Last week featured a total of 14 wins by Championship Productions authors over top 25 teams! Let’s take a look back and highlight some of the best victories of the week.
Congrats to the following coaches and teams!
No. 6 Kansas Jayhawks 76, No 3. Oklahoma Sooners 72
The rematch of January 4th’s amazing triple overtime game lived up to the hype. The Jayhawks raced out to a 14 point lead in the first half on the road, but Oklahoma stormed back to take the lead just a couple minutes into the second half. In the end, KU edged the Sooners to jump back into a tie at the top of the Big 12 Conference standings.
The key stat of the game was Kansas holding Oklahoma to 33% shooting from the field. Considering the Sooners are one of the best offensive teams in the country, limiting them to 20 made shots on 60 attempts is a great defensive effort from the Jayhawks.
Northern Iowa 53, No. 25 Wichita State 50
Northern Iowa has had some ups and downs this year, but when they play their best, they’ve proved they can beat anyone as shown by their wins over North Carolina and Iowa State earlier in the year. On Saturday, the Panthers added another impressive win to their resume by knocking off Wichita State on the road. The loss by the Shockers snapped their 43-game home winning streak.
Taking a look at the box score in this one, some odd things stand out. Despite winning, Northern Iowa was out-rebounded 48-27 on the glass, including giving up 20 offensive rebounds to Wichita State. The Panthers themselves only grabbed one offensive board all game. The Shockers took 18 more shots from the field than UNI, but both teams ended up draining 20 shots each.
Creighton 70, No. 5 Xavier 56
The Bluejays jumped out to an early lead and never let it evaporate en route to an upset over Big East foe Xavier. The Musketeers had a horrendous shooting night from long range, only connecting on one of their 24 3-pointers.
Additionally, Creighton held Xavier to just 30% shooting from the field. Going 19/26 from the free throw stripe helped the Bluejays keep the lead at an arm’s length all night long. The double-digit margin of victory over a top 5 team is what gives them this week’s final medal.
No. 18 Purdue 82, No. 8 Michigan State 81 – The Boilermakers outlasted the Spartans in overtime and made seven more free throws than MSU attempted.
Indiana 85, No. 4 Iowa 78 – Each team hauled in 19 offensive boards, leading to tons of second-chance opportunities. The Hoosiers made their free throws down the stretch to preserve the victory at home.
Duke 63, No. 7 Virginia 62 – This one ended with a banked-in buzzer-beater in the lane that Virginia fans thought was preceded by a travel and Duke fans thought the shooter was fouled on. No whistle was blown and the Blue Devils picked up a big win in ACC action.
Texas Tech over No. 14 Iowa State and No. 21 Baylor – The Red Raiders took down a pair of ranked opponents this week in Iowa State and Baylor. The game against ISU was a 85-82 overtime victory at home, while the win over Baylor was a 84-66 mauling on the road.
UNI’s identity during the Ben Jacobson era has been all about controlling tempo. In this clip, you’ll learn a ball handling drill that will help guards work on crossing and making a sudden change of direction while handling the ball, allowing them to better dictate the tempo throughout a game.
Drill Summary: Players start in the corner of the court and need one ball each. The goal of the drill is to execute a quick crossover dribble at every pivot point on the court. The path players should take is corner to lane line, lane line to elbow, elbow to opposite elbow, opposite elbow to lane line, lane line to corner, and finally corner to top of the key extended. Once players reach the top of the key extended, they speed dribble across the court and get in the back of the line.
Keys to the Drill:
1) Maintain a low dribble.
2) Go at game speed.
3) Keep your eyes up.
4) Use a variety of crossovers.
This clip came from Championship Productions’ video, “Ben Jacobson: Individual and Team Offensive Drills.” Browse over 900 basketball videos online at ChampionshipProductions.com!
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Ben Jacobson’s teams at Northern Iowa are known for being tough to score on. In this practice drill, the defense is forced to defend at a high level for a full 35 seconds before they can get out of the drill. This is a great drill to build up intensity and competitiveness.
Drill Summary: Split into two teams of five. This is a live drill. The goal is for the defense to prevent the offense from scoring for 35 seconds consecutively. If the offense scores a bucket or gets an offensive rebound, reset the clock back to 35 seconds. If the defense gets a rebound or forces a turnover, stop the clock and give the ball back to the offense. Play until there’s no time left on the clock.
Keys to the Drill:
1) Tight defense.
2) Good box outs.
University of Northern Iowa head coach Ben Jacobson led the Panthers to the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament title in 2015 thanks to an efficient offense and stifling defense. In this drill, you’ll learn how Coach Jacobson teaches his players to defend cuts and baseline drives.
Drill Summary: In this version of the popular shell drill, four players space out evenly around the perimeter and four players start underneath the hoop. The coach throws a ball to the offensive players and the defensive players race to their appropriate defensive spots on the floor. Whenever a pass is made to one of the offensive players in the corner, the wing closest to the ball cuts down the lane towards the hoop and the defensive player works on fronting the cutter. After players have been through the drill once, allow the corner offensive players to drive baseline. When a player drives baseline, their defender forces them to the baseline and the back side defender steps up to cut off the ball. The next lowest defender steps down to take away the baseline pass to the opposite corner and the last defender gets to “center field” where he can see both of the other offensive players.
Keys to the Drill:
1) Front the cutter.
2) Help side position.
Take your practices to another level with these competitive team drills that focus on man-t0-man defensive concepts. Watch your defensive play improve as your squad responds to these demanding but exciting drills. Northern Iowa head men’s basketball coach Ben Jacobson walks you through each drill before letting his players go full speed for multiple reps.
Paint Touch Drill
We start off with this engaging 3-on-3 drill in a half court setting. The goal for defenders: Don’t get beat baseline and keep the ball out of the paint. Look to level it off coming to the middle. Meanwhile, offensive players are working to put the ball in the paint with the dribble. Their goal is to touch the paint as many times as they can OR beat the defense baseline. Your coach should keep track of paint or baseline touches.
Notice that Coach Jacobson places a big emphasis on the angle of approach defensively. Click here to watch Jacobson explain more about this effective individual technique.
Coaching Point: Get your team to rally around charges and loose ball recoveries every time it happens in practice.
How to Turn the Paint Touch Drill into a Competitive Drill:
Give the players 15 seconds per simulation. If the ball gets to the baseline or touches the paint, you count up the points earned. The number of times that happens in the 15 seconds would equate to the number of lines players would have to run.
Seven Point Drill
In this 5-on-5 drill, the defense gets two points for a loose ball recovery or a charge taken and one point for a stop. Meanwhile, the offense gets two points for an offensive rebound, points for any score, and one point if fouled.
The offense has a distinct advantage in this one. The first team to get to 7 points is the winner. If the defense doesn’t get the charges or recoveries, they must get 7 stops before the offense gets about two or three baskets.
This drill really works on that mentality that a team will hang its hat on defense. What’s it going to take to get to 7 points before the offense does?