Staying Afloat On The Boards
With two non-conference games remaining on its schedule, Maryland ranks 11th in rebounding margin in the ACC. The Terps hold a +2.4, which is good in the sense that they are at least, on average, out-rebounding their opponents. However, that number is bad in the sense that these are the teams over which Maryland often held a size advantage -- not to mention significant advantages in natural athleticism and overall talent.
For the sake of comparison, here is how the ACC currently shapes up in regards to rebounding margin:
1) Wake Forest +10.4
2) Duke +9.9
3) North Carolina +8.5
4) North Carolina State +7.4
5) Miami +7.3
6) Georgia Tech +7.3
7) Virginia Tech +6.0
8) Boston College +5.9
9) Virginia +5.9
10) Clemson +3.7
11) Maryland +2.4
12) Boston College +2.2
As you can see, the Terps do not stack up well. Having said that, Maryland did out-rebound Elon by 10 after a horrid performance against Bryant, so perhaps some improvement is brewing.
Still, one would think it is not ideal for junior guard Greivis Vasquez to be leading the team in rebounding (6.3 per game), nor is it encouraging that only two other Terps (Landon Milbourne and Dave Neal) are averaging more than 3.5 rebounds per contest.
How confident are you all in the Terps' ability to rebound against other ACC foes? If Vasquez is still the team's leading rebounder at the end of the regular season, will that be a good thing or a bad thing for the team's fortunes? Or will it matter at all?
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