All Patrick Patterson has to do to match his 07-08 rebounding total at Alabama on Saturday, is get half as many rebounds as he did last night. Despite averaging just over 3 minutes less per game than last year (a mere 32.6 vs his crazy 35.7 last year), Patterson is averaging almost two more boards per game (9.6 vs 7.7 last year)!
Right now Patterson's rebounding total for the season is sitting at 183 in 19 games played. His totals last year? 192 in 25 games.
Patterson has mainly picked up the effort on the defensive end this year. His defensive rebounds already eclipse what he did last year (138 so far this year vs 121 last year). His def. rebounding avg. is up to 7.26 from 4.84. Offensive boards are a little more difficult to come by, partly because he's playing on a team shooting 50.8% (second only to Utah State who's shooting 51.6%).
Although we are only three games removed from the Vandy game and Patterson's career low rebounding total (1). After a MONSTER night like Patterson had last night, you have to take a minute to appreciate the effort he's putting in this year.
(Stats courtesy of ESPN.com)