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Thursday, December 18, 2014


Who: Princeton Tigers (3-8) vs Lipscomb Bison(4-6) 

When/Where: 8 p.m. Friday, Jadwin Gym

Probable Starters

Princeton: G Spencer Weisz (6-4, Soph., 13.3 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 3.1 APG), F Hans Brase (6-8, Jr., 13 PPG, 8.2 RPG, 3.4 APG), F Pete Miller (6-10, Soph., 6.1 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 1.8 APG), G Amir Bell (6-3, Fr., 8.5 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 2.1 APG),  F Steven Cook (6-5, Soph., 10.3 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 2.1 APG)

Lipscomb: C Chad Lang (6-11, Sr., 4 PPG, 2.5 RPG), F Malcolm Smith (6-5, Sr., 13.3 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 1.8 APG), G Talbott Denny (6-6, Jr., 4.8 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 1 APG), G Josh Williams (6-5, Soph., 15 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 1.8 APG), G Nathan Moran (5-9, Fr., 9.9 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 2.9 APG)

Last time out: The Tigers nearly scored a signature win last Saturday at Cal, leading the Bears by as many as 11 points. The Princeton offense, however, ground to a halt in the second half, particularly during a 10-minute stretch where the Tigers were outscored 13-0. The Bears would go on to win 67-57.

Looking at Lipscomb: On paper, the Tigers look like the favorites against the Bison. rates the Atlantic Sun squad as the 223rd best team in the nation (Princeton clocks in at 194) and gives the Tigers a 70 percent chance to win the game. The Bison have not beaten a team with a rating better than 275, with two of their wins coming against sub-DI teams. Opponents are averaging 77.5 points per game against them, and they have only allowed fewer than 60 points once all season.

Looking ahead: After their game against Lipscomb, the Tigers will only have three more DI non-conference games on their schedule. They’ll host Liberty on Monday, then travel to Wake Forest Dec. 31 before hosting Norfolk State Jan. 6. They’ll open Ivy League playe at home against Penn Jan. 10.


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