Monday, March 14, 2011

News and Notes: Monday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Monday...
  • Eight Cornell opponents from the 2010-2011 season are appearing in the postseason. These teams include:
Princeton (NCAA Tournament)
Syracuse (NCAA Tournament)
Wofford (NCAA Tournament)
Boston University (NCAA Tournament)
Bucknell (NCAA Tournament)
Harvard (NIT)
St. Bonaventure (The College Basketball Invitational "CBI")
Buffalo ( Tournament)
  • Cornell's Final (March 14, 2011) RPI rank is No. 210 out of 347 total Division I teams. Meanhile, the Ken Pomeroy and Jeff Sagarin final rankings are No. 189 and No. 206 respectively. While Harvard and Princeton finished this season with RPI ranks of No. 35 and No. 40 respectively, the Crimson were left out of the NCAA Tournament altogether and the Tigers were just seeded as a No. 13. A year ago, Cornell finished with a final No. 46 RPI rank on selection Sunday and earned a 12 seed, an obvious reward from the Committee for the Big Red's willingness to challenge themselves on the road during the regular season--- visiting Syracuse, Kansas, St. John's, Alabama, La Salle, UMass, Bucknell and Drexel during 2009-2010. Although Cornell faced two of the toughest defenses in the country during the opening rounds of the NCAA Tournament in a pair of Top 25 teams in Temple and Wisconsin, the Big Red managed to advance to the Sweet 16 before bowing out against Kentucky.
  • ESPN's Andy Katz writes, "Wisconsin couldn't have drawn a worse matchup than sneaky-good Belmont. The Bruins can win a first-round game. The Badgers struggled against Wofford and Cornell last season and now Mike Bruesewitz is hurt. This isn't a positive draw for Wisconsin."
  • Jon Jaques ('10) writes for SlamOnline in regards to Princeton's NCAA Tournament chances, "Princeton is the braniac Ivy team full of veterans (albeit with less NCAA Tournament experience than Cornell)."
  • The Ivy Gate blog writes that Princeton "will have the pleasure of losing in magnificent fashion to No. 4 Kentucky. (Much the same way Cornell did last year.)"
  • Recapping Kentucky's 2010 NCAA Tournament run, the Atlanta Journal Constitution writes, "After easy wins over East Tennessee State, Wake Forest and Cornell by a combined 86 points, Kentucky was smacked down by West Virginia (73-66) in the East Regional final."
  • thinks it is ironic that Kentucky is facing Princeton in the opening round after facing Cornell in the Sweet 16 a year ago.
  • March Maniacs writes, "#4 Kentucky v. #13 Princeton This will be another popular upset pick – don’t fall for it. Remember what happened when the smart, scrappy, underrated Ivy League team (Cornell) met the Wildcats last year? Yeah, it wasn’t pretty. Neither will this one. Wildcats big."


Anonymous said...

what about BU and Bucknell?

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Made the additions. Thanks for catching it.