College Basketball Invitational first round
Who: Princeton Tigers (20-8) at Tulane Green Wave (17-16)
Where/Where: 8 p.m. ET, Wednesday, New Orleans, La.
Princeton: F Hans Brase (6-8, sophomore, 10.8 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 2.2 APG). F Spencer Weisz (6-4, freshman, 9.2 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 2.3 APG). F Will Barrett (6-10, senior, 10.5 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 1 APG). F Steven Cook (6-5, freshman, 4.7 PPG, 2.4 RPG). G T.J. Bray (6-5, senior, 18.3 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 5 APG).
Tulane: C Tomas Bruha (7-0, senior, 2.9 PPG, 2.5 RPG). F Trevante Drye (6-6, junior, 6.6 PPG, 7.6 RPG). G Jay Hook (6-3, junior, 14 PPG, 5 RPG). G Louis Dabney (6-3, sophomore, 15.2 PPG, 4.q RPG, 2 APG). G Jonathan Stark (6-0, freshman, 14.4 RRG, 2.6 RPG, 4.2 APG).
On Tulane: Despite finishing just a game above .500 and bowing out of the Conference USA tournament to eventual-champion Tulsa in the quarterfinals, the Green Wave are back in the postseason after participating in the CIT a season ago. This season marked the first time in coach Ed Conroy’s four-year tenure that the Wave finished the regular season with a winning record. Tulane didn’t, however, played a weak schedule, and didn’t beat a single team in Ken Pomeroy’s top 150.
Before Conroy signed on with the Green Wave, he spent four seasons at the Citadel. After going just 7-23 in his first season, he led the Bulldogs to a 20-13 campaign in 2009.
In his final season there in 2010, the Citadel hosted No. 12 Michigan State, losing 69-56. In the building was Princeton coach Mitch Henderson, who was then an assistant for Northwestern.
“I don’t know (Conroy) super well, but when he was at the Citadel I got to see them play,” Henderson said Monday. “I was in the Big 10 at the time and they played a game against Michigan State at the Citadel. They were getting so many cuts and looks at the basket.”
Records on the line: While the primary motivation for accepting the CBI invitation was to allow the young core of sophomore Hans Brase and freshmen Spencer Weisz, Steven Cook and Pete Miller to play at least one more game together this season, there will be some milestones on the line. Senior guard T.J. Bray finished the regular season just five points of 1,000 for his career. In the likely event he reaches that mark against the Green Wave, he’ll be the 30th Princeton player to do so. The Tigers are also one 3-pointer away from tying the program’s regular season record of , set in Henderson’s senior year of 1997-98.