LISTEN: Princeton men’s basketball finishes strong in 72-63 win over Brown

Ivy Hoops Online contributor George “Toothless Tiger” Clark breaks down a 72-63 win over for Princeton men’s basketball (18-3, 6-2 Ivy) over Brown (6-17, 2-6) at Jadwin Gym Friday:

No. 25 Princeton women’s basketball survives a Bear attack in 74-62 win at Brown

The No. 25 Princeton women’s basketball team fought back from the brink on Friday night, repelling the Brown Bears, 74-62, in Providence to remain undefeated in Ivy League play.

The Tigers (19-3, 9-0 Ivy) rode into Providence on a 13-game winning streak and were probably due for a letdown. Brown (13-9, 4-5), on the other hand, needed a win to cement its hold on fourth place in the Ivy League standings and a berth in Ivy Madness.

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Taking stock of Princeton men’s basketball at the midway point of the Ivy League season

The Princeton men’s basketball team secured its 10th straight win over their oldest rival, the Penn Quakers, 77-70, at a sold out Jadwin Gymnasium on Saturday night in a game that officially completed the first half of the Ivy League regular season.

With seven Ivy contests in the books and seven games yet to be played, the two-time defending Ivy League champions hold a 5-2 record in conference play and occupy third place in the Ivy standings, two games behind first-place Yale (7-0) and one game behind second-place Cornell (6-1).

Princeton’s third-place position in the standings is surprising considering the way the Tigers performed during the non-conference part of the season.  Picking up where it left off after a remarkable run to the Sweet 16 in the 2023 NCAA Tournament, Princeton opened the 2023-24 campaign with a program record-tying string of 10 straight victories and a gaudy overall record of 12-1, including a neutral court win over Rutgers and six true road wins over a tough slate of mid-major programs.

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LISTEN: Tiger Takeaways on Princeton men’s basketball’s 77-70 win over Penn

Ivy Hoops Online contributor George “Toothless Tiger” Clark shares his takeaways from Saturday’s 77-70 win for Princeton men’s basketball (17-3, 5-2 Ivy) over Penn (9-3, 1-6), including why the Tigers are sophomore guard Xaivian Lee’s team now:

Quakeaways from Penn men’s basketball’s 77-70 loss at Princeton

Penn men’s basketball put up its best offensive effort in more than a month on Saturday against hated Princeton. It got its best player, senior guard Clark Slajchert, back from injury. It got a dominant performance from junior forward Nick Spinoso.

It still wasn’t enough.

Trailing 62-61 with seven minutes to play, the Quakers gave up a 10-0 run to the Tigers, which was capped by an open Blake Peters three-pointer from the left wing as the shot clock expired with 4:15 to play. When the dust settled, Penn saw itself looking up at Princeton, 77-70, the same final score as the Tigers’ Ivy Madness semifinal victory over the Quakers a season ago.

The result thrilled a sellout crowd for Princeton (17-3, 5-2) at Jadwin Gymnasium and was a painful reminder of just how close Penn (9-13, 1-6) came to glory last March and just what this season could have been before Slajchert suffered a high ankle sprain in December.

Read on for the biggest takeaways from a frustrating night:

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Four Quakeaways from Penn women’s basketball’s loss to No. 25 Princeton

My friends Steve Silverman and George “Toothless Tiger” Clark did a fine job covering No. 25 Princeton women’s basketball’s win at Penn, so (with apologies to Ian Wenik, the Quakeaways man), here are four Quakeaways from Saturday’s game:

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LISTEN: Princeton men’s basketball press conference following 77-70 win over Penn

Princeton men’s basketball coach Mitch Henderson, sophomore guard Xaivian Lee and sophomore forward Caden Pierce reflect in their postgame press conference on a 77-70 win Saturday for Princeton (17-3, 5-2 Ivy) over Penn (9-13, 1-6) – the Tigers’ 10th straight victory in the series – in front of the first sold out crowd at Jadwin Gym since 2002:

Three Tiger Takeaways from No. 25 Princeton women’s basketball’s triumph at Penn

The No. 25 Princeton women’s basketball team fended off a furious Penn rally in the second half to win its 13th straight game, 67-54, at the Palestra on Saturday afternoon.  The Tigers never trailed after taking a 4-3 lead off a layup by Madison St. Rose with just under eight minutes to play in the first quarter.

But don’t be fooled by the final score – this game was closely contested from the opening tip and the Tigers were fortunate to come out on top.  Here are three Tiger Takeaways from Princeton’s 13th straight win:

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LISTEN: Q&A with Carla Berube after No. 25 Princeton women’s basketball’s win at Penn

No. 25 Princeton women’s basketball notched a 67-54 win at archrival Penn Saturday. Tigers coach Carla Berube reflects on the clutch play of senior forward Ellie Mitchell, senior guard Chet Nweke’s emergence as a leader and more after the win for Princeton (18-3, 8-0 Ivy) over Penn (11-10, 3-5) with Ivy Hoops Online contributor George “Toothless Tiger” Clark:

Tosan in the pros: How the Princeton star has looked with the Memphis Grizzlies

Memphis Grizzly and former Princeton standout Tosan Evbuomwan (right) guards New York Knick Taj Gibson during the Grizzlies’ 123-113 loss at the Knicks Tuesday night. Evbuomwan logged 20 minutes, posting four points on 2-for-4 shooting from the field and two assists. (Photo by Steven Tydings) 

With injuries to Marcus Smart and their other stars, there have been few reasons to tune into the 2023-24 Memphis Grizzlies. However, for the faithful readers of Ivy Hoops Online, the Grizzlies have been must-watch hoops for the last week.

That shift is because the Grizzlies, wracked with injuries, signed former Princeton star Tosan Evbuomwan to a 10-day contract in order to help fill their roster.

In three games, the mononymous Tosan has had a low-usage offensive role, but he’s logged ample minutes, averaging 22 a game for the woeful Grizz. He’s scored just 10 points on 4-for-13 shooting (2-for-7 from three-point range) while adding 14 rebounds. It also took the New York Knicks’ public address announcer four tries to pronounce Evbuomwan correctly, a true sign of a rookie.

Despite unspectacular numbers, there’s plenty to like about Tosan’s game and reason to think he could stick around for a second 10-day contract or even more NBA time in the months and years to come. Having watched his second and third games against the Celtics and Knicks, here’s my Quakeaways takeaways on Tosan’s game:

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