“Rebounding has been the common denominator for us,” Lipscomb coach Scott Sanderson said. “In the games we have gotten beat we were outrebounded.
“You have to be able to rebound the basketball or you have to win the 50-50 balls which are loose balls rolling around on the floor. Every possession is critical."
Sanderson has put all of his players on a rebound quota system based on their per game average and their minutes played.
“Against Belmont Robert Boyd and Jordan Burgason were a plus three and Brandon Brown was a plus four," Sanderson said. "But Adnan Hodzic was a minus two and Josh Slater was a minus five. If everybody gets a plus we are in business.”
The Bisons have won their last two games in a row and three of their last four heading into the Stetson game. Stetson has lost its last four games.
The two teams met in DeLand, Fla., Jan. 3 with Stetson winning 76-66. Stetson held a 39-36 rebounding advantage. The Bisons committed 17 turnovers and Stetson made 11.
“We got beat at Stetson for a lot of reasons, but they got all of the 50-50 balls,” Sanderson said. “Not only did they get all of them but they made us pay dearly because they made threes when they got them.
“We want to give the other team one bad shot and try to rebound it. We have to be good defensively and pay attention to detail. We have to know their personnel.”
The Bisons are 12-8 overall, 7-4 in the Atlantic Sun. Stetson is 6-15, 4-6 in the conference.
The Bisons are led by Hodzic with 19.3 points and eight rebounds per game. Hodzic is average 19.9 points in A-Sun games. Slater is averaging 16.6 points per game. Burgason is averaging 9.9 points.
Stetson is led by Ridge Graham with 13.6 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. Corey Walden is averaging 10.8 points.
“Stetson is going to play a zone,” Sanderson said. “We have to understand what is a good shot or a bad shot against a zone. We have to do a good job of attacking their zone.
“If the wrong guy gets the shot early and shoots it then we are back in the old situation. We haven’t done this against a zone team. We will find out where we are against Stetson.”
A busy weekend of basketball continues Sunday at 2 when Florida Gulf Coast visits Allen Arena.
Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations.