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Lions and Tigers and Red, oh my!
Fresh off of a homestand against two strong opponents, the Princeton men’s basketball team travels through the state of New York to battle Ivy League foes. They will face the Columbia Lionson Friday, followed by the Cornell Big Redon Saturday. Both games will prove to be a big test for the Tigers, who have lost all six of their away games this season.
You certainly can’t say Princeton men’s basketball team didn’t have its fair share of excitement this weekend.
If you see sophomore wing Henry Caruso around in the next few days, give him a hug and buy him a drink.
The crowd was mostly silent throughout the men's basketball team's ghastly loss to the No. 1-ranked Harvard Crimson, which featured costly turnovers, missed shots and poor defense by the Tigers from tip-off to the final whistle.The monastic quiet was broken only by the loud whoops, hollers and wild ululations of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Christie, an avid Crimson fan since childhood, is also an ex officio trustee of the University.Christie, who throughout the game periodically stood up and attempted to lead the crowd in chants of “DE-FENSE! DE-FENSE” while the Tigers played offense, jumped up and exclaimed, “That's how you play basketball!" after an impressive Crimson alley-oop in the third quarter. At another point, Christie spilled a full cup of beer on Dr. Allison Blake, commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Children and Families, after he threw his hands in the air to celebrate Crimson center Kenyatta Smith drawing an offensive foul from the Tigers.At the game's closing, Christie ran onto the court, hugged Harvard University President Drew Gilpin Faust, joined the team in celebration and hoisted Crimson co-captain Steve Moundou-Missi onto his shoulders."Man, what a game," Christie, soaked in champagne, said at a joint postgame press conference with Crimson head coach Tommy Amaker, apparently either unaware of or unremorseful about the fact that the Tigers draw significant regional support, that the University employs thousands of New Jerseyans or that his own son attends the University. "The last five seasons of Crimson b-ball have been a dream for me. Four Ivy League titles in a row now and going for a fifth. It sure wasn't like this when I was a kid. The Crimson went 3-11 in 1976, getting their backsides handed to them what seemed like weekly by [legendary Princeton coach] Pete Carril. What a nightmare.""It was a tough loss for us to swallow," Princeton head coach Mitch Henderson ’98 said postgame. "But it wasn't made any easier by Christie's security detail detaining [junior forward] Hans [Brase] for the entire second half."Christie's personal philosophy is at least consistent. From standing up for billionaires under attack by tax-and-spend liberals to standing up for billionaire Jerry Jones's underhyped and underloved Dallas Cowboys despite their rivalry with the Philadelphia Eagles to standing up for the basketball team of $32 billion-valued Harvard University, Christie has a special place in his heart for persecuted minorities."So what if I promised [Dallas Cowboys-Detroit Lions game referee] Pete [Morelli] a job as U.S. Secretary of Commerce in 2017 for blowing one measly call?" Christie asked reporters. "It's not like the Lions were Super Bowl material anyway."This is The Daily Princetonian's annual joke issue. Don't forget you can laugh at the news.
Men’s basketball (5-9 overall) split a quartet of non-conference matchups over winter break. Pairs of away losses bracketed a couple of home wins against opponents relatively unfamiliar to the program. After Tuesday’s tilts vs. Norfolk State, the Tigers will turn to its first of fourteen Ivy League contests. Questions about the quality of Princeton’s 2014-15 squad – many of them involving the gap in production left by point guard TJ Bray’s graduation – will be answered over the next two months of conference play. Can they compete with an elite Crimson unit and rock-solid Yale and Columbia sides? An affirmative answer will require that a young squad matures quickly under the leadership of head coach Mitch Henderson ’98.
Following a disappointing 60-46 loss to St. Peter’s University (4-6 overall), men’s basketball (3-7) will turn to a full slate of winter break contests. The Tigers will face four opponents, two home and two away, before the beginning of reading period. This non-conference section of the schedule ideally provides Princeton an opportunity to offensive and defensive efficiency in anticipation of the 14-game Ivy League schedule, which begins on Jan. 10versus Penn.
Last year was hailed as the Ivy League’s best-ever postseason. Harvard headlined a quintet of five tournament teams that earned a combined eight wins. Conference play still seems a distant prospect, but the 14-game gauntlet of league play opens for the eight sides in only one month. Let’s see how this resurgent conference stacks up.
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Men’s basketball has not started the season on the right foot. Princeton has already had a five-game losing streak, its worst in six years. The Tigers (2-6) were outscored by 50 points during that stretch, outrebounded by 25 and allowed a ridiculous 51 percent shooting mark from beyond the arc.
Men’s basketball (2-5 overall) spent Thanksgiving weekend competing in sunny Southern California. During the course of the eight-team Wooden Legacy Tournament, Princeton faced the University of Texas at El Paso (4-0) on Thanksgiving Day, falling by a score of 62-56. The following day, the Toreros of the University of San Diego (4-3) topped the Tigers by a score of 75-65. Two consecutive losses landed the Tigers in a seventh place matchup with San Jose State (1-6). Princeton topped the Aztecs by a score of 69-54 to snap a five-game losing streak.
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Princeton dropped its second straight game on the road at Lafayette college Wednesday night, losing by a score of 83-66. The loss ends a five-game win streak for the Tigers (1-2) in the annual series against the Leopards (2-1).
Princeton men’s basketball’s 2013-14 campaign will be remembered for what it could have been. A brilliant eight-game win streak early on was forgotten when the Tigers started 0-4 in conference play with losses to the lowly Penn and Dartmouth squads. By March, however, the team appeared to be back on track, rattling off a five-game win streak to finish tied for third in the league. But the season ended with a disappointing thrashing at the hands of California State University, Fresno in the second round of the College Basketball Invitational.
Princeton saved its worst for last in a season-ending loss at Fresno State Monday night. The last 10 minutes saw the Tigers (21-9 overall, 8-6 Ivy League) make just three baskets on 16 tries, commit seven fouls, cough up five turnovers, allow 62.5 percent shooting and ultimately throw away their season. The final score was 72-56, the largest margin of defeat during the season. Yet, Princeton trailed by just one at 45-44 with 11:50 left.
Princeton scored its third postseason opening round win in as many tries in the College Basketball Invitational last Wednesday over Tulane in New Orleans. The Tigers (21-8 overall, 8-6 Ivy League) had knocked off Duquesne in 2010 and Evansville in 2012 before the 56-55 win over the Green Wave (17-17, 8-8 Conference USA). Despite what the final score might suggest, the game was never in serious jeopardy, as Princeton built a 14 point lead before a couple missed free throws and late threes cut the lead from seven in the final 31 seconds.
Regular season finale from Jadwin gymnasium
It certainly was not the prettiest game, but the Tigers found a way to get it done late against Penn, something they’ve struggled mightily with over the course of this season’s Ivy League schedule. Princeton (20-8 overall, 8-6 Ivy League) hung on for a 70-65 win over the Quakers (8-20, 5-9), despite being narrowly outshot. The win gave the team its fifth straight win, part of its third 20-win season in the last four years and a tie for third place in the league.
The better part of a century was spent in Boston bemoaning the Curse of the Bambino — the lingering ill effects of the trade of George Herman Ruth from the Red Sox to the Yankees. Balls headed right into Red Sox first basemen’s gloves miraculously evading trapping, and weak-hitting Yankee infielders were turned into one-time sluggers … all due to the Babe departing Beantown for pin-striped pastures.