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Saturday News:

Saturday, March 19th
Southwest region – Denver, CO
(13) Morehead State vs. (12) Richmond – 5:15 pm ET – CBS
NCAA Tournament

(4) Northwestern vs. (1) Boston College – 11:00 am ET – ESPN

The Daily Princetonian offers a requiem for this season's team.

An emotional Princeton left it all on the court.

The Tigers' near-upset reintroduced Princeton to the nation.

Yahoo! Sports has updated their team report for the Tigers.

Sydney Johnson and Chris Mooney were both guests on ESPN Radio's Mike & Mike yesterday morning.

Georgetown (21-11) saw their season end with a disappointing 74-59 loss to VCU. The Rams knocked down nine of their first 14 three point attempts. Hoya Hoops has the postgame audio.

Morehead State stands in the way of a return to the Sweet Sixteen for Richmond. For current Spiders head coach and former Air Force head man Chris Mooney, it has been a happy return to Denver.

Luka Mirkovic and Northwestern visit Boston College early Saturday morning.

The head coach of De La Salle turned down Pete Carril and Princeton in the early 1970s.

A chance to say goodbye.

It is Friday morning in Tampa and I find myself waking up still genuinely moved by Sydney Johnson's gesture after Princeton's loss to Kentucky.

Johnson allowed his team a chance to say goodbye publicly to their fans. Now it is your opportunity to return the favor. Either in the comments below or via email feel free to send a message for Bobby Foley, Dan Mavraides and Kareem Maddox.

I'll make sure they are delivered to the basketball staff next week.

Jon Solomon

Friday News:

Friday, March 18th
Southwest region – Chicago, IL
(11) VCU vs. (6) Georgetown – 9:50 pm ET – TBS
NCAA Tournament

Saturday, March 19th
Southwest region – Denver, CO
(13) Morehead State vs. (12) Richmond – 5:15 pm ET – CBS
NCAA Tournament

(4) Northwestern vs. (1) Boston College – 11:00 am ET – ESPN

Deep breath. In addition to our recap, coverage of yesterday's season-ending loss to Kentucky can be found on, in the Star Ledger, in the Trentonian, in the Daily Princetonian, in the New York Times, in the Wall Street Journal, in the New York Post, in the Tampa Tribune (probably my favorite of these stories), in the St. Petersburg Times, on Yahoo! Sports, on A Sea of Blue, on NBC Sports, in the Lexington Herald-Leader, in the Louisville Courier-Journal, on Kentucky Sports Report and on

SportsProf also took in the game.

The St. Pete Times writes about how Brendan Connolly was thrilled to play near his late mother's home town.

Gabe Lewullis was sitting a few rows behind me in the Princeton section, cheering on the Tigers.

The Star Ledger's Steve Politi says that Princeton made believers of us all.

The New York Times shared the story of Christian "Crunch" Regulski prior to yesterday's game.

Chris Young was going to make the trip over to Tampa yesterday but thought better of it at the last moment.

Yesterday was another chapter in the Langel/Earl rivalry.

The University of Chicago Magazine profiles Craig Robinson.

Princeton recruit Denton Koon is a finalist for the DiRenna Award.

Chris Mooney recorded his first postseason win as a player, assistant coach or head coach as Richmond (28-7) knocked off Vanderbilt, 66-63.

Georgetown will start fresh versus VCU in Chicago today.

Princeton/Kentucky highlights.

While I'm working on my recap, here are highlights from today's game.

Kentucky pictures.

Photos from today's game courtesy Stephen Goldsmith.

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Kentucky 59 Princeton 57.

Box Score : HD Box Score

Postgame audio - Coach Sydney Johnson, Dan Mavraides, Kareem Maddox & Douglas Davis:

Locker room audio - Kareem Maddox:

Locker room audio - Dan Mavraides:

Locker room audio - Coach Sydney Johnson:

When it ended, one basket shy of all they had worked for, the man who profoundly despised losing as both a player and a coach did something unexpected and beautiful.

He allowed his team to say goodbye.

Before heading back into the depths of the St. Pete Times Forum after a two point defeat in the final two seconds against the SEC champion Kentucky Wildcats, Princeton coach Sydney Johnson motioned his players not to the locker room but towards the Tiger faithful sitting across from his team's bench.

First came senior Dan Mavraides, having just concluded his final collegiate contest wherein he led his team with 14 points and tied the game on a step back jumper in the lane that hung, hoped and stuck with 34 seconds remaining for a 57-57 score.

Mavraides blew kisses with both hands, his teammates joining him pointing to family and friends applauding in the stands.

"It was hard to do that. But I felt like we owed it to our fans. We didn't want to celebrate a loss in any way, shape or form," Johnson said of the gesture. "That's not what it was about."

"As much as I love our guys, they have to realize that we're all people and we've all got to do things the right way. When someone is giving you the support that our fans have given us, you've got to say thank you," Johnson added.

"You can't take that for granted."

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Video: Coach Johnson talks Kentucky.

Bloomberg interviews Sydney Johnson at the St. Pete Times Forum yesterday.

Tampa team photo.

Your 2010-11 Princeton Tigers as photographed by Stephen Goldsmith outside a reception held for the team at Jackson's Bistro last night.

A fitting final image before I head to the arena.

NCAA Public Practice video.

Forced to make their St. Pete Times Forum debut accompanied by a Black Eyed Peas jam (compared to the rousing school fight song Kentucky would enter to 90 minutes later) and walking into the arena a minute before their cue to kick off the day's open to the public event, Princeton held a 40 minute practice on Wednesday morning in front of 100 or so spectators - the majority of whom were older members of Big Blue Nation reserving their seats for when the Wildcats would take the floor almost two hours later.

The free shootaround consisted primarily of traditional Princeton layup, three point shot and passing drills as the Tigers revealed little to those watching and got accustomed to the sightlines and angles of the home for both the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Big East's USF Bulls.

Princeton looked exactly as their coach Sydney Johnson wants them to play on Thursday - loose but focused. There were smiles to be shared but none of the "I can't believe we're here" variety.

Thursday News:

Today's Game: (13) Princeton (25-6 / 12-2) vs. (4) Kentucky (25-8 / 10-6)
Location: St. Pete Times Forum - Tampa, FL
Time: 2:45 pm ET (estimated)
Radio: 103.3 fm WPRB
Series History: Kentucky leads 2-1.
Last meeting: Kentucky 72 Princeton 58 - 3/12/78.

Princeton Kentucky
12-0 Home Record 15-0
10-5 Away Record 4-7
3-1 Neutral Record 6-1
40 RPI 7
77 Sagarin 12
89 Pomeroy 6
69.6 Points / Game 76.4
63.2 Points Allowed / Game 63.8
.465 FG% .460
.731 FT% .718
.368 3PT FG% .397
34.7 Rebounds / Game 38.1
9.9 Off. Rebounds / Game         12.1
+4.1 Rebounding Margin +4.3
13.5 Assists / Game 12.7
12.4 Turnovers / Game 10.7
4.3 Blocks / Game 6.3
Maddox: 13.9 Points Knight: 17.5
Maddox: 7.1 Rebounds Jones: 8.9
Mavraides: 2.8 Assists Curry: 5.8
Davis: 1.2 Steals Knight: 4.2
Maddox: 1.8 Blocks Jones: 1.9
Maddox: .565 FG% (Min: 10 FGM) Harrellson: .586
Darrow: .800 FT% (Min: 10 FTM) Miller: .850
Davis: .395 3PT FG% (Min: 10 3FGM)    Lamb .472

Thursday, March 17th
Southwest region – Denver, CO
(12) Richmond vs. (5) Vanderbilt – 4:10 pm ET – TBS
NCAA Tournament

Friday, March 18th
Southwest region – Chicago, IL
(11) VCU vs. (6) Georgetown – 9:50 pm ET – TBS
NCAA Tournament

Saturday, March 19th
(4) Northwestern vs. (1) Boston College – 11:00 am ET – ESPN

Previews of today's game can be found on the Princeton Alumni Weekly web site, in the Star Ledger, in the Trenton Times, on CBS Sportsline, courtesy of the Associated Press and in the Louisville Courier-Journal.

Kentucky players tell the Lexington Herald-Leader that they do not believe their youth is an issue.

Sydney Johnson was a guest on WFAN (.mp3) late Sunday night. The Princeton coach stopped by Sporting News Radio for a spell and was also named PAW's Tiger of the Week.

TigerBlog offers keys to today's game.

Jim Souhan of the Minneapolis Star Tribune exchanged emails with Coach Johnson about his days with the Moorhead Spuds.

As a companion to yesterday's Know! Your! Foe! interview, here are my answers about Princeton on Kentucky sports site Tailgate Review.

Douglas Davis tells Yahoo! Sports he would change one thing about his shot versus Harvard, a basket that still resonates five days later.

Davis is the subject of an article in the Trentonian, as is Kareem Maddox.

Bloomberg has an interesting hodgepodge of notes from Tampa, including what books Kareem Maddox brought with him to Florida and what John Bogle '51 thinks of the matchup with Kentucky.

The Trenton Times and the Tampa Bay Tribune pick up on the Tigers' relationship with Christian "Crunch" Regulski.

Enjoy video of Kareem Maddox talking about playing the Wildcats.

Patrick Saunders, Will Barrett, Jimmy Sherburne and John Comfort all get written up in their local papers.

The Daily Pennsylvanian asks a pair of Quaker players about Princeton's chances today.

There's a Town Topics story on the Ivy League playoff.

The Daily Princetonian has a great piece about Bill Greenfield, the man who created the handwritten record book for Princeton basketball.

Monmouth is narrowing their search for a new head coach and Mike Brennan remains in the picture.

John Shurna scored 25 points as Northwestern (19-13) won their first postseason game in 17 years, 70-61 over UW Milwaukee. The Wildcats travel to Boston College on Saturday.

Richmond tips against Vandy in Denver about an hour after the start of Princeton's game in Tampa.

Craig Robinson breaks down his brother in law's NCAA bracket.

Princeton recruit Bobby Garbade was named to the BCANY All-Section 4 team.

I was interviewed by Newsworks for a piece on local college basketball writers during the NCAA Tournament. Looking for audio of the piece as it sounded on WHYY. Thanks to those who wrote saying you heard me on the radio.

"How Princeton became Princeton again."

Filmmaker Phil Wall and the Wall Street Journal take you inside Princeton basketball.

Calipari on Princeton.

Here's a transcript of Kentucky coach John Calipari's quotes about Princeton from this afternoon's press conference.

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