Monday, March 14, 2011

News and Notes: Afternoon Edition, Cornell Out of the Tournament, But Still the Talk of the Media

Some afternoon news and notes...
  • A.J. Mass of ESPN asks, "Which team will be this year's Cornell? How can we tell if a sleeper is about to awaken?"
  • From the Philadelphia Examiner, "Temple has not won in the NCAA men's basketball tournament since 2001, when the Owls ousted the Nittany Lions before losing to Michigan State in the Elite Eight. Temple lost [last year] in the first round against Cornell and head coach Fran Dunphy has never won a tournament game."

What Cornell did last year — beat Temple and Wisconsin before losing to Kentucky — was very good for a league that hadn’t had a team win an NCAA tournament game since the 1998 Tigers — a top 10 club with a five-seed — beat UNLV.

“We have to make our own history,” said coach Sydney Johnson, the captain of the Princeton team that upset UCLA in 1996. But he did appreciate the tradition represented by Princeton vs. Kentucky.

“The tournament folks kind of have a feel for history,” said Johnson. “It was Cornell-Kentucky last year, so I’m not really surprised by this.”

  • NBC New York writes, "We only needed one glimpse at the brackets to know that 2011 is a far better year than 2010 for college basketball in the tri-state area. That's because a look at last year's teams ended without a single team from our proud hoops region vying for a chance to cut down the nets. You had to look all the way up to Syracuse and Ithaca for something remotely resembling a local rooting interest -- no, Cornell's medical school doesn't count -- which made for an empty feeling even when both teams made it to the Sweet 16."
  • THOnline writes of Wisconsin, "The Badgers' last four losses in the big dance, the NCAA tournament, have come to Cornell, Xavier, Davidson and UNLV -- not exactly a list of awe-inspiring names....while Cornell and Xavier aren't widely known as great programs, both teams were better than Wisconsin when they met. "
  • Ben Goldstein of Bleacher Report writes, "Last year we saw a Ivy league team make a deep run to the sweet 16. Cornell Big Red beat the Temple Owls in the first round and then the Wisconsin Badgers in the second round and eventually lost to number 1 seed Kentucky in the sweet 16. These Ivy league teams are looked over a lot during tourney time and the Princeton Tigers should be considered a dangerous threat."
  • SBNation writes, "Princeton has a ton on its plate, sure, but these Tigers are no slouches. A strong senior class, led by Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year Kareem Maddox — likely to be matched up against both Knight and Jones — turned Princeton from the Ivy League laughingstock into its king. And the Tigers showed their fortitude with wins in must-win games over Pennsylvania and Harvard in the last week; being intimidated by Kentucky, which dispatched fellow Ivy League upstart Cornell in the 2010 NCAA Tournament, seems unlikely."
  • Streaking the Lawn writes, "When you are filling out the rest of the bracket, just flip a coin, all the way through the final game. This works best in a year where there just aren't too many upsets (I'm lookin' at you, Cornell)."
  • Eric Yates of the La Jolla Patch writes, "It’s been a longtime trend in the tournament, dating as far back as I can remember in my 20-plus years of watching college hoops: A 12-seed almost always upsets a 5-seed in the first round. Last year, Cornell tore down Temple, and in 2009, three 12-seeds turned the upset trick against 5s."
  • Dan Shaughnessy of CNNSI.com writes, "An Ivy League team has never received an at-large bid to the tournament. It doesn't matter that Cornell won two games in last year's dance and went to the Sweet 16. No. This is a tournament with 11 teams from the Big East."
  • Mark Bradley of the Atlanta Journal Constitution speculates that Tommy Amaker could be a target of Georgia Tech's coaching search. The AJC wrote back in February, "Three ACC programs hired new coaches last spring, and none elicited a 'Wow!' Clemson hired Brad Brownell of Wright State. Boston College hired Steve Donahue of Cornell. Wake Forest hired Jeff Bzdelik of Colorado. This isn’t to say any were bad hires — Brownell and Donahue have done well — but none had the sizzle of Bob Huggins heading to West Virginia or John Calipari going to Kentucky."

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Put me down as believing that Tommy Amaker will never take a job in the ACC as long as Coach K is still on the sidelines in Durham.

Anonymous said...

Anon 11:03 is correct. Coach K's boys don't take other jobs in the ACC. Amaker would only go there after Coach K retires.

Anonymous said...

Anon 11:03 is correct. Coach K's boys don't take other jobs in the ACC. Amaker would only go there after Coach K retires.