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DATE & TIME: Friday, February 25th, 7:00 p.m. (et).
FACTS & STATS: Site: Jadwin Gym (6,854) -- Princeton, New Jersey. Television: FIOS1. Home Record: Cornell 4-6, Princeton 10-0. Away Record: Cornell 2-10, Princeton 8-4. Neutral Record: Cornell 1-1, Princeton 2-1. Conference Record: Cornell 3-7, Princeton 8-1. Series Record: Princeton leads 135-78.
GAME NOTES: The Princeton Tigers will try to keep their unblemished home record intact tonight as they host the Cornell Big Red in Ivy League action at Jadwin Gym.
The Tigers are a perfect 10-0 at home this season and have topped all five Ivy League foes who have made the trip to New Jersey thus far. However, last weekend the team was out on the road and after a 58-51 win over Yale the team was defeated by the Brown Bears, 75-65, which means Princeton is now second in the conference standings at 8-1, trailing only Harvard which is at 9-1 entering the week.
As for the Big Red, it exploded for a season-high 96 points in a 20-point home win over Dartmouth last weekend. The victory came just a day after the team was taken down by the Crimson in a 73-60 final which goes to show that you never quite know what you're going to get from one day to the next. Nevertheless, Cornell is now just 3-7 in league play after snapping a two-game slide.
With respect to the all-time series between these two schools on the hardwood, Princeton leads 135-78 after taking a narrow 57-55 win in the first meeting of the season at Newman Arena a couple of weeks ago. Despite the setback, Cornell has still won 10 of the last 13 meetings overall and five of the last six played at Jadwin Gym.
The Big Red played huge on the outside against Dartmouth last weekend at home, converting a total of 16 three pointers for the second time this season as they cruised to the 20-point win. Errick Peck connected on 4-of-6 beyond the arc, finishing with 22 points as he led six players in double figures, while Chris Wroblewski tallied 19 points and nine assists. Max Groebe and Drew Ferry both dropped in 14 points, both hitting 4-of-6 out on the perimeter and 5-of-7 from the field, while Johnathan Gray and Jake Matthews chipped in 10 points apiece, the former clearing a team-high 11 rebounds along the way. Despite shooting just 39.9 percent from the floor through 22 appearances this season, Wroblewski is still the top overall scorer for the Big Red with 14.7 ppg, his 118 assists pacing the group as well. Ferry (11.8 ppg) and Peck (11.4 ppg) also play important roles on offense for Cornell, but still this is a group that is shooting just 41.0 percent from the floor and is being held to only 67.6 ppg in spite of the huge effort last weekend.
Missing all 10 attempts from three-point range in the first half was no way to start the meeting with Brown last weekend, but the Tigers could do little from the perimeter the entire game and eventually bowed in the double-digit decision. Kareem Maddox came off the bench to offer up a team-best 19 points, doing most of his damage at the free-throw line (11-of-13), while Ian Hummer recorded a double-double with 18 points and a team-high 12 rebounds, which means the rest of the roster combined for only 17 boards. Maddox, the leading scorer for Princeton the last three games, ranks second on the team overall this season with his 13.6 ppg and is just fractions of a point behind Hummer who is putting up 13.9 ppg to go along with 6.8 rpg. Both players are shooting at least 55 percent from the floor, yet the team overall is hitting 46.1 percent at the moment. Granted, that level of accuracy is still greater than that of the opposition (.417), but it only allows the team a scoring advantage of about six points per contest.
Cornell's breakout game last weekend was certainly an anomaly and the Big Red shouldn't expect such a big effort this time around, especially against the Tigers in Princeton.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Princeton 75, Cornell 66