Friday, October 15, 2010

News and Notes: Midnight Madness Friday Edition

News and notes for Friday...
  • With Maui Invitational changing its format and expanding the size of its field, Rush The Court writes, "We hope that the Maui Invitational committee will see fit to choose a worthy group of adversaries for the “other four” (perhaps teams like Cornell, Siena, Richmond, and Northern Iowa last year).
  • In Rush The Court's Sun Belt Conference preview, the site notes that North Texas could give Kansas a tough game on November 19 and reminds readers, "A senior-laden Cornell team with NCAA Tournament experience took Kansas to the wire last year in Lawrence."

  • During Kentucky's media day on Thursday John Calipari explained some of his preseason preparations with his new team:
"I show tape of the Cornell game, two parts of it. We were down 10 2 to start the game. Do you remember? We were down 10 2. Every game we play is someone's Super Bowl. Every game out of the gate, the other team's going to be on point. They're going to make shots they won't make the rest of the season. They'll make them.

But after, it comes down to do you really defend. They saw us defend for the next 25 possessions. How we guarded, how we helped a helper who helped a helper. Looked like we had six guys on the floor. I said that's where we want this team to go. We're not close. We can't stay in the stands. We don't help each other. We don't jump the balls. They're all freshmen. They have no idea. Coaching a group of 17 and 18 year olds, 19, that's what we're coaching."

  • Andrew Naeve ('07) tweets about his new campaign signs. The former 6'10" Big Red center is running for Iowa State Senate.
Louis Dale ('10) is making a run for rookie of the year honors in Germany's Bundesliga.
  • And here is your Cornell alumni pro action run down: In Israel: Maccabi Tel Aviv clinched the Israel Cup on Thursday with an 87-77 win over Hapoel Jerusalem. Just as in the semifinals of the tournament, Jeff Foote ('10) did not make an entry into the game. Maccabi opens league play on October 17 against Galil Gilboa, while Jon Jaques ('10) and his Ironi Ashkelon team face Maccabi Ashdodd. Ryan Wittman ('10) and Forli (LegaDue, Italy) return to action on October 17 against Immobiliar, while Louis Dale ('10) and Gottingen (German Bundesliga) also return to action on October 17 against EWE Baskets. John McCord ('97) and SIG Strasbourg (French Pro A) return to action on October 16 against ASVEL. Ginasio of Portugal and Jason Hartford ('08) open their season on October 16 against Overense in Portugal's premier league. Through 13 games, Jeff Aubry ('99) is averaging 6.8 points and 7.2 rebounds per game for Halcones in Mexico's national basketball league, the LNBP. Meanwhile, Cody Toppert ('05) of the Plymouth Raiders in the BBL of the United Kingdom faces the Milton Keynes Lions on October 16. Below highlights from Louis Dale ('10) 8 points performance for Gottingen in a 72-71 loss to EnBW Ludwigsburg in German Budesliga action.

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