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Friday News:

Will Venable has started a rehab assignment with the Lake Elsinore Storm, San Diego's Single A affiliate. Venable will be with the team through Sunday.

Pete Carril's 80th birthday is the subject of a TigerBlog post. Carril had high praise for Sacramento Kings first round draft pick DeMarcus Cousins after Wednesday's NBA Summer League game.

Princeton's 2010-11 women's basketball schedule has been released. It should not be too hard to figure out when the Tiger men's Ivy games will be played based on this information. These dates jive with details we uncovered back in early May.

An amusing post on the Basketball U site is about a game in the Del Co Pro-Am Summer League where many current Penn players and Ugonna Onyekwe lost to a team featuring Kit Mueller. While the most exasperated version of this retelling has since been edited overnight, it still makes for interesting reading.

Princeton to visit Tulsa.

The Tigers are headed to Oklahoma this season, where they will visit the Tulsa Golden Hurricane. Tulsa World reports the game will be played in mid-December.

Last season Tulsa went 23-12, falling to Kent State in the first round of the NIT. The Golden Hurricane had a RPI of 68 for the year, a Pomeroy score of 78 and a Sagarin ranking of 75.

This will be the first meeting between the two schools.

Tuesday News:

Let's get ahead of ourselves, shall we? Rivals names Princeton coach Sydney Johnson as one of five head men who could make a big leap after the 2010-11 season.

Princeton Alumni Weekly remembers Marvin Bressler.

I'd never been able to bring myself to watch the final seconds of Princeton's 1991 NCAA Tournament loss to Villanova since I saw it live, but the Tigers' last shot can now be streamed here. Coach Carril's disgust as he walks off the court sums it all up.

A guard from Illinois has committed to Northwestern over interest from Princeton, Harvard and Bucknell.

The NCAA has announced how their new 68 team format for the tournament will be bracketed.

"The Year of the Tiger."

If you've never seen the 1965 Princeton basketball highlight film "The Year of the Tiger" before, it is (finally) available to stream on-line. Much higher quality than my beat-up VHS dub, too!

Happy Birthday, Coach Carril.

Please join me in wishing former Princeton coach Pete Carril a happy 80th birthday.

Saturday News:

In our most recent interview with Princeton head Coach Sydney Johnson, he discussed the two Tigers playing basketball this summer in Georgetown's Kenner League.

It turns out two additional players are competing in a similarly sound league closer to campus. Sophomore-to-be Will Barrett and junior guard Douglas Davis are both participating in the Philadelphia Area College League (formerly the Sonny Hill League) at Charles Y. Audenreid High School.

Someone at the gym on Thursday reveals that Davis and Barrett faced off on opposing teams, part of squads loaded with Villanova and Penn players. At the close of a physical game in a sweltering gym, Barrett hit a three with five seconds left to tie the score before Davis nailed the game-winning triple at the buzzer.

Marvin Bressler is remembered on the Princeton web site and on TigerBlog.

Northwestern's John Shurna was named to the named to the United States Select Team.

Oregon State head coach Craig Robinson tells the Gazette-Times about his busy off season.

Will Venable could begin to take batting practice again this weekend.

Princeton at Duke on November 14.


Looks like I won't be headed to Milwaukee in November after all!

Princeton will be playing Duke, not Marquette, to start the College Basketball Experience on November 14th.

While Marquette was mentioned as the likely destination for Princeton as recently as the Friends of Princeton Basketball event during reunions on May 30th, it was stressed then that nothing was 100% set in stone, despite what the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel had reported.

The Tigers' next three round robin games in the CBE will occur the following week at either at James Madison or Miami (OH). There is no official word on who the other teams in each pool will be.

Goodbye, professor.


Princeton sociology professor emeritus Marvin Bressler, an academic advisor to the Princeton men's basketball team for three decades, around whom the school's Academic Fellows program was built, passed away Tuesday after a long illness at the age of 87.

He had a full, amazing and fascinating life.

While I am sure it would irk him, I will miss him greatly.

If a public memorial is announced, I will be sure to post details.

Thursday News:

So it begins. The Hoops Report projects Princeton as the nation's 65th best team for 2010-11.

Will Venable will likely need a rehab stint in the minor leagues before he returns to the Padres lineup.

Chris Young has begun to make progress, according to San Diego manager Bud Black.

Georgetown head coach John Thompson III remains the school's highest-paid employee.

Hoya guard Chris Wright is at the Lebron James Nike Basketball Camp.

Soft Pretzel Logic offers more on Harvard's NCAA violation.

YouTube potpourri IV.

A handful of videos I haven't had found the right moment to post that have been collected over this week, starting with one of 30+ brief clips from Princeton's 1998 win over UAB. Brian Earl receives a nifty left-handed Chris Young backdoor bounce pass and scores between two defenders.

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Independence Day News:

Back strain has landed Will Venable on the 15 day disabled list retroactive to July 2nd.

The Kenner League kicked off yesterday in Washington, DC. I asked those in attendance to report back on the performances of the two Princeton players taking part. Here are a few lines on Ian Hummer from the first half of his first game.

Conor Neu is interviewed on the Princeton Athletic Department web site.

The Oregon State 2010-11 non-conference basketball schedule is taking shape.

Buried on the Gazelle Group web site are some fascinating promotional .pdfs for their clients, including Craig Robinson, Chris Mooney, Joe Scott and Mitch Henderson. It is interesting to see how each individual is marketed by their representation.

Harvard has "declared an unintentional secondary violation in connection with conversations in the summer of 2007 between current Assistant Men's Basketball Coach Kenny Blakeney and members of the Harvard coaching staff that occurred before Mr. Blakeney was employed by Harvard."

Coach Sydney Johnson - 7/2/10.

Tigers head coach Sydney Johnson and editor Jon Solomon met in the men's basketball office at Jadwin Gym on this beautiful Thursday afternoon to record a wide-ranging 26:00+ one-on-one interview.

Johnson and Solomon discuss, among other topics: Princeton's incoming recruiting class player by player, how these future freshmen compliment the returning Tigers, Princeton's recently concluded Elite and Team Camps, Summer Leagues players will be participating in, recent changes to the Princeton coaching staff and Coach Johnson's prediction for a World Cup champion.

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