- Above, an open letter from the Robert E. Gallagher Head Coach of Cornell Men's Basketball, Bill Courtney to the Cornell Greek System.
- Tom Di Benedetto of Ivy Gate recaps some of the recent action in Ivy basketball in the last week. He writes:
I apologize if the following activates some gag reflexes, but my Columbia Lions (remember, no championships since ’68) got one of their biggest Ivy League wins in forty years this past Saturday when they knocked-off three-time defending champs Cornell 79-75 in New York City. Looking the better squad from the tip, the Lions (10-5, 1-0) never trailed after the nine minute mark of the first half, and withstood an awe-inspiring three point drilling spree from Andrew Ferry, who nailed seven treys en route to 23 total points. Columbia head coach Kyle Smith rose to the occasion in his first Ancient Eight contest, finally defeating the Big Red (4-11, 0-1) after a nine-game drought for his program, and insisting afterwards that his team be considered with the league’s elite this season. At any other time in the last four years, I would have called that crazy talk, but today I have to agree with him.
Homerism aside, Cornell was actually more impressive this weekend than many thought they would be after losing stars Ryan Wittman, Louis Dale, and Jeff Foote as well as head coach Steve Donohue. Plagued by an 0 for 11 start from the field from star point guard Chris Wroblewski and an inexperienced bench, the Big Red sill fought back from a 13 point halftime deficit to bring the game to within one possession in the final minutes. Particularly scary was G/F Erick Peck, who is too big to be defended by guards and too quick to be covered by forwards. He and 6’8’’ Brown small forward Tucker Halpern could well be two of the biggest match-up problems in the league this year....James Jones’ [Yale] Bulldogs (8-7, 1-0) truly are the least appreciated program in the Ivies, and few of his own fans are even aware of his impressive 84-71 career record in a league dominated by Princeton, Penn, and most recently, Cornell.