On Twitter, ESPN columnist Bill Simmons, who was at the game and whose fan loyalties lean unabashedly toward Boston, called it a “new reason to hate Princeton” and compared Johnson to John Kreese, the cold-hearted, antagonistic coach from the Karate Kid movies.
On Pardon the Interruption, co-hosts Michael Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser praised Johnson’s move as “brilliant” (Wilbon) and “a master-stroke” of motivation (Kornheiser).
How has Princeton responded? So far, pretty well. The Tigers bounced back from the Harvard game, rallying from an eight-point deficit in the second half at Penn March 8 to beat the Quakers 70-58. That earned Princeton a share of the Ivy championship for the first time since 2004 and set up a March 12 playoff against Harvard at Yale’s Payne Whitney Gymnasium. The winner earns the Ivy’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
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UPDATE (March 9, 1:55 p.m.) According to GoPrincetonTigers.com, "Princeton's allotment of tickets for the general public has been sold out, though there are still Princeton student tickets available for $5 with student ID through the Princeton ticket office. No tickets will be sold on-site at Yale, as all tickets were divided between Princeton's and Harvard's ticket offices."
UPDATE (March 9, 4:12 p.m.) Student tickets are now sold out as well.