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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Princeton Gameday: at Miami (Fla.)

Who: Princeton (7-3) at No. 13 Miami (Fla.) (10-1).

When: Tuesday, 7 p.m., BankUnited Center, Coral Gables, Florida.

TV/ Radio: ESPN3/ WPRB 103.3 FM

Last Time Out: Princeton def. Bucknell, 89-77; Miami def. La Salle, 95-49.

Series History: This is just the third meeting between the schools with the first two coming in the same calendar year. That was in 1948. They split the games, which were played on back-to-back days.

The Right Reed: Local product Davon Reed (Ewing, Princeton Day) is having a fine junior season. He’s started all 11 games and is one of four players averaging in double figures (10.4 points per game). Miami coach Jim Larrañaga has singled out Reed for his defensive presence in the past, so look for the 6-6, 210-pounder to be in the passing lanes trying to disrupt Princeton’s offense.

Scouting Miami: Both squads have been off since Tuesday, but the Hurricanes, who were in Philly at the Palestra, were impressive, destroying La Salle by 46 points. Miami's only loss was on a buzzer beater against Northeastern. The ACC school has already racked up impressive victories over Utah, Butler and Florida. The 'Canes' RPI is 15 and they are ranked 11th by Kenpom. Sheldon McClellan, a 6-5 graduate student, leads Miami in scoring, averaging 16.3 points.

Scouting Princeton: This is the first of a four-game road trip for the Tigers, whose three loses have all come on the road. Princeton has to make 3-pointers in order to pull the upset. When Northeastern won at Miami, it made 12 of 22 from beyond the arc. The Tigers average nine made 3s per contest. Princeton is 7-1 when it shoots 40 percent or better with the lone loss against Maryland. Henry Caruso is having a breakout season, scoring 17.8 points per game.


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