Film Session: Penn State

  • 01/11/2018 8:30 am in

While Indiana shot poorly from distance in the first half, it still found success in the half court en route to a halftime lead against the Nittany Lions on Tuesday evening.

How did the Hoosiers do it?

A lot of off ball screening and cutting. Indiana set back screens near the free throw line to free players to the rim. On other plays, they simply moved and cut so much Penn State had trouble communicating and keeping up.

We’ll take a look at four such scores in the latest edition of Film Session:

Josh Newkirk brings the ball up the court and calls out some action:

Newkirk passes to Al Durham Jr. on the left wing. He cuts down the middle of the court as Collin Hartman sets a back screen for him:

With Robert Johnson cleared out to the left corner and the rest of the Hoosiers out near the left wing, Newkirk has enough room around the rim to receive the alley-oop pass from Durham:

He scoops and scores:

Nice little set from the Hoosiers here.

Video:

Continue to page 2 to see a Hartman score:

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  • Jethro Jones

    I love to see everyone moving without the ball.

  • Sarasota Hoosier

    Hartman playing sound fundamental basketball, never see him get an illegal screen call against him, he understands the game of basketball better than any other Hoosier.

  • myrddin

    RJ’s cuts against Minn, and many of the looks here, will be harder against teams with a true rim protector. Hopefully they’re working on that with these extra days of practice between PSU & NW.

  • iugradmark

    This style of offense is probably best suited to our current talent. The key is for the defense to respect the outside shooting of our bigs so that they can’t just sit back and protect the rim. If Juwan, Collin, and Justin can make some outside shots, the bigs will have to come out. This is essentially what Wisconsin has been doing with their swing offense for years. In my opinion with DD out, this is the best use of our talent. Our bigs are pretty mobile and our guards are not good spot up shooters, so if it works, it should open up the middle for us.

  • Arch Puddington

    ZM and JM are both pretty savvy as well. As been noted, JM played 38 minutes without a foul, and he is a high-level defender and rebounder. Impressive.

  • PBzeer

    One of the purposes of motion is to get the defense out of position, rim protectors included.

  • JethroTroll

    Yeah, length and athleticism pose a problem for every offense, but the fundamentals don’t change.

  • BruceA

    Just love seeing an offense ran!

  • and screens off the ball, set plays whats not to like.

  • Colt

    What? No “weave and heave”?

  • sarge

    JMo has been our season savior. Where would we be without him? He does a little of everything, and does it as good as anyone on the court most nights. He has been great, what a transformation we are seeing. Glad he is healthy to display what he can really do.

  • sarge

    Just great movement offensively and defensively. No longer are we standing around watching. It is amazing this is the same team from the Indiana State game.

  • Darrell Allen

    I agree! One intangible to the game often overlooked today is “basketball smarts”. One of the best was Larry Bird. Critics said he was too slow & couldn’t jump, etc. What they failed to recognize was his savvy approach to the game. On a much smaller scale, CH & ZM both provide that advantage for this team.

  • Darrell Allen

    JM has indeed been the leader and warrior for this team, and I enjoy watching when he is joined by CH, ZM, JS & RJ.