Film Session: Illinois

  • 01/20/2016 1:28 pm in

While we’ve broken down plenty of scores from Indiana’s free-flowing weave on offense so far this season, its rout of Illinois proved the Hoosiers are more than a one-trick pony with the ball.

Indiana ran some nice sets out of timeouts and on inbounds plays throughout the contest and executed them to perfection.

We’ll take a look at a few of those, as well as some sneaky Troy Williams movement, in the latest edition of Film Session:

Out of the under eight timeout in the first half, Collin Hartman inbounds to Yogi Ferrell down on Illinois’ side of the floor. Hartman streaks down the right side of the floor as Ferrell has the ball out past the left wing. Juwan Morgan begins to come up to the top of the key from the left block. Max Bielfeldt and Nick Zeisloft are on the left and right high posts, respectively:

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Morgan gets the pass from Ferrell and Ferrell streaks across from left wing to right wing. Hartman does the opposite in the corners:

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Morgan passes the ball back to Ferrell. As he does this and clears out back to the left block, Bielfeldt sets a screen for Zeisloft. Hartman has made his way to the corner:

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Bielfeldt rotates up top after the pick and gets the ball:

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It’s a quick little handoff to Zeisloft with the defense a little too far away:

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Bielfeldt rubs Jalen Coleman-Lands and gives Zeisloft just enough space on the closeout to rise up and hit the deep 3-pointer:

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A ton of movement and spacing here. The luxury of having a shooter like Zeisloft is he can hit from several feet behind the line — which is why a handoff on the perimeter from a big who provides space like this can work.

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  • inLinE6

    Illini’s defense looked even worse than ours last year. Their guys are like meeting first time at Y. But credit our coaching staff and players for making them look worse than they probably were.

  • sarge

    Yeah, Groce said after the game that they had bad body language and had no heart. I thought the same thing about them defensively when we went on the run to end the first half. I told my buddy that they looked as though they had given up, especially on defense. We did some different things offensively and had some good looks on set plays out of bounds. I don’t know if it is what we were doing as much as it was lack of effort from Illinois.

  • Chi-Town Hoosier

    Bad defense. Real bad. But credit IU for exploiting it and continuing to get points at the basket. Illini hadn’t given up 80 points in Big10 play prior to the 103 that we put on them.

  • Jeremy

    Is Indiana peeking and really this good or is the big just down ? I am hoping Indiana has finally put the right group of players together to actually make a serious run.

  • Victor OlaMoye

    It’s so hard to get too high or too low on Crean’s teams. I love the brand of ball they are playing right now. Hard nosed defense complimented by up tempo offense. Even when up tempo breaks down, they are running good sets. I’m cautiously optimistic about what this team can do. Could very well be lightning in a bottle if this play continues. Go get it, Yogi!

  • Well, that’s the beauty of sports. We won’t have to wait forever to find out, and the results won’t be disputable. I’m really enjoying the games right now, and very anxiously optimistic. The reason is because this time (as compare to, say, last year’s B1G start) it’s not just freakish shooting right now, it’s fundamentals like solid defense, effort, and a real will to win. Typically those things hang around even when things like shooting are off.

    The anxious part comes from the very real fact that CTC teams have sometimes peaked early in the conference season and finished weakly. Even so, I do sense something different about this team.