Film Session: Maryland

  • 01/23/2015 1:00 pm in

In Indiana’s triumph over the Terrapins on Thursday night, Collin Hartman posted a career-high 15 points to go along with four rebounds and three blocks.

We’ll take a look at how he got his buckets in the latest edition of Film Session:

After already going 1-of-2 from the line after getting fouled on a pick-and-roll layup attempt, Hartman sets a screen for Robert Johnson:


Damonte Dodd hedges on Johnson and Dez Wells covers Hartman on the roll:


The ball is passed to James Blackmon Jr. and he takes it from the left wing to the free throw line and dishes off to Troy Williams in the corner. Hartman has moved from the right block to the left corner. Dodd keeps an eye on Hartman:


But as Williams makes a move and heads into the lane, Dodd must protect the rim, leaving Hartman wide open:


Williams makes the pass:


Hartman rises and hits his first 3-pointer of the night:



Had it been a more traditional 5-man on the floor, Dodd wouldn’t have had as much space to cover if he only had to float out and recover to say, a mid-range jumper. But with Hartman’s ability to knock down the 3-ball, it was simply a closeout that didn’t have much chance.

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  • IU Grad 06 & 10

    Anybody else think it’s really impressive that the most animated Blackmon gets after a big play is when it’s one made by his teammate (see clip #4). Noticed it last night and was even more impressed in this film session. These kids are having fun playing together and that’s great to see!

  • Kyl470

    I still can’t believe teams haven’t been trying to punish IU inside. Our lack of size isn’t hurting us because teams are opting to play small ball with us. Hopefully Hartman can become a total match up nightmare by consistently hitting the open 3.

  • JerryYeagley23

    I think this article emphasizes the reason teams are opting for small ball though; because you can’t afford to try and punish IU inside when that inside guy can’t defend an athletic 6’6″ small forward on the other end. It’s not that they WANT to play small ball with us, but when you’re trading post buckets for three balls it’s a net loss. You’re left with going small. IMHO.

  • Kyl470

    I wouldn’t ask my big man to guard Hartman. I’d play zone which IU even with all it’s shooters has struggled against at times. It helps eliminate the drive which leads to a lot of the open 3’s. If I did play man to man I think I would opt to leave Troy open at the 3 point line and not Hartman.

  • Michael Crawley

    Problem with that is the zone is very difficult to do well so unless your good your going to get broken down by crisp ball movement. Indiana moves the ball really well.

  • Brklynhoosier

    Also, I think a lot of teams just don’t practice zone D. It’s not something you can just throw in. Think back to how raggedy our zone looked early in the year…


    Was wondering why Maryland didn’t do exactly that.

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    The reason teams are opting to match up smaller with IU is because of the shooters: A 3-point basket is worth more than a 2-point basket or a drive and an AND-1 which is what our smaller, skilled lineup does. Maryland simply couldn’t afford to leave Dodd in and pound the ball down to him because it eats up clock and IU was going right down and nailing a 3 when Maryland did score.

    It’s also an extremely fun type of basketball to watch with all the open threes and occasional TW and JBJ highlight reel dunks (TW much more often of course).

  • Cm

    Maryland did go to a 1-3-1 for at least a couple of series, I remember us getting a couple open looks and them going away from it

  • yimyames

    Love how much Troy’s passing and vision has improved from last year. He’s now driving with his head up most of the time and it’ s allowing him to draw defense and find open teammates. Man, it’s nice having so many weapons.

  • enickman

    Agree 100%!