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Friday News:

Today's Game: Princeton (9-8 / 4-0) vs. Yale (8-12 / 3-3)
Location: Lee Amphitheater - New Haven, CT
Time: 7:00 pm ET
Radio: 103.3 fm WPRB
Series History: Princeton leads 138-80.
Last meeting: Yale 67 Princeton 59 - 3/1/08.

Princeton Yale
5-4 Home Record 4-1
4-4 Away Record 4-11
0-0 Neutral Record 0-0
246 RPI 241
230 Sagarin 265
179 Pomeroy 261
60.1 Points / Game 62.3
56.8 Points Allowed / Game 64.3
.433 FG% .436
.735 FT% .657
.366 3PT FG% .285
32.6 Rebounds / Game 33.7
8.5 Off. Rebounds / Game         10.0
11.3 Assists / Game 13.3
13.2 Turnovers / Game 16.3
2.9 Blocks / Game 3.0
Davis: 12.5 Points Morin: 13.4
Buczak: 4.8 Rebounds Morin: 5.9
Buczak: 2.1 Assists Pinick: 3.1
Davis: 1.2 Steals Zampier: 1.7
Maddox: 0.8 Blocks Mangano: 0.9
Schroeder: .613 FG% (Min: 10 FGM) Fiddler: .525
Mavraides: .800 FT% (Min: 10 FTM) Zampier: .839
Schroeder: .611 3PT FG% (Min: 10 3PTM) Morin: .333

Dartmouth vs. Columbia - 7:00 pm ET
Harvard vs. Cornell - 7:00 pm ET
Penn vs. Brown - 7:00 pm ET

Today's must-read is M.A. Mehta's piece in the Star Ledger about Princeton's recent revival. The quotes he was given by former Tiger coach Joe Scott are particularly eye-opening.

Two game previews - See the Daily Princetonian and the Trentonian.

Last night's loss by Northwestern (13-9) still smarts. The Wildcats led for all but the final two seconds and had a nine point lead with just over two minutes left, but collapsed under Illinois' pressure.

Oregon State (10-13) trailed by just one at #24 Washington halfway through yesterday's game, but the Huskies came on strong for the 79-60 win.

Denver (10-14) fell by six at Florida Atlantic.

David Lewis said,

February 13, 2009 @ 10:08 am

Is Scott being serious when he says he was a bad coach? I don't think so. It sounds like he is mocking the reporter and that he truly does not think the Princeton collapse was his fault. Does anyone actually believe that Scott would change his coaching style if he came back here to coach? The reporter should have asked what he thinks he did wrong? I suspect he still believes that the kids he inherited/recruited were just not tough enough or didn't listen to him.

Michael Braun said,

February 13, 2009 @ 11:39 am

On what basis do you think Scott is being disingenuous here? Why is it so hard to believe that the guy did what he thought was best at the time, and then two years removed from a bad situation, can reflect on what he might have done wrong? Isn't it possible that he learned from the experience, and will apply those lessons to his current job at Denver? Clearly the results at Princeton speak for themselves, but that doesn't mean that he's a bad person. I'm curious as to what mind-reading skills you possess to infer otherwise.

Rodney Johnson said,

February 13, 2009 @ 4:06 pm

The phrase that makes me suspect that in fact he is being sarcastic, is "It doesn't really matter what I believe", which to me is implying that what he just said is not what he actually believes.

I am inclined to agree with David.

Of course, it is only my opinion, and his statements are open to alternative interpretation. And even if the Princeton experience did not change him, I would still not think of him as a bad person. I admire him, but he was not good for the boys, which is even more important than whether he was good for the program.

David Lewis said,

February 17, 2009 @ 10:16 am

I am not in any way saying that Joe Scott is a bad person. He was a tremendous player and assistant coach and Sydney gives him great credit for his growth as a player. Without actually hearing the interview it's hard to understand what he actually meant. However, when he says "It doesn't really matter what I believe" I get the strong feeling that he was being sarcastic not disingenuous. That's why I wished the reporter had asked the follow up question of what lessons he learned and what he is now doing differently at Denver. Maybe he has changed his coaching philosophy based on what happened at Princeton. Then again, maybe he has not. It may be that Joe Scott is just better with different types of kids - e.g. those recruited at Air Force - than he is with Ivy League players. I have heard Bobby Knight say repeatedly that college basketball players are different today than they were even fifteen years ago. Carril said the same thing when he retired.

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