Monday, November 25, 2013

Game Preview: MIT vs. Tufts University

MIT vs. Tufts University
Tuesday, Cousens Complex at Tufts, 7pm

Live Stats | Video

Probable Starters:
MIT (3-1) Ht. PPG RPG Tufts (4-1) Ht. PPG RPG
Matt Redfield 6'8" 15.5 10.2 Hunter Sabety 6'8" 15.8 7.6
Andrew Acker 6'8" 7.5 8.0 Tommy Folliard 6'7" 14.4 4.2
Dennis Levene 6'8" 7.0 5.5 Stephen Haladyna 6'5" 12.2 3.6
Justin Pedley 6'6" 15.2 1.0 Oliver Cohen 6'2" 7.4 4.6 apg
Paul Dawson 5'10" 9.0 5.0 apg Kwame Firemprong 6'0" 14.2 4.2 apg

A Look at Tufts:
Tufts University had a 17-9 overall record last season and went 7-3 in the NESCAC before losing to nationally-ranked #2 Amherst in the conference semi-finals. Tufts is currently off to a 4-1 start.

The Tufts Jumbos are averaging 90 points per game thus far this season, looking for early offense with a numbers advantage or a quick three. In the half-court they implement a 4-around-1 set, utilizing 6'8" Freshman big-man Hunter Sabety. They will work an inside-out game, and shoot very well from the outside (Tufts was the top three-point shooting team in the NESCAC last season and had the highest free-throw percentage).

MIT and Tufts present very similar lineups and are evenly matched in a number of positions. The Engineers will have to protect the paint down low while being able to get a high-hand out on the Jumbos' shooters. Tufts owns a +4 rebounding edge versus opponents, so MIT must use their size to counteract the Jumbos' ability to crash the glass.

Check out highlights from when the Engineers last met the Jumbos at Tufts (2011-2012):