Film Session: Michigan State

  • 02/16/2016 9:32 am in

In Michigan State’s blowout win against the Hoosiers on Sunday afternoon, Denzel Valentine scored 30 points and dished out 13 assists in a dominant performance.

“We let their best players get comfortable,” Tom Crean said after the game.

Valentine was particularly deadly against Indiana’s ball screen defense as he continually beat the Hoosiers on it no matter how they defended him. Valentine also scored on identical sets at the start of each half.

We’ll take a look at four scores and two assists from Valentine in the latest edition of Film Session:

On the Spartans’ first half court possession of the game, Valentine sets up on the right block. Over on the left wing, Eron Harris rubs Yogi Ferrell as he heads out to the left wing to get a pass from Deyonta Davis. Ferrell’s man, Bryn Forbes, heads to the right block for a back screen on Robert Johnson:


As Harris receives the ball, Ferrell is stumbling to find Forbes and is in a bit of no man’s land. Valentine uses the back screen to head to the left block:


Valentine receives the ball and Ferrell and Johnson aren’t close.


He scores Michigan State’s first bucket of the contest:


This set is somewhat similar to what the Hawkeyes ran for Jared Uthoff in Assembly Hall last week.


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  • BL

    1. We need to stop going over ball screens. Picker’s defender needs to strongly communicate the pick prior to it being set and allow room for the defender to slide under. Alternativley, switch. Better to take chances with a mismatch then to guard neither offensive player well. We did both of these successfully against Iowa. Rather see Valentine taking 25 footers. He’ll hit some but percentages are in our favor.
    2. YF has had success guarding large guards and wings but only when they are pure perimeter players. This was a mismatch. We would have been better off using OG and JM to guard Valentine forcing him to shoot over their length.

  • pcantidote

    On ball screens, Bryant needs to stay home and the man guarding the balls needs to fight through the screen. I would rather give up 3 point attempts than drives to the basket. Play the percentages.

  • Jack Nolan

    Bryant needs to get faster. Maybe next year when he’s more comfortable, but he consistently gets beat off the dribble.

  • Oldguyy

    Three straight moving screens by Schilling on #2. So much for those being a point of emphasis for the zebras this year.