Film Session: Minnesota

  • 02/01/2016 9:02 am in

In the second half of its win against Minnesota on Saturday, Indiana had some defensive issues. The Hoosiers allowed Minnesota to score 30 of its 41 points in the paint and also allowed 16 fast break points.

We’ll take a look at some of the ways it went wrong for Indiana in the latest edition of Film Session:

Bakary Konate sets a ball screen for Nate Mason on the right wing:


Ferrell comes through, but another screen awaits him from Jordan Murphy. So Collin Hartman switches onto Mason:


Mason sizes up the slower Hartman and goes to work:


He makes a moves and blows by Hartman left with space to the rim:


Mason converts at the rim for two points:


Just a simple mismatch here that Mason exploited for the bucket.


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  • JohnFromBeyond

    I love Hartman but his lack of lateral quickness makes him a liability on defense, esp. when he gets farther away from the rim. I think that’s why he has been picking up a lot of fouls, too. I get the feeling the entire team relaxed after getting up on a crappy team at home early, then the old ways came back. Hopefully it’s a wake-up call that didn’t cost them a L.

  • Brian F.

    Notice in all 5 video clips that Indiana has 3 timeouts remaining. I thought Tom Crean should have called timeout when Minnesota cut the lead under double-digits. If not then, then at least when Minnesota got within 5 points. The team clearly looked confused and lost on defense. IU has been very good with set plays out of timeouts lately. Why not take a timeout, calm everybody down, get refocused on defense, and design a high-percentage opportunity for a score? Tom Crean not using his timeouts still confuses me, and I believe it almost cost IU a game.

  • pcantidote

    Can someone please let me know what benefit we get from having Bryant out past the three point line? Wouldn’t it be much more beneficial to keep him camped out in the paint to protect the rim.

  • BL

    As we know, CH and NZ do not have good lateral quickness. If they are playing opponents that drive the ball well, they must lay back and force the jumper. More importantly, our big men have to be more aware and in better position to help. For example, on page 1, TB should see CH is isolated and cheat much more extensively to the middle. He’s way to concerned with his man and isn’t even aware of the drive until it’s too late. Likewise, on page 2, MB is out of position. He’s our big man on the floor. He should have recovered well into the paint to protect the rim and let RJ slow down the dribbler. Having said all that, the college 3-point line is so close, most coaches are choosing to run opponents off the 3-point line and are willing to give up the 2 assuming that’s the more statistically sound play. Just checkout page 2. All our defenders are on the perimeter. Makes it a lot easier for players to penetrate and get to the rim. Have to find the right defensive balance in terms of defending the rim vs. defending the 3-point line which in theory should be dictated by strengths of opposing personnel. Sometimes said then done.