Thursday, November 18, 2010

News and Notes: Thursday Edition

Above, the cover of the January 5, 1923 issue of the Cornell Daily Sun recapping Cornell's 28-26 win over St. Bonaventure on January 1. On the cover, John Luther ('23), a 1923 First Team All-American for the Big Red. He was also a First Team selection All-EIBL (Ivy League) in 1922 and 1923. The January 1, 1923 game was the first ever meeting between the schools. The Bonnies visit Newman Arena this Friday evening. The Big Red leads the all-time series 8-3, with the last win coming in Olean during the 2004-05 season, a 58-54 Cornell victory at the Reilly Center. The Big Red has won five straight in the series and is 3-2 at home vs. the A-10's St. Bonaventure. Below, some news and notes for Thursday...
  • With the season-ending knee injury to Dom Scelfo, scout team member and fellow freshman, Jamal Cherry has been activated and placed on the official Cornell roster as a walk-on. He briefly appeared in Wednesday night's Big Red win over Delaware. Cherry wears No. 25. Due to Scelfo's injury, the Big Red's active roster remains 17 players.

  • On Friday evening, Cornell hosts St. Bonaventure of the A-10, Jeff Foote's ('10) former school.
  • Previewing tonight's Yale at Boston College game, SB Nation writes, "Boston College head coach Steve Donahue has a history in the Ivy League. Donahue was the head coach in the Ivy League at Cornell from 2000-2010, leading the Big Red to an overall record of 146-138. However, Donahue excelled in the Ivy League, guiding Cornell to a 78-62 record within the conference. Now, Donahue will have a chance to build upon his success against the Ivy League when his Boston College Eagles host the Yale Bulldogs at Conte Forum on Thursday night (7 p.m. ET, WEEI)."
  • reminds its readers of Kansas' narrow wins during the course of its home winning streak in Allen Fieldhouse, and includes Cornell 's 71-66 loss to the Jayhawks last January.
  • Adam Zagoria of SNY writes, "Seton Hall (1-1)... rebounded from an ugly loss at No. 22 Temple to hammer Cornell at home. Kevin Willard now takes his team to the U.S. Virgin Islands for Friday’s tilt with Alabama"
  • Rochester, NY 6'8" forward, Dylan Sherwood of Pittsford-Sutherland HS told the Democrat & Chronicle, "I was looking pretty seriously at Cornell and looked a little at Princeton, too," Sherwood said before selecting UNC-Wilmington earlier in the fall.
After another whirlwind March that saw two No. 1 seeds fall in the first weekend of play, a No. 5 seeded mid-major come within a half-court shot of the title and our beloved Cornell basketball team advance to the first-ever Sweet 16 in school history, the NCAA inexplicably entered negotiations with CBS and Turner Broadcasting to give the ultimate sporting event an unnecessary facelift.
Last year a young Bucknell men's basketball team was thought to be a contender for the Patriot League title after it took eventual Sweet 16 participant Cornell into overtime at Sojka Pavilion.

However in its next game, the Bison at Binghamton which turned into a stretch of nine losses in 10 games.

"There were a lot of people that told us we were going to be a good team after we took Cornell to overtime and then we went to Binghamton and lost," Bucknell coach Dave Paulsen said. "We were in the same situation after the Marquette game (on Sunday). There were a lot of people telling us how good we were even though we lost."

Ironically enough, Bucknell's next opponent Wednesday night was Binghamton once again. This time Bison set about to prove what they learned from last year's struggles.

  • Euro Basket writes:
Jeff Foote: "I'd Rather Play" Blatt: "He's Not a Go To Guy"

After months of anticipation it was determined today (Wednesday), that the young American center, Jeff Foote (213-C-88, college: Cornell), would be released from Maccabi Tel-Aviv and will continue his European career in the second division team from Spain, Melilla Baloncesto.

Foote is expected to leave Israel tomorrow morning and gain some playing experience until the end of the season, when he is expected to return to the yellow and blue squad from Tel Aviv.

Foote gave '' an exclusive interview, right before he leaves the country.

'I have heard a lot of rumors and I was pretty sure this would eventually happen. Bottom line is I'd rather play than sit on the bench all year', said the center.

'I feel like the coach doesn't really know me much as a player, and that eventually I'm capable of changing his opinion. I know he likes experienced guys, and being fresh out of college eventually backfired on me, that's basically what I lack, but I'm sure that if I get some time I can prove myself', added Foote.

'I still think I need to adjust to a professional European game and with time I will. I signed with maccabi for 3 years and in that time the coach will be here as well, so I have no choice but to see what I can do, it's either change his opinion (like I did with my college coaches) or sit all three years, and I want no part of sitting on the bench for 3 years. It's all up to me too turn heads for next season, and I know exactly what I have to do.

I have talked to coach David Blatt about my situation, and he agreed with me mostly, if anything, this sitting out has only motivated me more and lit a fire under me'.

In looking towards the future Foote added by saying: 'I know I'm going to make it here in Israel, I'm way too determined not to. Wherever I go will be good for experience, but come summer time is when you refine skills, put on more weight and become a better player'.

Foote and Maccabi's coach, David Blatt told '' on the centers leave: 'That was our goal from the start when we signed him. We are very pleased that we are sending him for strengthening season in a great place. Here he would not get the minutes he wants and he won't play, so this is good for him. The reason we could not find a team for him in the country is not only a financial issue, but also because he does not fit into the roll of a 'Go to Guy', which is something the Israeli teams do not
like. '
  • The Minneapolis Star Tribune writes, "Former Eden Prairie and Cornell standout Ryan Wittman is the second-leading scorer on the Forli basketball team in France at 14.7 points per game. He is also averaging 3.6 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game, while shooting 54.9 percent from the field."

In Ivy League play, above, Harvard lines up for the national anthem for the Crimson's home opener against Holy Cross.
  • 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. Albany W 65-61 (video recaps)
  2. Seton Hall L 68-92
  3. Delaware W 75-61 (video recap)
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 at Boston College, 7 pm

Friday, November 19
St. Bonaventure at Cornell, 7 pm
Dartmouth at Hartford, 7 pm

Saturday, November 20
Harvard at Mercer, 3 pm
Sacred Heart at Brown, 7 pm
Columbia at Longwood, 7 pm
Drexel at Penn, 7 pm

Sunday, November 21
Dartmouth at Loyola (Md.), Noon


Anonymous said...

I feel like both Wittman and Foote have suffered coaches who weren't interested in giving them a chance. Witt barely got on the floor in NBA summer league, and when he did no one was getting him the ball. Foote got in one game w/ Maccabi.

Not that these guys should have systems built around them, but it seems like coaches have been hostile to them.

Good to see Witt is changing minds in Italy. The tabloids were calling for his head two weeks ago.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Anon12:53, particularly about Foote in Israel. He didn't even get off the bench during routs; I was like WTF?

Anonymous said...

Lou, Witt and Foote should plan on signing with the same team in 3 years. Their chemistry and familiarity would be solid and I think they'd be fairly competitive in some Euro league.

It's not like these guys expect to get paid marquee salaries so somewhere down the line, this is not that unreasonable a scenario if they all had the desire to make it happen.