Film Session: Howard

  • 11/14/2017 9:24 am in

In Indiana’s win against Howard on Sunday evening, freshman Justin Smith impressed. The Adlai Stevenson (Ill.) product scored 16 points while showing good patience and body control around the rim.

We’ll take a look at four of his scores in the latest edition of Film Session:

Smith gets to the middle of Howard’s matchup zone and Al Durhman Jr. has space to thread in the pass:

He passes it through and Smith has but one Howard defender between him and the rim:

Smith takes it to him and jump stops:

From there, he simply uses his size and length to rise up and put the shot up with control. It falls for two points:

Simple, yet effective play from the Hoosiers against Howard’s zone.


Continue to page 2 for a look at Smith maneuvering along the baseline for a bucket:

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  • Donnie Vick

    It was nice to see an IU team know what to do against a zone.

  • I thought the same thing the entire game. Finally, the move the ball to the key. Never understood why that was so hard to do these past few years.

  • Sherronhasaheadache

    i am going to savor this victory, i’m afraid that there won’t be too many more this season. ill give coach 3 years to get his players in here and get the system in place, until then no expectations

  • Donnie Vick

    Crean just had too many plays I think.

  • Arch Puddington

    Gregg Doyel of the Indianapolis Star reports that a coach “who would know” says that Archie had teams at Dayton more talented than this one. That’s a subjective claim, obviously, but we sure have a lot of players who have not lived up to their billing. I will hold out some small shred of hope that one or more of the freshmen and sophomores will emerge as more productive players, but the Juniors and Seniors are what they are. That the two best performances of our young season have come from AD and JS says much, none of it good. And at least based on high school rankings, next year’s team will have even less talent. Archie has taken over a rebuild more like the one CTC took over than has been widely acknowledged. The problems are not quite as deep, but won’t be fixed any sooner. You say no expectations for three years, and that is pretty reasonable. I say even if he passes the three year mark in good standing, it will take more than that to truly return to prominence.

    2023 or bust!

  • Blair McKee

    (Love these!)
    Kid looked more ready to execute than the rest of the team.
    Perhaps as he gets more time playing with the starters they will feed him high for an easy Oop as opposed to him being forced to make a post move.

  • Arch Puddington

    Not that it makes any sense, but I always thought that CTC was so fixated on dribble-drive schemes that the notion of passing into a gap just didn’t compute. We struggled to initiate the offense with anything other than dribbling, even during the five different seasons we had a McDonald’s All-American operating in the post. CTC just never could figure out how to set up an offense so that a pass into the middle of the defense got things started.

  • Jimmernoe

    Does anyone else feel really strongly that we should slot Justin Smith into either the starting 3 or stretch 4 spot on a permanent basis? I know we all love Collin and Juwan (who has struggled), but I like the idea of slotting in a smart, strong freshman to give the first unit some juice, and then having either Collin or Juwan anchor that second unit with some experience. Not at all saying give up on the year and play the freshmen, but why not get JS ready to put in big performances down the road against better quality teams?

  • Sandra Wilson

    “paradigm”? Really? On a basketball site? Is there any way you could work in “pretentious”?

  • Lance76

    JS at the top of key did a great job. I also thought that CM with the long body could do a great job @ high/low with DD.

  • Arch Puddington

    I’ll bet he can work in “pretentious” if you can work in “unlettered”.

    But wait! That would require knowledge, but you are openly contemptuous of, um, knowing things. I am certain you will find an audience of like-minded fans on any UK website.

  • Arch Puddington

    Things will get better. Shots will fall, defensive rotations will tighten up, and players who are hesitant right now will become more assured. But this team simply does not have the kind of playmakers it need to be truly competitive, and won’t likely next year either. Again, I am holding out hope for DG, and the tiny flashes we have seen from AD and JS give reason for hope as well. RJ and JN will both have moments, but you know where I stand on them. Same for JM. There just aren’t huge gains for them to make at this point in their careers, and they are more than incremental progress away from being as impactful as we need to be really good (and two of them are gone next year anyway).

    I’d take .500 for the year in a heartbeat at this point. I think we will look and “feel” better over the course of the season, but in a game dominated by guards and perimeter scoring, victories are going to be hard to come by.

  • Arch Puddington

    I wish you well in your recovery from this stinging rebuke.

  • Arch Puddington

    Yes, and here is what is doubly important about getting JS and CM trained up to play out of the high post spot in the middle of a zone: given our struggles with outside shooting, we are going to see a lot of zones this year. Teams that are clearly superior to us physically will play man, but any team that has matchup issues will rely on zones. If JM, JS, and CM can play out of that spot — or even DD, who is a really good passer — it will be helpful

  • Arch Puddington

    Not after one game! But if he could show anything like that level of energy and productivity on a consistent basis, it would have to be considered. This is big time sports, and the best players have to play the most minutes. If he is the best, then he gets the minutes.

  • sarge

    Honestly, I thought he started off a little timid around the rim. He needs to keep up the smart plays and aggression in the lane. When he took it strong, good things happened and they had nobody as athletic to stop him. Also appears to be a rebounding machine! Glad he is a Hoosier!

  • TomJameson

    I agree with Arch, not after one game. And even after this one game, I think I’d still keep Collin in before Justin. Juwan is struggling a bit, but I think he’s going to come into his own soon, as I hope the entire team, as a team, does also.

    Don’t get me wrong, I like Justin tons, and I also think he’s going to be getting a bunch of minutes as the season progresses, but he still needs a little seasoning to get past Collin on the starting chart.

  • TomJameson

    Ryan, I say the same thing all the time, and I know a repetitive compliment can sound insincere, but I really do love your film sessions. You do an amazing job and I appreciate it very much. Thanks!

  • Jimmernoe

    Agreed! But its looking like he will get a bit of a trial run for 3-4 more games with one or both of JM and CH being “day to day” or worse. I think we need a strong athletic body to mix in, we don’t seem to have anyone else on the roster this year who will make an athletic, Good Troy type play to jumpstart our guys. Al Durham also looked like he may be the hype man off the bench. Reminded me of freshman Bryant, strictly emotion-wise of course.

  • TomJameson

    Arch, most of the time we totally agree, but I think this team is just following a learning curve and haven’t reached their potential yet. Yes, I think there are playmakers on this team. Some NCAA experienced play-makers that are adjusting to a new coach and system. I’m going to give them more that one regular season game (and 2 exhibitions that don’t mean anything) before passing judgment.

    One think to consider, if RJs and Josh’s shots were falling at the clip they were at the end of last season, people would be ecstatic right now. These guys have been working 75% on defense, so yeah, their offense looks like it does. I’m thinking that when they get it all working, and they will, it’ll be a nerve-calming thing to see. 🙂

  • AndyCapp

    Hey Arch, what do you mean by next year’s team will have even less talent when we have four 4-stars coming in plus Race, another 4-star, with a year under his belt?

  • AndyCapp

    If you can find any fans there that know how to read

  • Arch Puddington

    As a team we are shooting 30% on 3s and 57% on FTs. Make those numbers 40% and 70% and we have a much better team.

    Having said that, perimeter scoring takes place at both ends, and right now we are 314th in the nation in 3PFG defense. We all think we will get better, but dang, there is a lot of improving to do.

  • AndyCapp

    Prolly won’t get any worse so nowhere to go but up 😉

  • Arch Puddington

    I’ve posted this before, so sorry if you or anyone else is seeing it repeatedly.

    What I mean is that next year’s team will only have 4 players ranked in the ESPN top 100 (CJ at 40, DD 51, JH 73, JS 91). The other eight are unranked, meaning outside the top 100. And while the only player from the top 100 we are losing is RJ (47), we are losing CH, JN, and FM. Their rankings weren’t any higher than those we are gaining, but they are seniors being replace by comparable freshmen.

    I would also point out that we will still only have one true PG on the team (a freshman), and arguably even less backup for DD. I’m not saying these are a bad players, or that there is no way for us to be successful. But at least on paper, that is a shallow talent pool for B1G team.

  • TomJameson

    See? I told you we agree most of the time. For whatever reason, they are not hitting their outside shots. I don’t even think it’s close to what a few of them are capable of, or for that matter, what they usually shoot.

    And their free-throw percentages are horrendous! Just not normal at all. I really do expect those numbers to get better. I just hope that us fans have the patience to get through this time. Sounds like most are. But I also hope that the team has the patience to get through these tough times as well.
    I still feel that good times are ahead.

  • Noticed in film clips returning players, RJ and JN in particular, dribble to much still. while newer guys are passing more than dribble. When team passes more than dribble they seem to hit the open man quicker

  • AndyCapp

    Got it, thanks

  • Thank you, sir!

  • IUBizmark

    Great film session. It’s nice to see us break down this zone/matchup zone with ease for a change. In #3, am I the only one who thinks maybe against better competition the pass to the top of the arc and then to either wing is the better option?

  • TomJameson

    I have to say, nail on the head. JM is going to get a lot of seasoning right off the bat because of the “day to day” situations you describe. Hate the circumstances, but love the experience Justin is getting. Will be huge later in the season.

    The same thing goes for Al. I know he gets a lot of flak for his (lack of) shooting ability, but he certainly seems to be lighting it up fairly well. Looks kind of funky, but as long as he keeps hitting them I’m okay. A real small sample size, but I hope he can keep up his confidence.

  • It is kind of amazing. And extremely frustrating when watching that against a 2-3 zone. Why avoid using the single strategy that would defeat such defenses? Mind boggling. Good to see that’s finally no longer a concern.

    I actually think this team’s passing is quite good. And strategic. Last game they were moving the ball quickly with sharp passes. I still have hope for them…even if it takes a few months.