Film Session: Michigan

  • 02/04/2016 9:34 am in

While Indiana certainly got hot and pumped in the points during its 25-0 run to end the first half against Michigan, its defense was equally impressive.

The Hoosiers got steals, blocks and deflections. They kept their hands up and challenged shots.

“Defense generates the offense,” Robert Johnson said after the game. “When everybody was in there playing with energy defensively, it translated on the offensive side and everybody got a part of the run.”

We’ll take a look at four defense into offense sequences for the Hoosiers during The Run in the latest edition of Film Session:

Zak Irvin gets a ball screen on the left wing as Juwan Morgan chases:


Morgan’s met by another ball screen from Mark Donnal and he’s fighting through once more. Irvin starts to make a move on Thomas Bryant, who’s switched onto him as Morgan trails behind:


As Morgan hits the deck and Bryant stays in front of Irvin, Donnal rolls down to the rim. Johnson rotates onto him on the weak side:


Irvin has to toss it up over Bryant to get it to Donnal and does:


But as it lands and Donnal catches it, Johnson swipes in and knocks the ball loose:


Nick Zeisloft picks it up. IU ball:


He outlets to Johnson and Indiana’s on the move:


On the other end, Morgan passes to Collin Hartman in the left corner:


Hartman fakes left and heads right on Duncan Robinson:


Once into the lane, Hartman stops and spins left to the basket:


He splits the defense for the bucket:


Hartman’s showed a nice ability on the drive this season and here was a good example of it out of the corner after the Johnson steal.


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  • Chi-Town Hoosier

    That’s great stuff! I could watch that all day. In segment 2 with Walton flying out of bounds…that would have been a sure foul in the Kohl Center.

  • Trevor Howenstine

    video 2, he doesnt knock it down for three. he missed but troy one-handed rebound/scored.

  • WatchingYogi_atYogis

    I like it the way it’s written. Even though I’ve seen the play before I was still surprised with the ending.

  • WatchingYogi_atYogis

    Play three I remember well because I was thinking that’s exactly what they want, Rahkman with NZ on him. Except NZ just played great D. When your weakest link holds his own, good things happen.

  • WatchingYogi_atYogis

    Play four is a subtle example of how the team is playing better together and how CH does the little things. When MB and JM both go for the block, CH covers opposite side of the basket for the board. If nobody makes the fundamental play, we don’t end up with the ball and are then in terrible position.

  • pcantidote

    They did a nice job playing help defense and contesting everything at the rim. I am still scratching my head as to why that broke down against Minnesota. Oh well, the trend line is still up…

  • INUnivHoosier

    Referees were huge in this game, IMO. They let play continue where other referees would have called (bad) fouls. I don’t know if Indiana goes on that run without that officiating crew.

  • Thanks for the catch. Play 2 now updated with the Troy tip-in.

  • PDXHoosier

    5 blocks on the game isn’t an eye popping stat, but it seemed all of their shots at the rim were contested, like #4 above. Having that defense at the rim is a complete change from last year and early this year

  • Chi-Town Hoosier

    I think, and this is kind of a guess, that our defense struggled in that stretch to Minnesota because we just couldn’t seem to score and set up and they got a ton of easy baskets in transition. To quote Beilein, “they started on their 35 while we started on our 0”. Also, Minnesota guards seemed much quicker that day.

  • b_side

    Magnificent film session. Oscar worthy!

    In all seriousness, The Run is getting accolades for the offensive firepower. Great to see the defensive work focused first here.

  • Gregory Spera

    May be my favorite Film Session, ever.

  • So, I watched The Run again last night because I was interrupted throughout the live game and didn’t really get a complete sense of how it went down. And wow, that really was an incredible display of defensive lockdown leading to incredibly effective transition offense. I knew the defense was good during that stretch, but I didn’t realize just _how_ good it was. Yes, it was good transition offense, phenomenal even, but the whole thing was much more of a defensive than an offensive run.

    Now, our halfcourt offense wasn’t quite so elevated, which is why UM played the second half more evenly (minus the scrubs losing at least 7 points of the lead)–UM finally started playing something akin to transition defense, and they started playing a little more effectively on offense. Had our defense been a little bit poorer and their offense a little bit better in the first half, then the game would have been much closer. Something to remember for our upcoming games.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    exactly what i’ve been saying, and exactly what rj said. solid defense directly correlates to effective offense. it energizes the team, it breaks down transition defense, it wears down the other team, and i think it also changes their offensive mindset from ‘trying to keep up’ to, i don’t know, something more conducive to a smooth running offense. help me out here mark!

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    kudos to both OG and JM. those dudes know how to use those long arms. they’re really gonna be tested down the stretch though. makes me glad this team has some frontcourt depth!

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    it makes the games so much more watchable! can’t stand it when the whistles bring games to a screeching halt seemingly every possession

  • BL

    No way OG had one block as per the official stats. Had one emphatic block but at least two others on jump shots that were more subtle (shot came up well short of the rim).

  • inLinE6

    Michigan fans don’t want to watch these, just saying… Looking forward to 10-1 over the weekend and get back to top 15.

  • In thinking about it, maybe we’re missing the cause and effect here. Perhaps great defense plus fluid transition offense (or halfcourt offense) are all really the result of the same things: a highly focused mindset, great energy, and attention paid to the fundamentals. We say “defense leads to offense,” but maybe it’s just “talent + concentration + effort = good defense and offense.”

    Certainly, I can’t remember a time a team was that locked in at both ends of the court for such a sustained period of time. No matter who was on the court, the awareness and energy never fell off, in my opinion during the entire 41-9 stretch. That’s what’s so exciting about this team–when they play like that, I’m not sure who in the country can beat them.

  • inLinE6

    Kudos to CTC for improved defense as well. Still can’t believe we’re the top defensive team in big 10 and one of the better teams in the country. It’s like fans asking CTC “show us some defense please…” And CTC goes “Well, you get what you want. Here you go…”

  • inLinE6

    Excellent idea! Put together some films and make it a documentary of Hoosiers defense from zero to hero, and challenge the academy award next year.

  • inLinE6

    “UM finally started playing something akin to transition defense, and they started playing a little more effectively on offense”

    That’s because our 3rd unit sucked. The lead was extended to 27 and could possibly go over 30+ if we still had our starters in the game. There was quite a bit stat padding in last couple minutes otherwise their ppp would probably be under 0.90. Having said that I still have a lot of respect to their team and hoping them to win MSU, Purdue and Maryland…

  • Yes, agreed, things dropped off considerably when the deepest part of the bench got in the game (hence my bit about the scrubs losing a good part of the lead). I’m just saying that there was a point when The Run ended that UM was scoring more easily and our halfcourt offense was good but not so incredible as it was in transition. We extended the lead from 21 points to 27 points, so we were still “winning,” but it was nothing like previously.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    i think that’s right as well, no doubt about it. you gotta have the personnel.

  • InTheMtns

    I’ve been looking forward to this film session since Tuesday. I’ve watched the game a second time and have seen highlights of the offense several times; but I knew Ryan would give us a film session breaking down the defense. This is a joy to watch. Thanks for another excellent film session, Ryan.

  • You’re welcome!

  • InTheMtns

    Big credit to Yogi, too. Collin heads into position for the rebound while Yogi blocks out Donnal. Donnal ends up draped across Yogi’s back and was completely blocked out, leaving Collin to snag the rebound. Great defense from everyone!

  • Jim Miller

    Just wanted to share this. I get home from work an hour before my wife. The last 2 nights I have come home and fired up the DVR and watched that first half against UM. I has melted away the stress of a day at work and really just made me feel all happy and warm inside. That was the best half of basketball I can remember seeing in a LOOOONGGG time. And the best part is that CTC has got the team playing the style of basketball I like, which is up and down the court but with efficiency. That was what attracted me tto the idea of CTC when he was announced as our coach. I love up tempo basketball. Heck I am even starting to watch some NBA ball again when the GSW are playing.

  • SilentBob

    Their lighting quick guards definitely were problem. Dorsey and Bryant Crawford from earlier in the year are two of the very few players in the country that can match Yogi step for step in terms of speed

  • Kevin

    Great stuff! Thank you.

    An interesting series before/during “The Run”
    12:34 Max 3 (OG asst)
    10:52 OG 2 (after his steal)
    9:56 Nick 2
    9:28 Juwan 2 (asst Yogi, in transition)
    8:40 TB 2, post feed by Nick
    7:43 Collin 2
    5:53 RJ 2
    4:58 Troy FT
    4:12 Yogi 3 (asst OG)

    That’s 19 points from 9 guys, over 8 minutes, in a variety of ways.
    Every guy scored, with no one scoring more than once.
    That is BALANCE.