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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Princeton Gameday: vs. Lafayette

Who: Lafayette (1-3) at Princeton (2-0).

When: Wednesday, 7 p.m., Jadwin Gym

Radio: WPRB 103.3 FM

Last Time Out: Princeton def. Saint Peter’s, 75-72; Lafayette lost to La Salle, 83-75.

Series History: The Tigers hold a 48-19 edge in the series, although the Leopards won last season’s meeting by 17 points.

Scouting Lafayette: This is a much different Leopards squad than the one that beat the Tigers a year ago. In that game, Lafayette’s starting five accounted for 82 of the team’s 83 points. Only 30 of those points came from players who will suit up Wednesday night. Nick Linder, who had 17 points in this game last season, is averaging 15.5 through the first four game. Sophomore Matt Klinewski is the leading scorer at  18.3 ppg. Lafayette represented the Patriot League in the NCAA Tournament last year, falling to Villanova in the second round.

Scouting Princeton: The Tigers can start 3-0 for the first time since 2003-04 and will be the favorites to get the victory. Under coach Mitch Henderson, Princeton is 42-11 at home. The Tigers are coming off a hard-fought three point win over Saint Peter’s — both victories are over MAAC opposition — in which Henry Caruso scored a career-best 23 points. Caurso will be a key player to watch this season since the Tigers don’t have the services of Hans Brase (torn ACL). Caruso is one of the players that has to step up his scoring and rebounding. Speaking of the glass, sophomore guard Amir Bell grabbed nine caroms against the Peacocks. Princeton needs to improve its free throw shooting. It got to the line 38 times against SPU, but made just 20 (52.6 percent).


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