Double curl sets up wing jumper from Maryland

From the University of Maryland playbook

Run a pair of curls on the right side of the floor to generate defensive attention, then have the original curler come around again for a catch-and-shoot opportunity.

Why use it

Maryland trailed Michigan State by eight points with 11 minutes remaining in the Big Ten Conference Tournament semi-final game. The Terps ran this play to create defensive confusion, force attention below the 3-point line, then rip the opponent with a shot from the wing.

Set up

From a box set, the point guard is dribbling at the top. Your posts are at the elbows and the guards are lower near the blocks.

Double curl sets up wing jumper from Maryland

How to play

5 steps low and sets a screen for 2. 2 moves high and curls around 5’s screen. 4 then steps toward the middle to set another screen for 2. 2 continues around 4’s screen to the left side as 3 cuts through the lane to the right block [1]. 5 then steps a bit lower now to set a screen for 3. 3 makes a tight curl around 5’s screen and flashes to the middle. 2 dives to the opposite block [2]. 2 now comes around another 5 screen as attention is on 3 in the middle. 2 curls to the wing. 4 moves toward the hoop. 1 passes to 2 for the jumper [3].


3 must sell the tight curl with high hands so defenders think the ball is going to the middle, which leaves the right wing wide open for 2. 1 must be patient waiting for all the movements to occur and give 3 a look as if the pass is coming 3’s way.

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