Rodney Watson, USI’s men’s basketball coach, said on Wednesday that teams with poor records don’t have anything to lose and are more likely to “let fly” a lot of shots. He was referring to St. Joe, his team’s opponent Thursday night at the PAC. So a big key for the Eagles is getting out on the shooters — “Making sure we are in position to challenge shots, and we have to rebound,” said Watson. “There are gonna be some long rebounds.”
I’m pretty sure he was talking about rebounds from 3-point shots. If they don’t go in they frequently hit the rim in such a way that the ball shoots out to the foul line and beyond. Many a time I’ve seem players that took those shots suddenly find the ball back in their hands while the defense, trying to chase down that long rebound, winds up way out of position. Result: a wide-open second shot and, more often than not, a basket. USI’s height around the hoop won’t do it much good on those long rebounds. That means the Eagles’ guards will have to be more active than usual in grabbing rebounds.