Key to Syracuse basketball’s rebounding edge is centers on offensive glass

Sidibe has helped Syracuse gain a rebounding edge
Sidibe has helped Syracuse gain a rebounding edge

Much has been made about Syracuse’s excellent rebounding this year. NunesMagician recently highlighted how SU is out-rebounding its opponents by 12.4 per game, and after the Orange’s victory over UConn Boeheim himself said the team “has not rebounded at this level since Derrick Coleman.”

But what has been missed is how much of that success is coming off of Syracuse’s own missed shots. According to KenPom, the Orange ranks second in the country in offensive rebounding percentage at 42.4 percent.

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That’s more than 10 percent better than last year’s team and the best Syracuse performance in KenPom’s database. The next best season for a Jim Boeheim team came in 2005 when SU ranked seventh at 40 percent.

This success on the offensive glass is due largely to SU’s two centers: Paschal Chukwu and Bourama Sidibe. They lead the team with offensive rebounding percentages of 13.3 percent and 12.3 percent, respectively.

While Oshae Brissett has garnered most of the attention for his rebounding volume, his success has come largely on the defensive boards. He leads the team with a 22.5 defensive rebounding percentage, but he is bested on the offensive glass by fellow freshman forward Marek Dolezaj 11.8 to 8.5 percent.

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Jeff has covered Massachusetts Minutemen basketball for The Maroon and White and The Daily Hampshire Gazette. He has also written for The Daily Orange. Jeff is an Amherst, Massachusetts native, and graduated from Syracuse University in 2006. Follow him on Twitter @jeffreyirvine.