Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Game Preview: MIT vs. Gordon

MIT vs. Gordon 
Tuesday, Bennett Center - Wenham, MA 7:30pm

Live Stats | Video

Probable Starters (2013-2014 stats):
MIT (0-0, 0-0) Ht. PPG RPG Gordon (0-0, 0-0) Ht. PPG RPG
Matt Redfield 6'8" 13 9 Hans Miersma 6'9" 13 10
Andrew Acker 6'8" 12 10 Jason Dempsey 6'6" 8 6
Dennis Levene 6'8" 5 4 Dominic Paradis 6'5" 5 31% 3FG
Justin Pedley 6'6" 12 2 Taylor Bajema  6'4" 14.2 29% 3FG
Ryan Frankel 5'11" 8 3 apg Richie Armand 5'10" 1 1 spg

A Look at Gordon:
Recent Performance
Gordon College comes into the 2014-2015 season as the reigning Commonwealth Coast Conference champions, posting an 18-11 record last season and advancing to the 2nd Round of the NCAA Tournament before falling to eventual national runners-up Williams College.

Last Time Out
MIT-67 Gordon-48
Paul Dawson: 17 pts, 8 asts, 4 stls, 3 rbs
Matt Redfield: 14 pts, 6 rbs, 4 asts, 3 blks
Andrew Acker: 12 pts, 11 rbs
Dennis Levene: 9 pts
Justin Pedley: 9 pts

X's & O's
Gordon likes to push transition offense, locating their shooters early on for easy looks. In the half-court they usually go 3-out-2-in, with their bigs initiating their offense with down-screens, then proceeding into a Motion offense with lots of screens and single-singles. Look for plenty of plays where Miersma gets a look down-low.

On the defensive end, Gordon utilizes a half-court man, picking up at the three-point line. They look to pack their defense in, protecting the paint, and collapsing on drives. MIT's shooters need to be prepared to knock down the open looks.