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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Princeton Gameday: vs. Liberty

Who: Liberty (3-8) at Princeton (5-2).

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

Radio: WPRB 103.3 FM

Last Time Out: Princeton def. Lipscomb, 78-64; Liberty lost to Lamar, 73-58.

Series History: This is the third meeting between the schools, all in the last three years. Princeton has won both games, including 65-47  a season ago at Jadwin.

Spencer Finds His Touch: Junior guard Spencer Weisz found his scoring stroke in Princeton’s victory at Lipscomb. He finished with 21 points on 7 of 13 from the field, including 5 of 10 from beyond the arc. That’s a welcome sight for Mitch Henderson’s Tigers after Weisz, the team’s top returning scorer, got off to a slow start. Prior to his outburst on Saturday, Weisz was averaging seven points per game and shooting 30 percent. That was four points less than he averaged last season.

Scouting Liberty: All three of the Flames’ victories have come against non-Division I competition and they have lost seven straight. Against Division I opposition, Liberty is being outscored by 12.8 points and allowing 48.3 percent shooting. The Flames are coached by Ritchie McKay, who is in his second stint with the Lynchburg, Virginia-based school. They were picked to finish last in the 11-team Big South. Evan Maxwell is the leading scorer, averaging 13.9 points per game.

Scouting Princeton: The Tigers should pick up another easy win at home where they are 3-0 — one game was played at Dillon Gym — and average 90 points per game. A victory here would set Princeton up at 6-2 with a marquee clash against No. 6 Maryland on Saturday. Of the Tigers’ five victories, all are ranked in the bottom half of the kenpom ratings. Saint Peter’s is the highest at 226. Junior forward Henry Caruso continues to star for Princeton, averaging 17 points and 7.9 rebounds per contest. He’s second in the Ivy League in scoring.


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