- The Dagger blog on YahooSports/Rivals.com has nominated Cornell for several 2009-2010 "awards" in its own ESPN-ESPY style of honoring the best of college basketball. Visit The Dagger and vote for Cornell. The Big Red are nominated for the following categories:
Nominee National Coach of the Year-Steve Donahue (Cornell)- The Dagger notes, "Although Syracuse's Jim Boeheim won many of the national coach of the year awards, some other noteworthy contenders emerged in the postseason. Duke's Mike Krzyzewski piloted the Blue Devils to the national championship, Butler's Brad Stevens led the Bulldogs on a shocking run to the title game and Cornell's Steve Donahue took the Big Red to their first Sweet 16. The pick: Steve Donahue."
Nominee for Upset of the Year-Feb. 12: Penn 79, Cornell 64-The Dagger notes, "This one might be the biggest no-brainer of all these. Ohio University upsetting third-seeded Georgetown and a 6-22 Penn team toppling Cornell were both shockers, but Northern Iowa taking down pre-NCAA tournament favorite Kansas in the second round would be my clear choice."
Nominee for Team of the Year-Cornell-The Dagger notes, "Duke fans have every right not to like this choice since their team won the national championship, but to me this has to be Butler. In five years, we'll remember this season for Butler's run to the national title game just like we remember 2006 for George Mason's miracle Final Four run. The pick: Butler."
- In a real head scratching move, former Cornell Basketball player, Shawn Oliverson, transferred from Ivy League Cornell to Louisiana Tech five years ago. After completing a two-year Mormon-LDS mission, Oliverson has played sparingly in his two seasons for the Bulldogs, averaging 0.8 points and 1.2 rebounds with 10 blocks while playing 6.9 minutes per game in 52 contests. Oliverson was named Academic All District by the NABC this season. Unfortunately for Oliverson, he has yet to appear with his Bulldogs in the NCAA Tournament. Meanwhile, Cornell has made three appearances in the Tournament, advanced to a Sweet Sixteen, finished with a No. 17 national ranking and earned three straight Ivy titles. No comment on the academic comparisons between Cornell and Louisiana Tech.
- Above, Cornell's Ryan Wittman (class of 2010), lines up (third from left) before a New York Knick Las Vegas Summer League game. Wittman finished with 4 points and 1 rebound in 4 minutes tonight in New York's 102-89 loss to the Toronto Raptors. Wittman and the Knicks return to action this weekend with games on Friday and Saturday against Detroit and Washington.