Chairmen of the boards

One stat jumps out from USI’s men’s basketball victory at Quincy on Saturday: the Eagles pulled down 51 rebounds, 19 of them off the offensive glass. Those are amazing totals, even for an outstanding rebounding team like USI.

Or maybe it’s not so amazing. The Eagles have already pulled down 51 rebounds in two other games — against Virginia at Wise and against Philander Smith, both double-digit victories. And in that Virginia at Wise contest, USI had 21 offensive rebounds. It just backs up what coach Rodney Watson keeps saying — that his team MUST rebound like that all the time if it is to win. You need only look at the box scores from the team’s two losses, to Nova Southeastern and Illinois-Springfield, to see that. USI grabbed just 36 rebounds in each of those games. Only one other game did they have fewer rebounds: 35 in a one-point win over Urbana.

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