Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Big Red-Syracuse Game Preview Center

Get all the links and information you need about Cornell's game at Syracuse tonight with The Cornell Basketball Blog's Game Preview Center.

CollegeBasketballTalk.com Likes Cornell?

Courtney on 'Cuse

About to head out for the Carrier Dome, where Cornell (2-4) plays No. 8 Syracuse (6-0) tonight in their annual men's basketball non-conference matchup. Syracuse has won 32 straight games in the series, and barring something unforseen, will make it 33 in a row this evening.

As far as Cornell's concerned, there are realistic goals to set for both tonight's game and Saturday's visit to No. 15 Minnesota. Progress will be measured in small ways, but the team's disappointing showing at Seton Hall a couple weeks ago certainly isn't something this Big Red team can call a standard against BCS opponents. Far from it.

On that day, the Hall jumped out to an early lead, and Cornell never even offered a whiff of an answering run, or strung together a positive run of possessions. The team played scared, and admitted so afterward. Without Chris Wroblewski on the floor, and with all the new components, it was forgiveable if not acceptable.

So what to expect out of tonight's game? First, the rebounding totals need to be respectable. That doesn't mean Cornell has the edge on the boards, but that the rebounding differential isn't north of -6 or even -8. If it gets to -12 or so, watch out. Second, when Cornell attacks Syracuse's zone, the foul line jumper and hi-low game is important. Offense from those two spots can't be non-existent, or Syracuse will just unload its long-armed wings on Cornell's three-point shooters. Pump fakes, good decisions, toughness with the ball - all are incredibly important tonight for the Big Red. Third, I think Errick Peck gets a starting nod again. This is a good spot for him to forget about the first six games, play loose and just throw his body around both on the glass and defensively. Besides, who else does Cornell have to check Kris Joseph? The bet here is Peck sees a lot of time on the 6-7 SF; Groebe likely comes off the bench. Fourth, foul trouble concerns in a game like this are real. Cornell's already fouling at a high clip, and with Aaron Osgood unavailable, it leaves a rotation of Mark Coury, Adam Wire, Errick Peck, Anthony Gatlin and Josh Figini as the bigs. Wire and Coury are easily the most physical players for Cornell; they both need to stay on the floor tonight.

For a team that won 29 of 34 games last year, have you wondered how this group is handling a 2-4 start? Bill Courtney said he's seen nothing concerning from the group in terms of how they're reacting to a string of difficult losses.

"It's always difficult when you're not seeing tangible results from your efforts," he said. "After watching the film from Saturday's game, we realized we didn't play that bad. We didn't shoot well, but we missed a lot of open shots. We told the guys we're right where we want to be. We're getting better defensively."

Where specifically on defense?

"Defensive rotations and assignments," Courtney said. "We're doing a great job with that. We're doing a great job of getting back on defense. We just ran into a guy on an incredible night (referring to BU's Darryl Partin). He was shooting 20 percent coming into the game, he goes for 32 points and we still hoave a chance to win the game even though we didn't make our shots. We see some things we're doing well. We're executing (on offense) better; we just have to finish the plays a little bit."

What is the coaching staff doing to help Peck overcome a slow start?

"What we're telling him is to concentrate on defense. We're putting him on some very good players right now. He's almost emerging into a stopper role. If he can do that and worry about that and rebound, I think his offense will eventually come."

Courtney said Peck's struggles to score the ball have been a combination of not finishing shots he should, and forcing shots he probably shouldn't take.

"A little bit of both," Courtney said. "He's missed a lot of easy ones. He's also taken some tough ones and I think that comes with pressing a little bit. He knows he's struggled, so he presses a little bit and we tell him to let the game come to you. It's going to happen."

News and Notes: Afternoon Edition

Below, some mid afternoon news and notes. Reminder, get all the links and information you need about Cornell's game at Syracuse tonight with The Cornell Basketball Blog's Game Preview Center. The game will be broadcast nationally on the Big East Network and on ESPN's Full Court package as well as on ESPN3.com...

Sports Network Cornell at Syracuse Preview

Game Preview Center

Get all the information you need about Cornell's game at Syracuse tonight with The Cornell Basketball Blog's Game Preview Center.

News and Notes: Tuesday Gameday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Tuesday...

Nunes Magician Previews Cornell

As much as Cornell fans were rooting for Steve Donahue to stay as head coach or for the program to continue its recent run of success, Syracuse fans should have been rooting just as hard. It's lonely sometimes up in Central New York. Hell, all of Upstate New York, really. And it's be nice to have a dependable in-state rival that we could battle with from time to time.

When Cornell made that run to the Sweet Sixteen (in the Dome, no less) last year, it looked like the Big Red was finally emerging as the taker to that role. Then Donoahue bolted for Boston College (fech) and most of his stars graduated, leaving a young core and a new coach to rebuild the program once more. They'll be good again soon but it's a shame we don't get to play that unit from last March.

I say that as a guy who roots for a team that can't beat anyone, let alone a 2-4 Ivy League school, by more than five points. So maybe I should shut up.

Syracuse hosts Cornell tonight in the Dome at 7pm in what has been a yearly tradition for some time. There was a time when this series was a rivalry, but that time has passed...

Syracuse leads the all-time series with Cornell, 86-31. The Big Red’s last victory against the Orange came in 1968 when it defeated the Orange, 93-81.

Last season Syracuse beat Cornell, 88-73, in the Carrier Dome. Brandon Triche scored a then career-high 21 points to lead the Orange. Syracuse used a balanced scoring attack as nine different players scored, including four in double figures. Chris Wroblewski led Cornell with 20 points.

Wroblewski is back for the Big Red this season and tonight he's in the line-up, still recovering from a severely sprained ankle.

"It was frustrating because I wanted to be the leader of the team. I had high expectations for myself and my team," Wroblewski said. "And a lot of that summer work -- I don’t want to say it was erased -- but it’s evident that I’m a little bit rusty and a little out of shape."

Despite that rust, Wroblewski is shooting a robust 46 percent (11-of-24) from 3-point range. He claims that number can be deceptive, that he has had opportunities "down the stretch" of recent Cornell games when he missed shots that might have made a difference in each of the Big Red’s losses. He is turning the ball over, he said, more frequently than he would prefer. (He has 21 assists and 20 turnovers.)

Cornell center Aaron Osgood will also miss tonight's game with a knee injury.

Star-divide

The Big Red have lost three-straight and four overall. Their only game against a major conference team was a 92-68 loss to Seton Hall in which they got Hazell'd.

Mike Waters has the full scouting report on the game, include a very good trend for Kris Joseph...

Kris Joseph averaged a mere 11.3 points in SU’s first four games. He erupted with 22 points against Michigan and came back with 19 against Georgia Tech. His 17-point second half keyed the win over the Yellow Jackets.

Brandon Triche hopes to be as much a factor on the court as he is off it. He was named Orange Scholar Male Athlete of the Week. If I could ask one thing, however, it's that we get him a new headshot ASAP. I can't look at that thing much longer...

Post Standard Scouts Cornell

Blogsphere Previews of Cornell at Syracuse

Below, several previews from around the blogosphere for tonight's Cornell at Syracuse game.

Daily Orange Previews Cornell



Syracuse Daily Orange basketball beat writers Brett LoGiurato, Tony Olivero and Andrew John discuss Syracuse's victory in the Legends Classic this past weekend in Atlantic City, N.J., and look forward to the upcoming game against Cornell tonight.

Syracuse Post Standard on Wroblewski Injury

Cornell Daily Sun Previews Syracuse

The Red hopes that junior tri-captain Chris Wroblewski, who has totaled 34 points at Syracuse in his career, will produce positive results tonight.

Adam Wire will have to step up tonight in the absence of Aaron Osgood, who is out with an MCL injury.

Ithaca Journal Previews Cornell at Syracuse

Monday, November 29, 2010

Cornell's Last Win Over Syracuse

Syracuse has defeated Cornell in 32 consecutive games in a series that dates back to 1900, and Cornell will be attempting to capture its first win over the Orange since December 4, 1968 when the Big Red prevailed 94-82 at Barton Hall in Ithaca. Hank South paced the Big Red with 34 points in that last win. Above, the December 5, 1968 issue of the Cornell Daily Sun recaps Cornell's last victory over SU.

Syracuse Athletics Game Notes for Cornell

Cornell Athletics Game Notes for Visit to Syracuse

News and Notes: Monday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Monday...

Ferry Named to Ivy Honor Roll

(Photo Cornell Daily Sun)
Cornell's Drew Ferry was named to the Ivy League's weekly honor roll. The Ivy League's Office notes as follows:
THE HONOR ROLL

Drew Ferry, Cornell, Junior, Guard (Milwaukee, Wis.)
16.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg,
Hit 8-of-16 three-pointers in two games
2010-11 AWARD WINNERS

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
November 15-Keith Wright, Harvard, Jr.
November 22-Christian Webster, Harvard, So./Austin Morgan, Yale, So.
November 29-Keith Wright, Harvard, Jr.

ROOKIES OF THE WEEK
November 15-Miles Cartwright, Penn, Fr.
November 22-Sean McGonagil, Brown, Fr.
November 29-Miles Cartwright, Penn, Fr.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

News and Notes: Weekend Wrap-Up

Below, some news and notes wrapping up the weekend...

Cornell at Syracuse (11/30) Game Preview Center

Get all the information you need about Cornell's game at Syracuse on November 30, right here with The Cornell Basketball Blog's Game Preview Center. As the game approaches, we will be adding relevant links to this space. Let us know your thoughts on the upcoming game by either leaving a comment to this post, sending us an email (CornellBigRedFan@gmail.com), or posting a message on The Cornell Basketball Blog's Community Forum (click here). GO BIG RED!


RELATED LINKS

Multimedia Links

Cornell Basketball Related Links
Syracuse Basketball Related Links
Below, just a few images from the 1oo-plus years of the Cornell-Syracuse basketball series.

CollegeHoopsNet Interviews Dave Bliss

CollegeHoopsNet.com's Jon Teitel interviews Dave Bliss ('65). Below is the full interview:

Game Recap: BU Downs Cornell

Below, game recaps of Cornell's defeat at Boston University on Saturday evening.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Game On! Cornell at BU

Get all the information you need about the Big Red's game at Boston University today with The Cornell Basketball Blog's Game Preview Center.

News and Notes: Saturday Gameday Edition

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

  • Get all the information you need about the Big Red's game at Boston University today with The Cornell Basketball Blog's Game Preview Center. Below, Assistant coach Mike Blaine posted this picture via Twitter of Cornell holding shooting drills on Friday night at Boston University.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Ithaca Journal Previews Cornell at Boston U.

(Photo Cornell Daily Sun)

Game Notes from Cornell and Boston U. Athletics Departments

Below, the game notes from both Cornell Athletics and Boston U. Athletics for the meeting between the Big Red and Terriers on Saturday evening in Boston.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Cornell at Boston University Game Preview Center

Get all the information you need about the Big Red's game at Boston University (11/25) right here with The Cornell Basketball Blog's Game Preview Center. As the game approaches, we will be adding relevant links to this space. Let us know your thoughts on the upcoming game by either leaving a comment to this post, sending us an email (CornellBigRedFan@gmail.com), or posting a message on The Cornell Basketball Blog's Community Forum (click here, free membership).

Go Big Red!

RELATED LINKS

Multimedia Links
Cornell Basketball Related Links
Boston University Basketball Related Links

News and Notes: Thanksgiving Edition

Happy Thanksgiving to our readers. Below, some news and notes...

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

News and Notes: Wednesday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Wenesday. Above, Adam Wire throws down a dunk vs. Boston University on December 29, 2008, an 89-59 Cornell victory at Newman Arena. Cornell meets B.U. in the return game on Saturday in Boston.
  • BU Today notes, "A free BU men’s basketball schedule poster goes to the first 200 fans attending the [Boston University] Terrier matchup against Cornell."
  • Fans interested in watching the Cornell at BU game online must order a BU All-Access Monthly Subscription for $9.95 then cancel the subscription after the game to avoid additional monthly charges. A potential second option, which exists for most Cornell games, home and away contests, is checking out Channelsurfing.net which often provides free video access. The downside to Channelsurfing is that it does not allow you to adjust the size of the video (i.e. there is no full screen option). Check Channelsurfing before tip-off of any Cornell game to see if they are offering video.
  • Nothing new, but the Arizona Republic reports, "Deion Giddens, a Willow Canyon High School senior basketball player, has accepted a scholarship offer to attend and play for Cornell University. Giddens, a 6-foot-9-inch center, received all-region honors as a junior and drew the attention of several Division I colleges with his play during summer league and national club tournaments. Giddens has a 4.4 grade-point average while taking advanced placement and honors classes."
  • RocNow summarizes Rochester area college basketball news and notes, "Cornell loses eight key players and head coach Steve Donahue (now at Boston College) from last year’s Sweet 16 Cinderella team."

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Dale ('10) and Gottingen Have the Answer for Iverson and Besiktas

Louis Dale ('10) finished with 3 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists in 19 minutes as his Gottingen club won a thrilling 85-83 opening round Euro Cup game over Allen Iverson's Turkish club, Besiktas. Iverson tallied 18 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist in the losing effort.

News and Notes: Afternoon Edition

Above, Cornell's Andrew Ferry defends during Monday night's action at Lehigh. Below, some afternoon news and notes for the afternoon...
  • Sophomore Pete McMillan reports via his Twitter account that he has been cleared to practice after suffering a preseason concussion.
  • Tonight, Louis Dale ('10) finished with 3 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists in 19 minutes as his Gottingen club won a thrilling 85-83 Euro Cup victory over Allen Iverson's Turkish club, Besiktas. Iverson tallied 18 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist.
  • Bryant University's game notes for its meeting with Harvard note, "Bryant is 1-8 against the Ancient Eight in its short Division I history, having matched up against Columbia (0-2), Brown (0-2), Cornell (0-2) and Yale (1-1) each of the last two seasons."
  • The Cornell Club of Boston is gathering to attend Cornell's game on Saturday at Boston University.

Recruiting News

Below, some recruiting news from around the Ivy League

News and Notes: Tuesday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Tuesday. Above, Chris Wroblewski vs. Boston University on December 29, 2008, an 89-59 Cornell victory at Newman Arena.

Mid Major Top 25 for November 22, Cornell 19 Votes

Cornell finished the 2009-2010 season ranked No. 4 in the final CollegeInsider.com Coaches' Mid-Major Top 25 Poll. Below is the November 22 poll, Cornell received 19 votes.



Record

Points

Previous


1. Gonzaga (18) 2-1 743 1
2. Butler (7) 2-1 739 2
3. Old Dominion (1) 3-1 676 3
3. Wichita State (2) 1-0 653 4
5. St. Mary's (3) 4-0 625 6
6. Murray State 2-1 529 5
7. Cleveland State 5-0 515 16
8. VCU 3-0 451 14
9. Missouri State 2-2 450 7
10. George Mason 2-2 431 8
11. Wofford 2-3 373 10
12. Oakland 1-2 338 12
13. Creighton 3-1 329 13
14. Loyola (Chicago) 5-0 312 NR
15. Rider 4-1 295 NR
16. Kent State 4-1 268 NR
17. Portland 4-1 245 17
18. College of Charleston 4-2 223 19
19. Western Kentucky 3-2 198 15
20. Ohio 2-1 140 18
21. Appalachian State 2-1 139 23
22. Northern Iowa 1-2 132 9
23. North Texas 2-1 126 21
24. North Dakota State 3-1 107 25
24. South Dakota State 3-0 92 NR



OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: Pacific 75, Coastal Carolina 68, Fairfield 60, UALR 60, Siena 55, Bradley 49, UC Santa Barbara 44, Morehead State 42, Vermont 41, Stephen F Austin 40, American 36, IPFW 30, Wright State 29, Sam Houston State 27, Weber State 26, Montana State 25, Akron 23, Harvard 22, Lipscomb 20, Cornell 19, VMI 16, Detroit 14, Davidson 13, Morgan State 12, Green Bay 12, Long Beach State 10, Robert Morris 10, Western Carolina 10, Texas Southern 9, East Tennessee State 8, Belmont 7, Austin Peay 6, Campbell 5, Northeastern 5, Illionis State 4, Long Island 2, Wisconsin Milwaukee 2.

* Longwood head coach Mike Gillian is the chairman of the Top 25 voting panel for the 2010-11 season.

The CollegeInsider.Com Mid-Major Top 25 is now in its twlefth season of existence. NOTE: The Mid-Major Poll is made up of teams from the following conferences: America East, Atlantic Sun, Big Sky, Big South, Big West, Colonial, Great West, Horizon, Independents, Ivy, Metro Atlantic, Mid-American, Mid-Eastern, Missouri Valley, Northeast, Ohio Valley, Patriot, Southern, Southland, Southwestern, Summit, Sun Belt, West Coast.

Game Recap: Cornell Falls at Lehigh

Below, recaps from Cornell's defeat at Lehigh on Monday night.