Wednesday, November 3, 2010

News and Notes: Wednesday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Wednesday...
  • ESPN's Eammon Brennon writes the "Five Things I Can't Wait to See," which includes Temple in the 2011 NCAA Tournament. Brennon notes, "the Owls have been besieged by tough matchups in each of [Fran] Dunphy's three tourney years (including two eventual Sweet 16 teams -- Michigan State and Cornell."
  • writes of Wisconsin, "The Badgers were shocked in the tournament last year by Cornell."
  • Rush The Court's preseason bracketology projects Princeton as the Ivy League's automatic bid recipient and a No. 14 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
  • ESPN's Dana O'Neil profiles St. Bonaventure star, Andrew Nicholson. The Bonnies visit Cornell on November 19.
  • Rush The Court is counting down via Twitter the top 345 Division I teams. Cornell is ranked No. 155, one spot ahead of LSU at No. 156 and ahead of teams such as Davidson (159), Rutgers (160), Iowa (166), San Jose St. (169), Central Florida (171), SMU (172), Fresno State (173), Louisiana Tech (176), St. Joseph's (178), Boise St. (190), TCU (199), Rice (232), Hawaii (247), Wyoming (252), Air Force (264), Tulane (265), and Fordham (307). Teams on Cornell's schedule ranked so far include:
-No. 340-Dartmouth
-No. 327-Albany
-No. 300-Columbia
-No. 278-Yale
-No. 262-Brown
-No. 257-Binghmaton
-No. 225-New Hampshire
-No. 224-Bucknell
-No. 208-Buffalo
-No. 201-Delaware
-No. 200-Penn
-No. 192-Lehigh
-No. 188-Stony Brook
-No. 155-Cornell-" Lose four starters and coach Donahue? No Sweet 16 this year, but could still come together under C Wroblewski (9/3/3)."
-No. 143-St. Bonaventure
  • Temple's Blue Ribbon Yearbook preview states in part, "After the Owls' loss to Cornell in the NCAA Tournament, their third consecutive first-round loss, [Fran] Dunphy and his staff analyzed the game film and came to an emotion-free conclusion: On that day, Temple was beaten by a better team...'We looked at the film, and some of their shots were indefensible,' said Dunphy, whose team ranked first in the A-10 in scoring defense, allowing 56.8 points per game. 'They were well prepared. They deserve most of the credit.' Although the Owls received their fair share of criticism for failing to make it out of the first round of the tournament, in their defense, they've run into some tough first-round opponents. Cornell ranked first in Division I in three-point field goal percentage, and third in three-pointers made per game."

...last spring, [Boston College] fired Al Skinner after 13 years during which he became the winningest coach in school history. In came Steve Donahue, the former Cornell coach who plans to pick up the pace and bring a more exciting style to a campus that was slow to embrace Skinner's teams. Donahue took Cornell to three straight Ivy League titles and a trip to the round of 16 this year, earning the first NCAA wins in school history...

Donahue led the Big Red to a 29-5 record last season - the most wins in Ivy history - and the school's first ranking in The Associated Press Top 25 in 59 years. Cornell beat favored Temple and Wisconsin to become the first Ivy team to reach the Sweet 16 in more than three decades; they lost to top-seeded Kentucky 62-45 in the East Regional semifinals.

In some ways, he said, coaching at Cornell was harder than in the ultra-competitive ACC. With no postseason tournament, the Big Red knew that if it didn't win the Ivy League - a goal that could collapse with a single regular-season loss - it had no chance to reach the NCAA tournament.

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