Kansas accomplished something pretty rare during a 64-61 victory over TCU on Wednesday night. The Jayhawks allowed the Horned Frogs to grab 26 offensive rebounds, snatching more than 45 percent of available offensive boards.
The Jayhawks also won.
How weird was this?
According to College Basketball Reference (h/t reader Matt), just six teams have managed this feat in regulation since 2011. The last team to do it: Central Arkansas, who won at McNeese State despite giving up 26 offensive boards on Jan. 30, 2014.
Kansas, though, was the only power conference team on the list, and the number itself (26 offensive rebounds?!) was pretty jarring.
Before Wednesday, the Jayhawks hadn’t given up more than 17 offensive rebounds all season. (Baylor grabbed 17 offensive boards in the Jayhawks’ Big 12 opener.) But the Horned Frogs punished the Jayhawks on the offensive glass all night. TCU’s Kenrich Williams finished with seven offensive boards, which was more than four teams have managed against Kansas. Trey Zeigler and Chris Washburn added five offensive rebounds apiece.
So what was the problem? The Chalkboard’s quick rewatch revealed a few problems — some which were perhaps obvious. Freshman wing Kelly Oubre, who has been excellent on the defensive glass, was mostly a non-factor. He finished with just one rebound in 28 minutes and continually struggled to keep Williams off the glass.
Here is one representative sequence:
In the opening minutes of the second half, Oubre turned his head and lost Williams while digging down on Washburn. Williams pulled down the offensive rebound, missed a short jumper, then pulled down another one, which led to an open three-pointer for Kyan Anderson.
It wasn’t just Oubre, though. Some of it, Kansas coach Bill Self said, was simply a matter of energy and toughness.
Here is later example, from a different angle. With Kansas leading 59-54 with 40 seconds left, TCU’s Zeigler drove hard against Wayne Selden. Zeigler got into the lane with relative ease, put up an awkward shot underneath the basket, and Kansas failed to snare the offensive rebound — despite having three players in the area. It led to another three-point play.
Texas vs. TCU
Four days after delivering a statement victory at Texas, the Jayhawks appeared to take a step back on Wednesday. The Kansas defense held TCU to just 30.6 percent shooting, but the Jayhawks’ offensive was choppy throughout. Here’s a look at the last two games:
Opp. offensive boards
*Points per possession, via KenPom.com
The moment of the game.
Here is the latest example of what can only be described as Traylor Ball.
The player of the game.
Sophomore forward Landen Lucas.
After not playing a minute in two games, Lucas came back with one of his most productive games of the season. With Perry Ellis, Cliff Alexander and Jamari Traylor in early foul trouble, Lucas posted an offensive rating of 135, scoring eight points and grabbing seven rebounds in 24 minutes.
The stat of the game.
Kansas attempted just eight three-pointers on Wednesday, the fewest number of three-point attempts this season. The Jayhawks, who took just 11 three-pointers against Utah, had averaged 19 three-point attempts in their previous three games.