Film Session: Austin Peay

  • 11/18/2015 8:26 am in

While I wrote in Monday evening’s The Minute After that Indiana’s defense was an “after thought” in its win over Austin Peay, a closer inspection of the film reveals I was a little off.

Indiana’s effort was there, but its execution was not. Dave Loos and his Governors were well prepared for Indiana’s newfound aggression on the perimeter and Austin Peay simply countered IU’s tight perimeter defense and overplaying of the passing lanes with some nice back cuts.

It’s something Indiana can learn from on a film watch.

We’ll take a look at some of that back cutting from the Governors as well as some other defensive miscues from the Hoosiers in the latest edition of Film Session:

As we continue to see from the Hoosiers, Robert Johnson picks up the ball full court and tracks it into the front court:


As the ball swings around the top of the key, Chris Horton looks over towards Khalil Davis on the left wing. Troy Williams anticipates the pass and creeps up towards the passing lane:


Williams gets caught leaning the wrong way, as no pass comes. Instead, Davis back cuts towards the hoop and Horton threads through a pass:


As Williams flails to get back in position, Davis makes a move towards the hoop:


He knifes through and scores the bucket:


Williams intentions are perhaps correct here. Or at least: This is how Tom Crean is asking his players to be on the perimeter — aggressive. But his over anticipation of the pass allowed Davis the back door and he took it in for the score.


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  • TomJameson

    #1 was a great back cut for AP, but I wouldn’t call it uncontested. It was just well played by the AP player.
    #2 JBJ should have stuck with his man. He tried to go for the steal, but not very aggressively.
    #3 Worse defensive play of the night for IU. Great defense until the last 5 seconds. An uncontested 3 is one thing but an uncontested layup (dunk) while surrounded by IU players is pretty bad.
    #4 Just a great back cut and pass to get it to him. Horton had a great game. RJ needed to stay between the ball and his man. Easier said than done.
    #5 I think that was RJs man that didn’t get picked up.

  • David Mason

    The article says that AP came in prepared to play IU. Sure, IU’s roster overmatches AP’s. But, IU taking the first quick shot and casual attitude to defense, at times, is going to catch up with them against the tougher competition.

    Creighton is a better team, apparently, than AP Las year they beat Nebraska, Marquette, St. Johns but ended 14-19. Hopefully, IU plays decent defense and gets some decent assists.

  • I don’t think that they took the “first quick shot,” I think that they had really good ball movement (including in transition) that got them open looks quickly. I don’t remember many bad shots, and I don’t think there’s too much to complain about offensively. Even the lack of feeding the post isn’t a legitimate complaint, I don’t think, because their outside (and in some cases midrange) shots were so open. You just can’t complain about 15 made shots in a row, and there’s no way that wasn’t a result of creating good looks.

    And, I don’t think it was a “casual attitude” with regard to defense. I think they were aggressive, in fact overly aggressive, as evidenced by some of these clips. It wasn’t a lack of effort, it was poor decision-making. They need to focus more on staying in front of their man and less on trying to get deflections/steals (although that might not change, unfortunately, being what CTC seems to focus on himself). They can’t rely on their athleticism to make up for a lack of fundamentals, because they’ll be playing plenty of highly athletic teams.

  • What I liked defensively, and I think it’s only going to get better, is that TB seems to have a natural tendency to post up, get his hands up, and contest shots without leaving his feet. I think it was only once or twice that he was out of position and/or got completely faked and something got by him. He’s a real presence down low and altered a lot of shots without putting himself in foul trouble, and that’s only going to get better.

    I hope he has some patience though while the team learns they really do have a post presence offensively and they get him the ball more often. Maybe they’ll feed him more when things aren’t so open on the perimeter as they were against AP–I mean, if the shot is there it should be taken when you have such good shooters. I just hope that they feed the post when the outside is clamped down, something they couldn’t do last year because there was nobody to feed. TB with his hands up begging for the ball shouldn’t be too easy to miss.

  • One thing I noticed during the game and on the replay (i.e. #3 above) shows Horton #5 walking (use to be travelling) with the ball and got away with it several times, while IU guards made a stutter step (fake step without moving pivot foot) and the Refs called ‘travelling’ at least three times. That is the inconsistancy on the officating that drives me nuts.

  • INUnivHoosier

    Yeah. He clearly caught the ball with both feet on the court, pivoted with his left foot, then pivoted with his right foot.

  • He actually traveled twice: on his first catch and again on his second catch. He took steps many times during the game. I think the refs are so focused on the hand checking/touch fouls they are missing a lot of infractions that may be more glaring.