Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Cornell Athletics Game Notes for Delaware/St. Bonaventure

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Game #3:
Delaware at Cornell
Tip off: Wednesday, Nov.17, at 7:00 p.m.
Site: Newman Arena (4,473), Ithaca, N.Y.
2010-11 Records: Delaware (0-1, 0-0 Colonial); Cornell (1-1, 0-0 Ivy)
Series Record: Cornell leads 1-0
Last Meeting: Cornell won 93-77, December 28, 1968 in Greenville, N.C.

Game #4: St. Bonaventure at Cornell
Tip off: Friday, Nov. 19, at 7:00 p.m.
Site: Newman Arena (4,473), Ithaca, N.Y.
2010-11 Records: St. Bonaventure (1-1, 0-0 A-10); Cornell (1-1, 0-0 Ivy)
Series Record: Cornell leads 8-3
Last Meeting: Cornell won 58-54, December 4, 2004 in Olean, N.Y.

Radio: WVBR 88.3 FM (Barry Leonard)
TV: None
Live Stats: available at www.CornellBigRed.com
Live Video: available at www.CornellBigRed.com
Tickets: available by calling (607) 254-BEAR

Cornell head coach Bill Courtney is in his first season at Cornell (1-1, .500) ... Courtney became the fifth Robert E. Gallagher ‘44 Coach of Men’s Basketball at Cornell on April 23, 2010.

ITHACA, N.Y. — Newman Nation will be rocking for the first time since Cornell’s amazing Sweet 16 run last March, and first-year head coach Bill Courtney will unveil his 2010-11 Big Red charges when Delaware comes to town on Wednesday, Nov. 17 at 7:00 p.m. and then faces St. Bonaventure on Friday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. Barry Leonard will provide the call on 93.5 WVBR-FM, while live video of the game will be available on the internet as part of the RedCast subscription service.

The Big Red earned a gutty victory at Albany in the season opener, rallying from a 12-point first half deficit en route to a 65-61 victory. Senior Max Groebe had a team-high 15 points to lead four double figure scorers, while Adam Wire posted game highs of 11 rebounds and eight assists. Cornell then dropped a 92-68 contest to Seton Hall despite a career-high 19 points from senior Aaron Osgood.

Wednesday’s home opener against the Blue Hens will come after Cornell raises a banner to the rafters honoring last year’s Sweet 16 squad. The 2009-10 squad won its third straight Ivy title, won an Ivy League record 29 contests and defeated a pair of ranked teams (Temple and Wisconsin) by double figures before bowing out of the national tournament after a loss to No. 1 seed Kentucky.

The Big Red will put an 11-game home win streak to the test against a Delaware team that returns all five starters from a season ago and a St. Bonaventure team on a steady upswing under fourth-year coach Mark Schmidt. Delaware brings an 0-2 record into the contest, while the Bonnies are 1-1, with junior NBA prospect Andrew Nicholson averaging 24.0 points and 9.0 rebounds in the post.

• 2010-11 Record: 0-1 (0-0 Colonial).
• Conference: Colonial Athletic.
• Head Coach: Monte Ross (Winston-Salem ‘92), 39-87, fifth season at Delaware.
• Delaware returns all five starters and nine of 10 letter winners from last season’s 7-24 team.
• Jawan Carter, a 5-11 senior guard, was a second team All-CAA pick a season ago after averaging 18.2 points and dishing out 151 assists. Carter had six points and four assists in the opener.
• The return of senior Brian Johnson, one of the school’s all-time assist leaders, is expected to pay big dividends. The 5-10 guard has started all 94 games over his first three years before a knee injury prior to the 2009-10 campaign. He did not play in the team’s season-opening loss to Ohio.
• Devon Sadler posted 19 points, seven assists and six rebounds in the 88-69 loss to Ohio, while Jamelle Hagins notched 13 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks.
• The Blue Hens turned the ball over 19 times in the opener and allowed 17 offensive rebounds.

CORNELL VS. THE COLONIAL: Cornell is 6-15 all-time against current members of the Colonial Athletic Association entering the 2010-11 season. The Big Red is 1-0 against Delaware and has also played Drexel (1-2), Georgia State (0-1), Hofstra (3-2), James Madison (0-1), UNC-Wilmington (0-1), Northeastern (1-4), Old Dominion (0-1), Virginia Commonwealth (0-2) and WIlliam & Mary (0-1). The Big Red has never played George Mason or Towson. This is the first of two possible meetings with CAA schools this season for the Big Red. Cornell could also meet Virginia Commonwealth on day two of the VCU Holiday Tournament on Dec. 30 in Richmond, Va. Cornell’s last win against a CAA team last year when the Big Red knocked off Drexel on the road, 61-54, in the Legends Classic.

THE SERIES: Cornell and Delaware have only met once previously, with the Big Red taking a 93-77 victory over the Blue Hens on Dec. 28, 1968 in a consolation game of the East Carolina Tournament.

• 2010-11 Record: 1-1 (0-0 A-10).
• Conference: Atlantic 10.
• Head Coach: Mark Schmidt (Boston College ‘85), 39-54, fourth season at St. Bonaventure.
• The Bonnies are on an upward climb under head coach Mark Schmidt, falling just shy of finishing .500 a season ago both overall and in Atlantic 10 play.
• NBA prospect Andrew Nicholson, a preseason first-team All-Atlantic 10 selection, averaged 16.4 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game a year ago. The 6-9 forward was the A-10 Rookie of the Year in 2008-09. He is off to a strong start this season, averaging 24.0 points and 9.0 rebounds in his first two games.
• St. Bonaventure opened the season with an 80-70 defeat at Canisius on Nov. 12 before eveniung its record with a 77-64 triumph over Arkansas-Little Rock at home on Nov. 14.
• Michael Davenport (18.0 ppg., 6.0 rpg., 3.0 apg.) and Ogo Adegboye (12.0 ppg.) are also averaging double figures in scoring through two contests.
• The Bonnies have defended well beyond the arc, allowing opponents to shoot just 25 percent. They haven’t been able to take advantage of it on the other end though, connecting on just 21 percent themselves.

CORNELL VS. THE ATLANTIC 10: Cornell is 18-18 all-time against current members of the Atlantic 10. The Big Red is 8-3 all-time against St. Bonaventure and has also faced Dayton (0-1), Duquesne (0-2), Fordham (4-4), La Salle (3-2), Massachusetts (1-0), Richmond (0-1), Saint Joseph’s (0-3), Saint Joseph’s (1-3), Saint Louis (0-1), Temple (1-0) and Xavier (0-1). Cornell has never played Charlotte, George Washington or Rhode Island. A year ago, the big Red was a perfect 4-0 against Atlantic 10 teams, topping Massachusetts and La Salle on the road, knocking off Saint Joseph’s at home and defeating A-10 champ Temple in the first round of the NCAA tournament in Jacksonville, Fla. The Big Red has won six of the last eight meetings against Atlantic 10 squads dating back to its 58-54 victory at St. Bonaventure in 2004-05.

THE SERIES: The Big Red leads the all-time series 8-3, with the last win coming in Olean during the 2004-05 season, a 58-54 Cornell victory at the Reilly Center. The Big Red has won five straight in the series and is 3-2 all-time against the Bonnies in Ithaca. The teams first met on Jan. 1, 1923, a 28-16 win for Cornell in Olean.

• Cornell will open its home schedule against Delaware (Wednesday, Nov. 17) and St. Bonaventure (Friday, Nov. 19) at Newman Arena this week.
• First-year head coach Bill Courtney will be making his debut in front of Newman Nation on Wednesday.
• The Big Red will raise its 2009-10 Ivy League championship and NCAA Sweet 16 banner prior to the contest against Delaware.
• Cornell will be looking to extend its 11-game home win streak, the third-longest in school history.
• The Big Red and Delaware will be meeting for just the second time and the first time in more than 40 years. Cornell won the only other meeting 93-77 in the consolation rounds of the East Carolina Tournament on Dec. 28, 1968 in Greenville, N.C.
• The Bonnies miss by one season the chance to match up with former SBU walk-on and two-time Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year Jeff Foote. Foote anchored Cornell’s three Ivy championship teams in the middle and has moved on to play for Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel, one of the world’s most successful basketball franchises outside of the NBA.

• Cornell is 73-22 in the last four seasons (.768).
• The Big Red is 38-4 in its last 42 Ivy League contests over the last three years (.905).
• Cornell is 41-3 over its last 44 home games (.905), including 24-1 in the last two seasons (.960) and 36-2 over the last three (.947). The team’s current 11-game home streak is the second-longest in school history.
• The team is 21-6 in its last 27 games away from Newman Arena (.778) and 16-5 in its last 21 true road games (.762).
• In non-conference games, the Big Red is 35-17 over the last three seasons (.673).

SEASON OPENERS: The Big Red improved its all-time record in season openers to 73-41 all-time (.640). Cornell has won six consecutive openers after its 65-61 victory at Albany on Friday, and is now 12-19 on the road to open a year, 53-16 at home and 8-6 in neutral site/unknown site games.

• The 2009-10 Ivy League champion (automatic bid).
• School and Ivy record 29 wins.
• Earned its first two postseason wins in school history, topping higher seeded Temple (No. 5, 78-65) and Wisconsin (No. 4, 87-69) to become the first Ivy school to reach the Sweet 16 since 1979.
• Its 16 non-conference wins was an Ivy record for a season.
• Its 18 wins away from home (13-3 road, 5-1 neutral) were the most in the country.
• Cornell’s 12 non-league victories away from home (7-2 road, 5-1 neutral) were the most of any Division I school.
• First team in Ivy League history other than Penn or Princeton to win three consecutive outright conference crowns.
• The first team, men’s or women’s, to clinch an NCAA tournament bid for the third straight year when it earned its bid on March 5, 2010.
• Fifth NCAA tournament appearance in school history.
• Cornell set team records for points (2,545), field goals made (913), 3-pointers (326), blocked shots (127) and games played (34).
• The Big Red won the 2009-10 Madison Square Garden Holiday Festival tournament title and finished 4-0 at the Legends Classic, joining Florida (4-0) as the only teams to go unbeaten in the 16-team event.
• Cornell earned its first win over a Big East team since 1969 (St. John’s) and its first victory over an SEC team since 1972 (Alabama) .
• Cornell finished first or second in the Ivy League in 13 of 16 team statistical categories and led the conference in eight.
• Ryan Wittman was named Ivy League Player of the Year.
• Wittman was joined on the All-Ivy first team by Louis Dale and Jeff Foote, becoming the seventh trio of teammates to earn first-team All-Ivy accolades in the same season.
• Foote captured his second straight Defensive Player of the Year nod, making him the only player to ever earn the award (started in 2008-09).
• Chris Wroblewski was an honorable mention All-Ivy pick.

COURTNEY GETS FIRST COLLEGIATE WIN: When Cornell head coach Bill Courtney earned his first collegiate coaching victory with a 65-61 victory over Albany, he became the first Big Red mentor to win his initial game on the sidelines since Scott Thompson’s 1996-97 team knocked off Buffalo at home, 70-62. First-year coaches at Cornell now have an 11-10 record in their first contest with the Big Red.

WHAT RETURNS: With the mass losses of eight seniors gone, the 2010-11 Big Red basketball team returns 34 percent of its assists (187), 32 percent of its steals (78) and rebounds (366), 26 percent of its scoring (666 points) and 3-point field goals (86) and 16 percent of its blocked shots (20) from last year’s team.

WHAT RETURNS WITHOUT WROBO: While the numbers overall are staggering for any basketball team, without Chris Wroblewski, who missed the team’s first two contests, Cornell has gone from one of the most experienced teams in the country last year to one of the least this season. In the opener against Albany, Cornell’s active roster members had combined for 456 points, 377 rebounds and 108 assists in 229 varsity contests (3 starts). Those are averages of 2.0 points, 1.6 rebounds and 0.5 assists per game.

WHAT WAS LOST: Cornell’s eight seniors provided the following career totals in their four seasons: 4213 points, 2225 rebounds, 1092 assists, 309 blocks, 435 steals, 707 3-point field goals, 731 games played, 402 games started and 14416 minutes. The trio led the Big Red to a 88-32 overall record and a 47-9 Ivy League record.

CORNELL BEYOND THE ARC — 600 AND COUNTING: After five 3-pointers in Sunday’s loss at Seton Hall, Cornell extended its streak of games with at least one 3-pointer in 600. The last time Cornell did not hit a 3-pointer was against Denison in the 1988-89 season opener (0-for-2). Since the 3-point shot came into effect in NCAA play during the 1986-87 season, Cornell has hit at least one shot behind the arc in 650 of 654 games, connecting on 3,966 treys, an average of 6.1 per game. Cornell has set records for treys in a season in each of the previous three years, going from 228 in 2007-08 to 241 in 2008-09 and to 326 a year ago. The Big Red hit for double figures in 3-pointers 18 times in 2009-10, including an Ivy League single-game record 20 vs. Brown. Cornell hit 10 treys in the 2010-11 season opener at Albany.

NEXT UP: Cornell will begin a five-game road swing beginning with a matchup at defending Patriot League champion Lehigh on Monday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. at Stabler Arena in Bethlehem, Pa.

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