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Basketball Play - Virginia BLOB 1-4 Low

Virginia BLOB 1-4 Low

Dana Beszczynski 11/21/2013

The University of Virginia ran this 1-4 BLOB action against VCU. With the flex screen, the play has a quick hitting action to it off the inbounds pass and the pin down screen-the-screener action gives the shooter a chance to get off an open shot if the defense miscommunicates on the flex cut Here, the PG does a good job reading the defender and gets into the lane off the dribble. See More

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Basketball Play - VCU Over / Under  Middle Ball Screen

VCU Over / Under Middle Ball Screen

Dana Beszczynski 11/20/2013

The variety of sets VCU runs in a single game gives their offense a chance to score on every possession. What makes the VCU Rams such a tough team is their execution in the half court and the ability for their guards to handle the ball. In this set, you have the Over / Under cut whch can be used to set-up your shooter or get post entry off the diagonal backscreen for the 4 man. VCU also does a good job reading the defense with quick ball reversal, they are able to finish the set with a middle ball screen setting up penetration in the lane causing the defense to rotate. Shaka Smart is an innovative Coach who puts his players in the best positions to score in their half court offense. See More

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Basketball Play - VCU Weave

VCU Weave

Dana Beszczynski 11/19/2013

VCU Head Coach Shaka Smart was one of the hottest coaching names in the off-season, but showed his true loyalty to the program that he has built into a yearly power. This year Smart returns a line-up with experience and their offense is enjoyable and entertaining to watch. This Weave action really does a good job using the flare screen, good cutting actions, and a ball screen at the end to set-up a wide open 3 pt shot in the corner. VCU's quickness at the guard positions gives defenses nightmares with their ability to breakdown 1 v 1 off the dribble. See More

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Basketball Play - MSU BLOB Double


Dana Beszczynski 11/18/2013

This BLOB was run by MSU to get their PG Trice a shot off the inbounds action. What made this possible was the miscommunication between the two defenders guarding Harris & Trice. They got caught in a switch and Trice's defender got pinned behind the screen giving the inbounder a clear pass off the double screen to the shooter. See More

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Basketball Play - MSU 1-4 High Lob

MSU 1-4 High Lob

Dana Beszczynski 11/16/2013

The Michigan State Spartans played the Kentucky Wildcats on Tueday night in the Champions Classic at the United Center in Chicago. This was an early season match-up of numbers 1 & 2 in the polls. Kentucky came in with a vaunted recruiting class and the two coach's are surely one day too be in the Hall of Fame. This play was run by Tom Izzo's Spartans when they needed a basket. It is a well designed play out of the 1-4 High Set. What makes this play so effective is the weak side cutting action eliminating any helpside defender. The key to this play is the screen from the 5 man on the PG's defender. Here the 5 man sets a perfect screen on x1 setting up the pass from 4 for 1 who puts in the lay-up. See More

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Basketball Play - Wisconsin Transition Post

Wisconsin Transition Post

Dana Beszczynski 11/16/2013

Bo RyanÄs Badgers ran this play out of Transition Good set with a lot of initial movement Cross screen in the lane free's the possible post entry pass from the wing and then the screen-the-screener action gives the possibility for an open jump shot at the top of the key The Badgers are a team with very good 3 pt shooters and their plays utilize such good spacing and screening actions that they get good looks See More

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Basketball Play - 4 High Series Marquette

4 High Series Marquette

Dana Beszczynski 11/15/2013

Marquette Head Coach Buzz Williams ran the 4 High Series and this is an easy to use set for all levels. There is a good over the top action to being freeing up the 2 man on the wing who can look to drive if the defense gets hung up in the screen. Second, they run a good UCLA action for the PG who cuts to the basket looking for a possible pass. You get a ball reversal and baseline screen for 1 who comes out looking for his shot or post entry to 5 sealing in. There is a Zipper action for the 3 man who cuts off 5 to the basket looking for a quick hit lob pass or direct lay-up. The play ends with a SPNR between 5 & 1 and the spacing is excellent coming off the screen as the shooters spot up on the wing and corner, 4 dives to the weak side block. A great all around set with multiple options! See More

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Basketball Play - Badger Stagger 2

Badger Stagger 2

Dana Beszczynski 11/14/2013

This is an interesting play run out of Transition by Wisconsin in their game against Billy Donovans Florida Gators. It starts with a dribble entry clearing the wing to the opposite side to set the 1st of 2 stagger screens for the 2 man The post man steps off the elbow into a SPNP action The PG comes off the ball screen with two different options or can drive the open side See More

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Basketball Play - Horns Lob Set Lokomotiv Urban Krasnodar

Horns Lob Set Lokomotiv Urban Krasnodar

Dana Beszczynski 11/13/2013

This is a play from the Lokomotiv Urban Krasnodar vs Panathinaikos Athens in the Euroleague on Friday night. It is a great Horns set vs M2M utilizing a middle screen at the end for a lob pass or backdoor lay-up opportunity. This set does a good job of taking away weak side help by clearing the wing setting up the middle screen and pass option at the basket Panathinaikos has won the Euroleague 6x's and is one of the most storied clubs in Europe. Lokomotiv was founded back in 1946 and has been in the city of Krasnodar since 2009. See More

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Basketball Play - OPEN


Dana Beszczynski 11/12/2013

This is a set which was used by the Duke Blue Devils in order to get the ball inside to their 5 man Duke really does a good job emphasizing spacing by using the 3 pt line and their shooters are in a perfect position for a kick-out pass to the weak side The diagonal back screen sets up a quick hit for 4 in the post and the action continues with 5 screening on the wing lifting 4 off the block to the wing for a possible inside pass to 5 on the throw back from 2 Coach K's sets really make the players "read" the game and take advantage of the what the defense gives them See More

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Basketball Play - Side PNR Pop

Side PNR Pop

Dana Beszczynski 11/09/2013

Tbis is a set play run by the Pittsburg Panthers in their pre-season game against Slippery Rock. It is a low stack action utilizing the side PNR. What makes this play so effective is the slip action by the 4 man and the 5 coming right in behind setting a good ball screen. With 5 rolling to the basket, x4's defender is forced to help leaving 4 wide open in the corner for the throwback pass and subsequent open 3 pt shot. Jamie Dixon does a good job with his offensive sets and this play is an effective way to read the defense and take advantage of a help situation. See More

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Basketball Play - Brose Baskets Bamberg Late Game SLOB

Brose Baskets Bamberg Late Game SLOB

Dana Beszczynski 11/04/2013

This is the winning shot hit last night by Casey Jacobsen for the Brosebaskets Bamberg of Germany in their Euroleague match-up against Anadolu Efes Istanbul from Turkey. With the victory, Bamberg improves to 2-1 in their group. Jacobsen left the Stanford Cardinals in 2002 and played 3 years with the Phoenix Suns in the NBA. He had a short stint with the New Orleans Hornets before going overseas to play with Baskonia Vittoria.of Spain. From there he went to play with Bamberg leading them to the 2007 German Bundesliga Title. He spent one season with Bamberg before returning stateside to play with the Memphis Grizzlies before returning overseas to Germany to play with storied club Alba Berlin. Since 2009, Jacobsen has been back with the Brosebaskets Bamberg leading them to 4 Titles. Head Coach Chris Fleming is a graduate of the University of Richmond and has success at every stop he's been at in Germany as a Head Coach. This is a well designed play especially with the screen on the inbounder enabling the penetration and kick action. See More

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Basketball Play - Slovenia Box 1

Slovenia Box 1

Dana Beszczynski 10/03/2013

Slovenia's focal point of their offense during this year's European Championship was Goran Dragic who plays in the NBA for the Phoenix Suns. This is a simple box set and with good reading by the 4 man before 1 cuts into the lane, he attacks the open side drawing the foul. A good isolation set for a stronger player who can post-up and take advantage of a good match-up. See More

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Basketball Play - Finland Post 78

Finland Post 78

Dana Beszczynski 10/02/2013

Henrik Dettman was serving his second stint as Team Finland Head Coach and his team beat Greece, Russia and Turkey at this year's European Championship in Slovenia. Finland ran this to isolate their naturalized American Lee in the post and with a play ending backscreen, if the defense looks to double, the man is open on the weak side for a wide open lay-up See More

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