Wednesday, October 27, 2010

News and Notes: Afternoon Edition

Below, some news and notes for the afternoon...
  • Rush The Court is counting down via Twitter the top 345 Division I teams. Teams on Cornell's schedule ranked so far include:
-No. 340-Dartmouth
-No. 327-Albany
-No. 300-Columbia
  • The Cornell Daily Sun writes, "Despite an unprecedented run to the Sweet 16 last spring, the Cornell men's basketball team was picked to finish third in the Ivy League in the 2010-2011 Preseason Media Poll. Princeton topped the poll with 128 points and 12 of the 16 possible first-place votes, followed by Harvard with 120 points. The season tips off Nov. 12, when the Big Red will travel to the University of Albany."
  • During today's Ivy League Media Day, Sydney Johnson of Princeton was quoted as saying, " look at Harvard and Cornell and it's clear in terms of their institutions that their institutions have made a strong push, looking at their rosters and their recruiting efforts, that obviously Harvard and Cornell have prioritized being good in men's basketball." Click HERE for an .mp3 file of the full audio of the Ivy Media Conference.

ITHACA -- If Cornell is to win a fourth straight Ivy League men's basketball championship, it will do so as a perceived underdog.

In a vote by 17 members of the media, Princeton was tabbed the preseason No. 1 with 12 first-place votes. Harvard, which received four first-place votes, was picked to finish second, followed by Cornell (one first-place vote), Penn, Yale, Brown, Columbia and Dartmouth.

The Big Red is coming off its third straight Ivy League title, but graduated eight seniors, including six regulars in a rotation that finished 29-5 and reached the Sweet 16. Head coach Steve Donahue left for Boston College, and former Bucknell star Bill Courtney was tabbed as his replacement.

Cornell opens its season on Nov. 12 at Albany.

Princeton finished 22-9 last season, one of three 20-win Ivy teams along with Cornell and Harvard. The Tigers, who were Division I's top-ranked defense, won two games in the postseason tournament, the College Basketball Invitational.

Coach Sydney Johnson returns scoring guards Doug Davis and Dan Mavraides, as well as forwards Patrick Saunders, Ian Hummer and Kareem Maddox.

The Ivy League will feature four new full-time head coaches: Columbia's Kyle Smith, Cornell's Courtney, Dartmouth's Paul Cormier and Penn's Jerome Allen. Allen was named interim coach last season when Glen Miller was fired, and was promoted during the offseason.
  • Below are excerpts from some of the press releases from Ivy League schools commenting on the Ivy League Media Poll:
--Columbia Athletics Department -"The 2010-11 Ivy League preseason poll has been released and the Lions have been picked seventh in what could be the most wide-open Ivy League race in years. Four teams, including Columbia, have first-year head coaches and three-time defending champion Cornell returns just one starter from last year's team that reached the Sweet 16... Cornell notched the last remaining first-place vote and came in third."

--Harvard Athletics Department - "The Crimson earned four first-place votes and trails only Princeton (16 first-place votes) in the preseason poll. Rounding out the poll are Cornell (one first-place vote), Penn, Yale, Brown, Columbia and Dartmouth in that order."

--Penn Athletics Department- "Princeton, which went 11-3 and finished second to Cornell a year ago, has been voted to win this year's title. The Tigers received 128 voting points and 12 of the 17 first-place votes. Harvard, which went 10-4 and took third a year ago, has been picked to finish second; the Crimson had 120 points and four first-place votes. Cornell, the three-time defending Ivy champion, received the final first-place vote and had 96 points in the poll."

-- Princeton Athletics Department - "Returning its top five scorers from a group that finished as runner-up to three-time Ivy League champion Cornell in 2010, the Princeotn men's basketball team has been selected by a panel of 17 media representatives as the Ivy League's preseason favorite to win the league in 2011."

-- Yale Athletics Department - "Princeton, which received 12 of 17 first-place votes, is the preseason Ivy League favorite. The Tigers return their top five scorers and top two rebounders. Harvard got four first-place votes and is second followed by Cornell (one first-place vote) and Penn. Brown, Columbia and Dartmouth round out the poll."
Men's Basketball Picked Third In Ivy Preseason Media Poll

ITHACA, N.Y. -- Three-time defending men's basketball conference champion Cornell has been picked to finish third in the 2010-11 Ivy League Preseason Media Poll it was announced on Wednesday morning. Big Red head coach Bill Courtney and the seven other head coaches spent the morning on a media conference call previewing the teams and the upcoming season, which begins on Nov. 12 when Cornell visits Albany.

Last season's league runner-up, Princeton, was named the preseason favorite, picking up 12 of the 17 first-place votes and 128 points total. Harvard was picked second with four first-place votes and 120 points, while the Big Red sat third with the final first-place vote and 96 points.

Rounding out the field was Penn in fourth (89 points), Yale in fifth (57 points) and Brown in sixth (55 points). Columbia (48 points) and Dartmouth (19 points) placed seventh and eighth.

Following a 2009-10 season that can best be described as a breakthrough for both the Big Red and the Ivy League as a whole, Cornell will return 10 letter winners to the court, including All-Ivy guard Chris Wroblewski (8.9 ppg.) and top reserves Errick Peck (3.3 ppg.), Mark Coury (2.4 ppg., 2.4 rpg.) and Adam Wire (1.9 ppg., 2.6 rpg.) in the frontcourt and Max Groebe (3.0 ppg.) in the backcourt. Additionally, five newcomers will hit the practice court for the first time for the Big Red and a number of returners will have a chance to earn significantly larger roles.

Coming off a 29-5 season, a third consecutive Ivy title and a Sweet 16 appearance, Cornell will have an obvious new look when it hits the court. Former conference Player of the Year selections Louis Dale and Ryan Wittman are gone, as is two-time Ivy Defensive Player of the Year Jeff Foote. Alex Tyler, Jon Jaques and Geoff Reeves are also gone after combining for 119 career starts, while important contributors Andre Wilkins and Pete Reynolds were also lost to graduation. Probably the most conspicuous loss will be former head coach Steve Donahue, who accepted the head coaching job at Boston College after a successful 10-year run on East Hill.

First-Place Votes in Parentheses

1. Princeton (12) 128
2. Harvard (4) 120
3. Cornell (1) 96
4. Penn 89
5. Yale 57
6. Brown 55
7. Columbia 48
8. Dartmouth 19

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

We'll go 10-4 or 9-5. 10-4 might tie us for 1st or 2nd. I think the team that wins 11+ will take first.