Thursday, December 9, 2010

Cornell Athletics Game Notes for Big Red Visit to Binghamton, 12/18

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GAME INFORMATION
Game #9:
Cornell at Binghamton
Tip off: Saturday, Dec. 18, at 2:00 p.m.
Site: The Events Center (5,142), Vestal, N.Y.
2010-11 Records: Cornell (2-6, 0-0 Ivy); Binghamton (1-6, 0-0 America East)
Series Record: Cornell leads 4-1
Last Meeting: Cornell won 73-68, November 27, 2007 in Ithaca, N.Y.
Radio: WVBR 93.5 FM (Barry Leonard)
TV: None
Live Stats: check availability at www.BUBearcats.com
Live Video: check availability at www.BUBearcats.com
Tickets: available by calling (607) 254-BEAR

HEAD COACH BILL COURTNEY
Cornell head coach Bill Courtney is in his first season at Cornell (2-6, .250) ... Courtney became the fifth Robert E. Gallagher '44 Coach of Men's Basketball at Cornell on April 23, 2010.


ITHACA, N.Y. — After a two week break for final exams, the Cornell men's basketball team will step back on the court when it visits Binghamton on Saturday, Dec. 18 at 2:00 p.m. at the Events Center in Vestal, N.Y. Barry Leonard will provide the call on 93.5 WVBR-FM, with the feed also available on the internet as part of the RedCast subscription service.

The Big Red completes a five-game road trip that has spanned more than a month and will be attempting to snap a five-game losing streak when it meets the Bearcats. Four of those losses have come by five points or less, including most recently to No. 13 Minnesota on Dec. 4, just prior to final exam break. The Big Red hit 14 3-pointers in the loss and got great efforts from sophomore Errick Peck (16 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists) and juniors Chris Wroblewski (16 points, 6 assists) and Drew Ferry (14 points). Making a return to his home state, sophomore Josh Figini had a career-best six rebounds against the Golden Gophers.

The exam break has allowed Cornell to get healthy and work on the areas that needed improvement. With less than a month before the start of Ivy League play, the Big Red will have plenty of time to prepare for defense of its Ancient Eight title.

Binghamton brings a 1-6 record into the matchup and sports a six-game losing streak of its own heading into a contest at Manhattan on Dec. 11. The Bearcats won its opener 62-60 against Colgate, but has been winless since, with the last loss an 89-85 overtime defeat at home against Hofstra on Nov. 8. Greer Wright leads the team at 17.3 ppg. Cornell holds a 4-1 advantage in the series, including a 73-68 victory over the Bearcats in November of 2007 at Newman Arena.

ABOUT BINGHAMTON
• 2010-11 Record: 1-6 (0-0 America East).
• Conference: America East.
• Interim Head Coach: Mark Macon (Temple '91), second season at Binghamton.
• After opening the season with a two-point win over Colgate, the Bearcats have dropped six straight contests, including an 89-85 overtime defeat at home to Hofstra in its last game on Dec. 8.
• Binghamton will also visit Manhattan on Dec. 11 before meeting Cornell.
• During the six-game losing skid, Binghamton has lost three games by at least 25 points.
• Greer Wright has had an outstanding season, averaging 17.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game.
• Chretien Lukusa is posting 10.3 points and 3.3 rebounds per contest, while Mahamoud Jabbi paces the squad in rebounding at 5.4 per game.
• The Bearcats are shooting 37 percent from the floor (31 percent from 3-point), while allowing 48 percent shooting (42 percent from 3-point) and have been outrebounded by 7.3 per contest.

THE SERIES: Cornelll leads the all-time series 5-1, including a 73-68 victory at Newman Arena during the last meeting, in 2007-08. The two teams have met five times since 1988, with Cornell winning its four games against the Bearcats by an average of more than 26 points per game. BU's only win in the series came in a 57-56 victory in Vestal the last time Cornell travelled to face the Bearcats.

CORNELL VS. THE AMERICA EAST: Cornell is 15-18 all-time against current members of the America East. The Big Red is 4-1 against Binghamton and has also faced Albany (1-3), Boston University (1-1), Hartford (0-3), Maine (0-1), New Hampshire (1-2), Stony Brook (3-1) and Vermont (5-6). Cornell has never played UMBC. This is the third of five contests against America East teams in 2010-11, with Cornell also facing New Hampshire in Richmond, Va. on Dec. 29 and Stony Brook at home on Jan. 8. The Big Red knocked off Albany on the road, 65-61, on Nov. 12, and lost at Boston University 66-61 on Nov. 27.

THE STORY LINES
• A two-week break for final exams has given Cornell a chance to regroup, and now the three-time defending Ivy League champion will attempt to snap a five-game losing skid when it visits Binghamton.
• Cornell will face a Bearcat team that it hasn't faced in three seasons. The Big Red holds a 4-1 advantage in the series, including a 73-68 triumph in the last meeting during the 2007-08 campaign at Newman Arena.
• The Big Red will be playing the last contest during its five-game road trip that will see Cornell travel 3,446 miles. The team has started the stretch 0-4, with three losses coming by five poionts or less. Those losses have come to defending Patriot League champion Lehigh (60-57), preseason America East favorite Boston University (66-61), top 10-ranked Syracuse (78-58) and top 15-ranked Minnesota (71-66).

THE STREAKS
• Cornell is 74-27 in the last four seasons (.733).
• The Big Red is 38-4 in Ivy League contests over the last three years (.905).
• Cornell is 42-4 over its last 46 home games (.913), including 25-2 in the last three seasons (.926) and 37-3 over the last four (.925).
• The team is 21-10 in its last 31 games away from Newman Arena (.677) and 16-9 in its last 25 true road games (.640).
• In non-conference games, the Big Red is 36-23 over the last four seasons (.610).
• The Big Red has lost five straight games and is looking to avoid its first six-game losing skid in one season since dropping seven straight from Jan. 11 (72-59 loss at Brown) until Feb. 9, 2002 (63-62 win over Harvard).

TEAM NOTES
• The Big Red's last six opponents have shot just 26-of-109 from 3-point range (.239). Its foes have made just 29 percent of its shots from beyond the arc this year.
• Cornell has limited three of its last five opponents under 37 percent shooting from the floor.
• In its six losses, Cornell has been outrebounded by an average of 14.2 rebounds per game with an average of 15.3 offensive boards in those contests. In the wins, Cornell has been even on the boards and have surrendered just 8.0 offensive rebounds.
• The Big Red has been whistled for 24.5 fouls per game in its losses and 14.0 in its wins.
• In its two wins, the Big Red has turned the ball over an average of 11.0 times per game.
• The Big Red has nearly doubled its opponents' 3-point field goals made (75-40).
• Cornell's opponents have posted a negative assist:turnover ratio in six of eight games this season.
• In its last five games, Cornell is shooting .769 from the free-throw line (50-of-65).
• Big Red opponents have made more free throws (151) than Cornell has attempted (127) and have posted at least 10 offensive rebounds in seven of eight games.
• Cornell has made at least seven 3-point field goals in six straight contests and in seven of eight games in 2010-11.
• Offensively, Cornell has scored at least 70 points just once, this season, but its opponents have hit that mark just three times.
• When you take out the two contests against Big East teams, Cornell is shooting 40 percent from 3-point range (63-of-159) and has forced 88 turnovers to just 60 assists for its opponents.

PLAYER NOTES
• Senior Adam Wire has 26 of his 52 rebounds on the offensive glass. No other Cornell player has more than eight offensive rebounds (Mark Coury).
• Wire has at least three offensive rebounds in six of the team's first eight games (3.3 per game).
• His 52 rebounds is also more than double the next-highest Cornell total (23, Mark Coury and Aaron Osgood).
• Wire is 2-for-3 from 3-point range this season and is 3-for-4 for his career.
• In his last three games, junior Chris Wroblewski is averaging 7.0 assists, 2.0 steals and 3.7 rebounds.
• Wroblewski has made his last 14 free-throw attempts over his last five games.
• Senior Max Groebe is 2-for-18 from 3-point range in his last four contests.
• Junior Drew Ferry has shot 17-of-39 (.436) from 3-point range in the last five games.
• Ferry has committed just three turnovers in the last five games (130 minutes) with seven steals and 17 3-pointers during the same span.
• Sophomore Pete McMillan had a career-high nine points in 18 minutes off the bench at No. 13 Minnesota. He entered the game with six career points (eight games, 28 minutes).

CORNELL BEYOND THE ARC — 600 AND COUNTING: The Big Red hit 14 3-pointers at Minnesota on Dec. 4, its 607th consecutive game with a made trey. With five 3-pointers at Seton Hall on Nov. 14, Cornell extended its streak of games with at least one 3-pointer to 600. The last time Cornell did not hit a 3-pointer was against Denison in the 1988-89 season opener (0-for-2). Since the 3-point shot came into effect in NCAA play during the 1986-87 season, Cornell has hit at least one shot behind the arc in 656 of 660 games, connecting on 4,026 treys, an average of 6.1 per game. Cornell has set records for treys in a season in each of the previous three years, going from 228 in 2007-08 to 241 in 2008-09 and to 326 a year ago. The Big Red hit for double figures in 3-pointers 18 times in 2009-10, including an Ivy League single-game record 20 vs. Brown. Cornell hit 10 treys in the 2010-11 season opener at Albany, and has hit double digits four times this year.

BOMBS AWAY: Cornell has made 75 3-pointers in its first eight contests, this season. The 9.4 3-pointers per game would rank second all-time in a season for the Big Red (behind only last year's 9.6 per game) and ranks 11th among all Division I teams as of Dec. 5. Last season, Cornell ranked first nationally in 3-point percentage (.430) and third in 3-pointers made per game, and ranked in the top 20 nationally in 3-point percentage in 2008-09 (fourth, .411), 2007-08 (fourth, .409) and 2006-07 (18th, .396).

TALL IVY: Over the last four seasons, Cornell's 47-9 record is the best among Ivy League teams in conference action. Penn, who claimed the 2006-07 title, is second at 33-23, followed by Yale (31-25), Columbia (26-30) and Brown (25-31). Other Ivy teams include Harvard (24-32), Princeton (24-32) and Dartmouth (15-41).

TALLER AT HOME: The Big Red has won 22 straight conference home games entering the season, a mark that ranks tied for fourth nationally. Xavier has won 32 consecutive home Atlantic 10 contests, while Kansas has captured 28 straight Big 12 contests. Utah State also ranks just ahead of Cornell with 24 straight wins in the Western Athletic Conference. Cornell's 22 Ivy League wins at home are tied with Gonzaga in the West Coast Conference and Oakland in the Summit League.

NEXT UP: After more than a month on the road, the Cornell men's basketball team returns home to face Bucknell on Monday, Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. at Newman Arena in Bartels Hall.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I'll say it. I think this is a "must-win" game for the Big Red.

The Bearcats have had a rough start to the season. They are looking to get back on track. A home win against a program coming off a trip to the Sweet Sixteen would be great for Interim Coach Macon and his guys.

We just played our best game of the season against Minnesota. In a way, it is very similar to last year's Kansas game. It's our barometer to how good we can be, when we pay attention to a certain formula for success that fits this group's skills.

We cannot allow Binghamton to break out of their slump against us. They showed signs of life in their recent games against Canisius and Hofstra. Can't let it happen....