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Recipe for Success: Loyola-Chicago’s Ball Screen Offense

Recipe for Success: Loyola-Chicago’s Ball Screen Offense

The Ramblers’ ball screen heavy offensive attack has created high percentage shots and propelled the team to two NCAA Tournament upsets.  Loyola-Chicago became a darling of the 2018 NCAA Tournament, pulling off upsets as an 11-seed in the first two rounds over #6 Miami and #3 Tennessee, both in dramatic fashion. A main reason Coach

March 15, 2018 - Dallas, TX, U.S. - DALLAS, TX - MARCH 15: Loyola-Chicago Ramblers players celebrate winning the NCAA Div I Men's Championship First Round basketball game between Loyola of Chicago and Miami on March 15, 2018 at American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX. (Photo by George Walker/Icon Sportswire) (Credit Image: © George Walker/Icon SMI via ZUMA Press)

NCAA Tournament – #XsOs Behind the Upsets

The first two rounds of the 2018 NCAA Tournament were as thrilling as ever, producing 15 upsets according to seedings. March Madness is often unpredictable as we see every year and especially so far in the 2018 edition. We saw the first ever 16-over-1 upset for goodness sakes! UMBC put its school on the map, and is guaranteed

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Coach: How to Maximize March Madness with FastDraw

March Madness provides an incredible opportunity for coaches everywhere grow by learning from some of the best in the business. We all know coaches share (and steal) plays from each other, it’s a natural part of the game. So what better chance to do so than in March? With over a hundred high quality games this month

February 12, 2018: North Carolina Tar Heels forward Luke Maye (32) goes for the layup in the NCAA basketball matchup at Dean Smith Center in Chapel Hill, NC. (Scott Kinser/Cal Sport Media)(Credit Image: © Scott Kinser/CSM via ZUMA Wire)

Wooden Award Watch: Luke Maye Player Breakdown

North Carolina’s Luke Maye has put himself in the Wooden Award conversation with a versatile skillset based on elite shooting and rebounding. MORE Wooden Award Watch Series: Jalen Brunson Player Breakdown Luke Maye blasted onto the scene during North Carolina’s title run last season and eventually hit the game winning shot in the national championship game. The 6’8″

February 18, 2018 - February 18, 2018 - Trainer Igor Jovovic (MBC) schreit während einer Auszeit, gibt Anweisungen, gestikuliert mit den Armen, gesticulate, gives instructions, Basketball, easyCredit Bundesliga, Löwen Braunschweig - Mitteldeutscher BC, *** Coach Igor Jovovic MBC shouts Lions Brunswick of Mitteldeutscher BC while easyCredit Bundesliga instructions a time out gestikuliert with the poor gesticulation gives instructions basketball xtgx (Credit Image: © Imago via ZUMA Press)

3rd Time’s a Charm: Making Adjustments for Postseason Matchups

As the postseason arrives, many teams will face an opponent for a third time. What’s the key to winning a matchup when teams know each other so well? Preparation and adjustments. We see it happen often. A team sweeps its opponent during the regular season, winning both at home and on the road. Then, when meeting in

January 10, 2018: Villanova Wildcats guard Jalen Brunson (1) in action during the NCAA basketball game between the Xavier Musketeers and the Villanova Wildcats at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Villanova Wildcats won 89-65. Christopher Szagola/CSM(Credit Image: © Chris Szagola/CSM via ZUMA Wire)

Wooden Award Watch: Jalen Brunson Player Breakdown

Villanova’s Jalen Brunson is a player of the year candidate who excels at fundamentals for a complete overall game.  Jalen Brunson has been a staple of college basketball for the last 3 seasons. The Villanova junior is a coach’s dream when it comes to point guard play. He is a winner and leader who can shoot

NCAA Overachievers

How 5 Surprise NCAA Teams Are Exceeding Expectations

Every college basketball season, a team or two takes fans and media by surprise and outperforms its preseason expectations. This year, there are several, and not only are these teams ahead of schedule, many are ranked in the Top 25 polls. Let’s take a closer look at five men’s NCAA programs that have drastically improved their records this year,

Top Articles of 2017

Top 10 Coaching Articles of 2017

Anyone else feel like 2017 was a blur? In the coaching business, every year goes fast. As we wrap things up, it’s a great time for reflection. It was a year of strong growth for this blog which makes us very proud. We added some phenomenal contributors to our roster in 2017, so a big thank you

October 29, 2017 - Salt Lake City, UT, Estados Unidos - Utah Jazz guard Ricky Rubio (3) high fives his teammates guard Rodney Hood (5) and guard Joe Johnson (6) as center Rudy Gobert (27) looks on during the first half of an NBA game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah, 28 October 2017. (Credit Image: © George Frey/EFE via ZUMA Press)

The New Era of Basketball Stats: Balancing Analytics and the Eye Test

The Myth of Advanced Stats When I tell people outside of the world of basketball of my experience in “basketball analytics” they often have no idea what that means. I used to explain that it’s like “Moneyball” but for basketball. I’m increasingly hesitant to use this analogy though, because I’ve realized “Moneyball” presents a false

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Free Playbook: Top 20 Plays of 2017

Behold – the FastModel Sports Top 20 Plays of 2017. This playbook is compiled of the most downloaded FastDraw plays from our FastModel Sports PlayBank this year. This database is a phenomenal resource for thousands of coaches from every level of the game – youth, high school, college and even professional. Our PlayBank hosts over