Tuesday, August 17, 2010

News and Notes: Afternoon Edition

Below, some news and notes...

  • BucksLocalNews.com writes, "Ranked No. 12 in the final Associated Press poll, Temple captured its third straight Atlantic-10 championship with wins over St. Bonaventure, Rhode Island and Richmond. But like the three previous seasons, the Owls exited the NCAA tournament quickly, losing a first-round battle, this time to Cornell."
  • St. Bonaventure announced its upcoming schedule in a press release which notes, "All but four of the 12 teams on the non-conference docket ended last season with winning records. In total, the Bonnies' opponents racked up a 232-163 record in 2009-10 for a .587 win percentage. That number includes 20-game winners Cornell (29-5), Siena (27-7), Virginia Tech. (25-9), Marshall (24-10) and Ohio (22-15)... St. Bonaventure hits the road... with a trip to Cornell (Nov. 19). Last season, the upstart Big Red, who were ranked No. 17 in the final ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll, won the Ivy League and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament."
Above, 2nd from left in the lower left corner, former Virginia Tech assistant and current Cornell head coach, Bill Courtney, watches the action on November 15, 2009 as Virginia Tech meets Brown in the Philly Hoop Group Classic.
  • Below, a capsule glimpse of some of the top returning post players (centers and power forwards) in the Ivy League. The raw numbers reflect that there are no dominant returning big men in the league.
-Kyle Casey, Harvard, 6'7" 215 lbs., So.-23.4 minutes, 10.4 points, 5.1 rebounds
-Jack Eggleston, Penn, 6'8" 215 lbs., Jr.- 36.1 minutes, 13.0 points, 6.4 rebounds
-Michael Sands, Yale, 6'7" 230 lbs., Sr.-26.0 minutes, 10.8 points, 6.1 rebounds
-Keith Wight, Harvard, 6'8" 240 lbs., Jr.-21.4 minutes, 8.9 points, 4.6 rebounds
-Mike Howlett, Penn, 6'9" 215 lbs., Jr.-23.5 minutes, 7.8 points, 6.0 rebounds
-Greg Mangano, Yale, 6'10" 240 lbs., Jr.-18.4 minutes, 7.5 points, 5.5 rebounds
-Andrew McCarthy, Brown, 6'8" 205 lbs., So.-18.5 minutes, 6.7 points, 4.7 rebounds
-Asenso Ampim, Columbia, 6'6" 240 lbs., Sr.-20.1 minutes, 7.0 points, 5.0 rebounds
-Kareem Maddox, Princeton, 6'8" 225 lbs., Sr. 17.9 minutes, 6.2 points, 3.5 rebounds
-Mark Cisco, Columbia, 6'8" 250 lbs., So.-13.0 minutes, 3.5 points, 3.6 rebounds
-Matt LaBove, Dartmouth, 6'9" 235 lbs., So.-18.7 minutes, 5.3 points, 4.6 rebounds
-Mark Coury, Cornell, 6'9" 240 lbs., Sr.-11.1 minutes, 2.4 points, 2.4 rebounds
  • Speaking of big men, below a marketing video for Maccabi Tel Aviv, Jeff Foote's ('10) new pro club in Israel.


Anonymous said...

OK. #1, add the following deserving returnees to your list:

-Brian Grimes, Columbia, 6'7" 215 lbs., 5yrSr.-19 minutes, 6.5 points, 4.7 rebounds
-Tucker Halperin, Brown, 6'8" 205 lbs., So.-23 minutes, 7.8 points, 3.3 rebounds
-Ian Hummer, Princeton, 6'7" 225 lbs., So.-19 minutes, 7 points, 3.1 rebounds
-Clive Weeden, Dartmouth, 6'9" 220 lbs., So.-22 minutes, 5.2 points, 4.8 rebounds

Add Peter Sullivan who played a very large 6'5" for Brown last year.

#2- Every team but one brings back two big men with at least 17 productive min/gm.

That team brings back one big man with 11 min/g and less than 3pts/g and 3 rbs/g.

It is impossible to miss this. Whatever it means, that team will inevitably be forced to rely on less proven players than the other seven teams, to populate its frontcourt.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

We emphasized the word "some" in our post by using italics.

Our list was not meant to be all-inclusive.

Your post just further confirms that the Ivy has no dominant big men returning.

Outside of Eggleston and Casey, and maybe Wright and Sands, there are not any real proven all-stars up front, just a bunch of steady performers.

You use the word "unproven" to describe Cornell's frontline. But they are not unproven. They are just "unknown" to casual basketball fans.

Like Harvard's freshman class from a year ago (i.e. Kyle Casey, Brandyn Curry, Christian Webster, Dee Giger etc), Cornell's new kids are ready to step-up and take important roles.