DATE & TIME: Friday, March 4th, 7:00 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Newman Arena (4,473), Ithaca, New York. Television: none. Home Record: Brown 8-5, Cornell 4-6. Away Record: Brown 3-10, Cornell 3-11. Neutral Record: Brown 0-0, Cornell 1-1. Conference Record: Brown 4-8, Cornell 4-8. Series Record: Cornell leads, 70-46.
GAME NOTES: Playing its best basketball of the year, the Cornell Big Red will look to finish the season strong as it welcomes the Brown Bears to Newman Arena for an Ivy League tilt.
Brown has been playing well itself, winning two of its last three contests to move to 4-8 in Ivy League play. Most recently, the Bears downed Dartmouth 100-76. They will look to improve upon a 1-4 road record in conference games.
Cornell has posted a 4-3 record over its last seven games to move to 4-8 in league action. The Big Red will have a chance to post a winning Ivy home record for the fifth straight season with a victory tonight, and on Saturday, against Yale.
With respect to the all-time series, tonight's matchup marks the 117th meeting between Brown and Cornell. The Big Red currently holds a 70-46 lead, and have won the last nine games between the two teams, including a 91-79 win earlier this season.
Brown tallied 100 points against Dartmouth last Saturday, marking the most points scored by the Bears since a 2004 matchup with Harvard, and the most points scored in the Ivy League this season. Senior Adrian Williams, playing in the final home game of his career, scored a season-high 26 points behind seven three-pointers. Senior forward Peter Sullivan was also effective, as he registered a double-double with 17 points and 11 boards, while freshman Sean McGonagill assumed the role of distributor, handing out nine assists to go with his 14 points. The Bears shot 51.8 percent from the field, including 48.1 percent from three-point range, and led by as many as 27 points in the waning moments. Sullivan, who returned to the lineup two weeks ago after missing five straight games with a shoulder injury, leads Brown at 14 ppg. Tucker Halpern and McGonagill add 12.7 and 11.7 ppg, respectively, as the Bears average 71.6 ppg. Defensively, they allow 72.6 ppg.
Cornell also earned a win last Saturday, in a 74-72 decision over Penn. The slight Big Red edge was earned by senior Mark Coury, who drained a 10-foot jumper off an inbounds play as the shot clock expired with 35 seconds remaining. Coury's input was essential, as he rose from the pine to net 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting, to go with three rebounds, two assists, two blocked shots and a steal. He led the Big Red to 52 percent shooting from the field, while Penn managed to hit just 42 percent of its attempts. Chris Wroblewski handed out 11 assists, as Cornell assisted on an incredible 25 of 28 baskets in the game. Drew Ferry and Errick Peck added 11 and 10 points, respectively. The offensive output was a notch above the norm, as the Big Red averages 67.8 ppg on 41.1 percent shooting. Wroblewski leads the team in scoring (14.3 ppg), while Ferry scores 11.7 ppg and has hit a team-high 74 three-pointers. On the whole, Cornell ranks third in the nation in three-pointers per game (9). Defensively, the Big Red allows 70.8 ppg.
Expect Brown to earn the win tonight. The Bears have been charged by the return of Sullivan, which should lend them the edge in the showdown of evenly matched squads.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Brown 76, Cornell 68