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Game #7: Cornell at No. 9/10 Syracuse
Tip off: Tuesday, Nov. 30, at 7:00 p.m.
Site: The Carrier Dome (33,633), Syracuse, N.Y.
2010-11 Records: Cornell (2-4, 0-0 Ivy); Syracuse (6-0, 0-0 Big East)
Series Record: Syracuse leads 86-31
Last Meeting: Syracuse won 88-73, November 24, 2009 in Syracuse, N.Y.
Radio: WVBR 93.5 FM (Barry Leonard)
TV: Big East Network
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HEAD COACH BILL COURTNEY
Cornell head coach Bill Courtney is in his first season at Cornell (2-4, .333) ... Courtney became the fifth Robert E. Gallagher ‘44 Coach of Men’s Basketball at Cornell on April 23, 2010.
The Orange have secured 32 consecutive wins in a series that dates back to 1900, and Cornell will be attempting to capture its first win over Syracuse since Dec. 4, 1968 when it topped SU 94-82 at Barton Hall in Ithaca. Only four times has Cornell lost by single digits over that span, which includes four meetings when the Big Red brought in NCAA tournament squads to Syracuse.
The Big Red’s last trip to the Carrier Dome was a bittersweet contest, as Cornell played before more than 22,000 fans, a majority of whom wore red, at the NCAA East regional semifinals. Playing as the de facto home team, Cornell dropped a 62-45 decision to No. 1 Kentucky in the Sweet 16, ending the career of eight Big Red seniors who helped deliver three consecutive Ivy League titles to East Hill.
This year’s Big Red team, featuring four brand new starters and a new coach in Bill Courtney, have been building their own identity early in the non-conference season. The Big Red is 2-4 and carries a three-game losing streak into the matchup, but the last three losses have come by a total of 10 points against an Atlantic 10 school, the defending Patriot League champions and the preseason America East favorite.
• 2010-11 Record: 6-0 (0-0 Big East).
• Conference: Big East.
• Head Coach: Jim Boeheim (Syracuse ‘66), 35th season at Syracuse.
• Perennial national power Syracuse is off to a 6-0 start, including wins Michigan and Georgia Tech to claim the Legends Classic title last weekend.
• The Orange’s last three wins have come by four points or less.
• Kris Joseph paces the Orange in scoring (14.3 ppg., 5.0 rpg.) and is one of three players hitting for double figures.
• Scoop Jardine (12.8 ppg., 7.0 apg., 2.5 spg.) and Rick Jackson (12.0 ppg., 13.0 rpg, 2.2 bpg.) have also starred for the Orange.
• As usual, Syracuse’s zone defense has confounded opponents, who are shooting 37 percent from the field overall and just 28 percent from beyond the arc.
• Hall of Fame coach Jim Boeheim has won 835 career games and the 2003 national title.
CORNELL VS. THE BIG EAST: Cornell is 48-118 all-time against current members of the Big East, including 31-86 vs. Syracuse. The Big Red has also played Cincinnati (1-0), Connecticut (1-1), Georgetown (1-0), Marquette (0-1), Notre Dame (1-7), Pittsburgh (5-11), Providence (0-1), Rutgers (1-1), Seton Hall (0-4), St. John’s (1-1), Villanova (2-2) and West Virginia (3-3), while never having played DePaul, Louisville or South Florida. This is the last of two scheduled meetings against Big East opponents, as the Big Red already lost at Seton Hall 92-68 on Nov. 14. Cornell’s last win against a Big East team came when the Big Red topped St. John’s 71-66 on Dec. 21, 2009, to claim the MSG Holiday Festival title.
THE SERIES: Syracuse leads the all-time series 86-31 and carries a 32-game win streak against the Big Red into the contest. The two teams had their first meeting in 1900-01, an 18-15 victory by the Orange. Cornell is 1-19 all-time at the Carrier Dome and 0-18 vs. the Orange. Its only win at the Dome was a 75-54 win over St. Francis (PA) to open the 2005-06 season as part of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.
THE STORY LINES
• After three narrow losses, Cornell will have a daunting task trying to right the ship when it visits nationally ranked Syracuse on Tuesday evening at the Carrier Dome.
• Cornell’s last three losses (St. Bonaventure, at Lehigh, at Boston University) have come by a total of 10 points. Two of those teams advanced to the postseason a year ago (Lehigh - NCAA, BU - CBI).
• Cornell brings a 32 game losing streak in the series into the contest against the Orange.
• The Big Red will be making its first trip to the Carrier Dome since its loss to No. 1 seed Kentucky in the East Regional semifinal The Wildcats ended Cornell’s magical NCAA tournament run in the Sweet 16 with a 62-45 triumph on March 25, 2010.
• Cornell is 2-1 in its last three games against teams ranked in the top 25, all coming in last year’s NCAA tournament. The Big Red knocked off No. 12 Temple 78-65 on March 19, 2010 in Jacksonville, Fla., then knocked off No. 16 Wisconsin two days later in the second round by a score of 87-69. The only loss was to No. 1 Kentucky. The Big Red is 5-64 all-time against AP top 25 squads, not including a sixth win that came by forfeit (Minnesota vacated a win in 1976 due to use of an ineligible player).
CORNELL VS. RANKED OPPONENTS: When Cornell faces No. 9/10 Syracuse, the Big Red will have a chance to knock off its third ranked opponent in the last four games. After dispatching of No. 12/13 Temple in the NCAA first round and No. 16/19 Wisconsin in the second round last season, the Big Red would match its total of wins over ranked teams in its first 110 years of basketball combined with a win over the Orange. Entering last year’s the tournament, the Big Red was 3-63 record (does not include one forfeit win) all-time against AP Top 25 teams and snapped an 18-game losing streak in such games with the win over the Owls. The Big Red’s previous win was a 74-54 triumph over then-No. 19 California, at the 1992 Seton Hall/Meadowlands Tournament. That team featured Jason Kidd (who sat out the game) and former NBA player Lamond Murray. The Big Red’s other wins came against then-No. 17 Syracuse in 1957 (60-54), then-No. 3 Princeton in 1967 (62-56) and a win by forfeit against No. 15 Minnesota in a game vacated by the Gophers after using an ineligible player in 1976.
HOME AWAY FROM DOME: Cornell is 1-19 all-time at the Carrier Dome, picking up its lone victory with a 75-54 triumph over St. Francis (Pa.) to open the 2005-06 season as part of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. The Big Red is 0-18 all-time against the Orange.
• Cornell is 74-25 in the last four seasons (.747).
• The Big Red is 38-4 in Ivy League contests over the last three years (.905).
• Cornell is 42-4 over its last 46 home games (.913), including 25-2 in the last three seasons (.926) and 37-3 over the last four (.925).
• The team is 21-8 in its last 29 games away from Newman Arena (.724) and 16-7 in its last 23 true road games (.696).
• In non-conference games, the Big Red is 36-21 over the last four seasons (.632).
NEXT UP: Cornell opens play in December when the Big Red visits Minnesota on Saturday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. in Minneapolis, Minn.