On Saturday night, February 5th, the Yeshiva University Maccabees will host the Farmingdale State Rams for a matchup of the top two seeds in the Skyline Conference. The Macs have won the last four times these two teams have met, which includes an 80-66 victory earlier this season. Yeshiva enters this game on a four game win streak after a 96-45 win over Sarah Lawrence on Thursday night, while Farmingdale enters as winners of eight of their last nine.
Farmingdale started off their season slow, with a record of 2-5 after their first seven games, but have reversed course and are currently sitting at 13-7. The Rams are led by 6’8 senior Dominique Senat who leads them with 13.1 points and eight rebounds per game. Sophomores Nick Hurowitz, Corey Powell, and Aaron Davis each contribute over ten points per game as well, with Hurowitz and Powell each shooting at least 40% from three.
Keys to the Game:
Both teams are among the conference leaders in terms of shooting and 3-point percentage. Defensively, it will be important for the Macs to locate shooters and force the Rams to take difficult shots. On offense, the Macs who lead the conference in assists should continue making the extra pass for the open look.
Assist to Turnover Ratio:
The Rams have less assists than turnovers, which is something that the Macs should be able to take advantage of. Freshman guard Jevon Santos leads them with 4.4 assists per game, but the team averages just 13.7 compared to 15.1 turnovers per game. Coming off of a game where they scored 36 points off of opponent turnovers, the Macs should look to force the Rams to work hard for their points and take advantage of their miscues.
The Macs lead the conference in rebounding margin, while the Rams rank second. In a game that figures to have battles down low amongst the bigs, the Macs’ guards should make sure to help corral rebounds, as well.
How to Watch:
Watch the game on MacsLive here.