Princeton (18-4) at Cornell (6-15)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 12th, 7:00 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Newman Arena (4,473) -- Ithaca, New York. Television: none. Home Record: Princeton 10-0, Cornell 3-4. Away Record: Princeton 6-3, Cornell 2-10. Neutral Record: Princeton 2-1, Cornell 1-1. Conference Record: Princeton 6-0, Cornell 2-5. Series Record: Princeton leads, 134-78.
GAME NOTES: One night after recording a record setting victory over Columbia, the Princeton Tigers will take their act to Newman Arena for an Ivy League Conference date with the Cornell Big Red.
Princeton's 76-46 Friday night win proved to be its largest margin of victory ever recorded at Columbia. More importantly, the blowout win moved the Tigers to a perfect 6-0 in Ivy League play.
Friday night saw Cornell earn a thrilling 82-71 overtime victory over Penn. The scintillating triumph was just the second Ivy win of the season for Cornell however, where it now sits at 2-5.
With regards to the all-time series, tonight's matchup marks the 213th meeting between Princeton and Cornell. The Tigers currently hold a 134-78 lead over the Big Red.
Princeton is in the midst of an eight-game win streak. The run of success includes six straight Ivy League wins. The run of success, which began on Jan. 5th, ties an early-season eight-game streak, which lasted from Nov. 28th to Dec. 29th, for season-long status. The Tigers eight win in this most current run made history for its lopsided nature. Princeton throttled Columbia, posting a 30-point margin of victory. The Tigers shot 60.7 percent from the field, including 60 percent from beyond the arc in a first half which saw them jump out to an insurmountable 42-26 lead. Ian Hummer turned in a masterful performance on the night, as he posted a double-double of 25 points and 12 rebounds. Guard Dan Mavraides added 17 points, while Douglas Davis and Kareem Maddox each finished with 10 points. Hummer continues to be a juggernaut for Princeton. He paces the squad in scoring at 14.3 ppg, while also pulling down 6.8 rpg and converting 55.8 percent of his field goal attempts. Behind Hummer, the Tigers score 70.5 ppg. They earn wins on the defensive end however, limiting teams to just 63.5 ppg.
Cornell has now won two straight Ivy games. The current streak interrupted a stretch of five consecutive losses, which saw the Big Red begin league play at 0-5. The Big Red has experienced an offensive explosion in its last two games to account for the win streak. A week ago, the team registered a 91-79 victory over Brown, before tallying 82 points in last night's victory. The recent up- tick is a vast improvement from Cornell's season average of 67.2 ppg. Chris Wroblewski currently paces the offense, scoring a team-high 14.9 ppg and handing out a team-high 102 assists. He is supported by Drew Ferry and Errick Peck, who average 12.2 and 11.1 ppg, respectively. The Big Red is also hurt by a porous defense, as it allows 70.4ppg on the year. The offense has certainly found its footing of late, though. In Friday night's win, Cornell drained 12 three-pointers, including two from senior Max Groebe in overtime which proved to be the difference. The Big Red shot 44.4 percent from three-point range in the win and handed out 18 assists. Wroblewski had a strong night, tallying a team-high 21 points, while handing out four assists and grabbing four rebounds. Groebe went 6-of-8 from downtown in the game and finished with 20 points.
Cornell has been playing well of late, but it is unlikely that the Big Red will be able to maintain such a high level of offensive play against a strong Princeton squad. Look for the Tigers to pick up their seventh Ivy League win of the season.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Princeton 75, Cornell 62