Thursday, December 29, 2011

News and Notes: Thursday Edition

On Saturday, New Year's Eve, Bill Courtney makes his first appearance as a Division I head coach at his alma mater, Bucknell when the Cornell Big Red come marching into Lewisberg. Below, some news and notes for Thursday...
  • provides letter grades for Cornell's individual performances last night. Chris Wroblewski's "B+" grade was the team's highest. Last night's game was covered as part of's 800 games Project.
  • Also in action yesterday were some of Cornell's committed recruits. As noted in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Nolan Cressler (Plum HS) Plum, PA, 6-4, G (class of 2012) finished with 29 points for Plum (6-2) in a 60-46 victory against Class AAA No. 3 Hampton (6-3) in the championship of the Hampton Tournament. In reviewing the last year of Plum's local sports scene, writes, "Big year for Cressler. Plum senior Nolan Cressler begins 2011 on a scoring tear, as he averages almost 27 points per game as a key cog in the Mustangs varsity boys basketball machine. The young and talented Plum squad — with only one senior on the roster — earns a crucial senior-night victory over Franklin Regional that puts it in the WPIAL Quad-A playoffs. Cressler earns all-star honors for his efforts. In August, as he gets set for his senior year at Plum, Cressler gives a verbal commitment to play basketball and continue his education at Cornell University in the Ivy League. He solidifies his commitment to the Division I program in November by signing a National Letter of Intent. Cressler picks up where he left off last season, as he scores 22 and 29 points, respectively, in Plum's season-opening victories over Valley and Highlands. On Dec. 13 against Kiski Area, Cressler scores his 1,000th varsity point in the first quarter of a 52-47 loss." In other action, ESPN Dallas is covering the Whataburger Tournament in Haltom City, Texas. Holt Harmon (Plano West HS), Plano, TX, 6-9, F finished with 19 points in an 80-70 win over Fort Worth Arlington Heights in the opening round. Plano West moves on to face Desoto today at 12:30. See the Dallas Morning News. And Braxston Bunce (Kelowna Secondary School) Kelowna, BC, Canada, 6-11 was in action as well and finished with 11 points as Kelowna defeated Bremerton of Washington in the opening round of the Capital Tournament in Olimpia, Washington. Bunce also recorded eight rebounds and seven blocks.

  • 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
  7. December 3, 2011 vs. Lehigh W 81-79 (OT)
  8. December 17, 2011 vs. Albany W 85-82 (OT)
  9. December 19, 2011 at Illinois L 60-64
  10. December 21, 2011 at Penn State L 67-74
  11. December 28, 2011 at Stony Brook L 58-69 (OT)
  • 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 29 is No. 245 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. 182 in the nation, while the USA Today Sagarin rankings have Cornell at No. 229. 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 60 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 54 Dartmouth 62 (Box Score - Recap)
Albany 82 Cornell 85 OT (Box Score - Recap)

Sunday, December 18
Princeton 71 Northeastern 62 (Box Score - Recap)
Yale 68 Rhode Island 65 [COX RI] (Box Score - Recap)

Monday, December 19
Cornell 60 Illinois 64 [ESPN3] (Box Score - Recap)
Dartmouth 55 Colgate 61 OT (Box Score - Recap)

Wednesday, December 21
Dartmouth 64 Army 67 (Box Score - Recap)
Cornell 67 Penn State 74 [Big Ten Network] (Box Score - Recap)

Thursday, December 22
Florida Atlantic 51 Harvard 63 (Box Score - Recap)
Princeton 59 Siena 63 (Box Score - Recap)

Friday, December 23
Maine 71 Brown 58 (Box Score - Recap)
Dartmouth 74 Albany 82 (Box Score - Recap)
Marist 71 Penn 84 (Box Score - Recap)

Wednesday, December 28

Columbia 59 Marist 79 (Box Score - Recap)
Cornell 59 Stony Brook 68 OT [Cablevision] (Box Score - Recap)

Thursday, December 29
Brown at St. Francis (N.Y.), 7 pm
Harvard at Boston College, 7 pm [ESPN3]
Penn at Davidson, 7 pm
Yale at Wake Forest, 7 pm

Friday, December 30
Princeton at Florida State, 7 pm [ESPN3]
Lafayette at Columbia, 7 pm

Saturday, December 31
Cornell at Bucknell, 2 pm
Holy Cross at Dartmouth, 2 pm
Yale at Florida, 2 pm [ESPNU]
Saint Joseph’s at Harvard, 4 pm

Sunday, January 1
Princeton at Florida A&M, 3 pm
Penn at Duke, 5 pm [ESPNU]


Anonymous said...

These incoming recruits, when combined with this year's Freshman class, should really make us relevant in the Ivies.

Anonymous said...

I hope so, because right now we have the second worst record in the Ivies.

Unknown said...

But that record is against one of the tougher non-conference schedules in the Ivies. Yale and Columbia have 7 wins each, but haven't beaten anybody of note.

Anonymous said...

Over the course of the past few weeks, I have been fortunate enough to watch a lot of basketball and what I have noticed is that teams who are winning already have a firm starting lineup and that starting lineup is are tasked with figuring it out on the floor good or bad. They also are not playing a twelve member rotation and the minutes played by the starters are not even close to the minutes the "rotation" players are receiving.

So, I began to wonder if we are inconsistent because Coach C is not allowing for this same type of get it done mentality from his starting lineup. Does he even have that type of confidence in them and if not, why does he not get the individuals on the floor who he can be confident in. Also, where is our inside presence? Is anyone even taking the time to teach or perfect the skills of our shooting "big men?". Why is he playing a 12-13 man rotation when that is clearly not the norm in D1 bball?

I have a lot of hope for this team because we do have talented players but the wait until next year adage is getting pretty old and I prefer not to end up on the bottom half of the conference since we worked soooo hard to get to the top.

Am I missing something?

Anonymous said...

Two queries:

1. Where's Tomic? Is he hurt?

2. Any update on the recruiting front?

Anonymous said...

Anon 3:30pm, Wroblewski played 38 mins v Stony Brook. Ferry played 41 mins v Stony Brook. Of the twelve guys who played v Stony Brook, only 6 guys played 20 mins or more where you can accomplish anything. The other 6 guys played 11, 11, 9, 3, 3, and 1 mins.

Completely discount anyone who played less than 12 - 15 mins v Stony Brook because you cannot do much with such little time. So, in reality only 6 guys played legit rotation mins v Stony Brook, unless you count the two guys who played 11 mins each, in which case that is 8 guys with legit mins v Stony Brook.

Only 9 guys average double figure mins per game for the season. Ferry and Wroblewski avg 35 min each per game!! Only 4 guys - Ferry, Wroblewski, Miller and Cancer - are averaging 20 mins plus per game with Figini the next closest guy at 19.8 mins per game.

So the rotation that has produced 4-7 so far ain't so haphazard. It seems the legit rotation mins are fairly confined actually.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone else think it's odd that Ferry gets almost 0 assists in every game? I know he's a great shooter, but it'd be helpful if a guard playing that many minutes could actually create some looks for his teammates.