Saturday, February 26, 2011

News and Notes: Evening Edition

Get all the information you need about the Big Red's game at Penn tonight with The Cornell Basketball Blog's Game Preview Center. Below, some evening news and notes...

  • One of the leaders of Penn's student cheering section writes in the Daily Pennsylvanian what he will not miss upon graduating from Penn. He writes, "Glen Miller, three sick Cornell teams, recruits not panning out, Glen Miller, tons of players leaving, missed Cam Lewis dunks, Glen Miller, an unfortunate rash of injuries, Glen Miller, heartwrenching OT losses this season, Glen Miller..."
Cornell (7-18) at Penn (12-12)

The Sports Network

DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 26th, 7:00 p.m. (et)

FACTS & STATS: Site: The Palestra (8,722) -- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Television: None. Home Record: Cornell 4-6, Penn 7-3. Away Record: Cornell 2-11, Penn 4-9. Neutral Record: Cornell 1-1, Penn 1-0. Conference Record: Cornell 3-8, Penn 6-4. Series Record: Penn leads, 143-72

GAME NOTES: The suddenly surging Penn Quakers will try to remain in the win column when they host the Cornell Big Red in Ivy League action at the historic Palestra.

After dominating the conference just a year ago, the Big Red have taken a major step back this season, posting just a 3-8 mark in league play. Cornell has dropped three of its last four matchups and is coming off an embarrassing, 84-66 setback to Princeton.

As for the Quakers, the ball finally seems to be bouncing their way, but unfortunately for them it is a tad too late. Penn recently suffered through a four-game losing skid and in that slide the team suffered three of those setbacks in overtime. However, since then the Quakers have claimed three straight wins and are coming off a 64-54 victory over Columbia, which pushed the team's league mark to 6-4 on the year.

Since losing 18 consecutive games to Penn, the Big red have won six of the last seven matchups on the hardwood, including an 82-71 overtime decision a couple weeks ago. However, even with Cornell's recent run, the Quakers still own a commanding 143-72 edge in the all-time series.

The Big Red were simply overmatched by Princeton and from start to finish Cornell had no answers for a much better opponent. The Big Red led the Ivy League in offensive production last year, but this season the team has been inconsistent. That was the case once again in the team's loss on Friday, as Cornell shot just 37.0 percent against Princeton and finished just 8-of-25 from long range. Chris Wroblewski led the way with 14 points and seven assists in the loss, while Mark Coury and Drew Ferry finished with 13 and 10 points, respectively. Wroblewski has been the top player on the floor for Cornell throughout the season, as the guard is leading the team with 14.7 ppg and 125 assists.

Penn has been respectable on the year at the defensive end of the floor, as the team is allowing just 67.7 ppg. However, during the Quakers' three-game winning streak they have stepped up their play further, limiting the opposition to just 58.0 ppg. Against Columbia on Friday, the Quakers held the Lions to just 54 points on a 38.5 percent shooting effort, which included a 2-of-13 clip from long range. At the other end of the floor the Quakers were not overwhelming, posting a shooting percentage of 38.6, but the team did do enough to win. Zack Rosen led the way with 17 points and nine assists, while Miles Cartwright and Tyler Bernardini finished with 13 and 11 points, respectively. Jack Eggleston was also helpful, as the forward chipped in eight points and pulled down 11 rebounds. On the year the team is being led by Rosen, who is averaging 14.5 ppg, to go along with a team-best 136 assists. Eggleston, who is pulling down a team-high 8.3 rpg, is also contributing 13.5 ppg, while Bernardini is posting 12.7 ppg.

The Quakers are clearly the better team in this matchup and are playing like it at the present moment. Penn has played well of late, and if not for a few close overtime losses this team would be in position to fight for the league title.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Penn 77, Cornell 63


Anonymous said...

Blogmaster, I saw you tweeted that a potential Harvard-Princeton playoff would be at Columbia. Are you sure of that, and any idea of when would it be? I live in the city so I'd love to plan to be around that night to catch the game, if it does occur. Thanks.

Scott said...
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Anonymous said...

Caption should read:

Coach Courtney: 2-0 vs. Penn.

Anonymous said...

The playoff could also be at Yale or another neutral site

Anonymous said...

Random factoid: Did you know that an Ivy League men's basketball playoff scenario has never occurred without Princeton? There has never been a tie for an Ivy championship which did not include Princeton.

Anonymous said...

omg. there has never been much of anything in Ivy b-ball that didn't include Princeton....