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Transition Defense Essentials

Transition Defense Essentials

Transition is one of the most pivotal elements of a basketball game. From a defensive standpoint, transition can be the difference between an effective defense and an ineffective defense. More often than not, many breakdowns on the defensive end find their root in transition, and for that reason, it is vital to emphasize and teach

Argentina Defense

7 Cardinal Defensive Principles

Looking to increase your defensive efficiency this season? Try adding these defensive principles from the legend, Adolph Rupp. Cut Down the Number of Shots “Teams must shoot to score, and if you can reduce their scoring opportunities by aggressive defensive play, you will eliminate the danger of a high score.” Cut Down the Percentage of

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5 Advantages of Running the 1-3-1 Defense

This is part 1 of a 4 part series on the 1-3-1 zone defense by Coach Rory Hamilton  As we approach the upcoming season, coaches often use the summer months to reflect upon every facet of his or her basketball program. From strength and conditioning programs to combating junk defenses, coaches are always searching for ways

March 18, 2016 - St. Louis, Missouri, U.S - Wisconsin Badger guard BRONSON KOENIG (24) looks to make a pass past the defense of Pittsburgh Panthers forward JAMEL ARTIS (1) during the first round of the East Region in the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, where #7 Wisconsin defeated #10 Pittsburgh 47-43, held at The Scottrade Center in St. Louis, MO (Credit Image: © Richard Ulreich via ZUMA Wire)

Pressure Man Tips – Box Pressure

Apply these Box Pressure concepts of man-to-man defense to confine offenses and disrupt your opponents’ spacing and ball movement. Offenses often rely on passes to trigger actions. Continuities and some set plays need the ball to change sides of the floor for actions to be initiated. Using Box Pressure teaching points within pressure man defense

UNC guard Marcus Paige (5) during the NCAA Basketball game between the Duke Blue Devils and the North Carolina Tar Heels at the Dean E. Smith Center on February 17, 2016 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Jacob Kupferman/CSM(Credit Image: © Jacob Kupferman/CSM via ZUMA Wire)

Pressure Man Tips – Playing The Cutter

Denying and disrupting cutters is vital to the success of man-to-man defense. Here are some pressure man-to-man philosophies against common offensive cuts.  There are cuts which are common to nearly all man-to-man offenses – from motion offense to set plays. Rules govern the defense of these basic cuts making defensive positioning black and white for your players.

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