【N.J】 Tigers tangle with Missouri in NCAA Tournament – – – New Jersey News

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WHO: No. 15 Princeton (22-8) vs. No. 7 Missouri (25-9)

WHEN: Saturday, 6:10 p.m., Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, Calif.

TV/ RADIO: TNT/ Princeton Sports Network

LINE: Missouri -7

LAST TIME OUT: Princeton def. Arizona, 59-55; Missouri def. Utah State, 76-65

STREAK: Princeton W5; Missouri W1

SERIES HISTORY: Missouri leads, 2-0. The most recent meeting was a 51-48 victory for Missouri on Nov. 13, 1999 in a game played at the Carrier Dome. Future NBA player Keyon Dooling scored 25 points for Missouri.

KENPOM RANK: Princeton 98; Missouri 48

SCOUTING PRINCETON: The Tigers (orange and black) sent shockwaves around the country with the upset of the tournament in the first round as they took down second-seeded Arizona. Princeton trailed until Ryan Langborg scored with two minutes remaining. The defense then came up with key stops — the Wildcats didn’t score over the final 4:40 — as the Tigers tallied the game’s final nine points. … The win was Princeton’s first NCAA Tournament victory since defeating UNLV as a No. 5 seed in the first round in 1998. Its also came on the same week as the 27-year anniversary of the famous upset against UCLA that turned out to be the late Pete Carril’s final win. … Princeton beat Arizona despite a 4-of-25 performance from beyond the arc. It stayed in the game by winning on the glass despite a massive size disadvantage and a defensive strategy that lured Arizona’s big men into taking mid-range shots, while shutting down the rest of the team. … Tosan Evbuomwan led Princeton with 15 points, his final free throw both icing the game and giving him 1,000 career points.

SCOUTING MISSOURI: The Tigers (black and gold) used a late second-half run to separate themselves from Utah Sate and win an NCAA Tournament game for the first time since 2010. Missouri has had a bad experience against a No. 15 seed in the past when it lost to Norfolk State as a No. 2 seed in 2011. … Under the direction of first-year coach Dennis Gates, the Tigers are among the highest scoring teams in the country. They rank 25th nationally in scoring offense (79.6 points), 30th in field goal percentage (47.4%) and 74th in 3-point percentage (36.2%). … Kobe Brown, a 6-8, 250-pound senior forward, averages a team-best 15.9 points and 6.3 rebounds. Brown was one of four players in double figures against Utah State with 19 points. The Tigers were led in scoring by D’Moi Hodge with 23 points on 8-of-14 shooting (5-for-10 on 3s). A 6-4, 188-pound guard out of the British Virgin Islands, Hodge was second to Brown in scoring, averaging 15.1 points and shooting 40.5% on 3s. Missouri’s next five top scorers all average between seven and 11 points.

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