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Monday News:

Marquette vs. Georgetown - 7:00 pm ET - ESPN
Manhattan vs. Fairfield - 7:00 pm ET

The Daily Princetonian, the Brown Daily Herald and the Yale Daily News offer some different perspectives on last weekend's games.

The San Diego Padres need Will Venable to break out in 2013.

Go seventy minutes in to this podcast for an interview with Tiger assistant Brian Earl.

Judson Wallace scored six points off the bench as Barcelona won the Copa Del Rey over Valencia.

Colorado closed on a 23-12 run and the result was yet another close loss for Oregon State (12-12).

This just in: Limited tickets may still be available for Saturday's game. Call Harvard's (617-495-2211) or Princeton's (609-258-9220) ticket offices today or email Bob Ruxin.

Georgetown hosts Marquette on Big Monday and Fairfield plays their snow-delayed contest against Manhattan at home.

Around the Ivy League: After playing with fire in their first five conference games, Harvard (13-7 / 5-1) could not extinguish a Columbia (10-10 / 2-4) conflagration. The Lions led by as many as 20 down the stretch in a 78-63 victory. Cornell (11-12 / 3-3) dispatched Dartmouth (6-14 / 2-4) in Ithaca, 79-56.

George Clark said,

February 11, 2013 @ 11:43 am

I don't know which game was more surprising, Yale beating us at Jadwin in a close one or Harvard getting trounced at Columbia. For all of our defensive problems against the Bulldogs, they won the game at the FT line, outscoring us by 9. While it is tempting to attribute Yale's win to the "genius" of Coach Jones, as Sportsprof has done in writing about the zone pressure, I am not sure the implied criticism of Henderson is fair. If he had wanted to attack the press differently as the game went on he certainly could have. The press shortened our shot clock , but did not prevent us from getting more shots than the Eli. Speeding up the tempo of the game is a trap Princeton teams have avoided historically and clearly would have played into Jones' hand. Our 51% from the field wins most games, but Yale's 55% was truly phenomenal anywhere on the road but miraculous at Jadwin. The turnover differential, three more than Yale, does not explain this loss. Down 2 with the ball and 25 seconds left without getting a shot bothers me more than anything. Perhaps some of the responsibility for that turn of events rests on Henderson's shoulders. WE REMAIN TIED IN THE LEAGUE STANDINGS.

Stuart Schulman said,

February 11, 2013 @ 12:17 pm

Several MLB teams have pitchers and catchers reporting today. A while back there was talk that the Mets were interested in re-signing Chris Young, but that was before they signed Shawn Marcum. Since then, I've seen no reports and no rumors. Do we know what Chris' status is for 2013?

Jon Solomon said,

February 11, 2013 @ 12:20 pm

Was thinking the same thing this morning. Haven't heard of any interest, will try and search in a bit.

Adam Fox said,

February 11, 2013 @ 1:01 pm


Thanks for saying some things I couldn't quite put words to myself. My initial reaction , while moping out of Jadwin on Saturday night, was to blame the coach. I guess the two things I wasn't too happy with were:

1) Always seeming a step behind on the defensive end. I realize Yale shot well, but it seemed to me that a lot of their field goals were pretty easy.

2) The last possession. It was clear that Yale was organized on the defensive end, tie-ing up Hummer and making sure that they weren't going to allow anything inside for an easy 2. However our offense didn't seem to have an overall gameplan for this, and they ended up being WAY too indecisive. It was almost as if they were surprised to be down only 2, and Mitch hadn't really prepared the team for this scenario. I thought for a split second that Will Barrett had found crack in the Yale defense for a decent look at a game-winning 3, but he gave it up.

(I'd have prefered a pull up from Koon or a backdoor play for the tie...but clearly a game-winning 3 pt attempt would have been better than no shot attempt!)

Did we have a time out at the end that we could have called, after the missed FTs? I thought we had one...


Jon Solomon said,

February 11, 2013 @ 1:06 pm

I haven't seen tape of the final possession, but I would ultimately have been fine with T.J. Bray shooting as he entered the lane and taking a chance on an offensive board.

I'm not sure how much Hans Brase could have done with the ball had it reached his hands.

As Henderson said afterwards, there was too much deferring going on.

larry said,

February 11, 2013 @ 1:43 pm

The turnover number that changed the game was 7 - Ian Humer.

Steven Postrel said,

February 11, 2013 @ 3:54 pm

With a two-point loss, any little thing can tip the balance. I generally try to look at things that were below norms, because it seems easier to turn something bad into something mediocre than it is to turn something good into something great. With that premise, a few bad offensive possessions--and the one at the end was no more important than any other missed opportunities earlier--were not the issue against Yale. Offensive efficiency was pretty good, except for the few turnovers that led to Eli fast breaks. You'd have taken those numbers before the game and felt very confident that they would lead to a solid win.

Both Columbia and Yale exposed this team on rebounds and loose balls, not to mention giving up inside buckets. Princeton did fine in rebounding against some physical teams this year (e.g. Kent) and they will likely have the kind of season they and we want if they fix that problem the rest of the way.

George Clark said,

February 11, 2013 @ 4:01 pm

Remember these are 19-21 year old kids (I'm reminding myself more than anyone else). Here we are, on a 21 league winning streak at home, down to the last possession. The one thing Yale was not going to do was let Hummer beat them. Other than Ian, the only guy I can guarantee wanted the ball in that situation is Doug Davis...but he's not here any more. And...everything is happening quickly. I didn't hear Henderson's comments but sometimes a little selfishness is needed, or the willingness to accept the consequences of missing.

Matt Walter said,

February 11, 2013 @ 11:27 pm

Like Jon said and George implies, TJ's gotta take that shot. You want your starting point guard to want to take that shot. If my memory of the last offensive possession is accurate, he curled into the paint on the dribble with about 5 seconds to go and had room to pull up at the free throw line a la Dan Mavraides against Kentucky two years ago. I hope TJ gets a similar opportunity in another meaningful game down the road because I think he cans it.

Really enjoying watching Denton Koon develop this season. Last year, he had a knack for getting lost on the baseline and converting bunnies from just about any angle. This year sees him ballhandling (which is getting better every game), driving, pulling up for jumpers, and knocking down threes while still converting bunnies (which are now thrown down as often as not).

Looking forward to this weekend when we can begin to separate ourselves from the pack.

George Clark said,

February 12, 2013 @ 8:59 am

I am glad some of these threads keep's fun.. Matt: the turn-around for this team began when Brase moved into the line-up after Fordham, but the seeds were sown earlier when Koon got the other guard slot alongside TJ. His minutes lengthened, his ball handlng improved, his defense and rebounding contributions have been steady, and his scoring numbers exploded. If a team can get double figure scoring from 3 players each night, as we have lately, it are will win a lot more than it will lose. Koon is reliably in that mix for us. I mentioned DD yesterday because I was thinking back to last year's game at Rider. We never had a lead in that game until the OT, and were never tied until the last seconds of regulation. Rider was up 2 with about 10-11 seconds left in OT on the FT line in the double bonus. 2 misses, we rebound (uncontested incidentally, a mistake on Rider's part) and here comes Davis up the middle. Everyone knew he was going to take the shot so Rider stopped him, leaving Mack Darrow wide open just outside the arc on the left wing. When you double somebody, somebody else must be open.
I hope we can survive Friday night in Hanover...a tough task to be sure. We must then figure out a way to neutralize Chambers as much as possible. This may mean Saunders will have another huge night, as he did at Columbia, but the result was a Lion rout. Perhaps the speedy Penn backcourt will run Chambers around on Friday.

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