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Friday, February 5, 2016

Princeton Weekend: vs. Harvard; vs. Dartmouth

Who: Harvard (9-11, 1-3); Dartmouth (7-11, 1-3) at Princeton (12-5, 2-1)

When: Friday, 7 p.m., Jadwin Gym; Saturday, 6 p.m., Jadwin Gym

TV/Radio: ESPNU/ WPRB 103.3 FM; WPRB 103.3 FM

Last Time Out: Princeton lost to Yale, 79-75; Harvard lost to Columbia, 55-54; Dartmouth lost to Cornell, 77-73

Series History: Princeton holds a 130-44 record all-time against Harvard and a 147-42 mark vs. Dartmouth.

Scouting Harvard: If Princeton’s loss put it in catch-up mode in the Ivy League, then the Crimson are in survival mode. Another loss likely extinguishes Harvard’s reign as Ivy champion. The Crimson have represented the conference in the last four NCAA Tournaments. Despite the Tigers’ massive edge in the all-time series, Harvard has won the last four. A victory at Jadwin would also snap a three-game Ivy losing streak, a rare occurrence under ninth-year coach Tommy Amaker. The Tigers have been vulnerable against strong interior players and the Crimson features junior forward Zena Edosomwan, who averages a double-double (14.2 /10.5).

Scouting Dartmouth: The Big Green play Penn at the Palestra on Friday night before stopping off at Jadwin. Evan Boudreaux paces Dartmouth with 16.3 points per game. Dartmouth leads the Ivy in free-throw percentage, connecting on 72.3 percent.

Scouting Princeton: When the Tigers’ rally fell short last Saturday at Yale, they knew the margin for error in the 14-game tournament got slimmer. They now trail both Yale and Columbia by one in the loss column. Princeton still has two games against Columbia,  one vs. Yale and a game-in-hand, to be played against Penn on the Tuesday after the rest of the league finishes the regular season. Henry Caruso’s breakout season should earn him First Team All-Ivy honors. He’s averaging a team-best 16.6 points and 6.6 rebounds. He’s also made at least 50 percent of his shots in 13 of 17 games. Interestingly, the Tigers have had the same starting lineup in all 17 games.


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