Monday, February 21, 2011

News and Notes: Monday Edition

Above, the February 8, 1969 game program from Cornell's first ever visit to Jadwin Gymnasium at Princeton. Jadwin opened its doors on January 25, 1969. Below, the February 7, 1969 issue of the Cornell Daily Sun previews the Big Red's roadtrip to the new digs and referred to Jadwin as "brand smacking new" and "spacious and plush" while calling Princeton's former Dillon Gym "tiny" and "unpopular" for opponents.

Below, some news and notes for Monday...
  • On the topic of Cornell's incoming recruits, The Albany Times Union's Eric Medved makes his New York State playoff predictions and writes of Galal Cancer (Christian Bros. Academy) Albany, NY, 6-3, G, "I think if the stars were to align and pit CBA and Troy in a final this season, that Troy would represent well, however I still believe Galal Cancer has another gear to hit and he may be able to push them over the top and continue this recent CBA dynasty." The Meridian Star recaps Devin Cherry (Meridian HS) Meridian, MS, 6-3, G and Meridian's 72-47 win over Pacagoula in the Class 6A South State boys championship game Saturday. The Star notes, that Cherry scored 10 of his 13 points in the 1st quarter, putting the game away early for the No. 1 ranked Meridian Wildcats which boasts three Division I signees. "I wish I could take credit for that and say that's the way we plan it," Meridian coach, Randy Bolden said of Cherry's quick starts. "But for some reason, Devin has given us that jumpstart the last 2-3 games from the beginning and given us a boost and we've just gone on from his early play." Cherry who is just as dynamic attacking the basket off the dribble as he is scoring from the perimeter, drained 3 three-pointers during the game.
  • While Cornell has certainly struggled this season during its year of rebuilding, just a reminder about how Harvard and Princeton performed during 2007-2008, the first year both Tommy Amaker and Sydney Johnson arrived at their programs. Harvard finished 8-22 (3-11 Ivy League), while Princeton sat at 6-23 (3-11 Ivy League). The two programs finished in dead last, tied for 6th place with Dartmouth. It goes without saying that coaches generally need at least three seasons to build a program up and sometimes as many as five seasons if the program is a major construction project.
  • Rush The Court writes, "You probably remember how full Cornell’s bandwagon got last year as the Big Red rolled to a 29-5 record, a 12-seed in the NCAA Tournament (way, way too low), and a Sweet 16 appearance. That was their third straight bid to the Tournament, a trifecta of appearances that came after a 20-year drought. Harvard is not impressed. The Crimson (20-4, 9-1) are a half game up on Princeton in the Ivy League standings with four games to play — remember, there’s no post-season tournament for the Ancient Eight, so the auto-bid goes to the regular season champ — and all that’s at stake for Tommy Amaker’s team is the program’s first NCAA bid…in 65 years. The last game on their schedule? Princeton. March 5th."
  • Andy Katz writes in hi five observations on his blog, "Harvard could make history on March 5 and it needs to send a thank you note to Brown. The Bears upset Princeton on Saturday to allow the Crimson and Tigers to be in a first-place tie in the loss column. Now all Harvard has to do is win at Brown and Yale next weekend and then take out Penn on Friday, March 4, to set up a potential monster showdown with Princeton. If the Tigers also win out against Cornell, Columbia and at Dartmouth, then the Crimson have a chance to win the Ivy title outright on March 5 at home regardless of what happens between Princeton and Penn on March 8. If Harvard does all of this and beats the Tigers, it would mean the first NCAA tournament berth since 1946 and the second-ever in the history of the program."
  • The Daily Princetonian notes, "The Tigers return home next weekend for their last home weekend of the season. They host Cornell on Friday and Columbia on Saturday."
  • The Daily Pennsylvanian notes, "Nail-biting games have come to define Penn basketball’s Ivy League season so far. Four of the Quakers’ first six conference games went to overtime and three of those six were decided by three points or less. But the Quakers dropped three of those overtime contests in consecutive losses to Harvard, Princeton and Cornell."
  • 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: CollegeRPI.com 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 February 21 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 KenPom.com site ranks Cornell No. 203 in the nation, while the USA Today Sagarin rankings have Cornell at No. 222. 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 Rivals.com/YahooSports.com 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
  16. Columbia L 66-70
  17. at Dartmouth L 57-64
  18. at Harvard L 57-78 (video recap)
  19. at Yale L 70-71
  20. at Brown W 91-79 (video recap)
  21. vs. Penn W 82-71 (video recap)
  22. vs. Princeton L 55-57 (video recap)
  23. vs. Harvard L 60-73
  24. vs. Dartmouth W 96-76 (video recap)
IVY LEAGUE COMPOSITE SCHEDULE

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 [ESPN3.com] 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 [ESPN3.com/Big 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 51 Yale 59 Box Score - Recap
*Dartmouth 50 Harvard 59 Box Score - Recap
*Columbia 70 Cornell 66 [Time Warner] Box Score - Recap
Saint Joseph’s 61 Penn 73 [The Comcast Network] Box Score - Recap

Sunday, January 23
College of New Jersey 40 Princeton 73 Box Score - Recap

Friday, January 28
*Brown 60 Princeton 78 [Verizon FiOS 1] Box Score - Recap
*Cornell 57 Dartmouth 64 Box Score - Recap
*Columbia 66 Harvard 77 Box Score - Recap
*Yale 58 Penn 66 [The Comcast Network] [SIRIUS] Box Score - Recap

Saturday, January 29
*Cornell 57 Harvard 78 Box Score - Recap
*Yale 63 Princeton 67 Box Score - Recap
*Brown 78 Penn 80 OT Box Score - Recap
*Columbia 66 Dartmouth 45 [SIRIUS] Box Score - Recap

Friday, February 4
*Dartmouth 47 Penn 78 Box Score - Recap
*Harvard 61 Princeton 65[ESPNU] [SIRIUS] Box Score - Recap
*Columbia 79 Brown 87 Box Score - Recap
*Cornell 70 Yale 71 Box Score - Recap

Saturday, February 5
*Dartmouth 53 Princeton 68 Box Score - Recap
*Cornell 91 Brown 79 [SIRIUS] Box Score - Recap
*Columbia 67 Yale 72 Box Score - Recap
*Harvard 83 Penn 82 (2OT) Box Score - Recap

Tuesday, February 8
*Penn 59 Princeton 62 OT [Verizon FiOS 1] Box Score - Recap

Friday, February 11
*Brown 75 Dartmouth 66 Box Score - Recap
*Princeton 76 Columbia 46 [SIRIUS] Box Score - Recap
*Penn 71 Cornell 82 OT Box Score - Recap
*Yale 75 Harvard 78 Box Score - Recap

Saturday, February 12
*Brown 78 Harvard 85 Box Score - Recap
*Penn 62 Columbia 75 Box Score - Recap
*Princeton 57 Cornell 55 Box Score - Recap
*Yale 69 Dartmouth 60 [SIRIUS] Box Score - Recap

Friday, February 18
*Penn 70 Brown 62 [SIRIUS] Box Score - Recap
*Dartmouth 60 Columbia 67 Box Score - Recap
*Harvard 73 Cornell 60 Box Score - Recap
*Princeton 58 Yale 51 [YES] Box Score - Recap

Saturday, February 19
*Princeton 65 Brown 75 Box Score - Recap
*Harvard 61 Columbia 42 [SIRIUS] Box Score - Recap
*Dartmouth 76 Cornell 96 Box Score - Recap
*Penn 60 Yale 58 Box Score - Recap

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's disingenuous to compare Bill Courtney's first year to those of either Tommy Amaker or Sydney Johnson.

Amaker took over a team that had been a middle-of-the-road Ivy program through the entire tenure of Frank Sullivan. While it would be too kind to say that the cupboard was stocked, neither was it bare and of course it contained future star Jeremy Lin who two years later would be the foundation of the 2010 team.

Johnson, on the other hand, took over a program that had been rocked to its very core by the disastrous Joe Scott regime. Recall that, in the 51 years prior to Scott, Princeton had never once had even a losing Ivy season. That is a remarkable run of success and consistency that no other Divison I team in the country can claim. In three inexplicable years, Scott had the Tigers in the Ivy basement. Johnson had to rebuild the program at Old Nassau from depths that it had never known.

Courtney of course had a different experience. The Big Red lost their three best players, but did have many returning veterans who had known nothing but winning during their varsity careers. Almost every preseason poll predicted Cornell to finish in the upper division with at least one tabbing the Big Red to four-peat.

So, to summarize, Amaker took over a mediocre program and got out of the gate somewhat below expectations. Johnson took over a devastatated program and performed about as expected. Courtney took over a three-time defending champion missing its three best players and we are off to a start below expectations.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

You simplified Cornell to just losing Wittman, Foote and Dale. That is just not fair. How could you possibly leave out other rotation/starters like Reeves, Tyler, and Jaques? Overall, Cornell lost 6 of the team's top 9 players (the only rotation players returning were Coury, Wire and Wroblewski).

Cornell also graduated Wilkins and Reynolds.

Cornell may have had the most success in the prior year, but Cornell may have been the biggest project of the 3 programs. At least Amaker had Jeremy Lin, arguably the greatest player to ever wear a Crimson jersey (at least that is what Tommy said).

Anonymous said...

You picked Cornell to finish fourth this year. At the end of the non-conference schedule last month, I asked in the comments section whether you wanted to move us down, in light of the results of the season so far. You replied, "CBB stands by its prediction."

The Ivy League media poll tabbed Cornell for third, with one first-place vote.

My point in the last post was not that we *only* lost three players. My point was that Cornell is performing below expectations, which by the standards of your prediction, the Ivy media poll and just about every other forecast, we are.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

But your point all misses the point that perhaps those expectations were not fair. Nobody knew what to expect of Cornell's inexperienced group.

So the issue is not whether they lived up to expectations, but whether the expectations were fair.

Anonymous said...

As long as we're clear here. At the end of the non-conference schedule, it was evident to me that we were headed for a lower division finish and very likely a fight with Dartmouth to stay out of the cellar. That's why I asked whether you wanted to lower your fourth-place prediction. With our poor non-conference results available, you explicitly reiterated your forecast that we would be an upper division team. So whose expectations were unfair?

Meanwhile, Johnson in his first year performed as expected (of course, those expectations were much lower) and two years later had brought his team all the way back to title contention. Amaker started a step slower, but right now Harvard is the favorite for their first Ivy League championship in history. Not bad for those two guys.

Anonymous said...

Cornell Basketball Blog at 4:33 PM on 10 August 2010: "No way Cornell slides to 6th."

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

And that prediction was before injuries to Dom Scelfo, Dwight Tarwater, Anthony Gatlin, Aaron Osgood, and Max Groebe which caused them all to miss significant portions of the season.