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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

GAME PREVIEW: Northeastern at Princeton 10/13/12


Northeastern Huskies

Record: 1-0 (0-0)

Last season: 14-17 (9-9)

Head coach: Bill Coen. At Northeastern: 91-99 (59-49).

Probable starters: Quincy Ford, sophomore, guard-forward, 6-foot-8, 11 ppg, 9 rpg. Reggie Spencer, sophomore, forward, 6-foot-8, 18 ppg, 7 rpg. Joel Smith, senior, guard, 6-foot-4, 20 ppg, 5 rpg, 5, apg. Marco Banegas-Flores, sophomore, guard, 6-foot-1, 6 ppg, 2, rpg, 1 apg. Zach Stahl, freshman, guard, 6-foot-5, 5 ppg, 2 rpg, 1 apg.

Key reserves: Chris Avenant, junior, guard-forward, 6-foot-4, 0 ppg, 0 rpg. Demetrius Pollard, sophomore, guard, 6-foot-2, 4 ppg, 1 rpg, 1 apg.

What to look for: While Northeastern has seldom been better than a middle-of-the-pack CAA team during Bill Coen’s six-year tenure, the Huskies do have a solid young nucleus, led by the talented sophomore duo of Quicy Ford and Reggie Spencer, who both had big games against crosstown rival Boston University in their 65-64 opening-night win. With junior Will Barrett and freshman Hans Brace rejoining last-season’s already solid front court-nucleus, however, the Tigers should have the advantage down low.

More concerning for Princeton is senior captain Joel Smith. Smith is the Huskies' most capable backcourt scorer, and also ran the point in the second half against BU. While the Tigers have a lot of quality depth up front, they only played three guards — T.J. Bray, Chris Clement and Clay Wilson — in their opening win against Buffalo. If Smith can get Bray into foul trouble, it could be an issue for the Tigers.

Prediction: While the Huskies certainly seem to be on the rise, Princeton probably has too much size and experience for such a young club to handle. The Tigers (as they often will this season) also have the best player on the court in senior forward Ian Hummer. If Bray can improve on his 0-7 three-point performance against Buffalo, this should be a win for Princeton.

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