Film Session: Nebraska

  • 02/19/2016 9:12 am in

Troy Williams showed up in a big way Wednesday night in Assembly Hall.

The junior scored a game-high 18 points (8-of-9) and dished out three assists. In the second half, Williams found space in Nebraska’s defense and left no prisoners as he he busted through the seams for four scores at the hoop. After those four scores, Williams went into assist mode — dishing out two to Juwan Morgan as Nebraka’s defense keyed on him more.

We’ll take a look at Great Troy in the latest edition of Film Session:

On Indiana’s first possession of the half, Robert Johnson enters the ball to Thomas Bryant on the left block:


As Johnson clears out from the left wing to the right wing, his man, Glynn Watson Jr., doubles down on Bryant:


Watson comes off Bryant and gets back to Johnson. But as he does this, Nebraska sends another defender to double team Bryant in the form of Andrew White. He leaves Williams at the top of the key:


So Bryant passes to the open Williams. White heads to recover:


Williams takes White’s momentum from running out of the paint to the right and crosses him over left:


Michael Jacobson and White contest at the rim, but it’s no matter: Williams converts through contact at the rim and is fouled in the process. He missed the ensuing free throw:



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  • BL

    Ok, I’m going to be the negative Nellie and suggest when you analyze most of these plays it actually shows TW not making very good decisions but getting away with it – the “fools gold” some have suggested; the reason it’s hard to expect a repeat performance.

    #2 – TW drives into trouble (four defenders in close proximity) but gets away with it because Nebraska doesn’t have the length to rebuff the drive. Btw, beginning to notice that TB is very open at the foul line for an easy jumper on many plays where he sets a screen in that vicinity. Might present an opportunity against the PU bigs that like to sag deep into the paint.
    #3 – This is actually a transition bucket which is TW’s best % option for scoring. Still, a tough make.
    #4 – Simply a bad, contested shot that he was fortunate to make and get fouled. Look at how many teammates were open for an easy look but also standing and watching because the shot didn’t come in the flow of the offense.
    #5 – TW out of control, too much dribbling. Lucky to recover and get an assist.
    #6 – TW drives into trouble and leaves his feet with no opportunity for a reasonable shot. Very fortunate JM made the right move and the Nebraska defender lost him at the same time. TW had a size mismatch on his original defender. If he had an intermediate game, right after entering the lane, TW could have easily used a spin dribble back to the left and had an easy pull up J from 10 ft., or depending how the defender recovered, he may have been able to get all the way to the rim down the left side of the lane.

    I’m totally on board with Coach pushing TW to be aggressive (vs. standing and watching like in the MSU game) but when he also expects good decision making (or reads as he calls it), I believe experience suggests that’s just wishful thinking. Bottom line, there’s no doubt will continue to see good and bad Troy; just have to hope that with a little good fortune, the former will outweigh the latter. When TW’s good, so is IU.