Tuesday, January 7, 2014

NEWMAC, Northeast on National Scene

Four NEWMAC teams and ten Northeast Region teams received votes for the most recent Top 25 poll, including MIT with 14, as both the conference and the region show their strength nationally.

Read more here: http://d3hoops.com/top25/men/2013-14/week5

Game Preview: MIT vs. Clark University

MIT vs. Clark University
Wednesday, Rockwell Cage, 7pm

Live Stats | Video

Probable Starters:
MIT (8-2, 0-0) Ht. PPG RPG Clark (9-2, 0-0) Ht. PPG RPG
Matt Redfield 6'8" 13.9 9.8 David Mercier 6'6" 4.5 3.5
Andrew Acker 6'8" 11.9 9.6 Andrew Musler 6'4" 11.7 8.2
Dennis Levene 6'8" 5.2 4.9 Nicholas Daprato 6'0" 21.2 4.4
Justin Pedley 6'6" 15.5 1.5 Tyler Huffman 5'10" 8.5 2.1 
Paul Dawson 5'10" 4.9 4.4 apg Lucas LaLima 5'7" 3.6 4.4 apg

A Look at Clark:
Clark University is off to another strong start (9-2) in their proud and storied basketball tradition. The Cougars have a talented young recruiting class mixed with experienced upperclassmen as well as the top scorer in the conference. 

Clark will look to run on both misses and turnovers. In transition, the guards will push the ball up the right side of the court while the shooters will look to run to the three point line to get open looks.

In the half court Clark runs a motion offense with a few sets interspersed. The majority of the sets are designed to get Nicholas Daprato a shot. The Cougars will run a lot of screen-the-screener plays, especially for Daprato, as he is very good at reading and reacting to the offense. 42% of their shot attempts are from three, and the Engineers ability to contest their three point shooting will be a huge part of the game. 

Defensively the Cougars have shown half-court man and 2-3 zone, a 3/4 press, as well as a 2-1-2 full court press. The Engineers must be prepared to handle the ball in the backcourt and use their size advantage down low. 

Tune in at half-time for MITHoop.NET's in-game analysis.