Film Session: Mississippi Valley State

  • 11/29/2016 10:00 am in

In Indiana’s win over Mississippi Valley State, Zach McRoberts and Curtis Jones were standout performers. McRoberts got the start in place of an injured James Blackmon Jr. and did a little bit of everything for the Hoosiers. Jones scored nine points, dished out five assists and showed he┬ácan push the pace for Indiana in transition.

We’ll take a look at a few plays involving each in the latest edition of Film Session:

Josh Newkirk calls for McRoberts to set a ball screen near the left wing:

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Seeing space to the rim on his left, Newkirk instead drives that way as McRoberts comes over:

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Newkirk gets all the way to the baseline and attracts the defense. He kicks it out to Robert Johnson on the perimeter:

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With McRoberts’ man rotated over to Johnson and the ball, he┬ábegins to move left as he receives the pass from Johnson:

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McRoberts confidently steps into the wide open shot and connects on the 3-pointer:

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If McRoberts is going to continue to see time in Indiana’s rotation, he’ll be more valuable if he’s a threat to score. He looked capable here, though these were his only three points of the contest in 19 minutes of action.

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  • mars5123

    That second clip (the rebound off of the free throw) was the only play that game that made pause and rewind just to see it again. Really just impressive effort to steal the rebound, the no look pass was on point, and of course Bryant’s dunk was impressive.

  • BL4IU

    247Sports had CJ ranked 84th. ESPN had him 40th. Think we know which recruiting service got that right. Tough to find minutes with such a deep roster but CJ must play. If we go without JBJ tomorrow night, CJ will have to be as good as against KU, or better, if we’re to have a chance to win.

  • IdahoHoosier

    Great breakdown Ryan. We all look forward to these, and I appreciate you highlighting hustle plays and positive decision making. These should be hallmarks of IU basketball!

  • CuJo is key, and we’ll be able to tell a lot about him (at this point) by whether he can step up in another huge game as a freshman. If he can, then wow. And if OG can take another step, then I think we can win. If neither happens, then it could be a long night.

  • John D Murphy

    CuJo’s first step is so explosive. At some point this season I think he will move ahead of JN on the depth chart.