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New Year's Eve News:

Northwestern vs. Purdue - 12:00 pm ET - ESPN2

Bryant vs. Brown - 12:00 pm ET
Lehigh vs. Yale - 2:00 pm ET
MIT vs. Harvard - 2:00 pm ET

In addition to our recap, read about Princeton's tough loss to #19 Central Florida on, courtesy of the Associated Press, in Central Florida Future and on

On a quest for their first NCAA tournament bid, Big 10 play starts for Northwestern at Purdue.

Princeton recruit Bobby Garbade and Seton CC won their fifth straight, 57-46 over previously unbeaten Union-Endicott. Garbade made the Regional Division 1 All-Tournament team.

Future Tiger Denton Koon made the all-tournament team, but Liberty dropped a 54-38 decision to Grandview in the William Jewell College tournament.

Three straight for Denver (5-9), who opened Sun Belt action with a 65-52 decision over Louisiana-Lafayette.

Oregon State (6-6) began their conference slate with an unexpected blowout of Arizona State.

Around the Ivy League: Cornell (3-9) was 15-21 from three point range in a 86-80 victory over Wofford. Columbia (7-4) won 74-71 at Maine. Bucknell recorded its third triumph against an Ivy foe, knocking off Dartmouth (4-8) by 17.

B Ball Breakdown interviews Pete Carril.

"Coach Nick" shares eight minutes from a conversation with Coach Carril.

Central Florida pictures.

Photos from today's game courtesy Robert Solomon.

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UCF 68 Princeton 62.

Box Score : HD Box Score

Postgame audio - Coach Sydney Johnson:

Postgame audio - Ian Hummer & Dan Mavraides:

After Princeton held on to defeat Northeastern 65-63 on Wednesday night in the first round of the UCF Holiday Classic, Tiger head coach Sydney Johnson allowed himself to consider the opportunity that his team now had against Central Florida.

Johnson understood first-hand that if you decide to play basketball at Princeton, the opportunity to knock off a Top 25 team on their home floor will come, but these chances rarely occur more than ten times across your four seasons.

"We played another ranked team earlier this year and that didn't turn out well," Johnson said, referencing the Tigers' 97-60 loss at Duke in mid-November. "So we have to prove a lot to ourselves."

The difference between a signature victory over a 12-0 foe and a close loss in the final game of 2010 came down to the final four minutes.

"They just probably made one or two more plays than we did," considered Johnson. "Offensive rebounds killed us."

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Player introductions.

The Tigers are introduced at the UCF Arena. Thankfully Jimmy Sherburne didn't knock over Brendan Connolly with a pre-game leaping hip check, like he did prior to Presbyterian.

Thursday News:

Today's Game: Princeton (10-3 / 0-0) vs. Central Florida (12-0 / 0-0)
Location: UCF Arena - Orlando, FL - UCF Holiday Classic
Time: 7:30 pm ET
Radio: 103.3 fm WPRB
Series History: This is the first meeting between the two schools.
Last meeting: This is the first meeting between the two schools.

Princeton UCF
3-0 Home Record 8-0
5-2 Away Record 2-0
2-1 Neutral Record 2-0
44 RPI 26
69 Sagarin 14
114 Pomeroy 37
71.7 Points / Game 77.8
68.4 Points Allowed / Game 56.2
.474 FG% .506
.693 FT% .680
.392 3PT FG% .380
34.2 Rebounds / Game 37.9
9.6 Off. Rebounds / Game         9.8
+2.4 Rebounding Margin +4.4
13.9 Assists / Game 14.8
13.8 Turnovers / Game 13.8
3.7 Blocks / Game 7.2
Hummer: 14.2 Points Clanton: 16.8
Hummer: 6.8 Rebounds Clanton: 8.8
Maddox: 2.6 Assists Rompza: 4.0
Mavraides: 1.4 Steals Rompza: 1.4
Maddox: 1.5 Blocks Herzog: 2.9
Maddox: .581 FG% (Min: 10 FGM) McCombs: .667
Mavraides: .780 FT% (Min: 10 FTM) Jordan: .803
Saunders: .471 3PT FG% (Min: 10 3FGM)    Clanton .478

Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Denver - 9:00 pm ET
Arizona State vs. Oregon State - 10:30 pm ET

Cornell vs. Wofford - 5:00 pm ET - Holidays on the Hardwood Classic
Columbia vs. Maine - 7:00 pm ET
Dartmouth vs. Bucknell - 7:00 pm ET

In addition to our recap, read about Princeton's victory versus Northeastern on and on

WRBB has a quality audio highlight package.

So much for their shooting touch. Ice cold Georgetown (11-2) hit 35.7% of their first half attempts and could not rally from down 16 in the second half at Notre Dame.

Richmond (11-3) dropped Wake Forest, 90-74.

SI's Andy Glockner has a piece on Harvard containing some choice quotes from Princeton coach Sydney Johnson.

Mid Atlantic Hoops considers Princeton recruit Bobby Garbade one of the region's Top 25 Senior Power Forwards.

Future Tiger Denton Koon had 17 points and 11 boards in Liberty's two point win over the Park Hill Trojans at the William Jewell Tournament.

Denver opens Sun Belt play at home versus Louisiana-Lafayette.

Arizona State visits Oregon State in the Pac-10 kickoff for both teams.

Could Will Venable lead off for San Diego next season?

Bishop John Barres is working on a DVD to promote the Knights of Columbus’ International Free Throw Championship.

Princeton's up to fourth place in this week's Schuylkill 16.

Around the Ivy League: A bad, near-dreadful day of action for Ancient 8 teams saw Cornell (2-9) drop their eighth straight, 68-66 to New Hampshire. Central Connecticut cruised to a 67-51 win over Brown (4-6) Penn (5-5) lost by nine at Marist, 66-57. Harvard (8-3) salvaged a 74-69 home win against Monmouth.

Northeastern pictures.

Photos from today's game courtesy Robert Solomon.

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Princeton 65 Northeastern 63.

Box Score : HD Box Score

Postgame audio - Coach Sydney Johnson, Patrick Saunders & Kareem Maddox:

Joel Smith's layup rolled off the rim as time expired and Princeton survived their first night of the UCF Holiday Classic, 65-63 over Northeastern.

Smith's attempt skidded across the iron and nearly rallied the Huskies from down 10 with 80 seconds remaining, as the Tigers turned the ball over twice in the backcourt and made just two of four free throws trying to close out their 10th victory of the season.

After a first half where Princeton's biggest lead was two and Northeastern's largest advantage four, the Tigers' active defense sparked an 18-2 run that seemed to change the game. The second of two Kareem Maddox dunks capped this spurt with 9:59 to go.

However, Princeton's attention to detail waned after they went up 16 and Northeastern hung close enough to make an improbable last second push a possibility.

"I just think that we came to play," said head coach Sydney Johnson of his team's performance during a stretch where Northeastern went 7:16 between field goals. "There's a little bit of a spark in us. I'm disappointed, because I didn't think we did that the entire game. The came after us after that run and we didn't respond well. We've got to learn from that."

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Wednesday News:

Today's Game: Princeton (9-3 / 0-0) vs. Northeastern (4-6 / 0-1)
Location: UCF Arena - Orlando, FL - UCF Holiday Classic
Time: 9:30 pm ET
Radio: 103.3 fm WPRB
Series History: Northeastern leads 2-0.
Last meeting: Northeastern 55 Princeton 34 - 12/28/83.

Princeton Northeastern
3-0 Home Record 1-3
5-2 Away Record 1-2
1-1 Neutral Record 2-1
42 RPI 173
69 Sagarin 175
116 Pomeroy 171
72.2 Points / Game 66.0
68.8 Points Allowed / Game 70.1
.473 FG% .425
.709 FT% .692
.392 3PT FG% .382
34.2 Rebounds / Game 30.2
9.8 Off. Rebounds / Game         10.1
+2.4 Rebounding Margin -4.6
14.1 Assists / Game 12.9
13.7 Turnovers / Game 12.3
3.6 Blocks / Game 2.6
Hummer: 14.6 Points Allen: 16.8
Hummer: 7.0 Rebounds Allen: 5.8
Maddox: 2.8 Assists Allen: 3.5
Davis: 1.3 Steals Allen: 2.1
Maddox: 1.6 Blocks Bates: 0.9
Hummer: .578 FG% (Min: 10 FGM) Lee: .540
Mavraides: .815 FT% (Min: 10 FTM) Smith: .818
Davis: .442 3PT FG% (Min: 10 3FGM)    Lee .571

Georgetown vs. Notre Dame - 7:00 pm ET - ESPN2
Wake Forest vs. Richmond - 7:00 pm ET

Cornell vs. New Hampshire - 5:00 pm ET - Holidays on the Hardwood Classic
Monmouth vs. Harvard - 7:00 pm ET
Brown vs. Central Connecticut St. - 7:00 pm ET
Penn vs. Marist - 7:30 pm ET

Hopefully flying to Florida just after sunrise. Today's news is scheduled to go live while we're in the air, so expect additional articles added to this post later today - JS

Ian Hummer is the focus of a piece from the Princeton Packet.

Georgetown travels to Notre Dame for the two teams' Big East opener. The Hoyas are making 52.8% of their shots, second-best in the nation.

Wake Forest plays at Richmond.

It is still uncertain if Northwestern leading scorer John Shurna will be able to play on Friday at Purdue.

Terrapin Times reports that Desmond Hubert will make his college decision in early January.

Around the Ivy League: Stanford surged past Yale (5-6) in the second half of a 60-44 game.

Tuesday News:

Yale vs. Stanford - 10:00 pm ET - CSN Bay Area

Princeton recruit Denton Koon had 13 points in Liberty's victory over St. Pius X.

It was an adventure for Richmond to get home from their Boxing Day matchup at Seton Hall.

Patrick Saunders represents Princeton on Honor Roll of the latest Ivy League Men's Basketball Weekly Release.

Since people seemed to really enjoy listening to them before Christmas, here's one more news story on editor Jon Solomon's marathon radio show, this from WHYY.

Coach Sydney Johnson - 12/27/10.

Tigers head coach Sydney Johnson and editor Jon Solomon shoveled out their respective driveways and met at Jadwin Gym on Monday afternoon to go over Princeton's road victories at Wagner and Towson before Christmas. The pair also previewed the Tigers' trip to the UCF Holiday Classic later this week.

This Q&A is 10:00+ in length.

Interviews with Coach Johnson will appear on this site every week during the 2010-11 season.

Monday News:

Richmond (10-3) rallied to defeat Seton Hall, 69-61.

Oregon State head coach Craig Robinson was a guest on ESPN 1080.

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