Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Late Day Coaching Carousel Notes

(Photo, Cornell Daily Sun)
Below, some late day notes on the coaching carousel...

News and Notes: Early Evening Edition

Some news and notes...
  • The Sporting News, MassLive, and WEEI all have new pieces this afternoon on Boston College's coaching search. There is not much new information out there from what we previously posted except that sources tell us that Steve Donahue, Ed Cooley (Fairfield), and a third candidate, possibly Chris Mooney (Richmond), interviewed today and that two other coaches should be interviewed before the end of the week. These surces tell us that the two other interviews could go to Bill Coen (Northeastern) and Tommy Amaker (Harvard).
  • The Dagger on YahooSports lists "Sixty Five Things" they loved about the NCAA Tournament, including, "Cornell validating its season-long hype by shredding Temple and Wisconsin, two of the nation's better defensive teams."

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Thank You Seniors


By Sam Aleinikoff
Cornell Daily Sun
March 31, 2010

An overlooked, undersized, “too nice to be good” point guard who battled injuries his entire career and still earned three first-team All-Ivy selections. A high school multi-sport star who gracefully accepted a spot on the bench for his final year after previously starting and whose hustle, toughness and effort on defense may have exceeded that of any other player in the league. A lefty who came by way of a Texas community college to get his only career start on Senior Night, and spark the team with a pair of steals and buckets in the opening minutes. A guy who Division III coaches didn’t want but managed to transform himself into the top center the Ancient Eight has seen in years. An NBA veteran’s son who has done just about everything he can to put himself in a position to follow in his father’s footsteps. A tri-captain who managed to work his way from the end of the bench into a starting spot midway through his senior season, in time to propel his team to its first Big East win in 40 years. One of the other tri-captains who, without complaint, took a backseat to his close friend and fellow leader after he was sidelined with injuries and remained positive enough to be the catalyst for the most important league win of the year. A student-athlete who exemplifies both parts of the phrase as well as anyone else in the country, balancing simultaneously the all-consuming rigors of being an engineering student in addition to those of a Division 1 college basketball player.

You’d be hard-pressed to find another group in the country with as compelling individuals, but even more impressive over the last four years has been the seamless combination of these players from unique backgrounds to create a team that has become the pride of the University. Even international recognition as a top flight academic institution does not generate the excitement and campus unity that these eight seniors have helped to cultivate. And in that process, we’ve all caught a glimpse and a reminder of the beauty of college athletics and their intended, but often forgotten, role at a school.

Together, this class has had more success on the court in four years than the rest of the players who have come through this program for more than a century –– combined. A Sweet 16 banner in the rafters to go alongside a trio of Ivy League championships will be a nice way to begin their commemoration. As a witness to all that this group has accomplished, though, I would hope that Cornell takes it a step further. It would be unprecedented to retire the numbers of an entire class, particularly at an institution that has never retired a single basketball player’s number before, but the accomplishments of this group are unprecedented as well.

This class leaves Cornell having been part of teams that set all-time school records for points, assists, field goals and blocked shots in a season. It also helped to set the Ivy mark for 3-point field goals while leading the nation in 3-point field goal percentage, and won an Ancient Eight-best 29 games during a single season this year. In a streak that spanned nearly two full seasons, they ran off 21 consecutive wins at Newman Arena –– seven better than the previous high by a Big Red squad. The following year the same group that excelled in Ithaca was tops in the country away from home, winning 18 games at road and neutral sites. The three NCAA tournament appearances by the class of 2010 eclipses the total compiled by more than 10 decades of Big Red teams (2). And the pair of March Madness victories just last weekend are the only two ever by a Cornell squad.

Where the eight seniors will be next year is still up in the air. You think it’s tough to get a job in finance coming from Cornell? Try professional basketball. Still, Jeff Foote and Ryan Wittman have legitimate NBA aspirations and have both been selected to play in front of 200 scouts at the Portsmouth Invitational –– a pre-draft tournament for the nation’s elite seniors. In his final game, Louis Dale out-dueled John Wall, who has long been dubbed the No. 1 draft pick in 2010. Between that effort and his previous two nationally-televised gems in the NCAA tournament, you would expect and hope that Dale would generate some NBA interest as well. For the most part, though, as the NCAA loves to promote, these guys will be “going pro in something other than sports.”

Regardless of where they make their careers, this class will largely be disbanding following graduation in June. Before the Big Red’s historic run, Alex Tyler joked about the possibility of the group reuniting 60 years from now in a nursing home, with each guy filling the same dynamic. Whether or not Tyler’s jest becomes reality, this class will no doubt be remembered as a unit. One that played with unbridled passion and intelligence. One that played with a fun-loving attitude and an undying desire to succeed. And most importantly, one that played in the selfless manner that is so rare today on the biggest stages of collegiate athletics.

Cornell and the Final Four

In addition to watching Cornell's Ryan Wittman and Jeff Foote in The Reese’s College All-Star game on Friday, April 2, broadcast at 4:30 on CBS College Sports, Big Red fans can also see Wittman in the State Farm Three Point Championship event, broadcast on ESPN on Thursday, April 1 at 9:30 pm.

Click here for the NCAA's release on the College All Star Game.

Below is the NCAA's press release for the Three Point Championship.
The 22nd annual State Farm® College Slam Dunk and Three-Point Championships™ are making their first official appearance at the NCAA Men's Final Four®. The event, which is televised on ESPN, brings together college basketball's top three-point shooters and slam dunk artists competing in four separate competitions: men's three-point shooting, women's three-point shooting, men's vs. women's three-point champions and the slam dunk competition.

PARTICIPATING PLAYERS
Gerard Anderson, Cal St. Fullerton; Marques Blakeley, Vermont; Ryan Brooks, Temple; Chris Roberts, Bradley; Lazar Hayward, Marquette; LD Williams, Wake Forest; Jermaine Beal, Vanderbilt; Jason Bohannon; Wisconsin; Ali Farokhmanush, Northern Iowa; Eric Hayes, Maryland; Roman Martinez, New Mexico; Jerome Randle, California; Michael Roll, UCLA; Ryan Wittman, Cornell;

CELEBRITY JUDGES
Celebrity judges for the event include Gary Brackett and Eric Foster of the Indianapolis Colts, Danny Granger and Dahntay Jones of the Indiana Pacers and others to be named soon.

Donahue Carousel Update

(Photo, Cornell Daily Sun)
Below, Brian Delaney's take on the coaching carousel involving Steve Donahue:

Wittman and Foote in National All Star Game

Below, a release from Cornell Athletics. Click on the picture above for a larger image.

Wittman, Foote At Final Four For Senior Showcases
CornellBigRed.com


ITHACA, N.Y. -- Cornell seniors Jeff Foote and Ryan Wittman have been invited to compete in the Reese’s College All-Star Game, while Wittman was also participate in the ESPN 3-Point Shootout during Final Four weekend at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind.

The Reese’s College All-Star game on Friday, April 2 will be broadcast on CBS College Sports at 4:30 p.m. Two teams comprised of some of the top senior student-athletes in the country will compete. There is no admission to the contest.

The day before, Wittman will put his shooting to the test against the nation's best in the 22nd annual event, with the slam dunk contest and 3-point shootouts televised live on ESPN on Thursday, April 1 from 9-11 p.m. Past participants and champions in the shootout include Aaron Brooks, Steve Nash and Kyle Korver.

News and Notes

Below, some additional news and notes with added coverage of Steve Donahue and the coaching carousel. Above, former Cornell assistant and current Army head coach, Zach Spiker, cheering on the Big Red during the NCAA Tournament action in Jacksonville, Florida.

Wittman, Dale-- CollegeInsider.com Mid Major All Americans

CollegeInsider.com announced that Cornell's Ryan Wittman and Louis Dale were both named to the Lou Henson All-America Team, the site's Mid Major All America team.

Award Selection Committee: Stephen Bardo (ESPN), Dr. McKinley Boston (New Mexico State), Jimmy Collins (Illinois-Chicago), Mark Coomes (Retired Head Coach), Gene Cross (Former Head Coach Toledo), Chris Crutchfield (Oral Roberts), Tom Douple (Summit League), Joe Dwyer (CollegeInsider.com), Rob Evans (Arkansas), Steve Fisher (San Diego State), John Giannini (La Salle), Ed Groom (Great West Conference), Ted Gumbart (Atlantic Sun Conference), Lou Henson (Former Head Coach Illinois and New Mexico State), Kyle B. Kallander (Big South Conference), Jon Kasper (Big Sky Conference), Angela Lento (CollegeInsider.com), Marvin Menzies (New Mexico State), Scott Nagy South (Dakota State), Frank Sullivan (America East Conference), Riley Wallace (CollegeInsider.com).

CollegeInsider.com Lou Henson All America Team
Keith Benson 6-11 Jr. Oakland
Marqus Blakely 6-5 Sr. Vermont
Matt Bouldin 6-5 Sr. Gonzaga
Noah Dahlman 6-6 Jr. Wofford
Louis Dale 5-11 Sr. Cornell
Kenneth Faried 6-8 Jr. Morehead State
Charles Garcia 6-10 Jr. Seattle
Robert Glenn 6-7 Sr. IUPUI
Andrew Goudelock 6-7 Sr. College of Charleston
Reggie Holmes 6-4 Sr. Morgan State
Matt Howard 6-8 Jr. Butler
Matt Janning 6-4 Sr. Northeastern
Charles Jenkins 6-3 Jr. Hofstra
Anthony Johnson 6-3 Sr. Montana
Orlando Johnson 6-5 So. UC Santa Barbara
Johnathon Jones 5-11 Sr. Oakland
Adam Koch 6-8 Sr. Northern Iowa
David Kool 6-3 Sr. Western Michigan
Gerald Lee 6-10 Sr. Old Dominion
Jeremy Lin 6-3 Sr. Harvard
Shelvin Mack 6-3 So. Butler
Ashton Mitchell 5-11 Sr. Sam Houston State
Artsiom Parakhouski 6-11 Sr. Radford
Larry Sanders 6-11 Jr. VCU
A.J. Slaughter 6-3 Sr. Western Kentucky
Ryan Thompson 6-6 Sr. Rider
Edwin Ubiles 6-6 Sr. Siena
Cameron Wells 6-1 Jr. The Citadel
Ryan Wittman 6-6 Sr. Cornell
Desmond Yates 6-7 Sr. Middle Tennessee

News and Notes: Wittman and Foote to National All Star Game, Wittman and Donahue Honored with National Awards

Below, some news and notes...

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Big Red Peanut Butter Cups

We previously reported here that Cornell's Ryan Wittman was selected to participate in the Reese's NABC All Star Game and the State Farm Three-Point Shoot-Out as part of the NCAA's official events at the Indianapolis Final Four. We were recently informed by a source that Cornell's Jeff Foote was invited to join Wittman on the East All Star squad. Numerous NBA scouts will be in attendance.

As also previously reported here, Wittman and Foote have accepted invitations to the Portsmouth Invitational, an NBA scouting event. We have recently learned that Cornell's Louis Dale has been contacted as an "alternate" for the event should one of the sixty invitees decline or become unavailable.

Will Amaker Land Boston College Coaching Position?

Both Cornell's Steve Donahue and Harvard's Tommy Amaker have been mentioned among a short list of targets by Boston College in its head coaching search. But the latter may be the more likely next coach in Chestnut Hill.

Recruiting News

Below, some recruiting news from around the Ivy League...

ChicagoHoops.com reports that Jon Gac (Mt. Carmel HS) Chicago, IL 6-9, has committed to Loyola-Chicago over interest from Yale and other Ivies.

ScoutHoops notes that Tim Douglas (Mayfair HS) Lakewood, CA 5-9, committed to Portland. He drew some interest from Cornell, Hawaii, and Cal State Bakersfield. He also had offers from Cal Riverside and Lehigh.

The Harvard Crimson is reporting that Majok Majok (Northfield Mount Hermon School) Northfield, MA 6-8 has eliminated Harvard from consideration. He has reportedly narrowed his list to Boston College, Saint Louis, Oklahoma State, and Oregon State. Several sources have reported to The Cornell Basketball Blog that Tommy Amaker is the lead coaching candidate for the vacancy at Boston College and that Majok could follow along.

Cornell is expected to be adding some transfers this season, but one of them will not be Jeff Allgood, a former red-shirt at Army who spent the 2009-2010 season at Iowa Western Community College. Allgood committed to Eastern Kentucky this month after he averaged 8.6 points per game with Iowa Western. Like Cornell, EKU is one of the top shooting teams in the country. Allgood reportedly was interested in committing to Cornell before the Big Red moved in another direction with other guard prospects.

Wittman, Dale, Foote--- Giant Killers!

ESPN.com has named Cornell's Ryan Wittman and Louis Dale to its five-player, All-Giant Killer team for the 2010 NCAA Tournament. Jeff Foote was among the two players named honorable mention because ESPN, "didn't want three Cornell players on the first team." ESPN writes:

Forward: Ryan Wittman, Cornell: Wittman shot a staggering 68 percent in the first two rounds of the tournament, including 7-of-11 on 3-point attempts, and now the whole country knows why the ability to score in bunches is critical to GK success. Most lethally, his three straight bombs early in the second half against Temple squelched all hopes for an Owls comeback. He literally ran into a Wall against Kentucky but was so impressive overall that fans are now talking up his NBA potential. Oh, and he made our model look pretty darn good, considering where it had Cornell rated.

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Guard: Louis Dale, Cornell: Dale, another Big Red senior, led Cornell with 21 points against Temple and then poured in a career-high 26 against Wisconsin. Everyone knows now that Dale sent video of himself to colleges after going largely ignored out of high school; few realize that Cornell recruited him as a student, and Dale sent one of those tapes to Steve Donahue's staff because his mom told him it was a good school. Of course, he still has to pass Cornell's swimming test to graduate, but his declaration after the Wisconsin game should become the official GK motto: "You can't sleep on us."

Donahue Expected to Return to Cornell for 2010-2011

(Photo Patrick Shanahan, Cornell Athletics)
A source close to the situation reported to The Cornell Basketball Blog that Cornell's entire coaching staff is expected to return to Cornell next season. Absent a "dream job offer" -- Donahue would not consider leaving Cornell. He has reportedly already rejected potential opportunities for next season at Seton Hall, St. John's, Fordham, Penn, and Siena. He also rejected opportunities in recent seasons at James Madison and Boston University. And as Brian Delaney of the Ithaca Journal reports below in a series of articles, there are currently no coaching vacancies on the job market that presently attract Donahue.

Ryan Wittman to A.P. All American Team

Cornell's Ryan Wittman has been named an Honorable Mention Associated Press All American.

Alumni News: Hartford Back in the U.S. for the Summer

Below, some brief updates on Cornell alums playing professionally. Above, a 1904 Cornell basketball program.

Jason Hartford ('08) appeared in seven games for Casino Figueira Ginasio during March where he averaged 16.3 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. Hartford is playing this summer, during the Euro offseason, once again with the Yamhill Flyers of the International Basketball League.

Cody Toppert ('05) is getting more playing time in Germany's First Division with BC Scholz Recycling Weissenhorn. He is averaging 18.8 points and 6.6 rebounds per game after only averaging 3.5 minutes per game in the country premier league, The Budeslagia with his former team, MEG Goettingen.

Jeff Aubry ('99) is contributing 8 points and 9.3 rebounds per game for the Aericibo Capitanes of the Puerto Rico Basketball League.

Both Toppert and Aubry are veterans of the NBA's D-League.

John McCord ('97) is averaging 9.5 points and 6.6 rebouns for Limoges CSP Elite in the French Pro B League.

Monday, March 29, 2010

WBNG on Donahue in the Coaching Market

Recruiting News

Below, some recruiting news from around the Ivy League.

NEHoops reports that Naofall Falohan (Wilbraham & Monson Academy) Wilbraham, MA 6-10 is currently being looked at by Davidson, Penn, Brown. He recently reopened his recuitment after backing of a commitment to Marist.

From the class of 2011, Brandon Voss (North Scott) Elridge, IA 5-10 told IowaPreps.com he is hearing from Columbia, Yale, Valpo, Detroit.

Bo Barnes (Westwnd Prep) Scottsdale, AZ 6-4 told ArizonaPreps.com that he has offers from Hawaii, American, La Salle, St. Bonaventure, Oral Roberts, Central Connecticut, Rider, East Carolina, Albany, Evansville, Quinnipiac. Barnes also has drawn interest from Cornell, Southern California, Providence, Iowa State, Miami, George Washington, and Nebraska.

Chicagohoops.com reports that class of 2011's Hayden Hoerdemann (Bloomington Catholic) Bloomington, IL 6-2 has a scholarship offer from Western Michigan, and interest from Harvard, Princeton, Penn, Davidson, VCU, Northwestern, Iowa State, Northern Iowa, Holy Cross, SIU, Butler, Wichita State, Missouri State, Oakland, Evansville, Lehigh, Northeastern, William and Mary, Lafayette, and Army.

ESPNInsiders lists a few new class of 2011 Ivy prospects.

Galal Cancer (Christian Bros. Academy) Albany, NY 6-2 is considering Cornell and Lafayette.

Pat Ackerman (Worcester Academy) Worcester, MA 6-11 is considering Princeton, Yale, Lafayette and Bucknell.

Andrej Pajovic (Wilbraham & Monson Academy), Willbraham, MA 6-2 is hearing from Yale, Holy Cross, Northeaster, Rhode Island and George Mason.

News and Notes: "Should I Stay or Should I Go?" Edition

Below, some news and notes....

Sunday, March 28, 2010

News and Notes: Seton Hall Job Filled


During the last month, Cornell's head coach, Steve Donahue was widely mentioned as a hiring target of the coaching searches at Fordham, Seton Hall and St. John's.

As of today, two of those positions are filled. Two weeks ago Fordham hired Hofstra coach, Tom Pecora. Several sources today are reporting that Iona coach, Kevin Willard has taken the head coaching position at Seton Hall.

In other coaching transactions today, Siena head coach Fran McCaffrey has accepted the head coaching position at Iowa.

While the vacancies at Siena, Iona and Hofstra could be attractive to Ivy League coaches such as Donahue, sources have reported to The Cornell Basketball Blog that Donahue would be unlikely to consider a position at a mid-major level unless it involved a relocation to the Philadelphia area. Nevertheless, it is still to early too tell where Donahue will be next fall.

See the related reports below:

News and Notes: Sunday Edition

(Photo Cornell Athletics)
Below, some news and notes.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Saint John's Coaching Vacancy Implicates Several Current and Former Ivy Coaches

A new New York Post article states that former UCLA coach, Steve Lavin, along with current coaches, Al Skinner (Boston College), Fran McCaffery (Siena), Fran Dunphy (Temple), Steve Donahue (Cornell), Tommy Amaker (Harvard) and Jim Baron (Rhode Island), will all be targets of the St. John's coaching search.

Congrats to West Virginia

The Cornell Basketball Blog salutes West Virginia for their advancement out of the East Region to the Final Four.

A Note from Steve Donahue to All Cornell Fans

The following was sent out by Cornell Athletics to Cornell fans:
Dear Big Red Basketball Fans,

I know we were called the underdog, the Cinderella, the long shot, the feel-good story of the Sweet Sixteen. Well, we may have been all those things. But first and foremost, we were, and of course still are, Cornellians. And that is what made us great on and off the court--it was that Big Red spirit and work ethic that got us to the Sweet Sixteen.

I just want to thank you all for your tremendous support throughout the season and into the amazing post-season. I read your texts and Facebook postings, your emails and letters. It was so motivating and inspiring to know that so many thousands of alumni were behind us. I can't describe how grateful I am that you took the time to cheer us on. I also heard that you all gathered in 90 cities around the world to watch the game together, and I know we had hundreds of alumni travel thousands of miles to watch us play in Syracuse. To all of you, I say thank you, thank you, thank you. We could not have come as far as we did without you.

Now I hope you'll join me in cheering for our tremendous hockey team as they play in their NCAA tournament up in Albany, and I'll look forward to next year's Big Red basketball season!

Coach Steve Donahue

News and Notes

Some news and notes...

Tough Schedule Prepared Cornell for Tournament


New York Post
March 26, 2010

ESPN's Ricky Reilly on the Big Red


By Rick Reilly
ESPN.com
March 26, 2010

Post Game Press Conference

Earlier we posted Cornell's Sweet Sixteen post-game press conference transcript. Below is the full video of the conference.

John Feinstein, "Despite Sweet 16 loss to Kentucky, Cornell had a season to savor"


By John Feinstein
Washington Post
March 26, 2010

Cornell Gets Warm Welcome Back to Ithaca


"Cornell's big dream comes to an end"


By Marcus Hayes
Philly.com
March 26, 2010

Struggling Seton Hall Will Try to Entice Donahue

Cornell faces Seton Hall next season at Newark's Prudential Center. Could Steve Donahue be coaching against the Big Red? See the story from the New York Post.

Andy Katz and ESPN College Basketball Nation Blog on Big Red Fall to Kentucky


By Andy Katz, ESPN

Brian Delaney's Thoughts on the Ride


Commentary by Brian Delaney
Ithaca Journal
March 26, 2010

Sandy Weil on Cornell Basketball

New York Post
March 26, 2010

It used to be that everything Sandy Weill touched turned to gold. Lately, not so much.

The 77-year-old billionaire mastermind of the Citigroup banking behemoth has not only seen the financial supermarket he created get crushed by the credit crisis and need a $45 billion bailout in order to stay afloat, he traveled to Syracuse only to suffer another indignity, watching his alma mater, Cornell, get spanked last night by the No. 1 seed Kentucky in the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA basketball tournament.

Things starting out promising, with Cornell taking an early 10-2 lead. But that euphoria was short-lived, as Cornell was outmatched by Kentucky, which provided few opportunities for Cornell's three-point shooters to do their thing.

The final score was 65-42.

"I graduated 55 years ago from Cornell, so I've waited a long time to see them do this well," Weill said in an interview with Bloomberg News before the game started.

Hopefully, he won't have to wait as long to see the banking giant he created return to profitability.

Bloomberg: "Cornell Career Scoring Leader a No-Show in Big Game"


"Cornell Didn't Lose"

March 26, 2010

Cornell Alums Proud of Big Red Tournament Run

"Respect for Cornell" from Kentucky

March 26, 2010

"Cornell Savors Its Season"


By Pete Thamel
New York Times
March 26, 2010

Honors and Awards: Wittman to All Star Game, Donahue Finalist for Coaching Honor

Cornell Athletics announced that Steve Donahue was named a finalist for the Clair Bee Award. See the release further below. Meanwhile, the Ithaca Journal reports that Cornell's Ryan Wittman has accepted an invite to compete on April 2 in the REESE'S College All-Star game as part of the NCAA Final Four in Indianapolis. The game features two teams composed of the top senior collegiate student-athletes in the country. The Reese’s College All-Star game will be broadcast on CBS College Sports at 4:30 p.m. A day earlier on April 1, Wittman will compte in the State Farm 3-point shoout also at the Final Four. It is the 22nd annual edition and will be televised live on ESPN on April 1 from 9-11 p.m. Past participants and champions in the shootout include Aaron Brooks, Steve Nash and Kyle Korver. Wittman will be one of eight seniors selected to participate in the 3-point competition

While we are waiting to find out Wittman's teammates on the East All Stars, the West All-Stars will be the following:

Michael Roll (F, UCLA)
Robert Glenn (F, IUPUI)
Tre'von Hughes (G, Wisconsin)
Jerome Randle (G, California)
Adam Koch (F, Northern Iowa)
Omar Samhan (C, St. Mary's)
Aubrey Coleman (G, Houston)
Bryan Davis (F, Texas A&M)
Tyren Johnson (F, Louisiana Lafayette)
Quincy Pondexter (F, Washington).

Cornell Sweet Sixteen Post Game Press Conference Transcript


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Game Recap: Cornell Dream Season Ends in Sweet Sixteen Loss to Kentucky


Thursday, March 25, 2010

We'll Be Back.

The Cornell Basketball Blog will have have limited publishing this afternoon and evening as we take in and enjoy the Sweet Sixteen. Any additional blog posts published before tip off will be down below. We will be back at full strength on Friday. We congratulate the fans, the universities and the basketball programs that advanced to the Sweet Sixteen from among the 347 Division I teams.

SlopeTV Previews Cornell-Kentucky, Sweet Sixteen


More Sweet Sixteen Links

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They [Cornell] really challenged themselves with the schedule they had. Being able to go to Kansas and hang with them all the way through, that just really helped fuel their confidence and got them to another level ... As you put together your game-plan, the key is really (7-foot center) Jeff Foote. His size and skill level really takes them to another level. If you don't have a really good low-post defender who can push him out and make him work for his points, you're in trouble. If you start doubling down, he can really pick you apart. If you start rotating against Cornell, you end up just chasing them and they're going to end up with an open shot ... Wittman is a guy you really can't leave. They do a great job of running him through screens and taking advantage of lapses where he gets even a split second of freedom. He's so quick to his shot that if he gets to his release point, he's shooting over the top ... I think Kentucky with their athleticism has to use their quickness and pressure Cornell, try to make them a little uncomfortable and not let them run their stuff. If you don't force them out, they're going to be successful ... The more offensive success Cornell has without turning the ball over, that will give them a chance to keep Kentucky in a half-court game. Cornell is a much better defensive team than people give them credit for, but it's still important that they shoot a high percentage and slow Kentucky down.

Game Day News and Notes (Part II)

Below, some full length articles on tonight's Sweet Sixteen match-up between Cornell and Kentucky as well as some links to other articles of interest.

ESPN Analysts Discuss Cornell-Kentucky


Syracuse Post Standard from the Carrier Dome


Go Ivy!

The Ivy League student news media cover the Big Red in the Sweet Sixteen:

Game Day News and Notes (Part I)

Below, some news articles covering tonight's Sweet Sixteen Game.