Beaches & Basketball: Maui Invitational Top 10 Plays

By Dave Nedbalek

November 17, 2018 - Arizona Wildcats guard Brandon Williams #2 drives by Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Zach Norvell Jr. #23 during a Maui Invitational game between the Gonzaga Bulldogs and the Arizona Wildcats at the Lahaina Civic Center in Lahaina, Maui, HI - Michael Sullivan/CSM(Credit Image: © Michael Sullivan/CSM via ZUMA Wire)

Beaches and basketball – the Maui Invitational has them both! Coach Dave Nedbalek shares the best sets he saw.

One of college basketball’s premier tournaments, the Maui Invitational always provides quality entertainment as top teams face off early in the season. I enjoy seeing teams that would not match-up otherwise, as it pits different styles against each other on quick scouting turnarounds. Also, at the beginning of the season where teams are still figuring out their identities, which also is fun to watch come together, and then see how they are the same or different come March.

The 2018 edition was no different with quality entertainment plus XsOs! Here are my top 10 plays from the event.

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1. Gonzaga – Floppy Circle Hit

Gonzaga Floppy Circle Hit

2. Auburn – Shuffle Punch

Auburn Shuffle Punch

3. San Diego State – Shuffle Stagger Again

SDSU Shuffle Stagger Again

4. Illinois – Philly Smash Spread

Illinois Philly Smash Spread

5. Gonzaga – “Miami” X

Gonzaga Miami X

6. Iowa State – 2-3 Zone Stack

Iowa State 2-3 Zone Stack

7. Auburn – Wave 4

Auburn Wave 4

8. San Diego State – Over Curl Chase

Michigan Over Curl Chase

9. Auburn – Veer Lift Go

Auburn Veer Lift Go

10. San Diego State – Horns Wide Smash

SDSU Horns Wide Smash

For more Gonzaga plays, hit up FMS contributor Jordan Petersen’s PlayBank page as he was locked into the Bulldogs championship game vs Duke.


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Dave Nedbalek

Dave Nedbalek is currently the Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at The University of Texas at Tyler (D3). Check out the FMS PlayBank for all of his submitted sets, and follow him on Twitter: @DaveNedbalekUTT
November 17, 2018 – Arizona Wildcats guard Brandon Williams #2 drives by Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Zach Norvell Jr. #23 during a Maui Invitational game between the Gonzaga Bulldogs and the Arizona Wildcats at the Lahaina Civic Center in Lahaina, Maui, HI – Michael Sullivan/CSM(Credit Image: © Michael Sullivan/CSM via ZUMA Wire)
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