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Sunday News:

North Texas vs. Denver - 3:00 pm ET
Fairfield vs. Rider - 3:30 pm ET - ESPN3
Oregon vs. Oregon State - 7:30 pm ET - FSN

In addition to our recap, read about Princeton's win over Dartmouth on and on

I enjoyed this Mid-Majority piece about Friday's game called "The Last Stand Of The Tigers."

Phew. John Shurna made two free throws with :02.6 remaining as Northwestern (17-11) ended a decade drought at Penn State with a 67-66 win.

Georgetown (21-6) clamped down on Villanova, never trailing in the 67-46 victory. Hoya Hoops has the postgame press conference and Hoya Prospectus crunches the numbers.

It was Xavier by eight over Richmond (15-15) in Cincinnati.

Sydney Johnson and staff return to Mercer County as Fairfield visits Rider.

Denver concludes their regular season with a home game versus North Texas.

Round two of the Civil War sees Oregon State host Oregon.

Congratulations to the Princeton women on their third straight conference title!

Around the Ivy League: Penn (17-11 / 9-2) stunned Harvard (24-4 / 10-2) by one to move half a game back of the first place Crimson. Brown (8-21 / 2-10) exploded for 14 three pointers in a 94-78 rout over Columbia (14-14 / 3-9). On senior night Yale (19-7 / 9-3) decimated Cornell (11-15 / 6-6), 71-40.

Coco said,

February 26, 2012 @ 10:28 am

Congrats to Penn and esp. Zach Rosen for a gritty win in Cambridge, also snapping the Cantabs 28 (?) game home win streak.

Real irony here, as some may remember one of the first alleged recruiting violations aimed at Amaker was contact with Rosen's father during a No Recruit period, when Amaker tracked Rosen's father into a grocery store in Ewing, NJ, when the then young Zach was participating in a summer b-ball "camp" on the campus of TCNJ.

Of course, now I have really mixed feelings about rooting for Penn in their next three games. If only Columbia and/or Cornell could produce a miracle or two, then I wouldn't have to be ambivalent about the Princeton-Penn game in Jadwin.

larry said,

February 26, 2012 @ 11:36 am

Coco, so glad you broke the ice. I'm an 'anyone but Harvard' guy. Can't bring myself to root for anything related to Duke or, more specifically, the Cameron Crazies. We know our guys will put everything they have in the Penn game.

larry said,

February 26, 2012 @ 12:11 pm

"Phew" is right Jon. I watched the 2nd half of the Northwestern/Penn game. Northwestern has more talent than Penn. Northwestern is in a must win phase. But Penn wasn't missing if they got the ball inside. John Shurna went to the foul line, 2+ seconds left, down by a point, with a dance ticket on the line, and made 2 shots for the win. Bill Carmody's team will still have to beat Iowa to get solid tournament consideration (an upset of Ohio State would seal the deal). Hope Carmody has a great week.

Gregg Lange said,

February 26, 2012 @ 1:29 pm

A brief note on the women, who are ripping through the Ivies with fierce abandon, having upped their defensive game a couple notches this season. The rest of the league may be mediocre (Harvard especially is disappointing after having beaten the Tigers in Cambridge a year ago), but the Tigers are clearly trying to prepare for bigger fish at the end of the season; hope they succeed.

Last night at Jadwin was a great occasion (wonderful job by the pep band and cheerleaders) but dampened by the utter implosion of Dartmouth's once-great program that now has only ten women on the roster, and last night dressed seven and played six against a twelve-woman Princeton rotation. This is mystifying and sad given that Courtney Banghart came from there only five years ago, and her mentor still coaches the team.

The word in the stands is that Princeton has the best women's Ivy recruiting class in history on the way for next year.

Jon Solomon said,

February 26, 2012 @ 7:54 pm


My friend Jake Wilson had the line of the weekend:

"Now we know what Tommy Amaker was doing in that New Jersey ShopRite five years ago: looking for a little ginger."


Trying to edit photos while simultaneously streaming the second half of the NU game and watching the NBA All-Star Saturday Night was not conducive in any way to my productivity. So glad they won as that's the sort of end game scenario that's rarely gone the Cats' way in recent years.


After 5.5 hours of contemplation in the drive back from Hanover, I think I'm in the "Penn over Harvard" camp, especially after so many die-hard Quaker fans I know pulled for the Tigers in last year's playoff.

However, if the league is still on the line when Princeton hosts Penn I'll reassess...


larry said,

February 27, 2012 @ 1:06 pm

If, come next Tuesday, we are an 'also ran' team, and Penn is in contention, the gym may be a bit strange.

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