Wednesday, August 4, 2010

News and Notes: Wednesday Edition

Below, some news and notes...
"Bill Courtney on sked: 'I think it's extremely challenging. Playing a lot of teams that were at the top, or near the top, of their league.' Courtney said schedule was essentially done before he got to Cornell. Also said schools are showing more interest in playing CU now that......Foote, Wittman, Dale and Co. are gone.C ourtney said he couldn't comment on the one remaining Big East game left; did say that VCU, Wofford, New Hampshire fill out VCU tourney. Lastly, Courtney said he doesn't expect to add any late recruits to incoming freshman class. Focusing on '11-12."
Cornell men's basketball schedule less taxing

With one game still to be added against "a Big East" opponent, the 2010-11 Cornell men's basketball schedule was released Tuesday by the athletics communications office.

First-year coach Bill Courtney said Steve Donahue's staff compiled the schedule that was essentially completed before he arrived. He called it "extremely challenging."

"(We're) playing a lot of teams that were at the top or near the top of their league, when you're talking about schools like Lehigh and Boston University and Bucknell and VCU and Stony Brook," Courtney said. "You're talking about teams that will be right in the thick of things with league titles."

Cornell opens on Nov. 12 at Albany, a team that finished 7-25 last season. It travels to Seton Hall on Nov. 14, then returns to Ithaca for its home opener against Delaware on Nov. 17. The Blue Hens are coming off a 7-24 season.

The school's press release said another game against a Big East opponent will be announced in the coming weeks. Cornell typically schedules a road game against Syracuse, but Courtney said he could not comment on the omitted game. A matchup against Syracuse is currently not on the schedule and the Orange has yet to announce its 2010-11 schedule.

Other non-league opponents include St. Bonaventure, Minnesota, Binghamton and Buffalo.

The Big Red is essentially undergoing a major renovation this offseason.

Courtney replaced Donahue in April, after the 10th-year coach left to take over Boston College's program. Donahue won an unprecedented (for Cornell) three straight Ivy League titles, and guided the Big Red to NCAA tournament wins last March against Temple and Wisconsin.

Eight seniors graduated, including the much-heralded trio of Louis Dale, Jeff Foote and Ryan Wittman, after finishing 29-5 against a loaded schedule.

The 2010-11 schedule is softer, intended for a younger team thin on experience and chemistry, flush with relatively unproven talent. Cornell will play 13 of its first 19 games on the road, with a two-game stop in Richmond, Va., for a tournament at Virginia Commonwealth on Dec. 29-30. Wofford and New Hampshire will also be at VCU.

"My thing is you probably want to challenge yourself more when you have a veteran team, but I think our schedule's challenging enough for us," Courtney said.

Cornell will play five of its first six Ivy League games on the road, although none of those games are against Penn or Princeton-- two teams that should figure prominently into next season's league title race. In a rugged stretch of six games starting Feb. 11, Cornell will play both Penn and Princeton twice, as well as Harvard and Dartmouth.

The Big Red opens Ivy League play at Columbia on Jan. 15, and finishes with a home series against Brown and Yale March 4-5.

Cornell's 2010-11 schedule
*(Note: Start times have not been finalized.)
Date Opponent
Nov. 12 at Albany
Nov. 14 at Seton Hall
Nov. 22 at Lehigh
Nov. 27 at Boston University
Dec. 4 at Minnesota
Dec. 18 at Binghamton
Dec. 29 VCU Tournament, Richmond, Va.
Dec. 30 VCU Tournament, Richmond, Va.
Jan. 15 at Columbia
Jan. 28 at Dartmouth
Jan. 29 at Harvard
Feb. 4 at Yale
Feb. 5 at Brown
Feb. 11 PENN
Feb. 25 at Princeton
Feb. 26 at Penn
March 4 BROWN
March 5 YALE
*one game left against a Big East Conference opponent, according to the Cornell athletic communications office.
  • Forbes magazine profiles former Cornell basketball Paul Sellew ('80), now CEO of Harvest Power. Forbes notes, "After graduating from Cornell's College of Agricultural and Life Sciences in 1980, the 6-foot-8-inch power forward played professional basketball in Argentina, Italy and Belgium for three seasons."


Anonymous said...

No late recruits? So there won't be any additional transfers? I have been out of the loop for a while, so this may be old news, but I thought CBB said there may be another one or two impact players yet to arrive?

Anonymous said...

you really expected anything to come from CBB's incredibly vague insinuations?

Anonymous said...

What happened to the recruit from Northern California that was described as explosive but raw? I didn't see his name on the list.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Okoye is a walk-on.