Steals - When a player creates a turnover by taking the ball away from an opposing player while on defense. Players should always be trying to play active defense and steal the ball from the team with possession.
Screen - A screen in basketball is the act of an offensive player delaying or disrupting the movement of a defensive player by standing still in his path, with his feet not moving.
Cut - Cutting in basketball is a sudden change in speed or direction while moving in an attempt to juke the defender and find open areas on the court.
There is a lot of lingo in basketball. Here are some terms coaches, announcers, and more advanced fans will talk about.
Downtown - Downtown in basketball is a term to describe the area beyond the three-point arc. If a score is made from beyond the three-point arc, an announcer may use this phrase to describe the 3-pointer.
Toilet Bowl - A toilet bowl in basketball is a shot attempt which rolls along the rim before ultimately falling. It is derived from water swirling around the toilet bowl as it is flushed.
March Madness Bracket - A March Madness bracket in basketball is a list of teams and who plays who in the NCAAMarch Madness annual basketball tournament. There are 64 teams and 64 spots in the bracket.
Automatic Bid - An automatic bid in basketball is one of the 32 spots in March Madness that are automatically awarded to the teams who have won their respective conference tournaments, which are held at the end of the regular season.
Sweet Sixteen - The sweet sixteen in basketball is the Round of 16, the winner from Pod 1 faces the winner from Pod 2, and the winner from Pod 3 faces the winner from Pod 4, in all four regions.
Seed - A seed in basketball is a team that has been assigned to a specific seed line, based on its national ranking.
Selection Sunday - Selection Sunday in basketball is what officially marks the start of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament. On this day, the selection committee finalizes its vote for the 36 at-large teams and the final bracket of 68 is broadcasted on television.
Bracketing The Field - Bracketing the field in basketball is the process by which the 16 teams within each of the four regions are further separated into four pods.
Cinderella Story - A Cinderella story in basketball is a term used to describe a team that has been ranked as a number 11 seed or lower, yet has managed to advance onto the Sweet Sixteen, thus achieving far greater success than reasonably anticipated, much like the fairytale Cinderella.