The NCAA Tournament is one the the best times of the year for basketball fans and coaches. This year was no different. March Madness was full of exciting games, upsets, and great X’s & O’s. Here are the Top 10 March Madness posts from Team.FastModelSports.com.
1 – South Carolina Pressure Man Defense by Randy Sherman
We will get into how Frank Martin has his team in the school’s first ever Final Four and how he has crafted the nation’s second-ranked defense, but first we’re going to take another trip – this time to the jungle.
2 – Late Game Situations: Need a 3 by Doug Brotherton
One year ago, Villanova made a buzzer beating three pointer to win the National Championship. In Saturday’s two Final Four games, both match-ups came down to a team needing a 3-pointer to tie the score. In this year’s tournament, we have seen the good, the bad, and the ugly of this late game situation. As coaches, it is our job to be prepared for every situation. Unfortunately, some college basketball teams did not look prepared when they were down 3, in a late clock situation, with their opponent switching every screen.
3 – Wisconsin Badgers Zone Offense by Randy Sherman
The Wisconsin Badgers are back in the Sweet Sixteen. A late season swoon in Big Ten play makes this feel like a surprise, but it really is not. The Badgers have been a consistent force in the tournament in recent years behind the strength of their patient, disciplined and fundamental style.
4 – Florida Gators Early Push by Randy Sherman
The path to the Final Four from this region is wide open and the Florida Gators, lead by second-year head coach Mike White, are hoping to emerge from NYC as champs of the East Region. The analytics rankings love the Gators and there is a lot to love about their transition offense principles and the early push they get off rebounds.
5 – FastDraw #PlayOTD – North Carolina BLOB Elevator by Matt Wheeler
North Carolina uses this BLOB play to get looks at multiple scoring options. They start with a backscreen for a layup and the elevator screen for a shot. If those options aren’t available the ball gets reversed and the Tar Heels get into a screen the screener action.
6 – Skills and Drills: Michigan 2 Guard Offense by Aseem Rastogi
The versatility of the Michigan 2-Guard offense was on full display during the Big 10 and NCAA tournaments as the Wolverines made a march to the Sweet 16. The offense features numerous scoring options, and creates mismatches on both sides of the floor. These drills are designed as a basis for getting the most reps possible from your Dr. Dish to drill the scoring options from the Michigan 2-Guard offense. As always, when using the Dr. Dish, use drills that are tailored to your offensive actions – confidence comes from competence!
7 – FastDraw #PlayOTD – Saint Mary’s Wedge Split Reject by Matt Wheeler
Saint Mary’s ran this quick hitting action to get the ball into the post late in their game against Arizona. Once 5 received the ball 1 set a split screen for 4. 4 has the option of using the screen and popping to the wing for a shot or rejecting it and cutting to the basket.
8 – Gonzaga Post Seal by John Leonzo
Gonzaga is, hands down, one of the fundamental teams left in the NCAA tournament. There are many elements within their offense that make them a great team to learn from. Of all the great aspects of the Zags offense, none stand out as much the creative ways that they get the ball inside to their dominant big man, Przemek Karnowski.
9 – North Carolina Transition by Adam Spinella
It should be no surprise that an upperclassmen-laden North Carolina squad has advanced all the way to the Final Four. An exquisite and thrilling matchup with Kentucky in the Elite Eight was tight until the final buzzer, giving the Tar Heels their biggest challenge in the tournament to date. A tough contest against Arkansas and a win over a tough Butler team are nothing to sneer at either. North Carolina enters the Final Four as the favorite to win it all, due in large part to their offensive firepower and production.
10 – Michigan Basketball: Preparing for Success – No Matter What by FastModel Sports
For the casual fan, the crescendo toward a National Champion and One Shining Moment makes March Madness one of the most exciting times of the year. Cinderella teams, busted brackets, and the game-winning buzzer beaters are just the icing on the cake for one of sports’ greatest spectacles.
Those of us who work in the game coaching and training athletes feel that excitement as well, but also recognize the mental and physical requirements of competing at such a high level. Being ready for both the expected and the unexpected is a necessary part of gaining an edge and earning success for programs at all levels.