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The men's basketball team begins the "Fourteen-Game Tournament" that is the Ivy League season tonight with a trip to the Palestra to face rival Penn. The teams have had opposite seasons so far, with the Quakers winning just two of their first 12 games and the Tigers (11-2) off to their best start in recent memory. Still, in the Ancient Eight, anything can happen when these two teams, which have 47 Ivy titles between them, face off. The 'Prince' is here on the liveblog to bring you all the action.
It is a time-honored tradition that, before the first men's basketball game of the season between Princeton and Penn, the Sports Editors of theDaily PrincetonianandDaily Pennsylvanianexchange columns in which they trash-talk the other school's team. Though we felt sort of bad doing it this year, given Penn's record, we nonetheless proudly present this year's exchange.Daily PennsylvanianSports Editors Steven Tydings, Ian Wenik and Riley Steele's column can be found here. Below is Sports Editor Stephen Wood's column:
The men’s basketball team faced their final opponent before beginning Ivy League play on Saturday, traveling to Lynchburg, Va., to defeat Liberty 80-74.
The halftime score was 35-23, and the men's basketball team was being outshot, outrebounded and outplayed. When the Tigers (8-1) came out of the gates slowly in the second half to go down 41-23 with a full 17 minutes left, Princeton fans had plenty of reason to give up. After all, Princeton was shooting just 29 percent from the floor including an abysmal 15.4 percent from behind the arc. Penn State (8-4) was dominating the paint, shooting 60 percent from inside and outrebounding the Tigers 24-9.
The men’s basketball team squares off against Penn State Saturday in what should be one of the toughest games of the season for the Tigers. And as if that wasn’t exciting enough, the game will also be played at Penn State’s Rec Hall — the home of Nittany Lions basketball from 1929-96 — instead of the Bryce Jordan Center, the first time a game has been held there in 18 years.
The men’s basketball team is doing better now that Ian Hummer ’13 is gone.
The men’s basketball team stormed past Fairleigh Dickinson Saturday, continuing its best start since the 1997-98 season. The Tigers (6-1) have not lost since they fell to Butler by three on Nov. 16.
Men’s basketball hosts Fairleigh Dickinson Saturday at 7 p.m. in Jadwin Gymnasium. The Tigers (5-1) are off to their best start in 16 years and look to continue a four game win streak against the Knights (3-7). Princeton is ranked 70th in the country in Jeff Sagarin’s college basketball computer rankings, which are based on which teams have beaten which teams and by how much. These rankings go back to the 1999-2000 season and have never seen the Tigers ranked this high at the end of the season.
The Ivies are off to a great start this basketball season, and most of the teams look like they will be boasting excellent records when they start Ivy play. Here's how the Ancient Eight breaks down after the first few weeks of competition against non-league opponents:
Watching Blake Dietrick shoot the ball is fun. In the women’s basketball game against Oregon on Sunday, the junior guard hit every single shot she took in the first half — eight buckets on eight shots, accounting for 21 of the Tigers’ 55 points going into halftime. Did I mention she sunk every one of the five three-pointers that she attempted in those 20 minutes?
With 71-66 and 66-53 wins over George Mason and Bucknell, respectively, overThanksgiving break, the men’s basketball team has opened their season with a 5-1 mark for the first time since current head coach Mitch Henderson ’98's team did so duringHenderson’s senior season.
The men’s basketball team defeated George Mason 71-66 Tuesday night at Jadwin Gym in a rollercoaster ride of a game.
Men’s basketball: Princeton looking to extend winning streak
The men’s basketball team went on several long runs and showed off its three-point shooting ability to defeat Rice 70-56 in Houston on Saturday afternoon.
The men’s basketball team heads to Houston on Saturday to take on Rice in its fourth game of the season. The Tigers (2-1), fresh off Wednesday night’s thrilling overtime win against Lafayette, are off to their best start since 2009, when they also went 2-1.Should they win Saturday, it would be the team’s first 3-1 start in seven years.
For the second-straight week, the men’s basketball team (1-1) took the court without its emotional leader and captain, senior guard T.J. Bray. Following last weekend’s 67-50 shellacking of Florida A&M, Princeton headed to Indianapolis to face a tougher squad in Butler (2-0), which has reached two NCAA Finals games in the past four years. Stellar offensive performances by sophomore forward Hans Brase and junior forward Denton Koon helped Princeton net exactly 67 points again, but a last-second chance to force overtime rimmed out and gave Butler a three-point victory.
After opening the 2013-14 season with a convincing 67-50 win over Florida A&M last weekend, the men’s basketball team will look to start 2-0 for the first time in four years when it tips off against Butler on Saturday night in Indianapolis. The Tigers (1-0) will also look to beat the Bulldogs (1-0) for the first time, as both of the previous meetings have resulted in Butler victories.
Since Jadwin Gymnasium opened in 1969, the men’s basketball team has won 17 of its 26 Ivy League Championships. The Tigers boast a 408-114 record on Carril Court, going 260-53 over league opponents.
The long-awaited Ivy League basketball season finally got underway last weekend, with most teams winning their opening-day matchups. Here’s how the Ancient Eight stacks up as the action begins again: