Film Session: Liberty

  • 11/21/2016 8:05 am in

Against Liberty on Saturday night, Indiana built a 26-point halftime lead on the strength of an active, alert defense.

The Flames scored just .47 points per possession in the first half as Indiana shined as a unit forcing lower percentage attempts from the perimeter. Individually against an undersized team, they blocked shots, racked up deflections and stole passes with their length and athleticism.

We’ll take at their defensive prowess in the latest edition of Film Session:

Up just 12 at this point, OG Anunoby comes off his man to help Robert Johnson and pokes the ball loose:


Later in the possession, Anunoby and Johnson sync up again. This time they switch on a left wing ball screen:


Anunoby sticks with John Dawson on the switch and closes off the drive:


Dawson passes to the right wing:


Georgie Pacheco-Ortiz gets into the lane on Curtis Jones as Anunoby lurks:


Anunoby times up the paint attempt perfectly and swats the ball into the stands:


High-level possession from Anunoby here. These types of sequences prove he’s a special defensive talent.


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  • Fifer39

    Nice analyses Ryan. Don’t be disappointed if you get fewer comments than last week 🙂

  • BL4IU

    Thanks Ryan. First look at game action prior to today’s replay.

    4th series, OG shows off nice handles to get into the lane; just needs to use his athleticism and finish with a jumper or jump hook. Reminded me of a play in the UNC game where OG had an advantage driving into the lane but was indecisive. In IU’s shooting drills; wonder if Coach ever uses a mid-range station in the paint; similar to the bank shot station on the wing we saw in the televised scrimmage. Btw, saw Cujo hit a bank shot in a game that looked very much like the drill.

  • TomJameson

    Good job as usual Ryan. I really love these film sessions, and the analysis that goes with them. I know it takes a lot of work to put together, but my only disappointment is that there are only 4. 🙂

  • N71

    Aside from the game I’d be curious to hear what people think of the remodeling job at Assembly Hall. For those that have attended a game, was it great, ok, disappointing, other?

  • sarge

    I really enjoy the remodel. Vintage touches such as the old floor and scoreboard, better restrooms and concessions make for less waiting. The new scoreboard is massive as well as the new lobby and all the little touches they put into it make for a better fan experience. Love that they are showing better replays and incorporating the new technology from Mr. Cuban. My favorite part though, is that I can put my hoody on the back of my seat now and it stays where I put it instead of sliding down into a coke mess on the floor below. I really enjoy what they have done, even though I am one of those people who thought the money would have been better spent on a new facility.

  • The “starters” of RJ/JBJ/JM/OG/TB make for such an incredibly solid group. I put it in quotes because I still think the starting lineup will be subject to situational changes. In any event, those kids can score at an elite level, and their defense is getting better every game. I’m not at all concerned about the turnovers–Saturday night was an anomaly and I don’t expect turnovers to be more of a problem than one might expect given such a torrid offensive pace.

    Nice film session to point out just how good this team is capable of being defensively once everything comes together. Can’t wait for tomorrow night’s game to see if they can have a solid showing in all facets.

  • TomJameson

    Mark, I agree with everything you said except the turnovers. They have historically had that problem because of the speed of play, but they still need to reign it in before it does become a real problem. Maybe it’s only a small concern now, but I would hate to see it become a problem like it has before.

  • Sure, I get that. I just really don’t think it will be a problem. It might always be a little higher than we’d like, but that’s made up for by overall offensive efficiency. We might be #1 in the country right now if I’m not mistaken, or maybe’s it’s #5, can’t remember where I read the statistic.

    I’ll take speed and a few extra turnovers anyday with this offence, and after watching on Saturday it’s not going to be anywhere near that high on a regular basis. That really was just a funky game overall.

  • I’d be more worried had I not been aware of their performance in past seasons. Turnovers were a major concern at the start of the past couple years, and they always ended up figuring it out in a few weeks, or at least by conference season. I’m only worried about injuries.

  • Right–the pace of the offense causes high turnover rates as the team gets accustomed to things and then improves.

    I’m not even thinking about injuries. This team has had more than its share already, some other teams can take their turns.

  • IUowns

    We are #3 in the nation and there is no post about this on the main site? I don’t have access to premium forum but man its a really big thing and deserves a post on the ITH board for everyone to celebrate right?

  • Hoosiers at #1!!!

  • Kwang

    #5 on KenPom’s off eff rating.

  • #1 in the country! As in, overall. Holy wow.

  • Yeah, that’s it, thanks!

  • I was a little off. #5, as Kwang posts above. Not bad for a team that’s behind in developing. Yowzers.

  • TomJameson

    The premium forum does have a thread about IU being #3, but it was started by a member, not by the staff. That’s one of the great things about the forum, the diversity of subjects. You can start a thread on your own, or just try to keep up with all the others (which is what I try to do). There’s content that is brought to the table by members AND staff (Alex mostly).

    I tell you IUowns, it costs very little considering everything you get in return. I would encourage anybody to sign up.

  • ForeverIU

    Remember, Tom, how you were one of the first to greet me in the premium forum? LOL.

  • I might just have to pull the trigger this year. Money’s been tight, but I’ll probably treat myself sometime soon.

  • Josh O’Brien

    Thought the exact same thing on Cujo’s bank. Straight out of practice.

  • TomJameson

    Mark, if you spend any amount of time on this site, you would love it on the forum. If you do subscribe just participate, okay? I think you’ll add a lot, and you will enjoy it immensely.

  • Thanks for the encouragement. 🙂 Okay, I’ll probably sign up, make it an early holiday gift to myself.