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Izzo quick strikes


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Tom Izzo

Plays put players in a position to be successful. With a young team, stay on one side or the other.

1) Quick strikes after a made free throw by the other team

a) Pistol

3 sprints upcourt then button hooks at the foul-line extended behind the arc, 1 hits him then sprints right by, 3 can give it back (first option). 5 is probably not yet in the lane, he ballscreens for 3, 2 is deep in the other corner, 4 pins down wide for 2 then slips to the block. 4 stays wide even if X2 sags (don't go in the lane), 2 will flare it.

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b) Pistol down

3 is overplayed, 1 dribbles right by, 5 flarescreens for 3, there is still a pin-down on the other side.

This is a good play for a 3-point shot late by 3 late in the game.

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5 ballscreens for 1, 3 and 2 space away.

If X5 helps on the flarescreen he can't help on the ballscreen.

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c) Double

5 is at the ballside block, 1 dribbles through 2 who loops up using 5, 4 sets a second screen inside the foul line.

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5 backscreens for 1 on a pass to 2. who passes to 3.

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5 and 4 stagger (or double) screen for 1.

On any stagger screen, the first screener button hooks back to the ball (the slip man), the second screener finds an open area for a 12-foot shot (the space man).

A double screen lends itself to slipping and spacing.

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d) Flip

1 reverses to 4, 5 backscreens for 2, 4 passes to 3.

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5 and 4 stagger screen for 2.

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2) Thumb down series

Down means a ballscreen.

a) Basic

3 pops out for a pass, 5 backscreens for 1, who UCLA cuts taking the line of least resistance opposite his defender, and makes sure he gets a layup or X5 helps.

If 3 is overplayed, 5 sprints up for a pass, 3 goes backdoor.

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5 ballscreens for 3, 4 and 2 sandwich double screen for 1 (one is a little behind the other), bottom guy 2 is the space man.

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b) Miami

1 lopes off the UCLA screen, 5 picks, rolls and screens for 1 to come back, 4 pins down for 2 on the weakside.

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c) Twist

For a big. As soon as 1 comes off 2 and 4 they keep going to screen for 5, trying to get to the other side of the basket.


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3 passes to 1 who looks inside for 5.

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d) Quick

4 screens for 2 to get an elbow shot.

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3) Thumb up curl

5 pops out for a pass instead of ballscreening for 3, 4 screens for 2 to curl tight.

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4 then screens for 1 and posts on a pass to 1.

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4) Loop series

At the end of the break, 5 is in the post.

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1 loops 2 around to the top, his first option is 5.

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1 passes to 2, 5 backscreens for 1, 4 pins down for 3, who curls.

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4 screens down for 1, 5 screens down for 3. It is hard for X4 and X5 to help when the ball is in the middle of the floor.

Spurs 2007 fast break - 1 and 3 come together then pop one way or the other.

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b) Loop dive

Instead of trailing when 2 loops, X2 overplays (going ballside), 5 takes a step out of the block, 2 plants and backcuts. 4 pins down for 3 on the dive, 3 curls.

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The finish is the same, 1 dribbles middle, 5 and 4 screen for 3 and 2.

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c) Loop Down

4 ballscreens as the ball is in the air to 2, he rolls, 5 replaces.

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On a pass to 5 he passes to 1 and ballscreens, 4 flashes from the weakside block and should be open with X4 helping on the roll.

They are looking at a lot of ways to run into ballscreens.

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5) 15

5 comes up and sets a flat ballscreen as high as he can.



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If X5 helps, 1 hooks a pass back to 5, 4 screens for 3 as the pass is in the air then slips.

5 does not have to be a good shooter, X5 helps off him to stop penetration, making 5 an easy passer.

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