Film Session: Victor Oladipo’s defensive stand
Early in the second half of Indiana’s 87-51 win over Coppin State, the Hoosiers went to a 1-2-2 trap on defense. But it’s when Tom Crean subbed out Yogi Ferrell — who had been playing the “1” at the top of the trap — at the 15:58 mark that it started to really pay off. Victor Oladipo shifted into Ferrell’s spot and he was just about everywhere until he was relieved at the 12:16 mark.
Oladipo recorded six deflections (unofficially). The Hoosiers went on a 14-2 run in this timeframe and he scored (six points — a dunk and four free throws) or assisted (three in total — a lay-up and 3-pointer for Remy Abell, a 3-pointer for Jeremy Hollowell) on all 14 points.
Below: A look at one play from this run, as well as a supercut of a number of his deflections throughout the game in the latest edition of Film Session.
Oladipo and Abell pin Patrick Cole near halfcourt:
He has two options immediately across the timeline, but with Christian Watford lurking, he opts to make the safer pass in the backcourt:
Vic simply shuffles over and looks to trap on the opposite side of the court with Watford:
Coppin State ends up throwing a rainbow pass down into the corner with Will Sheehey covering:
The Eagles then turn and look up top, which Oladipo sees:
From there, it’s just an outleap of Coppin State for the steal:
One dribble and a pass to Abell:
Who lays it in for two:
While the staff reportedly charted Oladipo at 20 deflections, below is a supercut of 12 of the most obvious of them. There were a couple plays throughout the game it looked as if it was possible he may have gotten a small hand on the ball, but it wasn’t definitive from the tape. These are not reflected in the video. He also tied-up a Coppin State player where he didn’t knock the ball out; he simply hugged up with him. This may have been charted as a deflection based on the staff’s interpretation of the term.
In any event, this reel still gives a good idea of just how active the DeMatha product was on Saturday evening: