Saturday, November 30, 2013

Game Preview: MIT vs. Rhode Island College

MIT vs. Rhode Island College
Saturday, Rockwell Cage, 1pm

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Probable Starters:
MIT (3-2) Ht. PPG RPG RIC (3-2) Ht. PPG RPG
Matt Redfield 6'8" 12.8 8.4 Mike Neal 6'6" 7.8 6.4
Andrew Acker 6'8" 10.6 8.4 Chris Burton 6'6" 12.8 6.8
Dennis Levene 6'8" 6.0 5.4 Tom Diciantis 6'5" 9.8 5.6
Justin Pedley 6'6" 15.0 1.0 Nyheem Sanders 6'1" 14.4 4.4 
Paul Dawson 5'10" 7.2 5.4 apg Austin Cilley 5'7" 10.4 3.0 apg

A Look at Rhode Island:
Rhode Island College boasted a 26-4 record last season, going 13-1 in the LEC on their way to a conference championship. They advanced to the 2nd Round of the NCAA Tournament, earning a #13 national ranking before the final polls. The Anchormen are on a two-game win streak this season with victories over Brandeis University and Bridgewater State.

Rhode Island College is an extremely athletic and disciplined team. They hold a +6 rebounding margin per game this season, and have doubled their opponents blocks thus far. Offensively they possess a number of weapons, being able to go inside with their 6'6" duo of Mike Neal and Chris Burton, as well as pose a threat from beyond the arc (their starters shoot 37% from three).

MIT needs to be able to guard the three-ball (unlike they did versus Tufts) on the defensive end this afternoon. Offensively, the Engineers' big-men must play aggressively, utilizing their size and skill sets.