NYC Friday Preview: Tigers Look to Preserve Ivy Hopes

February 26th, 2010

MAAC Weekend Preview

Another round of Ivy League play for the three locals who call the Ancient Eight home, and there should be no doubt as to which game is the biggest. Princeton visits Cornell (7 PM) sitting one game out in the loss column, and with one of those losses coming to Cornell a couple weeks ago a loss here puts Sydney Johnson's team in dire straits in regards to that automatic bid. Coming off of a stunning loss at Penn two weeks ago the two-time defending Ivy champs bounced back in a way you expect champions to do, gutting out a 48-45 win at Jadwin Gym. Ryan Wittman led the Big Red with 13 points but don't expect the game to be played at the same pace tonight. 

That means Princeton will need more from someone other than Douglas Davis, who scored twenty in that defeat. The next in line: Dan Mavraides with eight. The Big Red have a number of scoring options to make up for one guy having an off night; it could be Jeff Foote inside, Louis Dale on the perimeter or even a long-range sharpshooter like Chris Wroblewski. Mavraides and Ian Hummer will be the most likely guys to step up offensively if the Tigers are to have any chance of knocking off Cornell. But just like the first meeting they've got to control tempo; there is really no other way around that. Princeton shot just 33.3% from two in the first meeting and if the tempo is at more of a Cornell-preferred pace a similar night means the game gets out of hand.

7p Penn at Columbia
The Lions won the first meeting thanks to their three-point shooting, making nine of sixteen from distance on their way to the 66-62 result. Nico Scott was the primary culprit, hitting seven of nine three-pointers on his way to a 29 point night. The Quakers must do a better job defensively against Scott while also keeping tabs on Norwua Agho. Four Quakers reached double figures on the night following their upset of Cornell but they'll need better shooting from Zack Rosen (2-8 FG) this time around. Perimeter shooting decided the first meeting and will likely do the same tonight. 

7p Yale at Dartmouth
The Bulldogs look to end a two-game skid at Dartmouth, and despite the Big Green sitting in last place this won't be an easy contest. Yale won the first meeting 69-56 behind 20 points from Michael Sands and outscored Dartmouth 40-19 in the second half to win going away. Neither team shot particularly well from the perimeter but it was Yale's ability to get to the basket that decided the game in their favor. Sands and Alex Zampier will have to lead the way for the Bulldogs on the road tonight, where the home team could receive an extra boost due to the snowstorm.