Film Session: Houston Baptist

  • 12/11/2016 1:23 pm in

Indiana’s offense put on a clinic against Houston Baptist on Saturday evening, posting a season-high 1.37 points per possession.

When the Hoosiers weren’t getting buckets on the fast or secondary break, they were surveying the half court defense and making smart reads to find the open man. When the defense keyed on Thomas Bryant, he didn’t force his own offense. He made them pay by finding his teammates.

We’ll talk a look at four such plays of Indiana’s high-level passing in the latest edition of Film Session:

Devonte Green enters the ball to Thomas Bryant at the top of the key:

Three HBU defenders key on Bryant and he leads James Blackmon Jr. into open space:

Blackmon Jr. has some space to loft up a floater, but opts to pass to an open Zach McRoberts as the defense collapses:

McRoberts has plenty of room to rise and fire, but opts for the extra-extra pass to Green:

Green hits the 3-pointer:


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  • Guyton25

    Loved that last one by McRoberts. Mainly just the cut but the finish as well.

  • cbags05

    Man look at that ball hog JBJ on the first play.

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  • HoosierDom

    McRoberts needs to take that shot. He had a much better look than Green.

  • weitrhino

    #15 is McRoberts. Gelon is #24

  • weitrhino

    IU is a tough team to defend. By the time the 3 was launched HB had 5 defenders around the paint and with IU’s outside shooting ability they’re going to make teams pay. If the defense goes soft in the middle then TB or DD, or maybe even OG and JM will also may opponents pay. Looking forward to Butler.

  • Bruce Clark

    JBJ is not without his faults but I firmly believe we have no shot at a national championship without one of the leading shooters in college basketball. JBJ is that player that can carry a team.

  • cbags05

    Yep. What am I missing? The last video is Gelon.

  • weitrhino

    Disregard. I didn’t see there were multiple vids

  • Yeah, I know. He gets so much grief, and honestly, I don’t get it. 17 points and 7 rebounds a game, and obviously he’s learning when to pass and not force a shot. His defense has also improved already this year. One of the best players I’ve seen who so many people are so negative about.

  • N71

    Suspect poll, IU at 50+…RPI:

    Completely separate, what’s the upside with McRoberts? Considering he didn’t even play last year and is seeing considerable playing time now on a top 10 team, ignoring RPI for the moment, how much better could he become? Is he still growing? His brother Josh is 6’10” and has a similar style of play, kind of a smart, do everything type of guy. Zach is listed at 6’6″, say he grows another 2″, are we looking at a late bloomer that could become something special. Not sure.

  • IULore

    “ignoring RPI for a moment” RPI should always be ignored, imo. Teams can be .500 and maintain high RPI for some weird reason.

  • weitrhino

    I think he’s a smart player, sees the floor well, and isn’t afraid to go scrapping for the loose ball. He’s a 1st year player but I think he’s shown enough to ease his way into some B1G games. Once he bangs a few open shots his confidence will rise. Obviously CTC likes what he sees.

  • IdahoHoosier

    I almost would’ve rather seen JBJ make a move and score. But he made a good call hitting a wide open man. Good example taking what is there! And yeah, McRoberts has got to shoot that.

  • TomJameson

    Zach was a D1 player at University of Vermont. played in 27 games as a Freshman and averaged 4.2 PPG. He was a 2-time state champion at Carmel HS, and was an Indiana all-star. He just decided to take a year off, found he missed playing, and walked on at IU.

    Now you know the rest of the story. 🙂

  • TomJameson

    He might even be a better shot than DG, at least at this point.