Friday, February 25, 2011

The Sports Network Previews Cornell at Princeton

Above, a date in Cornell Basketball history, the May 8, 1991 issue of the Daily Princetonian profiles Cornell's hiring as head men's basketball coach, former Princeton assistant, Jan Van Breda Kolff. Van Breda Kolff coached Cornell during the 1991-1992 and 1992-1993 seasons before leaving Ithaca to take the head position at Vanderbilt. Get all the information you need about the Big Red's games at Princeton tonight and Penn on Saturday with The Cornell Basketball Blog's Game Preview Center. Below, the Sport Network's Preview of tonight's Cornell at Princeton game.

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DATE & TIME: Friday, February 25th, 7:00 p.m. (et).

FACTS & STATS: Site: Jadwin Gym (6,854) -- Princeton, New Jersey. Television: FIOS1. Home Record: Cornell 4-6, Princeton 10-0. Away Record: Cornell 2-10, Princeton 8-4. Neutral Record: Cornell 1-1, Princeton 2-1. Conference Record: Cornell 3-7, Princeton 8-1. Series Record: Princeton leads 135-78.

GAME NOTES: The Princeton Tigers will try to keep their unblemished home record intact tonight as they host the Cornell Big Red in Ivy League action at Jadwin Gym.

The Tigers are a perfect 10-0 at home this season and have topped all five Ivy League foes who have made the trip to New Jersey thus far. However, last weekend the team was out on the road and after a 58-51 win over Yale the team was defeated by the Brown Bears, 75-65, which means Princeton is now second in the conference standings at 8-1, trailing only Harvard which is at 9-1 entering the week.

As for the Big Red, it exploded for a season-high 96 points in a 20-point home win over Dartmouth last weekend. The victory came just a day after the team was taken down by the Crimson in a 73-60 final which goes to show that you never quite know what you're going to get from one day to the next. Nevertheless, Cornell is now just 3-7 in league play after snapping a two-game slide.

With respect to the all-time series between these two schools on the hardwood, Princeton leads 135-78 after taking a narrow 57-55 win in the first meeting of the season at Newman Arena a couple of weeks ago. Despite the setback, Cornell has still won 10 of the last 13 meetings overall and five of the last six played at Jadwin Gym.

The Big Red played huge on the outside against Dartmouth last weekend at home, converting a total of 16 three pointers for the second time this season as they cruised to the 20-point win. Errick Peck connected on 4-of-6 beyond the arc, finishing with 22 points as he led six players in double figures, while Chris Wroblewski tallied 19 points and nine assists. Max Groebe and Drew Ferry both dropped in 14 points, both hitting 4-of-6 out on the perimeter and 5-of-7 from the field, while Johnathan Gray and Jake Matthews chipped in 10 points apiece, the former clearing a team-high 11 rebounds along the way. Despite shooting just 39.9 percent from the floor through 22 appearances this season, Wroblewski is still the top overall scorer for the Big Red with 14.7 ppg, his 118 assists pacing the group as well. Ferry (11.8 ppg) and Peck (11.4 ppg) also play important roles on offense for Cornell, but still this is a group that is shooting just 41.0 percent from the floor and is being held to only 67.6 ppg in spite of the huge effort last weekend.

Missing all 10 attempts from three-point range in the first half was no way to start the meeting with Brown last weekend, but the Tigers could do little from the perimeter the entire game and eventually bowed in the double-digit decision. Kareem Maddox came off the bench to offer up a team-best 19 points, doing most of his damage at the free-throw line (11-of-13), while Ian Hummer recorded a double-double with 18 points and a team-high 12 rebounds, which means the rest of the roster combined for only 17 boards. Maddox, the leading scorer for Princeton the last three games, ranks second on the team overall this season with his 13.6 ppg and is just fractions of a point behind Hummer who is putting up 13.9 ppg to go along with 6.8 rpg. Both players are shooting at least 55 percent from the floor, yet the team overall is hitting 46.1 percent at the moment. Granted, that level of accuracy is still greater than that of the opposition (.417), but it only allows the team a scoring advantage of about six points per contest.

Cornell's breakout game last weekend was certainly an anomaly and the Big Red shouldn't expect such a big effort this time around, especially against the Tigers in Princeton.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Princeton 75, Cornell 66


Anonymous said...

I've posted before about why I am rooting for Princeton this season, whereupon I received the expected negative reaction from other commenters. But now that it's clear the race for this year's title will indeed come down to Princeton and Harvard (as I and most others expected), here's why I think all Cornell fans should hope that the Tigers win out.

First of all, I don't like the way Tommy Amaker does business, but that's simply my personal dislike for his recruiting practices. Leaving my distaste for Amaker aside, here's why it's in Cornell's interest that Princeton win the conference this year.

For the past five decades, Penn and Princeton were the class of the Ivy League. Top recruits, with many exceptions of course, would look first for interest from West Philadelphia and central New Jersey.

Over the past three years, Cornell has raised itself to the top of the list among the Six Dwarves. As of the end of last season, there were 2.5 teams with a championship tradition in the Ivy League. We would prefer that Harvard not join the club. It's in our interest long-term that Harvard not win an Ivy championship.

I don't care whether Cornell finishes the year 4-10 or 5-9 or 6-8. I do care whether Harvard is able to recruit next year as the defending Ivy League champion.

Anonymous said...

I think it's perfectly within your right to cheer for whomever you wish. But I cheer for Cornell to win. Do I hope that Harvard doesn't win the title? Yes. But can't say that I'm a big fan of Princeton either. It all comes down to the fact that I don't have a dog in that fight. Not really.

But as long as the Big Red is suiting up and playing their hearts out, I'll be cheering for them to win every game they play. And if you feel otherwise, you really aren't much of a Big Red fan, imo.

Anonymous said...

I'm a Big Red fan that tries to think big picture and long-term. A highly imperfect analogy would be hoping that your favorite NFL team loses its last game of the season in order to secure the first pick in the following year's draft. I think that it is in Cornell's larger interest that Princeton, not Harvard, win this year's title. (Plus, it's so easy to root against Amaker.) That means the Tigers winning tonight.

Anonymous said...

How can you watch the game and root against Cornell if you claim to be a Cornell fan? It would be nice to finish this season strong, I dont expect us to win but I will be rooting for us to win

Anonymous said...

Egghead Logic. Pure and Simple.

I feel dirty when I read your posts 113pm.

How about some respect for the seniors in the program?

Here is some advice: You can think it, just don't say it. As soon as you say what you say, you become highly suspect.

Would a true P fan ever root for us - I think that you know the answer to that one.

Filth, I say.

Show some pride - especially now.