Saturday, October 30, 2010

Trick or Treat for Big Red in 2010-2011?

How will Cornell do this year? Check out The Cornell Basketball Blog's Index of 2010-2011 Season Previews and see what the pundits are predicting for this year. Happy Halloween.

News and Notes: Saturday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Saturday. Above, Mark Coury was a physical presence inside for Cornell during its 2010 opening round NCAA Tournament win over Temple. He contributed 4 points and 1 rebound in the win.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Cornell Recruit, Galal Cancer to Start Senior Year

NYCHoopsNet.com previews the season of Christian Brothers Academy of Albany, New York and Cornell recruit, 6'2" Galal Cancer. NYCHoops writes of Cancer, "This tough guard knows how to get to the rack and is an excellent defender. Cancer is a real winner and team leader on the floor."

While the Albany Times Union has yet to publish their area preview, here is what they had to say about Cancer last October, "[CBA's Kameron Ritter] has the great fortune of playing with one of the quickest guards to grace the upstate, NY hardwood in recent years, a junior named Galal Cancer. Cancer can cross you up from either side, step back and hit the jumper or burn you with an alley-oop pass. It is this kind of versatility that makes him my Most Valuable Player in the Section. He has the talent and the tools to do it all."

Cancer will have a good opportunity to see his future Big Red in action on November 12 when Cornell visits the Albany Great Danes. The Danes were Cancer's finalist before he chose to attend Cornell.

Buildings of Big Red Basketball

Some additional photographs for the lovers of Cornell Basketball history. Above, a photo of Cornell's February 14, 1920 contest against Yale in the "New Armory and Drill Hall"(later renamed as Barton Hall). Cornell prevailed 25-23.

Colgate!

A reminder that Saturday's scrimmage against Colgate is closed doors and not open to the public. Above, a photo of basketball action in Barton Hall during the Big Red's 87-68 win over the Red Raiders on December 7, 1963. Below, a photo from the December 3, 1969 meeting between the teams at Barton Hall.

News and Notes: Friday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Friday... Above, some floor boards signed by Ryan Wittman, Jeff Foote and Steve Donahue.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

The Old Homes of Cornell Basketball

Above, postcards of Cornell's Old Armory and Drill Hall, used by the Big Red basketball program until February 1919 when the program moved over to the New Armory, which was later renamed in 1940 as Barton Hall.

A Date in Cornell Basketball History

Above, a February 23, 1929 ticket stub to Cornell's game at the Palestra and the cover of the February 25, 1929 Cornell Daily Sun recapping Cornell's heartbreaking 26-25 defeat at the hands of the Quakers.

News and Notes: Afternoon Edition

Below, some news and notes for the afternoon...
  • Placing the Ivy League Media Poll results aside for a moment, regardless of who wins the Ivy League this year, whether it is Cornell or any other Ivy League team, the Big Red of 2010 raised the bar of expectations in the conference. Any future Ivy champion will be measured against Cornell's accomplishments last season. Here is another look at Cornell's impressive 2009-2010 resume:
-Three consecutive Ivy League titles (2008, 2009, 2010) (including a perfect season in 2008)
-NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
-Final No. 17 national ranking in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Top 25 Poll
-Final No. 4 ranking in the CollegeInsider.com Coaches' Mid Major Top 25 Poll
-MSG Holiday Festival Champions (2-0)
-Legends Classic Region Champions (4-0)
-Two "Top 25" victories (Wisconsin and Temple)
-Nonconference victories over teams such as Alabama (SEC), St. John's, (Big East), La Salle, (A-10) St. Joseph's (A-10), UMass (A-10), Drexel (CAA), Davidson (SoCon), Bucknell (Patriot) and Vermont (America East)

Redman

Apparently, Redman, the mascot of No. 1 nationally ranked Cornell wrestling has some basketball hops. Check out his commercials for Cornell wrestling on Facebook.


News and Notes: Thursday Edition

Below, some news and notes...

Dexter's LaMore heading to Cornell

Below, another article on Dave LaMore's recruiting commitment to attend Cornell University next season.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

News and Notes: Evening Edition

Below, some news and notes for the evening...

News and Notes: Afternoon Edition

Below, some news and notes for the afternoon...

Ivy Media Conference

The Ivy Media Conference is underway... follow us on Twitter for live updates.

Cornell Picked 3rd in Media Poll


2010-11 Basketball Media Guide

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Powered by returning its top five scorers and top two rebounders, Princeton was voted as the preseason pick to win the 2010-11 Ivy League men's basketball title.

Already the preseason choice by Athlon Sports, Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook, Lindy's Sports Annuals and Rivals.com, Princeton received 12 first-place votes, totaling 128 points, from the select panel of 17 Ivy media representatives. This marked the first time the Tigers were selected as the preseason choice by the Ivy media since prior to the 2004-05 season.

Princeton (22-9, 11-3 Ivy League) will be relying on experience to drive its run to a 26th Ivy title, led by its veteran backcourt of junior Douglas Davis and senior Dan Mavraides. Davis (12.7 points per game) and Mavraides (11.5 ppg) are the Tigers' top two scorers from last season and are among the top six returning scorers in the League. With sophomore forward Ian Hummer (6.9 ppg), senior forward Kareem Maddox (6.2 ppg) and junior forward Patrick Saunders (5.1 ppg) in the frontcourt, Princeton is poised to end Cornell's three-year championship run.

Finishing second in the voting with 120 points and four first-place votes, Harvard (21-8, 10-4 Ivy) is hoping to live up to its preseason hype to accomplish a program first -- win its first League championship and make its first NCAA Tournament appearance. The Crimson will have to achieve this feat without the services of Jeremy Lin, now playing for the NBA's Golden State Warriors. Sophomore forward Kyle Casey, the reigning Ivy League Rookie of the Year, will be leading the Crimson's quest as the team's leading returning scorer (10.2 ppg) and rebounder (5.2 rpg).

Cornell (29-5, 14-1 Ivy) was not voted as the preseason selection for the first time in three years, but did receive one first-place vote and finished third in the balloting with 96 points. Cornell will not give up its stranglehold of the Ivy trophy easily; however, first-year head coach Bill Courtney does have the daunting task of replacing the Big Red's own version of the "Big 3" --- Louis Dale, Jeff Foote and Ryan Wittman. Junior guard Chris Wroblewski, Cornell's top returning scorer (8.9 ppg), will take over as the face of the team's starting five and will receive plenty of help from experienced frontcourt mates in sophomore forward Errick Peck, senior forward Adam Wire and senior forward/center Mark Coury.

Penn (6-22, 5-9 Ivy) may a preseason dark horse as a contender for the Ivy crown, voted fourth with 89 points, but boasts the only returning first-team All-Ivy player from a year ago in junior guard Zack Rosen. The League's leading returning scorer at 17.7 points per game, Rosen will lead a talented Quakers squad along with seniors forward Jack Eggleston and forward/center Conor Turley, under the direction of head coach Jerome Allen, who had the interim tag removed after leading Penn to its six wins over the second half of the 2009-10 season.

Rounding out the second half of the 2010-11 preseason media poll were Yale (57 points), Brown (55 points), Columbia (48 points) and Dartmouth (18 points).

Yale (12-19, 6-8 Ivy) will be relying on its frontcourt duo of senior forward Michael Sands and junior forward Greg Mangano to lead the Bulldogs to improve on their fourth-place finish last season. Brown (11-20, 5-9 Ivy) returns four starters in the brothers Sullivan -- senior forward Peter and sophomore guard Matt -- along with senior guard Garrett Leffelman and sophomore forward Tucker Halpern. Columbia (11-17, 5-9 Ivy) will be led by first-year head coach Kyle Smith on the sidelines and the sharp-shooting Noruwa Agho, a junior guard who averaged 16.3 points per game for the Lions last year, on the court. Dartmouth (5-23, 1-13) has a familiar face back in its head coaching position as Paul Cormier has returned to take over a Big Green team that will feature by senior guard Ronnie Dixon.


2010-11 IVY LEAGUE MEN'S BASKETBALL PRESEASON MEDIA POLL
PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH

First-Place Votes in Parentheses

Rank School Points
1. Princeton (12)
128
2. Harvard (4)
120
3. Cornell (1)
96
4. Penn 89
5. Yale 57
6. Brown 55
7. Columbia 48
8. Dartmouth 19

News and Notes: Wednesday Edition

Below, news and notes for Wednesday...
  • Rush The Court is counting down via Twitter the top 345 Division I teams. Thus far, Dartmouth checks in at No. 340., Albany is No. 327.
  • The Albany Student Press notes, "The Danes will play in two scrimmages against opponents, whom [Albany coach Will] Brown refused to reveal, before opening the season at home against Cornell on Nov. 12."
  • Courtesy of Jeff Goodman of Fox Sports below are the scheduled closed scrimmages involving some of Cornell's 2010-2011 opponents:
Sat., Oct. 30
Rider at Seton Hall
Providence at Stony Brook
Boston College at Boston University
Kent State at St. Bonaventure
VCU at La Salle
Colgate at Cornell
UMBC at Delaware
Albany at Columbia
Bucknell at Hofstra
Lehigh at Drexel

Sun., Oct. 31
UMass at Harvard
Wagner at Penn
Central Connecticut at Yale

Sat., Nov. 6
Cleveland State vs. Buffalo in Erie, Pa.
Columbia at Hartford
UNH at Bryant
Stony Brook at Central Connecticut State
Bucknell at Albany
NJIT at Yale
Binghamton at St. Francis (NY)
Lafayette at Cornell
Penn at Lehigh

Sun., Nov. 7
Morgan State at Delaware
Harvard at Northeastern

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Recruiting News: Harvard Adds No. 21

Below, some Ivy recruiting news...

Harvard has No. 21 and we are not talking about a jersey number. Harvard's 2011-2012 men's basketball roster has now reached 21 players and it could still be climbing. Today, Max Hooper (Brewster Academy) Brewster, NH, 6-6, F, has formally committed to Harvard per his high school coach. Hooper is the 6th commitment for Harvard's class of 2011. With only three seniors on the 2011-2012 Crimson roster (Keith Wright, Oliver McNally and Andrew Van Nest), Harvard must either cut several players on its 2011-2012 roster or limit its class of 2012 (the current high school juniors) to fewer than three recruits, or else risk having a roster stuck at 20-plus for the foreseeable future. In short, Harvard has some decisions to make. And incredibly, the Crimson have this roster overload problem even after two non-seniors, Spencer de Mars and Pete Edelson, left the program this year. Also noteworthy, not one of Harvard's 21 players arrived in Cambridge via transfer. Each recruited directly out of high school.

In other recruiting news, Jon Schmidt (Friends School) Baltimore, MD, 6-7, F, told the Baltimore Sun, “I’ve been looking mostly at Ivy League schools, I’m very interested in Cornell and Dartmouth. Cornell said if I get one point higher on my ACT, then I can go there. But as far as Dartmouth, they want to see me play against higher competition. But I have a lot of options, and it’s exciting. So hopefully I’ll be able to play well this season. I’ve been working hard so that I can play well against the good competition.”

News and Notes: Evening Edition

Below, some news and notes for Tuesday evening...

Announcement: Saturday's Scrimmage is Closed Doors

Fans, please take note that per NCAA Rules, Saturday's scrimmage vs. Colgate is closed doors. No spectators are permitted inside. The announcement during the Red-White scrimmage that the Colgate scrimmage was "open door" was made in error.

Cornell to Scrimmage Colgate on Saturday

Above, Brian Kreefer ('09) vs. Colgate during the 2007-2008 season.

On Saturday, Cornell will scrimmage Colgate in the first of two Cornell preseason scrimmages. The scrimmages are closed to the public.

The Big Red have faced the Red Raiders quite regularly over the years with Cornell holding a 70-53 advantage in the regular season series. The teams last met in a regular season game during the 2007-2008 season. The teams first met during the 1901-1902 season.


Above left, an excerpt from the March 7, 1902 issue of the Cornell Daily Sun which previews the first ever meeting between Cornell and Colgate in basketball. Right, the March 10 issue recaps the meeting between the teams.


Cornell-Colgate 1913 ticket stub.

Above, a 1946 Cornell-Colgate game program.

Cornell vs. Colgate in 1947.

Above, an action photo of Cornell vs. Colgate from December 10, 1949. Below, the game program.


A 1958 Cornell-Colgate game program.

Cornell's Gregg Morris in action against Colgate on December 4, 1965.

(updated 12:18 PM)

Monday, October 25, 2010

Team Report from YahooSports

The Sports Xchange and YahooSports have published the team reports for each of the Ivy League schools. Below are links to each of team reports as well as the full report for Cornell.

News and Notes: Early Evening Edition

Below, some news and notes for the early evening...

Recruiting News: Harvard Adds 20th to Roster

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

Per Montverde School, Steve Moundou-Missi (Montverde School) Montverde, FL, 6-6, F, committed to Harvard over Iowa and Brown. Moundou-Missi, a talented, rugged and physical power forward, gives Harvard its 20th player for the 2011-2012 season roster, including five freshmen.

Per several sources, Jared Smoot (Crown Point HS) Crown Point, IN, 6-10, C, committed to Navy over Brown, Ball State, Evansville. Cornell, Fordham and Northwestern also expressed some interest before taking other commitments.

John Golden (Northfield Mount Hermon School) Northfield, MA, 6-6, F and J'Vonte Brooks (Northfield Mount Hermon School) Northfield, MA, 6-6, F, are both visited Dartmouth this weekend.

Charles Swain (Notre Dame Prep) Fitchburg, MA, 6-2, G has been hearing from Stony Brook and Columbia.

Bill Wrightson (Toms River North HS) Toms River, NJ, 6-8, C was among several class of 2012 prospects reportedly visiting Cornell this weekend. He is currently hearing from Princeton and several top academic Division III programs.

News and Notes: Monday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Monday. Above, an autograph card signed by several members of the Big Red. Players were signing autographs following the Red-White scrimmage on Saturday.
  • The Heights, a student newspaper of Boston College writes, "New head coach Steve Donahue brings a different coaching style and worthy experience from coaching the Cornell University men's basketball team, which triumphed as Ivy League champions from 2008-2010 and reached the NCAA Sweet Sixteen last year."
  • MidMajority.com is ranking each of the 263 Mid Major basketball programs based on their performances during the last six years. Each day MidMajority is counting down the teams among the top 100. Here is a look at the top 30 teams revealed-to-date. Cornell is the only Ivy League to finish among the top 50 mid major basketball programs.
30. Saint Joseph`s, Atlantic 14 (66 points)
29. Sam Houston State, Southland (67 points)
28. Akron, Mid-American (70 points)
27. Rhode Island, Atlantic 14 (72 points)
26. Cornell, Ivy League (73 points)
25. Kent State, Mid-American (73 points)
24. Massachusetts, Atlantic 14 (73 points)
23. Vermont, America East (76 points)
22. Morgan State, MEAC (77 points)
21. Missouri State, Missouri Valley (79 points)
20. Creighton, Missouri Valley (80 points)
19. Temple, Atlantic 14 (80 points)
18. South Alabama, Sun Belt (83 points)
17. Siena, Metro Atlantic (84 points)
16. George Mason, Colonial (90 points)
15. Wichita State, Missouri Valley (92 points)
14. Southern Illinois, Missouri Valley (92 points)
13. Dayton, Atlantic 14 (97 points)
12. Utah State, Western Athletic (99 points)
11. Bradley, Missouri Valley (100 points)
10. Winthrop, Big South (109 points)
9. Saint Mary`s, West Coast (111 points)
8. Northern Iowa, Missouri Valley (112 points)

  • Throughout the season we will provide periodic updates on Cornell's eight (8) overseas alumni playing professionally. These former Cornell players include: Jeff Aubry ('99) (Halcones, LNBP Mexico); John McCord ('97) (Strasbourg, Pro A France); Cody Toppert ('05) (Plymouth Raiders, British Basketball League); Jason Hartford ('08) (Ginasio, LPD Portugal); Louis Dale ('10) (Gottingen, Bundesliga Germany); Ryan Wittman ('10) (Forli, LegaDue Italy); Jeff Foote ('10) (Maccabi Tel Aviv, Israel Winner's League); Jon Jaques ('10) (Ashkelon, Israel Winner's League).

Cornell Daily Sun Reports from Red-White


By Alex Kuczynski-Brown
October 25, 2010
Cornell Daily Sun

Fans and media alike were provided with their first glimpse of the new-look 2010-11 men’s basketball team over the weekend, albeit an incomplete one. Senior forward Aaron Osgood (hip) and sophomore guard Chris Wroblewski both sat out Saturday afternoon’s annual Red/White scrimmage, as did freshman guard Dominick Scelfo (knee) and sophomore forward Peter McMillan (concussion). Wroblewski did not dress for the game after taking an elbow to the face during Friday’s practice.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

News and Notes: Weekend Wrap-Up

Below, some news and notes from the weekend...

Note to Readers

While we appreciate the support of our regular readers and their participation in the comment section and on the message board, we have received some anonymous inappropriate comments in the nature of personal attacks on some student-athletes.

These comments reflect a lack of good judgment and complete lack of civility.

These student-athletes work their hearts out each and every day, both on the courts and in the classroom. We will not tolerate these comments and will take all appropriate action to ensure they do not continue. Our apologies to the student-athletes that were the targets of these comments and to the many readers that were not involved.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Another Red-White Update from the Ithaca Journal

Below, Brian Delaney of the Ithaca Journal gives his points on what to watch for during Saturday's Red-White Scrimmage.

Wittman Speaks with Italian Media

Resto del Carlino, an Italian local newspaper based in Bologna, Italy, interviewed Ryan Wittman ('10) about his performance-to-date in Italy's LeagueDue with Forli. Click here to see the article's Google English translation.

Red-White Update from the Ithaca Journal


Brian Delaney of the Ithaca Journal provides an update on the Red-White scrimmage. Delaney writes:
Cornell men focus on defense ahead of basketball scrimmage

The public will get its first look at the Bill Courtney-coached Cornell men's basketball team when the Big Red puts on the annual Red-White Scrimmage at noon Saturday at Newman Arena.

Expect it to be a defensive-minded debut.

The team completed its fifth practice in six days Thursday, and Courtney said defense and rebounding has been an early focus as the team learns to perform, among other things, without a 7-foot center in the middle to erase mistakes.

"I want to see guys get on the floor, take charges, grab loose balls, those types of things," Courtney said. "We haven't put in much, but hopefully they can execute some of the things we've talked about and that can carry over."

Freshman Dominic Scelfo (knee) and sophomore Pete McMillan (concussion) are expected to miss the scrimmage, while senior forward Aaron Osgood (hip) is questionable.

Scelfo's injury appears to be the most serious, although the 6-foot-1 guard will have additional tests done to discern the exact problem.

"He's got some knee issues that have flared up again," Courtney said. "He's going to have that looked at and try and figure out what the next step is for him. It could be awhile, or it could be something that he could be back this year, but we're not sure yet."

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Injury/Practice Updates

Brian Delaney of the Ithaca Journal updates the status of Cornell's preseason injuries. Delaney posted the following on the Journal website:
Stopped by CU men's basketball practice today and got this update from Bill Courtney on injuries as they pertain to Saturday's Red-White Scrimmage, and (for one player) beyond:

Freshman Dominic Scelfo (knee) and sophomore Pete McMillan (concussion) are expected to miss the scrimmage, while senior forward Aaron Osgood (hip) is questionable.

Scelfo’s injury appears to be the most serious, although the 6-foot-1 guard will have additional tests done to discern the exact problem.

“He’s got some knee issues that have flared up again,” Courtney said. “He’s going to have that looked at and try and figure out what the next step is for him. It could be awhile, or it could be something that he could be back this year, but we’re not sure yet.”

Courtney was referring to an incident involving Scelfo on October 2, 2009, during a recruiting visit to Saint Louis University, during a pick-up game, Scelfo tore his meniscus when he tried to plant his leg, but instead felt his knee collapse, tearing both sides of the meniscus. However, after having his knee surgically repaired and spending time in rehab, Scelfo was able to play the second half of his senior year of high school.

Delaney also added via Twitter, "Quick-hitters from today's practice: Tarwater played with the reds (top 7-8); Figini looked good; BC, Wrob. praised Peck's play."


News and Notes: Evening Edition

Below, some evening news and notes...

Recruiting News: Yale Snags Another

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

Per several sources, Yale received a big recruiting commitment today from Connecticut's state player of the year, Brandon Sherrod (Choate Rosemary Hall) Stratford, CT, 6-6, F. Tipping scales at 245 pounds, Sherrod held scholarship offers two A-10 schools, St. Bonaventure and Fordham. His choice however came down to Yale and Brown. He also visited Penn, Quinnipiac and Holy Cross.

Steve Moundou Missi (Monteverde Academy) Montverde, FL, 6-6, F, will visit Brown this weekend per Scout.com. Built similar to Sherrod, he already visited Harvard and Iowa and has offers from both schools.

Spencer Dinwiddie (Taft HS) Los Angeles, CA, 6-4, G, told BuffStampede.com that he finished campus visits to Oregon, Colorado and Harvard. He is considering a potential visit to UNLV. When asked if he had a leader, Dinwiddie responded, "Probably Colorado. They are a slight favorite, but I really like them."

Chris Uhle (Trinity Catholic HS) Ocala, FL, 6-10, C, has interest from Princeton, Navy, and Tennessee Chattanooga.

Vince Van Ness (Northfield Mount Hermon School) Northfield, MA, 6-11, is being recruited by Fairfield, FIU, Wake Forest, Siena, Virginia Tech, and Oregon St, as well as several Ivies.

Ethan O’ Day (Northfield Mount Hermon School) Northfield, MA, 6-7, F, reportedly has offers from Brown, Lafayette, Holy Cross, and Sacred Heart. He also has interest from Vermont, Stanford, Bucknell, Fordham, Harvard, Yale, and Quinnipiac. He is a member of the class of 2012.

As we previously reported, Penn is closing in on three power forwards.

Greg Louis (Dwyer HS) Palm Beach Gardens, FL, 6-7, F has narrowed his college choices down to Tulane and Penn. He recently visited both campuses and has offers from both schools. Penn is his reported leader. Louis had other offers until several schools opted to go in different directions.

Mike Turner (University HS) Chicago, IL, 6-8, F has narrowed his college choices down to Penn, Northwestern and Valparaiso after receiving offers from each of the three schools. Penn is his reported leader.

Will Davis (New Hampton Prep) New Hampton, NH, 6-9, F, will visit Penn, Drexel and Delaware in the next week. The native of Sacramento has reported offers from the likes of TCU, St. Bonaventure, Robert Morris, Quinnipiac, James Madison, La Salle, Loyola-IL, and UNCW.

Preseason Top 25

After finishing No. 17 in the nation in the final USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Top 25 Poll for 2009-2010, the Big Red were dropped from the 2010-2011 preseason poll. No Ivies received Top 25 votes.

News and Notes: Thursday Edition

Below, news and notes for Thursday...

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

One Beautiful Big Red Season


For lovers of mid major college basketball, consider the book, One Beautiful Season.

Book Summary:


Every year, there are over 330 universities that compete for the National Championship of Division I men's basketball. But over two-thirds of those languish in the shadows of the affluent and constantly-televised major conferences, clamoring for chances to take part in America's greatest three-week sports spectacle: the March Madness of the NCAA Tournament. One Beautiful Season: Inside College Basketball's Mid-Majority follows the intertwined stories of the players and coaches, the families and fans -- even the pep bands and mascots -- who inhabited this sports shadow world during the fateful 2009-10 season.

Written by veteran traveling hoops columnist Kyle Whelliston, with a foreword by Sports Illustrated's Luke Winn, this book is both a celebration of college basketball and an alternative history of the game itself. It is a study of how and why NCAA college basketball split between Davids and Goliaths in the first place, 100 years chronologized and crystallized in One Beautiful Season and one perfect Tournament. It is a 15,000-mile November-to-April journey full of hopes, dreams and heartbreak on the road to the Final Four in Indianapolis, and the story of one team that was one shot away from winning it all.

In the words of author Kyle Whelliston, "Chapters 6 and 4 are Big Red-centric."

Below is a sample excerpt:

Cornell: Love of the Game from Chapter 4, "The Ugly Game"

The Big Red had one final run in them. There are a lot of sports clich├ęs about playing for pride and a love of the game. But the Cornell players, and anybody who participated in Ivy League sports, received no rewards for their effort beyond the simple chance to play. With no athletic scholarships, they didn't even receive a free education out of the deal. Everybody was a walk-on, from the top scorer to the 15th man, and with no medical redshirts, every injury shortened a career. If there was any motivation at all for a team like this to advance in a national single-elimination event, it was true and actual school pride. Every win kept the team together for one more day.

The Wildcats stopped scoring and slacked in the second half, saving their energy for West Virginia and the Elite Eight. Cornell filled the scoring vacuum. With offensive rebounds and increased intensity, the Big Red cobbled together a string of three-pointers and third-chance layups to build a 13-2 run. Dale drilled a long shot over a flopping Cousins, who'd somehow found himself caught out on the perimeter. With five minutes to go in regulation, the score was 40-34. Despite making just a third of their shots, Cornell was three possessions away from a third consecutive upset, one that would rival and potentially eclipse Northern Iowa's win over Kansas.

But love of the game, devotion to team and school, never guaranteed victory. Heart and desire are intangibles that only deliver players to the opening tip-off; what happens during games is left to circumstance, fate, wit and raw skill. The future NBA stars of Kentucky were fueled by a more primal human desire than love. They refused to lose because they rejected the idea of embarrassment. They would not be Gardner-Webbed in front of millions of viewers on a national stage.

After scoring eight points in the first 15 minutes of the second half, the Wildcats scored 22 in the final five. When Wall scored on a highlight-reel alley-oop in the final minute, there were few still there at the Carrier Dome to see it live. Donahue had already brought his seniors out of the game, and most of the Cornell fans had said their goodbyes long before the 62-45 scoreline was finalized. The hour was late, and there was work to do on Friday. It was midnight in upstate New York, both literally and figuratively.

"What this group accomplished is almost surreal, everything that's gone on the last two weeks," said Donahue after the game. "I know it sounds corny, but in my opinion, they love each other more than any other team in this Tournament. That's why we were good. That sounds crazy, but that's why. When we got to that point and we cut it to six, I really thought we had it. I thought this was our game.

"These guys are going to kick themselves, but this has been unbelievable. I appreciate it, and I understand. They will soon."

News and Notes: Evening Edition

Below, some late day news and notes. Above, Cornell men's basketball season tickets are now on sale. Click the image to visit the Cornell Athletics Ticket Office.

Roster Report: Another Change in Harvard Roster

Max Kenyi (No. 23, above left), a 6'3" Harvard junior has left the Crimson basketball team for unreported reasons. Kenyi started 13 games for the Crimson a year ago after battling some injuries.

Kenyi was one of two Harvard recruits featured in the New York Times article of March 2008 which resulted in NCAA sanctions on the Harvard basketball program for violations of NCAA rules in recruiting practices.

Kenyi is the third Harvard player to leave the roster this year and the 14th player to leave the program in the last three seasons.

HARVARD DEPARTURES SINCE 2008-2009
Max Kenyi (left during '10-'11)
Pete Edelson (left during '10-'11)
Spencer de Mars (left during '10-'11)

Hugh Martin (left during '09-'10)
Peter Boehm (left during '09-'10)
Peter Swiatek (left during '09-'10)
Eric Groszyk (left during '08-'09)
T.J. Carey (left during '08-'09)
Kyle Fitzgerald (left during '08-'09)
Adam Demuyakor (left during '08-'09)
Ndu Okereke (left during '08-'09)
Darryl Finkton (left during '08-'09)
Cem Dinc (left during '08-'09)
Alex Blankenau (left during '08-'09)