Snapshot: Missing Michigan State blockouts

Indiana gave up 15 offensive rebounds and 18 second-chance points to Michigan State on Saturday, easily the difference between winning and losing for the Hoosiers. We’ll take a look at where a few of the failures on the glass took place against the Spartans.

(1) Just a straight-forward breakdown early for Indiana as Denzel Valentine lines up a 3 from the right wing and Marvin Clark gets a running start from the top of the key.

Clark never has his progress impeded in the slightest as he runs right to the front of the rim between a quartet of Hoosier defenders.

The result is a simple putback for the first two of those 18 second-chance points.


(2) Different scenario, same thing happens. This time it’s Travis Trice driving down the lane, and you’ll see Valentine unchecked outside the 3-point line on the left wing.

Trice puts up the shot contested by Robert Johnson, but Valentine gets a free run to the rim.

Valentine is first to the ball, and even though he can’t control the ball and score, he’s able to tip it out to teammate Alvin Ellis, who is fouled on the play and hits one free throw.


(3) For a change of pace, this time the offensive rebound comes in transition, part of that emphasis on transition defense Tom Crean has been looking for. Tum Tum Nairn pulls up in the lane, leaving Hanner Mosquera-Perea and Matt Costello under the basket.

The problem is Perea gets too deep at the basket, and Costello is able to pin him there, reducing Perea’s athletic advantage in just going to get the ball.

The ball is tipped in the air, and Costello grabs it, eventually drawing a foul on Stanford Robinson.


(4) On to the second half, where Michigan State seemed like it got as many chances as necessary to score at times. This sequence starts with a Clark 3-point attempt from the corner. Valentine and Gavin Schilling are in the lane for the rebound.

Perea and Troy Williams both go to Schilling on the weak side, while Valentine is left alone.

Valentine gathers the board and kicks the ball right out to Trice, who loads up another 3-point attempt that has the Indiana defense scrambling. Valentine is still left alone, while Perea sticks with Schilling.

However, Trice’s miss results in a long rebound, and Schilling is again able to push Perea too close to the basket.

Schilling grabs the carom and kicks it back out again.

The ball swings back to Clark in the corner, and on the third try, Michigan State finds paydirt.


(5) One more time, blocking out and rebounding off a 3-point attempt is elusive for Indiana. Bryn Forbes lines the shot up from the left wing, but Matt Costello already has inside position on Collin Hartman on the weak side with Colby Wollenman getting a free run down the middle of the lane.

By the time Valentine joins the fray, the Spartans have three players in the lane against the smaller Hoosiers, as Emmitt Holt went out to challenge Forbes’ shot.

The inside position allows Costello to tip the ball off the glass, as Michigan State can just play volleyball, even with no Branden Dawson.

Wollenman gathers the loose ball and looks to pass the ball out where there are two Spartans beyond the 3-point line with no one to guard them.

Forbes takes the initial pass, then swings the ball to Trice, who drills the 3 from straight away.


  1. i’m sure we would all like to benefit from jeremy’s decades of coaching experience and hear why it is so “promising” to have a bunch of players running around against zone defense.

  2. well done Jeremy. This is one of the 2 main reasons I pull my hair out during games. it’s also why, no matter what Troy does on the plus side of the ledger, I am never satisfied with his performance. Thanks for pointing it out frame by frame.

  3. Notre Dame: in
    Purdue: in
    Butler: in
    Valparaiso: in

    Indiana: ?

    Will five teams from Indiana get in? Does the committee not like too many teams from one state? I think the only way the Hoosiers get in is if we win a minimum of two games in the conference tournament…Gotta beat NW and Maryland..

    Wow…BYU is a fun team to watch. My first chance to really watch Gonzaga and BYU….BYU actually runs a weave that looks like it develops into more than basketball crotchet….
    Tyler Haws and Kyle Collinsworth are very crafty guards…Love Collinsworth’s slow delivery at the foul line…. One word to describe BYU…? Crisp.

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