Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Team Report from the SportsXchange

The Sports Xchange and YahooSports have published updated team reports for each of the Ivy League schools. Below are links to each of team reports as well as the full report for Cornell.

  • Penn team report-" at Cornell, Feb. 11. Key Matchups: The Big Red is a far cry from the squad that won three titles in a row, but it still has shown flashes of that championship flavor. What it hasn’t done is sustain that through 40 minutes, so the Quakers could easily find themselves in a situation like the Harvard game, having to mount a comeback from a Cornell surge."
  • Princeton team report-"at Cornell, Feb. 12-Key Matchups: Cornell is obviously a shadow of its former self, and its position in the standings reflects that. The Big Red have enough talent to be dangerous, however, particularly in Chris Wroblewski and Errick Peck. Both have the skills and basketball sense to cause problems for Princeton."
  • Yale team report-"Yale had a huge weekend to begin February, coming back from 10 down in the final two minutes to stun Cornell and squeaking past Columbia by five. That ability to take care of business at home has the Bulldogs in position to contend for the Ivy crown down the stretch."

Yahoo! Sports/SportsXChange
February 8, 2011


The Big Red became the final Ivy League team to secure a win in conference play when it knocked off Brown 91-79 on Feb. 5. A key to that victory was the play of the reserves.

Strong bench play has been a cornerstone of the Big Red’s success in recent years. Thanks to former coach Steve Donahue’s excellence in recruiting, Cornell has always seemed to have someone to turn to when a starter gets in foul trouble or needs a rest, and most tough matchups had an answer from the reserve corps. Fans have gotten used to a backup five as talented as some of its rivals’ starters.

That hasn’t been the case for much of this season, a natural result of the graduation of most of the 2009-10 squad’s core players. Those backups—the ones that didn’t graduate already—are now in the starting lineup. As a result, the bench play has been uneven at best, apart from Drew Ferry who essentially functions as a starter in terms of both minutes and crunchtime role even when he doesn’t happen to be on the court for the opening tip.

It was outstanding against Brown, however. Johnathan Gray scored a season-high 13 points and made three three-pointers. Max Groebe broke out with 11 points, the first time he’s been in double figures in the 2011 calendar year. Center Mark Courey added 10, and was just short of a double-double with nine rebounds.

That was enough to finally stop Cornell’s skid. Though it won’t win another Ivy League crown, it will look to prove it has turned the corner when it hosts a couple of the conference favorites on Feb. 11-12, when Pennsylvania and Princeton come to town.


Cornell was the worst free-throw shooting team in the Ivy League heading into the Yale-Brown weekend. It came up big against the Bears, however, sinking 19 of its 23 attempts from the stripe.

Junior G Drew Ferry has become one of the most dangerous three-point shooters in the Ivy League. He had made three or more three-pointers in 11 of his last 15 games through Feb. 5.

By The Numbers: 46.7—Cornell’s shooting percentage from beyond the arc against Brown. It made 16 of its 34 attempts on its way to scoring a season-high 91 points.

Quote To Note: “We made shots, that was a big part of it. When we make shots, everything else is easier.”—Cornell coach Bill Courtney to the Ithaca Journal, on what helped the team earn its first Ivy League victory against Brown on Feb. 5.


This Week's Games:

vs. Pennsylvania, Feb. 11

Key Matchups: The Quakers’ stars are the guards, but forward Jack Eggleston is having a great senior season and is going to be a challenge for the Big Red big men inside. The Chris Wroblewski-Zack Rosen matchups are always classic, and this one should be no exception.

vs. Princeton, Feb. 12

Key Matchups: Princeton was the only unbeaten left in the Ivies entering the week, with the most firepower that coach Sydney Johnson has had in his tenure at the school. It will be a test of the Cornell discipline to see how well the squad stays with the Tigers.

Player Notes

Senior C Aaron Osgood missed the games against Yale and Brown with a knee injury suffered in practice. There was no word on how much additional time he was expected to miss.

Sophomore F Josh Figini had seen his playing time slashed thanks to the combination of a thumb injury and the Ivy League schedule. He got time against both Yale and Brown thanks to Aaron Osgood’s injured knee, however, starting both contests.


Ferry for Three! said...

Right now Ferry is at 60 three pointers made and 157 attempted (according to ESPN.com). That puts him alone at 12th overall for makes and 14th overall all time at Cornell for attempts.

Pretty darn impressive. We've got 8 games left. He's averaging 3 a game. That would put him at 84. Making him second to only Ryan Wittman (3 years of Wittman's actually), and 1 more than Adam Gore.

Not bad, not bad. Worth noting he's shooting 39%, so that could improve...but when you shoot such a high number of shots, 39% isn't that bad.

Anonymous said...

Ferry, Wrobo, etc., for two. Our shooting percentage from inside the arc is awful. We need to find ways to get some easy baskets to turn this thing around. Last year, the team shot about 48% total, and probably over 50% if you take away the 3-ball from the totals. From someone who hasn't been able to watch games, are we getting open looks and missing, or are we jacking up a lot of bad shots?

Anonymous said...

I've been out of the loop. Is Gatlin hurt or is he just out of the rotation?

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Gatlin is injured.

Anonymous said...

Was intriqued by the stats on Ferry and went to look up the career stats on Witt, Dale, etc.
I noticed wrobo and wire are listed quite a bit (especially wrobo) but their numbers see like last years, how often are the season/career stats updated? Can you provide a link because sometimes its listed other times not. Thanks.

Ferry for Three! said...


(Breaking it up b/c preview looked bad, paste together:
Then search for Wittman.

Anonymous said...

Here is an interesting comparison--after 20 games Ferry is 60-157 from three-point range. Last year after 19 games Wittman was 62-146, and two years ago after 20 games Wittman was 61-159 (almost exactly the same as Ferry is his junior year). Not too bad for stepping into a new situation and without the advantage of much scoring punch inside.