Wednesday, May 26, 2010

News and Notes: Afternoon Edition, Foote to NY Knicks for Workout

Below, some news and notes...
  • The Cornell Daily Sun recaps some important dates during the last four years for Cornell Athletics. They include the following dates for Cornell basketball:
Nov. 10, 2006: The men’s basketball team defeats a Big 10 foe for the first time since 1967-68 with a 64-61 win over Northwestern.

March 1, 2008: The men’s basketball team clinches its first Ivy title in 20 years, beating Harvard, 86-53.

March 7, 2008: The men’s basketball team finishes off a season sweep of Penn, winning, 94-92. It is the first season sweep of the Quakers by the Red since the 1988-89 campaign.

March 8, 2008: The men’s basketball team finishes Ivy play undefeated at 14-0 for the first time in school history. The Red becomes the first team other than Penn or Princeton to finish undefeated in conference play.

March 12, 2008: Louis Dale is named the Ivy League’s Player of the Year, becoming the second Cornell player to earn the honor. Ryan Wittman is selected to the All-Ivy First-team.

March 20, 2008: The men’s basketball team falls, 77-53, in the first round of the NCAA tournament to Stanford.

March 6, 2009: The men’s basketball team wins its second straight Ivy League title with a win over Penn and a Princeton loss the same night. Cornell becomes the only school other than Penn or Princeton to win consecutive Ivy League titles since the conference’s inception in 1954.

March 20, 2009: The men’s basketball team falls in the first round of the NCAA tournament for the second year in a row, losing to Missouri, 78-59.

Dec. 20, 2009: Participating in its first-ever Madison Square Garden Holiday Festival Tournament, the Red ensures that the experience would be one to remember. Senior forward Ryan Wittman drains a 35-foot buzzer-beating 3-pointer in overtime to secure the Red a berth in the championship game against St. John’s.

Dec. 21: Senior tri-captain/forward Jon Jaques scores a career-high 20 points as Cornell comes from behind to defeat St. John’s and clinch the MSG Holiday Festival title. The win is the Red’s first over a Big East team in 40 years.

Jan. 6, 2010: The Red visits one of the most revered venues in college basketball –– Allen Fieldhouse –– and sends shockwaves through the sports world when it leads then-undefeated No. 1 Kansas, 41-38, at the half. Kansas head coach Bill Self calls Cornell “the best team we’ve played all season,” in a post-game press conference.

Jan. 30, 2010: Cornell hosts Jeremy Lin and the Harvard Crimson at Newman Arena for what –– at the time –– was easily the most hyped-up game of the Ivy schedule. An eight-point favorite, the Red blows out the visitors by 36 (86-50) to hand Harvard its worst loss of the season. Lin had eight turnovers.

Feb. 2, 2010: The men’s basketball team is ranked in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Top-25 Poll for the first time in 59 years.

Feb. 13, 2010: Facing a must-win game against then undefeated-Princeton, Cornell grinds out an uncomfortable, 48-45, victory over the Tigers to regain sole possession of first place in the Ivy League.

March 19, 2010: Continuing the trend of a 12 seed upsetting a five seed in the first round of the NCAA tournament, Cornell defeats Temple, 78-65, in Jacksonville, Fla., to notch its first-ever March Madness win. The “Big Three” of Foote, Dale and Wittman combine for 57 points.

March 21, 2010: The Red continues its NCAA tournament run, defeating fourth-seeded Wisconsin, 87-69, to secure a berth in the Sweet 16. In doing so, Cornell breaks the Ivy League record for most wins in a season with 29.

March 25: Widely-considered the best Ivy League squad since 1979, Cornell falls to No. 1-seeded Kentucky, 62-45, at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, N.Y.

April 6: Cornell skipper Steve Donahue steps down after 10 seasons to take over the head coaching position at Boston College.

April 23, 2010: The University hosts a press conference to announce Bill Courtney, a former Virginia Tech assistant, as the new Robert E. Gallagher ’44 Head Coach of Cornell Men’s Basketball.

Before there is July 1 free agency, the Knicks have an NBA Draft to conduct June 24 --albeit without a first-round pick.

But Donnie Walsh and Mike D'Antoni are confident they can reel in at least one roster player with their two second-round picks, Nos. 38 and 39. They continue their pre-draft workouts tomorrow in Westchester, bringing in a half-dozen prospects.

They are Cornell's 7-foot center Jeff Foote, Oklahoma forward Tiny Gallon, Tennessee guard J.P. Prince, Western Kentucky guard A.J. Slaughter, Alabama guard Mikhail Torrance, and Tulsa guard Ben Uzoh.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Kick ass tomorrow, Jeff.

Anonymous said...

That's really good news. I also saw a report that J Lin had a workout with the Raptors earlier this month.