Author Archives: Tony Miller

March 24, 2019 - Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S - Texas Tech Red Raiders players set up a zone defense after a timeout in the second round game between the Buffalo Bulls and the Texas Tech Red Raiders at the BOK Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma. (Credit Image: © Scott Stuart/ZUMA Wire)

Final Four Preview: Texas Tech Defense Puts Opponents on Red Alert

Final Four Preview: Texas Tech Defense Puts Opponents on Red Alert

A look into the defensive principles and philosophies behind 3-seed Texas Tech’s impressive run to the Final Four. Final Four Team Previews: Auburn | Virginia | Michigan State Going into this year’s tournament, it was the Virginia Cavaliers’ defense that had everyone talking. But heading into college basketball’s final weekend, all the chatter is about

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Ball Screen Defense: Analyzing Effective Methods

Experimenting with a new ball screen defense in addition to your primary strategy could have huge benefits for your team. What is your team’s primary method for defending a ball screen? I recently asked that question via Twitter poll. What is your team’s primary method for defending a ball screen? (If vote is “other,” please specify.)

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The Benefits of Developing a Rebounding System

A rebounding analysis of where the ball actually lands, and how to ensure your players are grabbing as many boards as possible. Remember watching players like Charles Barkley, Dennis Rodman, and Ben Wallace dominate the boards in the 90s and 00s? Of course you do, because you still bring up their names multiple times a season

April 2, 2018 - San Antonio, Texas, USA - Villanova head basketball coach Jay Wright celebrates during the net-cutting ceremony after defeating Michigan in the NCAA National Championship basketball game of the NCAA Final Four tournament at the Alamodome on Monday, Apr. 2, 2018. The Wildcats defeated the Wolverines, 79-62, to win their third overall national title and the second in three years. (Credit Image: © Kin Man Hui/San Antonio Express-News via ZUMA Wire)

NCAA Preseason Top 25 XsOs – Teams 6-10

College basketball is here, and we’re tipping it off with a series of top plays from the Top 25 teams. Hallelujah, college basketball has returned! When the 2019 Preseason AP Top 25 poll was released, of course we had to round up TeamFastModel contributors to submit top plays from each team in the rankings, all to share

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Here’s Why You Need FastDraw iPad This Season

FastDraw iPad is fun, convenient, user friendly and travels well to clinics – check out a free trial today. If you’re reading this, then chances are you’re already a regular FastDraw user. But for the 10K Desktop version users, many of you may not be taking full advantage of FastDraw iPad (You can save $ by purchasing

January 16, 2018: South Carolina Gamecocks guard Hassani Gravett (2) defends the drive by Kentucky Wildcats guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (22) in the SEC Basketball matchup at Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, SC. (Scott Kinser/Cal Sport Media)(Credit Image: © Scott Kinser/CSM via ZUMA Wire)

So You Want to Be a College Basketball Player?

Some quick advice on what it takes to be an impact college basketball player from a Division III basketball coach.  “There’s a difference between being a college basketball player and being an impact college basketball player.” Every spring, I enjoy scrolling through my social media feed looking at all the college commitments by graduating student-athletes

March 25, 2018 - Omaha, NE U.S. - Kansas Jayhawks guard Devonte' Graham #4 in action during the Elite 8, Midwest Regional, NCAA men's basketball game between #2 Duke Blue Devils and #1 Kansas Jayhawks at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, NE..Attendance:17579.Kansas Won 85-81 OT.Jimmy Rash/Cal Sport Media(Credit Image: © Jimmy Rash/CSM via ZUMA Wire)

Final Four – The Kansas Jayhawks’ X Factor

The combination of great offense and talented players makes Kansas arguably the most consistent team in the NCAA the last decade plus. Thirty-one wins. Another Big 12 regular season championship. A Big 12 tournament championship. And the latest – a trip to the Final Four. Oh, and this was supposed to be a down year

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Coach: Simple Suggestions for Improved Practice

In the quest for more effective basketball practices, the answer lies in simplicity, engagement, evaluation and positivity. Every coach understands it’s not what happens in games that determines the outcome of a season. It’s what happens during the practices leading up to games. Here are four simple suggestions to make sure you’re getting most of those

December 19, 2017 - December 19, 2017 - Braydon HOBBS ( 15, FCB), FCBB - Coach Aleksandar Sasa DJORDJEVIC (FCB) und Reggie REDDING ( 15, FCB). Basketball, FC Bayern (FCB) - Buducnost VOLI Podgorica (POD), Euro Cup, Gruppe B, 9.Runde, Saison 2017/2018, am 19.12.2017 in Muenchen / A U D I D O M E / Deutschland. *** Braydon HOBBS 15 FCB FCBB coach Aleksandar Sasa DJORDJEVIC FCB and Reggie REDDING 15 FCB basketball FC Bayern FCB Buducnost VOLI Podgorica POD Euro Cup Gruppe B-9 round season 2017 2018 on 19 12 2017 in Munich A U D I D O M E Germany x20171219_106x (Credit Image: © Imago via ZUMA Press)

4 Keys to Developing Mental Toughness

“Mental toughness is having the natural or developed psychological edge that enables you to generally cope better than your opponents with the many demands (competition, training, lifestyle); specifically, be more consistent and better than your opponents in remaining determined, focused, confident, and in control under pressure.”* The late John Wooden once said, “You can’t have

The BJU Bruins vs Trinity College in the men's basketball regional championship. Photo by Kayla Pierce 2017. Courtesy of Tony Miller

What it Means to be “Champions Today”

Several years ago, our coaching staff chose the phrase “Champions Today” as our program’s motto for that season. Throughout the year, people would ask what exactly “Champions Today” meant. Some figured we were placing an added emphasis on winning, while others thought it had something to do with the pursuit of a championship. In actuality, the phrase

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