Thursday, November 24, 2011

News and Notes: Turkey Thursday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Thanksgiving Thursday...
  • Bucknell is hosting a sub-regional round of the Legends Classic which will include Princeton in the field. The Bucknell game notes indicate, "Bucknell is 41-44 (.482) all-time against the Ivy League. The Bison have played 46 games against Cornell, but only 39 combined against the other seven Ivy teams... [Bucknell all-time is] 23-23 ... against Cornell."

In the not-so-distant future, Ivy League teams will have to find a way to deal with incoming Cornell recruit, Braxston Bunce, a mobile center measuring 6'11" and 265 pounds.

"Leading a deep and talented group are two of the province's blue-chip senior talents in 6-foot-11 post Braxton Bunce and point guard Mitch Goodwin. Bunce missed his entire Grade 10 year with two knee surgeries and was not at his best all of last season. But [head coach Harry] Parmar has seen a new level of determination in his big man, who is expected to not only dominate in the paint, but in the classroom where his 4.0 grade point average has led to a verbal commitment to play in the Ivy League next season at NCAA Division 1 Cornell. 'Last year he was just getting his mojo back,' Parmar says. 'I think he's going to be twice the player he was. He's going to be assertive. He's going to be a bear. He's going to be that aircraft carrier that you need to carry the load.' If Bunce is the aircraft carrier, then Goodwin will be the guy with the goggles and scarf, giving the thumbs up sign for takeoff... Add to the front end of the rotation a trio of Grade 11s in Saskatchewan-transfer guard John Katerburg, as well as blue-collar 6-foot-3 Buzz Truss and still-growing, 6-foot-5 forward Darrion Bunce."

  • In alumni news, Louis Dale ('10) is out for the season with a ligament injury per an announcement from his club, Goettingen of Germany's premier league, the Budesliga (BBK). Dale was averaging 11.9 points, 2.2 assists and 2.0 rebounds per game in BBK league action. He notched 15 points on November 22 in a EuroChallenge game against Besiktas of Turkey, which was led by an incredible 50 point performance from NBA All-Star, Deron Williams. Above, Dale defending Williams on Tuesday.
  • Former guard in Steve Donahue's program at Cornell, Alex Hill, is featured on Hill played one season for Cornell during 2008-2009 before returning home to Canada and transferring to the University of Toronto. The site writes:

"Hill refers to his time at Cornell as being 'everything that I could have hoped for academically and socially', but acknowledges that it wasn't easy watching his team clinch its second consecutive Ivy League title and earn a national championship berth while primarily glued to the bench. 'I went to Cornell to play basketball and, even though I loved it there, I wasn't happy with my playing time and sitting on the bench wasn't enough for me,' admits Hill. During the 2008-09 season, the 6'5" swingman got into just 12 of 31 regular season games for the Big Red (scoring 32 points over just 46 minutes played all season) and played merely one minute of garbage time in Cornell's first round exit to Missouri in the March Madness tournament. Even though Hill took plenty from his first year at Cornell, basketball was his passion, a passion he was still determined to pursue. While the decision to leave the Ithaca, N.Y. school was difficult, the choice of where to go next was an easy one."

  • Game Recaps-Below are links to our game recap sections from each of Cornell's games this season.
  1. November 11, 2011 at St. Bonaventure L 58-79
  2. November 14, 2011 vs. Binghamton W 76-61
  3. November 16, 2011 at Buffalo L 59-68
  4. November 20, 2011 vs. Boston University W 71-66
  5. November 22, 2011 at Delaware L 68-76
  • 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: 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 November 24 is No. 318 out of 344 total Division I teams. While neither the Ken Pomeroy or Jeff Sagarin rankings are used by the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee, the site ranks Cornell No. 166 in the nation, while the USA Today Sagarin rankings have Cornell at No. 228. Both sites are predominantly used by fans and the media.

Friday, November 11

Johnson & Wales 66 Brown 86 (Box Score - Recap)
Columbia 57 Connecticut 70[ESPNU] (Box Score - Recap)
Cornell 58 St. Bonaventure 79 (Box Score - Recap)
MIT 49 Harvard 76 (Box Score - Recap)
Dartmouth 56 Rutgers 62 (Box Score - Recap)
Penn 59 Maryland-Baltimore County 45 (Box Score - Recap)
Yale 73 Central Connecticut State 69 (Box Score - Recap)

Saturday, November 12
Wagner 73 Princeton 57 (Box Score - Recap)

Monday, November 14
Albany 77 Brown 68 (NIT Tip-Off-1st Round@Syracuse, N.Y.)[ESPN3] (Box Score - Recap)
Temple 73 Penn 67 OT (Box Score - Recap)
Furman 58 Columbia 62 (Box Score - Recap)
Binghamton 61 Cornell 76 (Box Score - Recap)

Tuesday, November 15
Harvard 73 Holy Cross 64 (Box Score - Recap)
Yale 62 Quinnipiac 68 [SNY] (Box Score - Recap)
Brown 52 Manhattan 54 NIT Tip Consolation@Syracuse, N.Y. [ESPN3] (Box Score - Recap)

Wednesday, November 16
Cornell 59 Buffalo 68 (Box Score - Recap)
Vermont 65 Dartmouth 53 (Box Score - Recap)
Princeton 58 North Carolina State 60 [ESPNU] (Box Score - Recap)

Thursday, November 17
Penn 78 Rider 72 OT (Box Score - Recap)
Lyndon State 37 Yale 101 (Box Score - Recap)

Saturday, November 19
Buffalo 53 Princeton 61 (Box Score - Recap)
Hartford 52 Brown 59 (Box Score - Recap)
American 66 Columbia 58 (Box Score - Recap)
Bryant 62 Dartmouth 66 (Box Score - Recap)
Robert Morris 60 Penn 66 (Box Score - Recap)
Harvard 77 Loyola Marymount 67 (Box Score - Recap)

Sunday, November 20
Boston University 66 Cornell 71 (Box Score - Recap)

Sunday, November 20
Boston University 66 Cornell 71 (Box Score - Recap)

Monday, November 21
Brown 48 George Mason 74 (NIT Consolation Fairfax, VA) (Box Score - Recap)

Tuesday, November 22
Brown 79 Monmouth 71 (NIT Consolation Fairfax, VA) (Box Score - Recap)
Columbia 53 Stony Brook 67 (Box Score - Recap)
Cornell 64 Delaware 72 (Box Score - Recap)
Wagner 71 Penn 65 (Box Score - Recap)
Elon 56 Princeton 55 (Box Score - Recap)
Yale 62 Seton Hall 73 (Box Score - Recap)

Thursday, November 24
Dartmouth 69 San Francisco 71 (Great Alaska Shootout) (Box Score - Recap)
Harvard vs. Utah, 9:30 pm [HDNet] (Battle 4 Atlantis Bahamas)

Friday, November 25
Dartmouth vs. Murray State/Alaska-Anchorage, 4/9:30 pm (Great Alaska Shootout)
Harvard vs. Florida State/Massachusetts, 4:30/9:30 pm [VERSUS or HDNet] (Battle 4 Atlantis Bahamas)
Princeton at Bucknell, 6 pm (Legends Classic, Lewisberg, PA)
Pittsburgh at Penn, 7 pm [TCN]

Saturday, November 26
Yale at Army, 1 pm
Columbia at Manhattan, 2 pm
Princeton vs. Morehead State, 2 pm (Legends Classic, Lewisberg, PA)
James Madison at Penn, 7 pm [TCN] (Philly Hoop Group Classic)
Dartmouth vs. TBD, TBD (Great Alaska Shootout)
Harvard vs. TBD, TBD [VERSUS or HDNet] (Battle 4 Atlantis Bahamas)

Sunday, November 27
Brown at Sacred Heart, 2 pm
Princeton vs. West Alabama, 2 pm (Legends Classic, Lewisberg, PA)
American at Cornell, 4 pm

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Harmon's HS Team off to a strong 4-0 start.