Princeton Tigers (Overall: 23-6, Conf: 14-0)
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A sizzling 19-game win streak will be brought to the March Madness table by Princeton, who’s priced at +50,000 to win the national title this season.
The Tigers won the inaugural Ivy League tournament over Yale this past Sunday to receive an automatic bid into the Big Dance, thank in large part to the league’s Player of the Year in Spencer Weisz and Defensive Player of the Year, Myles Stephens.
Princeton’s playing very sound basketball right now as a whole, with no apparent weakness that sticks out like a sore thumb. In fact, the Tigers are just one of six teams in the country that turned the ball over less than 10 times on average this season.
Let’s be honest: the Ivy League is primarily known for academics and not necessarily athletics. Having said that, Princeton’s lengthy winning streak is mainly a product of the weak competition from its own group.
Case in point: the Tigers began the regular season with a 4-6 record through their first 10 games – all against non-Ivy League opponents. Only one of those defeats was courtesy of a Power Five program (California), but the rest were merely against mid-major schools in BYU, Monmouth, VCU, Lehigh and St. Joseph’s.
|CATEGORY||STAT / G||NCAA RANK|
|Field goal percentage||44.7||140th|
|Free throw percentage||73.6||72nd|
Reality finally sinks in for the Tigers (+50,000) as they suffer a quick first-round exit at the hands of fifth-seeded Notre Dame.
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