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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Princeton Gameday: at Liberty

Who: Princeton (3-4) at Liberty (4-5)

When: Saturday, 2 p.m., Vines Center, Lynchburg, Va.

TV/ Radio: None/ WPRB 103.3 FM

Last Time Out: Princeton def. Hawaii, 75-62; Liberty lost to Furman, 61-58

Series History: Princeton leads 3-0

Background: This marks the fourth straight season the two schools have met with the Tigers winning the three previous times. This also brings to a close Princeton’s week-long journey of close to 15,000 miles. The Tigers trekked to Hawaii for a pair of games in the Pearl Harbor Invitational on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Mr. 100: Princeton coach Mitch Henderson is one victory shy of 100 for his career. When he gets that win, he will be the sixth coach in program history to reach that mark. With 17 more victories, Henderson will become the third winningest coach in history behind only Franklin “Cappy” Cappon (250) and Hall of Famer Pete Carril (514).

Shake it up: Sophomore Devin Cannady was preferred at point guard to junior Amir Bell for the two games at Pearl Harbor. Usually instant offense coming off the bench, Cannady didn’t shoot the ball particularly well, going 5-for-19 in the two games, although everybody struggled in the opening game against Cal. Whether Cannady stays as a starter or shifts back to a super-sub role remains to be seen, but no matter what his role is, the Tigers must get more out of Bell. The East Brunswick product is averaging 2.9 points and has 11 assists to 10 turnovers for the year.

Scouting Liberty: The Flames have dropped two straight and three of their last four. Two of their four wins are against non-Division I competition, so the Tigers, if they can get their weary road legs under them, should be the favorite. Liberty, like Princeton, also lost to VCU, dropping that contest, 64-59, at the Vines Center. Sophomore Caleb Homesley is the top threat for the Flames, averaging 12.9 points and 6.1 rebounds per contest.


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