A few rebounding notes here …
It isn’t often that Andy Kennedy shows frustration, but there are signs. He’s really trying to get more from his bigs on the glass, but I’m thinking we’ve reached the “you are what you are” part of the season.
Ole Miss isn’t a very good rebounding team. There are 345 Division I basketball teams, and the Rebels are No. 301 in rebounding margin at minus-3.6 per game.
In four consecutive road losses they have been minus-14 on the glass on average.
It’s true they’re better at home, but not dramatically so. They have out-rebounded three of five opponents at home, one of those just plus-1 against Missouri. They were minus-10 at home against both Auburn and South Carolina.
They were minus-15 at Kentucky in an 80-64 loss on Feb. 4. The No. 18-ranked Wildcats visit tomorrow night at 6.
In the first meeting, Ole Miss did not get its first rebound in the second half until fewer than 2 minutes were left in the game.
“They got every rebound. Willie Cauley-Stein (7-0, 244, So.) played his best game in a Kentucky uniform,” Kennedy said. “They got control of the game at about the 30-minute mark, and we were trying to hold on for dear life.”
The numbers aren’t good, but the 40.3 rebounds collected by Ole Miss opponents are less than three rebounds more than the 37.5 the Rebels gave up last year with Murphy Holloway and Reggie Buckner. That group finished in the upper half of the SEC in rebounding margin, No. 7 at plus-1.4.