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Plays of the Week – April Recap

Plays of the Week – April Recap

The month of April featured some fantastic XsOs with the conclusion of the NCAA Tournament and beginning of the NBA Playoffs. Missed our emails from April? No worries – we got you covered. Catch up at the webpage versions below. Plays of the Week emails are generally sent on Tuesdays. Subscribe here to get POW delivered

BEIJING, April 27, 2018  Players of Zalgiris Kaunas celebrates during the fourth playoff of the Euroleague between Zalgiris Kaunas from Lithuania and Olympiakos Piraeus from Greece in Kaunas, Lithuania, April 26, 2018. Zalgiris Kaunas won 101-91. (Credit Image: © Alfredas Pliadis/Xinhua via ZUMA Wire)

Zalgiris Kaunas: Winning Ways Part 1 – Horns Series

Despite having the lowest budget among Euroleague Playoff  teams, Zalgiris Kaunas has succeeded with an efficient offensive style. This post, 1 of 4, focuses on ZK’s Horns series.  The 2017-18 EuroLeague season has been the most competitive of all time. Only three games separated 3rd place from 8th place in the league standings. Zalgiris Kaunas had one

April 20, 2018 - Salt Lake City, UTAH, Estados Unidos - Spanish player Ricky Rubio (L) of the Utah Jazz participates in a training session in Salt Lake City, Utah, where the team will play against the Oklahoma Thunder the playoff third round of the NBA Western Conference, USA, 20 April 2018. (Credit Image: © George Frey/EFE via ZUMA Press)

How to Get Stops: Utah Jazz – Defensive Game Plan

The Utah Jazz have played smothering defense in the NBA Playoffs, allowing 97.6 PPG with a strategy built on communication and discipline.  At the time of publication, the Utah Jazz have claimed a 3-1 series lead over the favored Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference Playoffs. The Jazz have achieved this with incredible team basketball on

March 6, 2018 - Oklahoma City, OK, U.S. - OKLAHOMA Oklahoma City, OK - MARCH 06: Houston Rockets Guard James Harden (13) making his move towards the basket while Oklahoma City Thunder Forward Carmelo Anthony (7) plays defense on March 06, 2018 at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, OK.(Photo by Torrey Purvey/Icon Sportswire) (Credit Image: © Torrey Purvey/Icon SMI via ZUMA Press)

NBA Playoffs – Best #XsOs of Round One

The first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs has been incredibly competitive and exciting, and provided some great #XsOs as well.  With the high stakes of the NBA postseason, preparation is at an all time high for coaching staffs. Having scouted teams throughout the regular season, opponents will know each other’s strengths and weaknesses pretty

April 2, 2018 - San Antonio, TEXAS, USA - The Villanova Wildcats celebrate after their NCAA Division I Men's National Championship Basketball game against the Michigan Wolverines held Monday April 2, 2018 at the Alamodome. Villanova Wildcats won 79-62. (Credit Image: © Edward A. Ornelas/San Antonio Express-News via ZUMA Wire)

The Wright Way: How Villanova Won the 2018 National Championship

Versatile players and a free flowing offensive system helped the Villanova Wildcats capture the 2018 men’s NCAA National Championship.  The story of the night was Donte DiVincenzo, who came off of the bench and sparked a huge run for Villanova, which continued to hit big shot after big shot throughout the game. Early on it was Michigan

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National Championship Preview: Villanova vs Michigan – 3 Keys To Watch For

The 2018 National Championship game between Villanova and Michigan will be decided by three key areas, as Doug Brotherton explains. It is the best Monday of the year! Tonight is the NCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship, featuring the Villanova Wildcats and the Michigan Wolverines. Villanova is the clear favorite, with an average margin of victory

March 25, 2018 - Boston, MA, U.S. - BOSTON, MA - MARCH 25: Villanova guard Jalen Brunson (1) and Villanova guard Donte DiVincenzo (10) signal the play during an Elite Eight matchup between the Villanova Wildcats and the Texas Tech Red Raiders on March 25, 2018, at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Wildcats defeated the Red Raiders 71-59. (Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire) (Credit Image: © Fred Kfoury Iii/Icon SMI via ZUMA Press)

Final Four: Villanova Wildcats – Numbers Behind the Dominance

The Villanova Wildcats have handled opponents all season with elite shooting and rebounding, and the NCAA Tournament has been no different.  Villanova’s consistency has gotten the Wildcats to this point – another Final Four with a shot at a National Championship. Will they need something extra than what they’ve shown in the tournament so far

March 17, 2018: Loyola (Il) Ramblers head coach Porter Moser in the second round of the NCAA March Madness Men's Basketball game between the Tennessee Volunteers and the Loyola Chicago Ramblers at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX Loyola defeated Tennessee 62-63 Albert Pena/CSM(Credit Image: © Albert Pena/CSM via ZUMA Wire)

Final Four: Loyola-Chicago Ramblers – Executing on Both Ends

Loyola-Chicago’s efficiency on both ends of the floor has earned it four upset wins with a legitimate shot at getting two more. When the 2018 NCAA tournament began, few people predicted that Loyola-Chicago would make it all the way to the Final Four. The Ramblers’ performance so far has proven that they belong, and that they

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