When and where: December 10, 2019, Jadwin Gymnasium, Princeton, NJ, 8:00 PM ET
The Monmouth Hawks hope to add to the problems of the Princeton Tigers when traveling to Jadwin Gymnasium for a head-to-head meeting with the Ivy League school on Tuesday. Monmouth rolled over Radford and fended off Norfolk State in their previous two outings. Meanwhile, the Tigers are 1-6 on the season and 0-2 when playing on their home floor. They are coming off an 82-76 loss to Drexel last Wednesday.
Hawks streaking for the first timeDon’t mind Monmouth for extensively celebrating their hard-fought win over Norfolk State. It was their first consecutive win of the season ahead of a long Thanksgiving break.
They’ve had well over a week to bask in their victory and nibble on some turkey. Some much-needed rest and recuperation should have them feeling reinvigorated heading into Tuesday’s showdown with the Tigers.
After looking like roadkill earlier in the season, the Hawks are finally soaring on offense after scoring 75-plus points in their last two consecutive outings. There should be plenty of confidence in their ability to keep that success going against a Princeton team that sits near the bottom in the country in defensive efficiency. This is the game for Deion Hammond to reach up and grab that proverbial brass ring and drag the Hawks to .500 win percentage.
The junior guard is coming off an impressive 24-point performance against Norfolk State.
Monmouth isn’t turning heads on the defensive end of the floor, but they have been much better than Princeton. They’ll be looking to shut down freshman Jaelin Llewellyn and a Tigers offense averaging 69.4 points with a 43.9 field goal shooting percentage.
Tigers fall flat to DrexelPrinceton earned their first win of the season over Bucknell before falling back to their losing ways when matched up with Drexel. The familiar look of disappointment consumed Tigers players as they walked off the floor after their sixth loss of the season.
It was fun while it lasted.
However, they could re-capture that feeling after beating Bucknell for a second time this season if they’re able to knock off Monmouth on Tuesday. One thing is certain: They can’t depend on their defense, even against an offensively-challenged team like the Hawks. Opposing teams are averaging a 51.7 field goal shooting percentage against them, which ranks as the seventh-worst in the league. It’s a big reason why they’ve only won one game this season.
The answer to success for the Tigers is offense. They need standout performances from Llewellyn and center Richmond Aririguzoh to even have a shot at competing. There is no doubt they can outscore a Hawks offense averaging only 61.0 points on the road.
But there is no surviving a defensive slugfest.
The supporting trends for this game, found on Covers.com, are:
- Hawks are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up win.
- Hawks are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games against a team with a home winning % of less than .400.
- Tigers are 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 games against a team with a losing straight up record.