Film Session: Michigan

  • 01/28/2017 11:06 am in

Indiana’s defense had its worst performance of the season — and one of the worst performances by a major conference team in league play in the last decade — in its 30-point blowout loss to the Wolverines on Thursday night.

From distance, Michigan was able to hit 11-of-20 because Indiana had trouble defending in transition, overhelped and was confused.

We’ll take a look at four 3-pointers from the Wolverines in the latest edition of Film Session:

Juwan Morgan gets his shot blocked:

He recovers the ball, but then it’s stolen by the Wolverines:

They move it up the court:

Zak Irvin takes it to the Wolverines’ end and fires a pass to Derrick Walton Jr. on the right wing, whom Indiana failed to pick up in transition. Curtis Jones turns around in the paint to give chase as James Blackmon Jr. comes into frame:

Walton drives in and both Jones and Blackmon Jr. give chase:

This leaves Duncan Robinson — who is shooting 41.3 percent from distance this season — open back on the right wing. Walton makes the pass:

Robinson hits the shot:

Poor job of finding one man and staying with him in transition by the Hoosier here.


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  • Sandra Wilson

    This is so bad, it’s hard to watch—-again….People at times want to blame the players (and rightly so), but this seems almost exclusively a coaching problem……Of the 4 examples, #2 can be thrown out….It’s a 4 on 2 and there wasn’t much the 2 could do…..The problem with this was on our offensive end…..In #1, you wonder why we have 3 people around the ball in the lane and no one on the potential shooter or at least in the passing lane….Why is it that when we have 3 people on the ball (why?), we never make it tough on them to pass out of it?…In #3, why is it that JN can’t stop a driving Robinson by himself?….That is almost impossible to believe that he would need help from JBJ…..The help should have come from TB dropping with the ball….In #4, you can’t use these defenses just once in a while and expect anything other than what happened…..We were obviously completely confused (coaching)…..Why not use these strategies early in the season against these horrible teams we schedule?…That’s the time to perfect them…..Why is Syracuse so good at their zone?…..That’s all they use….Finally, Crean’s defensive plan (helping-trapping-switching) may be different from mine (or yours) and that’s fine, but TEACH IT and DEMAND IT BE EXECUTED…..I don’t think either is happening…..Our athletes are at least as good as any opponent’s (ironically, with the exception of UNC)…..It’s just a cryin’ shame we are playing like this.

  • Dr Dave

    I cannot get it out of my mind–that first clip reminds me of little kids on a soccer field when the entire team just runs around in a clump following the ball wherever it goes.

  • In the last clip, it reminded me of when I play someone in chess who doesn’t play often. Make a few moves, and suddenly there’s something wide open that I can exploit for a quick win.

    Note: I’m a terrible chess player, but I’m probably good enough to beat someone who never plays. This analogy can probably be extended to a Grand Master playing a really good amateur. And note that by this example I’m not saying UM’s coach is a better chess player than CTC. Although that might be true. Certainly, the players were not ready to play that kind of defense, and they were almost comically confused. Maybe CTC was just desperate at that point, but that’s also saying something.

  • Art.

    Please pull JBJ. Please.

  • ForIndiana

    Get a clue. Please.