Is there a better rebounding team in the country than the San Diego State Aztecs? Not only do they box out well, but their physical mentality on the offensive glass has to be a concern to most mid-major conferences like the MWC.
It all starts with Josh Davis on the glass — who leads the team at 11 rebounds per game. He was two points and two rebounds away from a double-double in the first half. As a team in the first half, the Aztecs had eight total offensive rebounds; for them, it’s the easiest way to get buckets. The UNLV Runnin’ Rebels learned how to box out in the second half and held Davis and the Aztecs to a lower total than the first half. Davis still finished with 14 points and 14 rebounds
With a team that struggles on offense, they have to crash the boards hard on both sides; the Aztecs do just that. The Aztecs finished with a +12 rebound margin and grabbed a total of 51 boards — 18 offensive.
The Aztecs will run through the MWC with defense and offensive rebounding, something that no team can stop in the conference. UNLV could not hang with the Aztecs on either end of the court.
If it were not for Roscoe Smith and Bryce Dejean-Jones (12 and 15 points, respectively), the Rebels would have been destroyed by the Aztecs.
The Aztecs dominate the glass on both ends of the court and UNLV was just its last victim. If UNLV can’t stay with the Aztecs from a rebounding perspective, who will?