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Tosan Evbuomwan and Princeton have done it again, dominating Missouri 78-63 to advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time in over half a century.
Evbuomwan finished with nine points, nine rebounds, five assists and one block to show his versatility, as Princeton shocked another power conference team to reach the NCAA Tournament regional semifinals for the first time in 56 years.
The point forward played exception defence, shutting down Missouri’s All-SEC star Kobe Brown, as he held him to just 12 points on 5-of-13 shooting, and most of that in garbage time.
— Princeton Tigers (@PUTIGERS) March 19, 2023
“The world looks at us as two upsets,” the former Newcastle Eagles forward said. “But I feel like we’re supposed to be here. We have a lot of confidence in one another, what we’re doing. There’s definitely no letup with this group.
“It’s an unreal feeling to do this with my guys and the coaching staff,” he continued. “It’s been a few years in the making. We love to work with each other and push each other, and it’s showing. A really tough group of guys, and it’s all coming together at the right time.”
Tosan Evbuomwan is one of the most impressive mid major players I’ve ever seen.
— Alec Lewis (@alec_lewis) March 18, 2023
The No. 15 seeded Princeton (23-8) followed up a first-round win over Pac-12 tournament champion Arizona by overwhelming seventh-seeded Missouri (25-10) of the Southeastern Conference from the start.
9 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists & this huge block as 15-seed Princeton beat Mizzou 78-63 to head to Sweet 16 for first time since 1967 and become just second Ivy League school to make Sweet 16 in 43 years‼️pic.twitter.com/a4cfJyiael
— Hoopsfix (@Hoopsfix) March 19, 2023
It is the first time Princeton has reached the round of 16 since 1967 when only 23 teams even made the tournament, as they become the second Ivy League school to make the Sweet 16 in the past 43 tournament, joining Cornell in 2010, just the fourth 15th seed ever to make the Sweet 16, and now have the largest ever win by a 15 seed at March Madness.
Ivy League schools to reach the Sweet 16 since the round began in 1975
2023 Princeton pic.twitter.com/UMN19bx9yC
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) March 19, 2023
Princeton will play the winner of Sunday’s game between Baylor and Creighton in the Sweet 16 in Louisville, Kentucky, on Friday night.