Saturday, February 1, 2014

Game Preview: MIT vs. Clark University

MIT vs. Clark University
Saturday, Kneller Athletic Center - Worcester, MA, 1pm

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Probable Starters:
MIT (14-4, 5-2) Ht. PPG RPG Clark (10-8, 1-6) Ht. PPG RPG
Matt Redfield 6'8" 13.9 9.0 David Mercier 6'6" 4.2 3.3
Andrew Acker 6'8" 12.4 10.8 Andrew Musler 6'4" 12.6 4.0
Dennis Levene 6'8" 4.4 4.2 Nicholas Daprato 6'0" 17.6 4.4
Justin Pedley 6'6" 14.2 1.5 Tyler Huffman 5'10" 7.1 1.6 
Dakota Pierce 6'3" 4.8 1.9 Lucas LaLima 5'7" 4.2 3.8 apg

A Look at Clark:
Recent Performance 
Clark University is fresh off of a very important conference victory versus Babson College this past Wednesday, putting the Cougars within striking distance of the last playoff spot, and dropping Babson from a three-way tie for second place with MIT and Springfield to sole possession of third place. The

Last Time Out 
MIT defeated Clark 63-36 in the NEWMAC opener. MIT showed the conference why they are ranked among tops in the nation in defense and rebounding (holding Clark to 18.9% shooting and +13 on the boards), and showed an all-around performance on the offensive end.

X's & O's 
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.

Redfield, Acker Power MIT Past Wheaton

The 6'8" Junior power-duo of Matt Redfield and Andrew Acker powered MIT past Wheaton College Wednesday evening, leading the Engineers to a 75-57 conference win. The two dominating forces combined for 45 points on 16-of-21 shooting (76%), 25 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 blocks, 3 steals, and 2 dunks.

MIT as a team shot 52.2% from the field, and out-rebound the Lyons 42-25. After a first half which saw the two teams nearly tied at half-time, MIT's nationally-ranked defense went on to hold Wheaton to 37% from the field and 0-of-7 from three in the second half.

6'6" sharp-shooting Sophomore Justin Pedley netted 13 points on 4-of-7 shooting from three, while Sophomore point guard Ryan Frankel paced the Engineers with 5 assists.

MIT moves to 14-4 on the season, 5-2 in conference, and faces Clark University on Saturday.