Saturday, January 11, 2014

Game Preview: MIT vs. #6 WPI

MIT vs. #6 WPI
Saturday, Harrington Auditorium - Worcester, MA, 2pm

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Probable Starters:
MIT (9-2, 1-0) Ht. PPG RPG WPI (11-1, 1-0) Ht. PPG RPG
Matt Redfield 6'8" 13.7 10.0 Ryan Kolb 6'5" 14.9 4.5
Andrew Acker 6'8" 11.0 9.4 Domenick Mastacusa 6'5" 6.8 3.8
Dennis Levene 6'8" 5.3 4.7 Sean Doncaster 6'3" 5.7 2.0
Justin Pedley 6'6" 15.9 1.5 Sam Longwell 6'3" 17.9 5.8 
Dakota Pierce 6'3" 4.7 1.8 Aaron Davis 5'10" 7.9 5.0 apg

A Look at WPI:
WPI is a storied program with 10 consecutive 20-win seasons under their belt and a #4 national ranking last season. They are currently ranked #6 overall in Division III and are 1-0 in conference play and 11-1 overall.

WPI runs a motion offense with many flares and handoffs for their shooters Sam Longwell and Zach Karalis. WPI will utilize the pick-and-roll, will look to spread the floor, and look to penetrate off the dribble (especially with Aaron Davis in late shot clock situations).

WPI will push the ball hard up the floor in transition. In the half-court, they do not run a strict offense; primarily 3-out-2-in and 4-round-1 motion with block to block screening.  The objective of their offense is to get someone who they feel has a favorable match-up in 1-on-1 situations, have Longwell or Karalis create, and the rest of the shooters spotting up.

WPI defensively will play straight man help and recover. They will overplay at every position, with heavy pressure on the wings. WPI plays very hard, and will dive after every ball and every rebound.

MIT offensively will need to utilize their size down low and their shooters outside, and defensively prevent WPI's shooters from getting comfortable from beyond the arc.