Saturday, March 19, 2011

News and Notes: Saturday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Saturday...
  • writes, "New York will crown five boys state champions this weekend -- three on Saturday, two on Sunday -- at the Glen Falls Civic Center. In Class AA, Christian Brothers Academy of Syracuse is 23-0 and ranked No. 1. Its top player is Cornell-bound Galal Cancer, who averages 13.1 points per game. CBA will play Jamestown (19-3) in one semifinal while Half Hallow Hills West (18-5) faces Mount Vernon (19-5) in the other." The New York State Sports Writers Association also previews the semifinals.
  • Ryan Wittman ('10) and his NBA D-League team, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants will face the Springfield Armor on Saturday at 7:30 pm on the Versus Channel.
  • writes, "March Madness has arrived. Except this tournament does not have quite the level of madness of last year's so far. In the 2010 version, ten lower seeded teams won in the opening round, and seven of those were double digit seeds. A 14-seed (Ohio) beat a 3-seed (Georgetown) by 14 points. Northern Iowa, Cornell, and Saint Mary's were in the Sweet 16. A team from the Horizon League was inches away from winning a championship. That was madness."
  • The Boston Globe reported that Boston U. coach, Pat Chambers contacted Steve Donahue before the Terriers faced Kansas in the NCAA Tournament opening round. “I called my man,’’ said Chambers said, referring to former Cornell coach and current Boston College first-year coach Donahue. The Globe writes, "Before coming to BC, Donahue took a talented Cornell squad into Lawrence, Kan., for a nonconference game [on] Jan. 6, 2010, and nearly upset the top-ranked Jayhawks on their own court before falling, 71-66."
  • The Daily Princetonian writes, "The last three classes of Princetonians never saw the men’s basketball team reach the NCAA Tournament. The unfortunate men and women to graduate in 2008, ’09 and ’10 suffered through the reign of Penn and Cornell, witnessing a dry spell that was the program’s longest in more than three decades."
  • Zach Berman of the Star Ledger of New Jersey writes, "The chants rang from the Princeton student section on Thursday, similar to the mockery Kentucky heard last season against Cornell: 'S-A-Ts! … S-A-Ts! … ' The Wildcats are not an Ivy League school, although the contradiction this season might not be entirely accurate...[Kentucky] freshman guard Brandon Knight — has an academic profile appealing for the Ivy League and a basketball profile appealing to Kentucky. night attended Pine Crest, an elite private school considered among the best in Florida. He graduated with a 4.3 grade-point average when weighted with Advanced Placement courses...Knight briefly pondered playing in the Ivy League. 'I visited Yale, so it was a little bit of a consideration,' Knight said. 'But when it came down to my schools, I didn’t end up putting them on my list. At one point it was, so I was thinking about it.'"

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