Thursday, October 28, 2010

News and Notes: Afternoon Edition

Below, some news and notes for the afternoon...
  • Placing the Ivy League Media Poll results aside for a moment, regardless of who wins the Ivy League this year, whether it is Cornell or any other Ivy League team, the Big Red of 2010 raised the bar of expectations in the conference. Any future Ivy champion will be measured against Cornell's accomplishments last season. Here is another look at Cornell's impressive 2009-2010 resume:
-Three consecutive Ivy League titles (2008, 2009, 2010) (including a perfect season in 2008)
-NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
-Final No. 17 national ranking in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Top 25 Poll
-Final No. 4 ranking in the CollegeInsider.com Coaches' Mid Major Top 25 Poll
-MSG Holiday Festival Champions (2-0)
-Legends Classic Region Champions (4-0)
-Two "Top 25" victories (Wisconsin and Temple)
-Nonconference victories over teams such as Alabama (SEC), St. John's, (Big East), La Salle, (A-10) St. Joseph's (A-10), UMass (A-10), Drexel (CAA), Davidson (SoCon), Bucknell (Patriot) and Vermont (America East)

  • The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes, "UW finished 13-5 in the league last season despite losing [Jon] Leuer for nine games with a broken bone in his wrist. The Badgers lost in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament and then reached the second round of the NCAA tournament before falling to Cornell to finish 24-9." Madison.com also refers to Wisconsin's loss to to the Big Red as a "lackluster second-round checkout against Cornell."
  • The New Haven Register writes on the Ivy League Media Conference and Media Poll, "After Cornell lost the league’s three best players to graduation and its coach to Boston College, the Ivy League men’s basketball season looks to be a race to the wire. Princeton, with the return of its top five scorers and top two rebounders, was the preseason pick by the media to win the crown. The results were announced by the league Wednesday. Princeton was picked to win the league for the first time since 2004... The Tigers went 22-9, 11-3 last year. Harvard (21-8, 10-4) was selected second. The Crimson lost guard Jeremy Lin to the NBA’s Golden State Warriors, but they bring back sophomore forward Kyle Casey, the reigning rookie of the year. Cornell (29-5, 14-1) won the last three league titles and advanced to the NCAA’s Sweet 16 last season. The Big Red lost Louis Dale, Jeff Foote and Ryan Wittman and were picked to finish third."
  • Michele Cleary of the Columbia Spectator thinks Cornell should have been picked 4th in the Ivy Media Poll. He writes, "After graduating one of the best classes in Ivy history, the three-time reigning champions will not be the same dominating force they have been in the past. Sure, Chris Wroblewski is returning and the Big Red has some other talented players, but they won’t come close to filling the shoes of Ryan Wittman, Louis Dale, and Jeff Foote."
  • Jon Jaques ('10) blogs about his "downtime" in Israel as a pro basketball player. Jaques will most likely become a loyal viewer of Redcast and Barry Leonard beginning in mid-November.

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