December 13, 2013 at 3:36 pm #12662
Story on college chalk talkDecember 15, 2013 at 5:39 pm #12681
Re-watched the LIUB game today – you can tell I’m ready for another game – ha! Anyway, I watched to focus on rebounding, to see what I could see.
On the defensive end, it’s all the same stuff we’ve discussed. Discipline, finding a man and putting a body on him. However, on O, it’s a different story I think. I took a couple of screen captures; it seems that we are routinely heading back to the defensive end, even while the shot is in the air. And even when ALL the opponents are under the basket. Is this a reflection of an actual decision we’ve made, or a lack of court awareness?
In this first one, Mackey has just taken a 3 from the corner – he’s out of the frame. Note our 2 guys WAY up top – and they are both rapidly back-peddling.
In this one, Corey just took a shot – he and 2 others are already heading back. In both of these shots, the entire LIUB team is under their own basket.
These are not isolated incidents – I saw this a lot. This could go a long way towards explaining our horrible ORB differential, I think.December 16, 2013 at 12:13 am #12682
I’d guess that the extreme emphasis on getting everyone back on defense is by design. The Patriot League in general is one of the best defensive rebounding conferences in the nation and definitely the worst for offensive rebounding. This is true every year – and a lot of it is simply that teams rarely send anyone to the offensive boards unless they’re already there.
So far this year the MEDIAN ranking for PL teams in offensive rebounding is 283rd. Only one team (Lafayette) ranks in the top half, and they are 150th. Not by coincidence, Fran O’Hanlon is probably the coach who focuses the least on defense.
Being really bad on the offensive boards is OK if you’re really good at the other end. For example, Bucknell ranks 333rd at the offensive end but they are 3rd at the defensive end – despite starting only one true forward. (Bucknell, like LU, almost never sends anyone to the offensive boards.) Likewise HC is 263rd at one end and 27th at the other, and both Army and Navy are also much better at the defensive end. Loyola thus far is a huge exception, however, since they rank 224th at the offensive end but an atrocious 351 (dead last) at the defensive end.
Unfortunately so far LU has been really bad at both ends – 322nd on the offensive end and 321st at the defensive end. When you combine the two, that ranks in the bottom five of the 351 D1 teams. With Kempton, Chuku, Baltimore, Goldsborough, etc, I have to think it will improve over time.
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