NCAA Tournament: Top 5 Plays from Rounds 1 and 2

By FastModel Sports

March 23, 2019 - Hartford, CT, USA - Florida State plays Murray State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at XL Center in Hartford, Conn., on Saturday, March 23, 2019. Florida State advanced, 90-62. (Credit Image: © Brad Horrigan/Hartford Courant/TNS via ZUMA Wire)

The first weekend of the NCAA Tournament was full of clutch #XsOs. These were the most unique sets we saw – download to FastDraw now!

Have you caught your breath yet? We may or may not have. The first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament are always a whirlwind. Trying to keep up with so many games each day, not wanting to miss any last second plays or crunch time moments, following on Twitter for instant reactions and comical memes.

We did our best to live tweet play diagrams for as many teams playing as possible. Over 100 brand new sets were published on the PlayBank submitted by TeamFastModel contributors. Take a look at our five favorites below. And maybe there’s a bonus play for you as well.

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Murray State Racers – Backdoor Quick Hitter (Blind Pig)

Murray State backdoor ato

Locked in a tight game with Marquette, the Racers ran this quick hitter for their All-American guard Ja Morant. Let’s just say it ended successfully. Even if you don’t have an athlete of Morant’s caliber (if so, consider yourself lucky!), this backdoor look, called “Blind Pig” action by many, will work. Add it to your ATO Quick Hitters playbook ASAP.

Belmont Bruins – Panic Reverse (Late Clock)

Belmont panic reverse

As this play happened, and Belmont was not able to convert due a deflection, it had many people confused. It appeared to the public that Bruins were disorganized and scrambling. However, after further investigation, this was a designed play call by Belmont to look disorganized and scrambled in order to cause the defense to fall asleep and open up a backdoor look. It didn’t work this time, as the Bruins lost by 2 to the Terps, but it has worked in the past.

Iowa Hawkeyes – Iverson to Ball Screen ATO

Iowa iverson to ball screen ato

The #10 seed Hawkeyes nearly made history by coming back from a 25-point deficit vs #2 Tennessee, which would have been the largest ever in the NCAA Tournament. However, they fell just short, only managing to tie the game. Iowa eventually lost in overtime, but it ran some great stuff in the 2nd half to get back in, and almost win, the game.

New Mexico State Aggies – 25 Pop BLOB

New Mexico State 25 pop blob

Down a bucket to Auburn with under two seconds left in regulation, the Aggies ran this BLOB to get off a 3pt look to potentially win it. The fake lob was key, which followed by the screen-the-screener action was able to confuse the Tiger defenders, allowing 2 the wide open look from deep. Unfortunately for NMSU, it didn’t fall.

LSU Tigers – Motion Floppy ATO

LSU motion floppy ato

Playing without its head coach, LSU showed a ton of fight to beat Yale by five in Round 1, and take down Maryland by two on a last second bucket in Round 2. Sure, the Tigers have plenty of athletes, but give them credit for executing solid offense to earn some big wins.

BONUS SET

Oregon Ducks (NCAAW) – Box Horns Down Screen SLOB

Oregon NCAAW box horns down screen slob

Maybe the most dangerous 2-seed in the women’s bracket, the Ducks have rolled to back-to-back 38 and 23 point wins, over Portland State and Indiana, respectively. Head Coach Kelly Graves is known for being one of the most creative offensive coaches in the women’s game. Look for Oregon to continue to put pressure on opposing defenses with sets like this SLOB that flows right into half court offense.


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March 23, 2019 – Hartford, CT, USA – Florida State plays Murray State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at XL Center in Hartford, Conn., on Saturday, March 23, 2019. Florida State advanced, 90-62. (Credit Image: © Brad Horrigan/Hartford Courant/TNS via ZUMA Wire)

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