Virginia Cavaliers guard Kihei Clark (0) during the NCAA Basketball game between the George Washington Colonials and the Virginia Cavaliers at John Paul Jones Arena on Sunday November 11, 2018 in Charlottesville, VA. Jacob Kupferman/CSM(Credit Image: © Jacob Kupferman/CSM via ZUMA Wire)

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

November 6, 2018 - Ann Arbor, MI, U.S. - ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 06: Michigan Wolverines head coach John Beilein coaches Michigan Wolverines guard Zavier Simpson (3) during a timeout during the Michigan Wolverines game versus the Norfolk State Spartans on Tuesday November 6, 2018 at Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, MI. (Photo by Steven King/Icon Sportswire) (Credit Image: © Steven King/Icon SMI via ZUMA Press)

Getting To 1.0

Getting to 1.0 points per possession (PPP) places your offense in the upper echelon of the competitive landscape. In the 2017-2018 NCAA basketball season 25 out of the 353 Men’s Division I basketball teams operated at 1.0 points per possession (PPP) or higher. That is roughly seven percent of all teams. (per Synergy Sports) On the

October 22, 2018 Los Angeles, CA..Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma #0 playing defense during the first half of the San Antonio Spurs vs Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on October 22, 2018. (Photo by Jevone Moore)(Credit Image: © Jevone Moore / Cal Sport Media/CSM via ZUMA Wire)

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

February 22, 2018 - Cleveland, OH, USA - The Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyle Korver hits a 3-pointer against the Washington Wizards in the third quarter at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. The Wizards won, 110-103. (Credit Image: © Leah Klafczynski/TNS via ZUMA Wire)

The Inside-Out Three

The inside-out three-point shot is at the pinnacle of all three-point attempts and the three-pointer to seek and encourage above all others. Not all threes are created equal. There are threes to encourage and threes to discourage. There are off-the-dribble pull-up threes. There are threes by a cutter coming off a screen. There are threes

February 21, 2018 - Carbondale, IL, USA - Loyola Ramblers head coach Porter Moser instructs players during practice for a game against the Southern Illinois Salukis on February 21, 2018, in Carbondale, Ill. (Credit Image: © John J. Kim/TNS via ZUMA Wire)

More Than Just Talk: Building Communication on Defense

Ideas, drills and an overall plan for developing good communication habits on the defensive end of the court. *This is Part 2 of a 3-part series. Check out Part 1 on Why Team Communication is Important, and Part 3 on Offensive Communication. When discussing communication in basketball, most coaches immediately focus on the defensive side of

November 17, 2017 - Storrs, CT, USA - Connecticut Huskies head coach Geno Auriemma has a word with guard Crystal Dangerfield (5) during action against California at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, Conn., on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017. UConn won, 82-47. (Credit Image: © Brad Horrigan/TNS via ZUMA Wire)

More Than Just Talk: Building Communication With Your Team

Communication is a basketball skill just like any other, which coaches can develop by emphasizing in practice. *This is Part 1 of a 3-part series. Read Part 2 on Defensive Communication and Part 3 on Offensive Communication. If you’ve coached long enough, you’ve probably run into multiple situations where one of your players failed to

January 17, 2018 - Washington, DC, USA - 2018017 - Villanova guard DONTE DIVINCENZO (10) and Villanova guard COLIN GILLESPIE (2) apply a trap on Georgetown guard JAGAN MOSELY (4) in the first half at Capital One Arena in Washington. (Credit Image: © Chuck Myers/ZUMA Wire)

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

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