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An interview with Mike Brennan.

I had a chance to speak with American University assistant coach Mike Brennan earlier today, as the Eagles prepared for their first round NCAA Tournament game against Villanova. A transcript of our conversation follows. - JS

First things first, congratulations.

I appreciate it. Thank you.

Is the team already in Philadelphia?

Yeah. We are. We got up here last night.

Is there an open practice at the Wachovia Center later today?

Exactly. We're practicing at noon at another facility and then we have to go over there later on this afternoon for about an hour. Basically, it is just like a shootaround.

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Wednesday News:

ESPN's Top 10 First Round NCAA Tournament Upsets - Princeton/UCLA comes in third on the countdown.

St. John's vs. Richmond - 7:00 pm ET - CBI
Northwestern vs. Tulsa - 9:00 pm ET - NIT - ESPNU
Georgetown vs. Baylor - 9:00 pm ET - NIT - ESPN2
Houston vs. Oregon State - 10:00 pm ET - CBI - HDNet

Northwestern plays its first postseason game in 10 years tonight at Tulsa in the first round of the NIT.

Wildcat guard Craig Moore has been invited to take part in the 21st Annual College Slam Dunk and Three-Point Championships, held Final Four weekend in Detroit.

Georgetown and Baylor, two teams headed in opposite directions at the end of the season, meet this evening in NIT action.

Richmond welcomes St. John's to the Robins Center for the opening round of the CBI.

Houston travels to Oregon State in another CBI clash.

Don't forget about the first-ever live chat, held tonight from the start of the Spiders' game through the end of the Beavers' tilt.

One more article to mark the 20th anniversary of Princeton/Georgetown in the first round of the 1989 NCAA Tournament: Here's what Princeton Alumni Weekly had to say after the game.

Chris Young was scratched from his latest spring training start as a precaution for tendinitis.

Princeton/Georgetown box score.

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the Princeton/Georgetown game.

With that fact in mind, I finally went into my old bedroom at my parents' house and opened up one of the many boxes I've collected over the years labeled "Princeton basketball."

Near the top of the first box I took out of the closet was a copy of the March 21, 1989 Princeton Packet. I've scanned the box score off the cover of the sports section. Click to enlarge.

These boxes are a treasure trove of old magazine articles, newspapers, game programs and photographs that I hope to share over the summer.

In the meantime, you can buy a DVD of this classic NCAA tournament contest here.

Feel free to share your memories of that game in the comments.

March 17, 1989.

TigerBlog supplements the above with additional thoughts on the 20th anniversary of Princeton/Georgetown.

For interviews with Pete Carril and Tiger captain Bob Scrabis recorded in the days leading up to this game, see this post.

Someday I hope to write up my memories of that bus trip to Providence.

In the second half, there's a sweet George Leftwich screen to set up a Matt Lapin three point shot I had never noticed before.

Want to see this game in a far-higher resolution? You can buy it on DVD here.

Live chat on Wednesday night.

Hello, everyone.

Thank you for your interest in this season.

With four members of the extended Princeton family - Richmond, Northwestern, Georgetown and Oregon State - all playing in postseason games on Wednesday, I've decided to do something new on the site:

The first-ever live chat!

You'll be able to ask me questions, talk about the games as they happen and interact with each other starting at 6:30 pm ET through the final buzzer in Corvallis.

The chat will be moderated.

I'll be providing updates on all four games and I might have a prize or two to give away during this marathon.

I hope you'll check it out.


Jon Solomon

Coach Sydney Johnson - 3/16/09.

Tigers head coach Sydney Johnson and editor Jon Solomon sat down on Monday afternoon at Jadwin Gym to review Princeton's final road trip to Columbia, Cornell and Penn in detail. The two also wrapped up the regular season, talked about the contributions of the Tigers' two man senior class and discussed some interesting statistics that came out of the year. The 14th and final interview of the season is 17:00+ in length.

An additional interview with Coach Johnson about the 2009 recruiting class, the 2009-10 schedule and other topics heading into the summer will be posted in early May.

Monday News:

From the Sports Illustrated vault, a 1996 piece by Alex Wolff about the retiring Pete Carril.

Speaking of Wolff, his Vermont Frost Heaves clinched a PBL wild-card playoff spot with a 120-94 win over the Buffalo Stampede.

Press releases about postseason appearances: Northwestern, Georgetown, Richmond and Oregon State. With all four schools playing on Wednesday night, there will most likely be an interactive live blog on the site that evening. Stay tuned.

Richmond & Oregon State in CBI.

Richmond will host St. John's on Wednesday at 7:00 pm ET in the East Regional of the CBI.

Oregon State will host Houston on Wednesday at 10:00 pm ET in the West Regional of the CBI.

The Beavers' game can be seen on HDNet.

Full bracket is here.

Northwestern & Georgetown in NIT.

The NIT pairings are being announced right now.

(5) Northwestern will play at (4) Tulsa on ESPNU at 9:00 pm ET on Wednesday.

(6) Georgetown will play at (3) Baylor on ESPN2 at 9:00 pm ET on Wednesday.

The Wildcats and the Hoyas are both in the "Auburn bracket" of the NIT.

See the full bracket here (.pdf).


2009 NCAA Tournament

East region - Thursday in Philadelphia, PA
(14) American vs. (3) Villanova - 7:20 pm ET

West region - Friday in Boise, ID
(14) Cornell vs. (3) Missouri - 3:00 pm ET

A printable bracket can be found here (.gif).

NIT, CBI and bracket news to follow when available.

Selection Sunday News:

A 19 point, 16 rebound game for Judson Wallace as Benetton Treviso defeated GMAC Bologna, 80-77.

Oregon State has accepted a bid to host a College Basketball Invitational first round game next week. It is the Beavers' first postseason trip since 2005.

New Jersey Monthly attempts to explain the "Princeton Offense."

Chris Young is happy with the progress he's making in spring training, yet's Keith Law describes Young's last start as "awful all around."

Will Venable will start the season with AAA Portland, according to

Look for updates on the site later tonight as NCAA, NIT, CBI and postseason bids are announced.

American repeats as Patriot League champions.

There will be a Princeton representative in the 2009 NCAA Tournament after all.

Congratulations to former Tiger guard/coach Mike Brennan '94, who is heading to the big dance for the second straight season as an assistant coach at American University.

The Eagles, who were the regular season Patriot League champions, defeated Holy Cross 73-57 this afternoon in the finals of the Patriot League Tournament to grab the conference's automatic bid.

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