2020-21 Season

Film Room: Lessons and adjustments from Michigan’s loss to Illinois

Film Room is an X’s and O’s breakdown of Michigan basketball by Gibson Pyper. Pyper has diagrammed almost every offense in college and professional basketball at The Basketball Playbook and is an expert on the X’s and O’s of the game. If you want to learn more about the concepts that Pyper breaks down, make sure to check out his new project, Learn Basketball, an interactive course about basketball strategy, film study and X’s and O’s. 

Today’s Film Room looks at how Michigan’s loss against Illinois: What did Illinois do effectively? How did Brad Underwood’s ball screen defense stop the Wolverines? What did Michigan do to counter? What is a repeatable concern moving forward? 

Michigan averages 20 threes a game, but only shot seven against Illinois – was it by design or something Illinois did to their offense? It all starts with Illinois’ ball screen coverage. On the other end of the court, you cannot give up a 36% offensive rebound rate and compete with most teams, but especially not against an elite defensive team when their defense is set and this led to part of the problems for Michigan.

Here’s a deep dive into what went wrong and how the Wolverines can adjust in the future.

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