Film Session: A varied offense

  • 01/18/2011 2:25 pm in

Saturday’s bout with the Wolverines was won on the back of a stronger defensive performance.

But in amassing 80 points, Indiana also brought it on the offensive side of the ball.

In the latest Film Session, a look at three different ways the Hoosiers put the ball in the hole en route to their first Big Ten victory.


Tom Pritchard sets a pick for Verdell Jones:

Jones gets to the top of the key and passes the ball to Jeremiah Rivers, while Pritchard rolls down to the post:

Rivers shoots the ball over to Maurice Creek:

Rivers calls for Pritchard to come into the high post:

Creek feeds him the ball there as Rivers goes weak side:

Pritchard makes a move and attracts Michigan’s defense into the middle of the paint:

Rivers sneaks in behind them for two, as Darius Morris (No. 4) chooses to double team Pritch instead of sticking with Rivers:

A nice find by Pritchard on a night where Rivers got more involved with the offense for a season-high eight points.



After Evan Smotrycz picked up his third foul on Christian Watford, he’s sent to the bench. Zack Novak finds himself eventually marking Watford. Jordan Hulls see this mismatch, and signals for Rivers and Will Sheehey to to clear out to the weak side of the court:

Hulls dumps it into Watford:

Watford spins and hits:

Nice recognition from Hulls and a strong finish from Watford.



When the Wolverines went to a 1-3-1 zone in the second half, Hulls was able to get some shots up after not attempting one in the first half.

Here he finds himself with space as Jones attracts the top of the zone, and Sheehey attracts Morris back near the basket:

Morris rotates up, but gives Hulls — who’s got range — breathing room:

Hulls fires and hits nothing but the bottom of the net:


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  • Anonymous

    Glad you used part of this film session to highlight what happens when we get our bigs some touches. I remember this exact play and also remember saying ” where has that been for most of the season, guys, Tom, see, it works, keep using it.” I’m not saying it’s a must twice every possession but at least one touch on just about every possession that isn’t a fast break would not hurt anything. I’m also not saying it is going to drastically increase the amount of points that we get from our bigs but our bigs don’t have to score when they get touches because it creates a whole lot more chances to get the easy / high % shots. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand that the more of those kind you are able to get the better your chances are at getting the W, not to mention all the other things that all of a sudden are available.

    Hate to say it again but……I think Guy would have made a really big difference this year cause he would have given us a lot more of what we seen in the film session as well as just being a presence in the middle on defense.

    The one where CW gets the ball shows why Hulls probably has the highest bball IQ of anybody on the team.
    1) Makes the observation that Novak is on CW and that it is a mismatch that can exploited.
    2) Has JR & WS go to the other side of the floor thus having the players in the right spot for it to be able to happen.
    3) And maybe just as importantly he does something that isn’t done a lot of the time by our guards when they are trying to feed the post, he creates the best passing angle by simply taking a couple of dribbles in the correct direction, which makes the pass much easier for him, increases the chances that CW can handle the pass without a problem, decreases the chances of the defender stealing it and it also makes it harder for Hulls’ man to double down on CW without completely turning his head and leaving our best 3 point shooter open for a touch pass back out if his man decides to double down.

  • Anonymous

    Love these film breakdowns!! One thing I noticed in going through these was that Rivers was the only person on the court for all three. Not that he was the focus offensively in the last two but if he can continue to produce offensively like he has the last couple of games (in the 6-8 point range), I think that’s huge for IU.

    If he becomes a bigger offensive threat by using his athletic ability, quickness, and much improved free throw shooting, it means that defenses will have to pay more attention to him which might free up some other players. Perhaps of even more importance, it allows him to be on the court more which helps us tremendously defensively as he is clearly the best defender.

  • Anonymous

    Look at the spacing on these plays. Beautiful!!! Let’s do this for 40 minutes, fellas!

    I’m not a fan of VJIII floating around so high though. He’s not one step/dribble from a good shot for him.

  • Anonymous

    Good point in that JR is on the court in all of the examples.

    Incorporating the bigs touching the ball and being able to look for the open man will increase the chances of JR being able to score. JR averaging 6 to 8 points the rest of the way would be huge for this team cause they needed his presence on the floor before Mo’s injury and now his presence, in a scoring way, is needed even more.

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    Hey, did anyone else notice the very first possession IU had in the game was a flex set??? It was clearly box-box-corner-corner with a down screen then a cross screen and the ball handler on top swinging to the wing after entering the ball to one of the screen recipients.

    It looked pretty good but I haven’t seen flex sets used like that much in a long time!

  • Andrew

    I agree that the inside guys need more touches, for many of the same reasons that you point out. But we can’t discount how awful the defense was on Morris’ part. Pritch has all of 22 shot attempts in 18 games…the last thing he wants to do is shoot. Give him credit for making a nice pass, and JR for making himself available, but unfortunately you won’t see many Big Ten teams letting something like that happen. Teams like Wisconsin and Purdue are just too well-schooled and sound to allow something like that. Pritch would have to score about 3 times in a row for them to consider doubling him.

  • kentuckyhoosier

    Nice work Ryan … these are fun to look at .

  • JerryCT

    Ace – If you recorded also check out 12:48 in the 2nd half . Not a flex but rather passing out of the high post. Roth missed the shot but open players were everywhere or a step away

  • Kelin Blab

    The flex is so annoying to play against and thank GOD for a shot clock, had a team flex us in high school for a quarter until we begged them to shoot.

  • Anonymous

    I also remember noticing at one point that Jones, Hulls, and Rivers (the three “point guards”) were all on the floor together.

  • Anonymous

    Nice work, really enjoy the breakdowns. Even more so in a winning effort.

  • Anonymous

    Great work – this must take some time to do – Thanks for the contribution!!!

  • Anonymous

    The IU offense is actually quite good this year: 75.2 ppg, .492 FG%, .387% on 3-pointers, .70 on FT with with 6 guys shooting .800 or better, 265 A, but too many TO at 258 and fouls at 390.

  • Dflahardy

    Looking on pomroy, showing Jordan hulls number 1 in the nation in fg percentage

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    That’s what we ran the most of in high school and I freaking hated it! Of course I played for a coach that once told the paper he would just assume lock all the fans and parents out and play the games in a closed gym so you can guess how much fun he was to play for!

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    Yeah, that play was very nice! The play they highlighted here when Pritch hit Rivers was a nice set. I guess CTC does know a little more about offense than I gave him credit for. HA. Just kidding!

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    I haven’t seen a kid shoot this well in a while. It has to be a combination of an already good shooter’s confidence growing everyday because when he shoots he’s already back pedaling like he knows it’s going in.