was feeling it and had a ton of room to, in my best Gus Johnson voice, RISE AND FIRE!! We are not a team that needs to slow things down, nor does Crean call for them to slow it down. We win less than 12 games this year if Yogi is not on the team. You can continue to bash Yogi all you want, but I will continue to praise him for his effort and trying to lead such a young team.

  • enickman

    Good posts Fourputts. Good discussion about the improving
    team play. Nice critique of an exceptional player who still has a lot to learn. What I like about ITH is there are a tremendous number of people who bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the discussion. Thanks for the posts!

  • enickman

    Same kudos for you b_side. A lot of knowledge and discussion adds to everything Ryan puts on the film study. Thanks! Go Hoosiers!

  • yimyames

    I can watch the number 4 film all day.

  • yimyames

    The beauty of it, being set up by his prior aggressiveness to the rim. Yogi was schooling the Dawgs on both ends of the court.

  • fourputtsforsnowman

    I’m sorry that you have such little faith in all the IU guys not named Yogi that you think they couldn’t generate a winning record. I certainly do have much more faith in them. Of course, for your opinion to be validated, you have to believe that the first half of the butler game didn’t happen since yogi wasn’t scoring or playing due to foul trouble.

    And you have an imagination. I agree that Yogi was in good position at the #4 video two second mark. It isn’t about “bashing Yogi.” It is about the film session and how guys are playing. Yogi, in my opinion, is a good player with the raw talent to be a really great player. But he isn’t there yet. And he won’t be a great player until he embraces lots and lots of fundamentals. Its a good thing he’s got raw talent because that’s what he’s using. Honestly, I feel sorry for him because he’s giving up a high NBA draft pick by not improving his team play, positioning, game management, etc.

    My view: IU beating Butler wasn’t about Yogi “putting the team on his back.” The victory was a team victory, not a Yogi victory. Lots of solid, young men are improving their play, and learning at a fast rate (perhaps after a somewhat slower start). Things are starting to click for this team.

    Q to ITH: Can we have a film session on IU’s offensive and defensive team play?