Film Session: Iowa

  • 12/06/2017 8:45 am in

After recording six blocks in a win against Iowa on Monday night, Indiana now sports a block percentage of 15, which ranks an impressive 24th in the country, per KenPom.

Those blocks often lead to transition opportunities and scores for the Hoosiers. We’ll take a look at some of them in the latest edition of Film Session:

The ball is entered over the top of Juwan Morgan to Tyler Cook. De’Ron Davis rotates over:

Cook makes a move to the middle of the paint on Davis and goes up for the shot. Davis blocks it:

Cook recovers the ball after the block and goes up for another shot. But this time it’s Morgan with the block:

Davis recovers and outlets to Josh Newkirk:

The Hoosiers are out in transition as Newkirk throws the cross court pass to Robert Johnson:

With Iowa’s defense bunched in the middle, Johnson passes it down to Al Durham Jr. in the right corner:

Durham Jr. hits the triple:

A nice transition 3-point bucket here, all set up by a pair of blocks.

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Continue to page 2 to see a Justin Smith block:

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  • Arch Puddington

    An interesting study in how coaching and playing talent both matter. I don’t know what our block percentage was last year, but I’ll bet it wasn’t 24th. And that team was bigger than this one, especially early on when OG was around. That this team is getting more blocks reflects a change in coaching philosophy and emphasis. New style, more time spent on defense.

    Having said that, the overall defense still ranks pretty low, which is in part a reflection of the personnel. As has been discussed, the pack line defense really needs more size and length on the perimeter than this team has. A three guard lineup is not ideal for long closeouts after sagging into the middle to clog driving lanes. Can you imagine a player like OG in this defense? (Or better yet, more than one player like him! A guy can dream…). The bevvy of big wings and forwards that Archie is bringing in next year will fit his system well, and should really make a difference in the overall efficiency of the defense. We’ll see how they do as freshmen, but over time they (and whoever comes after them) could really be fun to watch play defense.

  • Outoftheloop

    Freshmen play right away all of the time. They play better in February than they do in December. Watch the video of Al on the break. He makes a slight move from the left channel to the middle to open up his passing lane to Robert for the pass back to Josh for the 3. A very slight, very subtle move, but it opened up the entire break! That is a good freshman! Justin plays well, he gets low in the paint, he gets his shots off in congestion, he just can’t get them to drop in the hoop. He needs to squeeze the ball. These college level players are strong and swipe at the ball with force. Louisville will be a test for him. But he can be our #8 rotation player! That will add much to this team!

  • Arch Puddington

    No question, freshmen can and do contribute. I expect more than one of next year’s to do so. But as the saying goes, the best thing about freshmen is that they become sophomores. AD has been a revelation, and JS has had his moments. But both will be better as sophomores, and better yet (presumably) as juniors and seniors. And a guy like CM may take a couple of years to really contribute. A big class like next year’s will no doubt see some guys step up right away, while others will need some time. With JN, RJ, CH, FM, and even TP all gone next year, the chance will be there for them to step up.

  • Tommy Morrsion

    I think this was a conversation in a previous thread but, see the 2018 recruiting class. Archie is starting to recruit for that 6’7 length. Not to mention CM and JS fitting that bill, nice inheritance for Archie.

  • Tommy Morrsion

    My apologies, I didn’t read the end of your post! Great point.

  • Mark Bando

    Yeah, coaching and physical conditioning making a difference. DD adding 8 inches to his vertical and improving his mobility is making a big difference in his blocking ability.

  • Dsct1

    Hello fellow Hoosier fans. I guess you can say I’m kind of trolling today as I’ve got a concern not a problem but a concern. As Archie reminds me somewhat of coach Knight in his approach to the game. How do you think in this time of entitled AAU players how will this long term effect Archie’s ability to get the “blue chippers” and if he can’t recruit these players how far can a system go without elite talent, as far as hanging banners. Again I’m looking for input and insight. As simply I don’t know.

  • IdahoHoosier

    I hope I speak for all when saying your question is welcome. We come here to discuss and debate issues surrounding IU basketball, so thanks for your post! In response to your post, I wonder if some of the issue won’t be eliminated sooner than later when/if the NCAA changes the “one and done” rule. Parity is already on the rise as we see small schools pulling in top recruits who wouldn’t have considered anyone outside the “blue bloods” years ago. I imagine if the one and done rule dies the parity will only increase as the talent pool shallows a bit. I could be wrong. What do you think?

  • Downtownhoosier10

    Just wanted to add it’s not an NCAA rule on the 1 and done. It’s a rule the NBA has on when a person can declare for the draft.

  • Dsct1

    I noticed at the end of coach Knights tenure it became harder and harder for him to win. Granted his basketball knowledge had not dwindled his coaching style wasn’t what attracted the instant gratification player. I doubt Archie’s demeanor comes close to coach Knights but philosophy seems to mirror.

  • inCMitrust

    Even Knight needs elite talent to win. He would not play the recruiting game of spending your summer at AAU games and kissing 15/16 year olds asses. That is the main reason I believe his winning diminished.

  • inCMitrust

    Kids like to win. If Coach Miller starts winning the 5 stars will follow. There are are plenty examples of tough minded coaches getting 5 stars. I assume that is what you meant about Knight.

  • Dsct1

    Understood. My concern with Archie’s ability going forward isn’t his recruiting efforts but how many elites will he get into Assembly Hall when they realize it’s about the system and the team and not putting on a show for the NBA. Will the fan base turn on him if he is a consistent tourney coach but no banners.

  • Dsct1

    Yes it is. I believe coach Knights demeanor soured recruits and their families.

  • IdahoHoosier

    Perhaps the fans change with the game? Just as the players are from a new and different generation, eventually so are the fans.

  • Mark Bando

    Coach Knights decline in recruiting just might be a myth. The year after he was booted, his recruits went to the championship game. And I always beleived that if he was there to coach them (and if Coverdale hadnt hurt his ankle), we would have won that game.

  • Tom Simpson

    I understand why the comparisons to Knight keep coming up, but I don’t think it’s particularly apt. Knight’s problems toward the end of his career, both in coaching and (to whatever extent they existed) recruiting, weren’t related to a focus on defense or expecting players to function as a team. In my opinion they were more, really almost exclusively, related to his personality issues – stubbornness, an outdated way of dealing with players and others, etc.

    The fact is that, while the offensive and defensive approaches may vary, most very successful coaches – Izzo, K, Self, etc. – have the same player expectations and basic approach to the game as Miller.

  • Dsct1

    I believe just the opposite. Coach Knight had them bridled in my opinion. They were like thoroughbreds harnessed to a plow. The coaching changes allowed them to run.

  • Dsct1

    These opinions are what I am looking for. Archie has yet to establish himself with Izzo and Self. I believe the potential is there. As I said mine is a concern. I wholeheartedly agree about Coach Knights attitude hurting him in recruiting.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    I think you will be surprised on how good Demezi Anderson will be. He will become another IU great.

  • Outoftheloop

    IU was a very tired team in that final game. The ride getting there was just too draining for them to compete with MD.

  • Outoftheloop

    The IU fan base did NOT turn on Crean because he was “a consistent tourney coach”, it turned on him because he was an inconsistent tourney coach!

  • Outoftheloop

    Agreed!

  • Outoftheloop

    And Curtis Jones gone.

  • Dsct1

    I am making no comparisons in the two. And while I was never a backer of Coach Crean, being originally from Wisconsin I followed his career at Marquette, while he is a stand up man he was just not the right man long term for IU. I believe he was the right man to pull them from the ashes as IU was a toxic brand at the time. Many thanks are owed to coach Crean for what he did. Now if Archie can take them to the next level Banners will be hoisted.

  • dennis powell

    I agree with your assessment of Knight.

  • Jethro Jones

    on the last one – i love the fact that DD was the first hoosier down the floor. Great hustle out of the big man.

  • Jethro Jones

    I think his intensity matches coach k and izzo. They aren’t afraid to rip someone a new one if they didnt meet the expectation.