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RE: Kent State @ New Mexico State
(12-22-2022 01:06 PM)bopol Wrote:  
(12-22-2022 04:45 AM)Muskrat Wrote:  
(12-21-2022 11:30 PM)anti-zip Wrote:  Gonna need another big to step up. When Hornbeak went out Thomas and Davis were the "bigs" and we couldn't get a defensive board. Need Payton, Gillespie, or Odisupe to get to the point the coaches feel confident playing them in crunch time.

Good "bigs" are great to have, for lots of reasons. But for defensive rebounding positioning and technique are as important as height. In the 2001/2002 season we had Gerwig and Edwards, but most of the time in crunch time Huffman, Mitchell, Shaw, Thomas and Gates were the five on the floor and I'm pretty sure that none were taller than 6'4", no matter what the program said. But I agree that some or all of those you mentioned need to up their game. Stan Heath was a stickler for rebounding. Not a knock on Sendy, but the rebounding has to get better.

I think part of the problem on the boards is the aggressive D that Kent plays where there are a lot of double teams at the top of the key which pulls the 'big' out of position for the defensive rebound. Also, I think NM State had some good rebounders (Mohammed?).
Good point. Positioning is very important in defensive rebounding, and the way a team plays defense in the half court, even if the defense is very effective in preventing good shots, can affect the rebounding. The way rebounding is approached now is very different than when I played eons ago. It's no coincidence that the top 24 in the NCAA record book for individual rebounds in a game were in the 1950s and 1960s, and the top 13 in individual rebounds in a season were.
12-22-2022 01:51 PM
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RE: Kent State @ New Mexico State
UTEP fans were rooting for KSU last night because already played NMSU twice
12-22-2022 09:13 PM
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