A lack of offensive polish around the basket helped Clemson put up impressive rebounding stats in the Tigers' victory over Duke on Saturday, according to coach Brad Brownell.
“Offensively, we're one of those teams whose big guys are not so polished – often we get one, miss one, rebound it again, and then maybe put it back in,” Brownell told the ACC coaches' teleconference on Monday. “So we sometimes pad our rebounding stats offensively with three or four chances around the rim.
“It makes our field goal percentage look really bad, but it makes me look like a good rebounding coach.”
Against Duke, the Tigers dominated the boards by a 48-30 margin, including a 14-8 edge on the offensive glass and a 34-22 advantage on defense. Clemson outscored the Blue Devils 17-9 on second-chance points en route to its 13-point victory.
Brownell was asked if there was any secret to holding the Blue Devils down on the boards.
“They didn't shoot the ball well, so we were going to have defensive rebounding opportunities,” Brownell said. “Mike's teams aren't known as great offensive rebounding teams. They're known for offensive execution and defense and getting guys into the right spots to make plays, and playing with confidence.
“They're not a big, strong team that's going to push you around if you're doing your job and out-physical you for rebounds. That's not who they are.”
Clemson's rebounding success hasn't been limited to the Duke game, however. For the season, the Tigers have a +7.0 rebounding margin, which ranks third in the ACC.
K.J. McDaniels' three 20 points/10 rebounds game this year is tied for the ACC lead with N.C. State's T.J. Warren.
McDaniels leads the ACC in blocked shots with 43 – an average of 2.9 per game.
Jaron Blossomgame is Clemson's first ACC freshman of the week since Terrence Oglesby won the award twice in 2007-08.
Landry Nnoko leads the Tigers in offensive rebounds with 39, and ranks second on the team in blocks with 27.
Rod Hall's 3.7/1 assist-to-turnover margin is the ACC's third best.