Rebounding is down, but turnovers and transition buckets are carrying TCU

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Damion Baugh scores a fast-break basket during TCU’s 82-68 win over Kansas State (Ellman Photography/Gregg Ellman).

 

By Jamie Plunkett
Frogs Today staff writer

 

TCU could have easily changed its mascot from the Horned Frogs to Windex for how well the team cleaned the glass last season.

Rebounding was a point of emphasis for coach Jamie Dixon, who knew that a concerted effort to play high-quality defense and pull down rebounds would lead to success.

It did, as the Frogs reached the NCAA Tournament for just the second time in 24 years.

The Frogs averaged 13 offensive rebounds per game, good for third in the country, and had a rebounding margin (8.5) that sat atop the Big 12 by 2.5 rebounds per game. Eddie Lampkin led the Big 12 with 3.1 offensive rebounds per game, as both he and Emanuel Miller were top-10 in the conference in total rebounds.

With everyone returning on one of the best rebounding teams in the nation, the expectation was that TCU would once again rebound at a high level.

That hasn’t exactly been the case.

Through 17 games, TCU is 31st in the country in offensive rebounds per game (12.71) and 118th in the country in rebounding margin (3). They’ve been outrebounded in three of their five Big 12 games, going 1-2 in those games.

While Dixon wants to see TCU’s rebounding numbers improve, he also understands why they’ve dipped, and to an extent he’s OK with the reason.

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