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Monday News:

Tulane vs. Georgetown - 7:00 pm ET -
William & Mary vs. Richmond - 7:00 pm ET

Yale vs. Providence - 7:00 pm ET
Maryland-Eastern Shore vs. Columbia - 7:00 pm ET

Read about the Tigers' first loss of the season on, courtesy of the Associated Press, in the Wilmington Star News, in the Charlotte Observer and on

The differing tones in the headlines from the two schools' athletic departments is amusing.

Duke: No. 1 Duke Routs Princeton, 97-60, in Season Opener

Princeton: No. 1 Duke Deals Men's Basketball's First Defeat

The Daily Princetonian writes about the Tigers' weekend split.

The Daily Targum has more on Rutgers' loss at Jadwin.

CollegeHoopsNet has a Q&A with Geoff Petrie.

Using an unexpected transition offense to their advantage, Oregon State (1-0) opened play with a 71-56 win against UT-Arlington.

Denver (0-3) dropped their third straight at the BTI Invitational, 65-54 to North Dakota State.

Georgetown opens their home slate versus Tulane.

Richmond hosts William & Mary tonight.

Around the Ivy League: Cornell (1-1) lost 92-68 at Seton Hall.

Geoff Petrie talks trade.

Sacramento's GM discusses the Kings' trade for Sixers center Samuel Dalembert.

John Wooden against Princeton.

Shortly after the news broke last night that legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden had passed away at the age of 99, I received a note from a reader asking if Princeton had ever played against a Wooden-coached team.

The Tigers faced UCLA twice during Wooden's incredible run, the initial meeting in 1968 when Princeton's first undefeated Ivy League champs fell 83-67 to the 29-1 eventual national champions in the first round of Saint John's annual Holiday Festival tournament at Madison Square Garden.

Lew Alcindor scored 40 points matched up against Chris Thomforde in UCLA's 23rd straight win. The next day Princeton was crushed by previously unbeaten North Carolina, 103-76 in the tournament's consolation game.

One year later, on December 28. 1969, the Tigers traveled to Pauley Pavilion for the Bruin Basketball Classic and a game that was nearly the program's biggest victory.

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Geoff Petrie press conference.

The Sacramento Kings' general manager has his contract extended by the Maloof Brothers.

Wednesday News:

Today's Game: Wagner (2-11 / 0-2) vs. Princeton (5-4 / 0-0)
Location: Jadwin Gym - Princeton, NJ
Time: 7:00 pm ET
Radio: 103.3 fm WPRB
Series History: Princeton leads 1-0.
Last meeting: Princeton 82 Wagner 66 - 11/29/78.

Wagner Princeton
0-4 Home Record 3-1
1-6 Away Record 2-3
1-1 Neutral Record 0-0
343 RPI 101
339 Sagarin 159
332 Pomeroy 163
62.0 Points / Game 56.8
73.2 Points Allowed / Game 58.0
.369 FG% .403
.623 FT% .757
.308 3PT FG% .319
35.2 Rebounds / Game 29.1
11.5 Off. Rebounds / Game         8.1
-6.5 Rebounding Margin -3.3
11.5 Assists / Game 10.7
16.6 Turnovers / Game 15.0
4.2 Blocks / Game 3.1
Martin: 14.8 Points Davis: 13.3
Orock: 7.4 Rebounds Mavraides: 4.3
Czeski: 2.4 Assists Schroeder: 2.8
Martin: 1.8 Steals Schroeder: 1.7
Orock: 1.4 Blocks Buczak: 1.0
Orock: .591 FG% (Min: 10 FGM) Saunders: .595
Conrad: .800 FT% (Min: 10 FTM) Davis: .909
Murray: .417 3PT FG% (Min: 5 3PTM)    Saunders: .500

Northwestern vs. Illinois - 9:00 pm ET - Big Ten Network

Dartmouth vs. Quinnipiac - 2:00 pm ET - NESN
George Washington vs. Harvard - 6:00 pm ET
Brown vs. Sacred Heart - 7:00 pm ET
Maine vs. Columbia - 7:00 pm ET

Northwestern kicks off Big 10 play at Illinois.

A Princeton/Penn game made the TigerBlog list of "Best Games of the Decade."

Princeton recruit Chris Clement scored nine points in Round Rock Stony Point's three point win over La Vega.

Future Tiger Ben Hazel had 13 in Good Counsel's one point STOP-DWI Holiday Classic Basketball Tournament loss to Boys and Girls High School.

Sacramento Kings GM Geoff Petrie received a three year contract extension.

"Outside The Limelight" author Kathy Orton is interviewed by The Quad.

Luke Owings provides a unique perspective looking back on the 2005-06 season.

The wife of Oregon State head coach Craig Robinson is due to have a baby any day.

Around the Ivy League: Ryan Wittman scored a career high of 34 as Cornell (10-2) defeated La Salle, 78-75. Yale (4-8) turned the ball over 30 times in a 70-59 loss at Colorado.

Geoff Petrie visits the California State Fair.

The Kings GM meets with fans earlier this month.

Thursday News:

Got plans on Friday? Going to the California State Fair? You can meet Sacramento Kings GM Geoff Petrie at the County Exhibits Building from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm.

A California center who played for Scott Greenman at the 2009 Maccabiah Games has decided to play collegiately for Yale.

San Diego swept a three game series against Washington with a 7-0 victory yesterday afternoon. Will Venable was 2-4 on the day and drove in the game's final run.

Related to the link I shared on Friday about St. John's retaining someone to use Twitter during basketball games comes this piece on colleges hiring official "Sportswriters".

Monday News:

The Padres traded outfielder Scott Hairston last night, freeing up more playing time for Will Venable. Earlier on Sunday, Venable was 1-2 with a run scored, plus a leaping catch to keep the game tied in extra innings.

Chris Young doesn't mince words when talking about Manny Ramirez's return from a 50 game suspension for violating baseball’s drug policy.

An anecdote from Butch van Breda Kolff is part of Allen Barra's piece in today's Philadelphia Inquirer calling for Dick Allen's enshrinement in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Sacramento Kings' GM Geoff Petrie is interviewed about his team's first round draft pick - Omri Casspi.

Princeton's athletic department has made the decision to no longer print media guides, effective immediately.

Coach Carril to rejoin Kings.

Now I understand what Coach Carril was muttering about last night at Jadwin when he said he was leaving town for a few weeks...

SACRAMENTO, CA, January 8, 2009 ---- The Sacramento Kings today announced that former Kings assistant coach Pete Carril will return to the organization as a Basketball Development Consultant according to Kings President of Basketball Operations Geoff Petrie.

“We’re really excited to have Pete come back and join us as a consultant to assist Kenny (Natt) in all areas of individual player and team development,” said Petrie. “He’s really excited about rejoining the club and adding some of his experience and understanding of the game. I look forward to seeing him back here.”

One of the most respected men in basketball, Carril spent 10 seasons with the Kings as an assistant coach, specializing in individual player development and offensive schemes.

“Coach Carril brings a lot of winning experience and knowledge about basketball in general,” explained Kings’ Head Coach Kenny Natt. “As a young head coach, I will be able to utilize his experience and knowledge about getting the best out of our players. I’m looking forward to his input. It’s exactly what I need at this point.”

In a crowning achievement to his legendary collegiate coaching career, Carril was rewarded with an induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on September 29, 1997. After coaching 30 years in the NCAA ranks, Carril joined the Kings prior to the 1996-97 campaign. His addition to the Kings' coaching staff reunited him with Petrie, whom he coached at Princeton from 1968-70.

The winningest coach in Ivy League history (525-273, .658 winning percentage), Carril's career at Princeton included 13 conference titles, 11 NCAA Tournament appearances, and just one losing season. Prior to his retirement following the 1996 NCAA Tournament, he was the only active NCAA Division I head coach to reach the 500-victory plateau without athletic scholarships.

In his final season as head coach at Princeton, he led the Tigers to the Ivy League Championship with a 22-7 record. In one of the most thrilling moments of the 1996 NCAA Tournament, Carril's Tigers upset defending champion UCLA in the first round, 43-41, on a signature Carril-designed backdoor layup with only 3.8 seconds remaining in the game.

Carril played collegiately at Lafayette College under Head Coach Butch Van Breda Kolff. Following his graduation from Lafayette in 1952, Carril began his coaching career at the high school level where he stayed for 12 years. He went on to become head coach at Lehigh University for one season before beginning his stay at Princeton in 1967.

The Associated Press has more on this development.

Saturday News:

Chris Young starts for San Diego against Tim Lincecum in San Francisco tonight at 10:05 pm ET.

Matt Steinmetz from Golden State Warriors Examiner interviews Geoff Petrie about Pete Carril.

Will Venable continues to thrive as a Padre.

Richmond head coach Chris Mooney is not a cheater, writes Ed Kracz of the Bucks County Intelligencer.

Craig Robinson has landed a "program-changing recruit" at Oregon State.

A 6'4 guard has picked Northwestern over Wake Forest, Oklahoma State and Loyola.

Wednesday News:

Both Richmond and Denver have released their 2008-09 schedules.

Chris Young could start Sunday versus Colorado.

Will Venable was a finalist for Pacific Coast League Rookie of the Year.

Finally, Pete Carril acknowledges a lapse in judgement.

Thursday News:

The Sacramento Kings exercised their club option on President of Basketball Operations Geoff Petrie.

Bleacher Report names Georgetown's John Thompson III one of the five best coaches in the game today.

An article about a 6'8" florida high school player who says Princeton has shown interest in him.

Craig Robinson continues to lay groundwork for the future at Oregon State.

The Ivy League has hired a new Associate Director for Communications and a new Coordinator of Men’s Basketball Officials.

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