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Domination - Suddenly Physical Dukes Pound Penguins

Written by Paul Zeise on .

Hey look - Jim Ferry said it best "there are different philosophies on how to win games and none are more right or wrong than others" so this next part is not at all a dig at Ron Everhart, who I happen to think is a very, very good basketball coach.

And I want to emphasize that because sometimes when a new coach comes in and you talk about what is new or different it comes off as saying one is better than the other and that is not necessarily the case - in this  case it is just a difference in philosophy and what each coach values.

So with that being said - this game tonight against Youngstown State - an 84-74 was a very clear preview of what the Dukes are going to look like under Ferry in the future and what he values - toughness, rebounding and domination in the paint.

The Dukes simply owned the glass tonight and outrebounded YSU 53-29 - that is by 24 for those who are keeping score.

Now - how significant is that number?

Start with the fact that the Dukes were outrebounded by almost eight per game last year and were 337 out of 338 Division I teams in rebounding margin.

The Dukes were also outrebounded in 21 of 31 games last year.

And for comparison's sake - they never outrebounded anyone by more than 15 last year (14 was their high) and the last time they won the rebounding margin by more than 20 against a Division I team - was Nov. 9th, 2007 in a 70-point blowout of Howard.

That's right, it has been five years since the Dukes outrebounded a Division I team by 20 or more points.

That's a long, long time.

And I'd expect it to become more frequent under Ferry, who spoke in the postgame about how much they emphasize it at practice and how hard they work on rebounding and how competitive the rebounding drills are.

"Toughness, turnovers, free throws and rebounding" is what the Dukes are built on, he said.

As for the game itself, the Dukes got another big effort from its freshmen combo of Derrick Colter and Quevyn Winters - who each had 18 - and Martins Abele chipped in a near double-double with nine points and ten rebounds.

The Dukes are off until next Wednesday when they play at Appalachian State.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving and we will chat about the Dukes again soon.

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