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Play-call Terminology – Cuts

Play-call Terminology – Cuts

This is part 2 of a 4 part series on X’s & O’s Play-call Terminology. Read Part 1 – Formations HERE. Terminology – Cuts Hawk vs UCLA Hawk and UCLA cuts can be hard to decipher the difference in live time, since they basically are both a UCLA cut. The only difference is Hawk begins

April 4, 2016 - Houston, TX, USA - Villanova's Kris Jenkins shoots the game-winning three-point basket over North Carolina on Monday, April 4, 2016, at NRG Stadium in Houston. (Credit Image: � Yong Kim/TNS via ZUMA Wire)

Championship #XsOs – Villanova Wildcats

The Villanova Wildcats won the 2016 National Championship over the North Carolina Tarheels in dramatic fashion Monday night. With 4.7 seconds on the clock the Wildcats ran a great end of game pitch set to get Kris Jenkins an open look at 3 and the championship. Nova also runs a terrific 4-out motion offense that Coach

March 18, 2016 - St. Louis, Missouri, U.S - Michigan State Spartans guard MATT MCQUAID (20) tries to block the three point shot of Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders guard JAQAWN RAYMOND (10)during the first round of the Midwest Region in the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, where #15 Middle Tennessee State leads #2 Michigan State by the score of 41-35 at half time  , held at The Scottrade Center in St. Louis, MO (Credit Image: © Richard Ulreich via ZUMA Wire)

Middle Tennessee State: The Xs&Os of an Upset

Middle Tennessee State came into the NCAA Tournament as a 15 seed facing the number 2 seed Michigan State. Michigan State was on a roll after just clinching the Big Ten tournament title and playing well, and was chosen by most-myself included-to win the tournament. Middle Tennessee State didn’t just beat Michigan State, they outplayed

March 13, 2016 - Indianapolis, IN. U.S. - Michigan State Spartans head coach Tom Izzo and the Spartan bench watch as Purdue jumps out into the lead in the first half during the finals of the Big Ten Conference mens basketball tournament between Purdue and Michigan State at the Banker's Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN...Michigan State 66, Purdue 62.Mark Davis/Cal Sport Media(Credit Image: © Mark Davis/CSM via ZUMA Wire)

NCAA Tournament – Midwest Region Preview

The Midwest region is loaded with some great #XsOs and great coaches. Michigan State, Virginia, and Iowa State are all top 10 efficient offenses, and add Purdue, Gonzaga, Butler, Utah & Texas Tech and you have half of the teams in the top 30 in half court efficiency (KenPom Rankings). The fascinating part is that every team

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