Thursday, December 16, 2010

Chat with Brian Delaney

Below, the transcript from today's open chat session with the Ithaca Journal's Brian Delaney:
Thursday December 16, 2010
9:07

The Journal's Brian Delaney will be along at 1 p.m. to do his weekly college basketball live chat. Can't make it at 1 p.m.? Submit your questions now by entering them in the box below, then come back to The Journal's website later to review the conversation. Or, just stop by at 1!
Thursday December 16, 2010 9:07
1:00

[Comment From B. LeonardB. Leonard: ]
Down 3 with 3 seconds to play ... who do you draw it up for to tie it up? Wroblewski, Wittman, Gore, Dale, Ferry?
Thursday December 16, 2010 1:00 B. Leonard
1:00

Thanks everyone for joining. Glad to be back another week. Keep the questions coming, we can go until about 2 today if need be.
Thursday December 16, 2010 1:00
1:01

Wittman. But man that's not a bad group to set something up for at the end of the game.
Thursday December 16, 2010 1:01
1:01

[Comment From What what?What what?: ]
If last year's Cornell team were all actually juniors, is this a top 10 team? Could they win the national title? What is the ceiling?
Thursday December 16, 2010 1:01 What what?
1:05

Interesting. Is Donahue still here? Does the offense change? Whatever the case, I'm convinced now that team could have beaten anyone last year on any given day. But Duke this season is one of the toughest teams I've watched in several years, so who knows?
Thursday December 16, 2010 1:05
1:05

[Comment From GuestGuest: ]
Not a National title Duke is to good and has to much back
Thursday December 16, 2010 1:05 Guest
1:05

[Comment From GuestGuest: ]
butthey could have been another Butler
Thursday December 16, 2010 1:05 Guest
1:05

Could have. So much depends on NCAA tourney matchups.
Thursday December 16, 2010 1:05
1:05

[Comment From guestguest: ]
Does Osgood play on Saturday?
Thursday December 16, 2010 1:05 guest
1:06

He might. He practiced for portions of yesterday's practice, and practiced more today. He said afterward he's working his way back to trusting his knee mentally, so that's the toughest part to overcome. It's possible you see him Saturday, but that'll depend largely on how his knee responds to today's workout.
Thursday December 16, 2010 1:06
1:07

[Comment From Blogga by anotha mothaBlogga by anotha motha: ]
I've read other people say that Adam Wire and Mark Zoller could be twins ...
Thursday December 16, 2010 1:07 Blogga by anotha motha
1:08

Not sure I see it...
Thursday December 16, 2010 1:08
1:08

[Comment From guestguest: ]
liked your piece on miles grier this week. would you start him over oztemel?
Thursday December 16, 2010 1:08 guest
1:10

Ahhh.. the requisite IC question of the week. Thanks for chiming in, D-III. I'm fine with Grier coming off the bench. He's a great energy guy that actually can quicken the pace a little bit. When IC beat Naz, I thought Naz's regulars struggled to match Grier's energy when he checked in. Remember also that Oztemel is still working himself back into shape after that odd back injury he had in the preseason.
Thursday December 16, 2010 1:10
1:10

[Comment From guestguest: ]
What do you make of Binghamton?
Thursday December 16, 2010 1:10 guest
1:12

I think it's a game Cornell is very capable of winning, but it seems BU has progressed quickly since averaging just about 48 ppg over their first six. They drop an 89-85 game to Hofstra and then pick up a 70-69 win over Manhattan and the perception has changed. They're suddenly a more formidable looking opponent. The coaching staff this morning depicted BU has a team with a lot of 6-7, 6-8 length, tall guards and the ability to stretch Cornell out a bit. Still, if Cornell plays well, it should win.
Thursday December 16, 2010 1:12
1:12

[Comment From Blogga by anotha mothaBlogga by anotha motha: ]
How about Anthony Gatlin and Tayshaun Prince?
Thursday December 16, 2010 1:12 Blogga by anotha motha
1:13

[Comment From GuestGuest: ]
how good is OHIO STATE
Thursday December 16, 2010 1:13 Guest
1:13

From what I hear, pretty darn good. I've seen only about 10 minutes of them live though, so I may not be that helpful. Come tourney time, be careful in how far you pick them. I think this is a year where freshmen can only take you so far.
Thursday December 16, 2010 1:13
1:13

[Comment From meme: ]
What Ivy team do you think gives Cornell the worst matchup problems? What about the best matchups?
Thursday December 16, 2010 1:13 me
1:16

I think Princeton's a tough matchup for everybody because of the way they defend; for Cornell, that applies in the way the Tigers defend the arc. CU beat them twice by 3 points each last year, and both times the offense largely came from inside the arc. .... From a defensive standpoint, I don't see an Ivy team that this Cornell group can't defend into a frustrating night.
Thursday December 16, 2010 1:16
1:16

[Comment From GuestGuest: ]
Binghamton still has a long way to go, but with a steady coach and that facility kids will start to want to be there
Thursday December 16, 2010 1:16 Guest
1:18

I think Macon gives them a good guy to build around, if the SUNY system could get off its butt and take that interim tag off. From where I sit, a John Chaney protege is as good a person to start building around as there is. He's doing some things right too, as evidenced by BU somehow winning 8 games last year in the America East. Don't think many people saw that.
Thursday December 16, 2010 1:18
1:18

[Comment From Larry KingLarry King: ]
Love your work. Who is your favorite Cornell player interview (past or present)?
Thursday December 16, 2010 1:18 Larry King
1:20

There's been some good ones. If I have to stay basketball, then I'll say Jeff Foote and Alex Tyler were probably the most willing to speak their mind on a consistent basis, but that entire senior class last year was one I felt pretty comfortable with. It was a good group of people to cover. ... If it's Cornell across any sport, then hands-down John Glynn (former lacrosse player).
Thursday December 16, 2010 1:20
1:20

[Comment From meme: ]
I know both Prince and Gatlin and they don't look anything alike in person. haha
Thursday December 16, 2010 1:20 me
1:21

Yeah, I don't see it either. But hey, we move on.
Thursday December 16, 2010 1:21
1:21

[Comment From KLKL: ]
Do you think Courtney will come to the same conclusion as Donahue and want 4 shooters on the floor at the same time for most of the games, particularly with no significant inside threat?
Thursday December 16, 2010 1:21 KL
1:24

I don't see that with this year's team, if only because Adam Wire is so valuable to this roster. You have to play him 25-28 minutes, but you can't play him 25-28 as your 5. So that means Coury, Figini, Osgood have to rotate in. But with Figini, you do get a fourth shooter on the floor at least. I think the most you're going to get with this group is 3. That said, Pete McMillan and Johnny Gray are guys Courtney identified this morning as players who've helped their case for more minutes on this current two-week break.
Thursday December 16, 2010 1:24
1:24

[Comment From SimplisticSimplistic: ]
There aren't four shooters the caliber of Dale, Wrobo, Wittman and Jaques. And no 7-footer who scores everytime you throw it into the post to kick it out.
Thursday December 16, 2010 1:24 Simplistic
1:27

Ok everyone, that'll be it for this week. We'll convene again next Thursday and recap the Binghamton/Bucknell performances, and look ahead to the VCU tournament among other things. Thanks for stopping by.

Brian

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