Friday, July 8, 2011

News and Notes: Friday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Friday...
Fri, 02/10/2012 vs. Yale, 7:00 PM
Sat, 02/11/2012 vs. Brown, 7:00 PM
Fri, 02/24/2012 at Brown, TBA
Sat, 02/25/2012 at Yale, 7:00 PM
  • While we are still unable to release the nonconference schedule details, it is common knowledge that Cornell owes nine (9) "return" games as part of the team's home-and-away series arrangements from a year ago. Five (5) additional games will round out the nonconference slate. Below are the expected series return games this upcoming season.
at St. Bonaventure
at Delaware
at Stony Brook
at Bucknell
at Buffalo
vs Boston U.
vs Lehigh
vs Albany
vs Binghamton
  • Cornell's '09-'10 team always will be remembered for its incredible run to the Sweet 16 and final No. 17 national ranking. The Big Red's '07-'08 team is revered for its dominating and perfect 14-0 run through conference play and breaking the Penn-Princeton stranglehold on the conference crown. But somewhere lost in fan appreciation is the Big Red's '08-'09 team, a club which showed more mental toughness than arguably any Cornell team in program history. How many Ivy League teams can lose two All Stars to significant injuries and still manage to win an Ivy League title? Looking back on Cornell's '08-'09 campaign, the second of three consecutive Ivy League championships for the Big Red, some might yawn at the Big Red's final 21-10 (11-3 conference) record. What many might forget however are the significant injuries that the team endured on its road to repeat. These injuries included losing Adam Gore for 18 games due to an ACL tear. Gore was a Second Team All Ivy League selection during the prior '07-'08 season and was a former Ivy League Rookie of the Year. Cornell was also without the services of Louis Dale for 8 games due to nagging calf and hamstring injuries. Dale was the '07-'08 Ivy League Player of the Year. If Losing Gore and Dale were not enough, Cornell also did not have a healthy Geoff Reeves, who also missed 2 games due to chronic back problems, Like Dale's and Gore's, Reeves' injury never fully healed during the season. In short, the '08-'09 Cornell team was without a doubt one of the most persevering teams in Ivy history which overcame tremendous hurdles on the road to repeat.
Adam Gore.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

So no transfers, huh?

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Not yet.

Anonymous said...

yales schedule is pretty soft..... i wonder when that program is going to begin making a push..... they really can do what harvard is doing if they made an effort

Anonymous said...

Not yet = ain't gonna happen?

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Cornell was very close with a couple kids, but either our staff decided against making an offer or alternatively the player went elsewhere.

We won't have a transfer eligible for '11-'12, but we might still get someone for '12-'13.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Yale's administration has a different culture than Harvard's. They are not willing (at last not yet), to cut the same corners and break some rules.

Anonymous said...

The 2008-09 edition of the Big Red will always have a special place in my memory.

It is seldom mentioned how huge the Jun-08 graduation of Jason Hartford was. His steady 4R,7P performance in 19MPG in 2007-08 was critical to that unbeaten league season. It was his healthiest year. It let one know what might have been if he had been injury-free the previous couple years. Foote, Hartford, and Tyler, with able help from the wily Brian Kreefer, combined to keep the Red fresh at the 4-5 spots for most of the 2007-08 season.

Others took JHart's minutes, but noone really took his "place," in 2008-09.

The 2008-09 team also saw the real debut of one of the Ivy League's fiercest defenders and offensive rebounding specialists in years, Adam Wire.

Anonymous said...

It also needs to noted how remarkably Wrobo stepped in as a freshman to fill the shoes of Gore and Dale while they were out with injuries. Especially against Syracuse.