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Monday, March 24, 2014


CBI, second round

Who: Princeton Tigers (21-8) at Fresno State Bulldogs (18-16)

When/Where: 10 p.m. ET Monday, Fresno, Calif.

Coverage: WPRB 103.3,

Probable Lineups
Princeton: G T.J. Bray (6-5, senior, 18 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 5.2 APG). F Spencer Weisz (6-4, freshman, 9 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 2.2 APG). F Steven Cook (6-5, freshman, 4.5 PPG, 2.4 RPG). C Hans Brase (6-8, sophomore, 11 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 2.2 APG). F Will Barrett (6-10, senior, 10.4 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 1 APG).

Fresno: F Alex Davis (6-9, junior, 5.8 PPG, 3.8 RPG). G Paul Watson (6-7, freshman, 10 PPG, 4.6 RPG). G Tyler Johnson (6-4, senior, 15.7 PPG, 7.4 RPG, 3 APG). G Cezar Guerrero (6-1, sophomore, 12.8 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 3.7 APG). G Marvelle Harris (6-4, sophomore, 14.8 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 2 APG).
Last time out: The Tigers narrowly advanced past Tulane last Wednesday with a 56-55 win in New Orleans despite holding a 14-point second half lead. Fresno State also had a competitive opening game, beating UTEP 61-56.

On Fresno: On paper at least, the Bulldogs look like a tougher challenge for the Tigers than the Green Wave. Ranked 114th in the country by Ken Pomeroy (Princeton is ranked 95th), Fresno has three top-100 wins on the season against UTEP (97), Boise State (79) and UC Irvine (89). Offensively, they get a majority of their scoring from the backcourt trio of Tyler Johnson, Cezar Guerrero and Marvelle Harris.

Looking ahead: If the Tigers advance past Fresno State, they will reach the CBI’s Final Four, where they will play the winner of the Penn State/Siena game. Princeton got perhaps its most memorable win of the season against the Nittany Lions back in December, coming back from a double-digit second half deficit to win 81-79 in overtime at Penn State’s historic Rec Hall.


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