Kansas Jayhawks vs West Virginia: Rebound Troubles and What’s Next for Bill Self’s Squad

2024-01-21 17:32:29

Despite having one of the league’s best rebounders in senior center Hunter Dickinson, Bill Self and the Kansas Jayhawks were heavily out rebounded by the West Virginia Mountaineers on Saturday.

West Virginia went on to record two crucial offensive rebounds down the stretch which helped Josh Eilert’s squad secure a 91-85 win.

Self addressed the issue in his post game interview saying, “I think Battle made an unbelievable play. And then of course Slazinski made a great play on the free throw. Johnny blocked him out and then he froze and he went around him on the long rebound on the free throw. But whenever Johnny is your leading rebounder with six or whatever, the first half and your second leading rebounder had one. I mean, that tells you a lot right there.”

Dickinson, the Big 12’s leading rebounder, currently averages 11.3 rebounds per game. Despite his impressive work on the glass this season, Dickinson was only able to record five rebounds on the day which helped tip the scale in the favor of the Mountaineers.

The road ahead for Kansas doesn’t get any easier as the Jayhawks get set to take on Wes Miller and the Cincinnati Bearcats in Lawrence.

Self spoke on the upcoming matchup and what preparation his team will need ahead of the game saying, “Let’s get back, get them off their feet and watch tape and have a 30-minute practice tomorrow and hopefully a good scout and try to get as much rest as we can. Rest is probably as important as anything else when you play these quick turnarounds like that.”

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