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December 19, 2017

Figuring Out Rebounding

Filed under: Basketball — Chas @ 8:37 am

For all the things Ryan Luther was bringing to each game — the only senior, scoring, fouls, etc.  The one thing he did that no one else on the team has been doing is rebounding. And it isn’t even close.

Among Panthers averaging more than six minutes per game, he had the best defensive rebounding percentage. On a team that struggles to rebound on offense and and prevent opposing teams from doing the same, he had the highest offensive rebounding percentage, collecting 14.2 percent of Pitt’s misses while he was on the court, the 50th-best mark among Division I players. The Panthers’ next-closest qualifying player in that category — freshman Terrell Brown — is at 9.2 percent.

Luther was also collecting about 20% of the defensive rebounds. Pitt has been an abysmal team with rebounding. Now with Luther out for at least two weeks, the rebounding issue is going to be significant.

In the last game against a small, overmatched McNeese State, Pitt did rather well at group rebounding on the defensive end. It’s hard to judge the offensive side, because after a very slow start Pitt shot nearly lights out in the second half. That minimized the offensive rebound opportunities.

The scoring isn’t as much of a concern. Pitt has young players that will be eager and willing to fill that gap. The rebounding and defense inside, though…

Look, Luther isn’t the best defender by a long shot. But he might be the best Pitt has in the interior. Certainly, he is probably the most willing to challenge shots and knows where he is supposed to be.

Pitt and Coach Kevin Stallings have no choice but to rely on freshmen and freshmen who should be redshirting to play a lot more in his place. Terrell Brown, Kene Chukwuka and Peace Ilegomah are going to get the minutes and are going to have learn fast about getting in position and not being outmuscled for rebounds.

Pitt essentially has this last warm-up game tonight against Deleware State. After that, it is a rather good mid-major in Towson State (coached by Pat Skerry). Then it’s the ACC schedule.





Might be a good thing to force others to focus more on rebounding…necessity the mother of invention and all that.

I had predicted .500 non-con and a 2-3 win con. Still seems about right.

Comment by DD 12.19.17 @ 9:01 am

Really enjoy your thoughts in your articles, Chas. I’ve only been able to watch them once – WVU. I’ve always thought – with 3-4 obvious exceptions – that you can’t win with (playing a lot of) freshmen. I like that we seem to have several scorers on this team. Like everybody else, I dont expect many Ws. I’m hoping the youngsters learn how to rebound and play D this year.

Comment by Savannah Panther 12.19.17 @ 12:39 pm

In the last 2 games, I actually saw Pitt players getting into position for an offensive rebound a handful of times. I had not seen that previously from a Stallings team (including last season)

Comment by wbb 12.19.17 @ 1:12 pm

Friday Pitt plays and will lose to a terrific Towson team which I follow. I would like all of you Pitt fans to take a look at Pat Skerry, former Pitt Asst. and recruiter supreme as a candidate to be the next Pitt Coach. In 2011, he took over a Towson team with 11 consecutive losing seasons and built them into the powerhouse you will see Friday. He is the kind of young dynamic coach we all hoped Pitt would interview during the hoax that was the Stallings hire.

Comment by Dan 72 12.19.17 @ 1:25 pm

Great Dan….make it happen!

Your note unfortunately is just depressing…because, it just ain’t gonna happen!

Totally agree it should though.

Comment by DD 12.19.17 @ 2:38 pm

Pitt’s not going post season this year anyway. Luther will be gone next year….might as well get other guys in there to get some reps now.

Comment by Jackagain 12.19.17 @ 4:13 pm

Dan, email Heather…maybe she’ll attend the game and check him out. He’s a good recruiter with DC ties.

Comment by Jackagain 12.19.17 @ 4:16 pm

Wouldn’t put that win in Towson’s column just yet

Comment by Steve h 12.19.17 @ 7:20 pm

Pitt up 11 with 10 minutes left in the game. Should win right?

But we just gave up 11 in the previous 10 minutes to blow a 22 point lead to an 0-11 team.

Comment by Erie Express 12.19.17 @ 8:28 pm

Stallings teams have not been known for rebounding, He doesn’t emphasize it. So with a small team and a coach who doesn’t prioritize it, not surprising that they get out rebounded.

Comment by Velvil 12.19.17 @ 8:33 pm

Correction – Del St has 2 wins (1 vs D2 team and 2 vs D3 team)

Comment by Erie Express 12.19.17 @ 8:38 pm

KS hanging on to his time outs – lol

Dreading ACC games

Comment by Erie Express 12.19.17 @ 8:41 pm

With 1 minute left, KS calls time out with Pitt up 3

Hanging on by a thread

Comment by Erie Express 12.19.17 @ 8:48 pm

Terrible second half against a lousy team.
Even with a young team, they should not have let Del. St. back into it.
Prior to this game, I figured Towson would win on Fri. Now, I think Pitt will be run out of their own building.
I also figured about 3 ACC wins. Now, especially playing only 20 minutes per game, I don’t see how they can beat any team from a major conference.

Comment by xfmrman 12.19.17 @ 10:51 pm

Towson is 10-1 and has beaten 3 top 25 teams.

Comment by Dan 72 12.20.17 @ 12:05 am

Coaching observation – the Delaware HC used his time outs and had his players fouled to stop the clock in the closing minutes to give his team a chance to win the game – they were within 2 points with 22 seconds left – after being down 6 two different times inside a minute to play.

In contrast, let me take you back to the wvcc game. Pitt was down 7 with about 2 minutes to play and KS let the game play out, sloppily, with no time outs nor player fouling to stop the clock. Pitt never scored in that final 2 minutes.

Many have said KS is just on the sidelines collecting a pay check (big one, mind you) and not “really” coaching. Appears to be the case, right?

Last night, I was screaming for a time out in the 2nd half to refocus the players on rebounding – Lyke positioning yourself under the basket when your teammate shots so you can initiate the technique of blocking out. Reminding them of the fundamentals? Seems Lyke a basic coaching move when your team is blowing a 22 point lead, quickly and without much resistance.

Instead, the team KS is “coaching” was almost beaten last night by the 351st ranked team, out of 351.

Comment by Erie Express 12.20.17 @ 5:20 am

Pat Skerry would have been a much better hire than KS … just one of many

Comment by wbb 12.20.17 @ 7:05 am

Herman, aka SB, aka Pumpkin head, probably getting kickbacks on the hire for the next few years and he is probably written into the buyout.

Comment by tvax1 12.20.17 @ 8:11 am

#5 UNC lost to Wofford. Dixon used to always schedule them. Good thing Stallings didn’t…

link to foxsports.com

Comment by Jackagain 12.21.17 @ 8:29 pm

Towson hasn’t beaten anybody in the top 200 and just got crushed by Oakland last night

Comment by Steve h 12.21.17 @ 9:10 pm

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