Liveblog: Penn v. Princeton

Follow along as the Quakers wrap up their season against the archrival Princeton Tigers at the Palestra.

This Week on 33rd Street: March 12

I sit down with former Sports Editor Mike Wisniewski to discuss how Penn basketball fared over spring break and whether the Quakers can finish off 2012-13 with a win against archrival Princeton tonight.

Potential Harvard/Princeton playoff would be at the Palestra

The Newark Star-Ledger reported last night that if a second playoff for the Ivy League's automatic bid for the NCAA Tournament in three seasons is necessary, it will take place at  the Palestra.

Princeton's 58-53 home win over Harvard last night sets up that possibility. The Tigers now stand at 8-2 in Ivy play and the Crimson are 9-2. Harvard and Princeton split their season series. So if both teams win out, that "if necessary" playoff at the Palestra will be necessary.

The Ivy League's official Twitter denied the Star-Ledger's initial report that the date was already set for Saturday, March 16, also denying that a time or TV deal was set yet. The March 16 date would make sense, though, since the 2011 playoff also took place on the Saturday after the Ivy slate closed that season.

In 2011, Ivy co-Champions Princeton and Harvard met at Yale's John L. Lee Amphitheater in a memorable one-game playoff to determine the League's automatic bid recipient. Princeton overcame a seven-point halftime deficit to win, 63-62, on a Douglas Davis buzzer-beater.

That means now Penn can officially play the spoiler with its home matchups versus Harvard tonight and/or Princeton on March 12.

Game 15: Princeton — The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

Good Bad & Ugly

Penn had a rough start to the Ivy season with a 65-53 loss at Princeton. The Quakers (2-13) never found an offensive rhythm as they fell for the fourth straight time at Jadwin Gym. The Tigers (7-7) have now won seven of the last eight games against the Red and Blue.

THE GOOD: Tony Hicks getting more playing time. Though there was not much good to come out of this game, the freshman guard played a career-high 30 minutes against Princeton. Though there is still a lot of room for improvement in Hicks' game, he was the only player able to gain some momentum for the Quakers. He scored a career-high and team-high 16 points, 12 of which came in the second half. His continuous improvement is something Penn fans can be excited about.

THE BAD: Miles Cartwright's shooting. The junior captain had just six points against the Tigers, as he went 1-for-7 from the floor. As Princeton extended its lead in the second half, Cartwright tried to do too much on his own and took some bad shots. This is the second consecutive game in which Cartwright hasn't hit double digits.

THE UGLY: Penn's perimeter defense. Princeton shot 11-for-22 from beyond the arc behind junior guard T.J. Bray's six threes. The Tigers' quick ball movement had the Red and Blue chasing and time and time again, Princeton players were wide open on the perimeter. Bray led all scorers with 23 points, and the Tigers are now 5-0 when he reaches double-digits.

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Liveblog: Penn at Princeton — Brought to you by the Blarney Stone

It's finally time for tipoff! For the first time since the 2006-07 season, the Quakers (19-11, 11-2 Ivy) will have a chance to clinch at least a share of the Ivy League title tonight against archrival Princeton (18-11, 9-4) at Jadwin Gymnasium. Penn is red hot with its seven-game winning streak, but the Tigers also come in on a good note, having won seven of their last eight. Follow along as Sushaan Modi and Mike Wisniewski duel blog the action live with The Daily Princetonian:

Penn vs. Princeton post-game presser

Here's what Penn coach Jerome Allen and senior Zack Rosen had to say after the Quakers' 82-67 victory over the Tigers:

M. Hoops vs Princeton Liveblog: Brought to you by The Blarney Stone

By now, you've heard enough and should know the deal. "It's Princeton." "I do not eat Frosted Flakes." "Greatest rivalry in college basketball."

Tonight marks the 225th iteration of this historic rivalry, and the stakes are high. If you're not one of the thousands of students and fans with tickets to the game, follow along here. I'm with my former co-sports editors, Kevin Esteves and Brian Kotloff.

Penn-Princeton rivalry in one sentence

In anticipation of Monday's crucial matchup against Princeton, I asked Penn players and coaches, as well as Athletic Director Steve Bilsky, to sum up the Penn-Princeton rivalry in one (sometimes run-on) sentence.

How would you sum up the rivalry in one sentence?


Penn Athletics is stepping up its social media promotions in anticipation of Monday night's showdown with Princeton at the Palestra.

Those who follow @PennAthletics on Twitter may have noticed a series of tweets today that provided clues as to where tickets for the game are hidden on campus. Penn Athletics tweeted photos like the one below to tell students where they could find the tickets.

They will tweet more clues about hidden tickets tomorrow.

Penn Athletics is also encouraging Penn fans to use the hashtag #BeatPrinceton in all tweets about the game.

Students can also pick up #BeatPrinceton stickers from the Red and Blue Crew on Locust Walk. If they are seen wearing the sticker by a member of the Penn Athletics marketing staff tomorrow, they can win free tickets to the game. Students can also buy tickets on the Walk for $5.