Thursday, December 1, 2011

News and Notes: Thursday Edition

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  • This Saturday night, Cornell hosts Lehigh in Newman Arena. Next door at Lynah Rink, the men's hockey team faces Clarkson with the same start time.

  • A pair of Daily Pennsylvanian writers debate Harvard's early success in 2011-2012 and make several references to Cornell's 2010 Sweet Sixteen team which finished the season ranked No. 17 nationally.
  • Fans can see Jeff Foote (Cornell class of 2010) in action this Friday night 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.

Cornell, Spencer Van-Etten, graduate signs with NBDL

The Springfield Armor announced they have acquired 7'0 center Jeff Foote, a Spencer Van-Etten graduate, from the NBA Development League's Available Player Pool.

"We are excited to be having Jeff join our organization," said Armor head coach Bob MacKinnon. "He has tremendous upside, both for the D-League, and potentially the NBA. Jeff is also the kind of player that fits in well with our style of play."

Foote, 24, was a three-time All-Ivy League selection during his three seasons at Cornell University. After redshirting a year at St. Bonaventure University and transferring to Cornell, Foote earned second team All-Ivy honors during his sophomore season in 2007-08, averaging 7.9 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 22 games.

As a junior, Foote earned second team All-Ivy honors again, averaging 11.8 points while starting 30 of the Big Red's 31 games. Foote was also the Ivy League's leading rebounder (7.2) and shot blocker (2.1) and captured the first Defensive Player of the Year award in Ivy League history.

In his senior season, Foote was a unanimous first team All-Ivy pick and earned the conference's Defensive Player of the Year award for the second straight year. Foote averaged 12.4 points while starting all 34 games and was the conference's leader in field goal percentage (.633), rebounding (8.1) and the second-leading shot blocker (1.9). Foote also served as a team tri-captain.

During his three seasons at Cornell, Foote helped lead the Big Red to three straight Ivy League titles, as well as three straight NCAA Tournament appearances. Prior to this league domination, Cornell had captured one Ivy League title since 1956.

Cornell was eliminated in the first round of the 2008 and 2009 NCAA tournaments, but as a 12th seed in the 2010 tournament, the Big Red upset fifth seeded Temple and fourth seeded Wisconsin for the first NCAA Tournament victories in program history. Cornell was eliminated in the Sweet 16 by number one seed Kentucky. In the 2010 tournament, Foote averaged 12.0 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in 33 minutes per game, while shooting 65% from the field.

After graduating from Cornell, Foote signed a contract with Maccabi Tel Aviv of the Israeli Super League in June 2010. In November 2010, Foote was sent on a one-year loan to Melilla Baloncesto of the Spanish Basketball League's second division. In August 2011, Foote signed a deal with Zastal Zielona Gora in Poland's top division.

Foote, a native of Lockwood, N.Y., joined the Armor for practice Tuesday and will be available for the Armor's game at 7 p.m. on Friday against the Fort Wayne Mad Ants at the MassMutual Center in Springfield.

  • 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 1 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. 172 in the nation, while the USA Today Sagarin rankings have Cornell at No. 233. 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 at Vermont, 7 pm

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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