Film Session: Second half D

  • 02/05/2013 9:00 am in

Indiana’s defense held Michigan’s most efficient offense in the nation to 1.06 points per possession in its 81-73 win on Saturday night. It was the Wolverines’ second lowest output of the season on a per possession basis. In the second half, the Hoosiers often forced Trey Burke and company into contested looks out of the paint and away from the rim. The normally-efficient Burke would finish just 4-of-14 in the final 20 minutes of the contest.

A look at four second half plays highlighting what the Hoosiers did to keep the Wolverines out of their comfort zone in the latest edition of Film Session:


With 13 seconds expired and Michigan passing around the perimeter, Jon Horford passes to Glen Robinson III on the right wing.


Robinson III passes back to Horford and makes a move left. This gets Jeremy Hollowell leaning towards the corner as Robinson III gets a handoff back from Horford:


But Hollowell is able to recover and Robinson III decides against the 3-pointer:


Instead of swinging the ball and potentially getting Burke involved with a reset up top, Robinson III goes back into Horford. And he passes it back out:


With the lane clear and the shot clock ticking towards 10, Robinson III makes a move to the rim:


But Hollowell again recovers and blocks his shot:


This was just a case of some solid individual defense by Hollowell. He lost a step twice, but recovered each time. Robinson III entered the game shooting 77 percent at the rim, so the block — one of three by Hollowell on the night — was particularly impressive.



Here Burke has the ball way out near half court:


Five second later, he’s no closer:


Mitch McGary comes out and sets a ball screen. But Zeller stays in the paint. Remember, this isn’t always how Zeller has played ball screens this season. He’s usually hedging out high. (In fact, our first Film Session of the season chronicled this — plays II and III.):


But playing Burke — who came into the game as one of the best ball screen guards in the country — differently has its benefits. Zeller is able to stay in front of him and cuts off his angle to the rim. This also means Hollowell gets to stay home against Robinson III instead of looking to stop Burke and leaving the open corner 3 as an option:


Burke still makes the pass to Robinson III, and he curls around to the wing and heads towards the free throw line:


With only eight seconds left, Robinson III takes a contested 15-footer over Hollowell that misses:


When you play an offense as efficient as the Michigan’s, if you aren’t able to force a turnover, taking away its first options — a Burke lay-in, an open Robinson III 3-pointer — and forcing the team into something contested in a lower percentage area of the floor is the goal. Indiana did that here.



Here we see similar action to the play above, as McGary comes to set a ball screen for Burke out beyond the left wing as Zeller hangs back:


As McGary draws contact on Victor Oladipo, Zeller is in front of Burke and ready for him:


He comes to the free throw line area, and unable to get around Zeller, he shoots a contested stepback. It misses:


Again: Trey Burke shooting a contested stepback over a 7-footer is a win for Indiana on this possession.



Here’s a look at another ball screen, this time on the right wing. McGary comes across to set it:


It’s possible Burke has a chance to get by Zeller here, as he’ll have to slide to cut him off. If he’s able to, the help is likely to come and Burke may have an open teammate on the developing strong side:


But Burke never even tries it. With Zeller sliding over and Yogi Ferrell going under the screen, he instead takes a 3-pointer several feet behind the line. It misses:


This is a shot Indiana can live with, no?


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  • JerryCT

    Good videos. Look how far McGary has to come out to set a screen . Also Burke rarely got into the lane and was mostly forced to side of it where plays got difficult to make

  • oregoiu

    CTC /staff had a very good game-plan. This film evidence flys in the face of those who claim, wrongly IMHO, that CTC isn’t a good ‘in game’ coach.

  • Remy Willing and Abell

    I think it was Jay Bilas I heard say that Victor gaurded 4 different players in the Mich game , and when he was guarding them thay scored a total of 4 points ! Bilas said this during the Louisville Marquette game .

  • ace132

    definitely was the key. kept burke out of the lane and minimal help off of their shooters.

  • AJ_IU_ColtsFan

    Excellent breakdown by Ryan here. It shows that IU does indeed go into games with a gameplan and changes things based on opponent tendencies.


    Re: That last play (Burke choosing not to drive the lane with Zeller sliding over) – I thought that Burke was being undisciplined in taking the long 3, but on rewatching the vid several times, I noticed that Hulls was guarding one of their backcourt players, and CWat had the lane covered. The Michigan player cleared out ball side instead of going over to the opposite side of the lane. I don’t know if he’s supposed to do that on their offense or not, but it didn’t provide Burke with a drive-and-dish opportunity. Which is probably why he stayed out and attempted the long 3. The point here is that everyone on IU kept to their assignments and didn’t give Michigan a good opportunity to find a decent shot on that possession. Good defensive win. And they didn’t do anything spectacular to accomplish it either.

  • Well, I’m not disagreeing entirely, but I will say that going in with a good game-plan is different than being a good ‘in game’ coach. Usually you can grade a coach in two completely separate areas: their ability to prepare their team for their opponent, and their ability to adjust their game-plan once they are into a game and have seen what is working and what isn’t.

    CTC has ALWAYS been a great planner/preparer. He’s a student of film, and you can see in his players with a high basketball IQ that they’ve been drilled to react a specific way in a specific situation in a specific game. Take Cody on the ball screens here (staying in the lane instead of hedging hard like he has all year) or Yogi going under the high screen for Burke instead of chasing over the top (giving up the three but being able to recover against the dribble penetration more quickly).

    CTC’s critics have said that he lacks the ability to make adjustments to his game-plan once the game is underway and things start to unfold not exactly as planned, or the other coach makes their own adjustments and comes away from their normal MO to try to exploit a weakness they see in IU.

    I’m not arguing one way or the other, just making the distinction.

  • Bilas has said that on several shows now. He’s raising Vic’s draft stock.

  • Bilas has said that on several shows now. He’s raising Vic’s draft stock.