Friday, November 5, 2010

News and Notes: Friday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Friday...
  • The one week countdown begins! One week from today, the Big Red open the 2010-2011 season at Albany. Not in the area and want to watch the game? It is expected that streaming online video through Albany Athletics, the Dane Zone, will be available. However, no official announcement has been made by Albany. Price for a one month package to Dane Zone, which must be canceled following the game to avoid further monthly charges, is just $9.95.
  • Speaking of broadcasts, in addition to online video, Cornell will have at least five televised games this season. These games include:
* at Seton Hall November 14-SNY/Big East Network

* at Syracuse November 30-Big East Network

* at Minnesota December 4-Big Ten Network

* vs. Columbia January 22-Time Warner Sports New York

* at Princeton February 25-Verizon FiOS 1
  • Rivals.com ranks Wisconsin No. 24 in the country in its preseason rankings and notes with respect to a year ago, "The NCAA tournament was a letdown, with the Badgers losing in the second round to Cornell."
  • We are not alone in complaining about overstocked basketball rosters. ESPN's Rumor Central similarly asks if Duke's backcourt is too crowded. Speaking of Duke, the Duke Chronicle profiles the ACC and writes of Boston College, "The mastermind behind Cornell’s Sweet Sixteen run last season now lurks in the ACC."
  • Jonah Hecht of WVBR argues that patience is a virtue in sports and notes as an example, "Cornell stuck with basketball coach Steve Donahue for 8 years before he made the NCAA Tournament and it took 10 years to get to the Sweet 16."
The time is now for Princeton men’s basketball.

After a successful season last year in which the Tigers finished 22-9 overall, 11-3 and second place in the Ivy League, they are now the conference favorites this season.

Princeton had a shot at winning the Ivy last season but fell short of conference powerhouse Cornell after losing both games to the Big Red. The Tigers then won two games in the College Basketball Invitational before being eliminated by Saint Louis in the semifinals.

"Last year taught us a lot," said junior guard Doug Davis. "We went further than we did the previous year. We made mistakes but we also had a lot of success. I think that’s gonna carry over into this year."

Cornell has dominated the Ivy for the past few years, but now Louis Dale, Ryan Wittman, Jeff Foote and head coach Steve Donahue are all gone. That gives the Tigers a huge opportunity to win the league and start a new era of success atop the Ivy League.
During both of his first two seasons, Princeton finished second to Cornell in the Ivy League standings. Now Davis is looking to pace the Orange and Black to the top of the Ancient Eight and a trip to the NCAA Tournament.

“We’re trying to make this year the best that we can make it,” Davis said. “A lot of teams have lost people and we know that, but we’re just focusing on ourselves right now and trying to make this team the best.”

Cornell’s nucleus that featured first team All-Ivy performers Jeff Foote, Louis Dale and Ryan Wittman is gone to graduation. Their coach also left for the head post at Boston College.

The Tigers are favorites in the preseason media poll to top the Ivy League and end Cornell’s three year reign as champions.
  • In previewing the ACC and Boston College, The Sports Network writes, "[Steve] Donahue gained national recognition for leading Cornell to the Sweet 16. Keeping Boston College competitive game in and game out may be viewed as a bigger accomplishment this year by comparison."
  • German Hoops, an affiliate blog with EuroBasket.com writes of Louis Dale ('10), "the BEKO BBL rookie from Cornell has had a good start in Goettingen and should make a fine transition from college to the pro level."
  • The Hoops Report is projecting Princeton as a No. 13 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
  • Rush The Court is counting down via Twitter the top 345 Division I teams. Cornell is ranked No. 155, one spot ahead of LSU at No. 156 and ahead of teams such as Davidson (159), Rutgers (160), Iowa (166), San Jose St. (169), Central Florida (171), SMU (172), Fresno State (173), Louisiana Tech (176), St. Joseph's (178), Boise St. (190), TCU (199), Rice (232), Hawaii (247), Wyoming (252), Air Force (264), Tulane (265), and Fordham (307). Teams on Cornell's schedule ranked so far include:
-No. 340-Dartmouth
-No. 327-Albany
-No. 300-Columbia
-No. 278-Yale
-No. 262-Brown
-No. 257-Binghamton
-No. 225-New Hampshire
-No. 224-Bucknell
-No. 208-Buffalo
-No. 201-Delaware
-No. 200-Penn
-No. 192-Lehigh
-No. 188-Stony Brook
-No. 155-Cornell-" Lose four starters and coach Donahue? No Sweet 16 this year, but could still come together under C Wroblewski (9/3/3)."
-No. 143-St. Bonaventure
-No. 104-Boston U.
-No. 93-Harvard
-No. 87-Princeton

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