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UK needs to come up with more loose balls in future contests.
Maryland out-rebounded Kentucky by a margin of 54-38.
That tells you all that you need to know about the report card grade shown above. Simply put, there is no legitimate reason why the Wildcats should ever get bullied around that badly on the boards anytime again this season.
In fact, the strength of the team comes from their big guys in the post.
Nerlens Noel is the dominant shot-blocking center. Willie Cauley-Stein is the versatile seven-footer who gathers steals, blocks, rebounds and points like it is nobody's business. Kyle Wiltjer is the 6'9" forward who has to hit the boards just to earn his playing time on floor.
Meanwhile, Alex Poythress also has the potential to be a tenacious and effective rebounder at his position.
All of these guys disappointed last night in the rebounding department, and that has to stop right now. Most alarming of all is a statistics mentioned in this article,
Most amazing of all are the 28 offensive rebounds that Maryland cleaned up. On one hand, there were a lot of long rebounds that bounced away from Kentucky’s men in the post. However, there were also plenty of opportunities for Wildcat players to grab loose balls or hold onto rebounds that they simply lost out on.
This simply has to stop before they take on Duke. I am sure that Calipari has noticed quickly and is showing plenty of video to the players before the next game in Atlanta, Ga.