Thursday, December 2, 2010

News and Notes: Thursday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Thursday...
  • Alumni Updates: Some updates on some of Cornell's younger alumni not playing professional basketball. From All-Ivy basketball players at Cornell to high powered attorneys. Ray Mercedes ('01), a former All-Ivy League 6'5" forward and Lenny Collins ('06), a former 6'6" wing and Ivy League Rookie of the Year and 2-time All Ivy League selection, are both currently practicing law with high powered international law firms. Mercedes is based in New York with Weil Gotshal in the Corporate Department, while Collins is on the other coast in the Newport, California office of O'Melveney practicing with the securities litigation group. Both Mercedes and Collins are graduates of Cornell's School of Industrial & Labor Relations. Dan Wendt ('98) is also an attorney with the large Washington, D.C. firm, Miller Chevalier. Former 6'0" point guard, Graham Dow ('07) is a doctoral student in Biology at Stanford and a member of the Bergmann Laboratory. Ugo Ihekweazu ('07), a former forward, is enrolled at Cornell Medical School in New York City, while David Lisle ('06), also a former forward, recently graduated from Georgetown Medical School. Wallace Prather ('02), a former Cornell point guard, represents several NBA players as a super-agent for Perennial Sports & Entertainment where he is an Executive Vice President. Kevin App ('07) and Ka'ron Barnes ('04) are both currently assistant coaches at the United States Military Academy for the Army basketball program. Former All-Ivy center, Andrew Naeve ('07), is an agricultural businessman in Iowa and was recently defeated in his young political career in a race for the Iowa State Senate. Among the financial services and banking industry alumni, Greg Barratt ('01) is a Senior Financial Advisor for Hendricks & Partners in Salt Lake City. Eric Taylor ('05) is a financial consultant for Tompkins Trust Company. Conor Mullen ('09) is a Financial Analyst at Whitney Capital Company in New York. Brian Kreefer ('09) is specialist in the loans department for Bank of America. DeShawn Standard ('98) is with Robeco Asset Management in Boston. Jason Battle ('09) is an analyst with Goldman Sachs in New York.
  • CollegeBasketballTalk.com predicts the Ivy League race and writes, "Ivy[Brent's] Pick: Cornell – The league should be even closer than last season. Cornell loses some key players from last year’s NCAA Tournament team, but has plenty to replace it. Princeton will be poised to win this league after finishing just two games behind Cornell last season. Throw in Harvard as a dark horse for this conference, and it should be competitive.T.J.’s Pick: Princeton Seth’s Pick: Harvard"
  • The Orange 44 blog writes of Syracuse's win over Cornell on Tuesday night, "Syracuse has had a pretty lack luster season so far. Having close game after close game against teams Syracuse would have blown out by 25 last season, it was nice to have a 20 point win. But Cornell sucks. We honestly should have won by more." CuseConnection adds, "It was a nice, easy win for the Orangemen. Maybe a little too easy. Cornell shot only 33% for the game, a product of good defense no doubt, but they missed many open looks. The Big Red handed the Cuse this one on a silver platter."
Below, a preseason video interview of Bill Courtney from Cornell Athletics' Sidelines Program which was never posted here on the Blog.



  • 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 December 2 is No. 192 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. 194 in the nation, while the USA Today Sagarin rankings have Cornell at No. 194. 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 61-66
  7. at Syracuse L 58-78
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 58 Syracuse 78 [ESPN3.com/Big East Sports Network] Box Score - Recap
Maryland-Baltimore County 59 Penn 71 Box Score - Recap
Princeton 82 Lafayette 64 [Lafayette Sports Network] Box Score - Recap
Hartford 76 Yale 81 Box Score - Recap

Wednesday, December 1
Columbia 68 Bucknell 73 Box Score - Recap
Dartmouth 53 Vermont 80 Box Score - Recap
Fordham 57 Harvard 80 Box Score - Recap

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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