Princeton last played intrastate foe Seton Hall in men's basketball more than 18 years ago. It only seems that long since the 2006-07 Tigers played a game.
When the Tigers visit the Meadowlands Monday night for their first meeting with the Pirates since 1988, it will end a 15-day exam hiatus for Princeton, which last played Jan. 13 at Cornell. Game time at the Continental Airlines Arena is 7:30 p.m., and the game can be heard live on WPRB-FM 103.3 and at GoPrincetonTigers.com.
A Princeton win in its final non-league game of the season would give the Tigers (9-6) 10 non-league wins, their most in the regular season since 1997-98. That season also marked the Tigers' last trips to the Meadowlands, for the 1997 Coaches vs. Cancer and Jimmy V Classics.
Seton Hall is 11-8 heading into a Saturday game at Rutgers. The Pirates, 3-4 in the Big East heading into the game under first-year head coach Bobby Gonzalez, have a 9-2 record at home this season.
The Tigers fell to Columbia and Cornell on their first Ivy League weekend Jan. 12-13, and will hit the road again to Yale and Brown when Ivy play resumes Feb. 2. Monday's game at Seton Hall is Princeton's 12th this season on the road or at a neutral site; the Tigers have played four home games.
FACT OF THE DAY
Been A Long Time The Tigers have not played since Jan. 13 due to the University’s first-semester exams. In the 15 days between Princeton’s last game and today’s game, there have been 655 Division I basketball games played.
EIGHT MORE THINGS YOU MIGHT WANT TO KNOW
Been A Long Time 2 Princeton and Seton Hall are meeting for the first time since Dec. 22, 1988, about three months before the Pirates played in the 1989 NCAA championship game.
Non-Conference Call A win today would give the Tigers 10 regular season non-conference victories, the team’s most since winning 12 non-league games in the 1997-98 regular season.
Rebounding Nicely Princeton has not lost three straight games since Dec.-Jan. of last season, a span of 30 straight games without losing three in a row.
Top Of The Charts Princeton leads the nation in points allowed per game (50.5), nearly three points per game better than second-place Texas A&M
Yin & Yang Princeton has taken an average of 41 field-goal attempts per game this season. Seton Hall has taken an average of 63 field-goal attempts per game.
It Could Be Anyone Seven Princeton players (Strittmatter, Conway, Koncz, Owings, Gunn, Buffmire, Finley) have led the Tigers in scoring in at least one game this season.
Taking Care Of It Princeton has 10 or fewer turnovers in five of its last six games. The Tigers have 72 assists and 62 turnovers in those six games.
Conference Call Princeton has not played a non in-season tournament game against a Big East team other than Rutgers since playing at Providence in 1993.
Injury Report Kyle Koncz, Princeton’s leading scorer (9.6 ppg), is unlikely to play Monday against Seton Hall due to a stress reaction in his left foot.
Outside the Lines Princeton has taken 332 three-point shots (22.1 per game) and 280 two-point shots (18.7 per game) this season.
Minute Man Freshman guard Marcus Schroeder leads NCAA Division I in minutes played per game (38.7). Schroeder has played 580 of a possible 600 minutes this season.
Charity Cases In Princeton’s nine wins, the Tigers have averaged nearly 17 free-throw attempts per game. In Princeton’s six losses, the Tigers have averaged fewer than 10 free-throw attempts per game.
Road Warriors Today’s game is Princeton’s 12th this season on the road or at a neutral site. The Tigers have played four games at home.
Test Me Princeton students take first-semester exams in January after returning from holiday break. Second-semester classes begin next week after the University’s “intersession” this week.
MORE NOTES & ANECDOTES
564 & Counting Princeton is one of only three Division I teams (Vanderbilt and UNLV are the others) to have made at least one three-point shot in every one of its games since the rule took effect for the 1986-87 season. The Tigers have now made at least one three-pointer in 564 straight games.
The 60’s Princeton has won 36 of its last 38 games (2003-04 to present) in which it has scored 60 or more points in regulation time.
Wait ‘Til Next Year! Princeton will play in the Maui Invitational in November 2007 along with Duke, Illinois, Oklahoma State, Arizona State, LSU, Marquette and host Chaminade.
Us Or Them Either Princeton (nine times) or Penn (nine times) has been the Ivy League’s NCAA tournament representative in each of the last 18 seasons (1989-2006).
Us Or Them 2 Princeton has won 25 Ivy League titles; Penn has won 24 Ivy championships. The other six Ivy League schools have combined to win 10 league crowns.
Shining Moments Princeton has made 23 NCAA tournament appearances. Only 21 Division I schools have made more appearances than the Tigers.
Quite A Streak Princeton finished with a .500 or better record for 20 consecutive seasons before finishing 12-15 a season ago.
Accepting Charity Princeton finished fourth in the nation last season in free-throw percentage as a team, connecting on 77.3% of its free-throw attempts (266 of 344). Saint Joseph’s, New Hampshire and Gonzaga finished ahead of the Tigers.
Coach Speak Joe Scott is in his third season as Princeton’s head coach and his 11th season overall as a coach for the Tigers. He was an assistant for eight seasons at Princeton from 1992-2000.
More Coach Speak Joe Scott played point guard for the Tigers from 1983-87 and still ranks tied for fifth all-time at Princeton with 144 steals.
Even More Coach Speak Joe Scott was named the Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year in 2004 (at Air Force) and finished fourth in the balloting for Associated Press National Coach of the Year.
Final Coach Speak Assistant coaches Mike Brennan and Howard Levy also played basketball at Princeton for former coach Pete Carril, who was also Scott’s head coach.
Branching Out Five Princeton graduates or former Princeton assistant coaches are currently Division I head coaches. (Bill Carmody, Northwestern; Chris Mooney, Richmond; Craig Robinson, Brown; Joe Scott, Princeton; John Thompson, Georgetown).
PLAYER NOTES & ANECDOTES
Captain, My Captain Senior Justin Conway is Princeton’s team captain in 2006-07. Conway is a former walk-on to the program who had played one career minute prior to Jan. 29 of last season.
Numbers Game Justin Conway has averaged 8.7 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 25 games as a starter beginning last January.
More Honors Justin Conway earned honorable mention All-Ivy honors in 2005-06 despite not playing in Princeton’s first two Ivy League games.
Bombs Away Kyle Koncz has made at least three three-point shots in 17 of his last 36 games.
Buckets & Buckets Kyle Koncz made at least three three-point shots in each of Princeton’s first six games this season and nine times in 15 games overall.
More Bombs Away 209 of Kyle Koncz’s 252 field-goal attempts (83%) the last two seasons have come from three-point range.
Experience Luke Owings has played in 92 career games entering today’s game, 22 more than any other Princeton player (Noah Savage with 70).
Conference Call Luke Owings earned honorable-mention All-Ivy honors as a junior. He averaged almost 11 points and five rebounds in conference play.
Arc Madness Luke Owings is now tied for 15th all-time at Princeton with 96 three-point shots. Noah Savage has 94 three-point shots, 16th all-time at Princeton.
Point Man Noah Savage is Princeton’s leading returning scorer from a year ago. He averaged exactly 10 points per game as a sophomore.
Iron Man Marcus Schroeder has played all 40 minutes in 11 of Princeton’s 15 games and has played 580 of a possible 600 minutes overall.
Helping Out Marcus Schroeder’s seven assists against VMI Nov. 11 were the most by a Princeton player since Will Venable had seven assists against Harvard in March 2005.
Gunn-Er Lincoln Gunn made five three-point shots against South Carolina Dec. 20. His 15 points were a season high.
Handling It Lincoln Gunn and Marcus Schroeder have combined for 75 assists and 50 turnovers this season.
Old School Marcus Schroeder and Lincoln Gunn have known each other and played basketball together since elementary school.
Stritt Talk Michael Strittmatter has made 28 of his 59 shots and 16 of his 33 three-point attempts in Princeton’s first 15 games this season.
Foul Play Edwin Buffmire has gone to the free throw line 34 times, most on the team, despite averaging just 16 minutes per game, seventh on the team.
History Lesson Kevin Steuerer’s father Mickey was a team captain for the 1975 Princeton team that won the NIT, the only Ivy League team to have won a postseason national tournament.