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.


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.