Film Session: Michigan State

  • 01/07/2015 7:51 am in

Indiana fell behind early against the Spartans on Monday night and it simply never was able to recover. Michigan State came out of the gate playing excellent defense, hedging ball screens on the perimeter and recovering to keep the Hoosiers out of the paint. It’s a place on the floor they love to get to in order to kick out to the perimeter for 3s after collapsing the defense or hitting their bigs in the short corner for easy looks at the rim.

We’ll take a look at Michigan State’s defense and some James Blackmon Jr. miscues in the latest edition of Film Session:

With just over two minutes expired in the contest and it knotted at 2-2, Emmitt Holt sets a ball screen for Robert Johnson. But here’s Gavin Schilling hedging and cutting off Johnson’s path to the basket:


Schilling and Lourawls Nairn recover back to Johnson and Holt. Johnson makes the pass to Yogi Ferrell, unable to get into the paint:


The ball finds its way back over to the left wing and Holt again is ball screening for an IU guard. This time it’s Blackmon Jr. But the freshman is met by Schilling who is hedging again:


He has nowhere to go:


So he passes it back up top to Ferrell:


Another ball screen, another hedge … :


… and recover for the Spartans:


With the shot clock winding down, Ferrell is able to make a one-on-one move into the paint. This time, Schilling has to cut off Ferrell and it leaves Holt open in the short corner. Ferrell makes the pass:


But the weak side D has come across the lane and strips Holt as he goes up. Turnover Hoosiers:



Just an absolute defensive clinic by the Spartans. They stuffed out IU’s perimeter work for most of the possession. And even when the Hoosiers got the advantage late in the shot clock, the help side D was there to make sure they didn’t put the ball in the hole.

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  • SCHoosier

    Your right…a defensive clinic. Frankly i don’t think this Hoosier team would have a clue how to defend with such technique and precision. Outstanding job by the Sparties.

  • Brklynhoosier

    What I kept thinking… and have been thinking since last year… and thought I finally saw answered in the Nebraska game.. is: why on earth aren’t we even looking to pass to the roll man on these hedged screens. Especially considering Emmit/Hanner have both been great finishers at the rim so far this year…

    Then again, I’m thinking that our guards might have just been shellshocked by the aggressiveness of the MSU hedge. Certainly had that look in their eyes. March 7th — unless the entire season goes up in flames, I’m looking fw to the rematch…

  • Hoosier Hall

    Absolutely ridiculous that we kept trying for the same look when they were hedging out so far on these high ball screens. Whoever was setting the high screen had 5 square miles of space to roll but we weren’t even looking for that. Our offense can’t be so one dimensional like this. Every action by the defense should have a REACTION by the offense other than complete and utter surprise.

  • Hoosier Hall

    Also, I completely expected the Branden Dawson/Troy Williams matchup to be entertaining and really highlight this game. Totally didn’t expect to see Troy crawl into a hole while Dawson pushed a rock in front of it.

  • Blair McKee

    Since when does IU make adjustments in game? That would require more coaching than we’re gonna get.

  • SCHoosier

    Didn’t like last game (non) adjustments..but TC made some good ones at NEB

  • Michael

    Yes because you know what is said during huddles. What is coached and what is performed are two very different things.

  • Blair McKee

    true. true.

  • oldiugymnast

    EH got HACKED on that “strip.” When I was growing up, if you hit the guy in the chest and both arms on the way to the hole, they called that a foul. Am I missing some new rules for the BIG?

  • IUBizmark

    I’ve also asked this. Other have claimed we have been looking, but I haven’t seen it. I’d love to see the immediate pass once the screen has been slipped.