Friday, December 2, 2011

News and Notes: Friday Edition

Get all the information you need about the Big Red's game on Saturday, December 3, 2011 (7 PM) vs. Lehigh, with The Cornell Basketball Blog's Game Preview Center. JOIN OUR MESSAGE BOARD and discuss the game with your fellow fans. Below, some news and notes for Friday...

  • Fans can see Jeff Foote (Cornell class of 2010) in action tonight in the NBA D-League via the league's free online video streaming on Futurecast. Foote and the Springfield Armor take on the Fort Wayne Mad Ants at 7 pm. Previewing tonight's game, The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette notes, "The Armor recently acquired 7-foot center Jeff Foote, who played on Cornell’s teams that won the Ivy League championship three straight seasons. Foote gives Springfield an inside presence it needed."
  • WBNG CBS News of Binghamton writes, "At Cornell, the men's basketball team is eager to get back on the court after a tough home loss to American on sunday. One bright spot in the loss was the return to form of senior point guard Chris Wroblewski. He scored 21 points, a game after being held to just 1 of 10 shooting. Wroblewski says, 'You know when some shots aren't falling my way, I don't want that to impact the other aspects of my game. My defense in to getting the other players involved, and rebounding. So, I know they're going to start to fall, one of these days, I'm not too worried about it.' His coach Bill Courtney agrees, 'You know, he's been getting great shots. He gets good looks, to keep shooting the ball and eventually to go back to shooting the ball as normal.' There is added motivation for the Big Red. Besides Saturday's game with Lehigh being at home, it is their only game for the next 2 weeks. Coach Courtney added he wouldn't be happy sitting on a loss for 14 days. "

"Son Ryan, however, has made quite a name for himself. He led Cornell to its first NCAA appearance in 20 years in 2008, returning in 2009 and then capping his career with upsets of Temple and Wisconsin to reach the Sweet 16 in 2010.

'I was really proud of him,' said the proud papa. 'As a high school kid, he developed slowly. He was a lot like I was growing up in terms of being a late-bloomer so he wasn't really recruited by a lot of high Division I teams. A lot of mid-major teams recruited him. He wanted to go somewhere he could get a great education but he also wanted to play Division I basketball and the situation at Cornell University arose. At that time nobody really thought of what might happen but it gave him an opportunity to play in a Division I program and get an Ivy League education on top of it. I was really proud of the decision'

'And then he just continued to develop. He grow from 6-4 to 6-7 in his four years at the university and I was really proud of how he continued to develop as a player. It gave them an opportunity to have a run. I went through it at the ultimate level in winning a national championship in 1981 and it brought back so many memories watching him go through it. They make the tournament three straight years and then as seniors to do what they did in beating Temple and Wisconsin to get to the Sweet 16 to play the No. 1 seed Kentucky and to have a chance to win the game, it brought back a lot of memories for me. Sitting there absorbing it as a dad and as a fan is a little bit different than as a player.'

While Ryan pursues a professional career in Europe (he has played in Italy and Poland), Randy is set for the next stage of his coaching life in Washington."

  • notes that committed Cornell recruit, Tim Higgins (Paul VI HS) Fairfax, VA, 6-10, C (class of 2013), the youngest player to ever commit to an Ivy League program, is among more than a dozen Division I committed recruits that will be playing next week in the National High School Hoops Festival at DeMatha High School in Hyattsville, Maryland between December 10-11. Higgins' team, Paul VI, faces West Charlotte (N.C.) on December 10 at 3:45 pm. On December 11, Paul VI faces Episcopal HS (VA) at 2:45 pm. Episcopal boasts player such as Arnaud Adala Moto (Wake Forest commit) and Kethan Savage (George Washington commit). West Charlotte features Kennedy Meeks, the No. 15 national recruit in the class of 2013.

  • Previewing Plum High School and committed Cornell recruit, Nolan Cressler (Plum HS) Plum, PA, 6-4, G (class of 2012), the Plum Advance Leader writes, "A big cog in the [Plum basketball] machine this season will be senior Nolan Cressler, a Cornell University recruit. Cressler enters this season 55 points shy of 1,000 for his varsity career. He was one of the top scorers in the WPIAL last year, with just over 27 points per game. 'There definitely is a buzz going around in practices,' Cressler said. 'We can make this a special season. We have to keep working hard in everything we do to prepare.'" Above, Cressler during his signing ceremony with Cornell.

  • 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
  6. November 27, 2011 vs. American L 63-65
  • 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 December 2 out of 309 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. 175 in the nation, while the USA Today Sagarin rankings have Cornell at No. 237. 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 75 vs. Utah 47 [HDNet] (Battle 4 Atlantis Bahamas) (Box Score - Recap)

Friday, November 25
Dartmouth 64 vs. Alaska-Anchorage 52(Great Alaska Shootout) (Box Score - Recap)
Harvard 46 vs. Florida State 41 [VERSUS] (Battle 4 Atlantis Bahamas) (Box Score - Recap)
Princeton 56 Bucknell 62 (Legends Classic, Lewisberg, PA) (Box Score - Recap)
Pittsburgh 78 Penn 58 [TCN] (Box Score - Recap)

Saturday, November 26
Yale 84 Army 75 (Box Score - Recap)
Columbia 59 Manhattan 41 (Box Score - Recap)
Princeton 56 Morehead State 68 (Legends Classic, Lewisberg, PA) (Box Score - Recap)
James Madison 60 Penn 58 [TCN] (Philly Hoop Group Classic) (Box Score - Recap)
Dartmouth 48 vs. Western Michigan 65 (Great Alaska Shootout) (Box Score - Recap)
Harvard 59 vs. Central Florida 49 [VERSUS] (Battle 4 Atlantis Bahamas) (Box Score - Recap)

Sunday, November 27
Brown 64 Sacred Heart 77 (Box Score - Recap)
Princeton 66 West Alabama 66 (Legends Classic, Lewisberg, PA) (Box Score - Recap)
American 65 Cornell 63 (Box Score - Recap)

Monday, November 28
Swarthmore 42 Columbia 104 (Box Score - Recap)

Tuesday, November 29
Manhattan 72 Penn 75 (Box Score - Recap)
Yale 74 Hartford 69 (Box Score - Recap)

Wednesday, November 30
Dartmouth 50 New Hampshire 53 (Box Score - Recap)
Lafayette 69 Princeton 54 (Box Score - Recap)
Rhode Island 56 Brown 65 [myRITV] (Box Score - Recap)

Thursday, December 1
Harvard 55 Vermont 48 (Box Score - Recap)

Friday, December 2
Columbia at Loyola Marymount, 10 pm (Doubletree Los Angeles Westside Centennial Classic)

Saturday, December 3
Vermont at Yale, 2 pm
Brown at Iowa, 3 pm
Lehigh at Cornell, 7 pm
Penn at Villanova, 7 pm [ESPN3]
Columbia vs. North Texas, 8 pm (Doubletree Los Angeles Westside Centennial Classic)

Sunday, December 4
Columbia vs. La Sierra, 2 pm (Doubletree Los Angeles Westside Centennial Classic)
Seattle at Harvard, 2 pm

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