Thursday, March 18, 2010
What is The Deal With The Lack of Rebounding?
I don't expect a smallish Villanova team to kill it on the boards game in and game out, but to allow a smaller, less athletic team out rebound you like Robert Morris did comes down to one thing: effort. For years we've heard about "playing 40 minutes of Villanova Basketball" which translates to playing hard, diving for loose balls, taking charges and leaving nothing out on the floor. Generally, playing hard translate to getting defensive rebounds and second chance opportunities on offense, but lately this team has been doing neither. It's quite maddening because last year's group of Wildcats had a few of the hardest working, high energy players in the history of the program in Dante Cunningham and Dwayne Anderson. I don't know how they do it but Jay must figure out some way to sure up the rebounding while not sacrificing offense. Perhaps the best course of action would be to play a slightly bigger lineup with Pena, King and Mouph on the floor at the same time to maximize the rebounding abilities but still have three players on the floor who can create spacing. Perhaps the decision should have nothing to do with the size of the players on the floor but rather have the five guys (other than Russell Wooten) who are working the hardest in practice.