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Friday, November 22, 2013


Who: Princeton Tigers (2-1, 0-0 Ivy) at Rice Owls (2-2, 0-0 C-USA)

When/Where: 3 p.m. EST, Tudor Fieldhouse, Houston, Texas.

Coverage: ($)

Coaches: Princeton – Mitch Henderson (third season, 39-24). Rice – Ben Braun (sixth season, 21-63 at Rice).

Probable Starters
Princeton: F Spencer Weisz (6-4, freshman, 9.3 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 3 APG), F Will Barrett (6-10, senior, 14 PPG, 2.3 RPG), C Hans Brase (6-8, sophomore, 10.3 PPG, 9.3 RPG, 3 APG), G Ben Hazel (6-5, junior, 9.3 PPG, 4.7 RPG), Jimmy Sherburne (6-3, senior, 8 PPG, 2 RPG, 3.3 APG)
 Rice: F Seth Gearhart (6-7, junior, 6 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 1 APG), F Sean Obi (6-9, freshman, 10.8 PPG, 8.5 RPG, 1.3 APG), G Marcus Jackson (6-3, freshman, 11 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 2.8 APG), G Austin Ramljak (6-3, senior, 11.5 PPG, 2.5 RPG), G Max Guercy (5-9, sophomore, 13.5 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 4.5 APG)

Backstory: Princeton pulled out a close 81-80 overtime win against Lafayette Wednesday, but coach Mitch Henderson wasn’t exactly pleased with his team’s defensive effort, as the Tigers allowed the Leopards to shoot 58 percent from the field. Though the Owls were picked near the bottom of Conference USA, stylistically they do present an opportunity to correct some of the things that went wrong against Lafayette.

“Shoot, I hope we can correct some stuff, because there were a lot of problems,” Henderson said Thursday. “Lafayette is very difficult to guard. There are some similarities (with Rice): four really good shooter who have confidence playing around a bigger guy inside.”

At this point of the season, however, Princeton is less focused on the particulars of how Rice plays and more focused on themselves.

“I think any opponent is a good next game for us, to be honest,” guard Jimmy Sherburne said. “Especially coming off a game like that where we didn’t feel like we put out our best effort. I don’t think the personnel for Rice matters that much, because I think we are looking inwards. The scouting report is important, but we are trying to correct things we can control.”


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