Rick Pitino Louisville Quick Hitters by Wes Kosel
Here are two set plays from Louisville Head Coach Rick Pitino. Pitino, a two-time NCAA Champion and seven-time NCAA Region Champion (Final Four’s), has been the head coach of Louisville since 2001. He has a 745-262 record and in fifteen years at Louisville he has a 391-134 record. In all, he has been a head coach for 31 years and has made stops at Hawaii, Boston, Providence, Kentucky, and Louisville. Pitino has also been a head coach in the NBA, where he was the head coach for the New York Knicks from 1987-1989 and the Boston Celtics from 1997-2001. He has won several awards including NABC Coach of the Year (1987), John Wooden National Coach of the Year (1987), SEC Coach of the Year (1990, 1991, 1996), and Conference USA Coach of the Year (2005). He was also inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013.
Rick Pitino Louisville Cardinals Quick Hitters
This play starts with a dribble handoff on the left wing between 1 and 2. Once 2 gets the ball, 1 cuts off of a screen from 4 to the right corner and 5 sets a flare screen for 3 running from right to left. 2 looks to pass to 1 or 3 for a shot off of the wheel action screens from 5 and 4.
1 dribbles off of a staggered ball screen from 4 and 5 at the free throw line. 4 rolls to the basket for a quick layup. In the second option, 5 steps out to get the ball and quickly passes to 4 rolling to the rim. These two options work great if x4 tries to jump out and hard hedge or switch the screen. A baseline pass can be made if x4 tries to hard hedge to early as well.
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