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Princeton in the CBI.

Princeton is out of limbo!

The Tigers' season did not end last Tuesday against Penn, as Princeton will be at home versus Duquesne in the first round of the CBI on Wednesday, March 17th.

Tip off is 7:00 pm ET and the game will be televised on HDNet.

RSVP for the game on Facebook!

The Dukes are 16-15 this season, went 7-9 in the Atlantic 10. They finished 8th in the A-10 and were knocked out by St. Bonaventure in their first A-10 Tournament game.

RPI: 111
Sagarin: 123
Pomeroy: 145

Duquesne has played six overtime games this season (2-4), three of which went double OT.

Five Dukes are averaging double figures, led by Damian Saunders who is putting up 15.0 ppg, 11.3 rpg and three blocks a game. He's a 6'7" 210 lb beast of a forward.

They're 346th out of 347 Division I teams in three point shooting percentage (26.3%). Almost all of their damage comes inside.

Also a poor free throw shooting team (60.8%, 342nd nationally), they play good interior defense and collectively block their fair share of shots.

KenPom stats : Stat Sheet stats

Winner plays either Hofstra or IUPUI.

Full CBI bracket here.

R.W. Enoch, Jr. said,

March 14, 2010 @ 11:27 pm

How exciting! And a home game no less.

Also, the 17th is a Wednesday.


Jon Solomon said,

March 14, 2010 @ 11:29 pm

Yeah. That's on me looked at the day of the month and forgot it was past midnight.

I believe Princeton is on spring break, so a home game is a big surprise.

David Lewis said,

March 14, 2010 @ 11:45 pm

If the students are on spring break is there any way the university can fill the courtside seats in the student section? It would be embarassing to have a televised post-season game with the student section empty.

Jon Solomon said,

March 14, 2010 @ 11:47 pm

I'm not in the marketing department, but perhaps selling "festival seating" and making all of the lower bleachers first come, first serve could help fill the stands where the cameras will be facing.

R.W. Enoch, Jr. said,

March 14, 2010 @ 11:50 pm

I think the bigger problem is not that it is spring break, but that students (regardless of the week) won't be excited for this game because it is probably perceived as being meaningless. There are plenty of students on campus conducting research for their junior papers and senior theses, but it's not quite the same as playing a ranked Cornell for the conference title and a national championship tournament bid.

I agree that the Athl. Dept. should probably sell those seats and stick any students that do show up behind the basket(s).

Jon Solomon said,

March 15, 2010 @ 12:05 am


Give me a second to step up on this soapbox...

With Princeton on spring break and with barely three days to promote this game, I think the onus falls on EVERYONE READING THIS MESSAGE to get the word out.

Pick up the phone. Email someone you know who likes basketball. Post about it on Twitter or Facebook or a message board that caters to central NJ people.

If we don't do our part, the gym is going to be dead.


Jon Solomon said,

March 15, 2010 @ 1:18 am

Ok. I've done my part. Facebook invite created an hour ago, already sent to almost 1,000 people at this point*.


* Not all by me. That would be bonkers.

Stuart Schulman said,

March 15, 2010 @ 10:03 am

Does hosting a 2nd round game or not hinge in any part on attendance at Hofstra compared to Jadwin on Wednesday?

Jon Solomon said,

March 15, 2010 @ 10:06 am


Based on last year's CBI, I'd say "yes." There are no seeds, so anything can happen.


David Lewis said,

March 15, 2010 @ 10:40 am

The athletic department should be paying you for all the great things you do for Princeton basketball. I am going to recruit as many as I can to go to the game. If I were the athletic director I would give away those student seats to the faculty and their families if I had to. (I think they did give away some seats to faculty for the Cornell game).

Jon Solomon said,

March 15, 2010 @ 10:45 am


You're very kind.

Will be at Jadwin today for a media opportunity with Coach Johnson and the seniors.


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