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Corner Inbound Results In Layup - Steve Kerr

Corner Inbound Results In Layup – Steve Kerr

Take a page of out Golden State’s playbook with this perfectly run set, which uses your shooter as a decoy to pull multiple defenders away from the hoop to set up a layup. Why use it Inbounding from the corner is not an easy task. Space is limited. The Golden State Warriors show you how […]

Combat zones like Dayton

Combat zones like Dayton

From Archie Miller’s Dayton Flyers playbook When a zone extends to the perimeter and only leaves a single player near the hoop, use an inside screen and an over-the-top pass to score a layup Why use it Dayton played Syracuse and the Orange’s vaunted zone in the first round of last year’s NCAA Tournament. While […]

Ride the Northern Iowa "Elevator"

Ride the Northern Iowa “Elevator”

From the Northern Iowa basketball team playbook Northern Iowa dumped Texas in the first round of the NCAA Tournament last year and used this set to create an open 3-point look from the top of the key. Why use it Elevator plays are perfect to set up 3-point shots. These use a double screen in […]

Leave the defense guessing

Leave the defense guessing

From the Providence Friars men’s basketball team playbook When the defense expects the ball to go to one of your stars, use action to create decoys and create a high-percentage layup chance for a more-than-capable player. Why use it Trailing USC, 69-68, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament with just three seconds remaining, […]

Wisconsin circles the wagons for a win

Wisconsin circles the wagons for a win

From the Wisconsin Badgers playbook In a tie game and needing to create a catch-and-shoot opportunity, the Wisconsin Badgers delivered one of the highlights of the NCAA Tournament vs. Xavier. Why use it With 1.7 seconds remaining and tied with Xavier at 63, Wisconsin head coach Greg Gard drew up a beautiful set all teams […]

Backscreen Sets Up Low-Post Score

Backscreen Sets Up Low-Post Score

From the playbook of Gregg Popovich Run your best post player off a couple screens to free the interior for an easy scoring opportunity. Why use it This play places your best post-scoring threat deep on the block where the defense doesn’t have much of a chance to stop him or her. Set up The ball […]

Duke transitions with slip to rim

Duke transitions with slip to rim

From the Duke Blue Devils playbook The Blue Devils ran some beautiful sets finishing with high-percentage shots to shake off the feisty UNC-Wilmington Seahawks in the first round – including this transition play. Why use it Duke led UNC-Wilmington 59-49 with 13:23 remaining in the teams’ first-round NCAA Tournament game. After grabbing a defensive rebound, […]

Westview's 6 areas of focus

Westview’s 6 areas of focus

I routinely go out and observed basketball practices. Last season, I went to Westview High (Beaverton, Oregon) to watch one of the top boys teams in the state. Upon entering the locker room, one of the first things you see if a game chart with many areas of focus on it, including six statistics at […]

Double curl sets up wing jumper from Maryland

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 […]

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 […]