Target on Princeton's back as season approaches
PRINCETON – The time is now for Princeton men’s basketball.
After a successful season last year in which the Tigers finished 22-9 overall, 11-3 and second place in the Ivy League, they are now the conference favorites this season.
Princeton had a shot at winning the Ivy last season but fell short of conference powerhouse Cornell after losing both games to the Big Red. The Tigers then won two games in the College Basketball Invitational before being eliminated by Saint Louis in the semifinals.
"Last year taught us a lot," said junior guard Doug Davis. "We went further than we did the previous year. We made mistakes but we also had a lot of success. I think that’s gonna carry over into this year."
Cornell has dominated the Ivy for the past few years, but now Louis Dale, Ryan Wittman, Jeff Foote and head coach Steve Donahue are all gone. That gives the Tigers a huge opportunity to win the league and start a new era of success atop the Ivy League.
"With this team, it’s not ‘This is the year,’" said Princeton head coach Sydney Johnson. "We don’t believe in that stuff at all. If you bust your tail in practice every day, we’ll go get what is coming for us, what belongs to us. There’s no ‘This is our year’ stuff."
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