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NCAA Women's Tournament Bracket: Princeton Tigers preview

A foregone conclusion at last reaches text.

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Who? The Tigers of Princeton.

When do they play in the first round? They play Wisconsin Green-Bay, a number 9 seed on Saturday, March 21 at 11 a.m. ET. That makes the undefeated Tigers... an 8 seed. Yes. They are an 8 seed.

If Princeton wins that game, they will probably have to face Maryland in the second round. It's safe to say that they were served by the selection committee, and Washington Mystics GM/Head Coach Mike Thibault made his displeasure known:

What? A cursory glance shows no specific reason why, but tigers have been associated with Princeton since at least 1911.

Where? Princeton, New Jersey, site of the New Jersey governor's mansion.

Why? They were the regular season champions of the Ivy League.

How? The clinch came with a balanced 63-44 win at Columbia. The coup de grace came in a 55-42 win at Penn, where Alex Wheatley had 17 to pace four Tigers in double figures.

Surprise? Predicted to finish first in the conference, in a narrow tie with Penn, they finished three games ahead of Penn, first and undefeated.

RPI: 15

SOS: 139

Record: 30-0 (14-0 Ivy)

Good wins: At Pittsburgh.

Bad losses: ++Out Of Cheese Error. Redo From Start.++

Who's running this show? Courtney Banghart, since 2007.

Extra, Extra! NJ.com.


Senior guard Blake Dietrick fires up the Tigers, at 14.9 points and five assists per game, pacing four Princeton players in double figures. Junior swingman Annie Tarakchian gets the boards, at 9.2 per game, and she and Michelle Miller both create space for their teammates to get open.

Princeton loves ball movement and deft passing. It's not quite the Princeton offense, but there's a lot of backdoor cutting action. I don't know if they have the horses to hang in the tournament- they can't even think about going into neutral like they did at Columbia.