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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Princeton Gameday: at Brown; at Yale

Amir Bell had a big game against Penn. Princeton at Brown and Yale this weekend. (Jackie Schear Photo)

Who: Princeton (11-4, 1-0) at Brown (5-11, 0-2); at Yale (11-5, 2-0)

When: Friday, 6 p.m., Pizzitola Sports Complex, Providence, R.I.; Saturday, 7 p.m., Lee Amphitheater, New Haven, Conn.

TV/Radio: American Sports Network/ WPRB 103.3 FM; ESPN3/ WPRB 103.3 FM

Last Time Out: Princeton def. Bryn Athyn, 100-44; Brown lost to Yale, 90-66; Yale def. Brown, 90-66.

Series History: Princeton has dominated the series with Brown, winning 101 of the 128 meetings. Things are much closer against Yale as the Tigers hold a 145-87 edge. 

Scouting Brown: The Bears are coming off a pair of losses to Yale in a home-and-home to begin Ivy play. They’ve dropped four of the last five, so Princeton will be favored in the opening leg of its first Ivy road trip. Brown rank seventh in the conference in scoring defense, allowing 76.6 points per game. That won’t bode well against the Tigers, who lead the league in offense, putting up 78.3 points per game. The Bears’ Tavon Blackmon leads the Ivy in assists (5.1), while Cedric Kuakumensah is tops in blocks (2.4).

Scouting Yale: The Bulldogs first have to deal with Penn on Friday night, but they’ve been on quite the roll, winning six in a row. Yale, Columbia and Princeton are the three Ivy schools with unbeaten records entering this weekend. Two Bulldog players, Makai Mason and Plainfield’s Justin Sears, average 15.4 points apiece. Sears grabs 6.6 rebounds per contest, including an Ivy-best 3.8 offensive boards. Princeton will have to keep him off the offensive glass.

Scouting Princeton: The Tigers came off their exam break by scoring 100 points for the second time this year, albeit against a severely overmatched Division III opponent. Mitch Henderson’s club has been explosive offensively, leading the league in scoring. That will provide a nice contrast on Saturday against Yale’s top-ranked defense. Keep an eye on sophomore guard Amir Bell. He had a breakout performance, scoring 28 points against Penn and if he continues to assert himself, the Tigers will be tough to beat.


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