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On Princeton basketball, "punk rock" and Georgetown.

Let's call it 1987. That's the year I fell in love with two things that couldn't be more diametrically opposed to most - Princeton basketball and "punk rock."

There's hardly ever any crossover in this Venn diagram, but I've strived subsequently to figure out what initially drew me to such disparate interests that have since consumed my life.

The answer became clear last night as I watched fifteenth seed Florida Gulf Coast - a school younger than some members of its roster best-known in Ivy League circles for a 60-30 victory over Penn in 2007 as the Eagles were mid-transition to Division I status - defeat vaunted Georgetown in the NCAA Tournament.

Loving the ethos of punk and loving the beauty of Princeton basketball shares one distinct commonality – championing the underdog.

Which brings me back to Georgetown.

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Throwback Thursday: A previously unpublished essay.

It is "Throwback Thursday!" once more on the site.

Let's open with some backstory...

When Scott Cacciola interviewed me last December for a Wall Street Journal piece on first year head coach Mitch Henderson, he reminded me that 10 years previous he had sent a six page essay my way on Princeton basketball that he wrote while in graduate school at Columbia.

I had only a vague recollection of this, so I was delighted when a hard copy turned up during this summer's mammoth garage/basement reorganization project. I checked with Scott and he said I could run it - though I neglected to mention Pete Carril's name is misspelled throughout...

All kidding aside this is an interesting, previously unpublished look at Princeton basketball in the early aughts using interviews with John Thompson III, Jamie Mastaglio, Gabe Lewullis, Mitch Henderson and others to drive the narrative.

Thanks for letting me share this, Scott!

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Thursday News:

With Pete Carril watching, Richmond (15-14) won at St. Joe's, 52-49.

Current Princeton players talk about the NBA success of Jeremy Lin.

Steve Goodrich to Gabe Lewullis versus UCLA is one of three moments involving Tiger teams that shows up on a list of the 100 Greatest Plays in College Basketball History.

Friday and Saturday make up the final home weekend of the season for Harvard.

More classic Princeton photos.

I'm delighted to share with you 11 additional photographs from the collection of David Zeft, the majority of which are from mid-1990s games at The Palestra. Some in this set do also date from the early 1980s.

Click any and all to enlarge. Above, a driving Jamie Mastaglio with Pete Carril, Bill Carmody, Armond Hill and Joe Scott watching from behind the referee on the bench.

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The last four games against NC State.

Despite having never played them at home, Princeton still holds a 5-1 all-time record versus NC State and has won each of the last five meetings dating back to the 1965 NCAA Tournament.

Today, I'm going to focus on the previous four times the Tigers have played the Wolfpack, as the two teams faced off on four occasions between 1991 and 1999.

Like in our well-received historical pieces Twelve years of season openers, Rutgers in the 2000s, The last four games against Duke and Lavietes Pavilion: Where anything could happen, will happen and probably already has happened, read on for a multi-media bonanza of words, pictures, videos and memories from this quartet of Princeton victories.

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Monday News:

Yahoo! offers a preseason team report for Princeton.

The Tigers' 2012 recruiting took a hit yesterday when Plainfield's Justin Sears committed to Yale over fellow finalist Princeton.

IUPUI also added a recruit who had interest from several Ivy schools.

Some dude on Bleacher Report wonders about who can contend with Harvard for the Ivy title.

Looks like Fork Union Military Academy will play the Princeton JV on March 2nd.

Long overdue, but Steve Goodrich and Gabe Lewullis each now have their own category on the site.

Saturday News:

Former Princeton center Steve Goodrich is interviewed by the magazine connected to the camp he attended as a boy.

Oregon State expects a breakthrough season in 2011-12. Here's video of Craig Robinson at Pac-12 media day. The Beavers were picked eighth in the conference's preseason media poll.

CBS' Matt Norlander says Fairfield is loaded and ready for a huge year.

Georgetown has relaunched their DC Is Our Playground web site for the upcoming season. Hoyas head coach John Thompson III spoke yesterday as part of a panel series called "Think About It: An Afternoon of Ideas."

Will Venable now qualifies for Super Two status.

Tiger basketball recruit Mike Washington, Jr. had a touchdown catch in Oak Harbor's loss to Meadowdale.

1996-97 team photo.

A reader was kind enough to scan and send over this photo of the 1996-97 Tigers, a squad that would go 24-3 in the regular season with an unblemished Ivy record before falling 55-52 to Cal in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Front row: Jason Osier, Brian Earl, Alex Karlsen, Sean Gregory, Gabe Lewullis, Phil Belin, Mitch Henderson, J.R. Gillern, Jose Ramirez-Del Toro

Back row: Jim Brenner, Joe Scott, Jay Galloway, Sydney Johnson, James Mastaglio, Steve Goodrich, Jesse Rosenfeld, Nate Walton, Mason Rocca, John McCann, Darren Hite, John Thompson III, Bill Carmody, Mike McDonnell

22% of those pictured have been the head basketball coach at Princeton.

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Wednesday News:

The Princeton Athletic Department concludes its interview series from the Tigers' recent Elite Camp. Here are conversations with new head coach Mitch Henderson and Lake Forest Academy assistant Kyle Koncz.

Speaking of Henderson, we'll be talking with him later this week. If you have questions you want asked, please pass them along.

In advance of the NBA Draft, a story about "good soldier" Steve Goodrich.

Add a guard from Texas to the list of prospects who attended Princeton's Elite Camp.

Brian Earl's brother Dan followed Ed DeChellis to Navy. Glad he didn't get lost in the coaching shuffle.

When you visit the Palestra next season, there will be a number of cosmetic changes inside the arena.

Assorted programs.

Just when I thought I had exhausted my archival supply of Princeton programs, I unearthed another decently-sized stack. Today's images are all from the late 1990s and early 2000s. I'll scan a similar quantity from 10 years prior next week.

Above, Princeton's Players of the Century - Sandi Bittler and Bill Bradley.

Six additional covers follow after the jump, plus details about a few of these games.

Click on any and all images to enlarge.

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Thursday News:

Denver vs. Louisana-Lafayette - 8:00 pm ET
Penn State vs. Northwestern - 9:00 pm ET - ESPN2
Stanford vs. Oregon State - 9:00 pm ET - FSN Northwest

Steve Goodrich is quoted extensively in a Daily Orange story about the "Princeton Offense."

Georgetown (21-7) not only suffered through an awful 25% shooting night in a 58-46 loss to Cincinnati, but senior point guard Chris Wright broke his left hand early in the second half. Hoya Hoops was first with the postgame audio.

Princeton recruit Denton Koon scored 11 as Liberty opened postseason play with a 86-54 win over William Chrisman.

Here's another piece on the Mercer County Community College victory versus Morris.

JerShon Cobb and Northwestern host a team they've struggled to beat in recent years, Penn State.

Enter the Cajundome, Denver. You're visiting Louisiana-Lafayette.

Oregon State welcome Stanford to Corvallis.

All Chris Young is looking for is normalcy.

Will Venable is interviewed at Padres' spring training.

Saturday News:

Today's Game: Princeton (18-4 / 6-0) vs. Cornell (6-15 / 2-5)
Location: Newman Arena - Ithaca, NY
Time: 7:00 pm ET
Radio: 103.3 fm WPRB
Series History: Princeton leads 134-78.
Last meeting: Cornell 50 Princeton 47 - 2/26/10.

Princeton Cornell
10-0 Home Record 3-4
6-3 Away Record 2-10
2-1 Neutral Record 1-1
51 RPI 246
74 Sagarin 220
92 Pomeroy 206
70.5 Points / Game 67.2
63.5 Points Allowed / Game 70.4
.471 FG% .403
.711 FT% .674
.381 3PT FG% .375
35.2 Rebounds / Game 32.6
9.7 Off. Rebounds / Game         11.0
+3.7 Rebounding Margin -4.7
13.6 Assists / Game 13.9
12.8 Turnovers / Game 12.7
2.6 Blocks / Game 3.0
Hummer: 14.3 Points Wroblewski: 14.9
Maddox: 7.3 Rebounds Osgood: 4.5
Mavraides: 2.9 Assists Wroblewski: 5.4
Davis: 1.4 Steals Wire: 1.5
Maddox: 1.9 Blocks Peck: 0.8
Maddox: .576 FG% (Min: 10 FGM) Chemerinski: .625
Mavraides: .786 FT% (Min: 10 FTM) Ferry: .875
Mavraides: .423 3PT FG% (Min: 10 3FGM)    Wroblewski .424

St. Louis vs. Richmond - 12:00 pm ET - ESPN2
MCCC vs. Del Tech Stanton - 2:00 pm ET
Oregon State vs. UCLA - 4:00 pm ET - FSN
Denver vs. Troy - 8:30 pm ET

Brown vs. Harvard - 7:00 pm ET
Yale vs. Dartmouth - 7:00 pm ET
Penn vs. Columbia - 7:00 pm ET

In addition to our recap, read about the Tigers' win over Columbia on, courtesy of the Associated Press and on

The Ithaca Journal scouts Princeton.

Mudd Library's blog remembers the Year of the Tiger.

Pete Carril discusses what the Kings mean to Sacramento.

Richmond hosts St. Louis.

Troy welcomes Denver to Alabama.

Oregon State visits UCLA. Beavers head coach Craig Robinson asks his team's fans to stay patient.

Bill Bradley was inducted into the St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame.

Princeton recruit Denton Koon and his fellow Liberty High School seniors went out in style, winning their final home game over Central High School of Saint Joseph.

Running a Steve Goodrich picture I hadn't seen before, the New York Daily News has Princeton/UCLA as number four on their list of NCAA Tournament's Top 20 Greatest Upsets.

Around the Ivy League: Harvard (17-4 / 6-1) survived Yale (11-10 / 4-3) by three at Lavietes Pavilion. Cornell (6-15 / 2-5) outscored Penn (9-11 / 3-3) by a 19-8 margin in the overtime session of an 82-71 Big Red victory. The Quakers missed a free throw with the score tied and one second left in regulation. Tucker Halpern totalled 25 in a 75-66 Brown (9-12 / 2-5) win over Dartmouth (5-16 / 1-6).

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