Film Session: IPFW

  • 12/11/2015 9:24 am in

While Troy Williams’ career-high five blocks against IPFW would appear to indicate a strong defensive performance, that wasn’t quite the case.

We’ll take a look at a number of defensive miscues from the junior in the latest edition of Film Session:

The Mastodons pass the ball to the right wing:


It’s a tactic we’ve seen far too often this season: Williams doesn’t square up on Max Landis. He instead gives him a slight angle right:


As a potential ball screen comes to Williams’ back side, he gets off balance and allows Landis even more space right. He takes it:


Williams struggles to regain balance as he tries to trail Landis:


Collin Hartman is there to try and help and does a decent job contesting at the rim, which forces a miss at the rim:


Indiana’s guards have defended the wing this way all season and it’s led to a number of relatively easy scores for the opponent. Fortunately in this case, Landis was simply unable to convert the easy look.


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  • ScoopGeoff

    Thank you for writing this article… spot on. If you want you can follow it up with “Troy Had 19 Rebounds, But He Never Boxed Out” and “Troy’s 15 Points Might Indicate He Had A Good Offensive Night, But That Wasn’t The Case As He Had Several Miscues”

    Bottom Line: Troy is terrible. He is just an athlete flailing around that occasional positive things happen for, but more often than not is disrupting his team. Seems like only Crean and the announcers, who are paid to say positive things, can’t see that at this point.

  • Koko

    Nice break down Ryan. In the second set it appears TW is upset with Max. But you made it easy to see he should have seen Max coming over and taken the open guy….but he didn’t and it resulted in Max being confused. A perfect example of why our team looks confused on defense. If anyone should be upset it should be (and probably was) Max. Obviously Crean has access to the films. I wonder what he thinks when he sees this? Worse yet, does he see this when he watches the film? Actually TW is lucky to be at IU under coach Crean because I can list several coaches that would not put up with TW’s lack in defense, constant dribbling (which for the most part doesn’t end well) and overall lack of communication with his teammates on the court. They would sit him on the pine until he sorted out his priorities.

  • Lance76

    CTC did sit him to start a game in Maui and that received internet comments from his family. If the “blame game” of who’s responsibility was it to cover missed assignments got out of control, it would lead to discontent and transfers (not even mentioning off court issues). Part of our problem is dealing with and blending these personalities. I get the part that says CTC is responsible, but it doesn’t make it easy to manage.

  • Fivelefts

    I would have to agree with you, ScoopGeoff..

  • Arch Puddington

    “Indiana’s guards have defended the wing this way all season and it’s led to a number of relatively easy scores for the opponent”

    That, my friends, is that the absolute essence of restraint. Ryan could have chosen much harsher language to characterize what has gone from disappointing to mystifying to humiliating. A roster filled with top 50 players either hasn’t been, or can’t be, taught things that we used learn before we were ten.

    Poor positioning. Imbalanced footwork. “Over-helping”, as CTC likes to say. Failure to square off drives. Failure to force dribblers to their off-hand. Lunging closeouts. Reaching. Poor rotations and switches. On and on it goes, a veritable symphony of bad basketball.

    And that’s just on defense. We turn the ball over like we get points for it, a tendency that is even worse this year than last. Shocking, embarrassing stuff.

  • ScoopGeoff

    That is so weak. You can’t coach to make someone’s mom happy. You coach based on what’s best for the team. Unfortunately Crean has no idea what’s best for the team.

  • MK

    Terrible is a real exaggeration. Yes, there are many things that he can improve on, but he is not a terrible basketball player by any stretch of the imagination.

  • Koko

    Not starting TW was just a token act. TW didn’t sit very long. He might have gotten a stronger message if he sat the whole game. And the comments from his family indicates to me there is an agenda on their part that depends on TW playing. If TW does not play then the NBA scouts can’t scout him. And I think the photos and videos above take the “blame game” aspect out of it….it is there to see. I don’t know why you are concerned about discontent and transfers. Under Crean that happens most every year. Why do you think that happens? I agree blending personalities is not easy to manage but once again I can name off many current coaches who have no problem getting that done. I don’t think Crean can.

  • ScoopGeoff

    I’m sorry… it’s not an exaggeration. Here are all the things he needs to improve on: ball-handling, shooting, boxing out, defensive positioning, offensive decision-making, defensive understanding and communication, and passing… You’re right, that is “many”. It is also everything that is important to do to be a good basketball player. He does all of them poorly.

    Here is what he doesn’t need to improve on: dunking, running, jumping

    Those are not basketball skills. He is a great athlete and a terrible basketball player. Terrible.

  • fourputtsforsnowman

    The effort and, it appears, a growing attitude, are mystifying and humiliating, as you state.

    Consider the film session #3 and just watch Ferrell. Could he be any lazier? He can’t get in front of his man (just trots beside him). He points (sorry Ryan he isn’t instructing) he is just pointing. He never does get in front of his man who follows his teammate all the way to the bucket, establishing excellent offensive rebounding position. Ferrell is just TOO LAZY to get in front of him and even try to block him out.

    Of course, TW made his mistakes too as pointed out in the film session. Obviously so did TB…very slow to react to the ball and too far away from the bucket for no obvious reason at that point in the play. And when I say “no obvious reason” note that his man is in his backcourt (this was a 4 on 5 layup for IPFW). Of course, RJ did a 360 and never bothered to establish himself between his man and the bucket, nor did he establish himself so he could help defend, if needed. Just guarding space. Maybe this is Blackmon’s fault…he stepped into his man’s passing lane…had he not done that maybe something less humiliating would have happened.

  • Lance76

    I can agree with what you stated. Sitting TW was a token and the family has an agenda. The “blame game” comment was directed toward the apparent friction between TW & Max. Transfers everywhere are at an all time high. I am concerned about discontent because it can fuel the transfer issues. Discontent with off court personality issues may have been an issue with Fischer (only a guess). Fischer and NV leaving created a major problem. I am starting to wonder if CTC can blend the personalities. I feel like there may be more than one hidden agenda on this team that may alter success.

  • Bud Jenkins

    I think Vonleh was a bad example for the guys, get your stats on a bad team and go first round on ‘potential’…. imho, they could care less, they are already looking to the next step

  • dwdkc

    I noticed several other times when something similar happened. Left a guy wide open for 3 for no reason; a guy from the other side was driving into the lane which was well defended; Troy starts wandering in probably looking to add another board to his career high. Quick pass to the corner to Troy’s man for a very comfortable, wide open 3. I don’t get why these guys keep getting away with this stuff.