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Sunday News:

Illinois vs. Northwestern - 7:30 pm ET - Big Ten Network

In addition to our recap, read about Princeton's third straight loss at Harvard on, in the Trentonian, in the Boston Globe, in the Boston Herald, in the Harvard Crimson and on

Future Tiger Spencer Weisz and Seton Hall Prep advanced to the Essex County Tournament finals versus East Side.

Despite 21 from Henry Caruso, Serra fell in the West Catholic Athletic League finals to Mitty.

Richmond (15-11) topped St. Bonaventure in overtime, 83-80.

Make it six straight for Denver (17-8) with a 62-41 win at San Jose State.

Oregon State (13-13) fell 72-62 at Washington.

At a sold out Welsh-Ryan Arena, Northwestern hosts Illinois as Bill Carmody just keeps plugging away.

Around the Ivy League: Cornell (13-12 / 5-3) won 69-66 at Brown (9-13 / 3-5). Yale (10-15 / 4-4) had an easy 75-56 time versus Columbia (10-12 / 2-6). Penn (6-18 / 3-4) came from down 30-18 midway through at Dartmouth (6-16 / 2-6), outscoring the Big Green 49-27 in the final 20 minutes.

Steven Postrel said,

February 17, 2013 @ 2:51 pm

Pretty crowded among the three-, four, and five-loss teams. Columbia is now officially a team you wish you could drop from your schedule--good enough to beat you but with a terrible record.

George Clark said,

February 18, 2013 @ 10:51 am

Before Casey and Curry declared themselves ineligible for this season I suggested that the Ivy race this year would be for second place. I am not ready to retreat to that position now that the first half is in the books, but 5 road games is a daunting task indeed. Harvard is deeper and faster than the Tigers, but our starters can certainly compete with theirs. Saturday's key factors, in my opinion, were:
1. The emergence of Kenyatta Smith. What a weekend! He played like Keith Wright. Brase isn't big enough to guard him and Connolly isn't mobile enough.
2. Harvard did something no one else has done for a long time: neutralize Denton Koon.
3. "Things" went their way, as one expects at home. Rivard's 3 at the end of the half, after Henderson had managed the last possession perfectly, was devastating. (What Goes Around Dept.: Two year ago playing the Crimson at home the Tigers were down by a few near the end of the half. Doug Davis launched a desperation 3. He missed badly but was fouled. His "3 the hard way" gave the Tigers the momentum they needed. Davis would haunt the Crimson later in that season, as we all remember.)
With Chris and Brendan on the floor at the same time in the first half, the offense simply stopped, resulting in three straight possessions without a good look. Down 4 at the half, 6 with 10 minutes to go, we could not get going. But however difficult the task the fact remains that we determine our fate. We do no need help from anyone. (Of course, we'll take it!!!)

Jon Solomon said,

February 18, 2013 @ 10:59 am

George, point number three is great recall. I had forgotten all about that play.

As the box score shows, neither team is particularly deep right now. The Harvard six beat the Princeton seven. Only one bench player on either side scored.

For the first time since the trip to Syracuse, Princeton found themselves in a game decided entering the final four minutes. This surprised me greatly.

Those possessions you speak of versus the zone were UGLY. Let's never speak of them again.


Steven Postrel said,

February 18, 2013 @ 3:48 pm

I think Denton got fewer looks largely because the gameplan focused on using TJ's size mismatch with Chambers. There were fewer classic Princeton looks for Denton back-cutting or getting the ball outside for a drive/jumper option.

George Clark said,

February 18, 2013 @ 5:32 pm

That particular mismatch should have been exploited far more than it was. I doubt that Henderson game-planned away from his hottest hand. I think Harvard prepared for us well and executed their plan better than we did ours.

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