What’s the number one key to Kentucky knocking off #7 North Carolina in Vegas on Saturday? Rebounding. The Tar Heels are ranked fourth in the country in rebounds per game, with 45.5, while Kentucky ranks eleventh with 43.7. North Carolina is actually tied for first in rebounding margin, averaging 14.8 rebounds per game more than their opponents. For comparison, Kentucky is 36th (6.7 more rebounds per game).
Kentucky was actually outrebounded by Hofstra on Sunday 45-41, prompting Calipari to go on a bit of a rant in the postgame presser.
“The rebounding really bothered me because a bunch of them were perimeter shots and our guys all just looked at the ball. And either they tipped it away or jumped over our back, or the ball went over our heads. It was just frustrating because we’re working on it. But, it is what it is right now with us.”
Will Calipari go with a four-guard lineup to try to win the boards vs. North Carolina? The SEC Network’s Pat Bradley thinks so: