Griffin leads the way among best rebounders

Updated: January 13, 2009, 6:51 PM ET
By Fran Fraschilla

When No. 11 Texas traveled across the Red River to do battle with No. 5 Oklahoma on Monday, I was able to witness two of the best rebounding teams in college basketball. In a part of the country that appreciates its football, rebounding is like offensive-line play in football. It's a critical part of the game that is not always noticed.

Rick Barnes' teams at Providence, Clemson and Texas have been big, physical teams that pound the glass. This season, the Longhorn roster includes four players 6-foot-10 or taller, along with the strength and athleticism of 6-foot-7 Damion James and 6-foot-6 Gary Johnson inside. So the 'Horns provided the best test yet for Oklahoma's 6-foot-10, 260-pound Blake Griffin, the most dominant rebounder in the country.