Saturday, January 18, 2014

Game Preview: MIT vs. Springfield

MIT vs. Springfield 
Saturday, Rockwell Cage - Cambridge, MA, 2pm

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Probable Starters:
MIT (10-3, 2-1) Ht. PPG RPG Springfield (11-3, 2-1) Ht. PPG RPG
Matt Redfield 6'8" 12.7 9.5 Tim Swenson 6'7" 12.4 9.9
Andrew Acker 6'8" 10.8 9.8 Robbie Burke 6'4" 13.8 7.5
Dennis Levene 6'8" 5.4 4.6 Nick Sienkiewicz 6'3" 8.8 2.5
Justin Pedley 6'6" 15.5 1.5 Alex Garstka  6'1" 12.6 2.6 
Dakota Pierce 6'3" 4.3 1.6 Sean Martin 6'1" 12.4 2.4 spg

A Look at Springfield:
Springfield is currently 11-3 and are coming off a 19-win season and a NCAA Tournament at-large bid. The Pride have a vey balanced offense with almost their entire starting lineup scoring in double figures, and scoring 85 points per game as a team (which is top 20 in the country). Springfield has a rich basketball tradition (Basketball was invented at Springfield) and have had five straight winning seasons.

Springfield will certainly look to push the ball in transition, but will look to score when the opportunity presents itself. In the half-court, they will run one of their many sets and will look to score off one of the options from each set. They have a solid inside presence in Swenson and Burke and have shooters that can stroke it from beyond the arc.

Defensively Springfield is a gritty team, and will look to apply pressure and intensity for 40 minutes. MIT must be prepared for a number of different defensive strategies by the Pride.

Tune in at halftime for MITHoops.NET's analysis.