Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The Cornell Basketball Blog's 2009-2010 Season Preview Index

Above, Cornell's Ryan Wittman celebrates last season's second consecutive Ivy League Championship and NCAA Tournament bid. Can Wittman and the Cornell Big Red make it three in a row?

This is The Cornell Basketball Blog's 2009-2010 Season Preview Index. Below we compiled a list of links to Cornell and Ivy League 2009-2010 season previews from the major preseason publications. We will continuously update this list throughout the preseason. A link to this Index is available on the right column of the Blog.

So what are the hoops pundits saying about Cornell Basketball during the preseason?

"Cornell has established itself as the Ivy's premiere program."--Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook

"[T]he Big Red are clearly the favorites to win the title once again in 2009-10." --SportsNetwork.com

"The Ivy League did not feature much of a conference race last season, as Cornell won the regular-season title -- and therefore the automatic bid -- by a full three games over both Princeton and Yale...the Big Red return the necessary pieces to easily repeat and be a factor in the first-round this year."
-- March Madness All Season Blog

"Even as its rivals bring in more talent to try to compete with the Big Red, Cornell appears to be in great shape to not only win its third consecutive Ivy League title, but also to put itself in position to pull off an upset in the NCAA Tournament. It seems almost unfair that a team returning all five starters should also bring in a host of new players that includes two Division-I transfers, but that’s the situation Steve Donahue finds himself in.
.. Cornell is as good a team as the Ivy League has produced in years, and has a legitimate shot at having a big impact on the NCAA Tournament. Steve Donahue has brought the program up to the elite level..." -- Sports Xchange/YahooSports

"Cornell begins this season
in great position to cement itself as the league's new dynasty. (Well, as cemented as any team with five senior starters can be.) The Big Red have their third straight league crown firmly in their sights, and a non-conference schedule that could help them win their first tournament contest in that span."-- BloggingTheBracket.com 2009-2010 Season Preview

[T]he rest of [the Ivy League's] members have little hope of unseating the Big Red."-- Yahoo Sports College Basketball 2009-2010 Preview

"Fueled by three star seniors (
Louis Dale, Ryan Wittman and Jeff Foote), the reigning Ivy League rookie of the year (Chris Wrobleski), and two major transfers (Mark Coury from Kentucky and Max Groebe from UMass), Cornell is coming into the 2009-10 season as the heavy favorite to capture its third straight conference crown — and perhaps win a game or two in the NCAA tournament." --RushTheCourt.net

"A new Ivy League team is ready to make a national impact because of un-Ivy League like talent and a daunting schedule. Cornell's starting line up is so head-and-shoulders above the rest of the league, an all-league team made up of the best players from the rest of the Ivy League may not be able to beat the Big Red this season. It's bold, but a statement tough to argue against. Cornell will practically monopolize the league's All-Conference team as at least three members of the Big Red are practically shoe-ins. Cornell's next three best players could all start and either be the top contributor or second most important player on almost every other Ancient Eight school. Plus, the Big Red bring in two transfers from higher profile schools that add depth." --
Jameson Flemming, The BleacherReport.com

"The Big Red has captured back-to-back Ivy League titles and consecutive bids to the NCAA Tournament."-- Sporting News College Basketball 2009-2010 Preview

"Cornell looks good for three straight."
-- Lindy's College Basketball 2009-2010 Preview

"The Big Red ran away with the Ivy League title...The Big Red should cruise to another bid."

This might be the Ivy League's best team in more than a decade." --Athlon Sports' College Basketball Preview, '09-'10.

"Cornell is entering this season as the favorite to win its third consecutive Ivy League title and with good reason." --George Barnette, BleacherReport.com.

"With everybody back, Cornell has the weapons to be a tough match-up in March... Two years ago Cornell went 14-0 in conference play. Do not be surprised if that record is seen again this year. While some teams in the Ivy League are getting better, this is clearly the best team in the conference."-- CollegeHoopsNet.com.
See the following Ivy League and Cornell Basketball 2009-2010 previews:
National and Regional Individual Preseason Honors:
Preseason NCAA Tournament Bracket Projections:
Polls and Rankings:

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