Princeton Gameday: at Bucknell
Who: Princeton (4-6) at Bucknell (8-4)
When: Thursday, 7 p.m., Sojka Pavilion, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
TV/ Radio: None/ WPRB 103.3 FM
Last Time Out: Princeton lost to Monmouth, 96-90; Bucknell def. Mount St. Mary’s, 81-65
Series History: Princeton leads 13-4
Background: There’s no time for the Tigers to feel sorry for themselves coming off Tuesday’s loss at Monmouth with a trip to one of the Patriot League’s top two teams on tap. The Bison are the third team from that league to face Princeton. The Tigers lost to Lehigh and beat Lafayette.
Cook and Cannady Show: Steven Cook and Devin Cannady both scored career highs on Tuesday, and while it wasn’t enough to overcome an explosive Monmouth team, if those two play at that level the remainder of the season, the Tigers will be hard to beat. Cook dropped 30 on 12-for-18 shooting, while Cannady finished with 26.
Who Fills the Void?: With both Hans Brase and Henry Caruso done for the season, coach Mitch Henderson needs players to step up. Sophomore Myles Stephens, who does a lot of the same glue-guy work that Caruso did, has locked down one of the starting spots, but you get the sense minutes are there to be had at the center spot. Senior Pete Miller has been starting since Brase went down, but freshman Will Gladson and sophomore Alec Brennan have also received minutes.
Scouting Bucknell: The Bison are 6-2 in their last eight games as well as 4-0 at home this season. Led by a pair of forwards — 6-foot-7 Zach Thomas (16.3 ppg) and 6-foot-9 Nana Foulland (14.8 ppg) — look for them to crash the boards for coach Nathan Davis’ team. Even though Bucknell only grabs 8.9 offensive boards per contest, Princeton is vulnerable in that area because of its injures. The Tigers competed hard on the glass against Monmouth — not a particularly strong rebounding team — but were still out-rebounded by eight. But they also knocked down 14 shots from beyond the arc, which will be open again since the Bison are allowing opponents to connect on 39.7 percent of their 3-point attempts.