Princeton (20-5, 8-1 Ivy) vs. Cornell (7-17, 3-7 Ivy)
Friday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. at Jadwin Gym
Princeton head coach: Sydney Johnson (Princeton '97, fourth season, 61-51 overall/at Princeton)
TV: Verizon FiOS 1 (Tape delay, first airing 3/2 at 7:30 p.m.; Ralph Bednarczyk, Play-by-Play; Scott Greene, Color; Eva Zaccaria, Sideline)
Radio: WPRB 103.3 FM, GoPrincetonTigers.com (John Sadak, Play-by-Play; Noah Savage '08, Color)
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All-Time Series: Princeton leads 135-78 overall and 79-27 in Princeton, 35-7 at facility
Streak: Princeton 1 overall, Cornell 1 at Jadwin
Princeton vs. Columbia (14-10, 5-5 Ivy)
Saturday, Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. at Jadwin Gym
Radio: WPRB 103.3 FM, GoPrincetonTigers.com (John Sadak, Play-by-Play; Noah Savage '08, Color)
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All-Time Series: Princeton leads 140-84 overall and 76-33 in Princeton, 37-5 at facility
Streak: Princeton 3 overall, 17 at Jadwin
Princeton stats: 2010-11 Stats
Individual 2010-11 game-by-game: 2 Maddox | 3 Sherburne | 5 Bray | 11 Foley | 12 Hazel | 14 Clement | 15 Comfort | 20 Davis | 22 Saunders | 24 Barrett | 25 Noonan | 32 Darrow | 33 Mavraides | 34 Hummer | 41 Edwards | 44 Connolly
Individual career stats can be found on each player's roster page.
Cornell links: Cornell men's basketball page | Cornell game notes
Columbia links: Columbia men's basketball page | Columbia game notes
Last game's starters:
20 • Douglas Davis • G • Jr. • 5-11 • Philadelphia, Pa.
Stands 25th on Princeton's all-time scoring list with 1,032 points ... leads team in 3-pointers with 56 ... second-team All-Ivy 2010, honorable mention 2009.
33 • Dan Mavraides (mav-RAID-eez) • G • Sr. • 6-4 • San Mateo, Calif.
Next on the 1,000-point chase; now has 961 ... played 75 of 80 possible minutes last weekend ... 2010 second-team All-Ivy.
22 • Patrick Saunders • F • Jr. • 6-8 • Gilford, N.H.
Has six double-digit scoring games this season ... played 29 minutes at Brown, most since Dec. 29 against Northeastern (33).
34 • Ian Hummer • F • So. • 6-7 • Vienna, Va.
Had season's fifth double-double with 18 points and 12 boards at Brown ... first season as a starter ... team's leading scorer (13.9 ppg).
44 • Brendan Connolly • C • So. • 6-11 • Brentwood, Tenn.
First season as a starter ... has two 10-point games this season, at Wagner on Dec. 17 and vs. Marist on Jan. 5.
Last Weekend's Games
The Tigers suffered their first Ivy loss 75-65 at Brown Saturday, hurt by a shooting deficit of 48.9% to 38.2% in favor of the Bears. Brown also had a 33-29 rebounding edge, mitigating an 11-10 turnover advantage for Princeton.
Princeton had scoring inside from Kareem Maddox (19) and Ian Hummer (18), but no other Tiger had more than five points. Brown was buoyed by Peter Sullivan's first start since the first Princeton game on Jan. 28 as Sullivan recovered from a shoulder injury to lead all players with 26 points Saturday night including 16 of 16 from the free-throw line. Sullivan was one of four Bears in double figures.
Princeton led for just 30 seconds at Brown after an Ian Hummer bucket at the 12:28 mark of the second half gave the Tigers at 45-44 edge. Brown's biggest lead was 14 points late in the second half, Princeton's largest deficit of the season other than the Duke game on Nov. 14.
Princeton began to bounce back from its 31.6% shooting night at Yale with the 38.2% mark at Brown. The weekend were the first back-to-back sub-40% shooting games since Dec. 16-30, 2009 against Monmouth and Wagner.
Princeton never trailed in its 58-51 win at Yale, though the Bulldogs hung tough as Princeton's lead was never greater than 14. A Reggie Willihite dunk made it 52-49 with 1:47 to play, but Yale had two turnovers and missed its only field goal attempt from then on as the Tigers went on a 6-2 run to close it out.
Princeton won the battle of the boards at Yale 39-35 despite Ivy rebounding leader Greg Mangano pacing all players with 12 rebounds. Two Tigers had career highs in the effort, including Dan Mavraides' 10 boards and Mack Darrow's eight.
A game after it committed 18 turnovers at Cornell, Princeton had just seven giveaways at Yale and benefited from 15 Bulldog turnovers. The turnover total was Princeton's lowest since Nov. 24 against Presbyterian when it had just five, and it was the largest pro-Tigers difference in the turnover count since the double-overtime win over IUPUI in last season's CBI semifinals (18-9).
20-5, 8-1 Ivy
Princeton's 8-1 record is its best in Ivy League play since 2004, when it was able to win the last five and finish Ivy play at 13-1 as the league champion.
This year's Tigers are the 19th Princeton team to start 8-1 or better in 56 seasons of Ivy League play. Of the previous 18 teams, 13 made the NCAA Tournament.
This year's Tigers are the ninth to be exactly 8-1 after nine Ivy League games. Four of the prevous eight (1965, 1989, 1996, 2004) made the NCAA Tournament.
Princeton's 20-5 record is its best through 25 games since the 1997-98 team was 24-1 at this point with its only loss to a North Carolina team that advanced to the Final Four. Those Tigers enjoyed a 26-1 regular season and advanced to the NCAA second round after gaining a No. 5 seed in the tournament.
Princeton's back-to-back 20-win seasons (22-9 in 2009-10) are its first since the 1998 and 1999 seasons.
Following a 2-4 start to the 2009-10 season, Princeton has won 40 of its last 50 games. Following a 2-3 start to this season, with two of those losses coming by a combined three points, Princeton has won 18 of its last 20 games.
Jadwin Gym Success
Princeton is 10-0 on the season at home and has won its last 14 games in Jadwin Gym. It has been more than a full calendar year without a home loss for Princeton, which last lost in Jadwin on Feb. 20, 2010 to Brown.
The 14-game home winning streak is Princeton's longest since the Tigers won 22 in a row from Jan. 6, 1997 to Dec. 9, 1998. It is the fifth-longest winning streak in Jadwin Gym history, behind a 16-gamer from 1973-75, an 18-gamer from 1976-78, the 22-gamer from 1997-98 and a 28-gamer from 1989-91.
Princeton's 14-game home winning streak is the 16th-longest active streak in Division I entering Wednesday's games. Duke holds the longest streak at 34 games, followed by Kentucky at 32 and Utah State at 30.
This is only the fifth time in 42 full seasons in Jadwin Gym that the Tigers have started 10-0 at home. The other four years, Princeton finished undefeated at home: 1975 (10-0), 1977 (11-0), 1990 (12-0) and 1998 (12-0).
After getting his fifth double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds at Brown, Ian Hummer is the first Princeton player since Bob Roma '79 in 1979 to have five double-doubles in one season. Andy Rimol '74, with seven in 1974, was the last Princeton player with more than five.
As far as fellow sophomores getting five double-doubles, Ian Hummer has the most since Andy Rimol had five in 1972, while Chris Thomforde '69 is next on the list chronologically with 11 in 1967.
Ian Hummer still has a way to go to reach his family record for double-doubles in a season, as uncle John Hummer '70 had nine as a senior, while father Ed Hummer '67 had a high of six in 1966 as a junior.
Sydney Johnson '97 is now the fifth Princeton coach in history to have at least two 20-win seasons. Albert Wittmer (1923-32) also had two, while Bill Carmody (1996-00) and Butch van Breda Kolff '45 (1962-67) had three apiece and Pete Carril (1967-96) had 10.
Playing its first five Ivy League games at home and then 7 of 9 on the road may be unusual for Princeton, but it's not unprecedented. The Tigers had the same setup in 1985, 1994 and 1996. In none of those three years, however, did Princeton win all five of the early home games, as it did this year. In '85, the Tigers started 2-3 at home, then 4-1 each in '94 and '96. Princeton went 5-4 the rest of the Ivy season in '85, then 7-2 in '94 and 8-1 in '96. So far in 2011, Princeton is 3-1 since the five-game home start to the Ivy season.
Next on the 1,000-point list for Douglas Davis, who against Penn on Feb. 8 became the first junior in 21 years to reach the mark, is a familiar name as Sydney Johnson stands in 24th place with 1,044 points. Davis, with 1,032 points, needs 13 points to pass his head coach. Armond Hill '85, now an assistant coach with the Boston Celtics, is next at 1,057 points.
Kareem Maddox's block numbers have increased each season, from nine as a freshman to 16 as a sophomore, then 27 as a junior and already 48 this season for a career total of 100. Maddox is the third Tiger since the block stat began being recorded regularly in 1975-76 to record 100 career blocks, alongside Chris Young '02 (145) and Rick Hielscher '95 (159).
Maddox's 48 blocks this season have him behind only Chris Young '02, who had 55 blocks as a rookie in 1998-99 and 90 as a sophomore in 1999-00 before signing a baseball contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates, ending his eligibility. Young is now a New York Met.
Douglas Davis stands fourth on the career 3-point list at 180 with still a way to go to pass Gabe Lewullis '99 (212), Sean Jackson '92 (235) and current assistant coach Brian Earl '99 (281). Dan Mavraides is ninth on the list at 149, with Noah Savage '08 and Bob Scrabis '89 next at 155 each.
Douglas Davis is one of five Princeton players in the 25 years the rule has been in place to hit 50 3-pointers in three seasons, along with Sean Jackson '92, Gabe Lewullis '99, Brian Earl '99 and Kyle Koncz '08. Next year, he could join Earl as the only Tiger to hit 50 in all four seasons. Dan Mavraides is five 3-pointers away from his second 50 3-pointer season and would become the seventh Tiger with multiple 50 3-pointer seasons.
Davis and Mavraides are fourth and ninth respectively on the school's career list of 3-pointers attempted. Davis (456) is behind Sean Jackson '92 (501), while next up for Mavraides (385) is Ed Persia '04 (397). Brian Earl '99 is the leader at 675.
Against Cornell and Columbia
This will be Cornell's first visit to Jadwin Gym since the 48-45 Cornell win on Feb. 13, 2010 that drew 5,775 spectators. A year ago, it was Cornell looking to hold on to first place and Princeton in pursuit. This year, it is Princeton that is tied in the loss column with Harvard and looking to keep pace.
It hasn't been as long since Cornell and Princeton met on any floor, with the Big Red holding the Tigers to their lowest point total this season in a 57-55 Princeton victory less than two weeks ago on Feb. 12. Princeton shot 47.6% to Cornell's 39.2% and outrebounded the Red 31-24 while holding Cornell to 3 of 17 makes from beyond the arc. It was Kareem Maddox who carried the Tigers with 23 points including a go-ahead bucket at the 10-second mark and a key block on Cornell's last possession. The Tigers also avoided falling victim to a buzzer-beating 3-point try by Drew Ferry that would have handed the game to Cornell. Ferry, Cornell's second-leading scorer on the season at 11.8 ppg, was held scoreless while the team's leader in that category, Chris Wroblewski (14.7 ppg), led the Red with 14 points against Princeton.
Princeton will hope for similar success against Columbia after defeating the Lions 76-46 on Feb. 11 at Levien Gym. Princeton's four double-digit scorers on the season represented 81.6% of the team's points at Columbia, led by Ian Hummer's career-high 25 points and a double-double with 12 rebounds. In addition to outshooting Columbia 56.9% to 27.6%, Princeton outrebounded the Lions 42-32. Most of Princeton's points came from inside the arc, as the Tigers were just 3 of 8 from 3-point range. Meanwhile, Princeton avoided Columbia having success from distance, as the Lions were just 2 of 11. Noruwa Agho, with 16 points, was the only Lion in double figures.
Columbia is one of two lengthy home winning streaks for Princeton, as the Tigers have won 17 straight in Jadwin against the Lions since Columbia won 71-69 on Feb. 13, 1993. Columbia's previous win to 1993 in Jadwin was in 1982, as the Lions have lost 27 of 28 in Princeton. Earlier this season, Princeton extended a home winning streak against Harvard that has been in place since 1990, now at 22 games.
Princeton's only common non-league opponent with Cornell this season is Bucknell, which Princeton defeated and to which Cornell lost. Bucknell, Wagner and Lafayette are common non-league foes to Columbia and Princeton. The Tigers defeated all three, while the Lions won two of those three games, losing to Bucknell.
Princeton in the Ivy and NCAA Rankings
Princeton has no individual leaders in any Ivy all-season rankings but leads the league as a team in scoring defense (63.1 ppg), in field goal percentage defense (.417), and in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.328).
Among conference-only games, Princeton has the best scoring defense in the Ivy League to this point at 58.1 ppg. Princeton also leads in field goal percentage defense (.402), in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.293), in rebounding offense (36.2 rpg) and in rebounding margin (+6.0).
In the NCAA rankings released prior to Monday's games, Princeton's top national ranking other than winning percentage (21st, .800) is in scoring defense (53rd, 63.1 ppg). Ian Hummer holds Princeton's top individual ranking, in field goal percentage (36th, .550).
Princeton is in an uncharacteristic shooting slump from beyond the arc, making below 20% from distance in each of three straight games for the first time since the rule was put in place in 1986. Fortunately for the Tigers, Princeton's percentage from 3-point range in 10 games at home this season, 38.3%, is superior to its percentage in 15 games away from Jadwin this season, 33.9%.
Princeton is 12-0 when it shoots better than 46.0% from the field this season.
Princeton is 6-0 when it shoots 42% or better from beyond the arc.
Princeton is 12-0 this season when opponents shoot 40% or lower from the field.
Princeton is 15-0 when opponents shoot 36% or lower from distance.
Princeton is 9-0 this season when holding opponents to fewer than 10 assists.
The magic number on the scoreboard for Princeton this season has been 68. The Tigers are 12-0 this season when they score 68 points. Princeton is also 15-0 when opponents score 64 or fewer points.
Princeton is 11-0 this season when an opponent has not reached 28 points by halftime.
The Tigers are 16-2 when leading at the half, 3-3 when trailing and 1-0 when tied. Princeton was down to Siena by four at the half and to Tulsa by one before winning both in OT. Princeton was down one to Harvard before winning that in regulation. The Tigers were up 13 on James Madison at the break before losing by one and up eight on UCF before losing by six.
Rebounding has not had a perfect correlation to victory for the Tigers this season, who are 6-2 when they get outrebounded and 14-3 when they win the battle of the boards.
Princeton has used two starting lineups this season. Ian Hummer, Douglas Davis, Dan Mavraides and Brendan Connolly have started all 25 games, while Patrick Saunders has started in place of Kareem Maddox the last 22 games.
If It Happens...
The Tigers set a program record with four OT victories in one season when they beat Penn 62-59 on Feb. 8. This team is the fifth Tiger program to play in at least four OT games, alongside 1978-79, 1994-95 and 1998-99. The record for OT games in one season belongs to the 1980-81 Tigers, who played in five.
If Kareem Maddox scores 30 points again this season, he would join Bill Bradley '65, Geoff Petrie '70 and Brian Taylor '84 as the only Tigers in program history with three 30-point games in a season. Presently, he is the only Ivy League with two 30-point games this season (31 at Tulsa, 30 vs. Siena), and he is the first Tiger with two 30-point games in a season since Kevin Mullin '84.
Princeton has had five players scoring in double-figures in four games this season, against Marist, Towson, Monmouth and Saint Joseph's. It is the first time Princeton has had five players reach double figures in as many as four games since the 1973-74 season. The 1971-72 season was the last time Princeton had five such games. The 1967-68 team holds the record with nine such games.
Princeton has had as many as six players reach double figures in a game three times, in 1956, 1967 and 2000. The 2000 game, coming Mar. 4 against Brown, is the only time in program history Princeton had seven players in double figures.
Coach Sydney Johnson
Sydney Johnson is seventh in program history in games coached at 112. Next on the games-coached list is Bill Carmody at 117. Carmody coached Johnson in his final season as a Tiger player. The rest of the list inclludes Pete Carril as the all-time leader at 775 games, followed by Franklin "Cappy" Cappon at 431, Albert Wittmer at 201, Frederick Leuhring at 143 and Butch van Breda Kolff '45 at 134.
Johnson's has 61 victories as Princeton's head coach, good for eighth on the program's list. Up next is John Thompson III '88 at 68.
Johnson is the third-longest tenured coach in the Ivy League, one week short of Harvard's Tommy Amaker, with both men in their fourth seasons at their current schools. Yale's James Jones is the Ivy dean, in his 12th season.
Since the beginning of calendar year 2009, Johnson's record is 53-20.
Princeton's "MARV" patches are in honor of Marvin Bressler, the late professor who came to Princeton in 1963 and began serving in an informal advisor role with the team. He was an inspiration to create the Academic-Athletic Fellows program that serves all Princeton teams. Bressler was an Academic-Athletic Fellow for men's basketball through the 2009-10 season before he passed away on July 7, 2010 at age 87.
On Cornell: After starting 4-15, Cornell has won three of five ... two of Cornell's recent three victories came at home, but one came on the road against a Brown team that tripped up the Tigers last time out ... Brown was without senior Peter Sullivan for the Cornell game as the senior, who is leading Brown in scoring, returned for the Penn-Princeton weekend ... Cornell is coming off a 96-point effort at Dartmouth last Saturday in which the Red shot 56.9% from the field and 55.2% (16 of 29) from 3-point range ... Cornell had its worst 3-point shooting night of the season to date in the Feb. 12 meeting with Princeton, making 3 of 17 (17.6%) ... Princeton also had the second-lowest shooting percentage of any Cornell opponent this season in the Feb. 12 game, making 1 of 8 (12.5%); Delaware made 1 of 13 (7.7%) against Cornell in November ... Cornell is 5-1 when it scores 75 points this season and just 2-16 when it does not ... Cornell is 1-14 when it shoots below 42% from the field and 1-10 when it shoots below 35% from 3-point range this season ... Cornell is 1-12 when it scores 32 or fewer points in the first half ... the only game in the last six in which 6-4 junior guard Drew Ferry did not reach double digits was against Princeton, when he went scoreless ... 6-3 sophomore guard Johnathan Gray had his first career double-double with 10 points and a career-high 11 rebounds last time out against Dartmouth ... 6-4 senior guard Max Groebe reached double digits in points in four of the last five games, except against Princeton ... prior to Feb. 5, Groebe had not reached double digits since Dec. 20 against Boston University ... 6-9 senior forward Aaron Osgood has missed the last six games with a knee injury; Osgood has had five double-digit scoring games in 15 total games played this season ... 6-6 sophomore forward Errick Peck is coming off a career-high 22 point game at Dartmouth last time out ... 6-5 freshman forward Manny Sahota has seen action in six straight games after not playing more than three consecutive contests earlier this season ... Sahota had a career-best 10 points last time out against Dartmouth ... 6-5 senior forward Adam Wire's only single-digit minute games this season have come in three of the last six contests, including nine minutes against Princeton ... 6-0 junior guard Chris Wroblewski had nine assists last time out against Dartmouth ... Wroblewski leads the Ivy in steals this season at 1.5 per game and Drew Ferry is the league leader in 3-pointers per game at 2.9 ... Cornell is first in the league in 3-point shooting at .373 and threes per game at 9.1 but eighth in free-throw shooting at .686 ... the Red leads the league in steals at 7.0 per game, in turnover margin at +2.0 per game, and in assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.1 ... 13 Big Red players have started a game this season, and 10 have started an Ivy League game.