Check out the attached set of basketball pictures on my Smugmug site (Boys and Girls). I was using two cameras for the first time....a new challenge. I had Canon Mark II with a 85mm f1.8 prime lens (ISO 1000, shutter 1000) and a Canon 20D with a 70-200mm f2.8 (ISO 1600, shutter 640).
I try to always sit under the basket of the team's offense that I am photographing. Then I typically use the 85mm on the close end and use the 70-200 on the far end (but sometimes I switch them up). The 85mm f1.8 really provides impressive results......pictures are sharper and brighter. Don't forget to get some great shots of the crowd and cheerleaders as well.