Sunday, March 2, 2014

NEWMAC Championship Preview: MIT vs. Springfield

MIT vs. Springfield 
Sunday,  Harrington Auditorium - Worcester, MA, 1pm

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Probable Starters:
MIT (19-8, 8-6) Ht. PPG RPG Springfield (20-6, 10-4) Ht. PPG RPG
Matt Redfield 6'8" 13.4 9.1 Tim Swenson 6'7" 10.6 9.6
Andrew Acker 6'8" 11.5 9.4 Robbie Burke 6'4" 13.8 7.4
Dennis Levene 6'8" 4.3 4.3 Nick Sienkiewicz 6'3" 10.7 2.7
Justin Pedley 6'6" 11.9 1.6 Alex Garstka  6'1" 11.2 2.2 
Ryan Frankel 5'11" 8.1 3.1 apg Sean Martin 6'1" 11.7 4.2 

A Look at Springfield:
Recent Performance
Springfield is coming off a thrilling overtime 85-77 win yesterday over #2 seed Babson in the NEWMAC Semifinals.

Last Time Out
MIT and Springfield have split the series this season, with MIT taking the first win on their home-court 55-51, and Springfield returning the favor with a 59-51 win at their home just a few weeks later.

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.