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Thursday, February 20, 2014

PRINCETON WEEKEND: Dartmouth and Harvard

(all stats as of Feb. 20)
Who: Princeton Tigers (14-7, 2-5) vs. Dartmouth Big Green (9-13, 2-6)
When/Where: 7 p.m. Friday, Jadwin Gym
Who: Princeton vs. Harvard Crimson (20-4, 7-1)
When/Where: 8 p.m. Saturday, Jadwin Gym
Coverage: Dartmouth – 103.3 WPRB, Ivy League Digital Network. Harvard – 103.3 WPRB, ESPN3, ESPNU (Delay).
Probable Starters
Princeton:  C Hans Brase (6-8, sophomore, 11.4 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 2.2 APG). F Steven Cook (6-5, freshman, 3.5 PPG, 2 RPG). F Spencer Weisz (6-4, freshman, 9.2 PPG, 4 RPG, 2.1 APG). F Will Barrett (6-10, senior, 11.3 PPG, 3.5 RPG). G T.J. Bray (6-5, senior, 18.3 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 5.4 APG).
Dartmouth: G Alex Mitola (5-11, sophomore, 10.5 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 2.3 APG). G Tyler Melville (6-2, senior, 8 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 1 APG). G Kevin Crescenzi (6-3, sophomore, 5 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 1 APG). F John Golden (6-6, junior, 9.7 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 1.9 APG). C Cole Harrison (6-10, freshman, 1.7 PPG, 2.6 RPG).
Harvard: F Kyle Casey (6-7, senior, 10 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 1.5 APG). F Steve Moundou-Missi (6-7, junior, 9.5 PPG, 5.6 RPG). F Wesley Saunders (6-5, junior, 14.8 PPG, 4.6 RPG). G Siyani Chambers (6-0, sophomore, 11 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 4.3 APG). G Laurent Rivard (6-5, senior, 9.8 PPG, 3.1 RPG).
On Dartmouth: Despite a promising start, everything has gone downhill for the Big Green since beating Penn and Princeton on back-to-back nights during their second Ivy weekend. Since then, they’ve lost four straight league games, including one to Cornell, a team that hadn’t beaten a Division I opponent all season. In their last game against Columbia, coach Paul Cormier tried to staunch the bleeding by replacing sophomore forwards Connor Boehm and Matt Rennie in the starting lineup with freshman center Cole Harrison and sophomore guard Kevin Crescenzi.
“They outrebound us and played harder, and that’s really tough for us because we were coming off a very tough game Friday night (at Harvard) and did not respond well,” Tigers coach Mitch Henderson said, when asked about his team’s loss to the Big Green. “We had a lot of mental mistakes. We had been taking care of the ball very nicely all year, and in both of those games up there we didn’t take care of the ball.”
On Harvard: While many thought the Crimson would run away with the league — especially after Princeton’s disastrous start — coach Tommy Amaker’s squad has looked far from unbeatable the past two weekends. They dropped a game to Yale, and were nearly upset by Columbia before eventually overcoming the Lions in double overtime. With the Bulldogs also 7-1 in the Ivy, Harvard can’t afford any more league slip-ups and should be plenty motivated Saturday night at Jadwin, a venue they’ve lost their last 24 games.
Denton Koon: Denton Koon’s lost season hit a new low point over the weekend. The 6-foot-8 forward, who started 24 games last season and was expected to be a key cog this year, didn’t get in the game against either Brown or Yale. Though he was dressed and on the bench, Koon has been battling knee tendinitis all season, which has limited his mobility. Henderson declined comment Thursday, and Koon was unavailable to speak to the media.


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