This program came from Jim Boeheim at Syracuse University. Coach Boeheim was frustrated with the fact that his team was not “game” shape ready when he was able to start full workouts. During the pre-season, the NCAA would allow them to condition, but they could not do any activity with a basketball while coaches where present. In order for him to get his team in “game” condition, he had some graduate students develop a program for their thesis.
They evaluated five years of men’s game films and five years of women’s game films. Coach Beoheim had them chart every time a certain player ran or slid to a certain spot on the floor. They compiled a list and wrote a program to simulate a game. When this program is used, it is equal to playing 1 full game without the use of a ball.