Disappointing Yale showing
Either Hartford is better than we think, or Yale lost a game by 16 last night that it should have won. True, the Hawks are 4-2, but they’re responsible for Brown’s only win of the season and their other three wins are over teams with a combined record of 5-14. We said it was a bad loss when Cornell lost by 2 at Hartford, so the same has to hold true for Yale’s result last night.
As for the game, Casey Hughes had a rough night, going 0 for 9 from the field and finishing without a single point. Though James Jones gave Matt Kyle the starting nod at center once again, the sophomore logged just five scoreless, reboundless minutes. It was highly touted freshman forward Ross Morin who came off the bench to score a career-high 14 points for the Bulldogs, which was just about the only positive thing for Yale on the evening. That and the fact this was its final game without Dominick Martin, who will return to action on December 18 when Hampton visits New Haven.
Tough times for Princeton
The Tigers are 1-4 and are ranked among the bottom 50 teams by all three major ratings services. They have scored 20 or more points in a first half just once all season and rank near the bottom of Division I not just in raw scoring, but even in offensive efficiency. One opposing coach told ESPN.com’s Andy Katz that “there’s no one on that team that scares you right now.” Now Joe Scott is talking about going with a youth movement.
Looking ahead, the only remaining non-league games in which the Tigers may be favored are the annual Division III game against Carnegie Mellon and possibly a home date with 1-6 Monmouth. If they don’t turn things around quickly, Princeton could be looking at a 2-11 or 3-10 mark outside the league. The school’s worst non-league record in the Ivy League era is 4-11, set by the 1979-80 Tiger squad. Strangely enough, that team actually won a share of the Ivy title and lost a playoff game to Penn after starting the season 2-11. So maybe there is hope for this year after all…