On April 6, 1941, amidst war in Europe, the Cornell men's basketball team returned to Ithaca from a ambassadorial trip to Havana, Cuba where the Big Red played a series of games against Cuban teams. The Big Red swept through the tour 3-0 defeating the Cuban teams by scores of 40-35, 42-24 and 43-19. The 1940-1941 Big Red finished with a successful 17-6 season.
Below, the January 14, 1941 issue of the Cornell Daily Sun announces Cornell's invite to Cuba.
Despite the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, Cornell basketball returned to the court for its regularly scheduled game on December 13, 1941 game against Penn State in Barton Hall. The Big Red won 28-25.