The Princeton Tigers will collide with the Yale Bulldogs in an Ivy League battle Friday night from the Jadwin Gymnasium. The Bulldogs compiled an easy 75-57 home win over Dartmouth last time out, and the Tigers registered an 81-74 road win against Columbia in their previous action. Princeton beat Yale in all three meetings last season.
Yale's Defense Continues to Shine, Improve to 5-1 in Ivy League Play
The Yale Bulldogs head into this big game a winner of seven out of their last eight contests. They are tied with Yale for first place in the Ivy League with a 5-1 record. Yale is known for their stifling defense which was evident in their dominating 75-57 home win against Dartmouth in their previous game in a tilt hat had the Bulldogs tagged as 13.5 point favorites.
Look out for Paul Atkinson who continues to shine. The junior forward has connected on over 60% of his field goals in five straight games. Atkinson is sporting an average of 17.6 PPG and 7.7 RPG. Azar Swain is red-hot, sinking over 20 points in each of his last three games. The junior guard has improved his season average to 16.4 PPG. Jordan Bruner has reached double-digits in points in two out of his last four clashes. The senior forward is posting 11.8 PPG and 9.4 RPG.
The Bulldogs are ranked 50th in the country in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball ratings and feature a 7-4 road record. Yale is scoring an average of 77 points, good for 44th in DI. They are limiting opponents to 63.5 points, placing them 39th overall.
Princeton Rebounds with Road Win, Remain in 1st
The Princeton Tigers will look to lift their Ivy League record to 6-1 in this bout. They have come away with the victory in seven out of their last eight games overall and their lone conference defeat came on the road against Cornell. Princeton covered the three-point spread in a solid 81-74 road win over Columbia in their latest game last Sunday.
Jaelin Llewellyn has not been effective recently and is 2 for 12 from beyond the arc over his last three games. The freshman guard is capable of big points and has reached the 20 point mark three times this season. Llewellyn is averaging 14.3 PPG on a 37% clip from the field. Richmond Aririguzoh usually has his way underneath the bucket and has connected on over 70% of his field goals in three out of his last four contests. The junior center is sporting an average of 13.4 PPG and 8.2 RPG. Ryan Schwieger accumulated 18 points in his previous game. The sophomore guard stands third in team scoring with 12.6 PPG on 50% shooting.
The Tigers are positioned 185th in DI in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball ratings and hold a 5-4 home record. Princeton is averaging 72.2 points on the season, ranking them 149th overall. They are conceding an average of 70.7 points, positioning them 220th in the country.
The Yale Bulldogs are:
- 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against Princeton.
- 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games as an underdog.
- 13-3 ATS in their last 16 road games.
The top supporting trends found on donbest.com are: The Princeton Tigers are:
- 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600.
- 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games against a team with a road winning percentage above .600.