Film Session: Kentucky

  • 03/21/2016 10:01 am in

The Kentucky Wildcats entered Saturday evening’s round of 32 matchup with the nation’s most efficient offense. By game’s end, they fell back to No. 2, as the Hoosiers held their high-powered attack to just .94 points per possession.

We’ll take a look at a number of strong defensive possessions for the Hoosiers in the latest edition of Film Session:

Marcus Lee sets a ball screen for Tyler Ulis and Max Bielfeldt hedges out on Ulis:

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As Bielfeldt recovers back to Lee, Troy Williams hangs on the left block to help out a bit on Lee. Ulis dribbles left:

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He makes the pass to Isaiah Briscoe and he has room left as Williams comes to close out:

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Briscoe takes the drive left:

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As he gets to the paint, Bielfeldt has slid over to block his path to the rim. Williams is also able to come from behind and poke the ball out from Briscoe. It’s called out on Briscoe and IU gets the ball on the turnover:

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Kentucky turned the ball over 25.9 percent of its first half possessions due to defensive plays like this from the Hoosiers.

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  • HooshWin

    Is it even allowed at this point to take issue with any part of OG’s game? It may not be, but if it is I have one recent minor issue: free-throw shooting. He’s missed a high percentage lately. Take an extra moment and knock them down. Every single one is big going forward.

  • Yes, this 1000X. There’s no reason to think JBJ wouldn’t have improved his defense when he sees the entire team improving. And he had hints of decent defense last year in a couple of games. Peer pressure can be a real motivator, and I don’t doubt that a health JBJ would have been pressured to improve. Toss in his offensive skills and rebounding, and… yowch.

  • TomJameson

    Sorry, but I just have to say something. His name is James Blackmon Junior (JBJ .. not LBJ)

  • IUMIKE1

    I think TW goes regardless. Another year, with him concentrating on the right things and he could very possibly become a lottery pick, but I think he has already made up his mind that he is making the jump after this year ends regardless.

  • Hoosier Hall

    Ulis and Murray were the only ones on that team that impressed me. Their whole front court was laughable and Briscoe didn’t show me anything.

  • 3AM Burrito

    I think OG weaknesses right now are: 1)Free Throws 2)His dribble drive typically results in turnover, not his game yet and he has forced a couple 3)Can tend to gamble too much jumping passing lane, getting a foul far out from basket or getting burned backdoor. But for a freshman, he has made some unbelievable plays. His upside is as high as anyone on this team.

  • Ivy Walls

    Damn autocorrect sorry

  • Ivy Walls

    Williams has the basic athleticism to play an impact or contributory role at the next level and this year he has developed a jumper off the dribble both mid range and 20 feet but not perfected and his ball handling and decision making prowess is very inconsistent what is decribed as Bad Troy so to be a lottery pick all that has to go away and his game dominant game in game out and not here and there.

  • IUMIKE1

    Agree with what you say, but I don’t see that all of a sudden changing between now and whenever the end of the season is, plus like I say I think he leaves regardless of where his game is right now and anything short of an injury will not change his mind. Hell, depending on the type of injury I could see him still going. I think he feels like that if he can just make it onto a team that his game will fare much better than it has in the college games. I personally think he is dead wrong but he is the one making the decision and playing bball at a high level school, I’m just an old, at one time a coach, watching the TV person, so what do I know, he might be right….but everything in me says he’s not, hope I’m wrong if he makes the jump.