#Top25XsOs: Creighton, Tennessee, Michigan State, Texas Tech, WVU

By Matt Wheeler

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The NCAA men’s college basketball season tips of on Nov. 25 so we’re celebrating with a #Top25XsOs series. Next up, teams ranked 15-11.

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#15 West Virginia Mountaineers

West Virginia runs multiple sets out of their “X” alignment with a two-guard front. These sets utilize the playmaking and screening ability of big man returnees Derek Culver and Oscar Tshiebwe.


X Lob Shuffle Stagger

#14 Texas Tech Red Raiders

The Red Raiders will run primarily a motion offense but they like to use these “Stack” sets to get their guards going. They will be looking to get Mac McLung, their highly sought-after transfer from Georgetown, some open looks out of them.

Stack Rip Pindown

Stack Runner

#13 Michigan State Spartans

Tom Izzo is a big fan of plays out of the “Elbow” set. These plays start their bigs out on the perimeter but often get them good looks off screens at the basket. [Video Playbook: MSU Transition Offense]

Elbow Away STS

Elbow Away Pindown

#12 Tennessee Volunteers

In both of these plays, the Volunteers start with a “Floppy” action, which is usually to get the ball to a guard. They then use secondary actions to pound the ball inside to their post players.

Floppy Punch

Floppy DHO High Low

#11 Creighton Bluejays

The Bluejays lose their leading scorer but return their next five to what should be a balanced scoring attack. They use both of these plays to allow their guards create plays for themselves or others off of screening actions.

Stack PNR Away

Delay Pin DHO

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Matt Wheeler

Matt Wheeler is currently an assistant coach for the women's basketball program at Daytona State College. Some of his primary responsibilities there include film breakdown and scouting. For the last 4 seasons he has helped to build a new program at Windermere High School, where they were able to reach the state final four in the school's second year of existence. Before that Coach Wheeler served 6 seasons at Olympia High School where he spent time as assistant boys varsity coach, head girls varsity coach, and head boys varsity coach. During his tenure there he saw 5 players reach the Division 1 level and 16 players receive basketball scholarships. Previously, Coach Wheeler was an assistant coach at Montverde Academy under then head coach Kevin Sutton. While at Montverde Academy he assisted with player development, conditioning programs and created team playbooks & scouting reports. Coach Wheeler's experience also includes winning the 2008 3A Girls Basketball Florida State Championship as an assistant at Bishop Moore Catholic High School. Coach Wheeler was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. He got his coaching start at Cascade College where he was the student assistant for the women’s basketball program while also participating on the men’s JV basketball team. Coach Wheeler resides in Orlando, Florida with his wife Kiana and his baby girl Noa.

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