Men’s Basketball Crowned NCAA Statistical Champion In Rebounding Margin

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Quinnipiac University men's basketball team made its mark in the NCAA Division I record-book by being named the statistical champion in rebounding margin for the 2013-14 season, which was officially released by the NCAA Statistics Department from Indianapolis.

Quinnipiac's (11.8) tenacity on the boards outlasted SEC power and national runner-up Kentucky (9.4) by more than 2.0 per game for the top spot. The 2.4 differential between Quinnipiac and Kentucky was the most since Michigan State won the battle by nearly six in 2000-01. Tennessee (8.5), UAB (8.1) and Morehead State (8.0) rounded out the top five.

In addition to rebounding margin, Quinnipiac also led the nation in rebounds per game (45.4), offensive rebounds per game (16.7), and defensive rebounds per game (28.7). However, those three statistics are not recognized by the NCAA Statistics Department to crown a champion at season's end.

Quinnipiac has consistently been among the nation's top rebounding teams since the arrival of head coach Tom Moore in 2007-08. The Bobcats have led the country in offensive rebounding for the past four seasons, led the nation in total rebounding for the past two seasons, and have finished either first or second over the last three seasons in rebounding margin. Not one other team in Division I has accomplished this feat.

Several individual efforts helped Quinnipiac to become the best rebounding team in the country. Ousmane Drame (Boston, Mass.) led the MAAC in rebounds per game (10.5) while Ike Azotam (Boston, Mass.) finished right behind him in second (10.2). Their numbers were good enough for ninth and 13th nationally, while also leading the MAAC in offensive and defensive rebounding – two other stats that stood among the national leaders as well.

Zaid Hearst (Bethesda, Md.) was one of the best rebounding guards in Division I basketball, averaging 6.6 rebounds per game. Azotam, Drame and Hearst finished No. 1, No. 2 and No. 4 in the MAAC in double-doubles. Drame and Hearst will return for their senior seasons in 2014-15.

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