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Friday News:

Friday, March 9th
Oregon State (9) vs. Arizona (4) - 9:10 pm ET - Pac-12 Tournament - FSN

Up four with the ball twice in the final three minutes, Northwestern (18-13) went scoreless the rest of regulation and in an agonizing overtime were doubled up by Minnesota at the Big 10 Tournament. The 75-68 defeat likely ruins the Wildcats' hopes for an NCAA Tournament at-large entry.

Georgetown (23-8) dropped a double OT thriller to Cincinnati, 72-70. Five missed free throws were costly to the Hoyas. Our friends at Hoya Prospectus crunch the numbers.

If you had Oregon State (19-13) as the last member of the Carril Cradle still playing come Friday, please raise your hand. The Beavers built a 13 point halftime lead and then had to come from eight back to stun top seed Washington by a pair at the Pac-12 Tournament. Robinson said this result might be the biggest win he's had, including his playing days.

The career of Doug Davis and Princeton's season are both on hold, but the Tigers certainly finished strong.

It appears Judson Wallace is suffering from gastroenteritis.

Wallace's college teammate Will Venable doubled off of the Rangers' Yu Darvish in his first major league outing. After the game Venable - who is striving for more consistency from his swing this year - and Darvish had decidedly different views of this hit.

The senior season of Princeton recruit Edo Lawrence concluded with Canterbury's loss in the New England Tournament's quarterfinal round.

Future Tiger Mike Washington, Jr. ended the year as WESCO 3A's second leading scorer.

Big Apple Buckets has updated their NIT projections. This coverage even made the Wall Street Journal. Nicely done, mister.

After initially being placed on paid administrative leave, former Princeton and Georgetown assistant Robert Burke officially resigned as head coach of Mount St. Mary's.

Stuart Schulman said,

March 9, 2012 @ 11:01 am

Multiple reports that Jeff Foote will be signing a 10-day contract with the New Orleans Hornets today and will suit up tonight.


TigerHeel said,

March 9, 2012 @ 11:18 am

That Northwestern loss was tough to bear. The Wildcats had a shot towards the end of regulation that hanged on the rim for what felt like several seconds. It would have been the game winner. Poor Carmody seems cursed in Evanston, despite all the ground he has covered in making Northwestern competitive each year in the Big Ten.

Jon Solomon said,

March 9, 2012 @ 12:26 pm

Stuart, I was going to include that in today's news but decided to wait until an official release. It is not impossible to imagine an NBA with all four in uniform.

TigerHeel, the ball hanging on the rim will haunt me for a while now. I drowned my sorrow in a large burrito and followed that up with almost an entire misery pizza.


Brian Martin said,

March 9, 2012 @ 1:11 pm

Jon, watching almost all of the tree teams over a few days made me focus on the differences. Georgetown, Northwestern, and Oregon State are quite different in tempo, three point dependence, post play, use of dribble penetration, etc. even when they start from the same basic formation. Princeton under Henderson seems closer to Georgetown's version than to Northwestern's but maybe that is because of the front court size and strength. Carmody needs to recruit someone who can defend the paint.

Jon Solomon said,

March 9, 2012 @ 1:18 pm

I've felt Princeton is closer to Northwestern's offensive shape because of the constant use of "chin" screens but the Tigers have more strength in the post.

If NU's roster included Ian Hummer (or even Brendan Connolly), I think they would be in the NCAAs, which is sort of nuts.

Haven't seen as much OSU as I'd like but that will certainly change tonight!


Brian Martin said,

March 9, 2012 @ 4:55 pm

A few stats that highlight similarities and differnces in offensive style of play among Carril tree coaches:

Raw Tempo
Oregon State 71.1 possessions per game
Fairfield 65.4
Richmond 64.7
Georgetown 63.6
Nortwestern 63.0
Princeton 62.9
Denver 61.4
(Harvard 60.8, slower than all Princeton-coached teams)

3-Point Attempts as % of All FG Attempts
Northwestern 43.9
Denver 42.8
Richmond 41.3
Princeton 35.4
Fairfield 35.0
Georgetown 30.1
Oregon State 29.9

Offensive Rebound %
Georgetown 35.5
Fairfield 34.2
Oregon State 33.6
Richmond 28.1
Princeton 26.4
Northwestern 25.8
Denver 23.8

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