Saturday, November 27, 2010

News and Notes: Saturday Gameday Edition

(Photo Michael King)
Below, some news and notes for Saturday...

  • Get all the information you need about the Big Red's game at Boston University today with The Cornell Basketball Blog's Game Preview Center. Below, Assistant coach Mike Blaine posted this picture via Twitter of Cornell holding shooting drills on Friday night at Boston University.

It appeared Steve Donahue once again had Wisconsin's number.

And then halftime ended and the Badgers put together the kind of run that makes everyone, no matter their personal affiliation, shake their heads in disbelief.

UW found itself down by six points in the second half but rapidly constructed a game-deciding run that saw it outscore Boston College by 28 points in about an 11-minute stretch to secure a 65-55 victory Friday afternoon, which advanced the Badgers into Sunday's championship game of the Old Spice Classic at HP Field House.

The Badgers, who improved to 4-1, will face California/Notre Dame in the final at 7 p.m.

Donahue, BC's first-year coach, lead Cornell to an 18-point second-round upset of UW in last season's NCAA Tournament, but this time, Donahue's new squad couldn't combat UW's massive surge.

"That doesn't happen very often," UW coach Bo Ryan said. "Steve and I talked about that, and that's what Cornell did to us last year.

  • Notable quote from the B.C.-Wisconsin game: "That doesn't happen very often," Ryan said. "That's kind of the blitzkrieg that Cornell did to us last year (in the NCAA tournament). There are times when things get going and you use timeouts, you do whatever, try to change something up, but just somehow those waves hit."
  • Penn alum, Dave Zeitlen writes for CSN Philly, "The last time Penn played a ranked opponent, the Quakers posted an easy win. So when they face No. 5 Pittsburgh on Saturday, they should have a strong chance to pull it out, right? Well, maybe not. Penn’s 79-64 win over then-No. 22 Cornell last season was impressive, but, to be fair, beating an Ivy League rival at the Palestra is something the Quakers have done quite often over that years. Before that upset, Penn lost 28 straight games to ranked opponents, with its last win coming on Nov. 23, 1999 against Temple, which was ranked seventh at the time."
  • Former Cornell basketball player, Alex Hill, is averaging 18 points and 4.7 rebounds per game in his hometown at the University of Toronto.
  • Cornell RPI Watch: The RPI (Rating Percentage Index) is a measure of strength of schedule and how a team does against that schedule. It does not consider the margin of victory, but only whether or not a team won and where the game was played (home/away/neutral court). The formula is 25% team winning percentage (WP), 50% opponents' average winning percentage (OWP), and 25% opponents' opponents' average winning percentage (OOWP). (See: for a further explanation of the formula.) The RPI may be the most influential factor in NCAA Tournament seeding. Cornell's RPI rank as of November 27 is No. 262 out of 347 total Division I teams. While neither the Ken Pomeroy or Jeff Sagarin rankings are used by the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee, the site ranks Cornell No. 192 in the nation, while the USA Today Sagarin rankings have Cornell at No. 166. Both sites are predominantly used by fans and the media.
  • Game Recaps-Below are links to our game recaps from each of Cornell's games this season. Associated press recaps courtesy of are always available by clicking on Cornell's schedule/results on the right column of this blog.
  1. at Albany W 65-61 (video recaps)
  2. at Seton Hall L 68-92
  3. vs. Delaware W 75-61 (video recap)
  4. vs. St. Bonaventure L 54-56
  5. at Lehigh L 57-60
Friday, November 12
Columbia 71 La Salle 82 Box Score - Recap
Rutgers 73 Princeton 78 OT Box Score - Recap
Cornell 65 Albany 61 Box Score - Recap
Brown 69 Fordham 65 Box Score - Recap

Saturday, November 13
Harvard 53 George Mason 66 Box Score - Recap
Davidson 64 Penn 69 Box Score - Recap
Dartmouth 52 Providence 87 Box Score - Recap
Yale 75 Quinnipiac 84 Box Score - Recap

Sunday, November 14
Cornell 68 Seton Hall 92 Noon [SNY/ESPN3/ESPN Full Court] Box Score - Recap
Princeton 60 Duke 97 [ESPNU] Box Score - Recap

Monday, November 15
Maryland-Eastern Shore 74 Columbia 108 Box Score - Recap
Yale 55 Providence 58 Box Score - Recap

Tuesday, November 16
Brown 67 Rhode Island 92 Box Score - Recap
New Hampshire 55 Dartmouth 53 Box Score - Recap

Wednesday, November 17
Delaware 61 Cornell 75 Box Score - Recap
Holy Cross 49 Harvard 72 Box Score - Recap
Penn 54 Manhattan 59 Box Score - Recap
Columbia 66 St. John’s 79 Box Score - Recap

Thursday, November 18
Yale 75 Boston College 67 Box Score - Recap

Friday, November 19
St. Bonaventure 56 Cornell 54 Box Score - Recap
Dartmouth 71 Hartford 57 Box Score - Recap

Saturday, November 20
Harvard 75 Mercer 69 Box Score - Recap
Sacred Heart 67 Brown 81 Box Score - Recap
Columbia 76 Longwood 95 Box Score - Recap
Drexel 77 Penn 56 Box Score - Recap

Sunday, November 21
Dartmouth 59 Loyola (Md.) 73 Box Score - Recap

Monday, November 22
Cornell 57 Lehigh 60 Box Score - Recap
Princeton 64 James Madison 65 Box Score - Recap

Tuesday, November 23
Bucknell 55 Princeton 66 Box Score - Recap [at JMU]
Colgate 63 Columbia 76 Box Score - Recap
Quinnipiac 69 Dartmouth 52 Box Score - Recap
Lafayette 65 Penn 74 Box Score - Recap
Yale 47 Illinois 73 [ESPNU] Box Score - Recap

Wednesday, November 24
St. Francis (N.Y.) 63 Brown 67 Box Score - Recap
Harvard 69 Bryant 66 Box Score - Recap
Presbyterian 69 Princeton 67 Box Score - Recap

Saturday, November 27
Brown at New Hampshire, 1 pm
Army at Yale, 2 pm
Colgate at Dartmouth, 2 pm
Cornell at Boston University, 5 pm
Penn at Pittsburgh, 7 pm []

Sunday, November 28
Colorado at Harvard, 2 pm
Columbia at American, 2 pm
Siena at Princeton, 2 pm

  • Throughout the season we will provide periodic updates on Cornell's eight (8) overseas alumni playing professionally. Below, some updates:
-John McCord ('97) (Strasbourg, Pro A France)-The 6'6" forward is averaging 12.4 points and 6.6 rebounds per game for 3-4 Strasbourg. McCord, reportedly the oldest player in the French Pro A, is a former 1st Team All Ivy selection who transferred to Cornell via Monroe College, a JuCo program. On November 19, he errupted for 28 points and 7 boards on 10/13 shooting in a 85-77 defeat to Hyeres-Toulon, the former French team for which Ka'ron Barnes ('04) played following his 1st All-Ivy career at Cornell.

-Jeff Aubry ('99) (Halcones, LNBP Mexico)-Aubry, a 6'11" center, is averaging 6.0 points and 6.5 rebounds. Aubry played several seasons in the NBA D League in the early part of his career.

-Cody Toppert ('05) (Plymouth Raiders, British Basketball League)-The Raiders are 2-3 in BBL action with the 6'4" Toppert shooting 38% from beyond the arc and contributing 11.6 points per game. Toppert writes a regular blog on his team's website. Like Aubry, Toppert is a veteran of the NBA D League. Plymouth was idle last week.

-Jason Hartford ('08) (Ginasio, LPD Portugal)-Ginasio, still undefeated with a 5-0 record in Portugal, is lead by 6'9" Hartford and his 16.6 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. On November 20, Hartford finished with 13 points and 6 rebounds in a win over Vitoria SC.

-Louis Dale ('10) (Gottingen, Bundesliga Germany)-In a 74-66 loss to the NY Phantoms on November 20, Dale scored 2 points and collected 1 steal in 6 minutes off the bench for Gottingen (3-7) in German premier league play. On the season, Dale is averaging 8.8 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game. On November 23, in Euro Cup action, Dale scored 3 points in a win over Turkish club, Beskitas Cola Turka Istanbul. Dale spent the majority of his time on the floor defended by Allen Iverson. Below, highlights of the game (in German), but includes Louis Dale's "dagger" three pointer right in front of Iverson.

-Ryan Wittman ('10) (Forli, LegaDue Italy)-Wittman is averaing 14.6 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per game and posted 14 points in a buzzer beater 92-90 loss on November 21 to Barcellona.

-Jeff Foote ('10) (Maccabi Tel Aviv, Israel Winner's League/Melilla, Spanish 2nd Division)-In his debut with Melilla of Spain, Foote finished with 6 points and 3 rebounds on 3/4 from the floor in 23 minutes in a 69-59 loss to Alcazar on November 21. Melilla returned to action on November 26 where Foote posted 6 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks in 28 minutes in a 97-88 win over La Palma. Photos below from action against La Palma.

-Jon Jaques ('10) (Ashkelon, Israel Winner's League)-Jaques is averaging 3.3 points and 1.0 rebounds per game and posted a 3 point game on November 21 in an 83-73 win over Maccabi Rishon.
  • Below is an updated directory listing of some Twitter feeds associated with the Cornell basketball program. You can also follow The Cornell Basketball Blog on Twitter.
-Josh Wexler ('88)
-Steve Cobb ('05)
-Andrew Naeve ('07)
-Jason Canady ('08)
-Khaliq Gant ('09)
-Conor Mullen ('09)
-Ryan Wittman ('10)
-Pete Reynolds ('10)
-Jon Jaques ('10)
-Louis Dale ('10)
-Alex Tyler ('10)
-Geoff Reeves ('10)
-Jeff Foote ('10)
-Andre Wilkins ('10)
-Max Groebe ('10)
-Aaron Osgood ('10)
-Peter McMillan ()
-Errick Peck ()
-Dominick Scelfo ()
-Jake Mathews ()
-Dwight Tarwater ()
-Manny Sahota ()
-Dave LaMore
-Shonn Miller
-Assistant Coach Ricky Yahn ()
-Assistant Coach Mike Blaine ()
-Assistant Coach Marlon Sears ()
-Brian Delaney, Ithaca Journal ()
-Cornell Daily Sun Sports ()
-Slope Sports ()
-WVBR Sports ()
-Former assistant coach, Jay Larranaga ()

And a few reminders....

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