Shawn Kemp Jr. had one rebound in the Washington Huskies’ victory against Tulane last week.
The Huskies starting post will see most of the responsibilities – along with fellow starter Jernard Jarreau and Robert Upshaw off the bench – for blocking out Stony Brook’s Jameel Warney tonight. Warney leads the NCAA in rebounds per game at 12.8 and the Seawolves (7-6) rank 23rd in the nation overall at 40.7 per game.
“They are a very good rebounding team,” coach Lorenzo Romar said of Stony Brook on Saturday. “They played Cincinnati, who are just piranhas on the boards, and they were down two on the boards to Cincinnati at Cincinnati.
Upshaw is the Huskies’ leader at 7.1 rebounds per game off the bench. But after that it’s starting backcourt mates Mike Anderson (5.7) and Nigel Williams-Goss (5.5).
Meanwhile, Jarreau and Kemp both are averaging fewer than five rebounds. And the Huskies were outrebounded 36-33 against Tulane last week, which was one of the reasons it played Washington so close.
Kemp is averaging 4.3 rebounds. That’s just ahead of guard Andrew Andrews (4.2).
That hasn’t come back to haunt the Huskies in the loss column so far because they do a respectable job rebounding as a team – averaging 40.5 overall for 26th-best in the country – but keeping a dominant rebounder like Warney off the glass will certainly be a key for the Washington big men tonight.
“It’s going to be a big test for us to see if we’ve learned anything in the last week, in terms of blocking out and getting rebounds,” Romar said.