- Andrew Santillo of the Troy Record writes, the Albany "Great Danes take on Cornell... on Friday in the 2010-11 season opener."
- The Boston Globe writes, "Predicted to finish second in the league behind Princeton in a media poll, the [Harvard] Crimson will be looking to step into the void that may be left by the retooling of Cornell’s program, which won 29 games last season but lost its top three players and had coach Steve Donahue depart for Boston College." Below is the Boston Globe's predictions for the Ivy League season.
(Predicted order of finish, with last season’s records)
Penn (6-22, 5-9): The Quakers return All-Ivy guard Zach Rosen (17.7 ppg) and also get back Tyler Bernardini, a 6-6 guard who missed last season because of injury but is an all-league-caliber player. Leading rebounder Jack Eggleston (6.4 rpg, 13.0 ppg), a 6-8 forward, also returns. Plus there’s 6-7 freshman Marin Kukoc, son of former NBA star Toni.
Princeton (22-9, 11-3): The Tigers emerged as a contender again after several down years. The upsurge should continue behind junior guard Douglas Davis (12.7 ppg) and senior guard Dan Mavraides (11.5 ppg).
Harvard (21-8, 10-4): Will it happen? Will Harvard finally make it to the NCAAs? The Crimson have a chance, even though guard Jeremy Lin graduated and ended up in the NBA. Sophomore Kyle Casey, a 6-7 forward, has to emerge as a star to help make this happen.
Columbia (11-17, 5-9): Coach Kyle Smith came across country from Saint Mary’s of California to replace Joe Jones, who became Steve Donahue’s assistant at Boston College. He’ll build around All-Ivy-caliber junior guard Noruwa Agho (16.3 ppg, 4.2 rpg).
Yale (12-19, 6-8): Coach James Jones won’t have his brother Joe around anymore (he beat him twice last season), but the Bulldogs project to have a similar season, a cut below the best. Michael Sands, a 6-7 senior forward, is the leading returning scorer (10.8) and rebounder (6.1).
Cornell (29-5, 13-1): Look out below! The Big Red have been tremendous for three seasons, upsetting their way to the Sweet 16 last season. It’s all over now. Coach Steve Donahue is now at BC and was replaced by Bill Courtney. Good luck to him. Guard Chris Wroblewski (8.9 ppg, 45 percent on threes) is the only returnee who had an impact last season.
Brown (11-20, 5-9): Four starters return but only one, forward Peter Sullivan (12.3 ppg), was a double-figure scorer. The out-of-conference schedule is easier, so that might mean a few more wins.
Dartmouth (5-23, 1-13): It can’t get any worse. Pretty much everyone is back, but the Green could only muster 54 points per game last season. There will have to be some big improvement for the team to move up in the standings.
- The Albany Times Union writes, "this [Albany] team that opens Friday at SEFCU Arena against Sweet 16 participant Cornell should have been different. Instead of talking about a kiddie corps, fans should have been discussing how the Great Danes are a senior-laden crew ready to challenge for an America East title." In previewing the Danes, the Albany Times Union also notes ,"UAlbany opens the season Friday vs. Cornell. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at SEFCU Arena."
- The Chicago Tribune writes, "[Wisconsin] turned it over a nation's lowest 8.8 times last season while allowing 56.9 points per game and finishing 24-9, ending with a loss to Cornell in the second round of the NCAA tournament."
- The State Journal-Register of Springfield, IL, writes of the Big 10, "Illinois hasn’t won an NCAA Tournament game since 2006. Wisconsin went one-and-done in the NCAAs for the second straight season a year ago, getting thumped by 12th-seeded Cornell in the second round. What can Minnesota or Northwestern do?"
- The Bleacher Report writes, "Last year ended with a magical NCAA Tournament, one in which the little guy finally started to make a difference in the big picture. Teams like Cornell and St. Mary's all made a big impact, while no mid-major team came close to what Butler accomplished."
- Previewing intriguing November ACC games, Bleacher Report notes of Boston College, "[Steve] Donahue led Cornell into the Sweet Sixteen a year ago before bowing out to Kentucky."
Below, a clip from Albany's media day. The Big Red visit the Danes on Friday night.
Below, highlights of former Cornell basketball player, Alex Hill, now playing in his hometown with the University of Toronto. Hill is averaging 11 points per game in his first two games.