In Indiana’s tough loss to the Buckeyes on Friday night, freshman Justin Smith scored 16 points.
Smith has now scored in double figures in each of Indiana’s last four contests and like the team as a whole, has showed marked improvement as the season has gone along.
We’ll take a look at all of Smith’s scores via a supercut in the latest edition of Film Session:
One thing that stands out about Smith’s scores against Ohio State? His strength. It started early with his first bucket of the contest, a strong take at the bucket against one of the best defenders in the league, Keita Bates-Diop. Smith was also the beneficiary of OSU’s defense against Juwan Morgan. When Morgan got attention from more than one defender on the left block, Smith made himself available on the other side of the paint for scores.
And as he’s shown flashes off over the last couple contests, Smith is also displaying the ability to drive off the perimeter and makes moves in the paint for buckets.
Smith’s most impressive bucket of the night? A dunk over Kaleb Wesson that came out of the right short corner while OSU was in a zone. It’s a move Smith has nearly perfected this season.