Saturday, July 17, 2010

News and Notes: Saturday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Saturday...

  • Cornell's 2009-2010 season is widely regarded as the best performance by an Ivy League team since the creation of the 64-plus team NCAA Tournament format. Not only did Cornell capture its third consecutive Ivy League title, but the Big Red advanced to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament and earned a final No. 17 national ranking in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Top 25 Poll. Along the way, Cornell picked up wins against two Top 25 teams and knocked off the likes of Alabama, St. John's, Temple, Wisconsin, La Salle, St. Joseph's, UMass, Drexel, Davidson, Bucknell and Vermont. Cornell also captured the MSG Holiday Festival trophy and swept through the Legends Classic 4-0 while earning the final No. 4 ranking in the CollegeInsider.com Coaches' Mid Major Top 25 Poll.
  • RELIVE THE MAGIC of '09-'10. CBS College Sports is replaying the entire 2010 NCAA Tournament. They started the feature last week, but there are still plenty of Cornell games still to be shown.
    Monday, Jul 19 4:30pm
    Cornell vs. Wisconsin (2nd Round)

    Tuesday, Jul 20 10:00am
    Cornell vs. Wisconsin (2nd Round)

    Tuesday, Jul 20 5:00pm
    Cornell vs. Kentucky (Sweet Sixteen)

    Wednesday, Jul 21 3:30am
    Cornell vs. Kentucky (Sweet Sixteen)
  • The Ithaca Journal notes, "Ryan Wittman did not play in the New York Knicks' 92-80 NBA Summer League victory over the Detroit Pistons on Friday in Las Vegas. Wittman, a 2010 Cornell grad, was one of four Knick players who didn't play. Syracuse grad Andy Rautins played just over 30 minutes and scored nine points on 4-for-9 shooting.Former Georgetown player Greg Monroe had a game-high 27 points." Wittman's final summer league game is today vs. Washington.
  • RushTheCourt.net is not buying into all the offseason hype surrounding Harvard. The site notes:
    "The people in Cambridge, Massachusetts seem to think that Tommy Amaker has turned things around and that the success will carry into this season and beyond because of Amaker’s ability to recruit and the school’s “name.” While we think there is a better chance of fielding a solid basketball team than a solid football team at an Ivy League school because of the pure numbers — getting five to commit is easier than 23 (or 11 if your players are going two ways) — but we just don’t see that happening, at least on a consistent basis (Cornell last year was a little bit like catching lightning in a bottle). Our favorite part of the article is Andy Katz crediting Amaker with guiding Harvard to its first postseason appearance since 1946 last year, when they qualified for the CollegeInsider.com Tournament created just a year earlier. What’s next? Saying that a team is ranked just because Ken Pomeroy has them ranked even if they are 347th?"
  • Speaking of Harvard, former Crimson recruiting commitment, Monty Brown (Hotchkiss School) Lakeville, CT, 6-11, C has decommitted and will instead attend Mercer. Harvard visits Mercer on November 20.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

That video gives me the chills every time I watch it

Anonymous said...

I'm a Harvard alumnus but I read this blog because it's still a great site overall for Ivy BBall news. I was wondering if you could post more about Harvard's 2010-2011 schedule, as you have with Cornell's? It seems you have inside info on who they're playing and when (Mercer on Nov. 20 for example), but I can't find this info anywhere else. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Yes, I would like info on Harvard's (and Princeton's?) schedules please, if you have it! Thanks so much!

Anonymous said...

If possible, I would enjoy information about the other Ivy schedules other than Cornell's too. Anything you have would be great, thanks.

Anonymous said...

Also, Northwestern Connecticut Community College's schedule would be great! Thanks.

Anonymous said...

All kidding aside, it was refreshing to see someone from another Ivy POLITELY request info about their school, unlike another commenter a while back who petulantly demanded it as if it was a travesty that more info on other schools wasn't provided on a CORNELL blog. People are jokers. smh.

Anonymous said...

true dat anon 11:02.

as a die hard cornell fan, i would not mind seeing schedule updates from other ivy schools.

Anonymous said...

....and updates from Northwestern Connecticut Community College. That would just be the kicker.

Anonymous said...

I don't know. Link to the complete schedules when they're released if you want, but I'm not sure what the majority of your audience will get out of suddenly learning that Harvard is facing Quinnipiac in November while they are reading about Josh Figini's summer progress.

(I have no idea if Harvard is facing Quinnipiac in November, btw, I just made that up.)

Geoff said...

Ok, now that the NBA draft is over and you see the kind of talent that was swooped up out of Kentucky, I just want to make a point that our Cornell boys came back from WAY down in that second half and showed us what kind of men that have become. Forget the previous two wins, the grit showed by our team right then was my proudest moment. We showed that we can take some licks from the best in the country and still find it within ourselves to fight and stay competitive. That's our true moment as a team right there.