These 12 styles get the job done in college hoops

Updated: October 16, 2009, 2:07 PM ET
By Doug Gottlieb
EDITOR'S NOTE: Each week leading up to the season, one of our experts will offer up a list previewing some aspect of college basketball. Previous entries include: Jay Bilas on the best conferences and the best rebounders; Fran Fraschilla on the best defenders and the most versatile players; and Doug Gottlieb on the best transfers.

With college football in full swing, it is always interesting to see the trends in both offensive and defensive strategies on the college gridiron. The common misconception among fans is that when a trend hits, and an offense like the spread runs through college football like the flu, the offenses are all the same. Ask any college football coach and they will tell you that nothing could be further from the truth.

The same is true in basketball. While many teams run a "high-ball screen" at the end of a possession, even those "sets" are not all created the same. I thought it might be interesting to pick out a dozen distinct styles in college basketball that are known, set and well-respected.