Rozier has a 'mindset' on rebounding

University of Louisville freshman Terry Rozier has a reputation as a good rebounder from the guard position. He pulled down 10 last weekend against Western Kentucky University and will look for more tonight against Missouri State.

Connecting on just two of his nine shots from the floor in Saturday's 79-63 win over Western Kentucky, University of Louisville guard Terry Rozier struggled to find his shot in his 25 minutes.

But the highly-touted freshman was able to push the Cardinals to victory by leading the way in another department – on the back boards.

The 6-foot-1, 170-pound, Hargrave Military Academy-product pulled down a game-high, and career-high, 10 rebounds in the game, helping the Cards to a 39-35 advantage on the boards. Rozier, who also chipped in four points and a steal on Saturday, is averaging 3.2 rebounds per game and has tallied 32 on the season for the seventh-ranked Cardinals.

"Terry pressed because he wasn't scoring," head coach Rick Pitino said after the game. "I thought he did a great job of rebounding the ball."

"He learned the most valuable lesson a freshman can learn: that you don't have to score to have a good night."

On an afternoon when the Cardinals' leading rebounder, Montrezl Harrell, who averages 8.7 rebounds per game, managed to notch just four, Rozier's 10 rebounds provided the Cardinals with a big lift in an area that the team sometimes struggles.

"It's always been a mindset," Rozier said of his knack for rebounding. "It's just something I love doing, and it's easier when I get the rebound because we can just push and go."

Rozier said he did get a little frustrated when he was not shooting it as well, noting time as a freshman "can be tough," but noted senior Russ Smith has been a big lift to him.

"It can be tough and I just told him to keep shooting," Smith said. "He's going to be a great player and he just needs to keep his confidence up."

In one year of prep school at Hargrave, Rozier averaged nearly eight rebounds per contest, while also averaging 29.3 points.

"It's toughness, you've got to go get rebounds," Rozier said. "It's not a skill, it's just all toughness. I just want to go get rebounds as much as I can."

Rozier will have a chance for another big night on the boards when the Cards tip-off against Missouri State on Tuesday night. The Bears average just 35 rebounds as a team, which ranks them 212th nationally. Tipoff in the KFC Yum! Center is set for 9 p.m. tonight.

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