Film Session: Purdue

  • 01/30/2018 9:00 am in

In his team’s victory against the Hoosiers on Sunday, Isaac Haas was a force. The Purdue senior scored a game-high 26 points on 10-of-17 shooting.

For most of the game the Hoosiers played Haas one-on-one, as he got the ball and scored — or got a look a few feet from the basket that didn’t drop — whether Indiana tried fronting him or not.

But for a stretch at the end of the first half, Indiana tried smothering Haas with hard double teams on three straight possessions. He made them pay as Purdue scored on all three of those possessions. Haas’ passing and vision makes him a difficult cover. Stay one-on-one and he’s simply too big to handle. Double him and he’ll find teammates for buckets.

We’ll take a look at Indiana’s double teaming of Haas — as well as Freddie McSwain’s one-on-one defense of him — in the latest edition of Film Session:

With the Hoosiers up four with just over three minutes to go in the first half, Purdue looks to enter the ball to Haas. Justin Smith is already anticipating that pass as he sits in the lane off of Vincent Edwards:

On the pass, Smith comes over, leaving Edwards alone:

As Haas gathers, Edwards cuts to the bucket:

The pass comes as Roberts Johnson rotates to Edwards:

But Johnson fails to rotate over in time and Edwards gets a rather easy bucket at the rim:


Continue to page 2 to see another Haas assist:

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  • iugradmark

    One of the reasons Purdue is so good this year is how improves Haas is. He makes good decisions, takes his time, fouls less, and makes his free throws.

  • Lance76

    DD needs to develop to the point of being a low block scoring machine that demands a double team. Passing to a 3 point shooter cross court is the next step. After that reminding the team that the ball has to move (by passing) at least 3-4 touches side to side before a shot goes up. Likely a few of our players shoot too early, therefore riding the pine.

  • iugradmark

    I was hoping for a more dominant player but after watching DD this year I am not sure it is in him. He is not that big and is not explosive. He was getting outplayed a lot by smaller players and I think Archie’s offense may be more suited for face-up bigs v. traditional back to the basket guys. I hope he fully recovers but it would seem to put him behind what was already a somewhat lackluster showing by him this year before his injury.