The Basketball Podcast: EP268 with Tobin Anderson on beating Purdue and the NCAA Tournament

RELEASE DATE : 17/05/2023

In this week’s basketball coaching conversation, Iona head coach Tobin Anderson joins the Basketball Podcast to share insights on beating Purdue and the NCAA Tournament.

Tobin Anderson led the 2022-23 FDU squad to a 21-16 overall record and 10-6 in Northeast Conference play. The Knights earned the NEC’s automatic bid and earned two wins in this year’s NCAA Tournament, a First Four win over Texas Southern and the first-round win over the Boilermakers. It was just the second-ever win for a No. 16 seed over a No. 1 seed in tournament history. The year before Anderson’s arrival, the Knights posted a 4-22 record.

Prior to FDU, Anderson had a highly successful coaching career at St. Thomas Aquinas. In nine seasons, he turned STAC into a perennial Top 25 program in Division II. In total he led the Spartans to a 209–62 (.771) overall mark, earning five East Coast Conference regular season and six tournament titles. Anderson’s STAC program reached the NCAA Division II tournament in each of his final seven seasons with an Elite 8 appearance in 2017 and Sweet 16 appearances in 2019, 2021 and 2022.

Anderson has had previous head coaching stops at Hamilton College and Clarkson University, as well as being an assistant coach at Siena. At Sienna he got his first taste of Division I coaching, serving as an assistant at Iona’s MAAC-rival Siena for two seasons from 2011–2013. Before his time at Siena, Anderson was an established head coach at the Division III level at Hamilton College and Clarkson University in upstate New York.

While at Hamilton, Anderson posted a 118-63 (.652) record in seven seasons. The Continentals reached the league tournament five times including a tournament championship and a trip to the NCAA D-III tournament.  Anderson earned his first head coaching position at Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY. In his five years with the Golden Knights, he broke the school record for wins, with a 19-10 season in 2001-02.

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Tobin Anderson Quotes:

“How to Strategize Matchups in Basketball: ‘I think when I go into games, how do we match up against style wise? I think that’s a big thing.'”

Defensive Strategy: “Let’s make them take tough threes, not open threes…Make every possession different…Our players being unpredictable and making reads.”

The Value of Small College Coaching: “I think all that preparation and I love the fact that I was able to kind of sound off for some small college coaches because that’s what I am. And so I love the fact that there’s a little bit of notoriety not only for small college coach, but small college players.”

Basketball Strategy: “Our guards are pretty good at getting through screens, so we told them, you can go over under… Our guys were very aggressive on the ball with those guards, and you could tell the first four or five minutes that they didn’t like to be pressured.”

Strategic Offense: “The whole thing was, if we couldn’t get stuff in transition, make them guard. Multiple actions, multiple ball screen, zooms, handoffs flares. We flared him a few times, too.”

Consistent Approach: “We don’t change game to game. So when you get to the tournament, there’s nothing new, there’s nothing crazy, but there are a lot more attention…”

“The Benefits of Live Scouting and Preparation for Games with Short Turnaround Times: ‘You really can’t do a whole lot of change or do something… You just going to have to do what you do, right. Do what you do. Prepare how you prepare.'”

FDU Basketball Coach’s Analysis of Game Against Top 20 Team: “We’re kind of waiting for our guards to make plays.”

“Recruiting and Coaching: If I was in the ACC, there’s a job open, I’d hire Ben McCollum. Ben McCollum is the best coach I’ve coached against…”

The Importance of Self-Care in Coaching: “You got to find time for yourself and find time…that will make me a better coach because I’ll come back recharge, refreshed, ready to go.”

Tobin Anderson Breakdown:

1:00 – Competing in Scrimmage
3:00 – Pressing System and Motion Offense
7:00 – Problem Solving
10:00 – Pressing
18:30 – Purdue’s Best Sets
21:30 – Usage Rate
23:00 – Adaptability
28:00 – Ball Screen Coverage
30:30 – Offensive Perspective
32:30 – Pregame Approach
33:34 – 34:08 – IMM VIDEOS Podcast AD Spring 2023
38:00 – Player First Mentality
40:00 – Control of the Game
46:00 – Curiosity
50:00 – Lost The Game
55:00 – Concept of Health and Well-being
59:00 – Iona
1:01:00 – Obsession with Carbonated Water
1:03:00 – Conclusion

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