I’m trying to be calm about the rebounding issue. It’s gonna be rough in the OOC part of the schedule, I’m trying to just accept that. But at the same time, I can’t help but wonder if there is some kind of “system” issue here. It was my big gripe last year too. I understand that that you can’t win every facet of every game, but this pattern really concerns me.
Looking back at last years stats, we were routinely out-rebounded, but the season totals don’t look that bad: 1016 to 1104. Not good, but not catastrophic, I don’t think. Here’s the thing – offensive boards: 377-272. I remember seeing too many games where we lost the battle of offensive rebounds by a 2:1 margin.
I’m not enough of an Xs and Os guy to understand why this is. Are our numbers very low, or our opponents’ numbers very high? If it’s at our offensive end, does this have something to do with the offense we run? Guys aren’t in position to get ORs? If so, maybe I just have to learn to live with it, and expect to win in other categories.
Last year I don’t think we had much choice, in terms of how we lined up. We played the guys we needed to play for reasons of performance as well as depth. But I feel like we should be able to run a bigger lineup this year. Maybe this won’t be so bad once we get to PL play, I dunno. It was trouble all last season, though.
I’d love to sit down and watch film with somebody who really knows their Xs and Os. I feel like I’m missing a lot.