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Friday, February 13, 2015

Princeton weekend: What to watch for

Friday night: Princeton Tigers (10-11, 3-2) vs. Brown Bears (10-13, 1-5), 8 p.m., Jadwin Gym
Saturday night: Princeton vs. Yale Bulldogs (13-10, 5-1), 6 p.m.,  Jadwin Gym

Coverage: 103.3 WPRB, American Sports Network (Friday), Ivy League Digtal Network (Friday, Saturday)

Projected Starters
Princeton: G Spencer Weisz (6-4, Soph., 12.1 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 2.7 APG), F Hans Brase (6-8, Jr., 11.4 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 2.3 APG), F Pete Miller (6-10, Soph., 6.3 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 1.3 APG), G Amir Bell (6-3, Fr., 9 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 2.9 APG), F Steven Cook (6-5, Soph., 10.4 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 1.7 APG)

Brown: F Rafael Maia (6-9, Sr., 9.3 PPG, 8 RPG, 1.4 APG), F Cedric Kuakumensah (6-9, Jr., 10.6 PPG, 7.1 RPG), G Tavon Blackmon (6-0, Soph., 10.4 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 4.2 APG), G Steven Spieth (6-6, Soph., 10.2 PPG, 5 RPG, 2.3 APG), G JR Hobbie (6-4, Soph., 7.6 PPG, 1.2 RPG)

Yale: F Matt Townsend (6-7, Sr., 8.1 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 1.7 APG), F Justin Sears (6-8, Jr., 14.5 PPG, 7.4 RPG, 1.4 APG), G Jack Montague (6-0, Jr., 9.4 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 2 APG), G Armani Cotton (6-7, Sr., 6.4 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 1.3 APG), G Javier Duren (6-4, Sr., 13.6 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 4.2 APG)

On the Tigers: Princeton looked like it was about to go to 4-1 in the Ivy League Saturday night, when it was up by 13 points on Cornell midway through the second half.
But the Big Red reeled off 22 consecutive points and beat the Tigers 68-60. Princeton still sits in third place in the league and has a chance to gain ground on the Bulldogs this weekend. The Tigers swept the last Yale-Brown back-to-back at Jadwin last spring, topping the Bulldogs, 57-46, and the Bears, 69-64.

On the Bears: Brown looked like a potential Ivy sleeper after beating Providence in early December, but suffered a major blow at the end of January when leading scorer and rebounder Leland King left the team for personal reasons.

The Bears are 1-5 since King’s departure, though they took Harvard to overtime last week. The inside duo of Rafael Maia and Cedric Kuakumensah continues to be a major strength for Brown, and sophomore guard Tavon Blackmon has done a solid job trying to fill the considerable shoes of graduated All-Ivy point guard Sean McGonagil.

On the Bulldogs: Given the play of junior forward Justin Sears and the relative struggles of Harvard, Yale had emerged as perhaps the favorite in the Ivy.

That excitement was tempered after the Crimson beat the Bulldogs in New Haven last Saturday, but coach James Jones’s club remains one of the strongest teams in the league.

In addition to POY candidate Sears, the Bulldogs have an extremely talented backcourt with Javier Durien, Armani Cotton and Jack Montague, and Rhodes Scholar Matt Townsend is a solid contributor in the frontcourt.

Yale’s best win of the year came Dec. 5 against UConn.


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