The Connecticut Huskies will bring back some very talented players in the 2013-14 college basketball season, but the one thing they lacked all season long and will have to work on over the offseason is rebounding.
The Huskies averaged 33.1 rebounds per game, which was good enough for 243rd in the country. This was a huge problem all season long and Connecticut could have had many more wins if they would have been better in this department.
The leading rebounder only averaged 5.5 boards per game, and luckily DeAndre Daniels will be back next season. However, he is only 6’8”. Shabazz Napier was the second leading rebounder. May I remind you that he is only 6’1”.
Connecticut could clearly use some better rebounders, but the Huskies will just have to use what they have and be more physical in the paint by boxing out their man and all of that fun stuff.
Still, it will be huge that this team will be getting back Napier and Ryan Boatright. Both players averaged 15 or more points per game on the season and could not only make up one of the best backcourts next season, but one of the best duos in college basketball.
The Huskies had 20 wins on the season, which should be looked at as a successful season, since Jim Calhoun was not on the sidelines. However, if this team wants to make some noise next year, it has to find a way to grab more boards because it will struggle against the bigger and more physical teams every time.
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