Cornell men focus on defense ahead of basketball scrimmage
The public will get its first look at the Bill Courtney-coached Cornell men's basketball team when the Big Red puts on the annual Red-White Scrimmage at noon Saturday at Newman Arena.
Expect it to be a defensive-minded debut.
The team completed its fifth practice in six days Thursday, and Courtney said defense and rebounding has been an early focus as the team learns to perform, among other things, without a 7-foot center in the middle to erase mistakes.
"I want to see guys get on the floor, take charges, grab loose balls, those types of things," Courtney said. "We haven't put in much, but hopefully they can execute some of the things we've talked about and that can carry over."
Freshman Dominic Scelfo (knee) and sophomore Pete McMillan (concussion) are expected to miss the scrimmage, while senior forward Aaron Osgood (hip) is questionable.
Scelfo's injury appears to be the most serious, although the 6-foot-1 guard will have additional tests done to discern the exact problem."He's got some knee issues that have flared up again," Courtney said. "He's going to have that looked at and try and figure out what the next step is for him. It could be awhile, or it could be something that he could be back this year, but we're not sure yet."
Friday, October 22, 2010
Red-White Update from the Ithaca Journal
Brian Delaney of the Ithaca Journal provides an update on the Red-White scrimmage. Delaney writes: