In head coach Steve Pikiell’s debut at Rutgers last season, the team improved in multiple areas on the court. While the defense exceeded expectations, it was hard not to expect some improvement there after such a dismal performance on that end of the floor the season before. Their adjusted defensive efficiency wildly improved, finishing 69th in the country, 166 spots better than the previous season. However, the area they improved in the most was rebounding.
Rutgers finished 13th out of 351 Division I teams last season in rebounds per game, averaging 40 per contest. They were 37th in rebounding margin at +4.9 more than their opponents. They were 3rd in the country in offensive rebounds per game at 14.55 and 1st in the Big Ten with a 35.6% offensive rebounding rate. Rebounding rate is the estimate of the percentage of missed shots that are rebounded by a specific player/team.
One area Rutgers was just average on the glass was on the defensive end, where they were ranked 154th in the country in defensive r
Source: Yard Baker