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2016 NCAA Tournament – Best Man Offense Set Plays

2016 NCAA Tournament – Best Man Offense Set Plays

2016 NCAA Tournament – Best Man Offense Set Plays

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“This playbook gives you the plays that the NCAA tournament field used against man-to-man defenses. Learn from the best coaching minds including Jay Wright, Lon Kruger, Bill Self, and Roy Williams.”

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The 2016 NCAA Tournament – Best Man Offense Set Plays playbook features 116 plays from all 68 teams in the NCAA Tournament field. From the #1 seeds to the #16’s, see how each team attacked man defenses in the tournament. You will see common themes and strategies used by coaches across the NCAA as well as unique twists to offenses that you can add to your personal playbook.

Included Teams:
• Kansas Jayhawks
• Oregon Ducks
• North Carolina Tarheels
• Virginia Cavaliers
• Villanova Wildcats
• Oklahoma Sooners
• Xavier Musketeers
• Michigan State Spartans
• Miami Hurricanes
• Texas A&M Aggies
• West Virginia Mountaineers
• Utah Utes
• California Golden Bears
• Duke Blue Devils
• Kentucky Wildcats
• Iowa State Cyclones
• Maryland Terrapins
• Baylor Bears
• Indiana Hoosiers
• Purdue Boilermakers
• Arizona Wildcats
• Texas Longhorns
• Notre Dame Fighting Irish
• Seton Hall Pirates
• Iowa Hawkeyes
• Oregon State Beavers
• Wisconsin Badgers
• Dayton Flyers
• Colorado Buffaloes
• Saint Joseph’s Hawks
• USC Trojans
• Texas Tech Red Raiders
• UCONN Huskies
• Cincinnati Bearcats
• Providence Friars
• Butler Bulldogs
• Temple Owls
• VCU Rams
• Pittsburgh Panthers
• Syracuse Orange
• Wichita State Shockers
• Vanderbilt Commodores
• Northern Iowa Panthers
• Michigan Wolverines
• Tulsa Golden Hurricane
• South Dakota State Jackrabbits
• Yale Bulldogs
• Chattanooga Mocs
• Little Rock Trojans
• Hawaii Rainbow Warriors
• UNC Wilmington Seahawks
• Stony Brook Seawolves
• Iona Gaels
• Buffalo Bulls
• Green Bay Phoenix
• Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks
• Fresno State Bulldogs
• UNC Asheville Bulldogs
• CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners
• Weber State Wildcats
• Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders
• Austin Peay Governors
• Holy Cross Crusaders
• Southern Jaguars
• Florida Gulf Coast Eagles
• Fairleigh Dickinson Knights
• Hampton Pirates

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Basketball Playbook |  Best Zone Plays from 2015-2016

Basketball Playbook | Best Zone Plays from 2015-2016

Basketball Playbook | Best Zone Plays from 2015-2016

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“With more and more teams playing zone defense, you need to have plays ready to beat the zone. Whether it is a zone motion or quick hitter, use this playbook to find the right zone attack for your team.”

The Best Zone Plays from 2015-2016 Playbook features 51 zone plays to use against 2-3, match-up, or 1-3-1 zone defenses. The most common zone defense used in college basketball this season was a 2-3 defense, so many of the plays you will see work best against 2-3 zones. These plays were compiled throughout the 2015-2016 season including the 2016 NCAA Tournament.

Included Teams:
• Baylor Bears
• Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners
• Coastal Carolina Chanticleers
• Columbia Lions
• Duke Blue Devils
• Fairleigh Dickinson Knights
• Florida Gulf Coast Eagles
• Gonzaga Bulldogs
• Green Bay Phoenix
• Kansas Jayhawks
• Long Beach State 49ers
• Michigan Wolverines
• Oklahoma Sooners
• Oregon Ducks
• Oregon State Beavers
• Saint Joseph’s Hawks
• Southern Jaguars
• Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks
• Texas Longhorns
• USC Trojans
• VCU Rams
• Virginia Cavaliers
• Wisconsin Badgers
• Yale Bulldogs

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Basketball Playbook |Inside the NCAA Final Four

Basketball Playbook |Inside the NCAA Final Four

Basketball Playbook|Inside the NCAA Final Four by Wes Kosel

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Of the four teams that made it to Houston, we have two ACC teams, one Big 12 team, and one Big East team. Both semifinal games will feature rematches from the regular season. Oklahoma beat Villanova by 23 points back in December in the Pearl Harbor game. North Carolina beat Syracuse by 11 points back in January and by 5 points in February. North Carolina seems to be the favorite, as they are the only #1 seed remaining, but when it is down to just four teams anything can happen. We are also down to four great coaches, which makes this a great weekend for coaches across the world looking for championship plays and schemes. In this article, we take a look at the NCAA Final Four teams and how each one punched a ticket to Houston.

#1 North Carolina Tarheels – Coach Roy Williams

North Carolina is the favorite going in to the Final Four. The Tarheels are the only #1 seed remaining in the tournament, with Kansas, Virginia, and Oregon losing in the Elite 8. North Carolina beat Florida Gulf Coast, Providence, Indiana, and Notre Dame to get to the Final Four (with none of the games being very close). Marcus Paige is shooting well, and they have a great balance of guard play, size, and speed.

Roy Williams has now made it to the NCAA Final Four 8 times and is one of only two coaches to lead two different programs to at least three Final Four appearances (Rick Pitino is the other). Coach Williams is also the only basketball coach in NCAA history to have 350+ wins at two Division 1 schools (Kansas and North Carolina). His NCAA Final Four appearance years came in 1991 (Kansas – runner up), 1993 (Kansas), 2002 (Kansas), 2003 (Kansas, runner up), 2005 (North Carolina, Champion), 2008 (North Carolina), 2009 (North Carolina, Champion), and 2016 (North Carolina, TBD).

In this video, you will see several actions out of Carolina’s secondary break. The playbook also includes the basic break and a lob option out of it.

Click here to download the PDF! North Carolina NCAA Final Four Preview Playbook

#10 Syracuse Orange – Coach Jim Boeheim

Syracuse has surprised everyone (probably even Jim Boeheim) getting this far. The Orange almost missed out on the tournament, but have made the most out of getting in. Syracuse played Dayton to start the tournament, then beat Middle Tennessee State (who upset Michigan State), Gonzaga (who upset Seton Hall and Utah), and finished the job with a big comeback win over Virginia in the Elite 8.

Jim Boeheim has now taken Syracuse to 5 Final Fours (1987, 1996, 2003, 2013, and 2016). The only National Championship was in 2003 (The Carmelo Anthony year). This appearance is the most unexpected, but that feeling of being the “underdog” is fueling his Orange.

In the video preview, you will see the basic actions used by Jim Boeheim in the Elite 8 game against Virginia. Syracuse went to their Double Down Action or “Down Screen Motion” to pull the Virginia defenders out of the lane. Syracuse has a lot of talent with their wings (Gbinije and Richardson) and allow them to work freely with this set. The guards basically work off down screens over and over again until they can create a shot. In earlier games, Syracuse ran their “23 Orange Offense” as seen in this Syracuse Offense preview. The move to this down screen offense was smart, as it took the Cavaliers out of their pack-line principles and forced them to guard on the perimeter.

Click here to download the PDF! Syracuse Orange NCAA Final Four Preview Playbook

#2 Villanova Wildcats

Villanova finally got out of the first weekend, and decided to get out of the second weekend too. The Wildcats have played their best basketball of the season in the tournament, with big wins over UNC-Asheville, Iowa, and Miami. Jay Wright and his team controlled the game against Kansas as well, the overall #1 seed in the tournament. Villanova, as always, has great guards, but this year they also have size and strength inside. Kansas had been controlling teams inside all season, but the Nova bigs won the battle in the Elite 8 game.

This is Jay Wright’s second appearance in the NCAA Final Four, with the first coming in 2009. Since 2009, the Wildcats lost in the first round twice, the Round of 32 three times, and didn’t make the tournament in 2012.

In this video preview, there are several options out of Villanova’s horns series. Jay Wright has been using Horns sets all tournament long, and against Kansas they had a ton of success with the “Roll Pop” action. The Wildcats were able to score with hitting the roll, setting a weak side ball screen, and using a “chop action” to drive into the help side defense.

Click here to download the PDF! Villanova Wildcats NCAA Final Four Preview Playbook

#2 Oklahoma Sooners

Oklahoma has been one of the best teams in college basketball all season. The Sooners are loaded with talent (Buddy Hield and Isaiah Cousins especially), but the strength of the Sooners lies in their consistency. In the last 3 seasons at OU, Lon Kruger has been able to start the same starting lineup the entire season (not the same lineup for 3 years, but each year the same lineup throughout the season). Hield and Spangler have been a huge part of the balance for Oklahoma. The Sooners beaet CSU-Bakersfield, VCU, Texas A&M, and Oregon to get to this point. In each game, whether Buddy was playing well or not, they found a way to make a run and win the game.

Lon Kruger is now in his second Final Four. His first appearance was in 1994 with Florida. He is one of two NCAA coaches to take five different teams to the NCAA Tournament (Tubby Smith becoming the second one this season). The five programs that Kruger has taken to the tournament are Kansas State, Florida, Illinois, UNLV, and Oklahoma. He is the only coach in Division 1 history to win an NCAA Tournament game with five different programs.

In this video, there are several plays that Oklahoma used to beat Oregon in the Elite 8. Oregon played some of their match-up zone, and Oklahoma had some success running some man-type sets against it. The Sooners used high ball screens against Oregon’s zone and man defenses. At the end of the video, you see a lot of “Buddy’s Magic”, which the Sooners will rely on to win the tournament. This is what has made the Sooners so fun to watch all season long.

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Basketball Playbook|How 8 Teams Pulled Off Big NCAA Upsets in the Tournament

Basketball Playbook|How 8 Teams Pulled Off Big NCAA Upsets in the Tournament

Basketball Playbook|How 8 Teams Pulled Off Big NCAA Upsets in the Tournament by Wes Kosel

There were a lot of great upsets in the 2016 NCAA Tournament. There were also a lot of great moments – Wisconsin hitting a buzzer beater to beat Xavier, Notre Dame tipping the ball in at the end to beat Stephen F. Austin, and Texas A&M coming back from 12 down with less than a minute left against Northern Iowa. All of these moments are what makes March Madness so great. In this article, we will dive into how eight teams busted brackets and pulled off huge upsets. (I limited it to eight putting only #11 seeds or higher into the mix, Wisconsin over Xavier could have been put down as an upset, as well as VCU winning in the first round, etc.)  The upset reviews are in alphabetical order, it’s up to you to decide which one was the biggest upset.

Included with each review is a video playbook. The full PDF playbook of Upset X’s & O’s can be downloaded at the bottom of the page.

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Big NCAA Upsets in the Tournament:  #12 Arkansas – Little Rock vs. #5 Purdue

I was fortunate enough to be at this game in Denver. Little Rock was hanging in it the entire game, but it felt like the Trojans just didn’t have enough to come back and beat Purdue. Purdue seemingly started playing “not to lose”, and Little Rock started gaining momentum quickly. In a flash, the Trojans forced the game into overtime and pulled off the upset.

Big NCAA Upsets in the Tournament:  #11 Gonzaga vs. #3 Utah

It wasn’t a huge surprise that Gonzaga beat Seton Hall in the first round of the tournament, but not many people had the Zags defeating Utah in the second round. For one, people questioned the bigs for Gonzaga against Jakob Poeltl. Second, they weren’t sure how well the guards from Gonzaga would match up against Utah’s defense. Mark Few and his Bulldogs proved everyone wrong, and handled the Utes easily.

Big NCAA Upsets in the Tournament:  #13 Hawaii vs. #4 Cal

If you listened to any of the sports talk shows before the tournament, almost everyone told you to watch out for Cal’s pro talent. I even heard several experts say that Cal was the most talented team in the tournament field. Hawaii didn’t get the memo, however, and beat Cal in an upset that no none saw coming. The Rainbow Warriors did a good job using their length and speed at the big position.

Big NCAA Upsets in the Tournament:  #15 Middle Tennessee State vs. #2 Michigan State

Perhaps the most shocking of upsets, Middle Tennessee State was the ultimate bracket buster beating a strong championship contender in Michigan State. Myself, and many others, had the Spartans winning it all. I mean, why wouldn’t you? Tom Izzo’s team has balance, toughness, and a star player. Coach Kermit Davis had something to add though, his Blue Raiders were tough and balanced too. MTSU was able to pull off this upset with remarkable shooting and rebounding.

Big NCAA Upsets in the Tournament:  #11 Northern Iowa vs. #6 Texas

This wasn’t a huge upset by the true definition, but it was still a small conference vs. big conference battle in favor of the Longhorns. Plus, Shaka Smart was the expert in upsets, right? Coach Ben Jacobson led his Panthers to perhaps the most thrilling game in the tournament winning on a half court buzzer beater. Unfortunately, Northern Iowa was on the other end of a crazy game against Texas A&M in the Round of 32.

Big NCAA Upsets in the Tournament:  #14 Stephen F. Austin vs. #3 West Virginia

This upset had the most traction, as SFA had done it before with a tournament upset over VCU a couple of years ago. Brad Underwood was and is a hot coaching name, and Oklahoma State jumped on board hiring him as the next head coach. This game had a lot of storylines behind it, Underwood and Huggins coaching together, similar defensive styles, and a great senior player for the Lumberjacks in Thomas Walkup. The upset over WVU (and the game against Notre Dame) proved to be everything we wanted out of a Cinderella matchup. (This video is much more comprehensive and includes video from Stephen F Austin’s last four games).

Big NCAA Upsets in the Tournament:  #11 Wichita State vs. #6 Arizona

Once again, Wichita State by themselves aren’t really an “upset team” this season, but going up against Sean Miller’s Arizona powerhouse put the Shockers back into the underdog role. The Shockers controlled this game from the tip, and made Sean Miller sweat a little bit (or a lot). Gregg Marshall proved why he is one of the best coaches in college basketball winning in convincing fashion over the Wildcats.

Big NCAA Upsets in the Tournament:  #12 Yale vs. #5 Baylor

This game was a favorite upset pick coming into the tournament, but how many thought it was actually going to happen? Everyone knew the formula: Yale needs to shoot well against Baylor’s zone. However, Yale did something even more impressive, they out-rebounded the huge, athletic Baylor Bears. Yale ran some great actions against the zone, including some horns sets.

All of these upsets were impressive, and some coaches really put their names on the map. Brad Underwood has already made the jump to Big 12 Oklahoma State, and it looks like Chris Beard (Little Rock) may be making a jump soon as well. Just two seasons ago, Beard was coaching at Division II Angelo State in Texas and now is one of the hottest names in college basketball. Eran Ganot and James Jones built up their resumes, and with some more success in the coming years they could make a jump to bigger jobs. Mark Few, Gregg Marshall, and Ben Jacobson added to the great history of their programs. If any of those three want to leave, any Big 5 Conference school would love to have them. Lastly, Kermit Davis made the most of a tournament appearance with perhaps the biggest upset we have seen in the NCAA Tournament. We have seen many upsets with #15 seeds winning, but rarely against as strong of a favorite to win the whole thing as the Spartans were. The Blue Raiders did so by sticking to the game plan and making the most of their opportunity. That’s why we play the game, right?

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This playbook features plays from Little Rock, Gonzaga, Hawaii, Middle Tennessee, Northern Iowa, Wichita State, and Yale.

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Basketball Video Playbook  |  NCAA Tournament – Sweet 16 Preview – Part 2

Basketball Video Playbook | NCAA Tournament – Sweet 16 Preview – Part 2

Basketball Video Playbook | NCAA Tournament – Sweet 16 Preview – Part 2 by Wes Kosel

The second group of 8 teams will play on Friday, all four being intriguing matchups. This side of the bracket is a little messier with Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Syracuse, and Gonzaga making it through, but still traditional “big basketball” names are left. The matchups are very intriguing starting with the matchup of North Carolina vs. Indiana. Historically, these are two of the best basketball programs in the country. If Indiana can pull it off, they will have had to defeat Kentucky and North Carolina (two of the biggest basketball powerhouses). The Wisconsin/Notre Dame game will be a lot of fun, as both teams survived on last second plays to make it to the Sweet 16. Virginia and Iowa State put two teams with opposite philosophies against each other. Virginia is a defensive team and Iowa State is an offensive juggernaut. Last, two double digit seeds in Syracuse and Gonzaga will play for a spot in the Elite 8. Both teams have a lot to prove. Gonzaga probably wouldn’t have made the tournament if not for winning the West Coast Conference Tournament, and Syracuse was almost left out as an at-large bid.

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NCAA Tournament – Sweet 16 Preview:   North Carolina Tarheels

North Carolina faced off against one of the best #16 seeds we have seen in Florida Gulf Coast. However, the Tarheels quieted all the people who were saying it could be the year that a #1 goes down with an easy win. Roy Williams and his Tarheels then easily beat Providence in the second round proving that they are on a mission to get back to the Final Four.

Pinch Post Drift

UNC used this play against Providence in the NCAA Tournament. The left side is emptied out with 5 going to the pinch post. The guard then acts as if he is cutting around for a handoff but instead pops out for a shot.

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NCAA Tournament – Sweet 16 Preview:  Indiana Hoosiers

Indiana was expected to have a harder time with Chattanooga, but handled the Mocs easily. In the second round, the Kentucky/Indiana matchup was everything as fans we wanted. It was a close game with the Hoosiers winning over John Calipari’s Wildcats. Indiana has the skills to play with the Tarheels, but do they have the speed to keep up with them for the duration of the game?

Horns Roll Down

Here is a set play used by Indiana against Kentucky. The first screener rolls into the lane and the second screener sets a down-screen for the player who just rolled.

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NCAA Tournament – Sweet 16 Preview:  Notre Dame Fighting Irish

The Irish had quite a difficult road getting to the Sweet 16. They first faced off against Michigan, who many thought had a good shot to knock off Mike Brey’s team. In the second round, it looked like Notre Dame was going to be the victim of SFA’s cinderalla run, but a last second tip in on an offensive rebound sent Notre Dame dancing into the Sweet 16.

Zipper Flare Wheel

Here is a set play used by Notre Dame in the game against Stephen F. Austin. The Irish use a zipper cut/flare cut combo to get into a wheel motion.

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NCAA Tournament – Sweet 16 Preview:  Wisconsin Badgers

Wisconsin had won both games by grinding out low scoring battles. Many thought that the Badgers wouldn’t get past Pitt, but did so in a 47-43 slug fest. Against #2 seed Xavier, Wisconsin held it close and got two huge shots by Koenig to tie and win the game.

Wisconsin Game Winner

Wisconsin won the game on the SLOB play against Xavier. The play starts in a diamond and moves in a circle. The Badgers hit Koenig on the wing for the game winning shot.

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NCAA Tournament – Sweet 16 Preview:   Virginia Cavaliers

Virginia beat Hampton easily then hung on against Butler to make it to the Sweet 16. The Iowa State matchup is intriguing because it puts the defensive minded Cavaliers against the offensive powerhouse Cyclones.

Flex Stagger Curl

Virginia used this set against Butler in the Round of 32. They throw to the post man after setting the flex screen and run the cutter off of a staggered screen on the weak side.

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NCAA Tournament – Sweet 16 Preview:   Iowa State Cyclones

The Cyclones are down this year with the change of head coaches right? Wrong… The Cyclones are back in the Sweet 16 and look to take down Virginia with their high powered offense. Niang will be a tough matchup for the Cavaliers, as he has been a tough matchup for everyone the last four years.

Reverse UCLA PNR

Iowa State used this play to invert the post and guards having Morris set a UCLA screen and then popping out. Once Morris gets the ball, McKay is there for the ball-screen.

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NCAA Tournament – Sweet 16 Preview:   Syracuse Orange

Syracuse almost didn’t make the tournament, but Coach Boeheim has the Orange playing well and in the Sweet 16. Syracuse beat Dayton and Middle Tennessee State fairly easily, but will have a much tougher matchup with Gonzaga.

Spread Drag Iso

Syracuse used this play against Middle Tennessee State to get their 4 man on the right wing in an isolation situation. The Orange run a drag screen and pop the 4 man to the right wing where he has room to work.

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NCAA Tournament – Sweet 16 Preview:   Gonzaga Bulldogs

Gonzaga beat Seton Hall easily in the first round and surprised everyone by absolutely dismantling Utah in the second round. The Zags were almost out of the tournament too, but are playing well now that they are in.

Horns Push Back Door

Gonzaga used this play to get an open layup against Utah. Against a team that pressures passing lanes, push the dribble towards the wing and send the player on a back cut. The horns set opens up the floor to give room to make the pass.

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Basketball Video Playbook  |  NCAA Tournament – Sweet 16 Preview – Part 1

Basketball Video Playbook | NCAA Tournament – Sweet 16 Preview – Part 1

Basketball Video Playbook | NCAA Tournament – Sweet 16 Preview – Part 1 by Wes Kosel

It’s down to 16 teams, with 8 playing on Thursday. On the left side of the bracket, there aren’t any huge surprises now that we are through a full weekend. There were several huge upsets: Hawaii taking down Cal, Wichita State over Arizona, Yale over Baylor, and UNI’s miraculous shot over Texas. However, this Thursday’s Sweet 16 games feature Two #1 seeds, two #2 seeds, two #3 seeds, one #4 seed, and one #5 seed.

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NCAA Tournament – Sweet 16 Preview:  Kansas Jayhawks

The Jayhawks had an easy time with Austin Peay and got out to a huge lead against UCONN in the second game. Kansas is balanced and has the depth to make it to the Final Four. It will be a tough game against Maryland but the Kansas big men definitely have the advantage.

Zone DHO Hi/Lo

Here is a zone set play used by Kansas against UCONN in the Round of 32. Perry Ellis does a good job moving around to an open spot in the middle of the zone. Once Ellis gets the ball, the middle defender steps up leaving Lucas wide open at the rim.

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NCAA Tournament – Sweet 16 Preview:  Maryland Terrapins

Maryland got some fight out of the South Dakota State Jackrabbits in the first round, but had an easier time with Hawaii in the second round. Maryland has a lot to play for, and Trimble and Sulaimon will want to prove themselves as a better combo than Mason and Selden.

Shallow Cross Down

Maryland used this play against Hawaii and creates several opportunities with the play. The first look is to drive following the shallow cut, second is to hit the post on the cross screen, and third is to hit the guard on the down screen.

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NCAA Tournament – Sweet 16 Preview:  Villanova Wildcats

Villanova has shown dominance in both games so far. I don’t think anyone expected the Wildcats to handle Iowa so easily. Villanova is shooting well and turning defense to offense with easy baskets in transition.

Horns Rocket Weak Side Ball-Screen

Here is a horns set play called by Jay Wright against Iowa in the Round of 32. The Wildcats pop the ball-screen and dive the opposite post. If the ball is reversed, 4 follows to set a ball-screen.

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NCAA Tournament – Sweet 16 Preview:   Miami Hurricanes

Miami faced a good Buffalo team in the first round, and had an impressive game against Wichita State in the second. The Hurricanes, led by Angel Rodriguez, got out to a huge lead on the Shockers and were able to hold them off.

Hurricane Lob

Miami used this play against Wichita State to get an open lob at the rim. The wheel action cleared out the lane opening up the lob pass.

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NCAA Tournament – Sweet 16 Preview:  Oregon Ducks

Oregon beat up on the Holy Cross Crusaders and then held off a late run by Saint Joseph’s in the second round. Even with poor shooting numbers, the Ducks got a ton of production out of Dillon Brooks. It feels like Oregon has enough guys to get them through slumps.

Oregon Lob Overload

Lob play used by Oregon in the Round of 32. The lob wasn’t there, so the Ducks went straight into a ball-screen at the pinch post.

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NCAA Tournament – Sweet 16 Preview:  Duke Blue Devils

Duke had two relatively close games games, first beating UNC Wilmington and then getting out to a big lead against Yale before the Bulldogs stormed back outscoring Duke by 16 in the second half. However, it was just enough for Coach K and his Blue Devils to reach another Sweet 16. Oregon feels like the underdog in this matchup…

Horns Clear

Duke used this set multiple times against Yale to get Brandon Ingram the ball at the high post. The guard in the corner then runs right clearing the left side for Ingram to drive.

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NCAA Tournament – Sweet 16 Preview:  Texas A&M Aggies

Texas A&M beat Green Bay in the first round, and were 44 seconds away from losing to Northern Iowa when they pulled off the craziest comeback I have ever witnessed. The Aggies went on a 14-2 run to send the game to overtime, and the momentum was on their side as they pulled out the win in double overtime.

Horns Down

Horns set used in overtime against Northern Iowa. The Aggie player missed the layup, but the set is great to get a hi/lo pass for a layup.

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NCAA Tournament – Sweet 16 Preview:  Oklahoma Sooners

The Sooners got a fight out of Cal State Bakersfield, but were too much for the Roadrunners to handle in the first round. In the second round, VCU held Buddy Hield to 7 points in the first half, but couldn’t keep the best player in the country from taking over as he scored 29 points in the second half with 19 of those points in the final eight minutes.

Oklahoma Ram Motion

Here is a set play used late in the first half against VCU. The Sooners get to a ball-screen by first setting a screen on the big who runs out to set the ball-screen. If nothing is there on the ball-screen, the Sooners ran run a handoff to the wing.

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Stephen F. Austin Motion Offense Playbook

Stephen F. Austin Motion Offense Playbook

Stephen F. Austin Motion Offense Playbook

Motion Offense

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One of the best coaches in college basketball that you’ve never heard of resides in Nacogdoches, Texas. Brad Underwood has been the Head Coach of the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks for the past 3 seasons and has experienced unparalleled success. Prior to his opening round game in the 2016 NCAA Tournament against his old boss Bob Huggins and West Virginia Underwood posted an astounding record of 88-13. Those 3 years at Stephen F. Austin have also produced a 53-1 conference record and 2 undefeated conference regular seasons. The Lumberjacks have qualified for the NCAA Tournament all 3 years Underwood has been in charge.

The success at Stephen F. Austin has been spearheaded by their offense. If you’re looking for consistency, the Lumberjacks have scored at a rate of 1.15 points-per-possession, per basketballreference.com, for all of his 3 seasons at as Head Coach. This rate was good for national ranks of 12th, 13th and 15th respectively.

The Lumberjacks also share the ball about as well as anyone in all of basketball. They have assisted on a minimum of 62% of their made field goals all 3 seasons with Underwood at the helm. Stephen F. Austin peaked the past two seasons; assisting on 65% of their made field goals, good for 4th in the country each season.

Their offense centers around a simple motion offense that can be taught at all levels of basketball. The Lumberjacks use precise cuts, hard screens and selfless passing to open players to overwhelm their opponents.

This playbook covers Underwood’s main motion offense and all of the counters he uses to run off of it. You can learn it all within minutes and can start implementing it to your team immediately. The offense relies on position less players who have high IQ’s and a deep understanding of how the offense works. No matter how the defense is playing, this offense always has a counter that you can go to in order to get an open shot.

Brad Underwood’s Motion Offense Playbook also features a variety of baseline out-of-bounds sets that will yield easy baskets or can seamlessly transition into the main motion offense. This is by far the most adaptable offense that can be taught and learned by basketball players of all ages. You can make your offense as potent as the one at Stephen F. Austin.

Upset Watch – Teams to Watch for in the Tournament

Upset Watch – Teams to Watch for in the Tournament

Upset Watch – Teams to Watch for in the Tournament by Wes Kosel

There are many teams capable of upsets this year in the NCAA Tournament, but will there be a VCU, Wichita State, Georgia State, Northern Iowa, or Florida Gulf Coast run like we’ve seen in the past? There are better teams this season at the #11 seeds and up than I can remember in recent history, but upsets depend on the correct match-up. Georgia State was able to beat Baylor in the tournament last season because of the Panthers’ ability to shoot against zones. Northern Iowa beat Kansas because Ali Farokmanesh played out of his mind (and Coach Jacobson is an expert with X’s & O’s). Florida Gulf Coast won over Georgetown because they could match-up athletically (more on these guys in just a little bit). Of course, the upsets will come from somebody we don’t expect this season. The question is, who will it be? This article will dive into the #11 through #16 seeds that have a shot at creating this year’s madness.

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The #11 Seeds

It’s not even fair how good these #11’s are this year. I’m sure many people struggled with whether or not to send all 4 into the second round.

Wichita State

Of course this team is dangerous. They showed how good they were in the First Four matchup against Vanderbilt, and they have the right equation: Good Coach + Experienced Players + A Great Point Guard = SUCCESS IN MARCH. Here are a couple of plays used by Gregg Marshall in the win over Vandy.

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Northern Iowa

The Texas match-up could be tough, but it will come down to how much offense the Panthers get to run. Coach Shaka Smart should try to pressure UNI as much as possible and prevent them from playing in the half court. The more Coach Jacobson gets to call plays, the better chance they have of winning the game.

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Michigan

The Wolverines barely got past Tulsa last night, but with the guard talent and the play calling of Coach Beilein they will have a good shot at beating Notre Dame. Here are several plays used by Michigan last night.

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Gonzaga

Gonzaga has been on both ends, as a favorite and as an underdog. They are well equipped to make a run in the Midwest Region, and they matchups are in their favor. They have big guys that can play, and will use them to try to beat Seton Hall.

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The #12 Seeds

Yale

Yale will have to shoot lights out to beat Baylor, but they’ve got the guys to do it.

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Chattanooga

The Mocs have a new head coach with Will Wade leaving for VCU, but McCall has Chattanooga playing well and confident.

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Little Rock, South Dakota State, and Stephen F. Austin

Little Rock may have the biggest upset potential. They had a great season, and won their conference tournament easily. They have a former D2 Head Coach leading the way now, and his experience in the D2 National Tournament is going to help. South Dakota State has big, long guys and a really good post player. I added SFA here because they are the only #14 seed that I see having a shot.

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The #13 Seeds

Hawaii may have a good shot, but I think the real upset chance here is with Iona. AJ English is a stud, and the Gaels like to score a lot. This can go well against Iowa State (as long as they can keep up with the scoring from the Cylcones).

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The #15 Seeds

Watch out for Weber State. They had a fantastic season and have a GREAT post player in Joel Bolomboy (will probably go in the first round of the draft). Here are some plays used late in the game against Eastern Washington in the Big Sky Conference.

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The #16 Seeds

We saw some impressive play from Holy Cross last night, but can the Princeton offense and zone defense work against Oregon?

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Florida Gulf Coast

Dunk city is gone, Coach Enfield is gone, but the FGCU Eagles are back in the tournament and looking to upset a powerhouse team. The Eagles are now led by former Kansas assistant coach Coach Joe Dooley. Dooley has FGCU playing less like Dunk City, and more like….Kansas. They play through the post, they guard on the perimeter, and they rebound. Coach Dooley seems to have the right system in place. The question is, does it really matter against UNC? North Carolina will have to shoot poorly for FGCU to have a chance, but we have seen that from North Carolina at times this season. Here are zone sets that FGCU used in the First Four matchup.

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Of course, it’s unpredictable, and there will be upsets that are not detailed here. I suppose that’s why you play the game! Nevertheless, it will be a fun tournament as always. Not noted here, but important to note is that a lot of upsets may come from the #4 through #10 seeds (as we go into later rounds). Just a few of the teams in this range are: California, Arizona, Iowa, Temple, Texas, VCU, Notre Dame, Butler, and Syracuse.