At the starting of the season — and many times due to the fact then — Washington head mentor Mike Hopkins pressured the importance of rebounding.
It was one particular of the locations he most desired to see enhancement. He wasn’t searching for a dramatic leap, did not anticipate the Huskies to become one particular of the leading rebounding groups in the convention in just a year’s time. But he did want UW to take some actions.
The Huskies seemed to take one particular in Wednesday’s victory in excess of USC. The Trojans normal 36.6 rebounds for each activity, which ranks fifth in the Pac-12. But UW received the rebounding battle 40-28, even ending with a 17-10 benefit on the offensive glass.
“It just shows you, we’re constantly speaking about toughness,” Hopkins explained. “There were being a large amount of terrific multiple effort performs but that rebounding was a massive section of the activity tonight. Every single activity is heading to be various. That was critical for us tonight.”
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Noah Dickerson was a massive rationale for the good results. He concluded with 14 rebounds, together with six offensive rebounds.
“That’s massive,” Dickerson explained after the activity. “Getting offensive and 2nd-prospect factors, that will help. You get a full other 30-2nd shot clock and that is large.”
Early in the season, soon after UW’s exhibition activity victory in excess of Nevada, Hopkins explained he desired to see the Huskies’ rebounding numbers go from the bottom of the convention to the middle. Over-all, the development has not been that substantial.
The Huskies are averaging 33.6 full rebound this season in comparison to 32.8 final season. On the defensive boards, they are up to 23.8 from 23.1. But they are still in the bottom 3 of the convention in both classes. UW did leap from 11th to seventh in offensive rebounds, averaging 9.9 for each activity to final year’s 9.6.
The big difference from the Trojans, Hopkins explained Friday, was owning 5 players committed to keeping in the paint. That quantity may differ for UW relying on activity system.
Saturday’s activity from UCLA will present the most important obstacle yet on the glass. The Bruins normal 42.7 rebounds for each activity, creating them the leading rebounding workforce in the convention. UCLA is also the 2nd-very best offensive rebounding workforce in the Pac-12 (12. rpg).
“It’s a mindset,” Hopkins explained of rebounding. “You perform on it … You have drills to do it. We centered on sending particular men to the offensive glass.”
UW did not just rebound nicely from USC. The Huskies also turned individuals rebounds into 22 2nd-prospect factors. They experienced six 3-issue tries stem from offensive rebounds, and they went 4-for-6 on individuals chances.
The most important came in the 2nd 50 %, soon after Nick Rakocevic capped a 10-2 USC scoring operate with a free toss. After a missed shot at the other conclusion, Jaylen Nowell grabbed an offensive rebound and found Matisse Thybulle for a 3-pointer. That basket introduced a 10-2 operate for the Huskies.
“That’s large,” Hopkins explained. “I’ve witnessed groups get a large amount of offensive rebounds but you don’t have a large amount of creation. (Nahziah Carter) experienced a couple where he went up there, it appeared like he was on an elevator.
“We were being just lively that way. Big section of the activity. It is just one more way that you can create factors. As long as you’re not getting damage in transition, it’s a terrific point.”
Transforming the rebounding mentality is hard, Hopkins explained, but the Huskies are commencing to see development.
“We use multiple-effort mentality,” Hopkins explained. “We’re in excess of there, we take a shot and we just can’t assume operate out. We acquired to assume get again in the paint. A large amount of long shots equivalent long rebounds. You acquired to get again to your positions, in particular in the zone. We’re not terrific at it yet, but we’re getting better at it.’