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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Princeton Gameday: vs. Bucknell

Who: Bucknell (3-6) at Princeton (6-3)

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

Radio: WPRB 103.3 FM

Last Time Out: Princeton lost to No. 6 Maryland, 82-61; Bucknell lost to Mount St. Mary’s, 81-73

Series History: This is the 17th meeting all-time between the two schools with Princeton holding a 12-4 edge. 

Home Cookin’: The Tigers are 4-0 at home this season and won’t see the friendly confines of Jadwin for a month following Tuesday night’s game. Princeton has a four game road trip up next — at Miami (Fla.), Hampton, Norfolk State and Penn — before the exams break.

Scouting Bucknell: The Bison won the Patriot regular-season title last season, but have lost five straight since a 3-1 start. Nathan Davis is in his first season as head coach, taking over for Dave Paulsen, who left for the George Mason. Davis was an assistant with the Bison from 2003-08 and spent the past six seasons in charge at Randolph-Macon. He brought John Griffin back to his alma mater from Rider as an assistant. Griffin was a 1,000-point scorer at Bucknell. Chris Haas leads the Bison in scoring, averaging 17.7 points.

Scouting Princeton:  The Tigers played well for a half against No. 6 Maryland on Saturday night, trailing by four before the Terps turned on the jets in the second half. Henry Caruso (18.3 ppg) is having a terrific season to date. He’s on pace for 513 points, which would be the most by a Princeton player since the great Ian Hummer scored 515 in 2011-12. When the Tigers shoot it well, they usually win. They’re 6-1 in games they shoot at least 40 percent with the one setback coming against Maryland. They also average 86.8 points per game at home.


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