Tonight at 8 PM, the Yeshiva University Maccabees (10-6, 7-1 Skyline) will host the Wesleyan University Cardinals (10-7, 2-2 NESCAC) in the Max Stern Athletic Center. This is the last non-conference game for the Macs this season and it is expected to be a tough one. The Cardinals have been flying cold recently—they lost their past three games—and are coming off a heartbreaking overtime loss against #5 Trinity—the last undefeated team in Division III—with a final score of 79-77. The Macs are looking to build off their big win last week and stay undefeated in 2024. The Macs' offense has been unstoppable recently, averaging just shy of 90 points per game in their last five matchups. With the Macs allowing an average of 89 points per game in their last 3 contests, they have to find a way to shore up their defense and keep the Cardinals under control. The Cardinals and Macs are both led in scoring by their respective guards—Shane Regan and Nicky Johnson for the Cardinals, Max Zakheim and Zevi Samet for the Macs—so this is sure to be an explosive game.
The Macs will look to build off their last win and stay undefeated in 2024. (Photo Credit: Akiva Poppers/MacsLive)
The Macs rebounded well in their previous game against Immaculata, out-rebounding them 34-27. A common theme this year in the Macs' losses has been them being dominated on the boards. To win this tough matchup against a high-scoring offense, the Macs will need to box out effectively to limit second-chance opportunities.
The Cardinals gave Trinity a tough time in their previous match-up due to their ball protection. They turned the ball over just seven times, only allowing Trinity 10 points off of turnovers. The Macs have been effective at forcing turnovers this year, ranking in the top 20 in all of Division III with just shy of 18 turnovers against a game. The Macs will need to play aggressively and force the Cardinals to make mistakes to win this game.
How to Watch:
Tip-off is scheduled for 8 PM at the Max Stern Athletic Center, or you can watch the game here.