Our Rebounding Made Me Dizzy

I don't care if you're playing Gallaudet , outrebounding a team 52-32 is a ridiculous statisitic.  Along with stifling defense, we basically guaranteed Notre Dame no more than one shot per possession.  If they even got that.  Granted, Notre Dame is a shadow of its former self/ranking, but to make a team with nineteen wins look that overmatched is a feat.  And while that will be nearly impossible to duplicate against Pitt, it bodes well going into tonight's game.

Much of that rebounding came in the form of one Devin Ebanks, who hauled down an amazing eighteen rebounds.  Ebanks entered WVU with a reputation as a scorer, which can translate loosely into being a ball-hog.  That certainly hasn't been the case, though, as Ebanks has averaged 7.75 rebounds per game.  As Dave Hickman tells us just how rare last night's rebounding performance truly was:

When Devin Ebanks arrived at West Virginia this summer, he was one of the most highly touted freshmen in the country and one from whom a lot was expected.

And while his versatility was certainly a plus, what he has developed into is rather amazing. Perhaps the 6-foot-9 freshman's two biggest contributions this season have been as a fill-in point guard and an absolute rebounding machine.

The latter was evident Tuesday night when Ebanks pulled down a stunning 18 rebounds in West Virginia's 74-62 win over Notre Dame in the Big East tournament. While several players have matched that total, no Mountaineer has had more than that since Maurice Robinson pulled down 20 in a rout of City College of New York in December of 1977.

Unfortunately, Hickman goes on to give us an Alex Ruoff quote that I would like to quickly forget:

"That was monumental,'' said guard Alex Ruoff. "He and [point guard Darryl "Truck'' Bryant] are the players of the game. I don't think people realize how incredibly long he is.''

That's what she said!

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