Thursday, March 3, 2011

News and Notes: Thursday Edition

Get all the information you need about Cornell's games this weekend vs. Brown (March 4) and Yale (March 5) with The Cornell Basketball Blog's Game Preview Center. Below, some news and notes for Thursday...
  • The Crimson previews Harvard's weekend games and notes, "Penn is coming off a loss against Cornell, but it will be visiting with a chip on its shoulders, after losing to the Crimson by only one point in a double-overtime thriller on Feb 5."
  • Profiling local product, Harvard's Keith Wright, the Norfolk Virginia Pilot writes, "as Cornell proved last season by advancing to the Sweet Sixteen, Ivy League teams can make some noise from time to time in the NCAA tournament."
  • The Daily Pennsylvanian writes, "Though the loss against Cornell last weekend officially took the Quakers out of contention for the Ivy League title, the team is still looking to end the season well. They cap the season hosting Princeton on Tuesday."
  • Some updates on Cornell's incoming recruits: Previewing Mississippi's 6A championship game the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal writes of Devin Cherry (Meridian HS) Meridian, MS, 6-3, G and his team, "Tonight, 19-8 Starkville will take on last year's state runner-up and this year's favorite to win the state title, Meridian (27-2), at 8 at the Mississippi Coliseum. The Yellowjackets defeated the Wildcats 57-51 in last March's state title game, but lost 70-59 in November's regular-season matchup in Starkville... [but Mississippi State signeed, Rodny Hood] isn't the only good player on the Wildcats team. Devin Cherry, a 6-foot-3 senior guard and Cornell signee, is one of Meridian's sharp shooters." The New York Sportswriters Association notes of Galal Cancer (Christian Bros. Academy) Albany, NY, 6-3, G, "Senior guard Galal Cancer scored 30 points, including making 16 of 17 free throws, as defending state Class AA boys basketball champ Albany CBA outlast Albany in overtime 65-62 in the Section 2 semifinals Tuesday at the Times Union Center. Cancer made all eight of his free throws in OT. The final two came with 20.7 seconds remaining to account for the game's final points.The Brothers (21-0) will play their eighth straight sectional final on Tuesday vs. Bishop Maginn." Lastly, the Cleveland Plain Dealer provides brief recaps from action last night involving Ned Tomic (North Royalton HS) North Royalton, OH, 6-7, F and Shonn Miller (St. Ignatius HS), Cleveland, OH, 6-6, F. The Plain Dealer writes:
North Royalton 68, Rhodes 45: Ned Tomic had 13 field goals for a game-high 30 points in leading the Bears over the Rams. North Royalton will play Midview on Saturday in the next round of the Division I Brecksville District playoffs.

St. Ignatius 81, John Adams 41: Three Wildcats scored in double figures -- Shonn Miller (14), Regan Sweeney (12) and Zack Strippy (11) -- in the win over the Rebels. The victory sets up a Saturday showdown with Shaker Heights, eighth in the Plain Dealer's Top 25, in the Division I Solon District bracket.
  • In Europe pro action last night, Jeff Foote ('10) scored 13 points (5/11 FGs), grabbed 7 rebounds and blocked 2 shots in 22 minutes as his Melilla Balancesto club defeated Tarragona 84-73. Above, former class of 2010 Siena stars and All MAAC Conference selections, Alex Franklin and Ronald Moore discuss the game over Twitter. Franklin plays for Tarragona.
  • The Providence Journal notes that Brown senior, Peter Sullivan will finish his collegiate career on the road this weekend at Cornell and Columbia.
I love seeing the underdog win! I love seeing a lower-ranked team play spoiler to a higher-ranked team—I got to be a part of that this past weekend, when my team (Men’s Basketball) hosted Harvard. I’m sure many of you were at that game. At the time, Harvard was sitting in first place in the league, and we were in fourth. They came into our house, cocky and arrogant and expecting to win (what else is new?)—but we beat them in the final seconds and won a nail-biter, 70-69. The ensuing mayhem as the student section rushed the court was my best memory at Yale so far—the excitement of beating our archrival in such a thrilling fashion, the excitement of seriously hurting their chances of winning league, and of beating a team that was expected (albeit only barely) to beat us. That feeling is part of why I love March Madness—the opportunity that each lower-ranked team has to upset a higher-ranked team. Everyone is young, on edge, and more susceptible to defeat under such national scrutiny. It’s a little bit of a chicken and egg situation: We make things more unpredictable by watching, and we want to watch because the games are so unpredictable. Everything’s on the line, and one game can change everything. Think of Cornell making it to the Sweet Sixteen last year when everyone said they’d make it no farther than the first round.
No one coach has a Nolan Smith-esque chokehold on his league’s top individual honors this season, but at the end of the day, Mike Krzyzewski is probably the pick here.

There are a few contenders. One is Steve Donahue, who took over a Boston College team that finished 15-16 overall last season with essentially the same personnel as he has this season. But contrary to expectations, BC isn’t a .500 team this season. This season, Donahue has turned BC’s so-so offense into Cornell on steroids, and the Eagles have turned into a possible NCAA tournament team, albeit one very much on the bubble.
  • Cornell RPI Watch: The RPI (Rating Percentage Index) is a measure of strength of schedule and how a team does against that schedule. It does not consider the margin of victory, but only whether or not a team won and where the game was played (home/away/neutral court). The formula is 25% team winning percentage (WP), 50% opponents' average winning percentage (OWP), and 25% opponents' opponents' average winning percentage (OOWP). (See: CollegeRPI.com for a further explanation of the formula.) The RPI may be the most influential factor in NCAA Tournament seeding. Cornell's RPI rank as of March 3 is No. 224 out of 347 total Division I teams. While neither the Ken Pomeroy or Jeff Sagarin rankings are used by the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee, the KenPom.com site ranks Cornell No. 200 in the nation, while the USA Today Sagarin rankings have Cornell at No. 216. Both sites are predominantly used by fans and the media.
  • Game Recaps-Below are links to our game recaps from each of Cornell's games this season. Associated press recaps courtesy of Rivals.com/YahooSports.com are always available by clicking on Cornell's schedule/results on the right column of this blog.
  1. at Albany W 65-61 (video recaps)
  2. at Seton Hall L 68-92
  3. vs. Delaware W 75-61 (video recap)
  4. vs. St. Bonaventure L 54-56
  5. at Lehigh L 57-60
  6. at Boston University L 61-66
  7. at Syracuse L 58-78
  8. at Minnesota L 66-71 (video recap)
  9. at Binghamton L 68-69
  10. vs. Bucknell L 64-75
  11. vs. New Hampshire (@ VCU) L 66-68
  12. vs. Wofford (@VCU) W 86-80
  13. vs. Buffalo L 66-78
  14. vs. Stony Brook W 60-52
  15. at Columbia L 75-79
  16. Columbia L 66-70
  17. at Dartmouth L 57-64
  18. at Harvard L 57-78 (video recap)
  19. at Yale L 70-71
  20. at Brown W 91-79 (video recap)
  21. vs. Penn W 82-71 (video recap)
  22. vs. Princeton L 55-57 (video recap)
  23. vs. Harvard L 60-73 (video recap)
  24. vs. Dartmouth W 96-76 (video recap)
  25. at Princeton L 66-84
  26. at Penn W 74-72
IVY LEAGUE COMPOSITE SCHEDULE

Friday, November 12
Columbia 71 La Salle 82 Box Score - Recap
Rutgers 73 Princeton 78 OT Box Score - Recap
Cornell 65 Albany 61 Box Score - Recap
Brown 69 Fordham 65 Box Score - Recap

Saturday, November 13
Harvard 53 George Mason 66 Box Score - Recap
Davidson 64 Penn 69 Box Score - Recap
Dartmouth 52 Providence 87 Box Score - Recap
Yale 75 Quinnipiac 84 Box Score - Recap

Sunday, November 14
Cornell 68 Seton Hall 92 Noon [SNY/ESPN3/ESPN Full Court] Box Score - Recap
Princeton 60 Duke 97 [ESPNU] Box Score - Recap

Monday, November 15
Maryland-Eastern Shore 74 Columbia 108 Box Score - Recap
Yale 55 Providence 58 Box Score - Recap

Tuesday, November 16
Brown 67 Rhode Island 92 Box Score - Recap
New Hampshire 55 Dartmouth 53 Box Score - Recap

Wednesday, November 17
Delaware 61 Cornell 75 Box Score - Recap
Holy Cross 49 Harvard 72 Box Score - Recap
Penn 54 Manhattan 59 Box Score - Recap
Columbia 66 St. John’s 79 Box Score - Recap

Thursday, November 18
Yale 75 Boston College 67 Box Score - Recap

Friday, November 19
St. Bonaventure 56 Cornell 54 Box Score - Recap
Dartmouth 71 Hartford 57 Box Score - Recap

Saturday, November 20
Harvard 75 Mercer 69 Box Score - Recap
Sacred Heart 67 Brown 81 Box Score - Recap
Columbia 76 Longwood 95 Box Score - Recap
Drexel 77 Penn 56 Box Score - Recap

Sunday, November 21
Dartmouth 59 Loyola (Md.) 73 Box Score - Recap

Monday, November 22
Cornell 57 Lehigh 60 Box Score - Recap
Princeton 64 James Madison 65 Box Score - Recap

Tuesday, November 23
Bucknell 55 Princeton 66 [at JMU] Box Score - Recap
Colgate 63 Columbia 76 Box Score - Recap
Quinnipiac 69 Dartmouth 52 Box Score - Recap
Lafayette 65 Penn 74 Box Score - Recap
Yale 47 Illinois 73 [ESPNU] Box Score - Recap

Wednesday, November 24
St. Francis (N.Y.) 63 Brown 67 Box Score - Recap
Harvard 69 Bryant 66 Box Score - Recap
Presbyterian 69 Princeton 67 [at JMU] Box Score - Recap

Saturday, November 27
Brown 66 New Hampshire 70 Box Score - Recap
Army 79 Yale 87 Box Score - Recap
Colgate 63 Dartmouth 80 Box Score - Recap
Cornell 61 Boston University 66 Box Score - Recap
Penn 58 Pittsburgh 82 [ESPN3.com] Box Score - Recap

Sunday, November 28
Colorado 66 Harvard 82 Box Score - Recap
Columbia 64 American 62 Box Score - Recap
Siena 77 Princeton 86 Box Score - Recap

Tuesday, November 30
Cornell 58 Syracuse 78 [ESPN3.com/Big East Sports Network] Box Score - Recap
Maryland-Baltimore County 59 Penn 71 Box Score - Recap
Princeton 82 Lafayette 64 [Lafayette Sports Network] Box Score - Recap
Hartford 76 Yale 81 Box Score - Recap

Wednesday, December 1
Columbia 68 Bucknell 73 Box Score - Recap
Dartmouth 53 Vermont 80 Box Score - Recap
Fordham 57 Harvard 80 Box Score - Recap

Thursday, December 2
Brown 46 Hartford 58 [Connecticut Sports Network] Box Score - Recap

Saturday, December 4
Army 52 vs. Penn, 68 Box Score - Recap
Harvard 62 Michigan 65 [Big Ten Network] Box Score - Recap
Yale 78 Vermont 82 Box Score - Recap
Brown 62 Maine 54 Box Score - Recap
Stony Brook 72 Columbia 73 Box Score - Recap
Cornell 66 Minnesota 71 [Big Ten Network] Box Score - Recap

Sunday, December 5
Saint Joseph’s 65 Princeton 74 Box Score - Recap

Monday, December 6
Brown 64 Providence 91 Box Score - Recap
Albany 53 Yale 74 Box Score - Recap

Tuesday, December 7
WPI 54 Harvard 69 Box Score - Recap
Wagner 71 Columbia 77 Box Score - Recap

Wednesday, December 8
Princeton 64 Monmouth 61 Box Score - Recap
Yale 75 Bryant 53 Box Score - Recap
Villanova 65 Penn 53 [The Comcast Network] Box Score - Recap

Saturday, December 11
Boston University 71 Harvard 87 Box Score - Recap
Bryant 72 Columbia 76 Box Score - Recap
Army 68 Dartmouth 71 Box Score - Recap

Sunday, December 12
Princeton 82 Tulsa 78 (2 OT) Box Score - Recap

Tuesday, December 14
Dartmouth 61 St. Francis (N.Y.) 69 Box Score - Recap

Friday, December 17
Princeton 69 Wagner 57 Box Score - Recap

Saturday, December 18
Cornell 68 Binghamton 69 Box Score - Recap

Sunday, December 19
Dartmouth 42 Iowa State 71 Box Score - Recap
Sacred Heart 71 Yale 62 Box Score - Recap

Monday, December 20
Bucknell 75 Cornell 64 Box Score - Recap

Tuesday, December 21
Army 88 Brown 86 Box Score - Recap
Dartmouth 67 Drake 59 Box Score - Recap

Wednesday, December 22
Princeton 75 Towson 65 Box Score - Recap
Harvard 52 Connecticut 81 [SNY] Box Score - Recap
Penn 78 Delaware 68 Box Score - Recap

Tuesday, December 28
Yale 44 Stanford 60 [Comcast SportsNet Bay Area] Box Score - Recap

Wednesday, December 29
New Hampshire 68 Cornell 66 [at VCU] Box Score - Recap
Monmouth 69 Harvard 74 Box Score - Recap
Brown 51 Central Connecticut State 67 Box Score - Recap
Penn 57 Marist 66 Box Score - Recap
Princeton 65 Northeastern 63 [at UCF] Box Score - Recap

Thursday, December 30
Cornell 86 Wofford 80 [at VCU] Box Score - Recap
Princeton vs. Furman/Central Florida, 5/7:30 pm [at UCF]
Columbia 74 Maine 71 Box Score - Recap
Dartmouth 57 Bucknell 74 Box Score - Recap

Friday, December 31
Bryant 71 Brown 84 Box Score - Recap
Lehigh 62 Yale 57 Box Score - Recap
MIT 58 Harvard 84 Box Score - Recap

Sunday, January 2
Elon 70 Columbia 69 Box Score - Recap

Monday, January 3
Buffalo 78 Cornell 66 Box Score - Recap
Dartmouth 47 Army 67 Box Score - Recap
Penn 62 Kentucky 86 [ESPNU] Box Score - Recap
Brown 67 American 77 Box Score - Recap

Wednesday, January 5
Columbia 76 Lafayette 73 Box Score - Recap
Harvard 78 Boston College 69 Box Score - Recap
Marist 57 Princeton 68 Box Score - Recap
Yale 77 Holy Cross 76 OT Box Score - Recap

Saturday, January 8
Stony Brook 52 Cornell 60 Box Score - Recap
Baruch 57 Yale 85 Box Score - Recap
*Harvard 68 Dartmouth 53 Box Score - Recap
Lyndon State 55 Brown 88 Box Score - Recap
Union (N.Y.) 59 Columbia 64 Box Score - Recap

Wednesday, January 12
Penn 83 La Salle 89 OT [The Comcast Network] Box Score - Recap

Saturday, January 15
*Yale 69 Brown 64 Box Score - Recap
Harvard 67 George Washington 62 Box Score - Recap
*Cornell 75 Columbia 79 Box Score - Recap

Monday, January 17
Quinnipiac 78 Brown 87 Box Score - Recap
Dartmouth 64 Colgate 67 Box Score - Recap

Wednesday, January 19
Penn 56 Temple 73 Box Score - Recap

Saturday, January 22
*Brown 51 Yale 59 Box Score - Recap
*Dartmouth 50 Harvard 59 Box Score - Recap
*Columbia 70 Cornell 66 [Time Warner] Box Score - Recap
Saint Joseph’s 61 Penn 73 [The Comcast Network] Box Score - Recap

Sunday, January 23
College of New Jersey 40 Princeton 73 Box Score - Recap

Friday, January 28
*Brown 60 Princeton 78 [Verizon FiOS 1] Box Score - Recap
*Cornell 57 Dartmouth 64 Box Score - Recap
*Columbia 66 Harvard 77 Box Score - Recap
*Yale 58 Penn 66 [The Comcast Network] [SIRIUS] Box Score - Recap

Saturday, January 29
*Cornell 57 Harvard 78 Box Score - Recap
*Yale 63 Princeton 67 Box Score - Recap
*Brown 78 Penn 80 OT Box Score - Recap
*Columbia 66 Dartmouth 45 [SIRIUS] Box Score - Recap

Friday, February 4
*Dartmouth 47 Penn 78 Box Score - Recap
*Harvard 61 Princeton 65[ESPNU] [SIRIUS] Box Score - Recap
*Columbia 79 Brown 87 Box Score - Recap
*Cornell 70 Yale 71 Box Score - Recap

Saturday, February 5
*Dartmouth 53 Princeton 68 Box Score - Recap
*Cornell 91 Brown 79 [SIRIUS] Box Score - Recap
*Columbia 67 Yale 72 Box Score - Recap
*Harvard 83 Penn 82 (2OT) Box Score - Recap

Tuesday, February 8
*Penn 59 Princeton 62 OT [Verizon FiOS 1] Box Score - Recap

Friday, February 11
*Brown 75 Dartmouth 66 Box Score - Recap
*Princeton 76 Columbia 46 [SIRIUS] Box Score - Recap
*Penn 71 Cornell 82 OT Box Score - Recap
*Yale 75 Harvard 78 Box Score - Recap

Saturday, February 12
*Brown 78 Harvard 85 Box Score - Recap
*Penn 62 Columbia 75 Box Score - Recap
*Princeton 57 Cornell 55 Box Score - Recap
*Yale 69 Dartmouth 60 [SIRIUS] Box Score - Recap

Friday, February 18
*Penn 70 Brown 62 [SIRIUS] Box Score - Recap
*Dartmouth 60 Columbia 67 Box Score - Recap
*Harvard 73 Cornell 60 Box Score - Recap
*Princeton 58 Yale 51 [YES] Box Score - Recap

Saturday, February 19
*Princeton 65 Brown 75 Box Score - Recap
*Harvard 61 Columbia 42 [SIRIUS] Box Score - Recap
*Dartmouth 76 Cornell 96 Box Score - Recap
*Penn 60 Yale 58 Box Score - Recap

Friday, February 25
*Harvard 68 Brown 74 [SIRIUS] Box Score - Recap
*Columbia 54 Penn 64 [The Comcast Network] Box Score - Recap
*Cornell 66Princeton 84 [Verizon FiOS 1] Box Score - Recap
*Dartmouth 75 Yale 79 OT Box Score - Recap

Saturday, February 26
*Dartmouth 76 Brown 100 Box Score - Recap
*Columbia 61 Princeton 66 Box Score - Recap
*Harvard 69 Yale 70 Box Score - Recap
*Cornell 74 Penn 72 [SIRIUS] Box Score - Recap

Friday, March 4
*Penn at Harvard, 7 pm
*Princeton at Dartmouth, 7 pm [SIRIUS]
*Brown at Cornell, 7 pm
*Yale at Columbia, 7 pm

Saturday, March 5
*Penn at Dartmouth, 7 pm
*Princeton at Harvard, 7 pm [SIRIUS]
*Yale at Cornell, 7 pm
*Brown at Columbia, 7 pm

Tuesday, March 8
*Princeton at Penn, 7 pm [ESPN3] [SIRIUS]

12 comments:

Stephanie said...

CBB:

There seems to be a lot of talent with the incoming freshman for Cornell. How will Coach Courtney use them all in addition to the players who will be left on the roster.

Not At The Table Carlos said...

Thats a hand check

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Good question. Not even the coaches know the answer to that question.

We do know that practices will be competitive next fall and the youngsters will certainly be given hard looks.

Anonymous said...

I expect at least one player to leave the team next year (either to transfer or personal reasons). Blog, who do you think that'd be?

Anonymous said...

Are you just putting out a random thought Anon 1:10 (in which case, how bizzare a thought) or do you actually know something?

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Don't think anyone would leave the team. The guys are really close with each other and they enjoy playing in the program.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

The poster was was not making a statement based on knowledge.

Anonymous said...

Stephanie:
Very good question.
Others have posted that the most likely chance for members of the Class of 2015 to really contribute is not as freshmen. Historically, it just doesn't happen around the league. Part of the coaches' job is to convey to them a little bit of "wait your turn," and a lot of "get wiser, faster, and stronger," while you are waiting.

From time to time, there are openings that freshman scramble through. I am convinced that's what happened at Yale where the 'Dogs needed a second true big man and Freshman Jereemiah Kreisberg stepped up; and at Penn, where Zach Rosen needed a shooting sidekick in the backcourt, opening the door for Freshman Miles Cartwright.

Similarly, Cornell's returning four-five frontcourt guys need some company. That's not a crowd. There would seem to be a bit of room for Giddens, LeMore, and Tomic to bulk up a bit over the summer, then show they can plant themselves in the paint and push, shove, and develop a move or two well enough to get some on-court minutes next year.

Anonymous said...

One way to look at it from a team perspective is that Cornell should not lack quality back court depth next year:

PG: Wroblewski, MAA, Scelfo, Cancer, and even Gray and Matthews have played some point

2G: Ferry, Matthews, D. Cherry

3G: Peck, Groebe, Gray, Tarwater, Sahota, Miller

As to the numbers issue, each of these players is at Cornell because he is a competitor who wants be a major contributor to a winning team.

Bill Courtney was hired, in large part, to win.

This season, Cornell already has 18 losses in the books, with two games left. So, as fans, you would hope/expect that any coach who just went through an 18 loss (or worse) season will conduct a truly open competition for division or re-division of minutes for the next season. That is how teams get better.

Steve Donahue said recently: "I think I learned last year in particular with this kid John Jaques that I had at Cornell. John taught me a huge lesson. He was kicking butt in practice for about a month. And I, for some reason, wasn’t putting him in the game because, well, ‘That’s John, he’s a sub. He’s a deep sub.’ But if you do it in practice, you should be rewarded."

If only lip service is given to "open competition" and, in reality, minutes have been pre-determined for whatever reason, then highly competitive players are likely to become unhappy and ultimately the team will not perform well, either. No player wants to be told to "wait his turn" if he outplays his teammate in head to head competition.

That is a universal truth in competitive sports, regardless of where you are.

Of course, injuries always play a part.

And, while there is always excitement about freshmen, the competition in most high school leagues does not in any way compare to D1 college basketball, even in the Ivy League. Some freshmen are pressed into playing big minutes before they are truly ready, and some freshmen are ready right away, but most are not.

There is no shame in a player taking a year or so to adjust to the college game, to get stronger or just to adjust to a completely new environment away from home and rigorous academics. Other leagues call that a redshirt; unfortunately, you lose that year of eligibility in the Ivy League because there is no athletic redshirt.

Anonymous said...

I am as big a Cornell basketball fan as there is.

I do not intend to be mean or hard-nosed about this, because I think what each one of the guys brings to the program is valuable.

Even the players themselves would say that only four of the thirteen young men that you mention as providing us "quality and depth in the backcourt," have proven that they deserve significant minutes on the court of a winning D-1 team.

And, I guarantee that those four will be at the front of the line waiting to compete for those minutes next fall.

Four is not enough to be the kind of team we want to be next year. A few of the others will not only have the chance, but will need to step up.

Anonymous said...

ANON 3:36
Like you, I am a Cornell basketball fan to the core.

I do not intend to be mean-spirited or hard-nosed about this, but we do have records to rely on. Check'em out yourself...

Even the players would tell you that only four of the thirteen young men that you mention as providing "quality back-court depth for next year," have proven that they deserve significant playing time on the court of a winning D-1 basketball team.

I guarantee that those four will be at the head of the line when Coach Courtney's HELP WANTED sign is posted on the door to Newman Arena next October 15th, to begin to prove it all over again.

Four is not enough. We need a couple more guys to really step it up with consistency and excellence in order to get the job done. The potential is there, but we need to see it in action.

Let's Go, Red!

Anonymous said...

So, If you are a "ready" to play freshman in the Ivy League and you have juniors/seniors in front of you, then should you choose the next best option because there is no redshirt?