Top 10 Ways to Make a Basketball Team

Tyler Coston counts down the top 10 ways to make a team. Can you guess what made number one?

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The Madness of March – Understanding RPI

The Rating Percentage Index (RPI) is a quantity used to measure teams based upon the wins, losses, and strength of schedule. The RPI has been used since 1981 to aid in the seeding of the men’s and women’s (since 1982) NCAA basketball tournaments.

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What Volcanoes Have to Do with Championships

I have been a part of teams that have won championships at every level; as highschoolers we won the state championship, as college athletes we won championships, and as a college coach we won championships. I have also been a part of teams that have been the worst in the conference – both as a coach and an athlete.

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Top 10 Books for Athletes, Coaches and Leaders

In line with my March 30-day challenge, I have put together a list of my 10 favorite books. This was quite a task, as I really enjoy reading and have

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The Value of the One-Second Advantage (Part 1)

As basketball players we should always try to gain a one second advantage. We can do so by using screens, moving on penetration, moving defenders with fakes, etc. Often that one second advantage is the difference between getting a great shot and having a shot contested or coming up with an empty possession and not even getting a shot off at all.

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Connecting with 1st Punch – Inviting Contact

Basketball is a contact sport. Period. In varying degrees of training, I seldom see coaches and athletes work against defensive contact. If an offensive player doesn’t make that first punch though, good luck making it beyond the first round, or first line of defense in basketball terms.

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Treat Basketball Officials Like Grandma

Officials have the thankless job of maintaining the integrity of the game; something that is very important. Yet, the sport community of players, fans, and coaches are not acting in ways that I would consider ‘championship-like’. Here are some key things to remember about Officials.

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Lorin Dixon Embraces Role with UConn

The path to a starting role for the UConn women’s basketball team this season seemed to be clear of any obstacles for junior point guard Lorin Dixon. Starting with the loss of All-American Renee Montgomery to graduation, and coupled with the inexperience of sophomores Tiffany Hayes and Caroline Doty at point guard and the amount of work Dixon put in during the off-season to better herself, she became the favorite to supplant Montgomery.

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