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Monday News:

Yahoo! offers a preseason team report for Princeton.

The Tigers' 2012 recruiting took a hit yesterday when Plainfield's Justin Sears committed to Yale over fellow finalist Princeton.

IUPUI also added a recruit who had interest from several Ivy schools.

Some dude on Bleacher Report wonders about who can contend with Harvard for the Ivy title.

Looks like Fork Union Military Academy will play the Princeton JV on March 2nd.

Long overdue, but Steve Goodrich and Gabe Lewullis each now have their own category on the site.

Eight teams, eight games to watch before Thanksgiving.

Remember this place?

Impressed by NYC Buckets' "Five Nights" series, finished with this year's epic data entry of schedules for the eight "Carril Cradle" teams and suffering from an mild early bout of snow madness, I opted to write a piece highlighting one non-conference game in the first three weeks of the season for each of the teams we cover.

My only rule was not picking match-ups that share the same date. Read on for sequential suggestions of contests to pay close(r) attention to as 2011-12 gets underway.

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Saturday News:

Former Princeton center Steve Goodrich is interviewed by the magazine connected to the camp he attended as a boy.

Oregon State expects a breakthrough season in 2011-12. Here's video of Craig Robinson at Pac-12 media day. The Beavers were picked eighth in the conference's preseason media poll.

CBS' Matt Norlander says Fairfield is loaded and ready for a huge year.

Georgetown has relaunched their DC Is Our Playground web site for the upcoming season. Hoyas head coach John Thompson III spoke yesterday as part of a panel series called "Think About It: An Afternoon of Ideas."

Will Venable now qualifies for Super Two status.

Tiger basketball recruit Mike Washington, Jr. had a touchdown catch in Oak Harbor's loss to Meadowdale.

YouTube potpourri XLVI.

Here's the latest collection of videos from various corners of the Princeton basketball family. Above, Bill Carmody at Big Ten media day.

Four additional clips after the jump, including a fantastic Chris Mooney interview.

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Friday News:

John Thompson III was one of five Big East coaches to tell the New York Times about what it takes to make the Final Four.

Here's today's Ivy League preview, courtesy the Arena Pulse.

Princeton at Harvard makes a list of this season's 68 must-see games.

Northwestern again hopes this is the year they make the NCAA Tournament for the first time. Wildcats Drew Crawford and Luka Mirkovic both need to take a step forward for that to transpire.

A NCAA panel has approved some major rules changes you should familiarize yourself with.

The NCAA has also published their annual review of graduation rates. You can see Princeton's Graduation Success Rate (GSR) report and the school's Federal Graduation Rate (FGR) report. Run your own reports by school, conference and sport here.

Marcus Schroeder added to the St. Mary's staff.

Since his playing career at Princeton concluded, I've caught up with former Tiger guard Marcus Schroeder on a pair of occasions - once after a tryout for the D-League's Reno Bighorns and a second time following a trip with the U.S. Basketball Academy for nine games in China.

Knowing that Schroeder had been actively looking to get into coaching since a conversation early this year, I'm glad to be able to share that Marcus Schroeder is now a graduate member of the staff at St. Mary's College.

Finally able to talk publicly about his role with the Gaels, Schroeder spoke to me on the phone tonight while driving from school back to Concord and a transcript of our discussion follows the jump.

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2011-12 schedules.

The annual ordeal of tedious data entry finally behind me, I've completed color coded 2011-12 electronic calendars for each of the "Carril Cradle" teams. You can download any or all of the following to sync with your computer/PDA.

Each basketball schedule will be updated whenever a tip time changes or new TV information is revealed. These links will work best with iCal but are importable into Google Calendar.

If you notice any errors with games/dates/times/locations, please let me know.

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Thursday News:

If you missed it, the 2011-12 Ivy League media poll was released yesterday.

The Trenton Times built a story out of Wednesday's Ivy League Preseason Media Teleconference.

TigerBlog penned a piece about Brian Earl, Mitch Henderson and squash.

Newcomer Ivy Hoops Online offers a detailed preview of Princeton.

The Tigers will play a closed scrimmage this Sunday.

Bill Bradley continues to stand his ground on New Jersey's sports betting ban.

Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan enjoyed his conversation with Pete Carril at the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

For the first time, Craig Robinson enters a season at Oregon State with all of his own players.

The road to the NCAA tournament starts with defense for Northwestern.

Fairfield was picked second in the MAAC preseason men's basketball poll.

Coming off the bench for Aris, Dan Mavraides scored seven points in 21 minutes of play as the regular season got underway for the Yellows.

Roy Williams explains why he once chose to schedule Princeton.

There's a full page piece on Harvard basketball's recruiting efforts in the new ESPN The Magazine. While the complete article is only available for those with ESPN Insider, I did find the following excerpt about the Crimson's recruiting strategy compared to other schools worth sharing:

"Historically, Ivy coaches have waited to make contact with a prospect until the summer before his senior year, when they have a clear read on his ability to qualify in the academically rigorous conference. But by that point in the cycle, most four- and five-star players have already decided or have chopped down their list of finalists. Amaker, on the other hand, has started identifying smart kids with big-time talent as early as the summer after their sophomore years and has gotten their attention."

Mitch Henderson - Ivy League Preseason Media Teleconference.

The Ivy League held its Men's Basketball Preseason Media Teleconference this morning, with all eight coaches answering questions from media.

The portion of today's Q&A with Princeton coach Mitch Henderson is available above. A mp3 of the full event is available on the Ivy League web site.

A second teleconference will take place in January 2012.

Monday News:

I was deeply saddened to read about the sudden passing of Judson Wallace's father Charlie on Thursday at the age of 69. I got to know Mr. Wallace and his family better and better each season during the four years Judson was at Princeton and the friendship between the Wallaces and my parents developed independently to the point where they even came to my folks' home a couple times for brunch during Ivy basketball weekends.

Thinking about Charlie last night as this news sunk in I immediately recalled five unrelated memories:

1. The way he used to remind Judson "fingertips!" from the stands when #30 was at the free throw line. I fully admit I still mutter that word to myself when certain Tigers step up to the stripe in crucial situations.

2. Even in the cold Northeast winters there was something endearing about his insistence on wearing loafers with no socks wherever he went.

3. When I traveled to Atlanta to cover Georgetown in the 2007 Final Four, the Wallaces were adamant that Nicole and I stay at their home with them (despite the fact they were already hosting three of Judson's former teammates) or at least go out for a meal. While I felt uncomfortable accepting their first invitation and the subsequent onset of Passover made the latter offer impossible, I knew that their hospitality was genuine and that by being unable to swing either I had let them down. I was glad that we could reconnect at the Georgia Dome's open shoot-around like old times in Jadwin and beyond.

4. The Wallace family remains the only Princeton basketball parents to add me unsolicited to their annual Christmas card list. Each December it has been sweet to receive a new color picture of the four of them and put it with the other cards on our mantle.

5. A former Army officer, Charlie was convinced from the moment I became engaged that he had the authority to officiate a wedding ceremony between Nicole and I on a boat in the middle of Lake Carnegie. We were eventually married (on dry land) a year after the Wallaces' older son graduated from Princeton.

He was the good kind of character and he will be missed. My condolences to Beth, Stewart and Judson.

As mentioned in the article I linked above, a Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday in the main sanctuary of Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Atlanta.

In lieu of flowers, a contribution to the Citadel School of Business Administration / Center for Financial Services Education has been requested by the family c/o Ron Green, The Citadel School of Business, 171 Moultrie Street, Charleston, SC 29409.

In other news the 14-Game Tournament offers a 2011-12 preseason primer and the Pottstown Mercury has more on Saturday night's Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony that Pete Carril attended.

Sunday News:

Pawel Buczak had a team high 16 points and five rebounds in Slask Wroclaw's most recent game.

Rush The Court's Ivy League preview is the first I've seen picking Princeton to finish in fourth place.

The Big East Preseason Coaches' Poll is out with Georgetown seen as the conference's 10th place team this season.

Pete Carril, who was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday night, makes Bleacher Report's list of the 100 Greatest Coaches in College Basketball History.

As practice gets underway at Northwestern so does "life after Juice."

Here's the 2011-12 Mercer Vikings schedule, including games against both the Columbia and Princeton JV teams.

Wednesday News:

Princeton's Blue Ribbon team preview has been posted on ESPN's web site. You need Insider status to read.

ESPN also previews the Ivy League in 60 seconds.

Fairfield has uploaded their 2011-12 prospectus.

There's a Groupon that NC State is offering which includes the Wolfpack's game against Princeton. If you're thinking about heading to Raleigh, perhaps go in on this deal with a friend from the Research Triangle?

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