Gameday Preview: #1 Men's Basketball vs Washington College
On Thursday night, December 9, the Yeshiva University Maccabees will play host to the Washington College Shoremen from Chestertown, Maryland. Earlier this week, the Macs traveled to Brooklyn to take on Brooklyn College, ultimately emerging victorious with a final score of 94-48. The Macs and Shoremen met for the first and only time in 2019 when the Macs went down to Maryland and beat them 78-68, for the third win of the Macs ongoing 47 game winning streak. Ryan Turell, Gabe Leifer, and Ofek Reef are the only players currently on the roster who played in that matchup.
Coming into this game, Washington has a record of 2-6 and just snapped a five game losing streak. As a team they are averaging 67.9 points per game, with 40% shooting from the field and just 27% from the 3-point range. Averaging just under 20 free throw attempts per game, the Shoremen are able to make up for a lack of shooting efficiency by getting to the line and converting.
The Shoremen are led by Senior guard Dilyn Becker who averages just over 13 points per game. Becker has proven to be a 3-point shooter, making 43.3% of his attempts this year. Big man Sam Corrao is another player to keep an eye on. Corrao runs the floor well and has the ability to knock down an open 3-pointer. Although he stands at 6’6, he only averages 2.8 rebounds per game. Kedrick Frink is the other go-to scorer for the Shoremen, averaging 13 points per game.
Keys to the Game:
In their last game, the Macs turned the ball over 21 times and had many more passes deflected. While they won by a comfortable margin, they should still focus on limiting turnovers in this game. Even though a high turnover rate has not yet proven to be an issue in these games, when the Macs meet their higher caliber opponents, they will need to be more careful with the ball in order to emerge victorious in those matchups.
The leading rebounder for Washington is the 6’1" Kedrick Frink. Going up against a team without a strong rebounding big, the Macs should look to take advantage of opportunities on the offensive glass. While offensive rebounding is not really a strength of this Macs team, following their shots against an undersized Washington team could lead to high percentage looks and easy baskets.
With the exception of Becker, Corrao, and 6’1 guard Jason Zielinski, the Shoremen do not have threats to shoot the three. The Macs should push the Washington players to attempt to beat them from beyond the arc and not allow them to get to the free throw line, where the team is able to do much of their offensive damage.
How to Watch:
Tip off is at 7 pm. Watch the game live here
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