Friday, February 25, 2011

Ithaca Journal Scouts Princeton

CORNELL Men's Basketball Preview Capsule

Matchup: Cornell (7-17, 3-7) at Princeton (20-5, 8-1), 7 p.m.

Radio: WVBR (93.5).

Coach: Sydney Johnson (4th season, 61-51)

Last time out: Princeton was upset at Brown on Saturday night, 75-65, to fall out of sole possession of first place. The loss snapped a 10-game win streak.

Previous meeting: Kareem Maddox hit a short jumper with 10 seconds left to give Princeton a 57-55 victory over Cornell on Feb. 12 at Newman Arena.

Probable starters: Doug Davis (5-11, 164, Jr., G), Dan Mavraides (6-4, 210, Sr., G), Patrick Saunders (6-8, 200, Jr., F), Ian Hummer (6-7, 226, Soph., F), Brendan Connolly (6-11, 252, Soph., C).

Key reserves: Kareem Maddox (6-8, 230, Sr., F), Mack Darrow (6-9, 225, Soph., F/C), T.J. Bray (6-6, 207, Fr., G).

Statistically: Leading scorers are Hummer (13.9 ppg), Maddox (13.6), Mavraides (12.6) and Davis (12.2). ... Maddox had 23 points in the Cornell win, and is shooting 56.9 percent from the field. ... Princeton is 10-0 at Jadwin Gymnasium. ... Princeton leads the Ivy League in field goal percentage defense (.417) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (.328).

Coach: Bill Courtney (1st season, 7-17)

Last time out: Cornell hit 16 3-pointers in a 96-76 rout of Dartmouth last Saturday at Newman Arena. Errick Peck had a career-high 22 points.

Probably starters: Chris Wroblewski (6-0, 175, Jr., G), Miles Asafo-Adjei (6-2, 170, Soph., G), Jake Matthews (6-2, 165, Fr., G), Errick Peck (6-6, 215, Soph., F), Josh Figini (6-9, 205, Soph., F).

Key reserves: Drew Ferry (6-2, 175, Jr., G), Mark Coury (6-9, 230, Sr., F/C), Adam Wire (6-5, 235, Sr., F), Johnathan Gray (6-3, 185, Soph., G), Eitan Chemerinski (6-8, 205, Soph., F), Max Groebe (6-4, 205, Jr., G).

Statistically: Leading scorers are Wroblewski (14.7), Ferry (11.8) and Peck (11.4). ... Gray had 10 points and 11 rebounds in the Dartmouth game. ... Peck is shooting 45 percent from the field and 42.9 percent from the 3-point arc in league play.

Outlook: In the first meeting, Cornell played arguably its best defensive game of the season. It forced 18 turnovers, Mavraides got in foul trouble and was held scoreless, Hummer and Davis were kept in check, and the Tigers shot just 1-for-8 from the arc. The difference was Maddox. He got the Tigers a bucket in every key situation, and proved a near impossible matchup for the Big Red. Cornell felt if it had hit more shots down the stretch -- it finished the game with one field goal in the final five minutes -- it would have won.

So how to approach Game 2? Cornell will attempt to do the same, but will need to make sure it matches the Tigers' energy. Not only are the Tigers good at home, but they're also coming off a rare Ivy loss that gave renewed life to Harvard. Princeton is sure to be bent on avoiding a second loss.

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