Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Game Preview: MIT vs. Gordon

MIT vs. Gordon 
Tuesday, Bennett Center - Wenham, MA 7:30pm

Live Stats | Video





Probable Starters (2013-2014 stats):
MIT (0-0, 0-0) Ht. PPG RPG Gordon (0-0, 0-0) Ht. PPG RPG
Matt Redfield 6'8" 13 9 Hans Miersma 6'9" 13 10
Andrew Acker 6'8" 12 10 Jason Dempsey 6'6" 8 6
Dennis Levene 6'8" 5 4 Dominic Paradis 6'5" 5 31% 3FG
Justin Pedley 6'6" 12 2 Taylor Bajema  6'4" 14.2 29% 3FG
Ryan Frankel 5'11" 8 3 apg Richie Armand 5'10" 1 1 spg

A Look at Gordon:
Recent Performance
Gordon College comes into the 2014-2015 season as the reigning Commonwealth Coast Conference champions, posting an 18-11 record last season and advancing to the 2nd Round of the NCAA Tournament before falling to eventual national runners-up Williams College.

Last Time Out
MIT-67 Gordon-48
Paul Dawson: 17 pts, 8 asts, 4 stls, 3 rbs
Matt Redfield: 14 pts, 6 rbs, 4 asts, 3 blks
Andrew Acker: 12 pts, 11 rbs
Dennis Levene: 9 pts
Justin Pedley: 9 pts

X's & O's
Gordon likes to push transition offense, locating their shooters early on for easy looks. In the half-court they usually go 3-out-2-in, with their bigs initiating their offense with down-screens, then proceeding into a Motion offense with lots of screens and single-singles. Look for plenty of plays where Miersma gets a look down-low.

On the defensive end, Gordon utilizes a half-court man, picking up at the three-point line. They look to pack their defense in, protecting the paint, and collapsing on drives. MIT's shooters need to be prepared to knock down the open looks. 



Saturday, November 15, 2014

MIT- 52 Harvard-73 (Exhibition)

Box Score

#25 ranked Division I Harvard shot 55% from the field, 54% from three, and 82% from the free-throw line to take away the 73-52 victory versus #16 ranked Division III MIT. MIT took a 22-21 lead with 10 minutes left in the first half before Harvard went on a 21-5 run.

MIT grabbed 24 rebounds to Harvard's 27, despite MIT not having Preseason All-American Matt Redfield playing.

MIT saw many bright spots in this preseason tuneup (the game counted as an exhibition for MIT and a real game for Harvard) versus the 4-time Ivy League champions. 6'6" Jr. Justin Pedley scored 19 points including three threes to lead all scorers. 6'8" Sophomore Tim Butala added 16 points while fellow big-man Andrew Acker scored 8 points and a game-high 9 rebounds despite foul trouble in the first half. Junior co-captain Ryan Frankel paced the Engineers with 5 assists and 3 steals.

(all pictures courtesy of Robert Krawitz)

Larry Anderson begins his 20th season at MIT

Junior co-captain Ryan Frankel blows by Harvard's Siyani Chambers

MIT hit the boards hard and out-rebounded Harvard offensively
Senior All-NEWMAC selection Andrew Acker tallied 8 points and a game-high 9 rebounds

6'8" Sophomore Tim Butala scored 16 points for the Engineers

6'8" Dennis Levene played solid defense on Harvard's best player Wesley Saunders


6'6" sharp-shooter Justin Pedley lead all scorers with 19 points



Friday, November 14, 2014

Game Preview: MIT vs. Harvard (Exhibition)

MIT vs. Harvard 
Friday, Lavieties Pavilion - Cambridge, MA 7:00pm

Live Stats | Video




Probable Starters (2013-2014 stats):
MIT (0-0, 0-0) Ht. PPG RPG Harvard (0-0, 0-0) Ht. PPG RPG
Matt Redfield 6'8" 13.0 8.5 Evan Cummins 6'8" 2.8 1.9
Andrew Acker 6'8" 11.8 9.6 Jonah Travis 6'6" 4.6 3.1
Dennis Levene 6'8" 4.7 4.4 Steve Moundou-Missi 6'7" 10.5 6.0
Justin Pedley 6'6" 11.6 1.7 Wesley Saunders  6'5" 14.2 4.6 
Ryan Frankel 5'11" 8.1 3.2 apg Siyani Chambers 6'0" 11.1 4.6 apg

A Look at Harvard:
Recent Performance
Harvard has won four straight Ivy League championships and have made three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. The Crimson beat 5th-seeded Cincinnati to reach the 3rd round of the 2014 NCAA Division I Tournament, finishing the season 27-5. Harvard is ranked #25 in the AP Division I poll.

Last Time Out
In a very rough preseason tune-up versus Harvard last season, MIT shot just 27.9% from the field and 13.3% from three while committing 29 turnovers, handing Harvard the 79-37 victory. Matt Redfield led the Engineers with 14 points and 9 rebounds.

X's & O's
Harvard, one of the best Division I teams in the nation, is an extremely skilled and athletic group on both the offensive and defensive ends.

On offense Harvard will push the ball in transition, looking to get to the basket or find the open three. In the half-court they will go into a 3-out-2-in or 4-around-1 set with Moundou-Missi down low, with the guards cutting or spotting up for the outside look after a dump in. All of Harvard's guards are very good at penetrating and shooting, and will utilize lots of screens with the bigs to initiate their offense.

On defense the Crimson implement a half-court man and an extended man-to-man defense. They will apply extensive pressure, forcing the opponents offense to begin in spots they are not comfortable with. 



Thursday, November 13, 2014

Redfield Earns Preseason All-American Honors



6'8" Senior Matt Redfield was tabbed as a Preseason All-American by D3Hoops.com this week after a stellar Junior campaign in 2013-2014.

Redfield, majoring in mathematics with computer science and minoring in economics, is a two-time All-NEWMAC and Academic All-NEWMAC selection, averaging 13.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks per game last season. The Los Altos, California native is already MIT's all-time leader in blocked shots (128), holds the record for most blocks in a season (63), and is third all-time for FG% in a season (.595). Redfield is known among fans for his powerful dunks, throwing down 17 on the season last year.



During the summers, Redfield was an Engineering Intern at Satmetrix Systems, a Data Science Intern at Streetline, Inc., and most recently interned at Google as a Software Engineer.


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

2014-2015 Season Preview/Analysis

Preseason nationally-ranked #16 MIT is less than a week away from tip-off, and MITHoops.NET takes a look at whats in store for the 2014-2015 season.

MIT finished 20-9 in their last campaign, winning the NEWMAC Conference Championship and making their 6th straight NCAA Tournament appearance. With no graduating seniors in the Spring, MIT brought back nearly its entire 2013-2014 roster and reinforced with a handful of new student-athletes.

The Engineers return with some very valuable strengths they took advantage of last season, and must focus on a few key areas if they want to progress even further.

2013-2014 NEWMAC Champions

Strengths

Size
MIT is one of the biggest and longest teams in Division III, with 10 of their 14 players clocking in at 6'5" or above. They've enjoyed domination in the post the past few years, with the 6'8" Senior duo of Matt Redfield and Andrew Acker coming off All-Conference seasons. Redfield, already MIT's all-time leading shot blocker, swatted away 63 shots last season and threw down 17 dunks, while his partner in crime Acker registered 14 double-doubles on the year (8th all-time).

Joining Acker and Redfield in the back-court are 6'10" Junior Lampros Tsontzos, who's hard-work in the offseason has been showing in the preseason, and newcomer 6'9" Spencer Rust, who had a great outing versus DII NCAA-Tourney team Franklin Pierce in the two squads' scrimmage last weekend.

Defense
Utilizing their size, MIT continues to be one of the best defensive teams in the nation, leading the country last year in Scoring Defense (55.6ppg). The Engineers ranked 12th in FG% Defense (38.4%), despite ranking 197th in 3FG% defense (34.3%) (given this statistic, it is our guess MIT was near the top if not first in the nation in 2FG% Defense at 40.2%).

MIT's army of long, athletic wings (6'8" Sr. co-captain Dennis Levene, 6'8" So. Tim Butala, 6'6" Jr. Justin Pedley, 6'6" Jr. Russell Johnson, 6'5" Sr. David Bender, 6'5" So. Hunter Gatewood, 6'4" Sr. Nick Prus, and 6'4" Fr. Andy Wang) will help add to MIT's defensive fortress.

Below takes a look at MIT's defensive improvement since they first made the NCAA Tournament in 2009. 

The 2013-2014 defense put up better numbers than MIT's Final Four team (2011-2012)

Rebounding
Again with size comes the ability to control the glass. The Engineers ranked 4th in the country last season in Rebounding Margin (+9.4). 

MIT has become one of the nation's best rebounding teams thanks to an influx of extremely talented big men

Areas of Improvement

Turnover Margin
Turnovers plagued the Engineers at critical times on offense last season, as they seemed too reliant on forcing the ball inside at certain moments and unable to get position in their sets during others. On the defensive end, the Engineers forced only 10.4 turnovers per game, a sharp decline compared to years past (see below).

During MIT wins in 2013-2014, MIT saw a TO margin of +2.8; in losses this ballooned to +7.9 (with three crucial games sticking out: Bridgewater State 26 to 11; Babson 17 to 6; Plattsburgh NCAA 1st Round 17 to 5).

Granted MIT's size comes at a price (lateral quickness), the Engineers must be able to put more defensive pressure on opponents, and keep their own turnovers to a minimum, running their sets with precision.

The Engineers will be relying on Junior co-captain Ryan Frankel to steady the sails and lead MIT's meticulous offense at point guard, with newcomer Samson Donick ready to step in at back up.

MIT's TO margin last year was the highest out of all MIT NCAA teams

Perimeter Play
In addition to low opponent turnovers, lapses in defensive pressure on the perimeter led to easy looks for opponents from three. In MIT's wins last season, the Engineers held teams to a moderate 30.9% 3-point percentage. In MIT's losses, however, teams shot a comfortable 40%. If MIT can defend the three while the bigs clog the lane and Redfield cleans up anything left, teams will have a very difficult time scoring on the Engineers.

On the offensive side, in order to have that inside-out presence that has worked so well for Tech in the past, the Engineers need to find way to get their rhythm beyond the arc. In MIT wins, the Engineers shot a solid 36.0% from three; in losses they shot just 26.2%.

The Engineers have the tools to get hot from three, with Pedley connecting on 67 threes last year and Frankel and Butala both registering high percentages from deep (39% and 36% respectively). The Engineers also welcome back sharp-shooter Prus after a year studying abroad in the UK.


Last season was the first time opponent's shot better from three during MIT's six year reign of winning conference championships

The stats are clear. If MIT can defend the three and put more pressure on the guards, they will have one of the best defenses in the country yet again. If MIT can take care of the basketball when running their attack and can knock down shots from the outside, their offense will also be a threat to reckon with.

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

MIT Athletics National Rankings

As of 11/6/14, per MITAthletics.com

#4 Women's Cross Country
#4 Water Polo
#11 Men's Cross Country
#13 Women's Sailing
#14 Women's Tennis
#15 Coed Sailing
#16 Men's Basketball
#21 Women's Soccer
#36 Men's Tennis
RV Football
RV Women's Volleyball


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

MIT Basketball Ranked #16 in Preseason Poll

After another historic season in 2014-2015 and with no seniors graduating, MIT earned the #16 spot in the Top-25 Preseason Poll by D3Hoops.com.

This is MIT's fourth highest preseason ranking, after being ranked #1 in the country in '12-'13, #10 in '11-'12, and #15 in '10-'11.

The NEWMAC has three teams in the Top 25 poll (WPI #12, Babson #23), with Springfield on the edge with 47 Top 25 votes. The NEWMAC is tied for the highest number of teams in the Top 25 in the country (tied with the CCIW).

Check out the poll here



Tuesday, October 28, 2014

MIT Tops in World in Latest University Rankings

MIT maintained its position as the #1 university in the world in the 2014-2015 QS World University rankings

In addition, US News & World Report came out with their first ever world rankings this year, with MIT coming in at #2. The publication also ranked MIT's undergraduate engineering and business programs as #1 and #2, respectively, in the nation. 


Monday, October 20, 2014

MIT Basketball Releases 2014-2015 Schedule

Another season and another robust schedule is ahead of MIT Basketball this year, beginning November 14th with an exhibition match versus Division I Harvard. Harvard reached the 3rd Round of the Division I NCAA Tournament last season, falling one game shy of the Sweet 16 with a loss to Michigan State. 

MIT will then face off against some of the toughest programs in the highly competitive New England region during their non-conference slate, beginning with Gordon College (who was also one game shy of the Division III Sweet 16 last season). 

MIT begins play in the powerpacked NEWMAC conference on January 7th versus Clark University. The NEWMAC sent 4 teams to the NCAA Tournament last season, the most of any conference in the country.

Online schedule can be found here