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Wednesday News:

Benetton lost to undefeated Bizkaia Bilbao in the opener of Group K Eurocup play yesterday. Judson Wallace scored four points, handed out four assists and was held without a rebound.

Northwestern (14-6) rallied to go up one at Minnesota with under five minutes to play, before Blake Hoffarber's back-to-back three pointers helped the Gophers to the 65-61 final.

Mercer (10-11) lost 68-52 at Manor. Paco Boussougou had 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Vikings.

Princeton recruit Daniel Edwards scored 16 points as Highland Park beat Rockwall, 50-20.

In advance of this weekend's Harvard/Cornell game, the Wall Street Journal asks "how did the Ivy League get so good?"

Stuart Schulman said,

January 27, 2010 @ 10:25 am

THe WSJ article points out that only twice have the Ivies had two 20-win teams.

If Princeton can win at least one of the 4 games against Cornell and Harvard and hold serve against the rest of the league, that would be *three* 20-win teams.

Of course a lot has to happen before we cross that bridge.

Gregg Lange said,

January 27, 2010 @ 10:59 am

"For the first time—arguably ever—the Ivy League has two legitimate NCAA Tournament-caliber teams."

If you're ten years old or Tommy Amaker's PR guy, perhaps.

What a pile.

james schenk said,

January 27, 2010 @ 11:08 am

I guarantee that Sydney Johnson has posted the WSJ article on the Tiger bulletin board. Granted, Cornell and Harvard are the clear favorites but the season still has to be played out and Princeton has been playing very well the last several games. The first four league games are on the road which will be tough but it should be an interesting 14 game tournament.

R.W. Enoch, Jr. said,

January 27, 2010 @ 3:11 pm

From's Brown/Yale preview:
"After giving up just 35 points against Goucher, the lowest total in that program's 20-year history, Princeton ranks No. 1 in Division I in scoring defense at 55.1 points per game allowed through Sunday's games. Northern Iowa is second at 55.4 ppg allowed."

This reminded me of an old adage about Princeton basketball I've heard a few times that says, "if they score more than 60, they win." From this statistic, that seems about right (at least for this year) on average, but I wonder how true it is traditionally/historically. It holds up this year, though not if you reword it to say "60 or more."

Jon Solomon said,

January 27, 2010 @ 5:00 pm

I will try and check the win/loss record in games where Princeton scores 60+ ASAP. Won't be today, hopefully tomorrow.

While Princeton may lead the nation in scoring defense, that stat doesn't take tempo into consideration. The Tigers' tempo is the 336th-fastest in the land, so there are far fewer possessions for the opponents to score in.

If you look at points allowed per 100 defensive possessions, Princeton is 29th in raw defensive efficiency (91.3) and 60th in adjusted defensive efficiency (93.2).

Jon Solomon said,

January 28, 2010 @ 10:34 am

Very quick numbers for when Princeton scores >60 since Coach Johnson took over.

09-10 - 7-0
08-09 - 7-1 (home loss to Dartmouth)
07-08 - 4-9


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