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Dimitrios Itoudis

EuroLeague Final Four Preview

EuroLeague Final Four Preview

Istanbul plays host to the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four and qualifiers Real Madrid, CSKA, Olympiacos and Fenerbahce.  The Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four tips off Friday in Istanbul, Turkey. After winning quarterfinal playoff series Real Madrid, CSKA, Olympiacos and Fenerbahce will battle for the championship with the semifinals on Friday and the championship on Sunday.

December 31, 2016 - Omaha, NE U.S. - Creighton Bluejays guard Marcus Foster #0 in 1st half transition action during an NCAA men's basketball game between #1 Villanova Wildcats and #10 Creighton Bluejays at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, NE..Attendance: 18,831 Third-largest crowd in Creighton men's basketball history.Villanova won 80-70.Michael Spomer/Cal Sport Media(Credit Image: © Michael Spomer/CSM via ZUMA Wire)

Defending Disadvantage Situations

Transition defense starts with being able to defend in disadvantage or outnumbered situations. On paper, basketball is played 5v5. But in application basketball is played in advantage/disadvantage situations. Creating advantage situations is paramount for offense and the ability to neutralize disadvantages makes for championship defense. The difference between winning and losing may come down to

March 8, 2016 - Minneapolis, MN, U.S. - North head coach Larry McKenzie read an inspirational quote to his players before the start of practice Tuesday afternoon.    ]  JEFF WHEELER •     Minneapolis North Polars, a program synonymous with basketball excellence, is back in the state tournament for the first time since 2003. They practiced after school Tuesday afternoon, March 8, 2016 ahead of their tournament game on Thursday. (Credit Image: � Jeff Wheeler/Minneapolis Star Tribune via ZUMA Wire)

Drill Progression – Phasing

Basketball coaches must acquire the valuable and fundamental coaching skill of phasing drill progressions.  Practice planning is a skill, and like any other skill it must be practiced before there is proficiency. Expert level skills from players, such as shooting and passing, are not hard to spot. Just as players with the expert level skill in those

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The Influence of Soccer and Football on Basketball Coaches

How the main national sporting influences – football and soccer – may impact basketball coaching styles in America and abroad.  In the United States, the NFL owns Sundays and college football owns the rest of the weekend. While American basketball coaches likely list basketball as their first love, they are knowingly or unknowingly impacted by American

June 27, 2016 - Foto IPPAndrea Brintazzoli .Bologna 26062016.Basketball City Tournament  .Italia vs Canada .Nella Foto: Alessandro Gentile in palleggio dopo il blocco di Riccardo Cervi (Credit Image: � Italy Photo Press via ZUMA Press)

Spread Ball Screen – Basics

The basics of the Spread Ball Screen alignment – a good starting point for the introduction of ball screen offense.  Getting into ball screen offense can be done in multiple ways. A common alignment for the introduction of ball screen concepts is the Spread Ball Screen alignment. It is popular worldwide and at all levels of

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Final Four – South Carolina Pressure Man Defense

With the help of suffocating Pressure Man Defense, the South Carolina Gamecocks have scratched and clawed their way to the program’s first-ever Final Four. Before delving into the X’s & O’s and the principles behind the South Carolina Gamecocks’ pressure man-to-man defense, let’s take a trip to the zoo. We will get into how Frank Martin

East Region – Florida Gators Early Push

East Region – Florida Gators Early Push

Transition Offense tips from the Florida Gators and their early push as they head into the wide open East Regional. The East Regional at Madison Square Garden was hoping for the ratings bonanza that could have been the defending champion Villanova Wildcats versus the NCAA’s most polarizing program – Duke. Instead, the Big Apple will play host

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East Region – Josh Hart Jumpstops

The East Region #1 Seed Villanova Wildcats are lead by senior guard Josh Hart and his powerful jumpstops.  The top seed in the East Region belongs to the defending national champion Villanova Wildcats (31-3, Big East Champions). The ‘Cats are lead by senior guard Josh Hart (18.9 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 3.1 apg) and Hart may

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NCAA Tournament – One Big Thing – #1 Seeds

Villanova, Kansas, North Carolina and Gonzaga are the #1 Seeds in the 2017 NCAA Tournament. A look at that quintessential ONE thing each of them do well. The 2017 NCAA Tournament is set and the madness begins soon. Villanova, North Carolina, Kansas and Gonzaga earned the top seed in each region. These are familiar programs

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