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With the FIBA EuroBasket tournament underway in Slovenia and with six spots available for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup, we’ll look at some offensive and defensive strategies from this tournament. Follow along on ESPN3.
Latvia opened up their 2013 EuroBasket campaign with a convincing 11 point win over Bosnia and Herzegovina. They showed some very nice sets in their offense and showed creativity and discipline to get some easy baskets near the rim.
In the middle of the first quarter, Latvia opened up a half court set in a formation that closely resembles the HORNS formation, with two big men at the elbows and two guards in the corners. The point guard dribbles the ball to the right wing to initiate the action, while the big men set pindown screens for the guards.
With the FIBA Americas tournament underway in Venezuela, with four spots available for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup, we’ll look at some offensive and defensive strategies from this tournament. Follow along on ESPN3.
Canada opened up the FIBA Americas tournament with a 85-64 win over Jamaica that was close at two points in the second half, but Canada controlled most of the game. They showed that they will be reliant on offensive sets to get good shots and they may have the best executed offensive sets of any team in the tournament.
With Jamaica opening up in a zone, Canada took quick advantage of this by getting Andy Rautins an open corner three. Once Canada recognizes the defense is in a zone, Cory Joseph passes the ball to Rautins on the wing and cuts through to the corner.
The left block defender sees this and points out the cutter. Joseph cuts through and receives the ball on the right wing. Tristan Thompson then initiates a ball screen against the zone while Andy Rautins cuts baseline behind Joseph.
After coaching at Princeton for nearly 20 years in both an assistant and the head coach, Bill Carmody installed a Princeton offense at Northwestern after taking the job in 2000. This shapes up to be his best year yet at the school, as he attempts to lead the Wildcats to their first NCAA appearance. The offense is humming, averaging over 1.1 points per possession, good for 24th in the nation (prior to the Penn State game). The offense is built around a passing big man at the high post, with cuts off the ball and plenty of three point shots. This set encompasses all three of those aspects of the offense for a successful possession.
After resetting the play, Northwestern enters the ball into Luka Mirkovic at the high post as Dave Sobolewski makes the pass. After making the entry pass to the high post, the passer usually cuts through the lane toward the opposite block before clearing out to the weak side corner. Sobolewski feigns this cut, which causes his defender to sag off him to take away a pass from Mirkovic.
However, instead of finishing his cut, Sobolewski suspends his cut and sets a screen for Drew Crawford, who will use this screen to curl to the top of the key.
BYU got beat down by St. Mary’s in their opening WCC game but it was BYU who threw the first jab by scoring easily on the first possession. St. Mary’s is an undersized team and BYU took advantage of this by isolating Noah Hartsock in the post against Rob Jones. Let’s breakdown how it got to that point.
After controlling the opening tip, Matt Carlino enters the ball to Brandon Davies at the high post. Brock Zylstra then curls from the right wing to receive the handoff from Davies as Carlino clears out to the left wing. Meanwhile, Hartsock begins walking Jones down to the block,where he will seal him after Zylsta receives the handoff.
Not much went right on offense for Nebraska on offense against Wisconsin, as they were held to only 0.78 points per possession in their Big 10 debut game. However, they opened the game well with a well-executed set on their opening possession. Let’s break down how they got an open three point shot.
The play opens with a ball screen set for Brandon Richardson by Toney McCray. Richardson uses the screen to get to the top of the key but does not look to create his own offense off the ball screen. This gets Ryan Evans to hedge on the screen, opening up a lane for Bo Spencer to cut to the corner.
Kansas State frustrated Long Beach State with their tenacious defense all game in the championship matchup of the Diamond Head Classic, frustrating LBSU into 36.8% shooting and allowing the 49ers to score only 0.95 points per possession. While they struggled most of the game on the offensive side of the ball, LBSU was able to find an opening on this play to get an easy layup early in the second half.
The play, after LBSU inbounds the play in the frontcourt, begins with a ball screen for Casper Ware by T.J. Robinson. This is not designed for Ware to use the ball screen but to get Robinson’s defender to hedge on Ware, putting him a step behind Robinson. Robinson’s defender does not hedge too hard, as Robinson does not hold the screen long enough to make it look like a dangerous pick and roll.
Robinson then cuts toward the baseline, where he will receive a screen on the block. Ware comes off the screen by Robinson and swings the ball around the perimeter, where it will eventually land in the corner.
With 10:38 left in the game, Wake Forest came out of a timeout down four points, with UNC-Wilmington on a 22- 7 run after Wake had opened a nine point lead six minutes earlier. The Demon Deacons desperately needed a basket on this possession and Jeff Bzdelik was able to dial-up a quick hitter play to get Chase Fischer open for a three point shot.
Fischer begins the play by inbounding the ball to CJ Harris at the top of the key. Fischer then steps onto the court and takes a dribble handoff from Harris to replace him at the top of the key, with Harris setting up on the wing for the return pass from Fischer.
In this edition of the digital chalkboard, we have a set from South Carolina, where their first option was defended but they were able to execute their second option for an open dunk. Let’s break it down.
The first option is a double screen at the foul line for Damien Leonard. Leonard sets a screen, then uses the double screen to flash to the top of the key and look for the jump shot. Neither of the screens are set very well and with William Buford trailing the screen, he is able to take away this first option and deny the pass to Leonard rather easily.
Doug Gottlieb did a fine job of breaking down this play during the game but I wanted to add some of my own thoughts to it as well as give someone a second (or maybe first) chance to watch this great alleyoop play from Harvard. The added backscreen by Harvard added an extra dimension to the play to give Kyle Casey the extra room to complete the play.
The play begins with a ball screen at the top of the key between Casey and the ball handler, Brandyn Curry. As Harvard expected, Andre Drummond hedged on the screen to cut off Curry. This would allow Casey to roll to the rim and look for the pass from Curry. As an added wrinkle, Harvard sends Oliver McNally to set a backscreen for Casey on Drummond, to slow Drummond down as he recovers off the hedge.
Duke scored several times out of timeouts in their win against Tennessee, many of the plays being ran for Ryan Kelly, who finished the game with 17 points. This play is probably the best of them, as it used Andre Dawkins as a decoy to get Kelly open for a three point shot.
The initial action is a staggered screen set by Miles Plumlee and Kelly for Dawkins. While Seth Curry would feed the ball to Dawkins if he was open, the spacing between Curry and Dawkins coming off the screen shows that Curry is not looking for Dawkins, as he is too close to him to make the pass as he comes off the screen. Also, Duke has to assume Tennessee is going to hedge on the screen, which sets up the more favorable option.
Dwight Miller shows on the screen set by Kelly to take away the curl by Dawkins. With Miller floating away from Kelly, Plumlee sets a fade screen for Kelly to move away from Miller toward the wing. Miller slid several steps to defend Dawkins and will have trouble recovering to Kelly.
Plumlee does not screen Miller, although he does force Miller to go around him, but he does not have to do a great job of setting the screen since Miller committed so strongly to defending Dawkins. This meant Miller was not able to close out on Kelly in time and Kelly is able to knock down the open shot.
Coming out of a timeout, Duke had the perfect play call to get Kelly the open shot. By running Dawkins off a staggered screen initially, they forced the defense to shift to take away this action but the primary read was for Kelly using the fade screen. Tennessee overcommitted to defending the staggered screen which gave Kelly space to shoot.