Game #6: Cornell at Boston University
Tip off: Saturday, Nov. 27, at 5:00 p.m.
Site: Case Gymnasium (1,800), Boston, Mass.
2010-11 Records: Cornell (2-3, 0-0 Ivy); Boston University (3-3, 0-0 America East)
Series Record: Cornell leads 1-0
Last Meeting: Cornell won 89-59, December 29, 2008 in Ithaca, N.Y.
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HEAD COACH BILL COURTNEY
Cornell head coach Bill Courtney is in his first season at Cornell (2-3, .400) ... Courtney became the fifth Robert E. Gallagher ‘44 Coach of Men’s Basketball at Cornell on April 23, 2010.
Cornell enters the game on a two-game skid as it continues a five-game road swing that includes four contests against 2010 postseason teams. The Big Red opened the stretch with a 60-57 loss at defending Patriot League champion Lehigh on Monday evening in Bethlehem, Pa. Cornell limited the Mountain Hawks to 30 percent shooting on the night, but reigning conference Player of the Year C.J. McCollum hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key with a minute to play that put Lehigh ahead for good.
Boston University enters the contest sporting a 3-3 record, including a 2-2 mark at the season-opening 2010-11 Dick’s Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off. Led by one of the top guards among all mid-major teams, John Holland, the Terriers return three starters from last season’s 22-14 squad that earned an invitation to the College Basketball Invitational postseason tournament, with BU earning a spot in the semifinals.
This will be the second meeting between the two programs, as they first met during the 2008-09 campaign in Ithaca. Cornell dominated that matchup against the preseason America East favorites that year, running out to a 13-0 lead and never looking back in an 89-59 victory. The Big Red went on to win its second of three consecutive Ancient Eight crowns that year.
ABOUT BOSTON UNIVERSITY
• 2010-11 Record: 3-3 (0-0 America East).
• Conference: America East.
• Head Coach: Patrick Chambers (Eckerd ‘95), 24-17, second season at Boston University.
• The preseason America East favorite is coming off a 66-57 victory over Nevada in its final game of the Dick’s Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off. The Terriers went 2-2 in the tournament, with a win over George Washington and losses to Hampton and Villanova.
• The Terriers are coming off a 21-14 season that included a trip to the CBI postseason tourrnament. BU returns three starters, including two-time first-team all-conference guard Joe Holland.
• John Holland leads the squad in scoring at 19.0 ppg. and also paces the team iun 3-pointers made (16) and steals (11).
• Also scoring in double figures is returning All-America East pick Jake O’Brien at 11.0 ppg. and a team-high 6.3 rpg.
• Marquette transfer Patrick Hazel is averaging 5.0 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.0 blocks.
• The Terriers are limiting opponents to 39 percent shooting overall and just 26 percent from beyond the arc.
CORNELL VS. THE AMERICA EAST: Cornell is 15-17 all-time against current members of the America East. The Big Red is 1-0 against Boston University and has also faced Albany (1-3), Binghamton (5-1), Hartford (0-3), Maine (0-1), New Hampshire (1-2), Stony Brook (3-1) and Vermont (5-6). Cornell has never played UMBC. This is the second of five contests against America East teams in 2010-11, with Cornell also facing Binghamton on Dec. 18 on the road, as well as New Hampshire in Richmond, Va. on Dec. 29 and Stony Brook at home on Jan. 8. The Big Red knocked off Albany on the road, 65-61, on Nov. 12.
THE SERIES: Cornell and Boston University have only met once previously, with the Big Red earning a dominant 89-59 victory on Dec. 29, 2008 in Newman Arena. Cornell rattled off the game’s first 13 points and never looked back. Jeff Foote led four Big Red players in double figures with 19 points and a career-high 12 rebounds. Foote, who also handed out a team-high five assists, was a perfect 8-for-8 from the field. Alex Tyler poured in 14 points and grabbed six rebounds, while Ryan Wittman scored 12 points. Louis Dale rounded out the Cornell players in double figures with 10 points. The Big Red put on a clinic on both ends of the floor against the preseason America East favorites, connecting on 64 percent of its shots from the floor and an impressive 55 percent from the arc while holding BU to 32 percent overall and just 20 percent from 3-point range. The Terriers were led by Corey Lowe and Tyler Morris with 14 and 13 points, respectively.
THE STORY LINES
• With a two-game losing streak in hand, Cornell will attempt to get back to its winning ways when it visits preseason America East favorite Boston University.
• Cornell’s last two losses have come by a total of five points.
• The Big Red is looking to even its record at 3-3 prior to taking on consecutive nationally ranked squads in No. 11 Syracuse and No. 17 Minnesota prior to final exam break. Cornell closes out its current five-game road swing with a visit to another America East foe, Binghamton.
• The two teams have met only once before, with Cornell taking an easy 30-point victory during the 2008-09 season en route to its second straight Ivy League title.
• Cornell is 74-24 in the last four seasons (.755).
• 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 21-7 in its last 28 games away from Newman Arena (.750) and 16-6 in its last 22 true road games (.727).
• In non-conference games, the Big Red is 36-20 over the last four seasons (.643).
• The Big Red’s last three opponents have shot just 8-of-43 from 3-point range (.186). Its foes have made just 27 percent of its shots from beyond the arc this year.
• Cornell’s last two opponents have shot just .320 from the floor overall (33-of-103).
• In the last three games, Cornell has shot .429 from beyond the arc (30-of-70) after hitting on just .288 (15-of-52) in the first two games.
• Since the season opener, when Albany shot 52 percent in the floor, the Cornell defense has surrendered just .386 (85-of-220) shooting.
• In its three losses, Cornell has been outrebounded by an average of 13.7 rebounds per game with an average of 15.3 offensive boards in those contests. The Big Red has also been whistled for 24.3 fouls per game in its losses and 14.0 in its wins.
• In its two wins, the Big Red has turned the ball over an average of 11.0 times per game.
• The Big Red has doubled its opponents 3-point field goals made (45-22).
• In a statistical oddity, over its last two games Cornell has shot 43 percent (22-of-51) from 3-point range and just 25 percent (14-of-55) from inside the arc.
• Cornell’s opponents have posted a negative assist:turnover ratio in four of five games this season.
• Senior Adam Wire has 18 of his 34 rebounds on the offensive glass.
• Wire also has 16 assists and just six turnovers.
• Junior Chris Wroblewski is 10-of-19 from 3-point range, upping his career percentage to .455 (school record).
• Wroblewski has committed 14 turnovers in his last two contests.
• Senior Max Groebe has made 10-of-26 3-pointers this season, lowering his career 3-point field goal percentage at Cornell to under 50 percent (33-of-67, .493).
• Senior Aaron Osgood has already surpassed his career totals from his first three seasons in points (46-20), field goals (16-9), free throws made (13-2) and attempted (24-4), assists (8-5), blocked shots (2-1), rebounds (23-20) and steals (3-0).
• After making 11-of-14 field goals in the team’s first two games (79 percent), Osgood is just 5-of-20 (25 percent) in his last three.
• When senior Max Groebe hits at least one 3-pointer, he has averaged 14.7 points on 63 percent from beyond the arc (10-of-16). In two games where he hasn’t made a trey, he is averaging 0.5 points and has missed all 12 field goal attempts.
• In 47 total minutes this season, Anthony Gatlin has scored 25 points, grabbed nine rebounds and blocked four shots.
• Senior Adam Wire has at least three offensive rebounds in four of the team’s first five games (3.6 per game).
NEXT UP: The Big Red continues its five-game road swing when it visits Syracuse on Tuesday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. at the Carrier Dome.
BOSTON - Looking for its first win streak of the season, the America East preseason favorite Boston University men's basketball team hosts three-time defending Ivy League champion Cornell on Saturday at Case Gymnasium with tip-off set for 5 p.m. Having already defeated one AE member in Albany, the Big Red (2-3) represents the first Sweet 16 participant from the previous season's NCAA tournament to visit the campus since the Terriers (3-3) hosted then-defending champion Duke on Jan. 21, 1992.
Cornell and BU met for the first time at Newman Arena in 2008-09 with the Big Red jumping out of the gate to a 13-0 run and an eventual 89-59 victory. Cornell is 15-17 all-time against current members of the America East and will later face Binghamton, New Hampshire and Stony Brook. The Terriers are 50-86 against Ivy League members and will later visit Harvard on Dec. 11.
Through six games with 11 new faces and one of the three returnees from last year's squad still injured (Jeff Pelage), BU has already experienced highs and lows, knocking off George Washington for the first time since 1979 and also losing two games by a combined three points. Leading the Terriers through this transition is senior John Holland, who has led them in scoring five of the six games and is averaging 19.0 ppg. Eight points away from moving into fourth-place all-time at BU in career scoring, he has also contributed on the defensive end with 11 steals.
Shooting just 39.3 percent from the field, the Terriers are only five points away from being 5-1 because of the defense. They are holding opponents to just 38.8 percent shooting and are forcing 13.7 turnovers a game. Junior Patrick Hazel has 12 blocks already, and classmate Jake O'Brien is averaging a team-high 6.3 rpg while also recording seven blocks and six steals.
They will face a team in Cornell that likes to shoot 3-pointers. The Big Red last failed to hit a 3-pointer in the 1989-90 season opener. Through five games, Cornell is averaging 9.0 made 3-pointers per game while shooting 36.9 percent. Junior guard Chris Wroblewski leads the team in scoring at 17.3 ppg and tallied a career-high 25 points with five rebounds and five assists against St. Bonaventure in a 56-54 loss.
Defensively, 6-foot-5 forward Adam Wire is averaging 6.8 rpg, while 6-foot-9 forward Aaron Osgood is second in rebounding at 4.8 rpg and in scoring at 9.2 ppg. Cornell has forced 15 turnovers per game but has also sent teams to the free throw line an average of 24.6 times a contest.
Following its second home game of the season, the Terriers will again hit the road and travel to Kentucky on Tuesday (Nov. 30). Coincidentally, the Wildcats are the team that eliminated Cornell from the 2010 NCAA tournament.