Film Session: Denying Stauskas, Ferrell’s 3s

  • 02/04/2014 9:13 am in

Yogi Ferrell’s work in denying Nik Stauskas the basketball was a key to victory in Sunday’s 63-52 win over the Wolverines. Beyond Yogi’s ball denial, Indiana’s decision to put Will Sheehey on Jordan Morgan was also key, as it created a situation in which he was free to switch onto more athletic Wolverines on ball screens.

A look at Yogi’s denial work, Sheehey’s switching and a supercut of all Ferrell’s 3-point attempts in the latest edition of Film Session:

From the beginning of the contest, Ferrell D’ed up. Often, Michigan would send Morgan to the left wing to set a screen for Stauskas like here:


But Ferrell would simply speed through it with him:


And stick close enough where Michigan’s man at the top of the key didn’t make the pass and looked elsewhere:


And even when Stauskas tried to free himself in other ways besides a screen like here:


Ferrell stuck right with him and didn’t give him room to receive the ball:


Video showing three different possessions with great ball denial work from Ferrell in the first half:

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  • BeatWisconsin

    So, Crean’s coaching won this game for us – nice (and something to remember).

  • Rie

    No, the team won this game. The player’s execution of Crean’s game plan allows for plenty of commendation to go around. What should be remembered is potential this team has when both our coach and players do their jobs at the highest level.

  • BeatWisconsin

    Good point. Suppose the point I was making is that, even if the players played well, without Crean’s creative game plan, we would still have very likely lost. Perhaps we should come to expect Crean to operate on a high level like this.

  • HooHooHoo31

    I had an argument with a Michigan fan in Ann Arbor that Yogi was better at defending Stauskas and that’s why we won, not because Stauskas was “under the weather” as he claimed. He said that Gary Harris face guarded Stauskas just as well as Yogi in their game against MSU. Can anyone confirm if Harris even face guarded Stauskas? I didn’t think Stauskas saw defense like Yogi’s yet this year…

  • Indiana_Banners

    Excellent work once again. For some of the Minute After commenters, look at the defenses Michigan tries out in that video. There’s man and a few types of zone.

  • Rie

    I am with you there. Our game plans do seem to be heavily reliant on play calling and coaching, so when game plan and rotation patterns appear to be failing, our expectations go directly to Crean. May not always be fair, but receiving the credit for a win and the blame for a loss is just the nature of coaching; especially for IU, since Crean appears to micromanaging the whole game.

  • MillaRed

    There were times when I was asked to defend a good guard and it took every ounce of my energy the entire game. When we asked someone to do that scoring was the last thing on our minds. The fact Yogi pulled that off and dropped 27 points is amazing. One of the best individual performances I have seen at IU. Tribute to his competitiveness, his endurance and maturity.

    Coach gets credit for recruiting Yogi, and putting Yogi on the early B1G POY. Yogi gets all of the credit for execution. So it’s a wash there. Was this not a team effort? I saw really good things from everyone. Without a complete team effort this squad will not get a signature win.

    It’s a fun team to watch when we play well. A perfect storm ha!

  • IUJeff

    You’re not gonna out-muscle Yogi. He is a tank.
    Cudos to CTC and staff for the defensive game plan and for all the hard work in teaching this young team how to play O.
    Still a ways to go but these wins over undefeated B1G teams are very impressive.

  • IUJeff

    Crean still gets an A- on this one IMO. He is still growing as a coach as well IMO.

  • Indiana_Banners

    Gary Harris did faceguard Stauskas at MSU but Harris isn’t quite as quick as Yogi and wasn’t able to work through the screens as well, probably because he is physically larger than Ferrell. MSU also switched more on screens so Harris wasn’t on Stauskas 100% of the time. He was more like the primary defender taking him on, so it wasn’t quite the same thing.

  • MillaRed

    Didn’t Stauskas go for like 19 and 4 vs MSU?

  • Hoosier Hall

    One of the finest shooting displays I’ve seen in a while. The great thing about Yogi is he can pop them pretty quick (off the dribble, on the run, etc.) and is still deadly accurate.

  • HooHooHoo31

    Yes….which is why my friend was arguing that Stauskas was sick. I’m thinking he got sick bc he didn’t know what a true face guard was until Yogi played him.