Thursday, February 24, 2011

One Beautiful Season A Year Later

Kyle Whelliston of and the author of One Beautiful Season, the story of 2009-2010 college basketball season, and the year of the mid-majors, which featured a couple lengthy chapters with an emphasis on Cornell, catches up with each of the star programs from a year ago. He writes of Cornell on his site:
Cornell (Ch. 6): The Sweet Sixteen super-megaclass that earned three Ivy titles all graduated, Steve Donahue left for Boston College, and now the Big Red make up this season's saddest rebuilding project. They're 7-17 and 3-7 in the league right now. Cornell didn't even get a victory lap before being forgotten by the hooping public at large... that's the kind of cruel Our Game can be.
Whelliston also notes the step backwards this season for other mid major powers such as Butler and Northern Iowa.

Cornell's epic 2009-2010 season has been unmatched by an Ivy League program in the last 30 years. The Big Red's resume from a year ago included some of the following team achievements:
-Third consecutive Ivy League title (2008, 2009, 2010) (including a perfect season in 2008)
-NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
-Final No. 17 national ranking in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Top 25 Poll
-Final No. 4 ranking in the Coaches' Mid Major Top 25 Poll
-MSG Holiday Festival Champions (2-0)
-Legends Classic Region Champions (4-0)
-Two "Top 25" victories (Wisconsin and Temple)
-Other nonconference victories over: at Alabama (SEC), at St. John's, (Big East), at La Salle, (A-10), St. Joseph's (A-10), at UMass (A-10), at Drexel (CAA), Davidson (SoCon), at Bucknell (Patriot) and Vermont (America East)
-Cornell basketball coaches and players also received numerous individual honors and awards during the season

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