Princeton's Hot Finish

Princeton fans were in a tough spot in this game, knowing one of their foes would benefit no matter the outcome. (Photo Credit: princetonbasketball.com)

The game ought to have been Penn’s for the taking. The Quakers were playing for the chance to punch their ticket to Quinnipiac (because of course that’s the logical neutral site, Ivy League!), where a date with Harvard awaited. The team had trumped the Tigers at the Palestra by 15 points earlier in the season. And perhaps most importantly, Penn had Zach Rosen, who would be declared the unanimous Ivy League Player of the Year the next day, wearing the still-fresh scent of a Harvard slayer and coming into the game playing

sensational basketball.

In the end, it wasn’t even that close. The game might not have had any direct postseason implications for Princeton (although there are now rumblings of a possible NIT berth), but the Tigers played like a team possessed. Princeton started the game on a 10-2 run and led

the rest of the way. Penn cut the lead to 3 midway through the second period, but Princeton made its free throws down the stretch (14-18 in the second half) and had a comfortable hold on the game in the last few minutes.

It was a triumphant With access to the la drivers ed class technologies and over 20 years of experience, our Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation specialists restore functional living to patients with a wide range of illnesses and injuries. end to the regular season for Princeton, a team that started the year 1-5 and didn’t crack .500 in the league until nearly a month into Ivy League play. Since the brutal five game road trip to open the Ivy League slate, the For purposes of this Code, shall not be considered “currently marketable” if returned for repurchase after the ” commercially reasonable usable or shelf life period has passed; nor shall be considered “currently marketable” if the company clearly discloses to salespeople prior to purchase that the are seasonal, discontinued, or special promotion and are not subject to the repurchase obligation. Tigers went 8-1 and a perfect 7-0 at home. Senior Doug Davis, a second team All-Ivy League selection, was given the send-off he deserved, contributing 12 points in his last game at Jadwin. But without question, Ian Hummer was the best player on the court – the unanimous first team All-Ivy selection flew around the court, finishing with 18 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks. With the win over

Penn, Princeton has best online casino defeated every team in the conference at least once, finishing the year 10-4 in Ivy League play.

But even a hardened Tiger fan couldn’t help but feel for the way Zack Rosen’s Ivy League career came to an end. After scorching Princeton for 28 points in the teams’ meeting earlier this season, Rosen had only one assist to go along with seven turnovers in Tuesday’s contest. And while Princeton faithful revel in the victory over the Quakers, the rest of the league is denied the chance to take a trip to beautiful Hamden, Connecticut to watch an Ivy League playoff game for the second straight year. Penn finishes with an 11-3 record in the Ivy League and, now something of a consolation prize, ended Harvard’s home court win streak.

Princeton’s early season loss to Cornell ended up being the difference between the Tigers and the Quakers at the end of the season. Penn may have had a better record than Princeton in Ivy League play, but I don’t think any team would rather face the Tigers right now. Mitch Henderson has proved that, given time, he can coach the same caliber of team Princeton fans came to enjoy during the Sydney Johnson era. And whatever team ends up facing Princeton is postseason play better watch out. Hyperbolic as it may sound, there aren’t many teams in college basketball with the momentum of the Princeton Tigers.

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3 thoughts on “Princeton's Hot Finish

  1. How about a little more discussion about a likely contributing factor to the Tigers’ 2-3 start in the league this year. oes everyone remember five roadies to start the league season?

    Why?

    Even Penn played four of the first five on the road. Last year, the New York schools opened with five of six away from home. Both C’s ended up with losing records last year.

    There’s no debate about whether Princeton really got it going down the stretch, and has a good chance to make a little noise in the post-season (now looking like the CBI). However, is there anyone who thinks playing seven of the last nine at Jadwin didn’t help them go 8-1 to close the season?

    Let’s get the AD’s to pay attention to this. No more of this scheduling conflict garbage for the six or seven weekends in question. You’ve got the 8th/9th-ranked Mid-Major Conference playing basketball in your facilities. Give all your teams a fair chance. Just alternate the home-and-away weekends for the six weekends. I might also suggest that the schedule include a “traveling partner” weekend at the start of the season and after three back-to-backs, or something like that.

    The P’s might think about getting back to the weekend schedule that they did with each other for the first forty or so years of league play. Despite all the hoop-la, that last mid-week game has only played a role in deciding the championship a half-dozen times… and it always falls on someone’s spring break, leading to an empty student section. Do it when all the kids are around to pack their respective coliseums (or hangars)!!

    • Forgive me, but I am having a tough time visualizing the schedule you suggest. Can you be specific? Playing at home always helps a team, I will grant you that. All of Princeton’s league losses were on the road. Overall, the Tigers played 30 games, of which 18 were away from Jadwin. I doubt that anyone outside of Jadwin will be upset by the Tigers’ wacky scheduling issues this year, certainly not enough to reform the schedule League-wide. The League has its hands full hiding from the AI scandal!!

      • OK. Here is my suggestion for next year:

        Weekend 1 (19-Jan): C’s @ P’s; Y-B @ H-D
        Weekend 2 (26-Jan): H-D @ C’s; P’s @ Y-B
        Weekend 3 (2-Feb) (Fri or Sat): H @ D; Y @B; Col @ Cor; Pe @ Pr
        Weekend 4 (9-Feb): P’s @ H-D; C’s @ Y-B
        Weekend 5 (16-Feb): P’s @ C’s; H-D @ Y-B
        Weekend 6 (23-Feb) (Fri or Sat): D @ H; B @Y; Cor @ Col; Pr @ Pe
        Weekend 7 (2-Mar): C’s @ H-D; Y-B @ P’s
        Weekend 8 (9-Mar): H-D @ P’s; Y-B @ C’s

        Tweaks are possible. A couple five game road trip for the P’s in the middle and B at the end are unavoidable. Rotate appropriately in subsequent years to account for this problem. Having those streaks later in the year is more tolerable, particularly with a 1G weekend in the middle.
        What is avoidable is getting your season flushed most of the way down the drain out of the gate, by a bunch of road games. The home team was 36-20 this year, even a little worse than usual.

        The AI problem in basketball needs precious little investigation. It’s a pretty simple matter to fix.

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