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Columbia (13-8) at Princeton (12-5)



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DATE & TIME: Friday, February 7, 7 p.m. (ET)

FACTS & STATS: Site: Jadwin Gym (6,854) -- Princeton, New Jersey. Television: None. Home Record: Columbia 9-1, Princeton 6-0. Away Record: Columbia 2-6, Princeton 5-4. Neutral Record: Columbia 2-1, Princeton 1-1. Conference Record: Columbia 2-2, Princeton 0-3. Series Record: Princeton leads, 145-84.

GAME NOTES: The Princeton Tigers seek their first Ivy League win of the season tonight as they host the Columbia Lions at Jadwin Gym.

The good news for the Tigers is that they are playing at home this week against both Columbia and, on Saturday, Cornell where they have been perfect through six games. However, Princeton still has to deal with the fact that it has won only once in the last four outings, and that victory came against Kean (84-54) at home. Last week, the Tigers followed an 82-76 setback versus Harvard with a 78-69 overtime defeat at the hands of Dartmouth on the road.

While Princeton is next-to-last in the Ivy standings, the Lions are a few steps ahead with a record of 2-2 which ties them with Dartmouth for fourth in the league. Columbia began the conference schedule with back-to-back wins over Cornell, one of the weakest teams in the nation, and then fell to both Yale (69-59) and Brown (64-56) last week.

Princeton has won eight straight in the series and now owns a commanding 145-84 advantage overall, dating back to the very first encounter during the 1900-01 campaign.

At the Pizzitola Sports Center, the Lions held Brown to just 39.3 percent shooting from the floor and still that wasn't good enough to get the visitors over the top. From an offensive standpoint, Maodo Lo tallied 13 points, although he shot just 1-of-6 behind the 3-point line for the Lions, followed by Alex Rosenberg and Luke Petrasek with 12 points apiece, the latter also clearing nine rebounds off the bench, while Corey Osetkowski responded with 10 points and six boards.

Even though he has started just eight of the team's 21 games, Rosenberg still stands as the leading scorer for the Lions with his 14.1 ppg, thanks in large part to his 113-of-145 shooting at the free-throw line where he has made more than twice as many shots as all but one of his teammates, Grant Mullins (12.8 ppg), has yet to attempt. Lo pitches in with 14.0 ppg by way of 49.0 percent accuracy beyond the arc where the team has made 169 triples, compared to only 93 for the opposition.

Against Dartmouth, the Tigers were able to get to overtime last weekend, but once there everything fell apart as the visitors missed all three tries behind the 3-point line and converted just 2-of-7 from the floor overall, en route to the nine-point loss. Will Barrett tried to keep the Tigers on pace as he tallied a game-high 28 points on 6-of-9 shooting behind the 3-point line, but he fouled out before the final buzzer. T.J. Bray and Hans Brase added 16 and 13 points, respectively, which means the rest of the team combined for only 12 points.

A starter in 11 of the 13 games in which he has appeared, Bray is a key figure for the Tigers for a number of reasons, not the least of which is his 17.8 ppg which paces the program. Bray has knocked down 55.1 percent from the floor and 42.6 percent beyond the arc, not to mention pacing the group in assists with 74, against a mere 22 turnovers. Barrett and Brase check in with 12.4 and 12.3 ppg, respectively, as the team generates 75.1 ppg.

As long as Barrett can come close to having a similar outing this time around like he did last Saturday, Princeton should be in position to come up with the home win.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Princeton 71, Columbia 64

02/07 10:14:54 ET

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