Film Session: Penn State

  • 02/03/2017 11:17 am in

Indiana used strong offensive rebounding in the first half to build its lead against Penn State on Wednesday night inside Assembly Hall. The Hoosiers have been a great offensive rebounding team all season and currently rank 10th best in the country in that category (38.4 OR%).

We’ll take a look at two Hoosiers making their impact on the boards — as well as Penn State’s exploitation of Indiana’s 2-3 zone — in the latest edition of Film Session:

Curtis Jones brings the ball up the court and hands off to Robert Johnson as Penn State calls for a switch:

Shep Garner doesn’t pick up the switch soon enough and it gives Johnson plenty of room to step in and take an uncontested long 2. Devonte Green is currently unmarked in the left corner:

Green sprints in from the left corner on the shot as Tony Carr stands watching the action, not blocking him out:

This allows Green the board and quick tip-in, as three Penn State players converge around him:

We don’t usually talk about Green’s rebounding, but he had 10 total in the contest and showed some good instincts and hustle here for these second-chance points.

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  • IdahoHoosier

    In that third clip, what the heck kind of help defense was RJ offering? I have to think the play could’ve ended better for IU if RJ had stopped to help DD rather than run right by him then look back to watch the dunk…

  • ForIndiana

    Definitely missed his responsibility on that one, but in the game there was a possession right after this where RoJo intercepted the pass in the same set-up, so he certainly learned his lesson in that case. I could really do without the zone or at least if you’re going to use one, use it all the time so these help rotations are more smooth.

  • JohnFromBeyond

    Agreed. Our players do OK when defending the ball, but we either over-help when not needed (leaving someone wide open under the basket, like the fourth clip), or under-help like in the third clip. I distinctly remember that fourth clip as it happened, thinking it was bad that we are letting the guy roam free behind the zone like that. We let that happen often.

  • Sandra Wilson

    It’s pretty much the same type of help we give in man to man…..My question has always been on man to man, and now zone, what do we work on in practice ?…If you were trying to teach kids how not to do your slides/rotations in a zone, segments 3 and 4 would be perfect to use as examples…..Keep in mind, PSU is one of the poorest offensive teams in the B1G.

  • Kwang

    DD was pointing to the back door guy, was he yelling for help? Communication! DD should have went low, and let someone else guard the guy in the middle, else the whole team should have immediately switched to man to man. Purple.

  • TomJameson

    That’s what I thought too, Kwang. Can’t call it communication though, because even though somebody was talking, nobody was listening. Maybe half communicated? 🙂