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Friday, February 12, 2016

Princeton Weekend: at Cornell; at Columbia

Who: Princeton (14-5, 4-1) at Cornell (9-11, 2-4); at Columbia (16-7, 5-1).

When: Friday, 6 p.m., Newman Arena, Ithaca, N.Y.; Saturday, 7 p.m., Levien Gym, New York City

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

Last Time Out: Princeton def. Dartmouth, 83-70; Cornell lost to Yale, 83-52; Columbia def. Brown, 77-73

Series History: Princeton leads both, holding a 142-80 edge over Cornell and a 148-85 record against Columbia.

Scouting Cornell: The Big Red were swept on the road last weekend, falling to Brown and Yale. Although Cornell has fallen off since Steve Donahue took them to the Sweet 16, Ithaca has been a tough trip for the Tigers of late, splitting the last four meetings in New York. The Big Red feature the Ivy’s top scorer, Robert Hatter, who averages 18.7 points per game. Princeton leads the conference in scoring, averaging 78.9 points, while Cornell is last in defense.

Scouting Columbia: On paper, this is the tougher of the two games, although the Lions have to come through a game Friday against Penn unscathed first. The Tigers have an excellent record of late in Morningside Heights, winning their last six trips their. In those six games, Princeton has shot 51.3 percent from the field, including 47.5 percent form beyond the arc. Columbia’s best player is its all-Ivy guard Maodo Lo, who averages a team-high 15.7 points. Lo’s not the only weapon for the Lions, who have three other players scoring in double figures — Grant Mullins (13.5),  Alex Rosenberg (13.5) and Luke Petrasek (11.6).

Scouting Princeton: The objective for the Tigers is stay the course. A New York sweep would set them up for a massive game next Friday against Yale at Jadwin. The Bulldogs, who lead the league with an unblemished 6-0 mark are at Dartmouth and Harvard this weekend. Interestingly, Princeton goes to Cornell first, which coach Mitch Henderson said he prefers. Keep an eye on junior guard Steven Cook, who averaged 24 points per game in a pair of wins last weekend.


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