Kane, Morris Rebounding Is Helping The Offense

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“I’m hunting them down, I’m going to get them. Like coach said, when I can get the rebound we can just go instead of hitting the outlet pass.” – DeAndre Kane after his 11-rebound performance in the opener

That quote from Kane intrigued me. As I’ve mentioned before, I enjoy the intricacies of the game. I could listen to Fred Hoiberg and women’s coach Bill Fennelly break down the game all day.

In the Hoiberg’s system, players have a freedom that not all coaches bestow on their teams. A green light so to speak.

The Mayor likes to see his guys get down the court, not allowing the defense to get set, and get the best shot possible even if it is early in the shot clock.

It is that confidence from coach to player that allows a guy like Naz Long to go 1-of-7 in an exhibition game and follow it up with an 8-of-11 performance in the season opener. If you wanted an acronym for Hoiberg’s teams it could be “N.S.F.”

Never stop firing.

Much of that philosophy likely comes from a trust in his players that they will take good shots. Good shots are easier to find when you are beating the defense down the floor, which will happen more often with the Cyclones’ smaller lineup.

So how will having point guards that can rebound like Kane (seven defensive boards in the opener) and Monté Morris (three defensive boards) help that process?

Most point guards on offense are the players to get back on defense, giving guys like Kane or Morris an unimpeded path to track down potential rebounds.

And the numbers are pretty staggering when they do.

Against UNCW, of the 10 defensive between Kane and Morris, ISU scored on eight of the following possessions for 19 points. Those possessions lasted an average of 9.4 seconds.

Rebounding guards present a huge advantage in college basketball, especially for the Cyclones and the offensive system they utilize.

Below is a break down of the possessions following defensive rebounds by Kane and Morris.

Kane Defensive Rebounds
+2 points – 15 seconds
+1 point – 6 seconds
Did Not Score
+2 points – 9 seconds
+3 points – 10 seconds
Did Not Score
+3 points – 12 seconds

Morris Defensive Rebounds
+2 points – 3 seconds
+3 points – 10 seconds
+3 points – 10 seconds

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About Matt Shoultz

I'm in my ninth year at Iowa State and first as communications director for men's basketball. I have worked with football, women's basketball, volleyball, tennis and swimming since arriving at Iowa State. I am a 2005 graduate of the University of South Carolina and a Litchfield, Minn. native. I look forward to sharing the tales of Iowa State athletics with you all. If you have any questions or comments feel free to email me at mshoultz@iastate.edu. I'm on twitter @mjshoultz. Go Cyclones!
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