Myles Stephens and the Tigers will host Brown and Yale this weekend.
The first full weekend of Ivy League play is upon us, with Brown and Yale set to come to Jadwin Gym and Harvard and Dartmouth going to Cornell and Columbia. The Tigers and Harvard opened Ivy play last weekend with wins over Penn and Dartmouth, respectively, while this weekend will be the Ivy openers for the rest of the league.
Friday’s game against Brown and Saturday’s game against Yale are both 8 p.m. starts. You can find tickets here, watch the Ivy League Digital Network broadcasts here (Saturday’s game will also be on ESPN3 here), listen to the radio broadcast here, follow live stats here and get updates on Twitter @Princeton_Hoops.
Preview & Game Notes
Here are five things to look for as the Bears and Bulldogs descend on Jadwin Gym:
1. Can the Tigers continue their home-court Ivy success?
Princeton is 31-5 in Ivy League home games under Mitch Henderson and has won 10 in a row, including sweeping last year’s visit from Brown and Yale. But, the last Ivy team to beat the Tigers in Jadwin Gym was Yale, in 2015.
2. Who will provide the scoring for Yale?
All four players who reached double figures for Yale against Princeton last season have graduated or are out injured. Yale has five players averaging double figures this season, including two freshmen in Jordan Bruner (11.2 ppg) and Miye Oni (12.6 ppg). Sophomores Alex Copeland (13.3 ppg) and Blake Reynolds (10.7 ppg) did not play against Princeton last season, while Sam Downey (12.2 ppg) averaged 3.0 points over the two games.
3. How will the rebounding battle against Brown shake out?
Princeton beat Brown 83-59 in Providence last season before a 77-66 win in Princeton a few weeks later. The biggest statistical factor that made it closer the second time around were the rebounding numbers, which saw Princeton outrebound the Bears 41-33 and outdo Brown 18-5 in second-chance points. In Princeton, Brown won the rebounding stat 38-34 and outdid Princeton in second-chance points 13-8. Of Princeton’s 41 rebounds in Providence, 35 will be in uniform Friday, while Steven Spieth, who had a game-high 11 rebounds for Brown in the second game, is back for Brown. Spieth also leads Brown in rebounding on the season at 6.3 rpg.
4. Can Princeton cool Yale from the field?
In New Haven, Yale shot 52.8 percent from the field and 57.9 percent from 3, hitting 11 3-pointers and winning 79-75. In Princeton, those numbers fell to 38.6 percent from the field and 8.3 percent (1-12) from 3 as the Tigers won 75-63. Yale shoots .469 from the field on the season and .392 from 3-point range. Yale is 1-4 this season when it shoots below 45 percent from the field and 7-1 when it shoots better than 45 percent from the field. The Bulldogs are 0-4 when they shoot below 36 percent from 3 and 8-1 when it shoots better than 36 percent from 3.
5. How will Brown and Yale handle the Tigers from 3?
Princeton averages 10 of 27 from 3-point range this season. Brown is 0-3 when giving up at least 10 3-pointers this season, and Yale is 0-1. Princeton is 6-3 when it makes at least 10 3s. Only two Brown opponents and two Yale opponents this season have taken as many as 27 3s.