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January 24, 2009

This Just In: Rebounding Makes You Lose

Filed under: Uncategorized — John Gasaway @ 2:49 pm

Good news for Georgetown fans discomfited by my previous post on the Hoyas’ lackluster defensive rebounding.

No major-conference team in the nation has dominated its opponents on the defensive glass during conference play the way Indiana has. Yes, Indiana, the same team that is 0-5 in the Big Ten, losing each game by an average of 15 points. While you’ve been looking away in Edvard Munch-level horror, the Hoosiers have in fact secured an unheard of 79 percent of their opponents’ misses in league games. Not even Michigan State in 2000 was able to match that figure.

I think the takeaway here is obvious: rebounding makes you lose. Oh sure, traditionalists will tell you that IU’s prowess on the defensive glass is nullified in toto by lights-out shooting from their opponents and, more saliently, by a Hoosier offense that is the weakest the conference has seen since the dawn of tempo-free time.

Pay them no heed! Indiana conclusively proves that if you’re great at defensive rebounding you’ll lose. Players, hear my ukase. Flee those defensive ricochets. Shun them like the plague!  

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