Saturday, November 23, 2013

Game Preview: MIT vs. Curry

MIT vs. Curry College
Saturday, Curry College, 1pm

Live Stats

Probable Starters:
MIT (2-1) Ht. PPG RPG Curry (0-2) Ht. PPG RPG
Matt Redfield 6'8" 11.7 9.3 Matthew Russell 6'7" 1.0 4.5
Andrew Acker 6'8" 7.7 10.0 A.J. Stephens 6'5" 7.5 3.0
Dennis Levene 6'8" 8.7 6.7 Lambros Papalambros 6'4" 18.0 4.0
Justin Pedley 6'6" 13.3 1.0 Antonio Jones 6'2" 4.0 1.5
Paul Dawson 5'10" 10.0 5.7 apg Carlos Ribeiro 5'11" 2.5 2.5 apg

A Look at Curry College:
Curry College posted a 21-8 overall record last season, going 15-3 in the Commonwealth Coast Conference on their way to a conference championship and NCAA Tournament appearance. The Colonels fell to Middlebury by just two points in the 1st Round of the Tournament, as Middlebury advanced to the Elite 8.  

Curry is another fast, athletic team who wants to get out on the break and get to the basket. The Colonels are only averaging 4.5 assists per game and their wings, especially Papalambros, are primarily looking for one-on-one drives. Curry will look to post up 6'5" big-man A.J. Stephens, although as of game-day he is no longer listed on the roster (look for 6'4" Kenneth Ramos, the long and bouncy Freshman standout who had four dunks versus Brandeis, to take Stephens' place).

Curry is a very similar team to Bridgewater State, so the Engineers must do exactly the things they didn't do on Thursday night:
1) Take care of the basketball - 26 turnovers won't win any basketball games
2) Posts be more aggressive inside - with the Engineer's size and skill advantages down low, MIT's big-men must want to score every time down the court
3) Knock down shots - there is no other way to put it; MIT must hit their outside looks