Must See X’s & O’s of the Day – Syracuse vs. Duke by Wes Kosel

Must See X’s & O’s of the Day – Syracuse vs. Duke

Attached in this playbook are two plays from Syracuse and three plays from Duke. The match between the Orange and Blue Devils on Monday ended with a dominating showing on the boards by Syracuse and a loss by Duke. The loss put Duke and Coach K at three straight and two home losses this season. A lot is being made of Duke’s poor performance, but let’s not forget what the critics were saying last year about Duke before the NCAA tournament. Coach K seems to always find a way to turn it around and get his team playing the way he wants once March rolls around. Don’t count the Blue Devils out just yet.

Must See X’s & O’s of the Day – Syracuse Horns Down

1 dribbles off of a staggered ball-screen from 4 and 5. 4 rolls to the basket and 5 sets a down-screen for 3 in the corner. If 3 gets it without a shot, 5 sets a ball-screen for 3 to drive right. 1 then sets a down-screen for 2. If 2 isn’t open in the lane, 5 can screen for 2 who pops out for a shot.

Must See X’s & O’s of the Day – Syracuse Horns Stagger

1 dribbles off of the staggered ball-screen from 4 and 5. Once he clears, 4 and 5 set another staggered screen for 3. Once 3 has cleared, 4 and 5 set a third staggered screen for 2. Lastly, 4 and 5 can set a double back-screen for 1.

Must See X’s & O’s of the Day – Duke 1-4 High

1 passes to 3 and makes a cut to the rim off of 4’s screen. If the cut isn’t there, 4 steps out to set a ball-screen. 5 pops out to the wing. If 3 doesn’t have anything on the pick and roll, he swings to 5 who looks to pass to 1 cutting to the corner off of a screen from 2.

Must See X’s & O’s of the Day – Duke 1-4 High PnR Lob

1 passes to 3 on the wing and makes the UCLA cut off of 4. 4 sets a ball-screen for 3 and 5 steps out. 1 then sets a back-screen for 4 on the roll. 3 looks to make the lob pass to 4.

Must See X’s & O’s of the Day – Duke 1-4 High Post Cross

1 passes to 2 on the wing and 4 screens across for 5. 4 then sets a ball-screen for 2. 2 drives middle and looks to shoot or pass to 5 ducking in near the rim.


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Wes Kosel is an assistant coach for men’s basketball under Head Coach Andy Partee at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, CO. Kosel joined the staff at Colorado College after serving two seasons as an assistant coach at Texas Lutheran University and one season at Haskell Indian Nations University. He is also the head coach for the JV team at Colorado College. Kosel has an undergraduate degree in Exercise Science from the University of Kansas and a master’s degree in Physical Education from the University of Houston. He is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), both certifications given through the National Strength & Conditioning Association. He has coached summer AAU programs, volunteered with elementary and middle school basketball teams, and has worked basketball camps for various programs including the Houston Rockets, USA Basketball, University of Houston, Colorado, New Mexico, Air Force, Texas State, and Texas A&M Corpus Christi. Kosel is also a member of the NABC International Committee and serves as the committee’s social media manager.

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