March 8, 2019: Virginia Tech Hokies coach Buzz Williams call a play during NCAA basketball action between the Miami (Fl) Hurricanes and the Virginia Tech Hokies at Cassell Coliseum Blacksburg, VA. Virginia Tech defeats Miami (Fl) 84 -70. Jonathan Huff/CSM(Credit Image: © Jonathan Huff/CSM via ZUMA Wire)

NCAA Tournament: Viewing Guide by Style of Play

No matter what type of basketball you prefer to watch, the NCAA Tournament has it. Here’s who to watch based on style of play. The beauty of the NCAA Tournament is that it has something to offer for everyone. Upsets, check. Blue-bloods, check. Great defense, check. Creative plays, check. Whatever you are looking for, the tournament

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Ball Screen Defense: Analyzing Effective Methods

Experimenting with a new ball screen defense in addition to your primary strategy could have huge benefits for your team. What is your team’s primary method for defending a ball screen? I recently asked that question via Twitter poll. What is your team’s primary method for defending a ball screen? (If vote is “other,” please specify.)

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FastModel Sports x NACBM: The Team Behind The Team

We teamed up with the National Association of Collegiate Basketball Managers (NACBM) for a Final Four celebration. Any basketball coach understands how important it is to have a dedicated managerial staff in order to run a smooth and successful program.  At FastModel Sports, we know that many of these young, hard working individuals will be coaches

March 4, 2018 - Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 04: Brooklyn Nets Guard Spencer Dinwiddie (8) and Los Angeles Clippers Guard Sindarius Thornwell (0) grab each others jerseys as they go down the court during the game between the Brooklyn Nets and the L.A. Clippers on March 04, 2018, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by David Dennis/Icon Sportswire) (Credit Image: © David Dennis/Icon SMI via ZUMA Press)

Motion Strong Entries And Options

Two “Motion Strong” entries and options from five-out featuring the Brooklyn Nets The Brooklyn Nets (35-33, 7th in East) have taken Motion Strong, a long-time staple of the San Antonio Spurs, and opened up the spacing with a five-out alignment from transition. Like the four-out version popularized by the Spurs, the Nets’ version features a staggered screen and different options

January 11, 2019 - Toronto, Ontario, Canada - Joe Harris #12 of the Brooklyn Nets against Kyle Lowry #7 of the Toronto Raptors during the Toronto Raptors vs Brooklyn Nets NBA regular season game at Scotiabank Arena on January 11, 2019, in Toronto, Canada (Toronto Raptors win 122-105) (Credit Image: © Anatoliy Cherkasov/NurPhoto via ZUMA Press)

The Throw & Go Handoff

The “Throw & Go” handoff can be an effective two-player action for creating an advantage.  Simply put, a throw & go handoff is when a player, typically a guard, passes to another player, typically a big, on the perimeter and chases their pass for a handoff. The guard throws a pass and goes immediately into a handoff

November 12, 2018: Tyler Williams (1) drives to the hoop against Matisse Thybulle (4) during a basketball game between the Washington Huskies and the University of San Diego. The game was played at Hec Ed Pavilion in Seattle, WA. Jeff Halstead / CSM(Credit Image: © Jeff Halstead/CSM via ZUMA Wire)

Spread Ball Screen vs. 2-3 Zone

Using Spread Ball Screen versus 2-3 Zone can provide carryover from your man-to-man offense to your zone offense.  Many coaches have a high desire to use the same or similar offenses versus man-to-man and zone defense. By using spread ball screen concepts versus a 2-3 Zone you may accomplish this. This allows your transition offense

December 29, 2018 - Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 29: San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon looks on during a NBA game between the San Antonio Spurs and the Los Angeles Clippers on December 29, 2018 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire) (Credit Image: © Brian Rothmuller/Icon SMI via ZUMA Press)

Goal Coaching: Turning Actions into Habits

The third post in our Goal Setting for Coaches series discusses the process of actions evolving into long term habits.  In the last couple of weeks, I have been discussing goals. In the post, “Be Goal-Driven,” I started the conversation by discussing the importance of setting achievable, challenging goals. In last week’s post, “Be Action-Oriented,”

Nov 23 2018 Las Vegas, NV U.S.A. Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo during the NCAA Men's Basketball Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational between Texas Longhorns and the Michigan State Spartans 78-68 win at The Orleans Arena Las Vegas, NV. Thurman James / CSM(Credit Image: © Thurman James/CSM via ZUMA Wire)

What Do YOU Think?

Counseling Coaches Series: What Do YOU Think? Forming your OWN thoughts about basketball matters. (Note: This blog originally appeared at radiusathletics.com and is reposted with permission.) In the summer of 2015 some coaching friends encouraged me to begin sharing basketball info on social media and in blogs. This information was well-received and thanks to some

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