Thursday, November 25, 2010

News and Notes: Thanksgiving Edition

Happy Thanksgiving to our readers. Below, some news and notes...
  • Cornell assistant coach, Mike Blaine tweets, "Happy Thanksgiving to all! I'm thankful to be able to coach this outstanding group of young men. Let's Go Big Red!" Jon Jaques ('10) tweets, "Spending my first Thanksgiving out of the country makes me appreciate all I have even more. Happy Thanksgiving everybody!"
  • Former Cornell assistant coach and current Skidmore head coach, Joe Burke (left, with Steve Donahue) took part in a 7 overtime thriller against Southern Vermont which marked the longest game in Division III history and tied for the longest in NCAA men's basketball history. The Philadelphia Inquirer writes, "In addition to talking Wednesday to ESPN and Yahoo Sports and other media outlets, Burke got calls from his former bosses, Billy Lange at Navy and Steve Donahue at Boston College. Burke had worked for Donahue at Cornell before assisting Lange at Navy." Dime Mazine's Eric Newman writes, "just got off the phone with Burke — who I have been lucky enough to know since he was an assistant at Cornell under Steve Donahue before spending six years at Navy as their top assistant. Coach Burke jumped at the opportunity to become a head coach at Skidmore this summer. Located in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., right outside Albany, Coach Burke is looking to build a D-III powerhouse. Winning a seven-OT game and receiving national attention on ESPN’s 'SportsCenter' and 'First Take' and all over the web is a great start. 'I have done 15 interviews and have easily had 300 people reach out to me from the Skidmore and basketball community in the last 12 hours,' Burke told me, 'I am overwhelmed with joy and also exhausted.'”
  • Previewing Wisconsin's participation in the Old Spice Classic with Boston College, Bucky's 5th Quarter writes, "Even though a rematch with Donahue would be nice if Wisconsin wanted revenge for the Cornell game, expect Texas A&M move on, providing a NCAA tourney-caliber opponent for Wisconsin in the second round." ProSportsBlogging adds on the same topic, "All-time Boston College wins leader Al Skinner is out, and Steve Donahue is in. Donahue comes over from Cornell who made three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and a magical run to the Sweet 16 a year ago. Donahue and Skinner have two different styles of play. Skinner had a very precise flex-offense, while Donahue likes to push it a little more and shoot the three."
  • St. John's Athletics notes in a recent release, "The 2010 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout is one of two regular-season tournaments for St. John's in 2010-11, as the Red Storm will also participate in its 45th Madison Square Garden Holiday Festival in late December. Last season, St. John's placed second in the Holiday Festival, falling to eventual NCAA Sweet 16 participant Cornell (71-66, Dec. 21, 2009)."

  • 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 25 is No. 237 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. 172. 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

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