March 14, 2013

On the Rebound

NASHVILLE, TN--For most of the season, Missouri's biggest advantage was its ability to rebound. The Tigers grabbed 289 more rebounds than their opponents and had an average advantage of nearly ten boards per game.

And when they don't, last Saturday happens. Despite starting four guards, Tennessee outrebounded Missouri 50-37. The Volunteers grabbed 18 offensive rebounds, while holding Missouri to just ten. And Tennessee won the ballgame 64-62.

"We haven't done as good a job blocking out. That showed in our last game in Knoxville," Frank Haith said. "They exposed us and we've got to get back to blocking out, but we've done a really good job all year of going to the offensive glass.

"Teams have things that they're good at and what our identity is and rebounding is one of the things I thought we would be really good at."

If Missouri is to make a run, either this week in Nashville or next week in whatever city the NCAA Selection Committee may place it, the Tigers' work on the glass will be a key.

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