Wednesday, December 8, 2010

News and Notes: Wednesday Edition

Below, some news and notes...

  • The Dagger Blog of YahooSports writes on the topic of jerseys, "Black college hoops uniforms are like red cocktail dresses in that not everyone can pull off such a bold look, but the stylish new black jerseys UNLV unveiled Wednesday night at Illinois State suit the Rebels just fine." The Dagger's comment reminds us of Cornell's use of black warm-ups and dark jerseys in the early 2000s under Steve Donahue. The above warm-ups and the red/black-mix road jersey were worn by the Big Red during the 2001-2002 and 2002-2003 seasons.

  • With Maine (2-5) visiting UMass tonight, the Daily Hampshire Gazette writes, "The game marks the return of former Minuteman Travon Wilcher. The 6-foot-7 Springfield native played in six games for the Minutemen in 2008-09 before transferring north. He's appeared in three games for the Black Bears and averages just 4.3 minutes per game. This is the second member of Travis Ford's freshman class of 2008-09 that the Minutemen have played against. They competed against Max Groebe and Cornell last year." Of course, in addition to Groebe playing against his former UMass team last year in the Legends Classic, the Big Red's Mark Coury also got to face his former Kentucky team in the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16. Meanwhile, Jeff Foote ('10) unfortunately missed facing his old St. Bonaventure team by just a season.
  • After St. Bonaventure beat St. John's last night, Online Betting writes, "Moving to 5-2 on the young season with signature wins at Cornell and St. Johns shows this Bonnies team deserves some more recognition."
  • Thought for the day. Cornell's Chris Wroblewski and Aaron Osgood have only played together for 3 of Cornell's 8 games this season.
Minnesota 71, Cornell 66
On Saturday, Cornell (2-6) was narrowly defeated by No. 13 Minnesota (7-1). The Big Red kept the Golden Gophers honest in a game that was predicted to be a blowout, with impressive 3-point accuracy that compensated for their noticeable size disadvantage. Cornell had a strong start, leading for the majority of the first half. Minnesota managed to sneak ahead 34-33 as the first half came to the close with strong inside presence. The second half was back and forth for most of its duration, the visiting Big Red especially displaying promise in the third quarter. Fouls cost Cornell the win in the end, as the Golden Gophers scored their last points of the game from free throws.
  • 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 8 is No. 157 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. 181 in the nation, while the USA Today Sagarin rankings have Cornell at No. 163. 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
  8. at Minnesota L 66-71
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 [at JMU] Box Score - Recap
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 [at JMU] 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 68 Bucknell 73 Box Score - Recap
Dartmouth 53 Vermont 80 Box Score - Recap
Fordham 57 Harvard 80 Box Score - Recap

Thursday, December 2
Brown 46 Hartford 58 [Connecticut Sports Network] Box Score - Recap

Saturday, December 4
Army 52 vs. Penn, 68 Box Score - Recap
Harvard 62 Michigan 65 [Big Ten Network] Box Score - Recap
Yale 78 Vermont 82 Box Score - Recap
Brown 62 Maine 54 Box Score - Recap
Stony Brook 72 Columbia 73 Box Score - Recap
Cornell 66 Minnesota 71 [Big Ten Network] Box Score - Recap

Sunday, December 5
Saint Joseph’s 65 Princeton 74 Box Score - Recap

Monday, December 6
Brown 64 Providence 91 Box Score - Recap
Albany 53 Yale 74 Box Score - Recap

Tuesday, December 7
WPI 54 Harvard 69 Box Score - Recap
Wagner 71 Columbia 77 Box Score - Recap

Wednesday, December 8
Princeton at Monmouth, 7 pm
Yale at Bryant, 7 pm
Villanova at Penn, 7:30 pm [The Comcast Network]

Saturday, December 11
Boston University at Harvard, 2 pm
Bryant at Columbia, 4 pm
Army at Dartmouth, 7 pm

Sunday, December 12
Princeton at Tulsa, 2 pm


Anonymous said...

Speaking of uniforms, what does our team have to do to get some new classy uni's that don't drape off our players like pajamas?

Win an Ivy League? Check.
Advance to the Sweet 16? Check.

Does our athletic department have that little amount of money that they can't upgrade our breadwinning team?

Or are they just being stingy? I can't really tell.

Harvard, Princeton, and Penn have all been upgraded by Nike even though none of those teams have been able to hold a candle to us for the last 3 years.

Anonymous said...

Who cares about uniforms, we have been terrible this year, we better beat Binghamton

Anonymous said...

Anyone who's ever seen D2: The Mighty Ducks knows that the right uniforms do matter.

Anonymous said...

I think uniforms matter. New ones would be a reward for all the success we've had and they would also add a little swagger to this young team.