Rebounding issues continue to trouble Maryland
At one point during his postgame press conference, Villanova Coach Jay Wright responded to a question about how critical the edge his team's offensive rebounding edge was to building and sustaining its lead in its 95-86 win over Maryland on Sunday. The Wildcats outrebounded Maryland on the offensive glass, 23-7, and outscored the Terrapins in second-chance points, 29-10.
He answered by pointing out that as effective as Maryland's zone defense was in disrupting Villanova's shooting efficiency from beyond the arc, it came at the expense of minding the boards as effectively as the Terrapins otherwise might have. The implication was that part of the gamble any team makes by opting to go to a zone defensive look is surrendering a few more loose-ball rebounds than usual.
Maryland Coach Gary Williams, though, wasn't completely sold on that assessment.
"Everybody says it’s harder to rebound" in zone defense, Williams said. "I’ll look at the tape, but you have to go after the ball whether you’re playing man-to-man or zone. I think we stood on a couple rebounds thinking that somebody else has it. The problem with zone a lot of times is I think you assume somebody else is going to get the rebound so you don’t move."
Only three Maryland players tallied offensive rebounds Sunday night. Of those three, only freshman forward Jordan Williams pulled down more than one. Williams, who tallied five offensive rebounds and 12 total rebounds, performed admirably in the paint, but one player's efforts were not enough.
"That hurt," Jordan Williams said. "That was painful to the fact that the rebounds that we didn’t get, that’s what good teams do, you know? They take advantage of second-chance opportunities, and [Villanova] did a great job scoring on second-chance opportunities."
December 7, 2009; 10:34 AM ET
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