Film Session: Michigan State

  • 02/16/2016 9:32 am in

With Michigan State up 15, Costello sets a ball screen for Valentine out past the top of the key. He doesn’t connect sharply on Johnson’s body as Bielfeldt guards Valentine’s move right:


Bielfeldt continues to defend Valentine on the hedge. Johnson starts to come over left as Costello rolls down to the basket:


As Bielfeldt heads back down to recover on Costello, both him and Johnson are close on Valentine, leaving Costello open in the paint as the rest of Michigan State’s players spread out the Hoosiers on the floor:


Valentine whips a pass to Costello as Hartman stays home:


Bielfeldt eventually gets back down to Costello. But it’s too late as Costello puts the Spartans up 17:


By starting the action out past the top of the key, it leaves a lot of open space in the middle of the floor and Costello and Valentine worked to exploit that for the bucket.


Filed to:

  • BL

    1. We need to stop going over ball screens. Picker’s defender needs to strongly communicate the pick prior to it being set and allow room for the defender to slide under. Alternativley, switch. Better to take chances with a mismatch then to guard neither offensive player well. We did both of these successfully against Iowa. Rather see Valentine taking 25 footers. He’ll hit some but percentages are in our favor.
    2. YF has had success guarding large guards and wings but only when they are pure perimeter players. This was a mismatch. We would have been better off using OG and JM to guard Valentine forcing him to shoot over their length.

  • pcantidote

    On ball screens, Bryant needs to stay home and the man guarding the balls needs to fight through the screen. I would rather give up 3 point attempts than drives to the basket. Play the percentages.

  • Jack Nolan

    Bryant needs to get faster. Maybe next year when he’s more comfortable, but he consistently gets beat off the dribble.

  • Oldguyy

    Three straight moving screens by Schilling on #2. So much for those being a point of emphasis for the zebras this year.