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jadwinjungle 
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10-07-17 12:38 PM - Post#233572    

https://www.sportsaction.io/blog/college-basketbal ...

http://three-man-weave.com/3mw/2017/10/4/ivy-pre vi...

Two detailed Ivy previews have been posted, so thought I'd get discussion going here on the Tigers' 17-18 outlook. Both previews pick Princeton 3rd, with one taking Harvard at 1 and the other taking Yale at 1. I expect that most projected standings will look like one of those two.

The second link goes quite in depth on the Tigers rotation this year, projecting Gladson and the freshman Much to join Bell/Cannady/Stephens in the starting lineup. Will be interesting to see who steps up outside of the core 3, lots of unproven guys in the group of possible rotation players.

Both articles picked Stephens for 1st team all-Ivy and mention him as a top candidate for both POY and DPOY

 
bradley 
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Re: 17-18 Season Previews
10-08-17 08:00 AM - Post#233578    
    In response to jadwinjungle

It is understandable that the Tigers are picked third based on the graduation of Weisz and Cook. Stephens, Cannady and Bell are obviously the core but others will have to step up. Post-season IL Tournament may give Henderson some time to figure it out how to mix and match for a weekend tournament but Harvard and Yale will be very tough.

I would not be surprised if the season comes down to the health of Mason and Bruner although it appears that Mason had a second surgery this summer which is not a good thing. If you look at what teams added or graduated from last year, no one is close to Yale as to additions if Mason returns healthy. The anticipated improved play of the Harvard frosh may well offset the return of Mason but no one has the skills of Mason at crunch time if healthy. Could be a toss up for league title and God knows about the Tournament.

 
SRP 
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10-09-17 03:57 AM - Post#233587    
    In response to bradley

I like Yale a lot even without Mason. My guess is Jones will get them to be tougher defensively and on the boards this season and I expect Bruner to really step it up, Harvard could be very good IF they can replace Chambers at PG, Aiken will have to change his game a lot to take over that role, I think Yale will again match up better against Princeton than does Harvard.

Princeton will have to figure out how to play without Weisz. Last season, especially during their long winning streak, his penetrating passes to the wing from the middle or crosscourt were the main method the Tigers used to break down defenses and create room for an open jumper or a driving lane, They could go more traditional Princeton this season with Gladson or Stephens passing out of the high post. It would help if Bell can have a consistent season and if Cannady is able to drive and finish more. An immediate shot in the arm from one of the freshmen would be great, but I think Brennan could contribute a lot (think Will Barrett) if allowed to play as a stretch four instead of a center, at least on the offensive end.

Defensively the Tigers will need their post guys to play tougher--Miller did a lot to contain opposing bigs. Cook was a strong defender and rebounder and Weisz snagged a lot of DRs too. Freshman Deroiser has the look of a guy who could D people up, but we''ll see. Sophomores like Aririguzoh should get a chance to earn minutes if they are good defenders.

 
jadwinjungle 
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10-13-17 08:09 PM - Post#233955    
    In response to SRP

http://goprincetontigers.com/news/2017/10/12/mens- ...

This season will feature a behind the scenes series called "Hard Cuts: A Season Inside Princeton Basketball" that will debut new episodes every Tuesday at noon ET

 
SRP 
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10-14-17 10:39 PM - Post#233984    
    In response to jadwinjungle

Hope that title is prophetic. We could use more hard cuts.

 
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