Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Sports Network Prediction for Delaware at Cornell

Below, the Sports Network makes its prediction for tonight's game between Cornell and Delaware. Fans, don't forget you can discuss the game with your fellow fans on The Cornell Basketball Blog's Message Board and Community Forum (click here, free membership).

DATE & TIME: Wednesday, November 17th, 7:00 p.m. (et).

FACTS & STATS: Site: Newman Arena (4,473) -- Ithaca, New York. Television: None. Home Record: Delaware 0-0, Cornell 0-0. Away Record: Delaware 0-1, Cornell 1-1. Neutral Record: Delaware 0-0, Cornell 0-0. Conference Record: Delaware 0-0, Cornell 0-0. Series Record: Cornell leads 1-0.

GAME NOTES: The Delaware Blue Hens hit the road again in search of their first win of the season as they challenge the Cornell Big Red in non-conference action at Newman Arena in Ithaca.

The Hens tipped off their season on Saturday with a date against Ohio University on the road and took a tumble in the 88-69 setback versus the Bobcats. Playing outside of the First State has been especially hard on Delaware in recent years, the squad losing 10 straight road dates and putting up a mark of just 17-70 since the beginning the of 2004-05 campaign.

As for the Big Red, playing their first home date of the season tonight, they first took down Albany in the season opener by a 65-61 score last Friday, but then the squad headed to Seton Hall where it was defeated by the Pirates two days later, 92-68.

With respect to the all-time series between these two schools on the hardwood, Cornell won the only previous meeting back in 1968 in North Carolina with a 93-77 romp.

Head coach Monte Ross saw his team keep it close against Ohio University in the opener last week, but then the squad let the meeting get away from them and suffered the 19-point setback. Devon Saddler certainly made a major impact for the Blue Hens as he tallied 19 points, shooting 8-of-13 from the floor, while adding seven assists and six rebounds, but it simply wasn't enough. Jamelle Hagins shot only 3-of-9 from the floor, but his double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds still made him a force to contend with in the paint. Josh Brinkley tacked on 12 points off the bench, hitting all but two of his seven field goal attempts, and Alphonso Dawson 11 points in a reserve role as well. The biggest disappointment was senior leader Jawan Carter who played 34 minutes, shot just 1-of-6 behind the three-point line and turned the ball over six times and he tallied just six points.

Aaron Osgood scored a career-high 19 points, shooting 5-of-7 from the floor but just 8-of-16 at the free-throw line against Seton Hall at the Prudential Center on Sunday afternoon. Unfortunately for the Big Red, Osgood was the only player in double figures for the squad as they shot a collective 36.1 percent from the field and a woeful 5-of-24 behind the three-point line as they turned the ball over 15 times and were beaten up on the glass, 46-29. Through the first two games Osgood is the only one averaging double-digit scoring with his 16.5 ppg, but while he is shooting the lights out from the field at a 78.6 percent clip, his 10-of-19 at the charity stripe has to be something of a concern for someone who will be handling the ball as much as he is. Adam Wire (4.5 ppg) has provided the squad with a presence in the paint with 9.0 rpg and is also first on the team with nine assists, which is an unusual combination at any level.

If Carter has another awful outing for the Blue Hens the visitors will once more find themselves in the loss column no matter how average a performance the Big Red put forth tonight.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Cornell 67, Delaware 62

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