By Shep Hayes/DFP Staff
One of Boston University men’s basketball coach Joe Jones’ frequent points of discussion in interviews all season long has been rebounding, or more accurately, the Terriers’ lack of it. Jones said repeatedly that he did not place enough emphasis on rebounding at the beginning of the season up until the Terriers lost to Quinnipiac University on New Year’s Eve 59-53.
Quinnipiac is one of the best offensive rebounding teams in the nation, second to only the University of Pittsburgh, by grabbing 42.8 percent of its own shots off the glass. On the defensive end, the Bobcats are also successful, snagging the ball 72.9 percent of the time, 19th best in the country.
The Bobcats outrebounded the Terriers (11-12, 7-2 America East) in their win, earning five more offensive rebounds than BU, and scored nine of their 59 points on second-chance opportunities.
Since the Quinnipiac game, the Terriers have placed more of a focus on rebounding, and it has shown. On the season, BU is allowing its opponents to rebound their own shots 33.5 percent of the time (224th in the country). But in conference play, the Terriers have decreased that number to 29.9 percent (fourth in the conference).
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