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Episode 179: Kevin McGuff, 5 Out Offensive Concepts, and Teaching Points
Episode 1791st September 2021 • The Basketball Podcast • Chris Oliver
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Guest: Kevin McGuff, Ohio State Heach Coach


Ohio State head coach Kevin McGuff joins the Basketball Podcast to discuss their 5 Out offensive concepts and teaching points.


Kevin McGuff’s 19-year head coaching career consists of nine years at Xavier University (214-73) and two years at the University of Washington (41-26) before arriving at Ohio State. He holds a .698 overall winning percentage with a career mark of 426-184. His Ohio State teams have broke single-season scoring records and went from the #52 scoring offense in the first year and #10 in scoring offense in the second year with 5 out an offense that we are going to discuss now.


In his first season, McGuff led a relatively young and inexperienced group to a 17-18 record against a schedule strength that consistently ranked in the top 3 throughout the year. In his second season, he guided Ohio State to a 24-11 overall record, a runner-up finish in the Big Ten Tournament, and an appearance in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Buckeyes took another step towards national prominence in season three as they earned a No. 2 seed and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. The 2016-17 season was yet again, a step in the right direction as the team made it back to the NCAA Sweet 16, marking the first back-to-back trips since 1988 and 1989. The Buckeyes also claimed their 15th Big Ten Regular Season Championship, finishing with a record of 15-1. In 2017-18, McGuff and the Buckeyes won both the Big Ten regular-season and tournament titles and hosted first and second-round NCAA Tournament games for the second time in four seasons. 


Prior to his arrival at Ohio State, McGuff, a Saint Joseph’s College (Ind.) graduate, went 41-26 in two years at Washington with two berths in the WNIT. In his first season, McGuff led the Huskies to a 20-14 finish — its first 20-win season since 2003 — and a trip to the quarterfinals of the WNIT. In the WNIT, Washington went on a memorable run, beating Cal Poly, Utah, and Oregon State before falling to San Diego in the quarterfinals. It was the first winning season for UW since 2006-07 and the first postseason appearance since 2009-10. In his final season, his Huskie squad finished 21-12 with a second-round finish in the WNIT.


Prior to his stint in Washington, McGuff was the head coach at Xavier for nine seasons. As the head coach of the Musketeers, McGuff compiled a 214-73 record and set a school record for most wins in program history, reaching the postseason in each season he coached. His five consecutive NCAA tournament appearances were also a school record. During that stretch, McGuff’s Xavier teams were consistently the class of the Atlantic-10, sporting a 106-28 record in nine seasons. In his last two seasons, Xavier went undefeated (14-0) in the A-10 play.


McGuff led the Musketeers to four A-10 tournament championships, including his final year at Xavier. That season, his team posted a 28-3 record (.903 winning percentage) and reached the second round of the NCAA tournament. McGuff made the NCAA tournament six times overall as the Xavier coach. His pinnacle was an Elite Eight appearance in the 2009-10 season, where his team was one missed layup away from the Final Four.



1:00 - Foundation of Dribble Drive

5:00 - Dribble Drive

8:00 - Attacking The Basket with Size Matchup

11:00 - Automatic Actions

16:00 - Teaching Points of Staggers

21:00 - Relentless Pace Maker or Miss

25:00 - Stagger Dribble Handoffs

29:00 - Ball Movement

32:00 - Offensive Rebounding

36:00 - Runway Type of Effect

39:00 - Type of Offensive Systems

44:00 - Use Shot Clocks in Practice

47:00 - Teaching Points to His Players

50:00 - Conclusion

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