Monday, November 1, 2010

News and Notes: Monday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Monday...
  • Jeff Foote ('10) will be interviewed live on Monday at 12 p.m. ET by Ryan Feldman (of The interview will be broadcast on the website,
  • Former Cornell assistant coach and current head coach of the NBA D-League's Erie Bayhawks, Jay Larranaga is preparing for the upcoming D-League draft per
  • In previewing Temple's upcoming season, writes, "Temple's calling card will again be defense; it was as stingy as ever last season, holding opponents to 38.3 percent shooting and keeping 10 of them below 50 points (going 9-1). They allowed teams to top 70 points six times -- the last of those times against Cornell in the first round of the NCAAs. Cornell was no fluke, as it turned out. But this new era of Temple basketball can no longer afford to just get into the field and be satisfied."

"The Ivy League is more uncertain than it has been in years­. After a Sweet 16 appearance last year in the NCAA Tournament, three-time defending conference champion Cornell begins the season with a depleted roster headed by first-year head coach Bill Courtney, after former coach Steve Donahue accepted the head coaching position at Boston College.

The Princeton Tigers appear to be an early favorite to win the Ivy crown. They earned 12 of 17 first-place votes in a preseason media poll, finishing ahead of Harvard, which came in second with four first-place votes. Brown came in sixth place, also trailing Cornell, Penn and Yale and coming ahead of only Columbia and Dartmouth."

  • The College Hardwood blog writes a review of the new book, One Beautiful Season by Kyle Whelliston. The College Hardwood notes in the review, "2009-10 was the season of the mid-major. If you include Xavier as a mid-major, which for these purposes only, I will, five mid major teams made the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament - Xavier, St Mary's, Northern Iowa, Cornell and Butler."
  • Rush The Court is counting down via Twitter the top 345 Division I teams. 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-Binghmaton
-No. 225-New Hampshire
-No. 224-Bucknell
-No. 208-Buffalo
-No. 201-Delaware
-No. 200-Penn
-No. 192-Lehigh
-No. 188-Stony Brook

  • ranked each of the 263 Mid Major basketball programs based on their performances during the last six years. Here is a look at the top 30 teams in the country:
30. Saint Joseph`s, Atlantic 14 (66 points)
29. Sam Houston State, Southland (67 points)
28. Akron, Mid-American (70 points)
27. Rhode Island, Atlantic 14 (72 points)
26. Cornell, Ivy League (73 points)
25. Kent State, Mid-American (73 points)
24. Massachusetts, Atlantic 14 (73 points)
23. Vermont, America East (76 points)
22. Morgan State, MEAC (77 points)
21. Missouri State, Missouri Valley (79 points)
20. Creighton, Missouri Valley (80 points)
19. Temple, Atlantic 14 (80 points)
18. South Alabama, Sun Belt (83 points)
17. Siena, Metro Atlantic (84 points)
16. George Mason, Colonial (90 points)
15. Wichita State, Missouri Valley (92 points)
14. Southern Illinois, Missouri Valley (92 points)
13. Dayton, Atlantic 14 (97 points)
12. Utah State, Western Athletic (99 points)
11. Bradley, Missouri Valley (100 points)
10. Winthrop, Big South (109 points)
9. Saint Mary`s, West Coast (111 points)
8. Northern Iowa, Missouri Valley (112 points)
7. Oral Roberts, Badlands Conference (113 points)
6. Old Dominion, Colonial (113 points)
5. Virginia Commonwealth, Colonial (114 points)
4. Nevada, Western Athletic (132 points)
3. Davidson, Southern (138 points)

2. Western Kentucky, Sun Belt (141 points)
1. BUTLER, Horizon
  • Some updates on weekend action for Cornell's pro alumni:
-John McCord ('97) (Strasbourg, Pro A France)-He finished with 6 points and 3 rebounds in 21 minutes for Strasbourg on October 29 in a 77-72 loss to Pau-Lacq-Orthez.

-Jeff Aubry ('99) (Halcones, LNBP Mexico)-No games this weekend.

-Cody Toppert ('05) (Plymouth Raiders, British Basketball League)-On October 30 in a 91-81 win over the Milton Keynes Lions, Toppert chipped in 11 points and 5 rebounds.

-Jason Hartford ('08) (Ginasio, LPD Portugal)-No games this weekend.

-Louis Dale ('10) (Gottingen, Bundesliga Germany)-No games this weekend.

-Ryan Wittman ('10) (Forli, LegaDue Italy)-Wittman errupted for 26 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for Forli in a 96-87 win over Scafati.

-Jeff Foote ('10) (Maccabi Tel Aviv, Israel Winner's League)-Did not play this weekend in Maccabi's victory over Hapoel on October 31.

-Jon Jaques ('10) (Ashkelon, Israel Winner's League)-No games this weekend.


Anonymous said...

Nice game Wittman, it was about time

Anonymous said...

Foote interview never happened, he could not get his audio to work, it was funny because he was talking and didnt realize people could see or hear him