Tuesday, February 1, 2011

News and Notes: Tuesday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Tuesday...
  • Ryan Wittman has officially been added to the Ft. Wayne Mad Ants roster. From the online chatter, it appears a lot of Cornell fans love the name of the franchise. For those curious, the origin of the team name arises from Ft. Wayne's namesake, General "Mad" Anthony Wayne, a Revolutionary War hero. Locals voted on the team name when the franchise was launched in 2007. The team plays its home games at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum (13,000-seat capacity).
  • Incoming Cornell recruit, Ned Tomic (North Royalton HS) North Royalton, OH, 6-7, F, is the subject of two articles appearing in his local media today. They are as follows:

It's rare that a school's star basketball player has as much interest in learning the contents of his three Advanced Placement textbooks as the team's playbook, but that's just the case with North Royalton senior Ned Tomic.

Tomic, a two-sport athlete, currently ranks first in his academic class of about 400 students with a 4.22 GPA and has been the Bears varsity basketball team's go-to guy for the past two seasons.

In helping the Bears compile a 12-9 record in 2009-10, the 6-foot-7 forward garnered first-team All-Northeast Ohio Conference Lake Division and second-team Associated Press Northeast Lakes All-District honors.

After completing his fourth high school golf season this fall, Tomic set out to lead the Bears cagers to an NOC Lake Division title and deep playoff run.

With tournament time quickly approaching, Tomic has helped the Bears get in position to do just that.

Behind the National Honor Society member's 22.4 points and 14.2 rebounds a game, North Royalton has compiled a 12-2 overall record and a perfect 5-0 mark in NOC Lake Division play.

The projected valedictorian has orally committed to play basketball for the Cornell Big Red next season. While playing Division I hoops in the Ivy League, Tomic plans to major in biomedical engineering.

Tomic recently answered questions about his high school academic and athletic career for WKYC's HighSchoolSports.net.

WKYC's HighSchoolSports.net: What are your goals for the rest of your final high school basketball season?

North Royalton senior basketball player Ned Tomic: Lead North Royalton to an NOC Lake Division title and a district title.

WKYC: What is the best part of being a high school student-athlete?

Tomic: Playing sports I love with close friends and competing.

WKYC: What has been the highlight of your high school athletic career thus far?

Tomic: Winning the conference in my sophomore year, even though I only came off the bench.

WKYC: What has been your fondest memory with your teammates?

Tomic: My fondest memory with my teammates was eating wings after the rivalry game vs. Brecksville.

WKYC: What is the best advice you've received from a coach?

Tomic: The hardier you work, the luckier you get.

WKYC: When you're not in the classroom, on the golf course or in the gym, what are some of your favorite things to do?

Tomic: I love to hang out with friends, watch movies and just be a teenager.

WKYC: What first sparked your interest to study biomedical engineering at Cornell?

Tomic: I love and have excelled at all the math and science (classes) at North Royalton. It always intrigued me.

WKYC: What would your superhero name be? Why?

Tomic: "Iceman" - I'm cool under pressure.

WKYC: What is your greatest non-athletic accomplishment?

Tomic: Ranking first in my academic class.

WKYC: What would you like to be doing in 10 years?

Tomic: I'd like to either have a job as a doctor or as an engineer.

It has been a big season for North Royalton big man Ned Tomic.

The 6-foot-7 senior post on the Bears basketball team committed to Cornell University where he plans to study biomedical engineering. He selected the Ivy League college in Ithaca, NY, over academic and athletic programs at Penn, Columbia and Brown, plus Division III schools such as Case Western Reserve and University of Chicago.

Tomic ranks first in his class with a cumulative 4.2 grade point average. He said he had a 4.6 GPA the first semester of this year and will finish high school with six Advanced Placement courses on his transcript.

Tomic has been putting up big numbers on the court as well. He has had eight straight double-doubles heading into the Bears' make-up game with Cuyahoga Falls on Tuesday evening. He ranks first among the scoring leaders of the Lake Division of the Northeast Ohio Conference and is averaging 21 points a game.

He also leads North Royalton (6-2, 3-0) on the boards (13.6 rpg) and in blocks (11), plus is 32-of-39 from the stripe.

Tomic helped keep his team's title hopes alive last Friday against second-place Nordonia. Up 11 points going into the intermission, a sluggish second half by the Bears saw them struggling to preserve their flawless league mark.

Tomic hit the go-ahead shot with 20 seconds remaining and then sank a couple of free throws as North Royalton defeated the Knights 61-58.

"The game, itself, was frustrating," Tomic said. "We almost gave the game away at the end. The best way to describe that win was 'relief.' Once I got the rebound on the defensive end, it was more a sigh of relief."

An extra incentive driving Tomic this winter is regaining the Lake title. Two years ago North Royalton won the conference crown when he was a sophomore coming off the bench. He said he remembers the excitement the seniors shared in earning that team honor.

He would like a chance to experience that again this winter.

"We knew we could be 8-0 right now or 5-3," Tomic said. "We found a way to win that last one and that's what good teams are expected to do. I wouldn't say we're really exceeding our expectations."

  • Breaking down St. John's win over Duke last weekend, Jon Jaques writes for SlamOnline, "[the Red Storm had] the highest field goal percentage recorded by an unranked team vs. a ranked opponent since Cornell defeated Wisconsin in the tournament last March."
  • In discussing B.C.'s season, Steve Donahue told the Boston Globe, "“I thought in my past years at Cornell we have always been better in February and I’ve been finding ways to take another step."
First, let’s look at the men’s basketball team. Sure, the team is already more than half way to their 2009-2010 Ivy win total of five with three wins already this spring, but look at who they’ve beat. They swept Cornell, which would have been an accomplishment last year, but Cornell is awful this year, and with good reason. They lost three of the top five players in the league to graduation (all of whom were named to the 2009-2010 all-Ivy first team) and lost their head coach to Boston College. Cornell can’t beat anyone this year. They are 4-14 and 0-4 in conference play. Sure, any win is a good win in the Ivies, and any road win is really a good win, but how much are wins over terrible teams worth? Same thing goes for Dartmouth. They were picked to finish last in the preseason poll, have a new head coach this year, and the only Ivy squad they beat this year is Cornell. Columbia has only played one good team this spring, Harvard, and while they stayed close for a half, Harvard pulled away in the second half, winning comfortably 77-66.
  • 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 1 is No. 255 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. 219 in the nation, while the USA Today Sagarin rankings have Cornell at No. 243 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)
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 at Penn, 7 pm
*Harvard at Princeton, 7 pm [ESPNU] [SIRIUS]
*Columbia at Brown, 7 pm
*Cornell at Yale, 7 pm

Saturday, February 5
*Dartmouth at Princeton, 6 pm
*Cornell at Brown, 6 pm [SIRIUS]
*Columbia at Yale, 6 pm
*Harvard at Penn, 7 pm

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