Friday, January 28, 2011

News and Notes: Friday Edition

Cornell Athletics has announced the return of The Golden Ticket promotion. Starting Friday the hunt is on. The contest is open to ALL Cornell students. Find a Golden Ticket and WIN special VIP treatment at the next home game! Clues as to where to find tickets will be available every day on the Cornell Athletics fan page on Facebook. Get all the information you need about Cornell's games this weekend on the road at Dartmouth and Harvard with The Cornell Basketball Blog's Game Preview Center. Below, news and notes for Friday...
  • Cornell assistant, Mike Blaine tweeted that Jeff Foote ('10) stopped by a practice on Thursday before the team departed for New Hampshire.
  • Incoming Cornell recruit, Ned Tomic (North Royalton HS) North Royalton, OH, 6-7, F, is arguably putting up the most impressive high school stats among Ivy League recruits and by no means is he playing in the least competitive region. Last night Tomic finished with 25 points as North Royalton pounded Parma, 64-41. See the Cleveland Plain Dealer for photo and recap. The The Plain Dealer also previews tonight's monster showdown between two Cleveland area powers, St. Ignatius and St. Edward's. St. Ignatius is led by Cornell recruit, Shonn Miller (St. Ignatius HS) Cleveland, OH, 6-6, F. The Plain Dealer writes, "The Wildcats, ranked 17th by The Plain Dealer, are 7-5 but are coming off a resounding 24-point victory over state-ranked Warren Harding. Cornell recruit Shonn Miller is averaging 13 points and almost eight rebounds per game and is capable of being the best player on the floor."
  • Discussing the Ivy League's lack of a conference tournament, the Daily Pennsylvanian's Ari Seifter writes, "Imagine if Penn’s upset over Cornell last year had instead occurred in a hypothetical Ivy Tournament. Depriving the superior Big Red of their Sweet 16 run would have hurt the league’s reputation — and its checkbook."

CORNELL (4-12, 0-2 Ivy) at DARTMOUTH (4-12, 0-2 Ivy)

We saw Dartmouth’s ceiling in the first 25 minutes of last Saturday’s game. The Big Green was making shots and grabbing rebounds at a ridiculous rate before it went frigid against the Crimson’s zone. Dartmouth is definitely capable of winning some Ivy games, and perhaps its best chance comes tonight against Cornell.

The Big Red of this year is certainly a far cry from the wonder teams of the past three seasons, but Cornell’s record does not do the team justice. Eight of its 12 losses have been by five points of less, and the Big Red has legitimate offensive threats in juniors Chris Wroblewski and Andrew Ferry, and sophomore Errick Peck.

I believe Cornell’s talent trumps the Big Green’s, and the Ithacans will get their first Ivy win of the season.

Pick: Cornell 61, Dartmouth 54

CORNELL at HARVARD

A not-so-small part of me is really looking forward to this game. Cornell was such a headache for the other Ivies over the last three seasons, I have a great sense of schadenfreude watching its demise. I hope the Crimson can embarrass the Big Red as badly as the 86-50 curb-stomping at Newman last year, but I think Harvard would settle for a win.

Pick: Harvard 73, Cornell 61

  • The Harvard Crimson calls this "rivalry weekend" and notes of the numbers, "2- Chances to beat Cornell this weekend. The men’s basketball game tips off at 6 p.m. on Saturday in Lavietes Pavilion, and the men’s ice hockey game begins an hour later in the Bright Hockey Center. 2- Also the amount of losses the Crimson’s men’s ice hockey team suffered to Cornell last season."
  • WHRB, Harvard's radio station, previews Cornell at Harvard and notes: "vs. Cornell Big Red. When: Saturday, January 29th at 6pm, Where: Lavietes Pavilion Coverage: Live-blog here at WHRB Sports Blog. After starting 2-0 in Ivy League play with wins over travel-partner Dartmouth, the Harvard Crimson (13-3, 2-0 Ivy) play host to the Columbia Lions and the Cornell Big Red this weekend at Lavietes Pavilion. It is always important to hold serve at home in the Ivy League, and is especially true this week considering the monster weekend facing the Crimson next week at Princeton and Penn... Although Harvard, Princeton, and Cornell were predicted to battle it out for Ivy League supremacy, Columbia has emerged as a possible conference dark horse with two wins over the Big Red last weekend...
    Cornell Big Red (4-12, 0-2 Ivy)
    Much to the delight of the rest of the Ivy League, Cornell appears to have fallen from its perch as the Ancient Eight's inevitable champion. The Big Red have taken a tumble from last year's Sweet Sixteen appearance and third straight Ivy title. This slide was somewhat expected, as Cornell's head coach Steve Donahue moved on to coach the Boston College Eagles, and six Big Red seniors, including star big man Jeff Foote and guard Louis Dale, graduated. Cornell was picked to finish 3rd in the Ivy League behind Princeton and Harvard, but so far seem to be performing below expectations with only four total wins. The nonconference slate for Cornell was tough, facing such big-name teams as Syracuse (lost by 20), Seton Hall (lost by 24), and Minnesota (only lost by 5). Cornell has struggled with lesser competition, however, losing to the likes of Albany, Binghamton, and Bucknell. Cornell was then swept by Columbia, giving the Big Red its first 0-2 league start since the 2001-02 season. The Harvard Crimson should take note, however, that this Cornell team remains a talented bunch, as Donahue did not leave the cupboard bare. Chris Wroblewski, one of the stars of last year's team, is second in the Ivy League in scoring at 15.5ppg and leads the conference in assists with 5.9 assists per game (Harvard guard Brandyn Curry is second with 5.6). Junior guard Andrew Ferry has stepped up in a big way for Cornell too, averaging over 12 points per game."
  • Lucas Shaw of the Columbia Spectator writes, "Is Columbia really a contender after sweeping Cornell? Or is Cornell just a shade of its former self? ...The Ivy League is entering Year 1 A.C., as in 'After Cornell.' Cornell’s three-year reign came out of nowhere in many respects, as the Big Red capitalized on dips at Princeton and Penn to dominate the league in a way like never before."
  • Harvard's Oliver McNally told the Boston Globe, “Columbia is playing extremely well. They can really score the basketball and they’ve already got two wins against Cornell, which is pretty impressive having to win at their place. Cornell, the fact they’ve lost a lot of close games isn’t reflected in their record, which isn’t looking too good, but they got a couple of guys on the team who played good minutes on a Sweet 16 team, and the fact they’re still the defending champs of the league, they’re going to be tough, too."

After Penn and Princeton unequivocally dominated Ivy League basketball for half a century, Cornell stepped up in 2008 as the best team in the Ancient Eight, eventually capturing the league crown three years in a row. Harvard seemed to pose a threat last year, led by sensation Jeremy Lin ’10. But the murmurs were silenced when the Big Red dismantled the Crimson, 86-50 on Jan. 30, 2010.

Later in the year, of course, Cornell proved it was for real, leading an improbable run in the Big Dance after knocking off Temple and the University of Wisconsin.

Only a John Wall-led Kentucky could stop the upstart Big Red.

But after losing four of its starters, Cornell will probably end up back in the middle of the pack.

So despite losing perhaps the best player in school history, Harvard now has a legitimate chance to win its first Ivy League title.

Bettors are convinced too. According to BetUs.com, Harvard’s win parade now makes the Crimson the odds-on favorite to win the league title.

For all eight teams in the conference, the quest for the league crown begins in earnest this weekend, with eight league games in a two-day span. With Harvard hosting the Lions and the Big Red on back-to-back nights, two wins would put the Crimson in a good position to take the title.

  • Previewing Columbia's weekend at Harvard and Dartmouth, the Spectator writes, "The Lions started conference play off strong with a series sweep against a physical Cornell team and hope to carry this positive energy into a tough weekend in enemy territory... Luckily, Cornell threw a multitude of defenses at Columbia one after another, helping the Lions improve their ability to adapt to many different types of matchups. From what [Columbia coach, Kyle] Smith has seen, the Crimson will not be as hard to handle on the defensive end."
  • Before Boston College's game at Duke last night, WEEI wrote:

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski sounds like he believes [Steve] Donahue will have success in Chestnut Hill.

“Well, he’s done a really good job with a veteran BC team,” Krzyzewski said on Monday’s ACC conference call. “They have really good talent. But a new coach coming in has to implement a new system and sometimes that’s harder to do with older guys than younger guys. They seem to have responded really well.

“And he obviously did a great job at Cornell. So I mean, he’s an outstanding coach and a good guy. We’re lucky to have him in our league.”

Donahue said he was once introduced to Krzyzewski by Cornell alumnus Garry Munson, who serves on the Coaches vs. Cancer Council with Krzyzewski, and he relished the limited interaction he had.

“Like everybody else, I try to learn anything I could off a guy like that,” Donahue said. “It’s probably more me listening and him speaking, but I always appreciated everything he had to say. I obviously respect everything he’s done at Duke, and once again this year.”

Donahue took his 2007-08 team to Cameron for a nonleague game. The Big Red put in a respectable effort in losing to the eight-ranked Blue Devils, 81-67. That’s the only meeting Donahue has had as a head coach against Krzyzewski.

  • Cornell RPI Watch: The RPI (Rating Percentage Index) is a measure of strength of schedule and how a team does against that schedule. It does not consider the margin of victory, but only whether or not a team won and where the game was played (home/away/neutral court). The formula is 25% team winning percentage (WP), 50% opponents' average winning percentage (OWP), and 25% opponents' opponents' average winning percentage (OOWP). (See: CollegeRPI.com for a further explanation of the formula.) The RPI may be the most influential factor in NCAA Tournament seeding. Cornell's RPI rank as of January 26 is No. 244 out of 347 total Division I teams. While neither the Ken Pomeroy or Jeff Sagarin rankings are used by the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee, the KenPom.com site ranks Cornell No. 202 in the nation, while the USA Today Sagarin rankings have Cornell at No. 231 Both sites are predominantly used by fans and the media.
  • Game Recaps-Below are links to our game recaps from each of Cornell's games this season. Associated press recaps courtesy of Rivals.com/YahooSports.com are always available by clicking on Cornell's schedule/results on the right column of this blog.
  1. at Albany W 65-61 (video recaps)
  2. at Seton Hall L 68-92
  3. vs. Delaware W 75-61 (video recap)
  4. vs. St. Bonaventure L 54-56
  5. at Lehigh L 57-60
  6. at Boston University L 61-66
  7. at Syracuse L 58-78
  8. at Minnesota L 66-71 (video recap)
  9. at Binghamton L 68-69
  10. vs. Bucknell L 64-75
  11. vs. New Hampshire (@ VCU) L 66-68
  12. vs. Wofford (@VCU) W 86-80
  13. vs. Buffalo L 66-78
  14. vs. Stony Brook W 60-52
  15. at Columbia L 75-79
  16. Columbia L 66-70
IVY LEAGUE COMPOSITE SCHEDULE

Friday, November 12
Columbia 71 La Salle 82 Box Score - Recap
Rutgers 73 Princeton 78 OT Box Score - Recap
Cornell 65 Albany 61 Box Score - Recap
Brown 69 Fordham 65 Box Score - Recap

Saturday, November 13
Harvard 53 George Mason 66 Box Score - Recap
Davidson 64 Penn 69 Box Score - Recap
Dartmouth 52 Providence 87 Box Score - Recap
Yale 75 Quinnipiac 84 Box Score - Recap

Sunday, November 14
Cornell 68 Seton Hall 92 Noon [SNY/ESPN3/ESPN Full Court] Box Score - Recap
Princeton 60 Duke 97 [ESPNU] Box Score - Recap

Monday, November 15
Maryland-Eastern Shore 74 Columbia 108 Box Score - Recap
Yale 55 Providence 58 Box Score - Recap

Tuesday, November 16
Brown 67 Rhode Island 92 Box Score - Recap
New Hampshire 55 Dartmouth 53 Box Score - Recap

Wednesday, November 17
Delaware 61 Cornell 75 Box Score - Recap
Holy Cross 49 Harvard 72 Box Score - Recap
Penn 54 Manhattan 59 Box Score - Recap
Columbia 66 St. John’s 79 Box Score - Recap

Thursday, November 18
Yale 75 Boston College 67 Box Score - Recap

Friday, November 19
St. Bonaventure 56 Cornell 54 Box Score - Recap
Dartmouth 71 Hartford 57 Box Score - Recap

Saturday, November 20
Harvard 75 Mercer 69 Box Score - Recap
Sacred Heart 67 Brown 81 Box Score - Recap
Columbia 76 Longwood 95 Box Score - Recap
Drexel 77 Penn 56 Box Score - Recap

Sunday, November 21
Dartmouth 59 Loyola (Md.) 73 Box Score - Recap

Monday, November 22
Cornell 57 Lehigh 60 Box Score - Recap
Princeton 64 James Madison 65 Box Score - Recap

Tuesday, November 23
Bucknell 55 Princeton 66 [at JMU] Box Score - Recap
Colgate 63 Columbia 76 Box Score - Recap
Quinnipiac 69 Dartmouth 52 Box Score - Recap
Lafayette 65 Penn 74 Box Score - Recap
Yale 47 Illinois 73 [ESPNU] Box Score - Recap

Wednesday, November 24
St. Francis (N.Y.) 63 Brown 67 Box Score - Recap
Harvard 69 Bryant 66 Box Score - Recap
Presbyterian 69 Princeton 67 [at JMU] Box Score - Recap

Saturday, November 27
Brown 66 New Hampshire 70 Box Score - Recap
Army 79 Yale 87 Box Score - Recap
Colgate 63 Dartmouth 80 Box Score - Recap
Cornell 61 Boston University 66 Box Score - Recap
Penn 58 Pittsburgh 82 [ESPN3.com] Box Score - Recap

Sunday, November 28
Colorado 66 Harvard 82 Box Score - Recap
Columbia 64 American 62 Box Score - Recap
Siena 77 Princeton 86 Box Score - Recap

Tuesday, November 30
Cornell 58 Syracuse 78 [ESPN3.com/Big East Sports Network] Box Score - Recap
Maryland-Baltimore County 59 Penn 71 Box Score - Recap
Princeton 82 Lafayette 64 [Lafayette Sports Network] Box Score - Recap
Hartford 76 Yale 81 Box Score - Recap

Wednesday, December 1
Columbia 68 Bucknell 73 Box Score - Recap
Dartmouth 53 Vermont 80 Box Score - Recap
Fordham 57 Harvard 80 Box Score - Recap

Thursday, December 2
Brown 46 Hartford 58 [Connecticut Sports Network] Box Score - Recap

Saturday, December 4
Army 52 vs. Penn, 68 Box Score - Recap
Harvard 62 Michigan 65 [Big Ten Network] Box Score - Recap
Yale 78 Vermont 82 Box Score - Recap
Brown 62 Maine 54 Box Score - Recap
Stony Brook 72 Columbia 73 Box Score - Recap
Cornell 66 Minnesota 71 [Big Ten Network] Box Score - Recap

Sunday, December 5
Saint Joseph’s 65 Princeton 74 Box Score - Recap

Monday, December 6
Brown 64 Providence 91 Box Score - Recap
Albany 53 Yale 74 Box Score - Recap

Tuesday, December 7
WPI 54 Harvard 69 Box Score - Recap
Wagner 71 Columbia 77 Box Score - Recap

Wednesday, December 8
Princeton 64 Monmouth 61 Box Score - Recap
Yale 75 Bryant 53 Box Score - Recap
Villanova 65 Penn 53 [The Comcast Network] Box Score - Recap

Saturday, December 11
Boston University 71 Harvard 87 Box Score - Recap
Bryant 72 Columbia 76 Box Score - Recap
Army 68 Dartmouth 71 Box Score - Recap

Sunday, December 12
Princeton 82 Tulsa 78 (2 OT) Box Score - Recap

Tuesday, December 14
Dartmouth 61 St. Francis (N.Y.) 69 Box Score - Recap

Friday, December 17
Princeton 69 Wagner 57 Box Score - Recap

Saturday, December 18
Cornell 68 Binghamton 69 Box Score - Recap

Sunday, December 19
Dartmouth 42 Iowa State 71 Box Score - Recap
Sacred Heart 71 Yale 62 Box Score - Recap

Monday, December 20
Bucknell 75 Cornell 64 Box Score - Recap

Tuesday, December 21
Army 88 Brown 86 Box Score - Recap
Dartmouth 67 Drake 59 Box Score - Recap

Wednesday, December 22
Princeton 75 Towson 65 Box Score - Recap
Harvard 52 Connecticut 81 [SNY] Box Score - Recap
Penn 78 Delaware 68 Box Score - Recap

Tuesday, December 28
Yale 44 Stanford 60 [Comcast SportsNet Bay Area] Box Score - Recap

Wednesday, December 29
New Hampshire 68 Cornell 66 [at VCU] Box Score - Recap
Monmouth 69 Harvard 74 Box Score - Recap
Brown 51 Central Connecticut State 67 Box Score - Recap
Penn 57 Marist 66 Box Score - Recap
Princeton 65 Northeastern 63 [at UCF] Box Score - Recap

Thursday, December 30
Cornell 86 Wofford 80 [at VCU] Box Score - Recap
Princeton vs. Furman/Central Florida, 5/7:30 pm [at UCF]
Columbia 74 Maine 71 Box Score - Recap
Dartmouth 57 Bucknell 74 Box Score - Recap

Friday, December 31
Bryant 71 Brown 84 Box Score - Recap
Lehigh 62 Yale 57 Box Score - Recap
MIT 58 Harvard 84 Box Score - Recap

Sunday, January 2
Elon 70 Columbia 69 Box Score - Recap

Monday, January 3
Buffalo 78 Cornell 66 Box Score - Recap
Dartmouth 47 Army 67 Box Score - Recap
Penn 62 Kentucky 86 [ESPNU] Box Score - Recap
Brown 67 American 77 Box Score - Recap

Wednesday, January 5
Columbia 76 Lafayette 73 Box Score - Recap
Harvard 78 Boston College 69 Box Score - Recap
Marist 57 Princeton 68 Box Score - Recap
Yale 77 Holy Cross 76 OT Box Score - Recap

Saturday, January 8
Stony Brook 52 Cornell 60 Box Score - Recap
Baruch 57 Yale 85 Box Score - Recap
*Harvard 68 Dartmouth 53 Box Score - Recap
Lyndon State 55 Brown 88 Box Score - Recap
Union (N.Y.) 59 Columbia 64 Box Score - Recap

Wednesday, January 12
Penn 83 La Salle 89 OT [The Comcast Network] Box Score - Recap

Saturday, January 15
*Yale 69 Brown 64 Box Score - Recap
Harvard 67 George Washington 62 Box Score - Recap
*Cornell 75 Columbia 79 Box Score - Recap

Monday, January 17
Quinnipiac 78 Brown 87 Box Score - Recap
Dartmouth 64 Colgate 67 Box Score - Recap

Wednesday, January 19
Penn 56 Temple 73 Box Score - Recap

Saturday, January 22
*Brown 51 Yale 59 Box Score - Recap
*Dartmouth 50 Harvard 59 Box Score - Recap
*Columbia 70 Cornell 66 [Time Warner] Box Score - Recap
Saint Joseph’s 61 Penn 73 [The Comcast Network] Box Score - Recap

Sunday, January 23
College of New Jersey 40 Princeton 73 Box Score - Recap

Friday, January 28
*Brown at Princeton, 7 pm [Verizon FiOS 1]
*Cornell at Dartmouth, 7 pm
*Columbia at Harvard, 7 pm
*Yale at Penn, 7 pm [The Comcast Network] [SIRIUS]

Saturday, January 29
*Cornell at Harvard, 6 pm
*Yale at Princeton, 6 pm
*Brown at Penn, 7 pm
*Columbia at Dartmouth, 7 pm [SIRIUS]

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