Offensive rebounds have helped erase some of the Cyclones’ miscues


Before word processors, liquid “white out” was a favorite of mine for correct typing errors. Perhaps, offensive rebounding is the “white out” for the Cyclone men’s basketball team.

Turnovers (along with poor shot selection and a number of other things coaches worry about) slow down an offense’s efficiency. Turnovers, of course, cost possessions. If they occur in abundance, a team has to find other ways to gain opportunities.

One of the easiest ways to gain an extra possession is an offensive rebound. Extra possessions can sort of balance out turnovers and lead to extra baskets.

Iowa State had 11 turnovers in the first half against Drake Saturday. Over the same 20 minutes, the Cyclones had nine offensive rebounds. The result was a small halftime lead.

In the second half, ISU had two fewer turnovers than the Bulldogs and still maintained a plus-four margin on the offensive glass. The result was a victory.

Iowa State had 15 offensive rebounds against Drake. That’s like 15 extra tries at the basket. As the Cyclones continue to iron our things from a turnover perspective, the hard work on the glass continues to pay dividends.

If the miscues are reduced and the board work continues, there are good things ahead for ISU.

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