Tuesday, July 13, 2010

News and Notes: Tuesday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Tuesday...
  • RushTheCourt.net published its summer version of bracketology and picks Princeton to win the Ivy League and earn a 15 seed.
  • The Ithaca Journal notes, "After sitting out Sunday's game against Denver, Ryan Wittman saw nine minutes of action Monday in the New York Knicks' 81-73 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers at the Las Vegas Summer League.Wittman hit one of his three shot attempts -- a 3-pointer -- and finished with three points. The Knicks play Toronto at 6 p.m. Wednesday." Wittman and the Knicks return to action on Wednesday against Toronto with additional games on Friday and Saturday against Detroit and Washington.
  • EagleInsider.com writes in an article, "BC Welcomes Donahue's Fresh Approach," as follows:

When Cornell reached the Sweet 16 in March, Boston College guard Reggie Jackson wasn't shocked by the idea of an Ivy League team in the regional semifinals.

Instead, he was enthralled watching Cornell score a combined 165 points on stout defensive teams Temple and Wisconsin. Jackson saw the Big Red launching 3-pointers, running up and down the court, penetrating and cutting through the Owls' and Badgers' defenses.

How does all this work? Jackson wondered.

"Normally, I can read an offense, but it was harder with Cornell," Jackson said. "There was just complete chaos."

Jackson now will be part of that chaos, as his new coach is Cornell's Steve Donahue. BC hired Donahue to inject some life into the program.


If Boston College plays the way Cornell did during the NCAA tournament, the Eagles will find it a little easier to draw local attention.

Cornell's offense was at its best in its two tournament wins. The Big Red, who were a No. 12 seed, shot 56.3 percent from the floor against Temple, which had held teams to 37.9 percent shooting going into the tournament. In the second round, Cornell scored 87 points on Wisconsin, a team that had allowed 56.2 points per game. The Big Red shot 61.1 percent from the field and hit eight 3-pointers. The Badgers had held opponents to 41.8 percent shooting and 4.1 3s per game before running into Cornell.

In the Sweet 16, Cornell finally ran into another up-tempo team. Top-seeded Kentucky ended the Cinderella run with a 62-45 victory in the regional semifinals.

Those results might be a few years away for BC, though. Cornell was a senior-laden team that had made two previous tournament appearances.

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