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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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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

March 17, 2017 - Greenville, SC, USA - North Carolina's Justin Jackson (44) signals a 3-pointer after hitting one against Texas Southern in the first half during the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday, March 17, 2017, at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, S.C. UNC advanced, 103-64. (Credit Image: � Chuck Liddy/TNS via ZUMA Wire)

South Region – Sweet 16 Preview

After all of the madness, we are down to the top four seeds in the South Region. This regional bracket was full of great moments in the first weekend despite all four favorites moving forward. Wichita State pushed Kentucky to the brink, Middle Tennessee stormed to take down Minnesota and Arkansas gave the Tar Heels

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