Saturday, November 29, 2014

Game Preview: #16 MIT vs. Fitchburg State

MIT vs. Fitchburg State 
Saturday, Rockwell Cage - Cambridge, MA 1:00pm

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Probable Starters:
MIT (3-0, 0-0) Ht. PPG RPG Fitchburg (5-1, 0-0) Ht. PPG RPG
Andrew Acker 6'8" 12.0 5.7 Kwame Lee 6'8" 15.3 5.7
Tim Butala 6'8" 10.3 4.3 Maurice Greene 6'6" 7.7 5.2
Dennis Levene 6'8" 13.3 6.0 Givaughn Jones 6'2" 9.8 22%3FG
Justin Pedley 6'6" 18.7 41%3FG Keyon Armstrong 6'1" 15.2 44%3FG
Ryan Frankel 5'11" 13.3 6.0 apg Leonny Burgos 5'11" 5.2 2.2 apg

A Look at Fitchburg:
X's & O's
Fitchburg is another extremely athletic team that looks to run and push the pace on every possession. They look to get the ball in the hands of the guards and wings, who all have the ability to handle, distribute, and finish. MIT will have to eliminate opportunities in transition (including covering the trailing shooters) and make Fitchburg play a half-court game.

Defensively, Fitchburg uses high-intensity, extended man-to-man coverage. They will use a man press and double the point guard, and have shown several variations of zone as well. MIT will need to take care of the ball against the Falcons, who gamble on defense and will make offenses pay for their mistakes.

Recent Performance

Last Time Out

This is only the second time in history MIT and Fitchburg have squared off. The first time they played each other was almost 90 years ago in the 1927-1928 season, when the Engineers earned the inaugural victory.