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Thursday News:

Lackawanna vs. Mercer - 7:00 pm ET
Denver vs. UALR - 8:00 pm ET
USC vs. Oregon State - 8:30 pm ET - FSN NW

The Town Topics has a story about the Goucher game.

The Daily Pennsylvanian previews Princeton.

Denver visits Arkansas-Little Rock.

A three game Oregon State home stand begins against USC.

Northfield Mount Herman has posted a short recap of the Princeton JV's win over the Hoggers.

Princeton slipped one spot in the new Schuylkill 16, due in part to one voter placing the Tigers in last place. Weak.

Sports Illustrated has a four page article on Jeremy Lin and Harvard.

Coach Sydney Johnson - 1/27/10.

Tigers head coach Sydney Johnson and editor Jon Solomon caught up after practice at Jadwin Gym on Wednesday afternoon for their final interview before the start of Ivy League play. This recording is 12:00+ in length.

Johnson and Solomon discuss Princeton's return from their exam break against Goucher and preview this weekend's games at Brown and at Yale.

Wednesday News:

Benetton lost to undefeated Bizkaia Bilbao in the opener of Group K Eurocup play yesterday. Judson Wallace scored four points, handed out four assists and was held without a rebound.

Northwestern (14-6) rallied to go up one at Minnesota with under five minutes to play, before Blake Hoffarber's back-to-back three pointers helped the Gophers to the 65-61 final.

Mercer (10-11) lost 68-52 at Manor. Paco Boussougou had 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Vikings.

Princeton recruit Daniel Edwards scored 16 points as Highland Park beat Rockwall, 50-20.

In advance of this weekend's Harvard/Cornell game, the Wall Street Journal asks "how did the Ivy League get so good?"

Tony Newsom video Q&A.

Coach Newsom talks about his responsibilities as a Tiger assistant, what he likes about working with Sydney Johnson and the path that brought him to Princeton.

Tuesday News:

MCCC vs. Manor - 7:00 pm ET
Northwestern vs. Minnesota - 9:00 pm ET - Big Ten Network

Georgetown (15-4) scored the first 14 points of their meeting with Syracuse, but the Orangemen caught the Hoyas before halftime and pulled away in the second stanza of a 73-56 decision.

The Goucher Athletics story on Sunday's Princeton game is finally up.

The Princeton Packet has published their Goucher report as well.

Northwestern travels to Minnesota this evening.

Another Ivy Weekly Men's Basketball Report Honor Roll nod for Douglas Davis.

St. Peter's College will honor the life of former Princeton assistant Bob Dukiet at halftime of this Sunday's game versus Manhattan.

Around the Ivy League: Penn (1-13) finished City 6 play winless for the second straight season, falling 85-64 versus St. Joseph's.

Sea of "Slappers."

Daily Princetonian back cover, March 5, 1990

A picture of the stands from Matt Lapin's final game at Jadwin Gym - the debut of the first ever Senior on a Stick.

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A poem in the media guide.

At some point during the 1988-89 season I noticed an extra copy of Princeton's most recent media guide lying in the stands at Jadwin Gym after a game. As a 15 year old kid eager to absorb everything I could find relating to Ivy League basketball (and punk rock, but that's a separate discussion) I took it home and studied it cover-to-cover, trying to learn details of the program's history.

Towards the back of the guide, after 94 pages of photographs, statistics and historical records, taking up one column - just to the right of Chief of Athletic Training and Physical Therapy Dick Malacrea's biography - is a poem by Rudyard Kipling chosen by head coach Pete Carril.

The use of this piece has always stayed with me. It is so incongruous for a media guide and I've often wondered why Carril opted to include it for this particular season, especially in hindsight as the Tigers would go on to win their first Ivy League title in five years.

Here's what he wrote and the poem that he selected:

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The Orange Key.

Through 14 games, I think it is fair to say that what you're going to get on offense out of Tiger starters Dan Mavraides, Douglas Davis, Patrick Saunders and Marcus Schroeder is relatively constant.

Mavraides has been in double figures 11 times this season and has hit double digits in eight straight games.

Davis has gone to double figures nine times and has cracked 20 points four times in the last 10 games. On only one occasion in 2009-10 has he scored fewer than eight.

Saunders will shoot when open, tops on the team in FG%, 3FG% and FT%.

Schroeder drives the offense, leading the team in assists and steals.

For Princeton to succeed in Ivy League play this year however, the key is senior center Pawel Buczak.

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Non-conference Plus/Minus numbers.

With the non-conference schedule complete, Princeton's athletic department was nice enough to update this season's plus/minus numbers.

This handy chart shows the number of minutes played by each Tiger this season and the difference in points scored by the team while each player was on the floor versus points allowed by the Tigers during the same span.

Player            Minutes           +/-
Mavraides         414:29            +78
Hummer            257:06            +62
Schroeder         478:31            +59
Maddox            92:06             +37
Davis             425:36            +36
Saunders          246:34            +27
Barrett           152:17            +18
Connolly          42:17             +18
Buczak            363:56            +13
Foley             11:53             +11
Comfort           8:59               +8
Darrow            4:58               +6
Lake              100:17             +3
Finley            154:28             -6
Sherburne         26:53             -17

Princeton scored 841 points against non-conference foes in 2009-10, allowing 771 points.

As for individual single game highs and lows, Douglas Davis was +39 against Goucher and Pawel Buczak was -23 at Cal.

The most successful lineup combination is also the one that has played the most minutes together. Marcus Schroeder, Dan Mavraides, Pawel Buczak, Douglas Davis and Patrick Saunders are +33 in 117:08 of court time.

The least successful five? Lake, Schroeder, Zach Finley, Mavraides and Buczak, combining to go -19 in 20:04 of play.

Compare these numbers to those after 10 games here.

Davis has gone from -24 to +36 since these stats were last run, a 60 point swing.

Schroeder did even better post-Wagner, +71.

I will try and provide +/- updates midway through Ivy play and at the end of the season.

Richmond/GW highlights.

The Spiders come away from DC with their 15th win of the season.

Monday News:

Georgetown vs. Syracuse - 7:00 pm ET - ESPN

St. Joe's vs. Penn - 7:00 pm ET - The Comcast Network

In addition to our recap, read about Princeton's ninth non-conference win on, in the Trentonian and in the Trenton Times.

Another in an endless series of tests for Georgetown, who travels to Big East rival Syracuse this evening.

Hats off to the Princeton JV, who knocked off #5-ranked prep powerhouse Northfield Mount Herman - a team stacked with Division I recruits - yesterday morning by a 61-44 count.

Who is to thank for our new HD box scores? The good people at Hoya Prospectus. Check out their site. They crush numbers.

Goucher pictures.

Photos from today's game courtesy of Stephen Goldsmith.

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