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Final Four Preview: Texas Tech Defense Puts Opponents on Red Alert

Final Four Preview: Texas Tech Defense Puts Opponents on Red Alert

A look into the defensive principles and philosophies behind 3-seed Texas Tech’s impressive run to the Final Four. Final Four Team Previews: Auburn | Virginia | Michigan State Going into this year’s tournament, it was the Virginia Cavaliers’ defense that had everyone talking. But heading into college basketball’s final weekend, all the chatter is about

Ball Screen Defense: Analyzing Effective Methods

Experimenting with a new ball screen defense in addition to your primary strategy could have huge benefits for your team. What is your team’s primary method for defending a ball screen? I recently asked that question via Twitter poll. What is your team’s primary method for defending a ball screen? (If vote is “other,” please specify.)

Pack Line Playbook: Lock And Trail

Pack Line Playbook: Defending single and double down screens within the Pack Line Defense using the “Lock and Trail” technique. The Pack Line style of defense features some unwaivering absolutes. There are specific rules and techniques that change little from game-to-game or opponent-to-opponent.The mindset is to do a few things and do them well. We will

Defensive Denial Drills

Defensive denial drills for disrupting ball movement and prohibiting easy offensive catches.  Denial is the disruptive force in pressure man-to-man defense. The purpose of denial is to disrupt the ball movement, timing and sequencing of the offense. The aim is for the ball to become isolated forcing the ball-handler to abandon the tactics and strategies of

Pressure Man Tips – Selective Trapping

Utilizing selective traps provides one of the major weapons of disruption in pressure man-to-man defense. Here are four scenarios for selective trapping.  One of the major weapons of pressure man-to-man defense is the double team or trap. Trapping the ball can disrupt offensive flow by creating a disadvantage situation for the ball handler. An effective

Buying in to Defense: 8 Drills to Guard the Basketball Better

Sure, a huge part of playing defense is mindset and attitude, but these eight drills will teach skill and technique.  Oftentimes, when coaches talk about focusing on skill development in practice, they are referring to working on offensive skills like shooting, passing, ball handling, and finishing. Being a successful defender is almost always considered an

Eastern Conference Finals: Video Breakdown – Celtics-Cavs Game 1

Kevin Bruinsma analyzes the offensive and defensive strategies the Boston Celtics used to handle the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1.  The Boston Celtics took a 1-0 series lead over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday afternoon with an impressive 108-83 victory at TD Garden in Boston. Let’s take a look at how the Celtics controlled the game from the

Utah Jazz Defensive Adjustments vs Houston Rockets

Making adjustments is crucial in a playoff series. Here’s a look inside the Utah Jazz defensive tweaks vs the Houston Rockets.  The talk of the Western Conference playoffs at this point has been the Utah Jazz and the job Quin Snyder and his staff have done. After winning the first round series 4-2 over the

Boston Celtics Defense: Keys to Stopping Ben Simmons

Team defense was key for the Boston Celtics in Game 1 vs the Philadelphia 76ers. The strategy focused on stopping playmaker Ben Simmons. With Game 2 looming tonight, May 3rd at 8:30 PM on TNT between the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers, I thought a short recap of what Brad Stevens and staff incorporated into the Philadelphia game plan

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