The Tigers are 6-5 and will have a 16-day break after tonight's game, which could play in the Gophers' favor or their detriment if they want to go out with a win before finals.
The Tigers head to Minnesota on a winning note after a 67-52 victory against Monmouth at Jadwin Gym Wednesday night. 6-0 senior Ed Persia scored a team-high 16 points and 6-6 junior Andre Logan had 15 points and eight rebounds as the Tigers used a 14-2 run early in the second half to take control. Princeton shot 52% from the field to improve to 6-0 this season when shooting 50% or better.
Persia has been Princeton's leading scorer in each of the team's last four games, averaging 17.3 points per game over that span to raise his scoring average to 11.0 points per game. He was named Ivy League Player of the Week Monday after averaging 20.5 points per game in leading the Tigers to a win at Loyola and the near-miss against Oklahoma.
6-10 Judson Wallace is leading the team with 15.0 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. Logan is averaging nearly 10 points per game over the last six games after returning from injury to elevate his average to 7.0 points per game this season.
30 Judson Wallace 15.2 ppg, 6.6 rpg
10 Ed Persia 11.0 ppg, 3.4 rpg
03 Scott Greenman 8.0 ppg, 2.3 rpg
25 Andre Logan 7.0 ppg, 3.4 rpg
01 Konrad Wysocki 6.8 ppg, 1.8 rpg
22 Will Venable 6.7 ppg, 4.4 rpg
Mike Stephens 4.2 ppg, 1.8 rpg
20 Luke Owings 3.3 ppg, 1.3 rpg
54 Harrison Schaen 2.0 ppg, 0.9 rpg
12 Max Schafer 0.5 ppg, 1.0 rpg
Princeton is an excellent shooting team, making 47.8% from the field. However, they are making only 66.2% from the line. The Tigers are limiting their opponents to 42.7% shooting. They are averaging 28.4 points per game and allowing the same number to their opponents. Princeton relies on a ball-movement, patient offense that utilizes back door cuts and using the shot clock. They want to keep the game in the 60's or less.
The Gophers will try to force the tempo and use their size and strength advantage. They are in a near must-win situation after dropping three of their last four games.
Minnesota 65, Princeton 58