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Gameday Preview: Men’s Basketball vs Farmingdale

On Saturday night, February 18, the Yeshiva University Maccabees will head to Farmingdale for their regular season finale against the Farmingdale State Rams. The winner will secure the number one seed and home-court advantage for the entirety of the Skyline Conference tournament, while the loser will drop to the number three seed. The Rams won in a November contest between the two teams with a score of 80-69. Zevi Samet’s 31 points along with Matan Zucker’s 11-9-10 near triple-double were not enough to take down the Rams, who were led by Nick Hurowitz with 21 points.

The Macs are just one win away from securing the #1 seed in the conference. (Photo Credits: Akiva Poppers)

Farmingdale will look to take advantage of the Macs on the offensive glass. For the year, they average 14 offensive rebounds per game, in contrast to the Macs’ seven. Yeshiva was able to turn Farmingdale over more than they did themselves in the last matchup. Keeping their own turnover numbers down while taking advantage of the Rams’ turnovers could be crucial in determining the outcome of the game. The Rams have also been a strong defensive team this season, holding teams to 68 points per game. They were able to hold the Macs to 41% from the field and just 27% from three when they last met in November.

Hurowitz is the Rams’ leading scorer at 14.9 points per game; his blend of size and the ability to score from the outside may cause problems for the Macs' defense. Corey Powell, who contributed 17 points in the Rams' earlier win against the Macs, is also currently averaging over 12 points per game. Speedy point guard Jevon Santos scored 16 points and dished out six assists the first time these teams played each other and is averaging over four assists per game. He can be a pesky defender as well, averaging two steals per game.

How to Watch:

Tip off is scheduled for 8:30 pm at the Nold Complex. Watch the game live here.


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