Film Session: Minnesota

  • 01/27/2023 7:59 am in

Malik Reneau scored in double-digits in four of Indiana’s first five games to start his collegiate career. But it wasn’t until IU’s win at Minnesota on Wednesday evening that the Montverde product hit double-digits again (10 points, 4-of-5). The freshman had a stretch this season where he seemed sped up and tried to do too much when he got the ball on offense.

But of late, and especially against the Golden Gophers, Reneau is making better decisions with the ball. He’s been quick, strong and decisive with his actions. He’s looking more comfortable.

Because he sat most of the second half due to defensive matchup issues against a smaller Minnesota lineup, Reneau did all of his offensive work in the first half. Against the Golden Gophers’ 2-3 zone, Reneau got his buckets out of the short corners and found the soft spot in the middle for a bucket.

Via a supercut, we’ll take a look at Malik’s work in the first half in the latest edition of Flim Session:

Reneau’s first bucket came out of the right short corner, scoring on a nice up and under against Treyton Thompson. Reneau then got the ball in the left short corner, immediately going to work and tossing his chest into Thompson while scoring with power. His one and only miss came on his next shot attempt, looking like Trayce Jackson-Davis on the left low block and looking to finish with a lefty hook.

Reneau then got going in transition, receiving a long pass from Jackson-Davis after a rebound and making a solid move in the paint. He was fouled and made both free throws on a night Indiana didn’t shoot it particularly well from the line. Reneau then found the middle of the zone and hit a contested one-hander in the paint before grabbing a loose ball and taking it right to Thompson’s chest again for a bucket.

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