Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Kids Weekend!!!

ITHACA, N.Y. – The Cornell men's and women's basketball teams will host “Kids Weekend” as the squads play on Saturday, Jan. 8 and Sunday, Jan. 9, respectively. Children, ages of 12 and under, will be admitted free and receive a Cornell Basketball t-shirt (while supplies last).

The Big Red men's team opens the weekend on Saturday, Jan. 8 as it plays host to Stony Brook, before the women welcome Longwood on Sunday, Jan. 9. Both games are slated to tip-off at 2 p.m.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hilarious how you retweeted those statistical predictions from last year's tourney run. Mrjames and his stats, acts like they're gospel.

Didn’t see the game, initially just got seriously upset about the L, but then today looked at the box score and wondered if just cos we lost to Buffalo doesn’t mean we haven’t progressed.

Peck, Ski, Ferry, and Wire seem to have sorted out their issues and are solid (although Wire & Ski forgot how to shoot FTs).

So that leaves our centers and bench needing to sort themselves out.

Was initially annoyed about Aro & Coury, but saw Aro played little (I’m guessing due to those 4 fouls) and Coury’s 7 pts, 6 rebs were actually ok. Doesn’t mean the seeming progress they’ve both shown recently was a complete fluke.

But the others were 1-11, and this problem seems harder to solve. Can’t expect much from guys who have absolutely not gotten consistent PT and a lineup that keeps changing when guys who we expect to be red (Gatlin, Groebe, Tarwater) struggle with illness. No one is getting enough PT to be consistent & improve. Except Miles. Who is still shooting 15% anyway.

Anonymous said...

Is there going to be another coaches conference call prior to the start of the conference schedule?

I looked on the Ivy site, and did not see another call mentioned.

Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Have to generally agree with ANON 4:00pm.

I agree that we needed "more from the bench" against Buffalo, as proclaimed in the Ithaca Journal article; however, I am not sure who from the bench was called upon to produce against Buffalo and let the team down.

Coury got 26 legit minutes off the bench, but he had decent stats overall given his strengths (7 pts, 6 rebs). I will give you that Gray played 11 minutes without much production (1-5 from field), but 11 minutes ain't much either.

I will also give you that Miles played his season average of 15+ minutes and had his usual nothing stat line, but in his defense he is playing in an offense which focuses on his weakness - the perimeter shot.

What should McMillan (4 mins), Gatlin (2 mins) and Matthews (3 mins) have done in their combined 9 minutes? Who can play those minutes and do anything?

Wrobo and Ferry are now consistently getting 35 minutes per game. Yes, they are two of our best players, but Cornell is still 3-10 "doing what we are doing".

Even if what we are doing starts working better, how will Wrobo and Ferry hold up playing 70 minutes in less than 24 hours during back to back games in Ivy league play, all the while being backed up by a guard who continues to shoot 19% from the field? That's alot of pressure on Wrobo and Ferry. And, at 3-10, where is the harm in looking at more options to help them?

My bet is that the guys on the bench will produce more if they get a legit opportunity and some confidence is shown in them.

Also, without a reliable inside game, perhaps we need a more creative scheme to get better shots which are closer to the hoop. I know, everyone is a coach, but it seems logical to the layman observer that one way to get better shots and balance on offense would be to spread the floor and get to the hoop with four of our best penetrators, and one Big setting screens and finishing layups from dishes off penetration!!

And, I say we actually do have four guys who can beat you off the dribble in Ivy League play. Wrobo, Ferry, Peck and Miles can all get to the hoop, just to name four. Some can probably name others. If we shoot threes, and we should in a balanced offense, lets shoot rhythm threes out of penetration and kicks instead of running two guards off screens for threes with hands in their faces.

In other words, when all else fails, simplify!! Spread the floor and get to the hoop!

Otherwise, we will continue to be frustrated by hoping for production from an inside game that ain't there, and then mostly dying by the three which is currently being jacked up by guys running around in circles out of predictable sets.

C'mon guys, Ivy League games are upon us. Now is when the energy and toughness and creativity must increase. We still believe in the players and coaches and the Big Red!

Anonymous said...

Have to generally agree with ANON 4:00pm.

I agree that we needed "more from the bench" against Buffalo, as proclaimed in the Ithaca Journal article; however, I am not sure who from the bench was called upon to produce against Buffalo and let the team down.

Coury got 26 legit minutes off the bench, but he had decent stats overall given his strengths (7 pts, 6 rebs). I will give you that Gray played 11 minutes without much production (1-5 from field), but 11 minutes ain't much either.

I will also give you that Miles played his season average of 15+ minutes and had his usual nothing stat line, but in his defense he is playing in an offense which focuses on his weakness - the perimeter shot.

What should McMillan (4 mins), Gatlin (2 mins) and Matthews (3 mins) have done in their combined 9 minutes? Who can play those minutes and do anything?

Wrobo and Ferry are now consistently getting 35 minutes per game. Yes, they are two of our best players, but Cornell is still 3-10 "doing what we are doing".

Even if what we are doing starts working better, how will Wrobo and Ferry hold up playing 70 minutes in less than 24 hours during back to back games in Ivy league play, all the while being backed up by a guard who continues to shoot 19% from the field? That's alot of pressure on Wrobo and Ferry. And, at 3-10, where is the harm in looking at more options to help them?

My bet is that the guys on the bench will produce more if they get a legit opportunity and some confidence is shown in them.

Also, without a reliable inside game, perhaps we need a more creative scheme to get better shots which are closer to the hoop. I know, everyone is a coach, but it seems logical to the layman observer that one way to get better shots and balance on offense would be to spread the floor and get to the hoop with four of our best penetrators, and one Big setting screens and finishing layups from dishes off penetration!!

And, I say we actually do have four guys who can beat you off the dribble in Ivy League play. Wrobo, Ferry, Peck and Miles can all get to the hoop, just to name four. Some can probably name others. If we shoot threes, and we should in a balanced offense, lets shoot rhythm threes out of penetration and kicks instead of running two guards off screens for threes with hands in their faces.

In other words, when all else fails, simplify!! Spread the floor and get to the hoop!

Otherwise, we will continue to be frustrated by hoping for production from an inside game that ain't there, and then mostly dying by the three which is currently being jacked up by guys running around in circles out of predictable sets.

C'mon guys, Ivy League games are upon us. Now is when the energy and toughness and creativity must increase. We still believe in the players and coaches and the Big Red!

Anonymous said...

Have to generally agree with ANON 4:00pm.

I agree that we needed "more from the bench" against Buffalo, as proclaimed in the Ithaca Journal article; however, I am not sure who from the bench was called upon to produce against Buffalo and let the team down.

Coury got 26 legit minutes off the bench, but he had decent stats overall given his strengths (7 pts, 6 rebs). I will give you that Gray played 11 minutes without much production (1-5 from field), but 11 minutes ain't much either.

I will also give you that Miles played his season average of 15+ minutes and had his usual nothing stat line, but in his defense he is playing in an offense which focuses on his weakness - the perimeter shot.

What should McMillan (4 mins), Gatlin (2 mins) and Matthews (3 mins) have done in their combined 9 minutes? Who can play those minutes and do anything?

Wrobo and Ferry are now consistently getting 35 minutes per game. Yes, they are two of our best players, but Cornell is still 3-10 "doing what we are doing".

Even if what we are doing starts working better, how will Wrobo and Ferry hold up playing 70 minutes in less than 24 hours during back to back games in Ivy league play, all the while being backed up by a guard who continues to shoot 19% from the field? That's alot of pressure on Wrobo and Ferry. And, at 3-10, where is the harm in looking at more options to help them?

My bet is that the guys on the bench will produce more if they get a legit opportunity and some confidence is shown in them.

Also, without a reliable inside game, perhaps we need a more creative scheme to get better shots which are closer to the hoop. I know, everyone is a coach, but it seems logical to the layman observer that one way to get better shots and balance on offense would be to spread the floor and get to the hoop with four of our best penetrators, and one Big setting screens and finishing layups from dishes off penetration!!

And, I say we actually do have four guys who can beat you off the dribble in Ivy League play. Wrobo, Ferry, Peck and Miles can all get to the hoop, just to name four. Some can probably name others. If we shoot threes, and we should in a balanced offense, lets shoot rhythm threes out of penetration and kicks instead of running two guards off screens for threes with hands in their faces.

In other words, when all else fails, simplify!! Spread the floor and get to the hoop!

Otherwise, we will continue to be frustrated by hoping for production from an inside game that ain't there, and then mostly dying by the three which is currently being jacked up by guys running around in circles out of predictable sets.

C'mon guys, Ivy League games are upon us. Now is when the energy and toughness and creativity must increase. We still believe in the players and coaches and the Big Red!