Basketball plays

West Virginia: Counter a 1-3-1

West Virginia: Counter a 1-3-1

From Bob Huggins, head coach for the West Virginia Mountaineers While it’s important to attack the open baseline against a 1-3-1, throwing the ball to the middle then firing a pass to the opposite side gives you a numbers advantage and an open shot. Why use it West Virginia faced Baylor’s stingy 1-3-1 defense in […]

Utah: Kickback to screener for 3

Utah: Kickback to screener for 3

From the Utah men’s team playbook The upper half of a double screen to free a corner player eventually pops to the wing and is wide open for a 3-pointer when the lower half pins the closest defender. Why use it The Utah men’s team ran this play against Oregon in the Pac-12 play. It […]

Boston Celtics' cross-court 3-pointer

Boston Celtics’ cross-court 3-pointer

From Brad Stevens, head coach of the Boston Celtics This is the perfect play to run when there only are a few seconds left on the clock – it creates spacing for a shooter without the ball being in play. Why use it Most teams don’t risk a turnover on a cross-court sideline pass to […]

Maryland's backdoor counter shreds defense

Maryland’s backdoor counter shreds defense

From Maryland’s playbook The Maryland Terrapins run this set to create an opportunity near the rim, because once the corner defender cheats high, the backside is wide open for a layup. Why use it Two minute and 10 seconds after running the set on page 4, Maryland came back with a Horns look and started […]

Double screen produces wing 3-pointer

Double screen produces wing 3-pointer

From Jay Wright’s Villanova playbook Weak-side action slows the defense just enough to set up an oncoming double screen for your shooter who curls around the perimeter, comes free on the wing and hits the open jumper. Why use it It’s a great play when you want to create an open 3-pointer off a special […]

Houston Rockets: Fake action frees weak-side shooter

Houston Rockets: Fake action frees weak-side shooter

From J.B. Bickerstaff, assistant coach at Memphis Grizzlies, previously interim head coach Houston Rockets This quick-hitting play runs two decoys off screens toward the ball to command defensive attention before the shooter steps high from the elbow for an open jumper. Why use it Trailing 118-114 to the Clippers with 16.4 seconds remaining in the […]

Get the ball to your star player

Get the ball to your star player

From Lon Kruger’s Oklahoma playbook When defenses are fixated on overplaying your scorer, have the player take a step high, receive a backdoor screen and score on an over-the-top lob pass at the hoop. Why use it The best way to force a defense from constantly jumping the perimeter on your talented shooter is to […]