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Episode 51: Dave Smart, Matchup Based Offense and Defense
17th April 2019 • The Basketball Podcast • Chris Oliver
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Dave Smart, Matchup Based Offense and Defense Guest: Dave Smart, Carleton Basketball Head Coach In this week’s basketball coaching conversation, learn the competitive coaching philosophy of Carleton head coach Dave Smart. Smart has architected one of the most dominant dynasties in collegiate sport history. He served as the head men's basketball coach at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario from 1999 to 2019, where he led the Ravens to thirteen of the team's fourteen U Sports national championships in men's basketball. Since taking over the Ravens program in 1999-00, Smart won 92 per cent of his games against Canadian opposition between 1999 and 2019. He led the Ravens to a Canadian men's record of 87 consecutive wins in league and playoff games, from 2002-2005. Smart has been named the Canadian Collegiate Basketball Coach of the Year a record eight times, and the OUA conference coach-of-the-year awards thirteen times.   Breakdown 1:00 - Force Left Defense 3:00 - Matchup Defense 5:00 - Focusing on Individuals 8:00 - Synergy in the Analytics 11:00 - No Help, Drive and Finding Open Players 13:30 - If you can't pass, You can't play. 15:30 - Forcing on Ability to Pass 18:00 - Dictated by Plan 19:40 - None 22:00 - Square 23:00 - Teaching on a Close Out 26:00 - Different Base Mechanics 28:30 - Is Defense Age Appropriate? 31:30 - Introduction of Defense Right Away 33:30 -Run and Jump 35:00 - Explaining Players Help Needs 36:30 - Defend Off the Ball Screening 38:00 - ADVERTISEMENT (Dave Smart Program) 39:00 - Ball Screen 42:00 - Actions That He Struggled the Most 44:30 - Post Defense 48:30 - Making Calls While in Post Defense 50:30 -Things He Emphasize in Transition 53:00 - They Dictate Matchups 54:30 - Running Players to the Dunker's Spot 56:30 - Talking about "Spacing" 1:01:00 - Taking the Spot 1:03:00 - How his doing Work on Spacing? 1:04:30 - Shot Selection Discussion 1:08:00 - Dictating Defense and Shots 1:11:00 - Forgetting to Look at the Chart 1:12:00 - Sharing his Knowledge 1:15:00 - Conclusion   Dave Smart’s Bio Bio: Twitter: Carleton Raven’s Basketball: Website:   Basketball Immersion Website: Twitter: YouTube: Facebook: See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at