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Final Four Preview: Virginia Brings Elite Efficiency on Both Sides of the Ball

Final Four Preview: Virginia Brings Elite Efficiency on Both Sides of the Ball

Head Coach Tony Bennett has Virginia in the Final Four behind the clear concepts that power the Cavaliers offense and defense. Final Four Team Previews: Texas Tech | Michigan State | Auburn Even though the Virginia Cavaliers spent the entire season near the top of the polls, they were probably the #1 seed that was

December 9, 2018 - Spartanburg, SC, U.S. - SPARTANBURG, SC - DECEMBER 09: Storm Murphy (5) guard of Wofford advances the ball during a college basketball game between Costal Carolina Chanticleers and Wofford College Terriers on December 9, 2018 at Jerry Richardson Indoor Stadium in Spartanburg, S.C.  (Photo by John Byrum/Icon Sportswire) (Credit Image: © John Byrum/Icon SMI via ZUMA Press)

NCAA Tournament: Mid-Major Teams Poised to Make Noise

Which mid-major team will bust brackets in this year’s NCAA Tournament? Here’s a look at four candidates poised to pull off upsets. One of my favorite things about the NCAA tournament is seeing how smaller programs stack up against schools from the power conferences. Mid-major teams don’t often get the same publicity as their much larger opponents, but each year

September 28, 2018 - Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S. - Roberto E. RosalesJournal.The UNM Lobos basketball team held their first practice Friday afternoon with several newcomers joining the team.  Pictured from left to right are Anthony Mathis(Cq), Clay Patterson(Cq) Drue Drinnon(Cq)Keith McGee(Cq) as they listen to assistant coach Brandon Mason(Cq) on the far right. .Albuquerque, New Mexico  (Credit Image: © Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal via ZUMA Wire)

More Than Just Talk: Building Communication on Offense

The benefits of better offensive communication, along with role responsibilities, practice ideas and drills to improve this area. *This is the final part in a 3-part series. Check out previous posts: Building Communication With Your Team | Building Communication on Defense Although the defensive side of the floor usually gets most of the focus when

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

April 29, 2018 - Cleveland, OH, USA - Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James does a handshake with teammate J.R. Smith before the start of Game 7 against the Indiana Pacers during the Eastern Conference First Round series on Sunday, April 29, 2018 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cavs won the game, 105-101. (Credit Image: © Leah Klafczynski/TNS via ZUMA Wire)

NBA Finals Team Preview: Cleveland Cavaliers

LeBron James has led the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 4th consecutive NBA Finals appearance, and the offense flows through him every possession. There were many times throughout the 2017-18 NBA season where it looked like this could be the year for a new Eastern Conference representative in the Finals. However, the Cleveland Cavaliers were able to

PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 5: Al Horford #42 of the Boston Celtics drives to the basket against Dario Saric #9 of the Philadelphia 76ers in the second quarter during Game Three of the Eastern Conference Second Round of the 2018 NBA Playoff at Wells Fargo Center on May 5, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Celtics defeated the 76ers 101-98. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

Celtics-Sixers Game 3: A Lesson in Late Game Situations

The execution at the end of Game 3 between the Celtics and 76ers was a coaching lesson in late game situations. This year’s NBA Playoff second round match-up between the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers, the #2 and #3 seeds in the Eastern Conference, respectively, has been much closer than the Celtics 3-0 lead would

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

Loyola-Chicago’s 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 Porter

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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,

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