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Thursday, February 6, 2014

PRINCETON WEEKEND: Columbia and Cornell

(All stats as of Feb. 6)

Who: Princeton Tigers (12-5, 0-3) vs. Columbia Lions (13-8, 2-2) and Princeton vs. Cornell Big Red (1-17, 0-4).

When/Where: 7 p.m. Friday (Columbia) and 6 p.m. Saturday (Cornell) at Jadwin Gym.

Coverage: WPRB 103.3, Ivy League Digital Network

Projected starters

Princeton: F Hans Brase (6-8, sophomore, 12.3 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 2.6 APG). F Steven Cook (6-5, freshman, 1.6 PPG, 1 RPG). F Spencer Weisz (6-4, freshman, 9.3 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 2.2 APG). F Will Barrett (6-10, senior, 12.4 PPG,  3.7 RPG, 0.8 APG). G T.J. Bray (6-5, senior, 17.8 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 5.7 APG).

Columbia: F Alex Rosenberg (6-7, junior, 14.1 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 1.1 APG). C Cory Osetkowski (6-10, junior, 7.3 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 1.7 APG). G Isaac Cohen (6-4, sophomore, 4.0 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 2.6 APG). G Grant Mullins (6-3, sophomore, 12.8 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 2.4 APG). G Maodo Lo (6-3, sophomore, 14 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 1.4 APG).

Cornell: F Dwight Tarwater (6-6, senior, 6 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 1.2 APG). F David Onuorah (6-9, freshman, 2.8 PPG, 3.3 RPG). G Robert Hatter (6-2, freshman, 9.4 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 2.1 APG). G Devin Cherry (6-3, junior, 11.6 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 3.1 APG). G Nolan Cressler (6-4, sophomore, 16.3 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 1.7 APG).

On Columbia: The Lions — picked to finish dead last in the Ivy’s preseason media poll — have been one of the pleasant surprises in the league this season. Though their best win was probably against American (ranked 98th by, they played both Michigan State and St. John’s extremely tough and realistically could finish the season in the upper half of the Ivy standings. While depth has been a little bit of an issue for the Lions, they have three players junior forward Alex Rosenberg and sophomore guards Maodo Lo and Grant Mullins that can go off for 20-plus points on any given night.
“These guys have now been playing together for at least a year, and they seem to know what is expected of them,” coach Mitch Henderson said. “They are tough. Both offensively and defensively they do things well, and we are playing with a little bit of a challenge on our end. We have to figure this out.”

On Cornell:  If Columbia’s season has been something of a surprise, Cornell’s can only be considered a major disappointment. The Big Red don’t have a Division I win on the season, with their only victory coming against DIII Oberlin. Their adjusted defensive efficiency of 121.2 is the second worst in the nation ahead of only Grambling, and the have both shot and made fewer free throws than any team in DI. Still, there is some cause for the Tigers to be concerned. In their last Ivy game against Yale, Cornell came close to upsetting the Bulldogs — a solid team in the league — eventually falling 61-57. Sophomore guard Nolan Cressler had 29 points in that game. The Big Red could deffinately be a challenge for a Princeton team still reeling from three consecutive league losses.
“They are very aggressive getting up on guys,” Henderson said. “It’s one game at a time, but for us it is just the human element. How are we going to respond? I thought Monday’s practice was good, but I thought last Monday’s practice was good. We’ve got to dig in.”


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