Rick Pitino Louisville Set Plays by Wes Kosel
Attached are two set plays from Louisville head coach Rick Pitino. As always, Pitino has his team performing well in the NCAA Tournament. This year’s Elite 8 appearance is his 6th at Louisville and the 12th in his career. He has led 3 programs to the Final Four (Providence, Kentucky, and Louisville) and has won the NCAA Tournament twice (1996 – Kentucky, 2013 – Louisville). If the Cardinals had beat Michigan State, it would have been Pitino’s 8th Final Four appearance and Louisville’s 3rd in the last 4 seasons. Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2013, Pitino has had a magnificent career with over 700 career wins and winning almost 75% of his games. In the first play, Pitino utilizes multiple back-screens to create scoring options. The second play shows two options out of a staggered ball-screen.
Rick Pitino Louisville Set Plays – 2-1-2 Offense – Double Back-Screen
The play starts with a pass to the wing and a back-screen from 5 for 1. 1 cuts to the basket looking for the pass from 2. If that isn’t open, the ball is reversed to 1 on the opposite wing. 3 then cuts off of a back-screen from 5 looking for the pass from 1. If neither back-cut is open, 1 uses a high ball-screen from 5 at the top of the key looking for 5 on the roll or a kick out option on the perimeter.
Rick Pitino Louisville Set Plays – Stagger Option
In the first option, 1 dribbles off of a staggered ball-screen from 4 and 5. 3 and 2 are both on the right side of the floor as 1 dribbles from left to right. 4 rolls to the basket looking for the pass from 1. In the second option, 1 dribbles off of the first screen in the stagger and looks to pass to 5 popping out. Once 5 gets the ball he looks to pass to 4 cutting to the basket.