The dominant game Boeheim referred to was a 14-rebound, 11-point outing by Watkins in Syracuse's 75-60 win over St. Johns Sunday.
This game was a different story. Watkins and Roberts finished the game with eight combined rebounds. That's the same number of boards, 5-foot, 11-inch Cincinnati guard Jihad Muhammad ended the game with. Watkins didn't know what to say to explain the rebounding problems.
"I don't know," he said looking up with shrugged shoulders. "We could have done a little better, but it's a team effort."
Point guard Gerry McNamara was puzzled as well, but agreed with Watkins.
"I'm not a rebounding specialist," McNamara said. "(But) we all have to know our positions. We have to know to get back in the lane and fight for a rebound. Eric (Devendorf) has to know (that). Half of it is heart, half of it's wanting the ball."