Wednesday, December 1, 2010

News and Notes: Wednesday Edition

(Photo Cornell Daily Sun)
Below, some news and notes for Wednesday...
  • Andrew Ferry received a vote from The Dagger of YahooSports as taking part in a potential candidate for national dunk of the year. Well, sort of. Yahoo writes, "[Syracuse's C.J. Fair] collected a terrific outlet pass from Rick Jackson, drove straight for the rim and soared over Cornell's 6-foot-2 guard Drew Ferry, who had bravely (or foolishly) positioned himself under the basket in an attempt to draw a charge. The result was a huge left-handed slam that inspired a roar from the Carrier Dome faithful and brought all of Fair's teammates to their feet on the Syracuse bench."
  • The Argus Leader writes of the University of South Dakota's meeting with Wyoming tonight, "Last season the Coyotes took Cornell - a Sweet 16 team - to the final minute before losing 71-65 at the DakotaDome just three days after the Big Red had threatened to beat top-ranked Kansas. USD's first shot at a Division I program at home this season arrives tonight against the University of Wyoming."
  • Sporting a No. 205 RPI and 2-5 overall record, to-date, Cornell has the nation's 135th toughest schedule. As for the rest of the Ivy league's RPI ranking: Yale is No. 56, Princeton No. 111, Brown No. 140, Harvard No. 160, Cornell No. 205, Penn No. 222, Dartmouth No. 260. Not to be misled entirely by just the wins and losses, Harvard (4-1) boasting the league best overall record-to-date, has a strength of schedule ranked 311th out of 347 teams.
  • 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: 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 1 is No. 205 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 site ranks Cornell No. 194 in the nation, while the USA Today Sagarin rankings have Cornell at No. 193. 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 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
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 [] 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 [ 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 at Bucknell, 7 pm
Dartmouth at Vermont, 7 pm
Fordham at Harvard, 7 pm

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


Anonymous said...

Still with the anti-Harvard bias? They beat a solid Colorado team by 16, the most impressive league in the Ivy this season.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Colorado is TERRIBLE. They lost to San Francisco.

The best win of the Ivy season belongs to Yale over B.C. At least BC owns wins over Indiana and Texas A&M.

Who has Colorado beaten? Idaho State?

Anonymous said...

Anon 9:37, Colorado started out the season with NBA prospects and even a few top 25 votes, but since then they've lost to every Jack and Nancy.

They started 60-ish on KenPom, had dropped to 90-ish by the time they played Harvard, and after that sat at 110-ish, then settled at 100-ish after a decent rout over a 300-team at home.

Colorado however has the talent to pull together a solid season. It might turn into a very good win for Harvard, but right now, the concensus seems to be that Colorado has been underwhelming.

Then again, it is hard to know how good Harvard really is, because Harvard did beat them overwhelmingly, and without Kyle Casey.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, the Crimson has won five games, but the "best" team they have beaten is Colorado with a 200-ish RPI. They caved meekly to a 100-ish CAA team.

Last night, they pounded Fordham, another weakling.

9:37PM, I don't see any anti-Harvard bias. You're hurting your own credibility when you fail to recognize the dismal level of competition Harvard has faced so far. Their five wins are games they absolutely "should" have won and probably more convincingly, in a few cases. And, I'll venture to say that if Harvard really is who you think they are, they should have beaten George Mason, too.

In fairness, the next month finds Harvard stepping up the level of competition a bit.

We will respect Harvard when they earn it.

CBB, BC whipped Cal by 20+, too, at the Old Spice. Donahue has the Eagles flying high. Did you hear how many times the announcers on ESPNU said that Danny Rubin would have been playing at Cornell if CoachD had stayed?