Friday, March 7, 2014

NCAA 1st Round Preview: MIT vs. Plattsburgh State

MIT vs. Plattsburgh State 
Friday,  Memorial Hall - Plattsburgh, NY, 7:30pm

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Probable Starters:
MIT (20-8, 8-6) Ht. PPG RPG Plattsburgh (22-5, 15-3) Ht. PPG RPG
Matt Redfield 6'8" 13.3 8.8 Shavar Fields 6'6" 14.5 6.2
Andrew Acker 6'8" 11.8 9.5 Ezra Hodgson 6'6" 7.6 2.5
Dennis Levene 6'8" 4.6 4.3 John Perez 6'3" 12.8 9.4
Justin Pedley 6'6" 11.6 1.7 Edward Correa  6'1" 11.7 2.2 
Ryan Frankel 5'11" 8.3 3.2 apg Chris Manning 6'0" 5.6 5.1 apg 

A Look at Plattsburgh:
Recent Performance
Plattsburgh State received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament after posting a 22-5 overall record, but falling in the SUNYAC finals to nationally ranked Brockport.

Last Time Out
This is the second time these two teams have met; the first was back in the 1964-65 season when MIT beat Plattsburgh by a score of 58-57.

X's & O's
Plattsburgh State is an extremely athletic team that is looking to score in transition, push the ball hard after both makes and misses and trying to score quickly. In the half-court, the Cardinals waste no time on offense, and look to shoot or attack the rim off the first pass. Look for them to do lots of double-ball screens for their shooters, high-ball screens with shooters,  spreading the floor with hand-off series, and 4-around-1 with their bigs posting hard. Plattsburgh State is scoring 78.7 ppg and shooting 38% from three (7.9 makes per game).

On the defensive end Plattsburgh primarily employs a half-court man strategy, though they will show a full-court run and jump press as well as some 2-3 zone. The Cardinals allow 68 ppg.

A big question mark in tonights game is whether or not two of the Cardinals' leading scorers, Shavar Fields and Chris McIntosh, will see court time, as they were not present in the conference finals for Plattsburgh.