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Bears Pose Rebounding Challenge

Gary Williams didn't hide how he felt about Morgan State's ability on the boards, especially at the offensive end. He called the Bears "ridiculous" in that regard, meaning to compliment a team that has out-worked its opponents on the offensive glass by 70 rebounds (223-153).

In case anyone was curious how the Terps have fared on the offensive glass compared to their opposition this season, Maryland has pulled down 14 more offensive rebounds than have their foes (175-161).

The Bears offer four main rebounding threats, two of whom are 6-foot-8. Redshirt freshman Kevin Thompson is pulling down 6.9 boards per game, while junior reserve Rico Myles is averaging 5.0 boards per contest. Morgan State's other two key rebounders are senior forward Marquise Kately (6-foot-5) and junior guard Reggie Holmes (6-foot-4), who are grabbing 5.6 and 4.5 rebounds per game, respectively.

As for the Terps, junior guard Greivis Vasquez (6-foot-6) likely will match up on Holmes, who is Morgan State's leading scorer. Junior forward Landon Milbourne (6-foot-7) likely will be assigned to cover Kately. And senior forward Dave Neal (6-foot-7) likely will guard Thompson.

Vasquez is Maryland's leading rebounder with 6.2 per game, while Milbourne averages 4.8 and Neal averages 4.2.

But Williams said yesterday that the play off the bench of sophomore forwards Dino Gregory (6-foot-7) and Braxton Dupree (6-foot-8) will be critical against the Bears. When asked whether some depth at the forward positions helps out more on defense than on offense, in terms of rebounding, Willliams agreed.

"You can do some things on offense to negate the other team's size," Williams said. "But if the other team's got some big guys that they can post up with and things like that, it's really hard to play it with a 6-5 or something like that."

Other than the post players mentioned above, Morgan State offers a trio of other reserve forwards, though none of them appear to make sizable contributions on the boards.

Junior Gene Johnson (6-foot-7) averages 2.7 rebounds in 9.7 minutes per game. Sophomore Rodney Stokes (6-foot-10) plays 12.7 minutes per game and also pulls down an average of 2.7 boards. Junior Buford Foote (6-foot-9) grabs 0.5 rebounds in 3.6 minutes per contest.

By Steve Yanda  |  January 7, 2009; 10:47 AM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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The impressive thign about Miles is he is pulling down almost the same amount of boards as Thompson in almost half the minutes. He lives at the line too. How are reserves stack up against Miles will be a nice sign of things to come in ACC play.

Posted by: Lee26 | January 7, 2009 11:24 AM | Report abuse

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