Film Session: Butler

  • 12/19/2016 7:58 am in

Indiana allowed 1.18 points per possession against the Bulldogs on Saturday evening, its worst defensive performance of the season thus far.

Butler made tough shots. Kelan Martin became unconscious. Still, Indiana did itself no favors on a number of possessions, as the Bulldogs simply beat Hoosier defenders or caught them napping.

We’ll take a look at five Butler scores and what went wrong for the Hoosiers during some key stretches of the game in the latest edition of Film Session:

Already on an 8-0 run near the end of the first half, the Bulldogs call a timeout to draw something up for their final possession of the half. After dribbling up top for several seconds to drain some clock, Kethan Savage goes to work, entering the ball to Andrew Chrabascz:

Chrabascz dribbles towards the right corner and Martin appears to be coming his way for a hand off:

But he ends up back cutting on James Blackmon Jr. and leaves him the dust. Chrabascz makes the pass:

De’Ron Davis comes with the help defense on Martin:

He times the block perfectly and rejects the shot:

But Martin is able to retain possession:

And scores on the other side of the rim:

This play out of the timeout put Butler up 14 to enter the half and was part of a 10-0 run to end the first 20 minutes of action.


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  • Devout Hoosier

    I’ll point out that in the North Carolina game it was RJ that played the guard paint penetration role to great effect. JN needs to drive and not be looking to shoot so much, mainly because the first shot choices are JBJ and RJ. JN driving and kicking or finishing when opportune is what Yogi did and what our shooters need to raise the efficiency back up to last year’s level.

    JM will learn from this too. These games are great for reinforcing what coach preaches to them, film and losses make it click. We’ll be ready for the Big Ten.

  • Devout Hoosier

    Totally agree. I actually thought it was our offense that made the difference lacking. Mainly we had shot selection taken by our Fresh & Soph squads rather than our Juniors. JN was wild. In the 2nd half it tightened up, no doubt on emphasis from half time, and we came back with JBJ and others doing the scoring. Shot selection is extremely important and the Butler game was a lapse. TB breaking down at the end was extremely disappointing too, reminded me of the @Illinois loss where Cody made the identical mistake. We’ll grow from this loss and things will be improved for Big Ten and Louisville New Year’s Eve.

  • IIRC, Yogi was prone to drive into the trees and get stuffed early last season, and it wasn’t until after December that he turned that around. So, hopefully we’ll see the same improvement from JN. While I’m with some others that he should be playing a backup role, his minutes will be vital regardless of whether he starts or spells RJ.