Saturday, January 25, 2014

Game Preview: MIT vs. Emerson

MIT vs. Emerson 
Saturday, Rockwell Cage - Cambridge, MA, 3pm

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Probable Starters:
MIT (11-4, 3-2) Ht. PPG RPG Emerson (10-6, 3-2) Ht. PPG RPG
Matt Redfield 6'8" 12.1 9.0 Brian Hurley 6'7" 9.8 5.0
Andrew Acker 6'8" 11.3 10.2 Sean Duffy 6'4" 7.0 4.5
Dennis Levene 6'8" 4.9 4.9 Jon Goldberg 6'4" 10.3 9.1
Justin Pedley 6'6" 15.9 1.5 Tyson Hallowell  6'3" 9.4 1.5 
Dakota Pierce 6'3" 4.7 1.7 Michael Thorpe 6'0" 13.6 3.2 apg

A Look at Emerson:
Emerson College finished 13-5 in the GNAC last season before moving into the NEWMAC this year, where they are off to a 10-6 start and tied for 2nd place in the conference.. The Lyons knocked off #1-ranked Amherst earlier in the season and are coming off a 62-60 victory over Wheaton College.

Emerson will look to get out on the break, with their guards looking to push the ball while the bigs run to the rim. In the half-court most of their sets are out of a 1-4 high with the posts at the elbow. Emerson will set a lot of side ball screens, especially for Thorpe, and will feed their posts who get to the block quickly and aggressively. Emerson will also look to crash the boards hard.

On defense, look for Emerson to try a number of defensive schemes to contain MIT's height.