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I stand corrected (sort of)

Posted by Jeff Nusser on February 8, 2008

I put up last night’s post on the rebounding stats off the preliminary box score and play-by-play from ESPN, which I didn’t realize doesn’t account for team rebounds where the ball goes out of bounds to a team, so let me set the record straight after going to the WSU basketball site this morning.

Officially, the Cougs had a few team offensive rebounds, especially in the first half when the game was close. The final margin actually was 29-20 rebounds overall, and 12-7 in offensive rebounds. But the final margin in second chance points — officially — still was bad at 12-4, essentially the difference in the game.

Another little nugget that made the difference? Points off turnovers, a stat that wasn’t available last night: UCLA 21 points off 14 WSU turnovers; WSU 11 points off 15 UCLA turnovers. That’s a huge difference.

To sum up, UCLA outscored WSU 33-15 in combined second-chance points and points off turnovers in a game that was decided by eight points. Uh, yeah. Tough to figure out where this one went wrong …


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