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Tom Izzo Three Man Defensive Shell Closeout Drill

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo utilizes the three man defensive shell drill as a staple in many of his practices. The drill emphasizes proper help defense positioning, active communication across the defense,  immediate rotation when the offense passes the ball, and proper technique when dealing with cutters and movement within the offense. The three man shell defense also acts as an effective ...

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Attacking a 1-3-1 Zone Defense – Izzo, Michigan State

The 1-3-1 zone defense and 1-3-1 half court trap can be devastating to an unprepared offense. The video provides real game footage of Michigan State’s Tom Izzo’s offensive approach to attacking the 1-3-1 half-court zone. For most of this game Izzo uses a 2-1-2 offensive setup. His middle man continuously occupies the center of the 1-3-1, not allowing him to get ...

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Zone Offense Quick Hitter: “1-3-1 Fist Down” – Izzo Michigan State

This zone quick hitter comes from Tom Izzo of Michigan State. “Fist-Down” creates tremendous decision-making pressure on the interior of the zone defense, putting them in a no-win situation regardless of who they cover. It comes from Izzo’s Basketball Smorgasboard of Drills and Basketball Wisdom DVD. The play uses a screen in the middle of the zone to free up a ...

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Zone Offense Quick Hitter: “1-3-1 Arm Chop” – Izzo Michigan State

This zone quick hitter comes from Tom Izzo of Michigan State. “Arm Chop” presents a fairly straightforward set of actions that work well on the youth basketball level, as well as high school and college. It comes from Izzo’s Basketball Smorgasboard of Drills and Basketball Wisdom DVD. The play uses a screener at the top of the key to create gaps ...

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Zone Offense Quick Hitter – “1-3-1 Double” – Izzo Michigan State

This post provides an overview of “1-3-1 Double”, a favorite quick hitter of Michigan State coach Tom Izzo against zone defenses. It comes from Izzo’s Basketball Smorgasboard of Drills and Basketball Wisdom DVD. Coach Izzo emphasizes that these type of quick hitters work well for quick shots when you’re down late in a game and you need quick scoring opportunities for ...

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Zone Offense Quick Hitter – “1-3-1 Special” – Izzo Michigan State

This post provides an overview of “1-3-1 Special”, a favorite quick hitter of Michigan State coach Tom Izzo against zone defenses. It comes from Izzo’s Basketball Smorgasboard of Drills and Basketball Wisdom DVD. Coach Izzo emphasizes that these type of quick hitters work well for quick shots when you’re down late in a game and you need quick scoring opportunities for ...

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Effective Baseline Inbounds Play from Multiple Sets – “Chips” Michigan State

I’m a big believer that the “third phase” of the game–special teams– can mean a difference of 6-8 points a game … and 6-8 points a game can mean the difference between a mediocre season and one that puts you in the top tier of your league (just count up the the number of games last year where you lost ...