Wednesday, February 26, 2014

NEWMAC Quarterfinals Preview: #4 MIT vs. #5 Emerson

MIT vs. Emerson 
Wednesday, Rockwell Cage - Cambridge, MA, 7pm

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Probable Starters:
MIT (17-8, 8-6) Ht. PPG RPG Emerson (13-12, 6-8) Ht. PPG RPG
Matt Redfield 6'8" 13.7 8.8 Brian Hurley 6'7" 9.6 5.1
Andrew Acker 6'8" 11.4 9.4 Sean Duffy 6'4" 4.7 3.0
Dennis Levene 6'8" 4.2 4.2 Jon Goldberg 6'4" 11.9 9.7
Justin Pedley 6'6" 12.0 1.5 Tyson Hallowell  6'3" 8.6 1.4 
Ryan Frankel 5'11" 7.6 3.2 apg Michael Thorpe 6'0" 15.0 3.5 apg

A Look at Emerson:
Recent Performance
Emerson battled it out with Wheaton College in the final regular game of the season, falling 79-73.

Last Time Out
MIT took down Emerson 80-61 just two games ago behind solid performances by Matt Redfield (24 pts) and Ryan Frankel (23 pts).

X's & O's
Emerson College finished 13-5 in the GNAC last season before moving into the NEWMAC this year. The Lyons knocked off #1-ranked Amherst and nationally-ranked WPI earlier in the season.

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.