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.
Coach Mike Krzyzewski and the Duke Blue Devils claimed another National Championship in 2015 with their victory over the Wisconsin Badgers. In this video, you’ll see some of the teaching qualities that make Coach K the legend that he is, and why his players develop great chemistry over the course of a season.
Drill Summary: In this 3-on-3 drill, players match up and play is live. The only rules are that if the ball is initially passed to the wing on the weak side, the ball screen comes from the top of the key; meanwhile, if the ball is passed to the strong side wing, the ball screen comes from the baseline.
Keys to the Drill:
1) Offense: Make the proper read on screens.
2) Ball screen defense.
4) Encourage your teammates!
Former Duke University assistant coach and current Northwestern University head coach Chris Collins uses the “Catch and Face Drill” to promote being under control with the ball and encourage players to observe everything happening on the court. Coach K still uses this drill to help the Blue Devils run an efficient offense.
Drill Summary: This is a drill for three players at a time. One player starts at the top of the key with a ball and two more players start at the left and right wing. On the coach’s command, the player with the ball passes to one of the wing players. On the catch, the wing player must get into triple threat and look into the post, where a coach will be holding up a number. The player with the ball has to shout out the number the coach is holding up before they can pass to another player. Continue passing, getting into triple threat and calling out numbers on every pass. Each time the ball is passed to the wing, the other two players swap positions.
Keys to the Drill:
1) Court vision.
2) Getting into triple threat.
3) Talking (player names and coach’s number).
4) Crisp passes.
Looking for ways to consistently exploit a zone defense? Follow along with Duke men’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski as he details key offensive techniques and strategies to effectively attack the 1-2-2. Then see how you can start incorporating these terrific zone concepts into your own daily practices.
A Two-Man Front Attack
Against a one-man front zone, we use similar principles that we’ve highlighted before in the 2-1-2 breakdown. This time, however, look to implement a two-man attack and then put three players along the baseline in what we’ll call “3 Deep Against the 1-2-2.” The goal with the two-man front up top (offensively) is to exploit the gaps of the zone. It’s also vital that players remember key techniques like flashing, staying behind, shallow cuts, and ball reversal.
Spacing and Offensive Moves
After a first run through, watch as Coach K talks with his players about specifics when it comes to spacing and offensive strategies. For instance, “Look for the North-South lanes to open when the zone defense shifts.”
On the heels of one quick rep, Coach K then tells his squad to remember about using pass fakes and quick ball reversal. Use a plethora of moves against the defense. It makes a difference. Also, be aware out there when making cuts. You may get in the way of your teammates and overload certain areas, ultimately making the offense less effective.
Finally, adding a baseline runner helps confuse the defense and opens up the zone — especially if that player is a shooting threat. If you have one player doing that constantly, it also gives your teammates a chance to post. However, by staying stagnant, you actually help out the defense.
The previous clips can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Mike Krzyzewski: Duke Basketball – Attacking the Zone.” To check out more videos featuring zone principles, click here.
In this week’s edition of All Access, we visit Durham, North Carolina for a behind-the-scenes look at a Duke men’s basketball practice. Follow along as head coach Mike Krzyzewski leads his squad through a series of 3-on-3 drills. This particular practice session stems from Duke’s 2009-10 National Championship season and features the likes of Kyle Singler, Jon Scheyer, and Nolan Smith.
The team splits up to two different courts. For this first drill, players go 3-on-0 full court off of a make or miss. In each rep, it’s key that the big hustles and runs the length of the floor. On the other end, the goal is to throw it ahead, look for the post, and play off the post.
Keys: Go right to the rim off the transition break. Don’t slow down and set up a play. Get the ball right to the post as quickly as possible.
This time the defense enters. Whichever team gets the initial rebound is on offense. The goal remains exactly the same in regards to getting the ball into the post for a scoring opportunity.
3-on-3 Half Court
Once again, the goal remains the same: Get the ball into the post for a high percentage opportunity. Also, listen in as Coach K offers some key advice pertaining to taking chances in practice: “This is practice right now. Take your left-handed hook, even if you go 0-for-20 today. This is what we practice. You need to come up with these kind of moves.”
The previous clips can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “All Access Duke Basketball Practice National Championship Season.” To check out the latest videos in our All Access lineup, including a new DVD series featuring UNC coach Roy Williams, click here.