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DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 8, 6 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Jadwin Gym (6,854) -- Princeton, New Jersey. Television: None. Home Record: Cornell 1-6, Princeton 6-1. Away Record: Cornell 0-12, Princeton 5-4. Neutral Record: Cornell 0-0, Princeton 1-1. Conference Record: Cornell 0-5, Princeton 0-4. Series Record: Princeton leads, 139-79.
GAME NOTES: Yet again, the goal for Cornell is to finally defeat a Division I foe, as the Big Red battle the Princeton Tigers in Ivy League action at Jadwin Gym on Saturday evening.
One of the weakest teams in all of college basketball, joining the likes of Southern Utah and Grambling as the only D-I programs with just a single win (against a non-D-I program) to this point in the season, the Big Red are also 0-12 on the road after bowing to Penn in Philadelphia last night, 90-83. The lone victory this season for Cornell was a 77-55 final versus Oberlin on Jan. 11.
The Big Red has not defeated an Ivy League school or another Division I foe since taking out Brown by three points, 69-66, on Feb. 16, 2013.
As for the Tigers, who are also winless in league play so far this season, they battled Columbia to the end on Friday night before suffering the 53-52 setback at home. The squad has dropped three straight and four of the last five, with that lone victory coming against Kean (84-54) on Jan. 26.
In terms of the all-time series between the programs, Princeton leads Cornell 139-79, posting a mark of 82-27 at home since the relationship began in 1902.
The Cornell defense was far too lenient against the Quakers last night, allowing the hosts to shoot a staggering 61.1 percent from the floor, albeit just 3-of-12 behind the 3-point line, which made it tough for the Big Red to mount a real comeback bid. Nolan Cressler scored 22 points, leading four starters in double figures, while Darryl Smith and Devin Cherry both added 15 points and David Onuorah another 11 to go along with a team-best nine rebounds.
Cressler leads the Big Red in scoring with 16.6 ppg as he shoots a mediocre 41.0 percent from the floor and has the most 3-pointers (40) of anyone on the roster. Cherry checks in with another 11.7 ppg, connecting on just 41.8 percent from the field and a dismal 25.5 percent from beyond the arc. As a collective unit, Cornell is producing 65.9 ppg, hitting 31.2 percent out on the perimeter and just 64.1 percent at the free-throw line, while giving up a hefty 79.5 ppg to the competition.
Just four minutes into the meeting with Columbia last night, the Tigers found themselves with a 12-2 advantage, led by eight at the break, and by as many as 13 in the contest, before bowing to the Lions down the stretch. T.J. Bray posted a team-best 17 points for Princeton, shooting 7-of-12 from the field, followed by Hans Brase with 13 points as he knocked down 3-of-7 attempts beyond the arc. Unfortunately, the rest of the roster combined to convert just 3-of-14 behind the 3-point line.
Although he has missed four of the team's 18 games this season, Bray is still the leading scorer for the group with his 17.7 ppg, not to mention pacing the group in assists with 77, against a mere 22 turnovers. Brase, who has fouled out four times, produces not only 12.3 ppg but also a team-high 6.2 rpg, followed by Will Barrett with another 11.9 ppg, thanks to 42.3 percent accuracy out on the perimeter. The Tigers are averaging slightly better than 10 triples per game, compared to only about five for the opposition.
The Tigers put up a great fight against one of the best teams in the league last night, but you have to wonder how much that drained them as they came up just short. An emotional outing for sure, there's a chance Princeton could have a let down tonight.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Cornell 61, Princeton 56
02/08 10:19:27 ET
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