We all saw what happened. It was bad. People cried. Doug McDermott lived. Villanova's defense was absolutely horrible, even worse than Creighton's.
Fun facts from readers:
From "Cats 111"
- Creighton vs Nova - 2 games
- FGs 67-111 (60%) 3s 30-50 (60%) FT 33-40 (82%)
- Creighton Season Avgs. 49% - 42% - 75%
- They have only shot 60% from the floor in one game ... against Villanova.
- They have only shot 60% from three 3 times ... against Nova, Nova and Chicago State
From Coach "JimDribbles"
- Jay was making adjustments from last game and coach McDermott knew what they would be and adapted his game plan. He knew we would be all over Wragge so he had his son isolated on the first three plays.
- We panicked again in the first half we came down four times and without a pass shot the ball. The first two times down we got it inside and ochefu scored .
- I never pick on refs but this is the type of game Jay needed to get mad and get a technical.
- Creighton can make the final four they have it all
- Pinkston needed the rock more in the first half.
Lastly for Villanova
- Villanova started 22-3 during the 2009 and 2005 seasons (since 1996).
- Prior to this game, Villanova played 49 Top 25 opponents in the last five seasons with a record of 22-27.
- Villanova set season lows for blocks (one), rebounds (23), and steals (two).
- The Wildcats have recorded more blocks than their opponents for the past four games.
- The top two scorers (James Bell and JayVaughn Pinkston) accounted for 41.2 percent of the points.
- The top two rebounders (Bell and Pinkston) accounted for 47.8 percent of the rebounds.
- Bell has led the team in scoring 13 times and in rebounding 9 times in 25 games this season.
- Pinkston has eight straight double-digit point games.
- Bell has nine straight double-digit point games.
- This was the fourth foul out of the season for Bell.
Lastly for Creighton:
- McDermott accounted for 38.6 percent of the team's points.
- The top two rebounders (McDermott and Avery Dingman) accounted for 50.0 percent of the rebounds.
- The bench recorded more rebounds (12) than the starters (11).
- McDermott has led the team in scoring 22 times and in rebounding 12 times in 25 games this season.
- This marks the 77th 20-point game of Doug McDermott's career.
- McDermott has five straight 20+ point games.
So for today's Film Room, I'll list the grades as I see them, but I'll be focusing more on the film itself instead of the overall grades. Just to put that out there ahead of time.
|A+||9.7 - 10|
|A||9.3 - 9.6|
|A-||9.0 - 9.2|
|B+||8.7 - 8.9|
|B||8.3 - 8.6|
|B-||8.0 - 8.2|
|C+||7.7 - 7.9|
|C||7.3 - 7.6|
|C-||7.0 - 7.2|
|D+||6.7 - 6.9|
|D||6.5 - 6.6|
Defending the Pick and Roll
Defending Dribble Drive Penetration & Adjusting to Mismatches
If you know anything about Villanova basketball, you should know that the guards can't defend well in the high post or coming off terrific ball movement. That being said, their defensive rotations were tumultuous on Sunday night in Omaha. Creighton had some very quick guards which made using the dribble drive a very smart move.
Example 1 of poor reaction to the dribble drive:
Two defenders are watching Chatman move into the lane after an excellent pass from a Creighton player out of screen. The last possible defender to stop him is JVP. Pinkston also reacted late just like Arch and Jenkins and finishes with his left hand after faking right.
Better offense, poor reaction by the defense. And to be clear, when JVP leaves his position, Chatman could have swung the ball to the strong side perimeter or dumped it off to what would have been a wide open McDermott, but again, another example of a better shot under the basket than twenty feet away from it.
Example 4 of poor reaction to the dribble drive:
Remember this play from the first game in January?
McDermott drew five defenders to the post area leaving Wragge for a three on the strong side of the wing. A horrible breakdown defensively. That can't happen again in that exact same way in the exact same spot hundreds of miles away right?
Every single Wildcat on the floor collapses to the ball as soon as McDermott touches it and puts two dribbles on the floor. He had four teammates (one out of screen) to pass to and they could have tested the wind with their opposite hand before putting up a shot.
Wragge eventually got the pass to the weak side and sank the bucket. But this is ridiculous that McDermott could have this much presence around the rim that every player jumps to his position. Horrendous defensive effort. Douggy must be wearing that new Axe.
Example 2 of a mismatch:
Now I know a lot of Villanova fans were complaining about the no-calls on what some screens Creighton used being called "moving." Well hopefully this is a consolation to some of the home court bias that McDermott may have been getting. I won't say every screen was moving though.
Bell took one under the chin. A hard one.
Of course that's hard to see for fans and to get a no call is bad in this situation. All that aside, this is still basketball, players have to play to the whistle and not expect everything to be called. Especially when away from home.
I still consider this a mismatch because Bell is too slow to stop McDermott and not lengthy enough to block his line of sight to the basket completely being two or three inches shorter than the preseason All-American. McDermott works bell to about 12-feet in and uses his turnaround Dirk-esque step back, one-legged jumper over top of Bell. Filthy move. Bell just wasn't good enough defensively to guard McDermott. Hilliard would have been a smarter choice, not saying the results would have been any better though. Hypothetical at best.
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