Film Session: Indiana State

  • 11/13/2017 8:12 am in

On Friday night, the Sycamores dropped 17 3-pointers on the Hoosiers en route to a comfortable 90-69 win. It was the most 3-pointers ever made by an opponent inside Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.

So how did it happen? The makes fell into three buckets. Several came because Indiana lost their men or failed to pick up shooters in its half court or transition defense. A few came as a result of Indiana State’s pick and pop game on the perimeter. And a healthy host came on a night when the Sycamores heat checked and connected.

Via the help of some supercuts, we’ll take a look at the Sycamores’ 3-point shooting prowess in the latest edition of Film Session:

Indiana State got it going early thanks to some poor defense from the Hoosiers.

In the first play below featuring Indiana’s State’s first triple of the game, Devonte Green commits to the ball far too early and he completely loses his man Qiydar Davis, who sinks down into the corner to hit a triple. This set the tone for more to come.

There are a host of other miscues below: Josh Newkirk has his back to Jordan Barnes and by the time he realizes it, he’s steps behind and has to fight through a screen, which allows Barnes an open look from the right wing.

A post double teams goes awry. There’s no communication on a baseline out of bounds play between Robert Johnson and Newkirk. The Hoosiers fail to pick up a shooter in transition and Green continued to show a lack of awareness on defense, leading to more open looks for the Sycamores.

Continue to page 2 to see Indiana State’s pick and pop 3-pointers

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  • Hoosier89

    Not sure why I put myself through watching that again. My word, the defense was atrocious. Really poor effort fighting through screens and being aware on off-ball defense.

  • VAHoosier

    The 2nd play on the pick-and-pop sequence is the one I called out in the Minute After thread, where Juwan mistakenly switched on the ball screen, causing Devonte to have to rotate over to cover Juwan’s man, leaving Devonte’s man free for the 3. You can see Devonte express his frustration at the end.

  • sarge

    Wow, terrible effort. There is no sense of urgency. Down big, no fight. I would play more inspired defense on these guys and I am about 20 years past my physical prime. It appears to be mainly poor effort. They ARE soft. Aljami will steal more minutes as the season goes on if our seniors and sophomores don’t play more inspired. The effort last night was better, but holy smokes, the ISU game was a carry-over from last season’s mentality. Our guards have to play with more intensity. They let the other team’s backcourt feel too comfortable. Get up in their personal space and make life difficult for 40 minutes or don’t come out of the locker room. It’s called competition, not vacation.

  • JohnFromBeyond

    I counted at least 5 3’s that fell in to the “unbelievable Curry shot” category, falling away with hand in the face, shot clock expiring, off balance, etc. Not making any excuses for our lackluster uninspired play, but no team could shoot that good in a 3 point shooting contest with no defender 99 out of 100 times. Take back those 5 unbelievable makes, keep them to a still awesome 50% make level, convert half the rebounds at the other end, and we win that game.

    At least that’s what I’m telling myself to feel better…

  • JohnFromBeyond

    I noticed that same thing happening multiple times, where the on-ball defender did not switch, but the help defender did, resulting in a man way beyond the 3 point line being double-teamed and one person wide open. I heard that the first half defensive scheme was “no switching” by default, not everybody followed the rule. Seems like such a simple, dumb mistake, but hopefully easily corrected.