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Tuesday News:

Ian Hummer shares Ivy League Player of the Week honors with Harvard's Wesley Saunders for the third time. It is the sixth occasion Hummer has claimed either all or half of the POW honor this season.

One of the top five biggest positive movers in KenPom rankings this week was Princeton.

Here's some more on Mercer's crazy comeback against Burlington.

Georgetown's Otto Porter and D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera are respectively your Big East Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week.

Princeton recruit Amir Bell and East Brunswick rolled past Monroe in the first round of the Central Jersey Group 3 state tournament.

Kareem Maddox is the BBL's Player of the Month for February.

Finally, there's one article I missed when compiling stories about last weekend's Empire State sweep.

George Clark said,

February 26, 2013 @ 1:25 pm

Hummer is almost certain to win the coveted POY designation. No one is more deserving. So glad his Tiger roots are deep. My stomach is already in a knot contemplating Friday's showdown....

Steven Postrel said,

February 26, 2013 @ 7:18 pm

I'm oddly confident about this weekend, but I'm sure I'll be pretty upset if the Tigers are upset. They just have to remember how to play the D they showed against the Cs and they'll at least be in the game. Maybe let Saunders work hard for his 15-20 and concentrate on shutting the other guys down.

The big X factor is Smith. Will he show up on Friday the way he did in Cambridge? If so, I hope we see more of Connolly to neutralize him.

George Clark said,

February 27, 2013 @ 11:48 am

Glad you are confident, Steven. As I have stated on other hoopcentric sites, the Tigers carry the hopes and dreams of freedom loving people everywhere....I doubt that anyone will call a Harvard win an "upset" after the Ivy campaign they have compiled for 10 games. Brase's trouble handling Smith does not bode well for Friday, or for the future. While Connolly can help in that regard we have, shall we say, fewer options on offense when Brendan is in the game. It's a trade off. We must keep the starters on the floor as much as possible in this one, which may be tough against a team that gets to the line as much as the Crimson. Koon may be the key. I think he was determined this weekend in NY state after the Crimson held him down. We need a big game from him.

Jon Solomon said,

February 27, 2013 @ 11:52 am

I am curious to see if Ian Hummer continues to guard Rivard on defense (which worked except for those times the defense lost its shape due to offensive rebounds/deflections) or if part of the gameplan this second time through involves Hummer primarily versus Saunders or Smith.

Steven Postrel said,

February 27, 2013 @ 5:42 pm

I don't think BC has been more limited than Brase on offense lately as far as scoring goes, although he's definitely a step down for handling pressure. I like the idea of him putting up some hooks over Smith and M-M or showing that drop step move, and I really like the idea of him D-ing up Smith. OTOH, I suspect Brase, who is still a work in progress despite his precociouness, may be willing and able to prove something on Friday; we shouldn't treat that one performance as an indicator of doom. Heck, Smith has basically had one good weekend his entire career at Harvard.

One advantage of Hummer covering Rivard is that it keeps him out of foul trouble, which is critical against Harvard. You just know Amaker had on his whiteboard "get fouls on Hummer," but then when Hummer lined up against Laurent "Captain Standstill" Rivard, that plan had to go by the boards.

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