Michigan has played very good rebounding teams before, but they haven’t yet faced a team that rebounds quite like Minnesota.
The Golden Gophers make their living on the offensive glass, evidenced by their NCAA-best offensive rebounding percentage of 48 percent. Minnesota has athletes — lots of them — and they know how to crash the boards.
“We’ve had these situations before, with Kansas State and Pitt, and some other teams that were really getting high numbers of rebounds,” Beilein said while addressing media on Wednesday. “I think this is probably the most difficult out of all those challenges because they’re getting such a high percentage of second-chance opportunities.”
Beilein said he had his team working with the “bubble” on the rim in practice to work on boxing out. However, Michigan should be plenty prepared for this sort of challenge already. The Wolverines haven’t been known for their rebounding prowess in years past, but this season they are more than holding t