The Princeton men's basketball team begins a week of competition against both intrastate rivals and BIG EAST foes when Seton Hall visits Jadwin Gym for the first time since 1987 Wednesday night at 7:35 p.m. The game will be televised locally in the Princeton area by Comcast Sports (formerly Patriot 8).
The Tigers (2-3) play their first game in a week since returning from the Maui Invitational. The Pirates are unbeaten at 5-0 and received votes in this week's national polls after a win over then-No. 23 Virginia Saturday at the Philly Classic at The Palestra.
Sophomore center Zach Finley is leading Princeton in both scoring (13.6 ppg) and rebounding (5.2 rpg) through five games, and he also put his name in the Maui Invitational record books with seven blocked shots against Chaminade last week. His seven blocks were the most by a Princeton player since Chris Young had seven against Xavier in 1999.
Seton Hall's Brian Laing was named the BIG EAST Player of the Week on Monday. Laing, who is averaging 22 points and nine rebounds per game this season, averaged 26 points and nine rebounds in Pirate wins over Navy and Virginia in Philadelphia.
Princeton and Rutgers play their annual game Saturday afternoon in Piscataway (2 p.m.). The teams will be meeting for the 114th time, the most for Princeton against any non-Ivy League opponent.
Looking For A Third Princeton is 2-0 this season at home after victories against Central Connecticut and Iona to begin the year. The Tigers’ first true road game of the season comes Saturday afternoon at Rutgers.
It’s Been A While Princeton and Seton Hall are playing in Jadwin Gym for the first time since Dec. 15, 1987, when the Tigers defeated the Pirates by a 61-59 score.
Deep Thoughts Princeton made 15 three-point shots against Chaminade Nov. 21, its most in a game since making a school-record 20 against Ursinus in January 2003.
More From Three Princeton already has three players (Lincoln Gunn, Noah Savage and Kyle Koncz) who have made at least 10 three-point shots this season.
Arc Madness Princeton is averaging nearly nine three-pointers per game this season.
Maui Redux Princeton outscored Duke 57-52 in the final 30 minutes of its game against the Blue Devils Nov. 19 in Maui. The Tigers then led Arizona State late in the first half the next day.
Balancing Act Four players have led Princeton in scoring in the team’s first five games this season (Finley, Gunn, Schroeder, Savage).
Trip Advisor Princeton will play six of its next seven games on the road after today. The only home game in that time is a Dec. 16 meeting with Manhattan.
THE MID-RANGE GAME...
Block Party Princeton center Zach Finley set a Maui Invitational record with seven blocked shots against Chaminade. He joined three other Princeton players who have blocked at least seven in a game.
Making History Princeton was the first Ivy League team and just the second team from New Jersey (Seton Hall in 2001) to participate in the Maui Invitational.
I’m Honored Noah Savage made ESPN commentator Jay Bilas’s all-tournament team in Maui. Savage knocked down six three-pointers and had a game-high 20 points against Chaminade.
582 & 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 582 straight games.
The History Books Sydney Johnson is Princeton’s all-time leader in steals (169) and ranks fifth all-time at Princeton in both three-pointers (162) and assists (280).
Tiger Pride Assistant coaches Brian Earl ’99 and Scott Greenman ’06 also played for Princeton. Earl was the 1999 Ivy League Player of the Year, while Greenman was a 2006 first-team All-Ivy selection.
FROM WAY DOWNTOWN...
Up The Charts Noah Savage is now tied for 10th all-time at Princeton (with Mike Bechtold ’02) with 120 career three-pointers. Kyle Koncz is now 13th all-time with 111. He needs four to pass Luke Owings ’07 into 12th place.
Remembering VBK The Tigers will wear a “VBK” patch on their uniforms in 2007-08 in honor of former Princeton coach Butch van Breda Kolff, who passed away in August. van Breda Kolff led the Tigers to the 1965 Final Four and had a 103-31 record in five seasons at Princeton.
More Deep Thoughts Princeton has made at least nine three-pointers 13 times in its last 33 games.
The Jadwin Effect Princeton has won 90 of its last 117 games at Jadwin Gym (77%), including 63 of its last 78 Ivy League home games in that time.
Us Or Them Either Princeton (nine times) or Penn (10 times) has been the Ivy League’s NCAA tournament representative in each of the last 19 seasons (1989-2006).
Us Or Them 2 Princeton has won 25 Ivy League titles; Penn has won 25 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 22 Division I schools had made more appearances than the Tigers entering 2006-07.
Branching Out Six Princeton graduates or former Princeton assistant coaches are currently Division I head coaches. (Bill Carmody, Northwestern; Craig Robinson ’83, Brown; Joe Scott ’87, Denver; John Thompson ’88, Georgetown; Chris Mooney ’94, Richmond; Sydney Johnson ’97, Princeton).
The Worldwide Leader Princeton will appear on national television on ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU at least six times this season.
Princeton In The Pros Two recent Princeton graduates play in Italy’s top division. Mason Rocca ’00 plays for Napoli and also played for the Italian national team in the 2006 FIBA World Championships, while Judson Wallace ’05 plays for Capo D’Orlando after two seasons playing in Germany.
More Princeton in the Pros Former Tiger basketball star Chris Young ’02 played in the Major League All-Star game in 2007. The San Diego Padres’ starting pitcher led the National League in earned run average for much of the 2007 season.
Even More Princeton in the Pros Sydney Johnson played seven seasons of professional basketball in Italy and Spain after graduating from Princeton. His teams won three league championships in those seven seasons.
PLAYER NOTES & ANECDOTES
Bombs Away Kyle Koncz has made at least three three-point shots 13 times in 31 games in the past two seasons. He had three “threes” against Chaminade last week.
The Century Mark Kyle Koncz has made 111 three-point shots in 296 attempts (38%) in 59 games the last three seasons for Princeton.
Toughing It Out Kyle Koncz did not practice after Jan. 1 last season due to a stress fracture in his foot but still played in 26 games and led the Tigers in scoring.
More Bombs Away Noah Savage has started 64 career games, most of any player on the current Princeton roster.
Playing The Percentages Noah Savage is a 37% career shooter from three-point range and a 78% career shooter from the free-throw line.
It’s About Experience Noah Savage has played in 87 of 88 games in his career at Princeton.
Stat-Sheet Stuffer Zach Finley is leading Princeton in scoring (13.6 ppg) and rebounding (5.2 rpg) and is shooting 53% from the field.
More Stat-Sheet Stuffing Zach Finley made his first 10 shots in Princeton’s season-opening win against Central Connecticut at Jadwin Gym Nov. 11.
Swatting Them Zach Finley’s seven blocks against Chaminade were the most by a Princeton player since Chris Young had seven against Xavier on Dec. 27, 1999.
Gunning It Lincoln Gunn was named to the Ivy League Honor Roll on Monday after averaging 12 points and three rebounds in Princeton’s three games at the Maui Invitational.
Downtown Deliveries Lincoln Gunn is shooting 50% from three-point range this season (12 for 24).
Return To Paradise Lincoln Gunn served as a ballboy while attending the Maui Invitational several times as a child while growing up in California.
Devil Of A Game Marcus Schroeder’s season-high 12 points led Princeton against Arizona State. He also had four rebounds in that game.
On Guard Matt Sargeant has made five three-point shots in nine attempts this season and 12 of 16 shots overall (75%) in five games.
Stritt Talk 6-8 Michael Strittmatter made 22 of his 50 three-point attempts last season. He was leading the Ivy League in three-point percentage for much of the season.
History Lesson Kevin Steuerer’s father Mickey was a team captain for the 1974-1975 Princeton team that won the National Invitation Tournament, the only Ivy League team to have won a postseason national tournament.
Family Affair Sophomore forward Chris Petrie is the nephew of former Tiger star Geoff Petrie ’70 and the son of long-time Gettysburg College coach George Petrie.
The New Guys Princeton has three freshmen on its 2007-08 roster, 6-8 Kareem Maddox and 6-3 Dan Mavraides are California natives, while 6-4 Bobby Foley comes to Princeton from Richmond, Va.
High Riser 6-8 Kareem Maddox, who played 15 minutes in the season opener, was a McDonald’s All-America nominee in 2006-07. He was named the Ventura County Player of the Year as a senior.