- Harvard team report-"After three years of playing second fiddle to Cornell, Harvard began the 2010-11 season looking like a team ready to elbow the Big Red aside and take over as the team to beat in the Ivy League... One factor that sets Harvard apart from the stereotypical Ivy League team is its size inside. Much like Cornell in the past three years was led by legitimate 7-footer Jeff Foote in the middle, Harvard has a number of post players who would easily get minutes even at a bigger institution."
- Princeton team report-"After three years of being the underdog, the 2010-11 Princeton team is adjusting to life as one of the hunted. The Tigers returned to postseason play a year ago, and with Cornell’s graduation losses and early-season struggles there is a clear void atop the Ivy League. Princeton was the preseason pick to end the Big Red’s reign, and some of the signs this early season are promising."
January 11, 2011
One of the fringe benefits of Cornell’s poor record in nonconference play is that the three-time defending champion isn’t the hunted as Ivy League play begins. Instead, it’s closer to an afterthought.
With a 4-10 record in nonconference play, the Big Red is at the bottom of the conference standings. While Harvard, Princeton and Penn are seen as the top contenders, Cornell is considered to be a longshot to finish in the top half of the league.
• Peter McMillan missed the first six games of the season, then knocked down three 3-pointers in his second game back against Minnesota. That has turned out to be the high-water mark of the sophomore’s season, as he’d only scored three points since and was on a five-game scoreless streak entering league play.
• Errick Peck had a slow start to the season, but the sophomore turned it on at the end of November and had become an indispensible part of the lineup. Foul trouble limited him to six points and 18 minutes against Stony Brook, but that stopped a streak of seven consecutive games scoring in double figures.
By The Numbers: 22—Chris Wroblewski’s average points per game over his final three nonconference contests. He capped off the pre-Ivy schedule with a 29-point outburst against Stony Brook.
Quote To Note: “We know the Ivy League is coming up right now, so we’re going to have to really pick it up if we’re going to make a run for it.”—Senior F Adam Wire, to the Ithaca Journal.
STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL
This Week ‘S GAMES:
• at Columbia, Jan. 15
Key Matchups: Columbia plays a lot of close games, so look for this one to go down to the wire. The backcourt will feature a pair of potential All-Ivy selections in the Big Red’s Chris Wroblewski and the Lions’ Noruwa Agho.
• Senior G Max Groebe had missed three games in a row since suffering a concussion in the loss to New Hampshire. It was unclear whether he would be ready for the Ivy League opener.
• Freshman G Dominick Scelfo is out for the season after undergoing knee surgery for his torn MCL.
• Sophomore F Josh Figini missed the Stony Brook game with a minor thumb injury. He should be ready to face Columbia.