Thursday, December 9, 2010

News and Notes: Afternoon Edition

(Photo, Michael King)
Below, some news and notes for the afternoon...

Above, a photo from Life Magazine's website during Cornell's 2010 NCAA Tournament run to the Sweet Sixteen.
  • The next luncheon meeting of the Cornell Rebounders Club will be on December 16 at 1 pm at the Ithaca Country Club. Visit the Rebounders Club website for information on joining.
  • Below, a photo of Jeff Foote ('10) in action during his 12 point and 11 rebound performance for Melilla (Spanish 2nd Division) on December 3 in a defeat to La Laguna.


    Below, the full transcript from Brian Delaney's live chat session today on the Ithaca Journal website:

College basketball chat with Brian Delaney

(12/09/2010)
Thursday December 9, 2010
12:36

Welcome to this week's live college basketball chat with The Ithaca Journal's Brian Delaney. The chat will start at 1 p.m., but you can start submitting questions below right now.
Thursday December 9, 2010 12:36
1:01

Hey all, thanks for stopping by. Let's talk some hoop.
Thursday December 9, 2010 1:01
1:01

[Comment From guestguest: ]
Biggest surprise in the Ivy so far...
Thursday December 9, 2010 1:01 guest
1:03
I'll go Austin Morgan at Yale. Impossible to predict who makes the Freshman to Sophomore leap from year to year, but this kid's doing it. Yale has shot the 3 poorly in recent years, and Morgan seems to have brought an infusion of confidence in that area.
Thursday December 9, 2010 1:03
1:03

[Comment From CornellBasketballBlog CornellBasketballBlog: ]
Brian, so we have the move of Jon Gray into the rotation against Minnesota. Thoughts?
Thursday December 9, 2010 1:03 CornellBasketballBlog
1:05
I thought it was an interesting decision, playing Gray and not MAA. Gray deserves the chance to prove himself. He brings some offense, and that's what Cornell needs - some more balanced scoring. Liked how Gray rebounded and played aggressive. His shot selection could have been better against Minnesota, but at this stage I'll take his aggression over some of the passive play that hurt this team earlier this year.
Thursday December 9, 2010 1:05
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[Comment From CornellBasketballBlog CornellBasketballBlog: ]
Any updates on Aaron Osgood's recovery?
Thursday December 9, 2010 1:05 CornellBasketballBlog
1:06
Still too early in the recovery process. Will check in this weekend and throw an update on the blog. Osgood and trainer Marc Chamberlain are surely becoming fast friends right now.
Thursday December 9, 2010 1:06
1:06

[Comment From The Voice of the Big Red The Voice of the Big Red: ]
Brian - talk a little bit about what you know about Cornell's incoming recruiting class. Impact players, big guys, where it ranks among the other Ivies). Love your work.
Thursday December 9, 2010 1:06 The Voice of the Big Red
1:07
Can't get too much into the recruiting thing until I watch guys play. Two things are clear: the commitments came from guys with other reported scholarship offers, as the CB Blog has pointed out, which is telling. Second, I think you're seeing - in general - a higher caliber of student-athlete consider the Ivy League as a destination now.
Thursday December 9, 2010 1:07
1:08

[Comment From guest guest: ]
as of now, how would you rank the top 7 ivy teams?
Thursday December 9, 2010 1:08 guest
1:12
Tough. I change my mind about certain teams on the hour - that's how close the middle of the league is to me. 1. Princeton. 2. Harvard. T3. Penn/Yale/Cornell 6. Columbia 7. Brown 8. Dartmouth. But these teams are not far away from each other.
Thursday December 9, 2010 1:12
1:12

[Comment From Bomberfan Bomberfan: ]
Does IC win tonight?
Thursday December 9, 2010 1:12 Bomberfan
1:13
Don't know, but I'm looking forward to writing about it. Nazareth is 6-1, Ithaca is 5-2, and it appears these two are the class of the E8 right now. Will say this: if the Bombers make shots, it'll take quite an effort to beat them.
Thursday December 9, 2010 1:13
1:14

[Comment From J Figini J Figini: ]
I have heard that Barry hasn't given me a nickname yet, when is he going to realize it I go as Big Fruit?
Thursday December 9, 2010 1:14 J Figini
1:15
Barry, please take note.
Thursday December 9, 2010 1:15
1:15

[Comment From CornellBasketballBlog CornellBasketballBlog: ]
Your opinion... since the season opener... how would you graph Cornell's progress? Up and down? Steady climb upwards? And do you think Cornell's nonconference schedule compares to the other Ivies to-date?
Thursday December 9, 2010 1:15 CornellBasketballBlog
1:18
Steadily up, with just a head-scratching effort mixed in at Lehigh. Biggest challenge going forward for this team might be learning how to successfully finish games. Not so unlike Wittman/Dale/Tyler/Reeves in the early days. ... As for the non-con, the November portion + Minnesota was probably as tough as anyone else's, though we'll know better when we can look back in February. From this point until Columbia, it's a bit more level.
Thursday December 9, 2010 1:18
1:20

[Comment From CornellBasketballBlog CornellBasketballBlog: ]
Brian, thoughts on Max Groebe-- recent play and where he fits in going forward...
Thursday December 9, 2010 1:20 CornellBasketballBlog
1:24
Groebe has struggled a little bit with his confidence. If he's going to get back to where he wants to be, he's going to earn minutes in practice. Defense. Scoring off the dribble a little more. Back door cuts. When a 3 point shooter can't find his rhythm, he usually gets it back with a high percentage bucket inside. Don't count him out yet.
Thursday December 9, 2010 1:24
1:24

[Comment From guest guest: ]
who's the toughest matchup for Cornell in the Ivies?
Thursday December 9, 2010 1:24 guest
1:24
Princeton, no question. Tigers defend the 3 extremely well, and will make Cornell beat them from other spots on the floor this season.
Thursday December 9, 2010 1:24
1:24

[Comment From Big Fruit Big Fruit: ]
Seriously, Witt couldn't shoot it like me, right? You liked my rebounding at Minnesota though ... I'm in the mix down low.
Thursday December 9, 2010 1:24 Big Fruit
1:26
Wonder if Figini signed off on Big Fruit, or just got stuck with it. Poor guy. Like his game though. Played hard and with purpose against Minnesota's bigs, and boxed out well.
Thursday December 9, 2010 1:26
1:26
I got stuck with a nickname in college, finally just had to roll my eyes and accept my fate. Worst part was friends telling random people at bars made-up stories about how the nickname came about.
Thursday December 9, 2010 1:26
1:27

[Comment From CornellBasketballBlog CornellBasketballBlog: ]
Errick Peck. After his performances against Syracuse and Minnesota, is this the beginning of an All Ivy season?
Thursday December 9, 2010 1:27 CornellBasketballBlog
1:29
I'd like to see more consistency from everybody. It's got to start somewhere, and Peck's got a good start to build from. Need to see a 5-6-7 game stretch with him playing at that level.
Thursday December 9, 2010 1:29
1:29

[Comment From guest guest: ]
what's the nickname
Thursday December 9, 2010 1:29 guest
1:30
Pants. Yup. Absolutely uninteresting. Good part is though my 3-yr old godson calls me Uncle Pants. I'll take that.
Thursday December 9, 2010 1:30
1:30

[Comment From Bill Courtney Bill Courtney: ]
Where are the two-point baskets going to come from?
Thursday December 9, 2010 1:30 Bill Courtney
1:31
Return of a healthy Osgood should help. More post-ups of Peck, Coury against teams like Binghamton and Bucknell and Stony Brook. Better off-ball movement all around, which will come with time as players continue to learn how to play off each other.
Thursday December 9, 2010 1:31
1:31

[Comment From Flurry Mark Coury Flurry Mark Coury: ]
Who was dunked on worse? Gat at Minn or Ferry at Syracuse?
Thursday December 9, 2010 1:31 Flurry Mark Coury
1:33
Yeah. Tough ones. Although CJ Fair's dunk was punctuated by an ensuing free throw that hit the backboard first and nearly broke the rim, so Ferry can point at that and laugh. At least.
Thursday December 9, 2010 1:33
1:33

[Comment From Tommy Amaker Tommy Amaker: ]
Do you think my guys beat Boston University on Saturday.
Thursday December 9, 2010 1:33 Tommy Amaker
1:34
Yes. Comfortably.
Thursday December 9, 2010 1:34
1:34

[Comment From Gat Gat: ]
I tried to take a charge last game and made it on Top 10, ain't it about time I rise up on someone at the other end like that?
Thursday December 9, 2010 1:34 Gat
1:35
By all means.
Thursday December 9, 2010 1:35
1:35

[Comment From Snoop Bloggy Blog Snoop Bloggy Blog: ]
Peter McMillan - flash in the pan, or someone who will help going forward?
Thursday December 9, 2010 1:35 Snoop Bloggy Blog
1:37
I think he helps. He's as confident a shooter as Cornell has. Fearless. Hits stuff in practice that makes you shake your head. Health has been an issue a little bit, and he's got to show he can defend consistently in the man-to-man. Not saying he can't or won't, just something to watch.
Thursday December 9, 2010 1:37
1:37

[Comment From Young Cons Young Cons: ]
Do you think Dartmouth is a lock to finish in 8th?
Thursday December 9, 2010 1:37 Young Cons
1:38
Probably. Like Cormier though; he's refreshing and committed to the long-term. Kind of like the Young Cons. One love.
Thursday December 9, 2010 1:38
1:39

[Comment From The Rebounders The Rebounders: ]
Cornell has had more than a month on the road ... how will coming home against Bucknell and starting to play at Newman going to help?
Thursday December 9, 2010 1:39 The Rebounders
1:42
Tough to say, because the students will be gone. Monday's a good night for a home game because there's no conflicting high school basketball on Mondays. Could give a boost from the community. Looking back at last season, Cornell drew 2218 and 1962 in home games with students gone.
Thursday December 9, 2010 1:42
1:42

[Comment From Andrew Andrew: ]
Would you argue that there are too many guys in the rotation right now, with many of them being relatively equal so it is hard to cut down.
Thursday December 9, 2010 1:42 Andrew
1:43
Courtney has some tough decisions to make. I think it was important for him to spend the first eight games giving guys time, seeing what he had in live situations. I said last week that now he probably will begin tightening things up. I don't envy his position though, because there's not a whole lot of difference between 7 and 15 right now. On different days, 15 has been better than 7. Should make for good practices though.
Thursday December 9, 2010 1:43
1:44

[Comment From Malcolm Washington Malcolm Washington: ]
What do you think of my Quakers so far?
Thursday December 9, 2010 1:44 Malcolm Washington
1:45
Progressing nicely. Will absolutely have a say in who wins the league title this year. Just would like to see them at full strength. Howlett and Monckton should help. Hearing great things about Cartwright.
Thursday December 9, 2010 1:45
1:45

[Comment From CornellBasketballBlog CornellBasketballBlog: ]
Brian, open ended question. Your thoughts/evaluation of (An)Drew Ferry.
Thursday December 9, 2010 1:45 CornellBasketballBlog
1:46
Really like his game. High IQ. Great footwork. Plays hard. Quick release. Would like to see him rebound a little bit more defensively, and use the threat of his shot to get into the lane and create inside the arc a little more. But clearly a bright spot through 8 games.
Thursday December 9, 2010 1:46
1:46

[Comment From Andy Katz Andy Katz: ]
If ESPN Made a 30 for 30 special about Cornell basketball, what would be the episode to make?
Thursday December 9, 2010 1:46 Andy Katz
1:47
Easy. Khaliq's recovery.
Thursday December 9, 2010 1:47
1:48

[Comment From Mark Zuckerberg Mark Zuckerberg: ]
What are your thoughts on so many of these Ivy basketball players using Twitter? Good or bad thing? And should I purchase Twitter?
Thursday December 9, 2010 1:48 Mark Zuckerberg
1:50
Love it. So far coaches have let them stay on. Wonder how long that lasts.
Thursday December 9, 2010 1:50
1:50

[Comment From Charles Barkley Charles Barkley: ]
Cornell going to grab some rebounds or what?
Thursday December 9, 2010 1:50 Charles Barkley
1:51
yes?
Thursday December 9, 2010 1:51
1:51

[Comment From Old Alum Old Alum: ]
Was it a mistake to leave Barton Hall (and not renovate) for Newman Arena?
Thursday December 9, 2010 1:51 Old Alum
1:53
Interesting question. Newman is not my favorite arena. The best basketball arenas trap sound with a lower ceiling, have real seating behind baskets in addition to sidelines and I'm not sure you get all that at Barton. Some personal favorites I've been in at this level are Bucknell's, Yale's and Penn's.
Thursday December 9, 2010 1:53
1:53

[Comment From Andrew Andrew: ]
Outside of the Palestra, which is the toughest place to play in the Ivy?
Thursday December 9, 2010 1:53 Andrew
1:54
Right now it might be Newman because of the driving distance for opponents plus a good student section and how much better Cornell shoots the ball at home. Yale's a tough spot to win.
Thursday December 9, 2010 1:54
1:54

[Comment From Awards Season Awards Season: ]
What role player will need to play the biggest part if Cornell wins a fourth Ivy title. And what does Cornell's All-Ivy team need to look like for that to happen?
Thursday December 9, 2010 1:54 Awards Season
1:56
Peck, but cases can be made for Coury/Osgood/Figini because an inside scoring presence is needed at some point. ... Cornell will have a good league season if it goes Wroblewski (1st), Peck (2nd), Ferry (HM) and 4th player (HM).
Thursday December 9, 2010 1:56
1:57

[Comment From Greg Gary Greg Gary: ]
I tell ya what the these boys need! Some D - FENCE!! D - FENCE!!
Thursday December 9, 2010 1:57 Greg Gary
1:57
Thanks for playing, Greg.
Thursday December 9, 2010 1:57
1:57

[Comment From Blaine The Train Blaine The Train: ]
What team would you most like to see Cornell play? And what series should become yearly?
Thursday December 9, 2010 1:57 Blaine The Train
1:59
I'd always thought playing in the Maui Invitational would be pretty cool. So I'll go with an event over a specific team. ... Obvious series is Patriot vs. Ivy Challenge. One weekend, one location, eight games? I might be the only one who likes that idea.
Thursday December 9, 2010 1:59
1:59

[Comment From Andrew Andrew: ]
Great points on the features of the best arenas. What do you think of the Carrier Dome? I think it is terrible.
Thursday December 9, 2010 1:59 Andrew
2:00
Tough place for basketball. But SU fans make it a great home court advantage, so at least there's that.
Thursday December 9, 2010 2:00
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[Comment From Flurry Mark Coury Flurry Mark Coury: ]
If you had a fantasy draft of ivy basketball players, besides myself the human blur, the absolute flurry, mark coury, who would be you top three draft choices?
Thursday December 9, 2010 2:00 Flurry Mark Coury
2:02
This year?
Thursday December 9, 2010 2:02
2:03
1. Zack Rosen. 2. Kyle Casey. 3. Chris Wroblewski.
Thursday December 9, 2010 2:03
2:03

[Comment From Flurry Mark Coury Flurry Mark Coury: ]
This year, and all time.
Thursday December 9, 2010 2:03 Flurry Mark Coury
2:03

[Comment From Flurry Mark Coury Flurry Mark Coury: ]
I'm thinking about bringing back the rec specs, your thoughts?
Thursday December 9, 2010 2:03 Flurry Mark Coury
2:03
Do it.
Thursday December 9, 2010 2:03
2:03
I wore rec specs in the sixth grade. True story.
Thursday December 9, 2010 2:03
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[Comment From Bracketology Bracketology: ]
Project the Ivy League's NCAA seed ...
Thursday December 9, 2010 2:03 Bracketology
2:04
14
Thursday December 9, 2010 2:04
2:04

[Comment From CornellBasketballBlog CornellBasketballBlog: ]
Do you think Cornell needs to add a transfer or another freshman to its recruiting class? If so, what position?
Thursday December 9, 2010 2:04 CornellBasketballBlog
2:05
Yes. I think they need to go figure out a way to clone an Alex Tyler type juco forward. A physical 4 who rebounds, plays defense, can score a little in the post and help right away. I'm sure those types aren't exactly falling off trees though.
Thursday December 9, 2010 2:05
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[Comment From Keeping You On The Line Keeping You On The Line: ]
Ithaca will win tonight if ...
Thursday December 9, 2010 2:05 Keeping You On The Line
2:07
I'll go with what Nevada Smith said yesterday: if Ithaca can string defensive stops together.
Thursday December 9, 2010 2:07
2:08
Alright everybody, thanks for all the questions. We'll do this again next Thursday, and take a look at Cornell's next opponent: Binghamton on Dec. 18. Be good.
- Brian

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

It was nice to see AT's name mentioned by Delaney. Though he had an injury-filled senior year, his toughness and leadership was a valuable piece of the 2008-2009-2010 Ivy championship teams that is often overlooked--and he scored more thana 600 pts in his career.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, AT really did alot of the dirty work in the paint. He had ~350 boards, 66 blocks, and 40 steals. All are great career numbers.

Never forget Cambridge in his sophomore year!!

Anonymous said...

I second the idea of an annual Patriot-Ivy challenge.
There are 20 Ivy/Pat games this year.

How about 8 games matched for approximate recent performance Friday night during the first week of December? 7PM and 9PM start times (two games each). Rotate the sites. If we work it right, we could get some packed houses and coverage from ESPNU.

If the Big Ten/ACC can do it, so can we!

Anonymous said...

I was fortunate enough to be at that Harvard game in 2008. It was soooo exciting to see AT score those three buckets in the last 30 sec when Cornell was down by 5. It was a team effort (with a little help from Amaker's failure to call time out for a 5 sec violation). I remember Witt forcing Linn out of bounds too. It preserved the undefeated Ivy season. I believe there were three straight 1 pt games at Cambridge, The other 2 won by Harvard, albeit the terrible no call vs Louis in 09.

Anonymous said...

Ivy-Patriot tourney would be great.

Alex Tyler was a cornerstone of the 3-peats. Injuries and Jaques sudden emergence meant he didn't have the best last season - but nonetheless he was such an important piece of the puzzle.

Anonymous said...

AT was at the BC-Md game Sun sitting behind the BC bench. One of the coaches remarked BC could really use someone like him (AT) coming off the bench. Great win for Donahue.