Tuesday, February 22, 2011

News and Notes: Tuesday Edition

During the 1966-1967 season, Cornell finished 19-5 overall (11-3 Ivy League). The following season, Cornell headed into the year as the overwhelming league favorite. The Big Red would however underachieve and finish 14-11 (6-8 Ivy League). Above, the Daily Princetonian's headlines from Cornell's February 2, 1968 meeting with Princeton at Barton Hall, the first ever meeting between Cornell and legendary Princeton coach, Pete Carril. The Big Red would get hammered by the Tigers in Barton Hall, 71-51 before 6,000 fans, just two days after Cornell beat Ohio State in Columbus. Cornell faces the Tigers this Friday in Princeton. Get all the information you need about the Big Red's games this weekend at Princeton (2/25/11) and Penn (2/26/11) with The Cornell Basketball Blog's Game Preview Center. Below, some news and notes for Tuesday...
  • Ryan Wittman's Ft. Wayne Mad Ants just received their first NBA assignment with the Milwaukee Bucks sending 6'11" center, Larry Sanders to the minor league team. Sanders was drafted 15th overall a year ago by the Bucks out of VCU. Wittman, Sanders and the Ants host the Springfield Armor on tonight and Thursday.
  • The Saratogian previews Saratoga's opening round state playoff game tonight against Galal Cancer (Christian Bros. Academy) Albany, NY, 6-3, G. The Saratogian notes Cancer is averaging 11.4 points per game.
  • The-Signal.com of Minnesota notes that Gopher freshmen, Maverick Ahanmisi that his "best game distributing the basketball came in a victory over Cornell on Dec. 4. He had four assists against the Big Red, who advanced to the Sweet 16 in the 2010 NCAA Tournament, and he’s recorded at least one assist in 11 games this season."

Ivy notes

*On the last two weekends, Brown has thrown a scare into Harvard (leading by 24 points early in the second half before losing) and pulled an upset over Princeton.

What can the Bears do for an encore? They host the Crimson on Friday night. Stay tuned.

* Brown senior forward Peter Sullivan returned from a five-game absence (shoulder injury) to score 26 points in the Princeton upset. He was 16-for-16 from the free throw line. He split player of the week honors with Penn's Tyler Bernardini, who had a 26-point outing Friday night in a win over Brown.

* Princeton is 10-0 this year at Jadwin Gymnasium. Cornell visits Friday night. The Tigers (20-5) have registered back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since 1997-98 and 1998-99.

* Harvard (20-4, 9-1) plays at Brown and Yale this weekend before wrapping up with home games against Penn on March 4 and Princeton on March 5. Princeton (20-5, 8-1) hosts Cornell and Columbia this weekend, visits Dartmouth and Harvard next weekend, then finishes with a trip to the Palestra on March 8. If the teams finish the regular season in a tie, they'll play off at a neutral site for the Ivy League's automatic NCAA berth.

* Cornell sophomore forward Errick Peck might be an even better perimeter shooter than originally thought. After hitting four of six 3-pointers Saturday night, Peck is shooting an outstanding 40.7 percent from the arc this season (24-for-59). The key has been good shot selection. In 10 Ivy games, Peck is averaging 12.8 points on 45 percent shooting and 42.9 percent marksmanship from the arc, to go along with 4.4 rebounds per game, 14 blocks and 11 steals.

* Seventeen Cornell players have seen minutes this year. Only one hasn't attempted a 3-point shot: 6-8 sophomore Eitan Chemerinski.

* Cornell opponents are shooting an incredibly high 51.7 percent on two-point field goal attempts this season. Overall, only once in 10 league games has a Cornell opponent shot under 45 percent from the field.

Last year, Cornell was one of those teams that showed little intimidation in the spotlight, making a run to the Sweet 16 out of the Ivy League. This year, two teams are vying to take the struggling Big Red’s place at the table. Princeton and Harvard are both quality teams full of the kind of fundamental, smart basketball players we’ve long come to associate with the Ivy. Either would love to see a fundamentally flawed Virginia Tech, Marquette or Nebraska on the tournament’s first weekend.
The Ivy League's regular season is intriguing by nature. Without a conference tournament to grant an NCAA tournament automatic bid, the 14-game schedule takes on more meaning than the standard combination of seeding and pride. Throw in the fact that the single-bid conference boasts a tight race for first place, and you could make a case for the Ivy as one of the most interesting conferences in the nation...

A crowded middle
Penn and Columbia have improved since last season while Yale and Brown have stayed their so-so selves, thus helping to offset Cornell's precipitous decline from the Sweet 16 to somewhere a bit below the Ivy League average...

Cornell has plummeted back to earth in the post-Wittman-Dale-Foote-Donahue era, losing 0.11 PPP on offense and 0.16 PPP on defense from last year's in-conference totals. The fact that the Big Red remains just a hair shy of the break-even mark speaks to how truly dominant this team was last season.

  • 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 22 is No. 243 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 (video recap)
  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

Friday, February 25
*Harvard at Brown, 7 pm [SIRIUS]
*Columbia at Penn, 7 pm [The Comcast Network]
*Cornell at Princeton, 7 pm [Verizon FiOS 1]
*Dartmouth at Yale, 7 pm

Saturday, February 26
*Dartmouth at Brown, 6 pm
*Columbia at Princeton, 6 pm
*Harvard at Yale, 6 pm
*Cornell at Penn, 7 pm [SIRIUS]

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

The stat about opponents' shooting percentage is quite disheartening. What are the reasons? Smaller perimeter players? A lot of inside buckets (with no seven footer in the paint any more)? A flawed defensive scheme? Is the trend changing?

Anonymous said...

"During the 1966-67 season, Cornell finished 19-5 (11-3 League). The following season, Cornell headed into the year as the overwhelming league favorite."

Ugh, I love Cornell basketball. I was there. I wish it was true, but I don't remember that it happened this way. Maybe there is a document somewhere???

Princeton lost Coach VBK to the NBA and Ed Hummer and Gary Walters. They hired Coach Carril and returned veterans John Hummer, Joe Heiser, John Haarlow, and Chris Thomforde. Geoff Petrie was a super-soph who had starred on for the frosh. Very formidable.

Though Cornell lost only Gabe Durkac, they brought back Gregg Morris, Walt Esdaile (with career double/double average), and a semi-healthy Hank South. They were not the favorites.

Even Columbia with Dotson, McMillian, and Newmark was more highly thought of.

It was the cat-teams who were favored.