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Marist will play their first game in Springfield against their neighbors to the north, Siena, who they defeated in a nail-biter in their last meeting, 76-74. Marist comes in on their first three-game winning streak of the season, and having won five of their last seven. The season series between the two is tied at 1-1, and this game will serve as the rubber match for the rivals.
This game will likely be decided by which team’s big man has the stronger performance. This will be the final bout between O.D. Anosike and Adam Kemp, two of the MAAC’s biggest centers, with Anosike graduating this year. There has been a clear correlation between Kemp’s increased involvement in the Red Foxes’ offense and the recent momentum burst they have experienced. Kemp had 24 points and 14 rebounds (Anosike had 16 and 9) in last Friday’s meeting with Siena, and it resulted in one of the precious few road conference wins the Foxes have managed this season.
If Adam Kemp is able to continue his strong play, it will likely open up the floor for Devin Price and Chavaughn Lewis, the team’s leading scorers. When they have been able to consistently get good looks, (See: VMI), they’ve been able to shoot consistently from the floor.
In what could be the last game for senior guard and team captain Devin Price, in a “win or go home” atmosphere, the Red Foxes should be expected to be intense and up-tempo from the beginning. Whether or not the Red Foxes will be able to carry their momentum deep in the tournament will likely be determined by the precedent they establish tonight.