Tuesday, February 22, 2011

News and Notes: Early Afternoon Edition

A few mid-day news and notes...

  • The Ivy League office reports on Chris Wroblewski's selection to the Academic All America team. The office writes:

Brown's Leffelman, Cornell's Wroblewski Named Academic All-America in Men's Basketball

Complete 2010-11 Capital One Academic All-America Men's Basketball Teams

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Brown senior guard Garrett Leffelman and Cornell junior guard Chris Wroblewski were named to the 2010-11 Capital One Academic All-America® Men's Basketball Teams, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Leffelman was named to the second team while Wroblewski was selected to the third team. The two brings the Ivy League all-time total to 35 men's basketball student-athletes who have been named Academic All-America. This marks the third consecutive year and the fifth time in six seasons the Ivy League has had at least one student-athlete named Academic All-America. Columbia's Patrick Foley was named to the third team following the 2008-09 season and to the first team following the 2009-10 season.

...Wroblewski, a preseason 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 in January. He is averaging 14.7 points, 5.4 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals while playing 32.6 minutes per game in 22 contests (20 starts). Wroblewski is hitting on 43 percent of his 3-point attempts (45-of-106). He ranks 13th in career 3-pointers for the Big Red (140), second in 3-point percentage (.440), 10th in free throw percentage (.815) and seventh in assists (304). He joins Jeff Gaca (third team in 1993), Lenny Collins (third team in 2006) and Graham Dow (first team in 2007) as Cornellians named to the men's basketball Academic All-America team. Off the court, Wroblewski has posted a 3.61 grade point average in Applied Economics and Management.

A little pitchy on the C-note.

Cornell fans celebrated a thumping of Dartmouth like no one else would — after all, the Big Red were just four points shy of the century mark in their 96-76 win Saturday night.

Had it been the Red and Blue, fans could have tasted the free Abner’s cheesesteaks — the nearly forgotten reward for a 100-point Penn performance — in the air. But we’re not quite sure what they give away in Ithaca. Free dairy for all!

Moooovin’ on up. Harvard is technically at the top of the Ivy pop charts with one more win than Princeton, and the Crimson held that spot with a weekend sweep over the Big Red (who only scored 60 on Friday night) and Columbia, who fell 61-42.

Harvard (20-4, 9-1)capitalized on the opening, cruising in both their weekend contests to improve to 9-1 in the league. A surprising backcourt scoring boost fueled the Crimson, who got 20 points from Christian Webster and 18 from Brandyn Curry in Friday’s 73-60win over Cornell and another 15 points from Oliver McNally in Saturday’s snoozer in New York City. Tommy Amaker’s squad now occupies sole possession of first place in the Ivy League, and all signs point to their season-ending contest against Princeton at home as the likely championship-deciding game.


Cornell (7-17, 3-7) and Brown both split again, with Cornell beating (guess who?) Dartmouth 96-76on Saturday night behind a career-best 22 points from Errick Peck. Both teams will have the chance to play spoiler this Friday night, as Brown gets Harvard at home and Cornell travels to Princeton. The Big Green, however, are still struggling to turn a corner. They’ve now lost seven straight and are out of easy home games, with just Princeton and Penn left on the Leede Arena schedule. It looks as though their home win over Cornell will be the only thing that separates Dartmouth (5-19, 1-9) from a defeated season in the league this year.

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