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Game #21: Penn at Cornell
Tip off: Friday, Feb. 11, at 7:00 p.m.
Site: Newman Arena (4,473), Ithaca, N.Y.
2010-11 Records: Penn (9-9, 3-1 Ivy League); Cornell (5-15, 1-5 Ivy League)
Series Record: Penn leads 143-71
Last Meeting: Cornell won 68-48, Feb. 27, 2010 in Ithaca, N.Y.
Game #22: Princeton at Cornell
Tip off: Saturday, Feb. 12, at 7:00 p.m.
Site: Newman Arena (4,473), Ithaca, N.Y.
2010-11 Records: Princeton (16-4, 4-0 Ivy League); Cornell (5-15, 1-5 Ivy League)
Series Record: Princeton leads 134-78
Last Meeting: Cornell won 50-47, Feb. 26, 2010 in Ithaca, N.Y.
Radio: WVBR 93.5 FM (Barry Leonard)
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HEAD COACH BILL COURTNEY
Cornell head coach Bill Courtney is in his first season at Cornell (5-15, .250) ... Courtney became the fifth Robert E. Gallagher '44 Coach of Men's Basketball at Cornell on April 23, 2010.
Cornell nearly came off its weekend road trip with a sweep, but settled for split, falling at Yale (71-70) on Friday before topping Brown (91-79) the following night. Junior Drew Ferry averaged 19.0 points in the two games and led a Big Red 3-point barrage that saw them hit 25 treys in two games, including 16 in the win over the Bears.
Junior Chris Wroblewski, a Bob Cousy Award candidate, continues to lead the Big Red in scoring (14.6 ppg.) and assists (5.4 apg.), while Ferry is pouring in 12.3 ppg. Peck continued his outstanding play and is now averaging 14.7 points over his last 14 games and 11.6 ppg. for the season. Cornell ranks 10th nationally in 3-point field goals per game (9.1) and is second in the Ancient Eight in defending the 3-point shot (.333).
Both Penn and Princeton have Ivy title aspirations heading into the first of two home-and-home meetings on Tuesday. Princeton head coach Sydney Johnson brings in four double figure scorers with his balanced offense. Penn, at 3-1 in conference play, also has four double figure scorers and have bounced back in a big way under head coach Jerome Allen from last year's 6-22 record.
• 2010-11 Record: 9-9 (3-1 Ivy League)
• Head Coach: Jerome Allen (Penn '09), second season at Penn.
• The Quakers are tied with Harvard with just one loss in second place in the Ancient Eight standings. Penn is 3-1 in Ivy play after a heartbreaking 83-82 double overtime loss to the Crimson on Feb. 5.
• Junior guard Zack Rosen (15.0 ppg., 5.3 apg., 3.6 rpg.) leads four double figure scorers, with Jack Eggleston (14.3 ppg., 8.4 rpg.), Tyler Bernardini (12.3 ppg.) and Miles Cartwright (11.8 ppg.) joining them.
• The Quakers are shooting 46 percent from the floor overall, but are surrendering 46 percent shooting and nearly 70 points per game themselves.
• Penn enters the Princeton game having won four its last five games.
• Head coach Jerome Allen, one of the Ivy League's all-time great players and an NBA veteran, is in his second season as head coach of the Quakers. The two-time Ancient Eight Player of the Year has posted a 15-24 mark as head coach after taking over midway through the 2009-10 season.
THE SERIES: Penn leads 143-71 overall in a series that dates back to the 1903-04 campaign. Cornell has had the best of the series recently, winning five of the last six with the victories coming by an average of 14.8 points after losing 18 consecutive contests to the Quakers.
LAST TIME VS. PENN: On a special night celebrating a special group of seniors, the Cornell men's basketball team clinched at least a share of its third consecutive Ivy League title with a 68-48 victory over Penn on Feb. 27, 2010 at Newman Arena. The victory avenged the Big Red's only league loss of the season, a 79-64 defeat in Philadelphia on Feb. 12. Senior forward Ryan Wittman lead Cornell with 18 points, 15 coming in the second half when Cornell opened up a 13-point halftime lead and never allowed the Quakers to get closer than 11 points. He added a five assists, while senior Jeff Foote grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds and scored four points with three blocked shots in the paint. The Big Red shot 56 percent from the floor and connected on 10-of-23 shots from beyond the 3-point arc while limiting Penn to 40 percent shooting, including a 5-of-17 effort from deep. With the 10 3-pointers, the Big Red broke the single-season record for treys in a season with 272, besting the 266 by the 2001-02 Penn team. Cornell outrebounded the Quakers 29-23, including 17-10 in the second half. The Big Red forced 21 turnovers and had 13 steals and five more blocked shots in the win. Cornell improved its win total to 25, matching the 2001-02 Quaker team (25-7) for the most wins by an Ivy League team this century and became the ninth Ivy squad to reach 25 wins since the official formation of the league.
• 2010-11 Record: 16-4 (4-0 Ivy League)
• Head Coach: Sydney Johnson (Princeton '97), fourth season at Princeton.
• Princeton enters Tuesday's contest against Penn leading the Ivy League with a perfect 4-0 record and is 16-4 overall. The Tigers are a perfect 9-0 at home.
• Princeton has four players averaging in double figures, with Ian Hummer (14.1 ppg., 6.4 rpg.) leading the way. Dan Mavraides (13.5 ppg., 4.5 rpg., 2.9 apg., 1.3 spg.), Douglas Davis (13.3 ppg.) and Kareem Maddox (13.2 ppg., 7.2 rpg., 1.9 bpg.) are also in double figures.
• Always know nationwide for its defense, Princeton is averaging 70.7 points and shoot 47 percent from the floor on offense. Defensively, the Tigers are limiting teams to 42 percent shooting from the floor and 33 percent from beyond the 3-point arc.
• Fourth-year head coach Sydney Johnson has helped turn around the proud Princeton program, as the former Ivy League Player of the Year guided the program to a 22-9 season a year ago.
THE SERIES: Princeton leads the series 134-78 dating back to the first meeting between the teams in the 1901-02 season. Cornell has won 10 of the last 12 meetings between the teams, including five of the last six games at both Jadwin Gymnasium and Newman Arena.
LAST TIME VS. PRINCETON: Cornell fought off a feisty Princeton team to claim its fourth straight victory, a 50-47 win over the Tigers on Feb. 26, 2010 at Newman Arena. The Big Red never trailed while improving to 24-4 overall and 10-1 in the Ivy League. Princeton fell to 16-8 (7-3 Ivy). Senior center Jeff Foote led the Big Red with 19 points, while classmate Ryan Wittman added 12 points, half coming on a perfect 6-for-6 effort from the foul line. Wittman converted two free throws with 2.8 seconds left to account for the final margin leaving the Tigers with the challenge of inbounding the pass and getting in position for a desperation 3-point attempt which did not come close. Foote and Wittman each lead Cornell with five rebounds apiece, with Foote adding two blocks and making 6-of-7 shots from the floor. Dan Mavraides scored 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the Tigers, who got 11 and 10 points from Kareem Maddox and Pawel Buczak, respectively.
STREAKS AND STRETCHES:
• Sophomore Errick Peck has scored in double figures in 13 of the last 14 games, averaging 14.7 points on .471 shooting (72-of-153) after averaging just 4.2 points on .231 shooting (9-of-39) over the first six contests.
• Peck has 31 offensive rebounds in his last 13 games (2.4) after grabbing just one in his first seven contests. He has averaged 5.2 rebounds per game over that span.
• Junior Chris Wroblewski has posted 57 assists and 21 turnovers over his last 11 contests.
• Junior Drew Ferry has hit at least three 3-pointers in 12 of the team's games so far this season, including in 11 of the last 15.
• Cornell's opponents have hit more 3-pointers than the Big Red just twice in 20 games (Seton Hall, 10-5; Harvard 10-5).
• After shooting under 40 percent from the floor in five straight contests, Cornell has shot 40 percent or better in nine of the last 12 games.
• 14 of the last 17 opponents have shot at least 20 free throws against Cornell.
• The Big Red has posted positive assist:turnover ratio in 12 of its last 15 games.
• Cornell has posted at least 10 offensive rebounds in seven of the last eight games and in 15 of the team's 20 games overall.
WROBLEWSKI NAMED TO CAPITAL ONE ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT TEAM: Junior Chris Wroblewski has been named to the Capital One Academic All-District 1 first-team for his performance on the court and in the classroom during the 2010-11 season. Wroblewski will now join the national ballot for the prestigious Academic All-America team. Wroblewski, a candidate for the Bob Cousy Award as the nation's top point guard, was named to the all-district team for the second straight year. The 2008 Ivy League Rookie of the Year is a three-time weekly honoree. Off the court, Wroblewski has posted a 3.61 grade point average in Applied Economics and Management.
TALL IVY: Over the last five seasons, Cornell's 48-14 record is the best among Ivy League teams in conference action. Penn, who claimed the 2006-07 title, is second at 36-24, followed by Yale (35-27), Columbia (29-33) and Harvard (29-33). Other Ivy teams include Princeton (28-32), Brown (26-36) and Dartmouth (16-46).
NEXT UP: Cornell will remain at home for another weekend to face Harvard (Friday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m.) and Dartmouth (Saturday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m.) at Newman Arena in Bartels Hall.