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Las Vegas Aces center A'ja Wilson (22) being guarded by Los Angeles Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike (30) during the Las Vegas Aces vs Los Angeles Sparks game at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Ca on July 1, 2018. (Photo by Jevone Moore)(Credit Image: © Jevone Moore/CSM via ZUMA Wire)

Las Vegas Aces XsOs: Part 3 – Pinch Post Actions

Las Vegas Aces XsOs: Part 3 – Pinch Post Actions

An inside look at the XsOs of one of the WNBA’s most exciting teams, the Las Vegas Aces, to kick off the season which begins on May 24. Full Series: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 4 The meat and potatoes of the Las Vegas Aces offensive attack lies in its Pinch Post Series. With the

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Las Vegas Aces XsOs: Part 2 – Baseline Double Cross

An inside look at the XsOs of one of the WNBA’s most exciting teams, the Las Vegas Aces, to kick off the season which begins on May 24. Full Series: Part 1 | Part 3 | Part 4 The Las Vegas Aces run two base offenses that have numerous options to get great looks at

Texas Tech's Norense Odiase, left, and Virginia's Mamadi Diakite battle for a rebound during the first half in the championship of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Monday, April 8, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Crash the Glass: Making a Case for Offensive Rebounding

There is no doubt that offensive rebounding can aid your overall efficiency as an offense. It creates extra opportunities for an offense and can produce high quality looks versus a scrambling defense. For teams that do not shoot the ball particularly well it would seem that offensive rebounding should take on an even more important role. They would seem to need those extra opportunities in order to maintain the kind of offensive efficiency that is necessary to win games.

March 8, 2019: Virginia Tech Hokies coach Buzz Williams call a play during NCAA basketball action between the Miami (Fl) Hurricanes and the Virginia Tech Hokies at Cassell Coliseum Blacksburg, VA. Virginia Tech defeats Miami (Fl) 84 -70. Jonathan Huff/CSM(Credit Image: © Jonathan Huff/CSM via ZUMA Wire)

NCAA Tournament: Viewing Guide by Style of Play

No matter what type of basketball you prefer to watch, the NCAA Tournament has it. Here’s who to watch based on style of play. The beauty of the NCAA Tournament is that it has something to offer for everyone. Upsets, check. Blue-bloods, check. Great defense, check. Creative plays, check. Whatever you are looking for, the tournament

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

March 25, 2018 - Boston, MA, U.S. - BOSTON, MA - MARCH 25: Villanova guard Jalen Brunson (1) and Villanova guard Donte DiVincenzo (10) signal the play during an Elite Eight matchup between the Villanova Wildcats and the Texas Tech Red Raiders on March 25, 2018, at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Wildcats defeated the Red Raiders 71-59. (Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire) (Credit Image: © Fred Kfoury Iii/Icon SMI via ZUMA Press)

Final Four: Villanova Wildcats – Numbers Behind the Dominance

The Villanova Wildcats have handled opponents all season with elite shooting and rebounding, and the NCAA Tournament has been no different.  Villanova’s consistency has gotten the Wildcats to this point – another Final Four with a shot at a National Championship. Will they need something extra than what they’ve shown in the tournament so far

Top Articles of 2017

Top 10 Coaching Articles of 2017

Anyone else feel like 2017 was a blur? In the coaching business, every year goes fast. As we wrap things up, it’s a great time for reflection. It was a year of strong growth for this blog which makes us very proud. We added some phenomenal contributors to our roster in 2017, so a big thank you

October 29, 2017 - Salt Lake City, UT, Estados Unidos - Utah Jazz guard Ricky Rubio (3) high fives his teammates guard Rodney Hood (5) and guard Joe Johnson (6) as center Rudy Gobert (27) looks on during the first half of an NBA game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah, 28 October 2017. (Credit Image: © George Frey/EFE via ZUMA Press)

The New Era of Basketball Stats: Balancing Analytics and the Eye Test

The Myth of Advanced Stats When I tell people outside of the world of basketball of my experience in “basketball analytics” they often have no idea what that means. I used to explain that it’s like “Moneyball” but for basketball. I’m increasingly hesitant to use this analogy though, because I’ve realized “Moneyball” presents a false

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Support Staff Series, Vol. 5: Q&A with Ben Sander

This fall, FastModel Sports is excited to feature a Support Staff Series of Q&A interviews to show a little love to those coaches who aren’t in the spotlight and don’t sit in the first row of the bench on game day. These are the staff members that work behind the scenes making sure every single

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DNA of a Stat: Evaluate Player Contributions with Plus-Minus

DNA of a Stat: Evaluate Player Contributions with Plus-Minus by Dan Hoppen was originally published by Hudl at hudl.com/blog What better way to find a player’s value than examining whether the team wins or loses when he’s on the court? That’s the power of plus-minus. During a nationally televised game against the Knicks on March 5, ABC’s cameras

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