Breakdown: Princeton Tigers

Kentucky takes on the Princeton Tigers in their opening game of the 2011 NCAA Tournament. KSR takes a look at what can be expected from Princeton.

Kentucky takes on the Princeton Tigers in their opening game of the 2011 NCAA Tournament. KSR takes a look at what can be expected from Princeton.

Kentucky vs. Princeton

When: Thursday, March 17th – 2:45 eastern
Where: St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, Florida

Princeton Schedule (Last Ten Games)
2/11/11 – at Columbia – W 76-46
2/12/11 – at Cornell – W 57-55
2/18/11 – at Yale – W 58-51
2/19/11 – at Brown – L 75-65
2/25/11 – vs. Cornell – W 84-66
2/26/11 – vs. Columbia – W 66-61
3/4/11 – at Dartmouth – W 77-55
3/5/11 – at Harvard – L 79-67
3/8/11 – at Pennsylvania – W 70-58
3/12/11 – vs. Harvard – W 63-62
3/17/11 – vs. Kentucky
Record:25-6

Princeton Statistical Leaders
Kareem Maddox & Ian Hummer – 13.9 points per game
Kareem Maddox – 7.1 rebounds per game
Dan Mavraides – 2.8 assists per game
Douglas Davis – 39.5 three-point percentage
Kareem Maddox – 1.8 blocks per game
Douglas Davis – 1.2 steals per game

Princeton Team Statistics
Points Per Game: 69.6
Points Allowed Per Game: 63.2
Field Goal Percentage: 46.5
Three-Point Percentage: 36.8
Free Throw Percentage: 73.1
Rebound Margin: 4.2
Assists Per Game: 13.5
Turnovers Per Game: 12.5

Princeton Breakdown
Princeton is not the normal Princeton team that lulls you to sleep before killing you with a backcut. While this team is very capable of hurting you in that way, they are a different kind of team this year. This is a team that doesn't necessarily run the clock down to the final ten seconds before sticking the dagger into their opponent.

As a team they shoot the ball very well and they are a good rebounding team. While they aren't blessed with a lot of size, they do have enough size to bang around a little bit. Additionally the Tigers play an eight man rotation with player ten averaging eight minutes a game.

Kentucky needs to be able to use their athleticism and push the tempo on Princeton. While the Tigers have a solid team and aren't afraid to get up and down the court, Kentucky should be able to overwhelm them on the court with their overall talent. The Wildcats will have to continue to play strong defense and rebound well. If they are able to do those things, the Wildcats should win comfortably.


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