The Inside Scoop on Princeton Basketball

Published by Martin Kessler on February 24, 2012 at 3:12AM

Junior point guard Brandyn Curry and the Harvard men's basketball team will get another shot at Princeton Friday night after falling to the Tigers on the road two weeks ago.

With Princeton coming to town Friday night, the Harvard men’s basketball has a shot at gaining retribution for falling to the Tigers on the road two weeks ago. In preparation for Friday’s matchup, we caught up with The Daily Princetonian’s Kevin Whitaker via email to learn more about the Tigers. Find out below what the Crimson should do to slow down star forward Ian Hummer, where to grab a meal at Princeton, and how to tell the Tigers’ players apart.

The Harvard Crimson: What can Harvard expect from Princeton this time around?

Kevin Whitaker: I think it's pretty clear at this point that Harvard has a matchup problem with Princeton - four of the Crimson's last five Ivy losses have come at the hands of Tigers. Even if it's not entirely the textbook 'Princeton Offense' principles, the Tigers have turned up the dial on inside cuts and have tried to get players going towards the hoop against Harvard, which has worked well against the swarming perimeter defense. I don't think the Tigers will score 48 second-half points again this time, so it will be up to the defense to continue playing well - I was impressed with Doug Davis' defense and the team's scheme against Brandyn Curry, who was the key player when Harvard won last year.

THC: How has Princeton been playing since the win over Harvard at Jadwin?

KW: It hasn't really been that long, has it? The Tigers have been playing some of their best basketball of the season, especially on offense - starting with the second half against Harvard, Princeton has scored 200 points in 100 minutes. There's been more cutting and more motion, and most importantly, Princeton has been rebounding better. The Tigers are very tall, but they were constantly losing the rebound battle early in the season; throughout the four-game win streak, they've been even or better on the boards.


Lin, Knicks, Get a Dose of Reality

Published by Andrew R. Mooney on February 24, 2012 at 3:12AM
Jeremy in Focus

Jeremy Lin ‘10, shown here during a game against Cornell his senior year, has experienced a meteoric rise to fame and international recognition since his series of high scoring games while playing for the New York Knicks.

Well, so much for that. In their attempt to assert their place among the NBA’s elite teams, Jeremy Lin ‘10 and the New York Knicks were derailed by the Miami Heat, falling 102-88 on Thursday night.

The stars came out to watch Lin square off against the league’s best team; Floyd Mayweather, Spike Lee, and Chad Ochocinco all had front row seats for the latest installment of Linsanity. But the Heat threw a wet blanket on the phenomenon, trapping and harassing Lin into a dreadful 1-11 shooting performance and eight turnovers.


Four Tour And Many Years Ago

Published by Jacob D. H. Feldman on February 23, 2012 at 3:12AM
Brozen Berry

Senior guard Brogan Berry of the women's basketball is eyeing program history. She currently stands in third in points and sixth in assists.

During the Sunday afternoon tilt between Jeremy Lin’s New York Knicks and the defending champion Dallas Mavericks, Spike Lee wore Lin’s Harvard No. 4 jersey in support of the team’s newest star. Lee wasn’t only repping Lin though when he donned the Crimson No. 4, he was also representing a number of other past and present Harvard athletes to do the number proud. Here are four Harvard athletes not named Lin to make a mark while wearing the number.

4. Brogan Berry ’12 – Women’s Basketball

Berry was the first Crimson player to start during her freshman year since 2001, and she quickly proved her worth by pulling down 10 rebounds in her debut, an impressive feat for a point guard. Since then, she has only stepped up her game. As a senior, Berry is currently sixth in Harvard history in points and third in program history in assists. Last weekend, she became the first Ivy League player to record 1,300 points and 500 assists in a career.


The Jeremy LINeage

Published by Juliet Spies-Gans on February 23, 2012 at 3:12AM

Just as The Back Page wrote last week, Jeremy Lin ’10 is quickly jumping up the list of Harvard’s most notable alumni. But, just as every media outlet reminds its audience, the path hasn’t always been easy for Lin. Therefore, we at TBP had the idea to make Lin’s journey from Crimson bench player to the next NBA human-highlight reel as accessible as possible. So here it is, a Lineage of the point guard’s road from number four to number 17, resident of Harvard Yard to owner of a Trump Tower apartment.


Another Day Another Win

Published by Juliet Spies-Gans on February 23, 2012 at 3:12AM

Jeremy Lin scores 17 as New York downed the Hawks 99-82.

Another day, another win for Jeremy Lin ’10 and his New York Knicks. This time the victim was the Atlanta Hawks—who stood three and a half games above the Knicks in Eastern Conference standings entering the matchup.

In this game, Lin wasn’t called on for some last-second heroics or even to take over his team’s offense. Instead, the Knicks presented a balanced front, resulting their top three scorers being separated by only two points—Lin, as is now customary, led the group with 17 points, nine assists, and two steals. Accordingly, the final score was anything but close. New York took care of the Hawks, 99-82, enabling Lin to rest for a majority of the fourth quarter.