Film Session: Northwestern

  • 03/13/2015 2:45 pm in

Indiana got to work on the defensive end early and often against the Wildcats in its win on Thursday evening. It helped lead to a 16-0 run during the middle stretch of the first half which saw the Hoosiers take a 24-6 advantage over Northwestern.

We’ll take a look at some plays on both sides of the ball during this key run in the latest edition of Film Session:

Well, lookie here: We have an Indiana player picking up an opponent full court. James Blackmon Jr. pokes the ball loose on Dave Sobolewski:


The senior guard is able to recover the ball and Blackmon Jr. continues to pick him up the length of the court:


As the Wildcats get into their half court offense, Tre Demps gets a ball screen and comes left. Collin Hartman hedges hard and is called for a foul, but it was a good aggressive play regardless:


On the inbounds, Demps gets the ball and heads to the hole, but Hartman is all over him again:


Demps air balls the close-range attempt. Alex Olah comes over the back of Yogi Ferrell for the board:


His shot attempt misses and Ferrell and Olah end up in a jump ball situation with the arrow remaining with the Wildcats:


Off the inbounds, JerShon Cobb makes a move right on Ferrell off the perimeter, but Ferrell sticks with it and knocks the ball loose on the drive. It goes off Cobb. IU ball:



From Blackmon to Hartman to Ferrell, the Hoosiers got multiple strong efforts on defense to stop the Wildcats from scoring on this sequence.

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  • Outoftheloop

    I just watched Davidson rally to beat LaSalle in the A-10 Tourney (Dayton, VCU, etc are in this conference). Davidson is a small (about 1500 students), liberal arts college, with a great academic reputation, located just outside of Charlotte NC. They won the conference regular season in their first year in the conference. The reason that I go through all of this is simple. They ARE Indiana (this year’s team) without any real good HS talent. By this I mean that Collin and Devin being Indiana All-Stars dwarf any reputation that any of their players had coming out of HS (physically their team looks like the IU walk-ons). They win by playing very hard defensively, are not athletic, have no real size, switch between man and zone defenses (but not within the same possession), are #3 nationally for no TO’s, share the ball well, shoot 50% on FG and 40% on 3’s. Their coach is named McKillop, and has been there 26 years. He “teaches” like Coach Wooden used to in a mild voice during time-outs, and was last “noticed” when Seph Curry led them into the NCAA. Coach Crean did not need to study the Euro teams or the NBA teams to learn how to win with this IU roster. He just needed to take a couple of weeks to go to NC and watch Coach McKillop.

  • Arch Puddington

    Nice post. I was thinking about Shaka Smart while reading it, a coach whose accolades are all out of proportion to his accomplishments. Smart has won no A10 regular season titles, no A10 tournament titles, and has been past the round of 32 one time. Obviously VCU had that one cinderella run to the Final Four, but that was made largely with players recruited by Smart’s predecessor. This year, with an entire roster of players recruited and trained by him for his system, he finished fifth after the fourth place tie-breaker.

    McKillop, in the meantime, has won 8 regular season conference titles over the course of his career — 7 Southern conference titles, plus this year’s A10 title in his first year in the league — and 7 conference tournament titles. Like Smart, he has been past the round of 32 once, making it to the final 8 the year Steph Curry was there.

    So why is Smart seen as one of the “hot” coaches and McKillop is not? I’d take McKillop or Archie Miller over Smart any day.

  • Samuel P. Gaskins

    You are correct, but the reason is:
    McKillop = 64
    Smart = 37

  • Outoftheloop

    I would take any of those three: McKillop, Miller or Smart. Those are the top three on any list!

  • fourputtsforsnowman

    In video 1 ferrel was thoroughly beaten off the dribble TWICE but did make a recovery as ITH pointed out. It is unusual for him to stick with the play that long. Usually he stands and watches to see if any of his teammates can cover for him. Obviously I disagree with the ITH statement that this is strong defense by ferrell. It simply isn’t. Just a nice recovery play by ferrell that we typically don’t see. Good defense is keeping the taller, slower, less athletic NW player in front of you. Sorry ITH, I know you love Yogi but he is one really poor defender in terms of basic fundamentals. It did work out here though.