Ben Jacobson: Competitive Drills for Man-to-Man Defense


  • Improve your ball pressure to force contested jump shots
  • Shore up your baseline defense
  • Create a defensive identity for your team
  • Learn the stifling man-to-man defense that shocked college basketball
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Ben Jacobson,
University of Northern Iowa Head Coach;
2x Missouri Valley Coach of the Year (2009 and 2010); back-to-back MVC Champs (2009-2010)
Increase your intensity and toughness on defense and create a game-like atmosphere in practice using these defensive breakdown drills from Ben Jacobson.

Coach Jacobson reveals four key principles to his quarter court defense and provides 10 defensive drills that will provide a solid foundation for your defensive practice time.

The drills start 1-on-0 and progress to 5-on-5 working on the fundamentals of defense, balance, keeping your feet on the ground, squaring up, rotating, communicating and more. Your team will work on pressuring the ball so the offense cannot turn the corner on you; developing a closed stance to give you a better opportunity for a short close out; and moving with the basketball as it is being moved.

Jacobson and his UNI Panthers have made a name for themselves with their quarter court defense. In 2009, UNI was named the Missouri Valley Defensive Team of the Year holding their competition to 63.5 points per game and 41.9 percent field goal shooting.

Jacobson’s defensive philosophy is 80 percent Pack-line Defense and 20 percent ball denial, push sideline / rotate to the baseline.

This DVD will help you create a defensive philosophy and improve the effectiveness of your defensive practice time.

65 minutes. 2010