Thursday, January 20, 2011

News and Notes: Thursday Edition

Get all the information you need about Cornell's game against Columbia in Newman Arena on Saturday with The Cornell Basketball Blog's Game Preview Center. Just as a year ago, the game will be televised on Time Warner Cable Sports. Catch the game live on Saturday, January 22 at 4:30 pm. Time Warner will replay the game on Sunday, January 23 at 6 pm. Below, some news and notes for Thursday...

When Steve Donahue came to Boston College, everyone knew that things would change on the offensive end. Gone were the Skinner-centric days of five guys in the lane and the unforgettable tight flex. In was a more free-flowing, quick-firing system that seemed to rely on shooters and not much else.

People saw Donahue's offense put up over 82 points per game in two wins over top-20 teams Temple and Wisconsin last season at Cornell University, led by the perimeter force that was Ivy League Player of the Year Ryan Wittman.

In order to implement this new system at BC, the Eagles need shooters spacing the perimeter, who will hopefully open driving lanes by consistently knocking down the three ball, but it's hard to keep people honest without someone laying down the law in the paint.

At Cornell, Donahue was blessed with the perfect pivot man in Jeff Foote. The 7-footer averaged 12 points and eight boards, while providing a defensive presence in the post. When he moved from Ithaca to Chestnut Hill, Donahue didn't bring any players. No Wittman. No Louis Dale. And maybe most importantly, no Foote.

  • The Cleveland Plain Dealer writes as follows in recapping incoming Cornell recruit, Ned Tomic (North Royalton HS) North Royalton, OH, 6-7, F and North Royalton's 71-56 win over Valley Forge last Friday: "North Royalton senior 6-7 post player Ned Tomic scored all of his game-high 28 points in the first three quarters before [North Royalton coach, Tim] Matus sat the majority of his starters in the final quarter...Tomic, who recently decided to continue his academic and basketball career at Cornell University, was a force in the middle and no match for the Patriot defense." Meanwhile, fellow Cornell recruit, Galal Cancer (Christian Bros. Academy), Albany, NY, 6-2, G, played last night. The Troy Record writes, "The Christian Brothers Academy boys basketball team kept its undefeated ledger intact with a 68-45, Big 10 victory over Bishop Maginn Wednesday night at Maginn High. The Brothers used a 20-9 fourth quarter run to secure the win. Galal Cancer was his usual self, netting for 18 points on 11 foul shots to lead the Brothers (9-0, 11-0)."
  • The Cornell Daily Sun, back in publication following the winter break hiatus, writes:

Men's Basketball Marred by Inconsistency, Inability to Close Out Games

By Quintin Schwab

A break from classes didn’t give the Cornell men’s basketball team a break from close losses. The Red went 2-6 over Winter Break, and in head coach Bill Courtney’s first year appears to be headed for the middle of the pack in the Ivy League — at best.

After a hard-fought five-point loss at then-No. 13 Minnesota on Dec. 4, Cornell (4-11, 0-1 Ivy League) lost five more games — three by four points or fewer. The last was a four-point defeat at Columbia in the Red’s Ivy League opener on Saturday. Cornell’s two wins over Break came against Wofford on Dec. 30 in the consolation game of the Richmond Marriot Holidays tournament, and against Stony Brook on Jan. 8 at Newman Arena.

After his team lost in the final minute to New Hampshire the day before, 68-66, Courtney made a bold move to snap Cornell’s eight-game losing streak against Wofford. He started seldom-used reserves in sophomore guard Miles Asafo-Adjei, sophomore forwards Peter McMillan and Josh Figini, and freshman forward Manny Sahota, alongside usual starter and sophomore forward Errick Peck. The Terriers got out to a 15-5 lead, but Cornell shot a blistering 64 percent for the game en route to an 86-80 victory — its first in 43 days.

The story over the Break for Cornell was the steady production from its backcourt trio: junior guard and tri-captain Chris Wroblewski, junior guard Andrew Ferry and sophomore forward Errick Peck. Wroblewski has averaged 16.5 points per game in December and January, while Ferry and Peck have averaged 15.3 and 15.0, respectively, during the same span. All three players have shot better than 43 percent from beyond the arc the past two months.

Inconsistent play and the inability to finish games plagued Cornell over Break just like during the Red’s identical 2-6 start to the season in the fall semester. On Dec. 18, Cornell gave up a 16-point advantage to fall at Binghamton, 69-68. Wroblewski missed a potential game-winning jump shot in the final seconds, and subsequent put-back attempts from senior forward and tri-captain Adam Wire, senior forward Mark Coury and Ferry all rolled off the rim, handing the Red its sixth straight loss.

Cornell was locked in a battle versus New Hampshire on Dec. 29 until a Wildcats 3-point play with 28 seconds remaining broke a 63-all tie and proved the difference. In the Red’s most recent game, it couldn’t quite crawl back from a 14-point halftime deficit against the Lions and fell by four. Cornell also had several opportunities in double-digit home losses to Bucknell on Dec. 20 and Buffalo on Jan. 3, but shot under 40 percent from the field in both games.

Despite the occasional double-digit scoring game from either senior center Mark Coury or senior forward and tri-captain Aaron Osgood, the Red has continued to suffer from ineffective post play. Cornell guards willed the team to victory in each of its two wins during the Break. Ferry had a 25-point outing against Wofford and Wroblewski scored 29 points against Stony Brook in a 60-52 win.

As is the annual custom in mid-January to begin Ivy League play, Cornell and Columbia will finish the second-half of their back-to-back contests this Saturday at 4:30 p.m. in Newman Arena. The Red then hits the road for two consecutive crucial weekends of Ivy League play before returning home on Feb. 11 against Penn.
  • 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: 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 20 is No. 242 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 site ranks Cornell No. 210 in the nation, while the USA Today Sagarin rankings have Cornell at No. 229 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 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

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 [] 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 [ 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 at Yale, 2 pm
*Dartmouth at Harvard, 2 pm
*Columbia at Cornell, 4:30 pm [Time Warner]
Saint Joseph’s at Penn, 7 pm [The Comcast Network]

Sunday, January 23
College of New Jersey at Princeton, 2 pm


Anonymous said...

The Penn/Temple score is backwards: Temple beat Penn 73-56....

Anonymous said...

Score is incorrect on the Penn game.

Penn needs to be replaced in the Big Five. They are not competitive.

Anonymous said...

Pretty tough for the post to score without opportunities. There is a imbalance in the game plan. If Cornell wants to open up the guards, develop a few plays to the big guys other than see if you can sneak it in. Between Coury and Osgood, they only took 8 shots out of 63 for the team last Saturday. Let's get some plays (and time on the floor) geared for them to score.

Anonymous said...

The bigs need to stay out of foul trouble in order to get opportunities........

Anonymous said...

Alot of the fouls on our bigs are the result of them having to cover for our guards who let their men drive by them as they drive towards the basket. Our guards need to do a better job keeping their men from driving the lane.

Anonymous said...

Tru dat