Thursday, February 6, 2014

Game Preview: MIT vs. Springfield

MIT vs. Springfield 
Thursday,  James Naismith Court - Springfield, MA, 7pm

Live Stats | Video

Probable Starters:
MIT (14-5, 5-3) Ht. PPG RPG Springfield (14-5, 5-3) Ht. PPG RPG
Matt Redfield 6'8" 13.9 9.4 Tim Swenson 6'7" 11.2 9.8
Andrew Acker 6'8" 11.9 10.2 Robbie Burke 6'4" 13.7 7.9
Dennis Levene 6'8" 4.4 4.2 Nick Sienkiewicz 6'3" 8.8 2.8
Justin Pedley 6'6" 13.7 1.4 Alex Garstka  6'1" 11.3 2.4 
Dakota Pierce 6'3" 4.6 1.8 Sean Martin 6'1" 11.4 4.2 

A Look at Springfield:
Recent Performance
Springfield is coming off a 1-point loss versus #4 WPI. Springfield is also 14-5 and 5-3 in conference, and tied with MIT for 2nd place.

Last Time Out
MIT and Springfield battled it out in an intense game last time in Rockwell Cage, with both defenses going at it. MIT grinded out the 55-51 victory behind a career-high 27 points from sharp-shooter Justin Pedley (including 7 three-pointers).

X's & O's
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.