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Monday News:

Today's Game: Princeton (7-4 / 0-0) vs. Maine (7-5 / 0-0)
Location: Alfond Arena - Orono, ME
Time: 7:00 pm ET
Radio: 103.3 fm WPRB
Series History: Maine leads 1-0.
Last meeting: Maine 58 Princeton 55 (OT) - 11/19/08.

Princeton Maine
4-1 Home Record 2-1
3-3 Away Record 5-4
0-0 Neutral Record 0-0
115 RPI 181
157 Sagarin 222
169 Pomeroy 239
56.9 Points / Game 67.2
56.9 Points Allowed / Game 66.0
.404 FG% .406
.735 FG% .662
.319 3PT FG% .325
29.7 Rebounds / Game 37.2
8.5 Off. Rebounds / Game         13.1
-2.5 Rebounding Margin -0.2
10.8 Assists / Game 13.8
15.2 Turnovers / Game 13.6
3.3 Blocks / Game 2.8
Davis: 13.2 Points McLemore: 15.5
Mavraides: 4.6 Rebounds McNally: 7.9
Schroeder: 2.9 Assists Bernal: 2.8
Schroeder: 2.3 Steals Bernal, Burnatowski: 1.1
Buczak: 1.1 Blocks McNally: 1.3
Saunders: .558 FG% (Min: 10 FGM) Barnies: .466
Davis: .833 FT% (Min: 10 FTM) Mitchell: .763
Saunders: .476 3PT FG% (Min: 5 3PTM)    Peay: .500

Wagner vs. Brown - 7:00 pm ET
American vs. Columbia - 7:00 pm ET
Bucknell vs. Dartmouth - 7:00 pm ET
Harvard vs. Santa Clara - 10:00 pm ET

Here's the Trentonian story on the Princeton/St. Joe's game.

Georgetown (11-1) improved to 2-0 in Big East play with a 17 point win at DePaul.

Around the Ivy League: Penn (0-10) continues to look for their first victory, unable to dig out of an 18 point hole at Lafayette. Yale fell on the road versus Albany, 89-68.

David Lewis said,

January 4, 2010 @ 8:03 pm

Princeton is down 26-17 at the half. Why does Princeton struggle so much against zone defenses? Why do teams ever play man to man against the Tigers? Has Princeton recently scored more than 60 points in a game against a zone defense? (I bet Jon knows the answer to this question) Whatever Maine is doing tonight could be a blueprint for Ivy opponents. What is the key to defeating a zone defense? What do the Tigers need to do to fix this problem? It seems like it has been a problem for as long as I can remember.

Fred Smagorinsky said,

January 4, 2010 @ 8:21 pm

I'm sure there are more knowledgeable commentators on this subject, however I have always understood that the best way to force a team into man-to-man coverage is a combination of good ball movement and hitting jump shots over the zone.

At 15:20 of the second half it is now 28-25 but Princeton is only shooting 29%.

Jon Solomon said,

January 4, 2010 @ 9:11 pm

The best way to make a zone go away is to make shots.

Also, overload the FT line with a player who can take that jumper, drive to either side, pass to the wing or then pass down low.


Steven Postrel said,

January 5, 2010 @ 1:04 am

There's a host of different ways to attack a zone.

You can swing the ball fast or overload the perimeter on one side to get open jump shots. Then you have to make them.

You can backdoor a zone along the baseline if you get the back line to move up on a drive, a high post up or even a cutter moving across the lane in the opposite direction.

You can screen against a zone to prevent a defender's prescribed slide against ball movement. That can work against either the front or the back of the zone.

Most pure zones have soft spots on the floor, depending on the alignment and the slides the players use. When Bill Foster's Duke team lost to Joe B. Hall's Kentucky squad in the NCAA title game way back in the '70s, their 2-3 zone had a hole at the free throw line that Jack Givens exploited for 50 points or so on repeated jumpers. Of course, that was an exception because Duke made no adjustment for the whole game; usually a zone team will change their slides or spacing if a player is getting too hot from one spot.

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