Saturday, January 29, 2011

The Sports Network Previews Cornell at Harvard

Below, the Sports Network previews Cornell at Harvard...Get all the information you need about Cornell's game tonight at Harvard with The Cornell Basketball Blog's Game Preview Center. The Big Red tip off tonight at 6 pm.

The Sports Network

DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 29th, 6:00 p.m. (et)

FACTS & STATS: Site: Lavietes Pavilion (2,195) -- Cambridge, Massachusetts. Television: None. Home Record: Cornell 2-4, Harvard 9-0. Away Record: Cornell 1-8, Harvard 5-3. Neutral Record: Cornell 1-1, Harvard 0-0. Conference Record: Cornell 0-3, Harvard 3-0. Series Record: Cornell leads, 90-68.

GAME NOTES: Ivy League action is on the docket in Cambridge, Massachusetts this evening, as the Harvard Crimson play host to the Cornell Big Red.

What a difference a year makes, as Cornell has struggled mightily in 2010-11 after playing the role of NCAA Tournament Cinderella last season. The Big Red entered last night's clash with Dartmouth having won just four of 16 games overall and neither of its two Ivy League contests. Unfortunately, the losing continued with a 64-57 setback to the Big Green.

As for Harvard, it has many reasons to be confident tonight. The Crimson are a perfect 9-0 at home and have yet to be beaten in Ivy League play (3-0). They improved to 14-3 overall last night with a 77-66 victory over Columbia to extend their current winning streak to seven games.

Cornell owns a 90-68 series lead over Harvard, which includes a 79-70 decision over the Crimson last season.

Through 17 outings, Cornell is netting a mere 65.4 ppg on 39.2 percent shooting from the floor, and the club is allowing 69.2 ppg to its opponents. Chris Wroblewski paces the Big Red with 15.5 ppg, but his 37.6 percent field goal efficiency leaves much to be desired. Wroblewski had handed out 86 assists and is actually an accurate shooter from both three-point range (.424) and the foul line (.827). Drew Ferry checks in with 11.9 ppg on just 38.5 percent accuracy from the floor, and Errick Peck provides 11.1 ppg. In the loss to Dartmouth last night, Peck scored 20 points while Wroblewski wasn't far behind with his 16 points. Unfortunately for the Big Red, they shot just 33.3 percent from the field and turned the ball over 19 times.

Four of Harvard's five starters reached double figures in scoring in the victory over Columbia last night. Kyle Casey racked up 17 points and 13 rebounds, while Oliver McNally managed 17 points as well. Christian Webster was close behind with 16 points, and Keith Wright pitched in 14 points. The Crimson connected on 53.8 percent of their field goal attempts and earned a 40-30 rebounding advantage. Defensively, they held the Lions to 37.5 percent shooting from the floor. Harvard is scoring 71.1 ppg this season on 46 percent shooting from the field, and Wright leads a balanced attack with 14.3 ppg and 8.2 rpg. Webster (13.9 ppg), Laurent Rivard (11.8 ppg) and McNally (10.9 ppg) are all solid contributors as well.

There is little doubt that Harvard is a better team than Cornell this season. Expect the Crimson to cruise to a double-digit victory in this affair.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Harvard 69, Cornell 56

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