Friday, February 4, 2011

Big Night in Princeton: Harvard Battles Tigers for First Place

Next for Harvard:

@ Princeton
When: Friday, February 4th at 7pm
Where: Jadwin Gymnasium, Princeton, NJ.
Coverage: Free live streaming on, link here. WHRB Commentators Scott Reed and Charlie Hobbs will have the call beginning at 6:45pm.

The Crimson heads south tonight hoping to get its first win at Princeton since 1989 and make a major statement in the Ivy League race. Harvard (15-3, 4-0 Ivy), off to its second-best start in school history, has its eyes set on its ultimate goal of its first-ever Ivy title and the NCAA Tournament berth that comes with it. Its toughest conference test may come tonight in the home gym of the team picked in the preseason to win the Ancient Eight.

Princeton (14-4, 2-0 Ivy) has had an impressive 2010-2011 campaign so far. The Tigers had several close calls in the non-Ivy portion of their schedule, defeating Rutgers, Tulsa, and Siena in overtime. Princeton did challenge itself early on, losing in Durham to the then-#1 Duke Blue Devils 97-60, and narrowly falling to #21 UCF 68-62. They have a very balanced offensive attack, with Forwards Ian Hummer and Kareem Maddox and Guard Dan Mavraides all averaging over 13ppg. Of course, Princeton runs the famed offense invented by the school, an attack relying on discipline, control, and backdoor cuts. For the Harvard Crimson to emerge form Jadwin Gym with one of its biggest wins in school history, they will have to be disciplined and patient themselves.

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