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Monday News:

Here's your lineup for the week ahead. I'll update this schedule daily.

Monday, March 8th
(6) Denver vs. (2) North Texas - 9:30 pm ET - ESPN360
Sun Belt Tournament

Tuesday, March 9th
Penn vs. Princeton - 8:00 pm ET

Wednesday, March 10th
(9) South Florida / (16) DePaul winner vs. (8) Georgetown - 12:00 pm ET - ESPN
Big East Tournament

Thursday, March 11th
(10) Indiana vs. (7) Northwestern - 5:00 pm ET - ESPN2
Big 10 Tournament

(6) Oregon State vs. (3) Washington - 9:00 pm ET - FSN
Pac-10 Tournament

Friday, March 12th
(6) Charlotte / (11) UMass winner vs. (3) Richmond - 9:00 pm ET
Atlantic 10 Tournament

Denver (19-12) began the second half on a 26-7 run, surprising #3 seed Middle Tennessee 73-58 to advance to the Sun Belt Tournament semis. The Pioneers shot 12-17 from the floor in the final 20 minutes.

The Daily Princetonian, the Harvard Crimson and the Dartmouth report on last weekend's games.

A supplemental piece in the Crimson looks at the struggles of Princeton's and Harvard's leading scorers on Saturday.

Richmond's Kevin Anderson was named Atlantic 10 Player of the Year.

The New York Times' blog The Quad compliments yesterday's article on Chris Mooney with a post about what Mooney learned playing pickup ball on his recruiting visit to Princeton.

Georgetown's Greg Monroe was named All-Big East First Team. Austin Freeman made All-Big East Second Team.

Princeton recruit T.J. Bray is profiled by the Wisconsin Sports Network. Here's more detail on the most recent game for Bray, who had 13 of his 26 points in the third quarter of Catholic Memorial's win over East Troy.

daniel schmidt said,

March 8, 2010 @ 3:37 pm

Jon, assuming a win tomorrow night, what is the process for entry to the NIT? Do the Tigers have to submit a request or are they recruited-in?

Secondly, will be curious if Harvard gets a bid. Any precedent in sending two-Ivies?

Great work this season!


R.W. Enoch, Jr. said,

March 8, 2010 @ 5:06 pm

On a related note, what are the chances of us finding out before Sunday? I know in previous years, teams that definitely wouldn't make the NCAA Tournament have committed early to one of the invitationals, and we know the Great West champion will be destined for the CBI.

Do you get the impression there's any chance for quick negotiations and an early committment? Do you think Princeton will cough up the dough to be a host?

Jon Solomon said,

March 8, 2010 @ 5:24 pm


Here's some NIT selection procedures reading in case Princeton wins tomorrow:

While in the past you had to have a .500 record to play in the NIT, I not 100% if this is still the case. Anyone know concretely either way?

There *is* recent precedent. In 2002, both Princeton (at Louisville) and Yale (at Rutgers) played in the NIT after both schools finished tied with Penn for the Ivy title.

If I hadn't already recycled it, I'd scan the full page CBI ad in my latest issue of Basketball Times - which makes a compelling case for why teams should host CBI games.

While I know times are tight financially, from a perception standpoint (both for casual basketball fans and alums) and from a potential donations to the Friends of Princeton Basketball standpoint (success = giving), it would make sense to me to host a home game.

The previous time the Tigers hosted a postseason game, the attendance was disappointing though.

Finally, the last two years the official CBI pairings haven't come out until ~2:00 am ET on Monday. A lot of hitting refresh and reload on Sunday night.


R.W. Enoch, Jr. said,

March 8, 2010 @ 5:36 pm

It's been a good year for Princeton Athletics in terms of unanticipated revenue. Final Four field hockey, third place men's water polo, and Ivy champion women's basketball have brought (or will bring) in a lot of unexpected cash from the NCAA. I don't know their policy on profit sharing between the sports, but it seems like it would make it at least fiscally responsible to "invest" in one of these pay-to-play/pay-to-host tournaments for men's basketball.

daniel schmidt said,

March 8, 2010 @ 6:04 pm


Found this in the Detroit Free Press - talking about Michigan's chances for an NIT bid. To your question:

"Actually, the NIT no longer requires a .500 record, as it did in the past, but it also has not taken a sub-.500 team since the restriction was lifted a few years ago"


Jon Solomon said,

March 8, 2010 @ 6:11 pm


Thank you. Good to see this confirmed.

The CBI does take sub-.500 teams, as 13-17 Oregon State won the tournament last year!

If Princeton beats Penn, I'll try and do a deeper look at eligible teams.


David Lewis said,

March 8, 2010 @ 11:20 pm

When we hosted and beat Georgetown in the NIT what was the attendance at Jadwin? I was there but do not remember what the attendance was like. I remember Princeton won by a fairly large margin and Georgetown announced shortly thereafter that it was not keeping its coach and JTIII took over. (I think I'm right on this point) It amazes me that the Princeton students (with the exception of a few Ivy games of late) have been so apathetic. It's embarassing going to games and seeing the best courtside seats empty. This team deserves support, especially after the last four years. You know that if Penn were in our position this year, the Penn-Princeton game would be a sellout and the vast majority of fans would be students. Is there any way that those seats can be donated to interested alumni or fanatical townies like you and me so that the atmosphere would improve?

David Lewis said,

March 9, 2010 @ 4:31 am

I am going to correct my last post before you do. We beat Georgetown in the NIT in 1999. That was Coach Esherick's first year at Georgetown not his last. He was replaced by JTIII after four years. You said in your last post that Princeton did not have a good crowd for its NIT game with Georgetown. Do you know what that attendance was?

Jon Solomon said,

March 9, 2010 @ 8:50 am


The listed attendance was 3,289.


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