On Saturday night, December 11, The Yeshiva University Maccabees will host the Medgar Evers College Cougars. The Macs are coming off a tough win against Washington College 85-76. The nine-point margin is the lowest margin of victory for the Macs this season. The Macs will look to bounce back with a more complete performance to advance to 13-0 on the season. The last— and only— time the Macs and the Cougars met was in December of 2007, and it ended with the Macs winning 58-47.
Medgar Evers enters this game with a 2-6 record. The Cougars have had a couple close games this season, including a 99-95 loss in overtime against The College at Old Westbury and an 89-86 win against St Joseph's Brooklyn. They have multiple players to watch out for. Senior guard Keison McIntosh leads the team in scoring, with 16.3 points per game. Freshman Andre Evans Jr. is close behind with 16 points per game; he leads the team in assists and steals. Junior forward Mousa Sinera is in third place for scoring, with 14.8 points per game. He also leads the team in rebounds, with 16.6 rebounds per game. The Cougars will need these three players to step up in order to pull off an on-the-road upset against the Macs.
Keys to the Game:
Win the FT Battle:
The Macs have done an excellent job preventing opposing teams from getting to the free-throw line while also getting to the free-throw line themselves. They will have to do the same against Medgar Evers. In Medgar Evers’ two wins this season, they averaged 29 FT attempts. Andre Evans Jr. leads the Cougars with 8 FT attempts per game this season, and he will look to get to the rim to draw fouls. The Macs need to stay disciplined on the defensive end.
Crash the Boards:
Medgar Evers has struggled in rebounding, especially on the defensive end. Opponents are grabbing an average of 17 offensive rebounds per game against the Cougars. The Macs have shown they can control the offensive glass, and they will look to do so again in this game.
The Macs have been badly hurt by turnovers in their games this week. The Macs turned the ball over 21 times against Brooklyn College on Monday and then turned the ball over 22 times against Washington College. The Macs have too good an offense to waste possessions without getting a shot opportunity.
How to Watch:
Watch the game on Macslive here.