Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Game Preview: MIT vs. Coast Guard

MIT vs. Coast Guard
Saturday, US Coast Guard Academy - New London, CT, 1pm

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Probable Starters:
MIT (14-6, 5-4) Ht. PPG RPG Coast Guard (5-15, 2-7) Ht. PPG RPG
Matt Redfield 6'8" 12.7 9.5 David Anderson 6'6" 11.2 4.9
Andrew Acker 6'8" 10.8 9.8 Ryan McNeil 6'4" 6.3 2.3
Dennis Levene 6'8" 5.4 4.6 John Benedict 6'4" 7.5 3.2
Justin Pedley 6'6" 15.5 1.5 Ricky Rodriguez  6'2" 9.0 3.6 
Dakota Pierce 6'3" 4.3 1.6 Devonte Weems 5'11" 6.9 3.3 apg

A Look at Coast Guard:
Recent Performance
Coast Guard is fighting for a playoff spot and have shown this fight in recent games, beginning with a close contest with #4 WPI. Coast Guard went on to beat Wheaton College 73-55 the following game, and most recently fell to Clark in another hard-fought NEWMAC contest.

Last Time Out
MIT and Coast Guard battled it out in Rockwell Cage last outing, with MIT prevailing with the close 53-49 win. Andrew Acker led the Engineers with 20 points and 13 rebounds.

X's & O's
Coast Guard's offense is ran by Devonte Weems, who will look to push the ball in transition off of rebounds and turnovers. The Bears will play 4 guards at time, and will take the first shot that presents itself (they shoot 20 3's per game).

In the half-court CGA will run a 4-around-1 motion (with Anderson as the focal point down low) or a 5-out offense. This is a completely new offense for the Bears, who primarily ran the Flex offense in the past (a continuos and structured offense with lots of screens).

Defensively the Bears will look to mix some defenses (half-court man, 2-3 zone, 1-3-1, 2-2-1 3/4 press) to deal with the Engineers' height.