Game Preview: Princeton at Cornell, Friday 7PM

Ian Hummer leads Princeton into Ithaca to battle Cornell in the conference opener for both teams.(Photo Credit: goprincetontigers.com)

Princeton travels to Ithaca to take on the Red in the Ivy opener for both squads. The Tigers enter league play having won eight of their last 10, while Cornell comes in having dropped five of six.

A Year Ago

Last season the Tigers swept the Red, taking a two-point victory home from Newman Arena and winning in decisive fashion amidst a northeastern snowstorm in Princeton, NJ. In Ithaca, then-senior Kareem Maddox was the difference, scoring 23 points, including a bucket with 10 seconds left, to ice the victory. Mark Coury and Drew Ferry both missed chances to tie for the Red down the stretch. The second matchup was close for 29 minutes before a 23-7 run gave the Tigers an 18-point win. Ian Hummer led Princeton with 20 points and 9 rebounds in the home victory.

Last Time Out

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A five game losing streak took Cornell from .500 to 4-9 before the Red were able to right the ship against Division III Albright College last weekend. Somehow, the 18-point victory seemed less impressive than any of the consecutive losses (all single-digit affairs) as the Red trailed for periods of the first half against Albright before runs to close the opening period and open the second half put Cornell ahead for good. Ferry paced the Red with 16 points on 4-of-6 shooting from deep, while Chris Wroblewski continued to break out of a shooting slump with 11 points to pair with his six assists. Despite the win, the Red was still outrebounded 37-30.

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Princeton also struggled to pull away from a D-III opponent its last time out. After a series of disappointing performances, junior Brendan Connolly put together his best performance of the year,

posting a career-high 16 points and a season-high 9 rebounds against The College of New Jersey. Ian Hummer, Doug Davis and Patrick Saunders rounded out the double figure scorers for the Tigers who had trouble with the Lions despite impressive victories over both Rutgers and Florida State in the last month.

Keys To The Game

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Key: The Power of Three

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would go a long way on Friday night.

On the offensive end, the Red needs to a third option. Ferry has the only semblance of consistency scoring the basketball for Cornell, and the cast of Ferry 1 hasn’t gotten it done in most outings. Shonn Miller, Eitan Chemerinski and Josh Figini have provided the occasional lift throughout the first half of the season, but for Cornell to contend against the Tigers, and the rest of the Ivy League for that matter, a consistent third option is a must.

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Keys: Limit Turnovers, Play in the Half Court

The full court game is the Red’s potential ticket to open league play at 1-0. Often outmatched in the frontcourt and on the boards, Cornell relies on pressure defense and points off turnovers to spark its offense. Princeton, as advertised, can slow it down with the best of them, averaging just 62.9 possessions per game (314th in the nation). If this game is played in the halfcourt, the Tigers undoubtedly have the upper hand. Of Princeton’s eight players who average upwards of 10 minutes per game, seven measure 6 foot 6 inches or taller, and this size advantage best plays into the Tigers” hands when they can control the pace.

Cornell’s zone has provided problems for bigger squads, namely Illinois and Maryland as of late, largely because it has given the Red opportunities to score in transition. If the Tigers are careful with the ball and minimize turnovers, Cornell’s transition chances will be limited and Princeton should be able to pull out a victory.

Players To Watch

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Eitan Chemerinski

Chemerinski has established himself as the go-to big man for the Red. Although he plays just 16 minutes per game, two fewer than fellow center Josh Figini, his impact on the game is unparalleled for the Red. The junior averages a team high 17.9 points per 40 minutes played and is well ahead of the pack in the Ancient Eight FG% race (65.6%). Unfortunately, Chemerinski also tends to struggle with foul trouble, which can keep him off the floor for long stretches, and has trouble competing on the boards. Against the size of Princeton, Cornell will need Chemerinski on the floor for extended minutes, and will need him to be more than a crafty offensive threat. If Chemerinski can produce in areas outside the scoring column, in addition to giving the Red a third in the trio of offensive weapons, Cornell’s got a shot.

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TJ Bray

The biggest question mark for the Tigers coming into the season was point guard play. At 6 foot 6 inches, Bray isn’t the prototypical Ivy ball handler. But with an assist-to-turnover rate that ranks sixth in the Ancient Eight, the sophomore has handled his new role well. Bray is averaging just 2.3 assists in Princeton losses, while dishing out 4.3 dimes in Tiger victories. Bray needs to hold tough in the face of Cornell’s league-leading pressure defense (tops in the conference in steals and turnover margin).

Prediction

The Red is 5-1 at home this year, but playing on the road is nothing new for the Tigers, who recently emerged from a seven game road stint at 5-2. Although Cornell is able to keep it close in the friendly confines of Newman, the Tigers’ size is too much. Wroblewski and Ferry produce in the backcourt, but Princeton dictates the pace and ultimately the final result. As I watch my first game back at Newman Arena since graduation, I’m disappointed by a 68-61 defeat.

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