Gameday Preview: #7 Men's Basketball @ Maritime
Updated: Jan 30, 2022
On Sunday, January 30, the Yeshiva University Maccabees will head to Throggs Neck, New York for a matchup with the Maritime College Privateers. The Macs bounced back from their loss to Illinois Wesleyan with a 40-point win against Mount Saint Mary, and will look to add another win against a team they have beaten in their last four meetings. The last time these two teams met, in the 2019-20 season, ended with a 94-56 victory for Yeshiva.
The Privateers, who have a record of 3-13, have struggled mightily this season and are still looking for their first Skyline Conference win of the year. Despite their inability to win games this season, Maritime has been in many close games, which is highlighted by their scoring margin of -4.1. Efficient trips down the court is an issue for Maritime; as a team, they shoot just 39% from the field and 26% from three.
Leading the way for Maritime is senior guard Ryan Donovan, who is first on the team in scoring and rebounding with 17.9 points and 6.6 rebounds per game, respectively. Each of the top four leading scorers for the Privateers are guards. Their highest scoring big men—a trio of Nick Ovanessian, Robbie Mitchell, and Sean Flynn—average just 5.1 points per game each.
Keys to the Game:
1. Second Chance Points:
Although the Macs have struggled at times with rebounding this season, they should look to take advantage of second chance opportunities against Maritime.
The Privateers’ opponents are averaging over six rebounds per game more than them, and a little extra effort from the Macs after misses should allow them to secure some easy extra looks.
2. Damage Control:
Something Maritime has done a pretty good job of this season is taking advantage of their opponents’ mistakes.
For a Macs team that has the best record in the conference, but is in the middle of the pack in terms of turnovers per game, prudent decision making and limiting the damage after errors will be important.
3. Manufacturing Extra Possessions:
In their last game, the Macs forced 23 turnovers, and were able to convert those turnovers into 36 points.
Continuing to generate turnovers will afford Yeshiva extra possessions and give the Macs opportunities to get out and run in transition.
How to Watch:
This conference matchup will tip off at 1:00 PM. To tune in, click here.