Tuesday, November 30, 2010

News and Notes: Tuesday Gameday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Tuesday...
  • In case you missed it, in our Game Recap section, we posted the Cornell Daily Sun's late published recap of the Cornell-Boston University game from Saturday.
  • In recruiting news, several sources confirmed that John Golden (Northfield Mount Hermon School) Northfield, MA, 6-6, F, has committed to Dartmouth. Golden attended Cornell's elite camp last summer.
  • The Daily Princetonian ranks Cornell 7th in the Ivy League in its power rankings and notes, "No. 7 Cornell (2-4)-Cornell dominated the Ivy League last year en route to a Sweet 16 appearance in the NCAA tournament, but the losses of forward Ryan Wittman, last year’s Ivy League Player of the Year, and center Jeff Foote have hit the Big Red hard. The team started out strong with victories in two of its first three games but has since fallen in consecutive contests to St. Bonaventure, Lehigh and Boston University. Cornell’s defense has held opponents to an average of just 66 points per game, but the Big Red’s .380 field-goal percentage is lowest in the league."
  • While Cornell is currently sitting with a 2-4 record, the Big Red's last three games, 54-56 L vs. St. Bonaventure, 57-60 L at Lehigh, and 61-66 L at Boston U, were defeats by just a combined 10 points. During 2007-2008, the Big Red started the noncoference season with a similar sluggish 4-4 record, including a string of three straight losses to Colgate, Bucknell and Syracuse. The Big Red would ultimately finish the Ivy League season that year a perfect 14-0.
  • The A.P. notes of No. 15 ranked Minnesota, "Now they enter the soft part of their nonconference schedule, with games against Cornell, St. Joseph's, Eastern Kentucky, Akron and South Dakota State before starting the Big Ten schedule against Wisconsin on Dec. 28."
  • Inside The Hall previews Wednesday's Indiana-Boston College game and notes, "After a 15-16 season, an eighth-place finish in the ACC and failure to reach the postseason in 2009-2010, Boston College parted ways with Al Skinner and hired from Steve Donahue from Cornell. Donahue, who led the Big Red to the Sweet Sixteen in last year’s NCAA Tournament, returns four starters and six of BC’s top nine scorers from a season ago. Donahue’s run in March was impressive not only because of the teams he was able to knock off — No. 4-seed Temple and No. 5-seed Wisconsin — but also because it was the first time since 1979 that an Ivy League team played in the second weekend of the tournament. (You might remember Donahue, Ryan Wittman and the Big Red from the 2008-2009 season, when the eventual Ivy League champions fell to the Hoosiers at Assembly Hall for one of IU’s six wins.)"
  • 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: CollegeRPI.com 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 30 is No. 230 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 KenPom.com site ranks Cornell No. 192 in the nation, while the USA Today Sagarin rankings have Cornell at No. 160. 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 Rivals.com/YahooSports.com 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
  6. at Boston University L 66-61
IVY LEAGUE COMPOSITE SCHEDULE
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 66 New Hampshire 70 Box Score - Recap
Army 79 Yale 87 Box Score - Recap
Colgate 63 Dartmouth 80 Box Score - Recap
Cornell 61 Boston University 66 Box Score - Recap
Penn 58 Pittsburgh 82 [ESPN3.com] Box Score - Recap

Sunday, November 28
Colorado 66 Harvard 82 Box Score - Recap
Columbia 64 American 62 Box Score - Recap
Siena 77 Princeton 86 Box Score - Recap

Tuesday, November 30
Cornell at Syracuse, 7 pm [ESPN3.com/Big East Sports Network]
Maryland-Baltimore County at Penn, 7 pm
Princeton at Lafayette, 7 pm [Lafayette Sports Network]
Hartford at Yale, 7 pm

Wednesday, December 1
Columbia at Bucknell, 7 pm
Dartmouth at Vermont, 7 pm
Fordham at Harvard, 7 pm

Thursday, December 2
Brown at Hartford, 7 pm [Connecticut Sports Network]

Saturday, December 4
Army vs. Penn, Noon
Harvard at Michigan, 1 pm [Big Ten Network]
Yale at Vermont, 1 pm
Brown at Maine, 2 pm
Stony Brook at Columbia, 4 pm
Cornell at Minnesota, 8 pm [Big Ten Network]

Sunday, December 5
Saint Joseph’s at Princeton, 5 pm

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