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March 20, 2013 - Lexington, KY, USA - Butler head coach Brad Stevens answers questions during a news conference as the team prepares for the second round of the NCAA Tournament in Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky, on Wednesday, March 20, 2013. Butler plays Bucknell on Thursday. (Credit Image: © Pablo Alcala/TNS/ZUMAPRESS.com)

Goal Coaching: “Plan the Work, Then Work the Plan”

Goal Coaching: “Plan the Work, Then Work the Plan”

Setting goals can be daunting, but these goal coaching tips will help you prepare and achieve yours this year. 2019! Can you believe it? It’s here. And yet, it seems like at the beginning of every year, we say the year out loud and exclaim, “I can’t believe it’s (insert year). Where did last year go?” In fact,

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Coaching Development: How to Spend Winter Break as an Intern

How does an intern invest in coaching development? Hit the road to build relationships, learn the game, and embrace the process. Hello #FastModelFamily! It’s your favorite intern, Matt Barnthouse. To be upfront with you, it’s my dream to work in basketball, particularly at the college level. At the moment, I am a graduate student that

June 3, 2018 - Madrid, Community of Madrid, España - Real Madrid's Rudy Fernandez (C) in action against Herbalife Gran Canaria's Xavi Rabaseda and Nikola Radicevic during the Liga Endesa first semifinal series match between Real Madrid and Gran Canaria at the Wizink Center in Madrid, Spain, 03 June 2018. (Credit Image: © Kiko Huesca/EFE via ZUMA Press)

Pin Down Series: How Real Madrid Creates Open Shots

Down screen, pin down or coming off screen – whatever you call it, Real Madrid creates numerous open looks with the action. The reigning EuroLeague Champion, Real Madrid, are looking for a second title in a row. This season the squad is off to a great start in league play, currently sitting in second place just behind Fenerbahce

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#NBAXmas – The Best Plays from Christmas Day

We handed over our Twitter account to contributor Tony Miller to cover the best plays from NBA Christmas Day games. And he didn’t disappoint. Coach Miller not only shared his favorite #XsOs including BLOBs, SLOBs and ATOs, but also pointed out some great concepts and trends used by the elite NBA teams. Make sure to

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

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

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 & Basketball: Maui Invitational Top 10 Plays

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

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

November 8, 2018 - Assago, Milano, Italia - Foto Spada/LaPresse.8 novembre 2018 Assago (MI) Italia .sport .basket .AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milano vs Cska Mosca.Eurolega Turkish Airline 2018/2019 - Mediolanum Forum.Nella foto : james..Photo Spada/LaPresse.November 8, 2018 Assago (MI) Italy.sport.basket .AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milano vs Cska Moscow.Euroleague Turkish Airline 2018/2019 - Mediolanum Forum.in the pic:  james (Credit Image: © Spada/Lapresse via ZUMA Press)

Euroleague Recap: Olimpia Milano PNR Breakdown

One of the top offenses in the Euroleague, Olimpia Milano excels at PNR situations no matter what type of defense it faces. Olimpia Milano had a great start to the Euroleague season with a 3-1 record (which includes a big away win against Olympiakos Piraeus) and an intermediate spot in playoff at the end of

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