While Indiana easily beat Little Rock and still kept the Trojans under a point per possession (.910), its defense wasn’t always at a high level Wednesday night. Little Rock likes to get out and run, even after a basket, and the Hoosiers have burned themselves a few times. Some communication and pick and roll coverage issues also surfaced.
We’ll look at these defensive mistakes in the latest installment of Film Session:
Little Rock moves up quickly after a putback by Jordan Geronimo. Myron Gardner passes Indiana’s defense and the ball is thrown to him near the basket. Race Thompson does a good job of turning him off on the sidelines. But while that’s happening, CJ Gunn is hanging on the left wing and watching the action, rather than heading to the left corner to pick up an open Jordan Jefferson. So Gardner makes the pass to Jefferson and he connects with the 3-pointer.
Gunn was caught with the paint drying on this one.
Here’s another game where Little Rock’s quick work after a make beat the Hoosiers. After a 3-pointer from Miller Kopp, the Trojans put the ball on the field. As Indiana tries to improve individually on defense, it creates a mismatch. Tamar Bates has to deal with Garnder downstairs while Thompson has DJ Smith on the sidelines. So Smith wisely enters it into Garnder.
This is where things break down for the Hoosiers.
Thompson digs down while Kopp searches the alley for additional help. So now there are essentially three Hoosiers guarding Gardner. Meanwhile, Bates calls out the open Smith while Xavier Johnson challenges Bates to watch a slicing Trojan behind him.
From there, Garnder just has to pass it back to Smith, who knocks over the 3-pointer.
Lack of awareness has cost the Hoosiers in this case.
On a second-half out-of-bounds baseline play, Chris Walker sets a screen for Gardner, who just threw in the ball. Kopp switches to Gardner, but Jordan Geronimo keeps chasing Gardner across the screen and the Hoosiers suddenly sent two on the ball. This allows the screener walker to lick into the left corner, get the pass and knock down a 3-pointer.
A lack of communication has cost the Hoosiers in this case.
On our last game, Indiana defended Little Rock’s high ball screen action as they had several times that game, with the weak side coming over to stop the ball handler’s drive. While it worked on several occasions, there were a few instances like below where Bates just had too much ground to catch up to his man in his recovery and the Trojans were able to take a relatively uncontested 3-pointer that Walker knocks down here.
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