Monday, August 16, 2010

News and Notes: Monday Edition

Above, Cornell sophomore, Pete McMillan. Below, some news and notes for Monday...
  • Rivals.com writes, "We're still more than six months from March Madness, but, really, if you're a fan, it's never too early to discuss the NCAA tournament. Here's a look at 10 teams that were seeded 12th or better last season that better not be making any NCAA reservations for this season. These teams have questions -- some of them of a serious nature -- and look more like NIT teams than NCAA squads... CORNELL NCAA seed/result: Reached Sweet 16 as a No. 12 seed; defeated Temple and Wisconsin before losing to Kentucky Last season's record: 29-5, 13-1 Ivy League The buzz: Steve Donahue needed seven seasons to build Cornell into an NCAA tournament team. Personnel-wise, the Big Red are starting from scratch. After winning three consecutive Ivy titles, Donahue has gone to Boston College, and the core of Ryan Wittman, Louis Dale and Jeff Foote graduated. Chris Wroblewski and Adam Wire are the only returning players to average more than 10 minutes per game last season. Clearly, Wroblewski, a returning starter, will need to take a leadership role. New coach Bill Courtney likely won't run the same 3-point-oriented, up-tempo system, but he is familiar with building a program from the ground up. Before he was an assistant in the ACC and Big East, Courtney recruited the core players for George Mason's run to the 2006 Final Four."
  • Jon Jaques and Jeff Foote, both members of the class of 2010, report to their respective pro clubs in Israel this week.
  • ESPN's Rumors Blog writes, "Virginia Commonwealth is becoming an elite mid-major power; the type of school that attracts top coaches and reloads year after year...VCU isn't skimping on early experience, either. "The Rams will play NCAA qualifiers Winthrop, Wofford and archrival Richmond and could play Wake Forest and Cornell -- and others -- in tournaments,' reported the Richmond Times-Dispatch. ''The opportunity to play several NCAA tournament-caliber teams will go a long way toward preparing us to reach our own NCAA aspirations,' VCU coach Shaka Smart said in a release.'"

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Not quite so dismal on the returnees. Mark Coury averaged a very big 11+ mpg...

Anonymous said...

I'm pretty sure nobody in the national media realizes Coury still has eligibility.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

They don't know about Coury because they just look at last year's roster and make assumptions.

Also, totally off the radar of EVERYONE is Gatlin and Ferry.

It still amazes this Bloig that Gatlin gets so little respect despite some of the numbers he's posted against D-I competition.

He is going to be very good for Cornell.

Anonymous said...

Coury is big because he has already played quality D-1 minutes for Cornell.

At this point, it remains quite speculative w/r to Gatlin, Ferry, the sophs, and [particularly] the frosh as to how they will function in real time.