Film Session: Penn State

  • 02/08/2016 9:57 am in

We know Indiana’s offense struggled in its loss to Penn State in Happy Valley.

But over the final 10 minutes of action, the Hoosiers also made a number of miscues on defense and the Nittany Lions capitalized to emerge victorious. It was IU’s second worst performance on D in terms of points per possession (1.05) in conference play.

We’ll take a look at the defensive missteps down the stretch in the latest edition of Film Session:

Brandon Taylor inbounds the ball to Julian Moore in the left corner:


Moore passes to Shep Garner on the left wing. From there, he heads down to the left block to set a screen for Taylor. Taylor begins to cut out to the left corner:


As he does, Max Bielfeldt chooses to go around the front side to avoid the screen:


But it doesn’t help. Beilfeldt’s longer route give’s Taylor space to catch:


He rises and hits:



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  • Lance76

    In the last sequence TB brings his hand down and slaps at the ball. I have not looked at at film of his fouls, but I would be willing to bet this is a repetitive problem. This may be why he is gets fouls called on him. He needs to be on the floor and effective to balance the IU attack.

  • Sometimes the film sessions can be lots of fun, sometimes much less so. Watching those back-breaker threes by Taylor again is… well, just not a lot of fun.

  • inLinE6

    The stats seemed to suggest that they were not an outstanding shooting team (at least before this one), and they probably drive more than taking outside 3’s. That probably explained why we kinda over helped a bit. It’s a combination of them shooting hot, and we had an off night. Being on the road didn’t help much either. The final score was within 2 possessions so it didn’t look as bad as we might have thought of.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Out of the AP poll again. Bummer.

  • I think the reason this one hurt so much is how incredibly well the team played in just the previous game. Against UM, this was a B1G-winning, dominating team. Against PSU, this was a middle-of-the-road-at-best B1G, mediocre team. The dichotomy is so stark, and I don’t think many people expected (although certainly some feared) that big of a dropoff. Expectations were probably inflated a bit at UM, and that makes this reality hard to swallow.

  • InTheMtns

    I always enjoy the film sessions a lot, too, and agree with you that this one was painful to watch. Especially the threes. Before the game, CTC said it would be important for players to not over-help and leave shooters. In #2, ,# 3 and #4, that’s exactly what we saw – players leaving shooters and we paid for it. You could see it unfolding each time, right before it happened. Painful!

  • inLinE6

    Doesn’t matter. Banner hope still alive!

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Amen to that!!!!

  • Jim Miller

    Honestly, I have always put more weight on the Coaches poll. I think it tells more about our team what other coaches think than it does what a bunch of reporters think.