Film Session: Jackson State

  • 11/24/2021 8:17 pm in

After a Miller Kopp jumper put the Hoosiers up 26-9 at the 7:23 mark of the first half, Jackson State switched to a 3-2 matchup zone and Indiana’s offense went cold. Over the next 4:26, the Hoosiers failed to score a point, coming up empty on a number of possessions in a row.

So what happened? While Indiana often had the right idea as it looked to get the ball to the middle or skip pass to the weak side, a blocked shot, a turnover and two misses from Kopp left the Hoosiers with empty possessions. But Mike Woodson’s timeout with 3:07 left in the half proved fruitful. The Hoosiers ran different action against the zone leading to a Parker Stewart 3-pointer. After that, the Tigers went back to man-to-man defense the rest of the half.

We’ll take a look at four empty trips, as well as Stewart’s 3-pointer, in the latest edition of Film Session:

In our first possession, Jordan Geronimo quickly puts his palm in the air and pushes up. This is quite similar to the hand signal Rob Phinisee used against the Northern Illinois zone in Indiana’s second game of the season. Instead of Geronimo taking a second to pick up Phinisee’s signal, he’s now the one calling it out. Both he and Michael Durr then set up on opposite high posts, just as Geronimo did with Trayce Jackson-Davis against the Huskies.

Xavier Johnson then uses a Durr back screen to cut through the middle of the zone. With nothing doing, it’s Kopp’s turn to cut through the middle, but he’s guarded. With the ball back to Johnson and two defenders on him, Durr has space to cut to the middle and Johnson hits him. But his shot attempt is blocked at the rim and that’s how the Hoosiers come up empty here. Good action, but better defense from the Tigers.

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