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Tuesday, November 26, 2013


Who: Princeton Tigers (3-1, 0-0 Ivy) vs. George Mason Patriots (4-1, 0-0 A10)

When/Where: 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jadwin Gymnasium.

Coverage: 103.3 WPRB, Ivy League Digital Network

Coaches: Princeton – Mitch Henderson (third season, 40-24). George Mason – Paul Hewitt (third season, 49-24)

Last game: Princeton beat Rice 70-56 in Houston, George Mason lost at Iona 89-73.

Probable Starters
Princeton: C Hans Brase (6-8, sophomore, 11.5 PPG, 8 RPG, 2.5 APG). F Will Barrett (6-10, senior, 11.5 PPG, 2.5 RPG), F Spencer Weisz (6-4, freshman, 9 PPG, 5 RPG, 2.3 APG). G Ben Hazel (6-5, junior, 9.8 PPG, 5.3 RPG). G Jimmy Sherburne (6-4, senior, 7 PPG, 2 RPG, 3.8 APG).
George Mason: F Johnny Williams (6-8, senior, 5.6 PPG, 3.2 RPG). F Marko Gujanicic (6-8, sophomore, 12.6 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 1.8 APG). G Sherrod Wight (6-4, senior, 15 PPG, 4.4 RPG). G Corey Edwards (5-11, junior, 4 PPG, 2 RPG, 1.8 APG). G Byron Allen (6-3, senior, 12.7 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 4.3 APG).

Background: After a somewhat sluggish performance last Wednesday against Lafayette, the Tigers didn’t have much trouble dispatching an overmatched Rice team that figures to be one of the worst teams in Conference-USA. They will get a tough challenge from the Patriots, who are projected to be near the middle of a fairly strong A10. Marko Gujanicic has been a solid presence in the post for George Mason, while the senior duo of Sherrod Wright and Byron Allen will be a difficult test defensively for the Princeton backcourt.

Deep thoughts: Princeton is getting 44.2 percent of its offense this season from behind the three-point line, which is the fifth highest number in Division I (collectively, the Tigers have hit 42 of their 108 attempts from deep). George Mason, however, has been good defending the three-point line, with their opponents hitting just 27.8 percent from behind the line. Princeton’s perimeter size has generally — particularly in Will Barrett’s case — helped with getting clean looks at the basket.

Bray is back: Senior captain T.J. Bray returned to action a bit early than expected Saturday, playing 21 minutes off the bench in the Tigers’ comfortable win against Rice. While he didn’t get the starting nod, it didn’t look like he missed much of a beat after sitting out the first three games of the season with a wrist injury, scoring eight points and handing out four assists. Both Jimmy Sherburne and Ben Hazel have been solid in the backcourt so far, so it will be interesting to see who gets sent to the pine once Bray is fully reintegrated into the lineup.


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