Thursday, December 15, 2011

News and Notes: Thursday Edition

Get all the information you need about the Big Red's game on Saturday, December 17, 2011 (2 PM) vs. Albany, with The Cornell Basketball Blog's Game Preview Center. Below, some news and notes for Thursday...

  • Our Tweets of the Day from the world of Cornell Basketball on the twittersphere.

  • From our regular series, A Date in Cornell Basketball History, above media clippings announcing the hiring of Walter Haggerty in 1908 as Cornell's first officially recognized head coach of the men's basketball program.

Nolan Cressler


Last week: Cressler scored his 1,000th career point Tuesday against Kiski Area while helping the Plum Mustangs to a 2-1 start.

The skinny: Cressler, a 6-foot-4 swing guard and one of the top seniors in the WPIAL, has committed to Cornell of the Ivy League. He averaged 25.5 points per game his junior season. His brother, Andrew, was also a standout at Plum and plays at Seton Hill.

-What did it mean to break 1,000? It's a great milestone to achieve. My brother achieved it. It's a fun thing to accomplish, but I have bigger goals for my team. -Which team on your schedule are you most looking forward to playing? I'd say Gateway because they're the defending [WPIAL Class AAAA] champions. But if we play like we're capable of, I think we can compete with anybody.
-Player from another school you would love to have on your team? I'll pick two because if I only pick one, the other will get mad. One would be [Highlands'] Micah Mason because he's just a great guard. I think we'd complement each other well. The other one would be Shakim Alonzo from Woodland Hills. He can do some damage down low.
-Best player you went up against in AAU? It would probably be [Baylor recruit] Isaiah Austin. He's the No. 3 or 4 player in the country. I may have played against better players, but I saw him having the most potential.
-You have a funny Twitter name. (Laughs) Yeah, it's NC_Hammer24.
-Are you an MC Hammer fan? I like the song "U Can't Touch This." Somebody called me [NC Hammer] once, and I thought it was funny.
-What do you want for Christmas? Well, I know I'm getting some Cornell gear. I would say an iPhone, but my plan isn't up yet, so I doubt I'll get it.
-Most people would be surprised to know that ... Sometimes before games I listen to opera music. There are a couple of opera songs I listen to. I like Andrea Bocelli.

  • High school basketball prospect, Nathaniel Goetz (Emery-Weiner HS) Houston, TX, 6-1, G, is profiled in the Bellaire (Texas) Examiner. The Examiner writes:

Emery-Weiner senior guard Nathaniel Goetz has the ability to do just about anything on a basketball court. “He’s a great all-around player,” Jaguars boys basketball coach Patrick Pellerin said. “He shoots the ball, and he’s our best rebounder, as well as our best offensive person. Without him, we’d struggle. He’s our team captain and the vocal (person) on the team.” ...Goetz, a four-year starter for Emery, is averaging 19 points, seven rebounds, five assists and 3.5 steals, and he’d like to play college basketball next winter. But his first priority is academics. Cornell, a member of the prestigious Ivy League, has expressed interest in having Goetz play for the team, which qualified for the NCAA Division I Sweet 16 in 2010. “I would love to play on a Division I team, especially at a great academic school,” Goetz said. Goetz visited Cornell’s campus in Ithaca, N.Y. earlier this month, but the focus was on academics. An aspiring Architect, Goetz attended his mandatory Architecture interview. “Cornell is the best Architecture school in the country,” Goetz said. “(I’m interested in Architecture) because it’s magnificent how man can make something so beautiful and big, and everybody can see it,” Goetz said. “I’ve always wanted people to know what I do, and I think Architecture is a good way to do that.” Goetz balances his time between Architecture and athletics. He works on his game in the summer, along with Coach Pellerin, but doesn’t compete in Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Basketball. Goetz started an Architecture Club at Emery and has attended Architecture camps at the University of Texas. He’s also considering attending school at UT, Virginia, Cal Poly and Oregon.“I’m keeping my options open,” Goetz said. “I’m not necessarily trying to go to school for basketball.”

  • writes on new athletic facilities at Ithaca College, Cornell and local high schools, " Currently the Armory in New York and Cornell’s Barton Hall are the only places in the state that have eight lanes all the way around the track. Those eight lanes are required to host a state championship meet... unless some very famous athlete from one of these schools comes back and makes a big grant, for instance Jeff Foote makes the NBA and buys [Spencer Van Etten High School] a new gym, we can’t expect any help in new facilities."
  • 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 15 is No. 234 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. 175 in the nation, while the USA Today Sagarin rankings have Cornell at No. 223. 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 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 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 Western Michigan 65 (Great Alaska Shootout) (Box Score - Recap)
Harvard 59 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 69 Loyola Marymount 61 (LA Westside Centennial Classic) (Box Score - Recap)

Saturday, December 3
Vermont 52 Yale 68 (Box Score - Recap)
Brown 54 Iowa 75 (Box Score - Recap)
Lehigh 79 Cornell 81 (OT) (Box Score - Recap)
Penn 65 Villanova 73 [ESPN3] (Box Score - Recap)
Columbia 72 North Texas 57 (Box Score - Recap) (LA Westside Centennial Classic)

Sunday, December 4
Columbia 78 La Sierra 56 (Box Score - Recap) (LA Westside Centennial Classic)
Seattle 70 Harvard 80 (Box Score - Recap)

Monday, December 5
Brown 49 Providence 80 [ESPN3/SNY] (Box Score - Recap)
Yale 73 Sacred Heart 71 (Box Score - Recap)

Tuesday, December 6
Holy Cross 45 Columbia 46 (Box Score - Recap)

Wednesday, December 7
Delaware 60 Penn 69 (Box Score - Recap)
New Hampshire 69 Brown 56 (Box Score - Recap)
Princeton 59 Rutgers 57 (Box Score - Recap)
Bryant 59 Yale 76 (Box Score - Recap)

Thursday, December 8
Harvard 53 Connecticut 67 [ESPN2] (Box Score - Recap)

Saturday, December 10
Central Connecticut State 80 Brown 90 (Box Score - Recap)
Long Island 53 Columbia 63 (Box Score - Recap)
Harvard 76 Boston University 52 (Box Score - Recap)
Princeton 64 Drexel 64 (Box Score - Recap)
Penn 73 UCLA 77 [DirecTV] (Box Score - Recap)
Dartmouth 47 Notre Dame 65 [ESPN3] (Box Score - Recap)

Tuesday, December 13
Dartmouth 51 IPFW 56 (Box Score - Recap)

Wednesday, December 14
Princeton 72 Rider 71 OT (Box Score - Recap)

Saturday, December 17
Elon at Dartmouth, Noon
Albany at Cornell, 2 pm

Sunday, December 18
Princeton at Northeastern, 1 pm
Yale at Rhode Island, 2 pm [COX RI]

1 comment:

Brian H said...

Is goetz a legitimate D1 guy?