Brown (8-22) vs Princeton (17-11)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, March 3, 7:30 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Jadwin Gymnasium (7,500) -- Princeton, New Jersey. Television: None. Home Record: Brown 6-9, Princeton 8-2. Away Record: Brown 1-11, Princeton 8-8. Neutral Record: Brown 1-2, Princeton 1-1.Conference Record: Brown 2-11, Princeton 8-4. Series Record: Princeton leads, 95-26.
GAMES NOTES: With their Ivy League title aspirations dashed the Princeton Tigers will try to get a win and improve their chances for an NIT berth when they host the Brown Bears in Ivy League action from Jadwin Gymnasium.
Although Princeton downed Yale 64-57 last night the Tigers cannot catch Harvard in the standings as the Crimson moved to 11-2 in conference play with a game to go last night. The Tigers have two games remaining on the schedule including this matchup with Brown. Princeton has closed the season well winning six of its last seven games and will bring the regular season to an end on Wednesday against Penn.
Brown had no hopes of postseason play last night and was dispatched by a 54-43 score against Penn after grabbing just its second win in conference play in the previous game against Columbia. The Bears' season has not been a good one as they are 8-22 overall and have 11 losses to go with the two Ivy League wins.
Brown didn't have much luck against Princeton earlier this season and hasn't really had any in the all-time series either. The Tigers downed the Bears 77-63 in Providence back on Feb. 3 and hold a dominating 95-26 all-time advantage.
Both teams struggled offensively but Brown suffered the most in its loss to Penn last night. Although the Quakers connected on only 22-of-48 field goals the Bears could not take advantage, as they connected on just 16-of-50 attempts from the field.
As its record would indicate, Brown is nowhere near the top of the Ivy League at either end of the floor. The Bears are scoring only 62.7 points per game and surrendering 69.6 for a -6.9 scoring differential. The team's scoring average is better than only Dartmouth. In the loss to Penn, the Bears wasted a double-double of 12 points and 14 rebounds from Dockery Walker (5.1 ppg, 4.2 rpg). The sophomore forward's effort were well above his season averages and extends his season-long streak in double figure scoring to three games. Sophomore guard Sean McGonagill (14.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg) has been the centerpiece of the offense this year but had a miserable 2-of-12 night from the floor on Friday on his way to just five points.
Princeton went up 37-28 at the half and held on in the second frame to secure the win over Yale on Friday night. Despite surrendering a 20-point, 14-rebound double-double to Greg Mangano, the conferences leading scorer and rebounder, the Tigers came out on top by shooting 46.9 percent from the floor and holding the Bulldogs to just 37.7 percent.
Princeton is second in the conference in both scoring (65.9 ppg) and field goal percentage (.451) while the team dishes out a league leading 14.4 assists per game. Junior forward Ian Hummer (16.2 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 3.1 apg) has been a valuable asset all season for the Tigers and is currently third in the league in scoring and fifth in rebounding, while showing a deft hand at moving the ball. Against Yale, Hummer was again the lead scorer putting in 18 points while T.J. Bray (7.2 ppg, 3.8 apg) was the only other player in double figures with 10. Normally Douglas Davis (13.2 ppg) is the second option, but he was only able to tally nine points against the Bulldogs.
Princeton is too strong at both ends for the Bears to contend with here. Although an Ivy League title is out of reach, a win is well within reach at home.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Princeton 71, Brown 53
03/03 10:43:13 ET