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Mount Saint Mary vs. Georgetown - 7:30 pm ET - MASN

Columbia vs. Sacred Heart - 7:00 pm ET

In addition to our recap, read about Princeton's loss to Cal on courtesy the Associated Press, in the Cal Bears Examiner, in the Mercury News, in the San Francisco Chronicle, and on

Georgetown looks for its fifth straight against Mount Saint Mary.

You can now follow Mercer County Community College basketball on Twitter.

Around the Ivy League: Harvard (5-1) closed on an 18-6 run and won at Boston University for the first time since 1975. Cornell (5-2) finished Legends Classic play undefeated with a 61-54 win versus Drexel.

Northwestern/Iowa State highlights.

The championship game of the Chicago Invitational Challenge.

Cal 81 Princeton 60.

Box Score

Postgame audio - Coach Sydney Johnson:

Postgame audio - Patrick Saunders & Ian Hummer:

Going 7:30 without a field goal makes it hard to win basketball games. Against the #23 team in the nation, in their home gym, it becomes next to impossible.

Princeton struggled to start Sunday afternoon’s tilt versus Cal and found themselves in an early 20-5 hole, recording just one basket before the 10:25 mark of the opening frame. The Tigers never recovered, falling 81-60 at Haas Pavilion.

The Bears’ leading scorer, point guard Jerome "Bulldog" Randle, proved extremely difficult to guard, as he tore up the Tiger defense for 22 points on 6-10 shooting while handing out nine assists. Forward Jamal Boykin also had 22 for Cal on a variety of midrange jump shots, matching his career high.

"[It was] a pretty straight-forward game," said Princeton head coach Sydney Johnson. "We knew what we were getting ourselves into and knew that we had to be very good in terms of execution and we weren't and I think that's as much as anything, the deficit."

Three Princeton players hit double figures. Freshman forward Ian Hummer made his first five shots and scored a career best 13 off the bench. Douglas Davis had a dozen. Patrick Saunders added 14, 11 over a three minute stretch of the second half.

Cal controlled the glass, out-rebounding Princeton 37-20. The Tigers’ first offensive rebound came with four minutes left to play.

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Richmond/Missouri highlights.

The Spiders take the South Padre Island Invitational title.

Sunday News:

Today's Game: Princeton (2-2 / 0-0) vs. Cal (3-2 / 0-0)
Location: Haas Pavilion - Berkeley, CA
Time: 5:00 pm ET
Radio: 103.3 fm WPRB
TV: CSN California
Series History: Cal leads 2-1.
Last meeting: Cal 70 Princeton 58 - 11/15/01.

Princeton Cal
1-1 Home Record 3-0
1-1 Away Record 0-0
0-0 Neutral Record 0-2
92 RPI 48
232 Sagarin 46
203 Pomeroy 36
58.5 Points / Game 78.4
60.8 Points Allowed / Game 69.8
.411 FG% .445
.768 FT% .748
.298 3PT FG% .393
29.5 Rebounds / Game 39.0
8.5 Off. Rebounds / Game         13.0
-1.5 Rebounding Margin +4.6
9.5 Assists / Game 14.0
16.5 Turnovers / Game 12.8
3.3 Blocks / Game 2.0
Mavraides: 12.8 Points Randle: 20.2
Mavraides, Hummer: 4.0 Rebounds Amoke: 7.4
Schroeder: 2.5 Assists Randle: 3.0
Barrett: 1.5 Steals Christopher: 1.8
Hummer: 1.3 Blocks Zhang: 1.0
Saunders: .600 FG% Carter: .750
Davis, Lake, Schroeder, Maddox: 1.000 FT% Sanders-Fri: 1.000
Buczak: .429 3PT FG%    Gutierrez: .714

Cornell vs. Drexel - 2:30 pm ET - Legends Classic
Harvard vs. Boston - 5:00 pm ET

The Saturday after Thanksgiving was bountiful for the disciples of Pete Carril.

Northwestern (5-1) won the Chicago Invitational Challenge with a 67-65 victory over Iowa State.

A trophy also went to Richmond (6-1), winners of the South Padre Island Invitational. The Spiders defeated Missouri in the championship game, 59-52.

In front of President Barack Obama, George Washington was handed their first defeat of the season courtesy of the visitors from Oregon State (2-3).

Georgetown (4-0) remained undefeated with a 97-44 win over Lafayette. Six Hoyas scored in double figures.

Denver (4-1) won by three at South Dakota State.

Bear Talk previews today's game against Cal.

Princeton recruit T.J. Bray scored 15 points as Catholic Memorial beat up on Muskego. Another future Tiger, Ben Hazel, had 10 points in Good Counsel's first victory of the season.

Around the Ivy League: Yale (2-5) became the third Ivy school to lose to Army this season, falling 64-48. Siena took down Brown (4-4) by 20. Cornell (4-2) trumped Vermont, 67-59. Behind 19 points from Robby Pride, Dartmouth (1-4) got in the win column, beating Hartford in Hanover, 68-56.

Northwestern/Notre Dame highlights.

The Wildcats top the #23 Fighting Irish in the Chicago Invitational Challenge.

New Recruit - Tom Noonan.

Photo courtesy

Following a busy end to September, where Princeton picked up verbal commitments from Chris Clement, Daniel Edwards and Ben Hazel, it appeared like the Tigers' 2010 recruiting was complete.

Enter a November surprise - the fifth member of this class, 6'7" forward Tom Noonan (#31, right) from William Penn Charter School in Philadelphia.

Noonan had piqued the interest at times during the recruiting process of three Ivy schools - Cornell, Columbia and Yale. He attended the Lions' and Bulldogs' Elite Camps over the summer and would have been present at the Big Red's were it not for an injury.

I had a chance to speak to Noonan's head coach at Penn Charter, Jim Phillips, earlier in the week and he shared his thoughts with me about this future Tiger marksman, both on-and-off the court.

Exclusive quotes, descriptions and links to articles about Noonan can be all found after the jump.

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Saturday News:

Lafayette vs. Georgetown - 12:00 pm ET - MASN
Oregon State vs. George Washington - 2:00 pm ET
Denver vs. South Dakota State - 8:00 pm ET
Richmond vs. Missouri - 8:00 pm ET - South Padre Island Invitational - FCS
Northwestern vs. Iowa State - 8:00 pm ET - Chicago Invitational Challenge - Big Ten Network

Cornell vs. Vermont - 2:00 pm ET - Legends Classic
Brown vs. Siena - 4:00 pm ET - Philly Hoops Classic
Yale vs. Army - 4:00 pm ET
Hartford vs. Dartmouth - 7:00 pm ET

A huge win for Northwestern (4-1), knocking off #23 Notre Dame on a neutral site, 72-58. The Wildcats and undefeated Iowa State square off on Saturday night for the CIC title.

Kevin Anderson scored with 10 seconds left as Richmond (5-1) bested Mississippi State by one. The Spiders get Missouri in the championship of the South Padre Island Invitational on Saturday.

Fresh off a White House visit, the Oregon State men's basketball team meets Princeton's last opponent, George Washington.

Georgetown hosts Lafayette at noon.

South Dakota State is where Denver plays tonight.

Princeton recruit Ben Hazel scored 22 in Good Council's seven point loss to Benedictine.

Around the Ivy League: Cornell (3-2) beat Toledo 78-60 in Legends Classic play. Brown (4-3) cruised past a winless University of the Sciences squad, 69-48. Columbia (2-2) fell by 25 at Syracuse.

Richmond rallies against Mississippi State.

Down three with a minute to go, the Spiders come back in the South Padre Island Invitational semis. Richmond is off to their best start since a 7-1 beginning to the 2000-01 season.

Friday News:

Mississippi State vs. Richmond - 6:00 pm ET - South Padre Island Invitational - FCS
Notre Dame vs. Northwestern - 8:30 pm ET - Chicago Invitational Challenge - Big Ten Network

Cornell vs. Toledo - 2:00 pm ET - Legends Classic
Brown vs. University of the Sciences - 4:00 pm ET - Philly Hoops Classic
Columbia vs. Syracuse - 7:00 pm ET - SNY

On the southernmost tip of Texas, Richmond and Mississippi State will face off.

Northwestern and Notre Dame meet at the UIC Pavilion.

Wildcats head coach Bill Carmody says assistant Mitch Henderson will make a terrific head coach someday.

I'm out in San Francisco in advance of the Tigers' game against Cal. If there are any pregame events happening in the Bay Area, please let me know. See you in Berkeley on Sunday.

2009 Holiday Gift Guide!

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Reading Materials:

Earlier this month I spoke with author Kathy Orton about her new book Outside the Limelight: Basketball in the Ivy League, which follows the league through the highs and lows of the 2005-06 season.

A companion to Orton's book is Playing the Game: Inside Athletic Recruiting in the Ivy League by Chris Lincoln, the first book to detail the Academic Index and the ins/outs of recruiting in the Ancient Eight.

Alexander Wolff's Big Game, Small World: A Basketball Adventure starts at Jadwin Gym and then circles the globe, from remote mountaintops to the Palestra and across to China. The first book this web site was ever thanked in!

There's always The Smart Take from the Strong: The Basketball Philosophy of Pete Carril, the second book about the legendary Princeton coach.

I've read it hundreds of times, but if you've never enjoyed John McPhee's A Sense of Where You Are: Bill Bradley at Princeton, give it a go this year.

Coach: 25 Writers Reflect on People Who Made a Difference features an introduction by Bill Bradley and has a wide range of scribes (George Vecsey, John Irving, Frank Deford...) telling tales of coaches that impacted their lives.

Bradley is also the author of Values of the Game, The New American Story and Life on the Run.

There was no better, more beautifully detailed basketball book I read this summer than When March Went Mad: The Game That Transformed Basketball, about Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and the 1978-79 college basketball season. No direct Princeton content, but well worth your time.

He's written a good deal about Princeton basketball over the ages, but Grant Wahl's true passion is soccer. The Beckham Experiment: How the World's Most Famous Athlete Tried to Conquer America looks at the most famous player in the beautiful game's journey to the MLS.

I know I'm getting the latest iteration for Hanukkah every year, and I love traveling with books in this series. Best American Sports Writing always has incredible pieces written by well-known and newly discovered authors.

Interested in the history of college hoops? Pick up the Official 2010 NCAA Men's Basketball Records Book, full of information about every season.

Get lost in the ESPN College Basketball Encyclopedia: The Complete History of the Men's Game or Sports Illustrated's The Basketball Book.

Diagrams and descriptions more your thing? Then perhaps Basketball's Princeton-Style Offense: A Simplified Approach for High School Coaches will interest you.

Someday I dream of having a web site that looks as good as FreeDarko presents The Macrophenomenal Pro Basketball Almanac: Styles, Stats, and Stars in Today's Game does.

Video Games:

The best college basketball video game out there is EA's NCAA Basketball 10, available for the Playstation 3 and XBox. You can even run the "Princeton Offense" as one of the game's many sets.

Sporting Goods:

Actually want to play the game? The Wilson NCAA Solution Game Ball lets you use the same basketball as Division I players.

While dribbing, look sharp in this Princeton replica jersey by Nike, available in youth and adult sizes and emblazoned with Bill Bradley's #42.

How about some Chris Young replica jerseys?

Youth 2009 Majestic Road Khaki Replica #32

Adult 2009 Majestic Road Khaki Replica #32

San Diego Padres Home White MLB Replica Jersey

DVDs (NCAA tournament games):

Relive some of the great postseason moments in Princeton basketball history with these official NCAA videos.

1998 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball 1st Round - UNLV vs. Princeton

1996 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball 2nd Round - Mississippi State vs. Princeton

1996 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball 1st Round - Princeton vs. UCLA

1992 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Regionals - Syracuse vs. Princeton

1991 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Regionals - Villanova vs. Princeton

1989 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Regionals - Georgetown vs. Princeton

DVDs (instructional):

Want to teach the game? Look no further than the following.

Kevin Pigott: The Princeton Offense: Back Door to Success

Lee DeForest: Winning with the Princeton Style Offense

Joe Scott: Princeton Offense Half Court Drills

Thanksgiving News:

Happy Thanksgiving! No games today.

Princeton recruit T.J. Bray picked up nine points and 11 rebounds as Catholic Memorial defeated East Troy by 12 in their season opener.

Denver (3-1) had an exciting comeback 80-77 victory over Wyoming. The two teams combined to attempt a staggering 94 free throws. Caught the second half on FSN and I can confirm Coach Scott's team is playing very well. Nate Rohnert scored a career-high 32 points for the Pioneers.

Princeton is in 10th place in the latest edition of the Schuylkil 16.

Around the Ivy League: Garrett Leffelman's putback with less than a second to play helped Brown (3-3) beat Bryant, 70-68. Harvard (4-1) made quick work of New Hampshire, 78-60.

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