Film Session: Beating the Wisconsin defense

  • 01/16/2014 8:31 am in

After a strong Wisconsin start to the second half, Indiana found itself down eight with 11 minutes and change remaining in the ballgame. Yogi Ferrell and Noah Vonleh hadn’t seen the court in a few minutes.

But while the Hoosiers usually struggles to score with them out, they were able to pump in some quick baskets against Wisconsin’s lacking D and get some stops of their own during a crucial stretch of the game. When Ferrell and Vonleh re-entered at the 10:24 mark, Indiana trailed by four — 52-48.

Just a minute and half of game time later, the Hoosiers were up 54-52 and would go back and forth with Wisconsin before securing victory.

A look at four scores from this period of Indiana’s win in the latest edition of Film Session:

Hanner Mosquera-Perea rips a rebound off a Nigel Hayes missed jumper:


Mosquera-Perea outlets to Evan Gordon and the Hoosiers push it up the floor. Hayes is pointing for someone to pick up Will Sheehey on the left side of the court while Traevon JacksonĀ is pointing for someone to pick up the ball:


As Hayes still has a hand up for someone to snag Sheehey, no one does. He sneaks behind the D and Gordon sees it:


As Gordon makes the pass, Sheehey has position at the hoop. Jackson notices it and begins a pursuit:


Sheehey gets Jackson up in the air:


And scores to pull the Hoosiers within six:



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  • Rie

    Quite the title.

  • Edited.

  • GaHoosier

    I was amazed at how well IU attacked Wisc on the offensive side of the ball.

    Unlike most Wisc games, this game was fun (winning helps) and not painful to watch. In the past games have been slow and quite frankly…football padding was necessary.

    After the Michigan State loss, there was a number or people on ITH insulting our coach, our assistant coaches, and our players. The insults varied, but all posts seemed to have been written out of frustration.

    I love the content that Alex and his colleagues provide us with on a daily basis! I love the fact that these guys seem to work nonstop and provide us with the most in-depth and factual information on Hoosier Basketball.

    So in return, we as fans need to begin to provide Alex and his crew with MORE in-depth and factual information in our posts. It is easy to write posts out of frustration, but if we take time and mental energy to think about and write out post…nothing but good will happen.

    Whether or not you like CTC, our assistant coaches, or our players: If you are truly a fan, then support IU Basketball.

    Support is what our team needs, our ITH writers need, and our fans need.

    GO IU

  • inLinE6

    Wow I appreciate all the details. I didn’t even know CTC and KJ were calling Sheehey to the left wing. What a fine detailed in-game adjustment!

  • PDXHoosier

    Wisconsin is definitely a different team than they have been the past few years, but I was surprised at the lack of discipline in transition and passive D. They definitely didn’t look on top of their game for the last 10 minutes and I wonder if the home court advantage started to wear on them.

  • CreamandCrimson

    For one of the first times all season, I felt like we were running the floor with purpose as opposed to just going as quickly as we could because “we play fast”. Most of our transitions/fast breaks still scare the crap of me with this team because I have been scarred by our awful turnover issues this season (which have gotten better each B1G game) but this game, we pushed the ball at appropriate times (Gordon to Sheehey for a layup, Yogi lob to AE for a layup, some open transition 3’s, etc.). We were a pleasure to watch on the offensive end and I didn’t expect to say that much this season.

  • b_side

    If you’re frustrated with some of the comments, I’d recommend checking out the forum for some respite – mainly after losses. Much more constructive criticism being discussed vs. verbal rants from armchair coaches. The small fee supports Alex, Ryan and Jordan directly as well!

  • ForeverIU

    Not tooting my own horn, but this is what I said about the Wisconsin game when we were still preparing for Illinois (C&C might remember the little spat we had, LOL, since he wanted me focused on the Illinois game): “I watched the Wisconsin-Marquette second half. Marquette was relentless
    in attacking Wisc at the rim. They beat the Wisc defense over and over.
    They were still in the game pretty late, then switched to more of a
    perimeter game and made a few 3-pointers late. Maybe Buzz Williams will
    have some words of advice. Wisconsin is very beatable. Count it as a win
    for us.”

  • joebull

    This is exactly what tooting your own horn looks like… but good call, well done.

  • ForeverIU

    LOL! Thanks for the toot.

  • GaHoosier

    Thanks for the feedback.

    Truthfully I want to sign up for the Forum, but finances have been tight this year…not to mention we just had a baby girl born in December.

    However, I’m going to make it my New Year’s resolution to sign up!

  • GaHoosier

    If you have the game recorded and go back and watch that particular play, you can actually hear Dan Dakich stating that both Yogi and Coach Crean are calling for Sheehay to move to that spot.

    Either Dakich is just that smart or he heard them yelling that loud…either way it was a well designed and executed play.

  • GaHoosier

    I agree with the transition offense. Every player who dribbled the ball past half court had their head up and went north and south.

    They dribbled with purpose and confidence. When purpose and confidence meet together every game, watch out other teams!

  • InTheMtns

    It was so nice to see those four plays again, Ryan. Thanks for the break down. Good stuff.

  • HoosierPat

    There was a great fast break in the second half that really caught my eye when I watched the game a second time. IU got a defensive rebound and immediately threw an outlet pass. In the first 7 seconds of the shot clock, they were able to advance the ball up the court, make 4 passes, and have Yogi finish the play with a layup. We saw some outstanding ball movement in this game. Hopefully this will continue because it makes IU really hard I defend.

  • Brklynhoosier

    I think it was more fatigue than anything. We just ran them out of gas.

  • ForeverIU

    I hope its fatigue not the home court, cuz then we can also wear them out and beat them on their own court. Wouldn’t that be sweet?

  • Brklynhoosier

    It WOULD be. But after that pitiful defensive display, Bo will have them practically clotheslining our guys every time they get near the lane, and (of course) the zebras will swallow their whistles. Still have “fond” memories of 2 years ago when Mike Breusewitz slammed Cody to the ground in the final seconds. No foul. See, in Madison, they call that a love tap…

  • ForeverIU

    Ouch! But I’m somehow feeling good about it. Why? Because I don’t even think we played our best game: Yogi with 1 of 8 three-pointers, and Will with 1 of 4. If we could keep our turnovers down, I think we’ll be okay.

  • Brklynhoosier

    Hope you’re right…

  • Bruce Clark

    Nice call: toot toot! Stan sure did look confident and Yogi with no turnovers is a very welcome stat. Would be great to get a couple other bigs to attack the rim…

  • CreamandCrimson

    Congratulations on being right, your preparation for the Wisconsin game was a key factor in our victory. I’ll point out that we lost to Illinois so maybe some additional focus on the Illini on your part would have brought us success (I’m obviously being sarcastic here but there’s no sarcasm font on this site)…anyway, good call and I’m glad you were right….I certainly wouldn’t call this “not tooting your own horn” and I wouldn’t call whatever exchange we had over 2 weeks ago a “spat” but, to each his own and again, good call.

  • CreamandCrimson

    I just saw this interesting number/stat…IU has beaten 6 top 10 opponents in the past two seasons, the most in the nation.

    Congratulations to the players and the coaches, that’s pretty impressive.

  • ForeverIU

    LOL, thanks for keeping me focused. Let’s get ready for NW now!

  • CreamandCrimson

    Northwestern should be a win but I think it will be a bit tougher than expected. Sobolewski doesn’t look like he’ll be playing which leaves them with Jershon Cobb at the point and it really hurts their backcourt depth. They have been struggling offensively but they’ve held Illinois and Michigan State to 43 and 54 respectively. I kind of expect IU to get off to a bit of a slow start before eventually wearing them down, going on a run or two and winning by 10-12 but…who knows? I know one thing, a win would give us 3 in a row and put us at 3-2, a record I didn’t think was possible in December when I looked at our first 5 Big Ten games.

  • sarge

    That’s a nice stat, and no doubt this team has the potential to beat more top 10 teams down the stretch.

  • ForeverIU

    I would like to see Austin and Hanner continue to solidify their game and get more minutes. And Troy Williams … we need to see him begin to mature this season, hopefully will put in productive minutes in the NW game.