March Madness 2011 Predictions: Will Princeton Score an Ivy League Upset?
March Madness 2011 Predictions Roll On, As Princeton Defends Ivy League Honor Against Kentucky
It's been six years since the Princeton Tigers made an appearance in the NCAA tournament, and they almost made it seven, as it took a buzzer-beating bucket against Harvard in a one-game playoff to earn the conference's auto bid.
Now that they're back, the Tigers are hoping to shock the world once again. The Ivy League won an NCAA tournament game last season, when Cornell grabbed a win, but before that, you have to go to back to 1996, when Princeton, also seeded 13th then, shocked the world by knocking off UCLA in the first round.
Can Princeton get the job done against Kentucky this season? On the surface, it looks unlikely; the Wildcats are as talented as anyone in college basketball, led by freshman sensation Brandon Knight and forward Terrence Jones. They can run the Tigers out of the gym, and Princeton simply lacks the athletes to hang with them.
But, look again at the matchup. Princeton is a tough team, led by guard Dan Mavraides and forwards Ian Hummer and Kareem Maddox. They're balanced, efficient and clicking at the right time. Plus, Kentucky hasn't exactly inspired confidence with their play until the SEC tournament, and John Calipari's teams never seem to live up to the hype (For proof, one need look no further than last season's disappointing end).
In the end, look for Princeton to keep this one close and force Kentucky to play all 40 minutes, something that has gotten the Wildcats in trouble in the past. Will it happen again this time?
Final Score: UK 63, Princeton 62. No. UK escapes this one by the fur on it's tail, saved by Brandon Knight in dramatic fashion.
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