After a tough home loss to the NYU Violets on Saturday night, the YU Maccabees will be tasked with playing their second back-to-back in as many weekends, facing off against the Nichols College Bison on Sunday afternoon. Nichols made the Division III Elite 8 last season and landed just outside of the d3hoops Preseason Top 25, so this should be another significant challenge for Yeshiva. The Macs will need to forget about NYU quickly and turn all their attention to the 3-1 Bison, who will be looking to pick up their first road win of the season.
Nichols is led by senior guard Tavon Jones, who is averaging a whopping 27.5 points per game, and they will be relying heavily on him against a very solid Macs backcourt. He will need some help, however, as Yeshiva guards Zevi Samet, Or Sundjyvsky, and Max Zakheim are averaging 21.2, 21, and 15.6 points per game, respectively. Each team has shown the ability to score a lot of points, so this could very well be a high-scoring affair.
Taking Care Of The Ball:
These two teams turn the ball over a ton, with Nichols averaging 15.3 per game and Yeshiva 16.4. Today’s game looks to be a close one and it will come down to which team can control the ball and limit the turnovers.
The Macs bring a lot of intensity on defense, but it will be important for them to maintain that intensity throughout the game instead of just in short spurts. Nichols is able to put up points in a hurry, so the Macs will need to bear down and look to make anyone besides Tavon Jones beat them.
How to watch:
This game will tip off at 3pm from the Max Stern Athletic Center. You can watch the game and pregame ceremonies beginning at 2:50pm live on MacsLive.