Inside the Ivy

Temple (3-2) at Princeton (1-3)

Tuesday, December 6 – 7:30 pm

Things look very bleak in Princeton right now after a 23-point loss to a Colgate team that Cornell handled easily back on November 22. This on the heels of the Tigers’ second straight double-digit home loss earlier in the week at the hands of a Lafayette squad picked next to last in the Patriot League preseason poll. The Temple game presents an opportunity for Joe Scott’s program to right its ship, as a win would bury a great deal of the ugliness of the season’s first four games. With a suffocating defense, Temple would seem to be the last team on earth Princeton would want to face while struggling offensively like it has. But Temple has had offensive issues of its own, scoring 53 or less in three of its last four games. Moreover, the Owls play at a similarly deliberate pace, which acts as an equalizer and should put Princeton in more of a comfort zone. The big area of concern for the Tigers has to be rebounding, as they have been pounded on the boards this year and Temple point guard Mardy Collins is taller than four Princeton starters. It’s not going to be pretty, but if Princeton can find a way to grind out a win against Temple, suddenly things aren’t so dismal. Another ugly loss, however, and you can bet the national media is going to start taking notice of the Tigers’ struggles.

vs. Navy
December 2, 2005
Ibby Jaaber

Ibby Jaaber. The preseason Player of the Year favorite is off to a white-hot start, averaging 20.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 3.2 steals through his first five games. Even more impressively, Jaaber is shooting 37.5 percent from three-point range and 58.7 percent overall.

Columbia frontcourt. John Baumann has picked up where he left off at the end of last season, putting up 15.8 points and 7.3 rebounds per contest. The surprise has been Ben Nwachukwu, who has quadrupled his scoring average from last season (12.3 points per game) and tripled his rebounds (7.5 per game).

Leon Pattman. Terry Dunn wasn’t sure how much he could expect from Pattman this year, but Dartmouth’s prodigal son has returned with his game intact. The 2003-04 Ivy League Rookie of the Year is averaging 15.7 points and 7.3 rebounds despite coming off the bench for the Big Green.

Harvard backcourt. The Crimson big men get all the attention, but it’s the perimeter players who are carrying the offensive load for Frank Sullivan’s team. Jim Goffredo (15.5 ppg), Drew Housman (10.0 ppg), and Michael Beal (9.8 ppg) are shooting a combined 49.3 percent from the floor.

Noah Savage. Somewhat obscured by his team’s rough start, the Princeton sophomore is off to an amazing start offensively. Savage has scored just under one-third of his team’s points, averaging 15.8 points per game while shooting 61.9 percent from the perimeter and 58.1 percent overall.


Withering Ivy. After Yale’s win over Sacred Heart pushed the league’s mark to 19-11, Ivy teams finished the week just 3-10. This included poor losses by Princeton and Dartmouth at Colgate, Cornell at Lafayette and to Quinnipiac in Ithaca, and Columbia at home to Army.

Penn only half good. The Quakers are 3-2 and have looked very good at times , but they have been unable to piece together two strong halves. The season-opening win against Siena marked the only time this season Penn has won both halves in a game, and poor second halves cost it against Temple and Colorado.

Princeton’s slow starts. The Tigers have repeatedly dug themselves deep holes with early offensive slumps, and they haven’t been able to overcome this. Princeton is averaging just 17.8 points in the first half and has gone into the locker room at halftime with under 20 points in three of four games.

The Class of 2006. It’s hard to tell which stat is more distressing—that there are only 19 seniors on Ivy League rosters this season, or that the entire group has combined to shoot just 38.2 percent from the field and 33.5 percent from three-point range. Take out Beal’s 25-of-38 shooting and it gets really ugly.

Cornell’s disappearing offense. The Big Red looked great in its first two games against Saint Francis and Syracuse, but the offense has deserted Steve Donahue’s squad lately. In surprising losses to Lafayette and Quinnipiac, the Big Red scored just a total of 88 points and shot 36.5 percent.

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