The Princeton Tigers shocked the world when they upset No.2 seeded Arizona in the first round of the tournament. They carried that momentum and beat Missouri by 15 in the second round to advance to the Sweet 16.
The Tigers will travel to Louisville, Kentucky to face the No.6 Creighton Blue Jays. The Blue Jays have beaten North Carolina State and upset the Baylor Bears to get to the Sweet 16.
The Blue Jays’ offense has a lot of firepowers. Center Ryan Kalkbrenner scored 31 in their first-round matchup and guard Ryan Nembhard scored 30 in the second-round against Baylor. Over the season at least five guys averaged over 11 points per game.
The Blue Jays will look to run their offense through Kalkbrenner and Nembhard. Kalkbrenner can dominate the inside and he can occasionally hit a 3-pointer. Nembhard was 4 for 6 from 3-point range against Baylor and was 10 for 10 from the free throw line. He also leads the team in assists so he will penetrate the paint and kick it out to open shooters.
On the other side, the Tigers’ defense has been clicking in the first two games of the tournament. In the first game against Arizona, they held them to 55 points. They held Zona to 18.8% from 3-point range holding their guards to 1 for 12 from deep. In the Missouri game, they held their main player Kobe Brown to 12 points on 5 of 13 from the field. Look for Princeton to key in on the Bluejays’ top players and make others beat them.
The Tigers are good offensively, they have three guys that average over 10 points per game. Their forward Tosan Evbuomwan had 15 against Arizona, he can attack the basket in the half-court and penetrate and kick. Their guard Ryan Langborg is fast and can get to the basket, he is not the best 3-point shooter shooting at 32.3% from there but he is not afraid to let it fly.
This will be Princeton’s toughest opponent but they can keep their Cinderella story going. Key stops and timely baskets will win the game for Princeton.