Tuesday, December 13, 2011

News and Notes: Tuesday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Tuesday...

  • The Times Reporter of Ohio notes "[The NBA D-League's Canton] Charge have moved to the first spot in the player preference waiver order after Springfield used theirs on center Jeff Foote."
  • The Daily Illini notes that Illinois off to its best start in five years and faces Cornell during the team's holiday break. Cornell meets Illinois on December 19. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3.
  • In the aftermath of the Cincinati-Xavier fight on December 10, 2011, above, ESPN's Jay Bilas recalls the Cornell-Syracuse brawl of 1987. Bilas tweets, "Ivy League ruffians beat up on the defenseless Orange in 1987. What did people call Cornell's pugilists back then?" Below, from our regular series, A Date in Cornell Basketball History, images from the Cornell-SU brawl of December 7, 1987. Cornell would go on to capture the 1987-1988 Ivy League championship and move on to to the NCAA Tournament.
  • Kelowna Capital News notes that committed Big Red recruit, Braxston Bunce (Kelowna Secondary School) Kelowna, BC, Canada, 6-11, was named to the Telus Classic All Tournament team which was a 16-team field. The Capital Times notes, "Two of B.C.'s elite high school players, 6-foot-11 post Braxston Bunce and guard Mitch Goodwin, produced in the final for the Owls with 26 and 20 points, respectively... Bunce added 18 points and 16 boards in an 88-81 opening victory over Tamanawis... In the quarterfinals Thursday...Bunce ...added 12... in a 68-61 verdict over Kitsilano...Bunce has a verbal commitment for next season with Cornell University."
  • Jake Mastbaum, formerly of SlopeSports and now blogging for IvyHoopsOnline.com, writes:

Piece by Piece, Cornell Slowly Putting It Together

“We’re building something here. We’re building it from scratch. All the pieces matter,” Lester Freamon proclaimed to Prez in HBO’s hit series, The Wire. “All the pieces matter,” a simple adage, rings true with what Head Coach Bill Courtney is trying to accomplish with his young team; a team that builds, day by day, game by game. The 13-day intermission between Cornell’s win over Lehigh and its matchup with Albany on Friday night comes at the perfect time. Courtney has a chance to slow down, take a step back and use what he has learned over the team’s first seven games to grow.

Every team in the league has a lengthy exam break this time of year so one might ask if it is that big of a deal for Cornell. Yes, it is. Every other Ivy League team had defined go-to guys and established roles to open the season. Through a third of the season, it’s been these guys filling up the box score: Zach Rosen for Penn, Ian Hummer for Princeton, Greg Mangano for Yale, to name a few. Their performances this year are what one would have expected to open the season. This means that their respective coaches are able to continue to implement their pre-season strategies due to the production of their star players, something the Cornell staff does not have the luxury of doing.

To begin the season, the word used to describe this Cornell team was “potential.” With potential comes inconsistency. It may be a sports cliché, but what you take from a game is just as important as the result. With this type of team, this early in the season, the proverb holds true. However, we are now getting beyond this point.

The data obtained from the first seven games of the season should allow the coaching staff to use the 13-day exam break to develop a strategy to put their players in the best position to succeed on the court. With a decent sample size now, the capabilities of this roster are more clear. We’ve had quite a few surprises along the way though. To start the season, who would have predicted:

--Chris Wroblewski shooting 24% from the field

--Shonn Miller averaging over 23 minutes a game and leading the team in rebounds

--Josh Figini and Eitan Chemerinski combining for 36.6 minutes, 17.3 points, and 6.9 rebounds per game.

Now, we know this. Too often this season, Cornell has looked better in transition than they have in half-court sets. A break from intense film study and game preparation should allow Cornell to tweak its sets based on its current rotation. At this point in the season, the onus of improvement is just as much on the shoulders of the staff as it is on the players.

Already, Cornell has two top notch victories that it can hang its hat on: home victories over Boston University and Lehigh. However, the schedule gets no easier: three upcoming BCS road games against Illinois, Penn State, and Maryland, propelling them into the grueling Ivy League season. Whether it’s Lester Freamon and the rest of the Major Crimes unit tracking Avon Barksdale or Bill Courtney and his troop chasing an Ivy League title, it’s all done the same way, “day by day, piece by piece.” Cornell has had the perfect opportunity to put those pieces together. Time will tell if they made the most of it.

  • 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: CollegeRPI.com 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 13 is No. 231 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 KenPom.com 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 at IPFW, 7 pm

Wednesday, December 14
Princeton at Rider, 7 pm

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]


Anonymous said...

CBB, nice job finding those photographs of the 1987 fisticuffs against Syracuse. A trip down memory lane.

I see that Harvard dropped out of the polls, although they are listed first in the "others receiving votes" addendum. If the Crimson run the table from here, where would you expect them to be ranked at the end of the regular season? In particular, usually entering conference play will drag down a high-flying Ivy team's RPI and Sagarin rating. What effect do you think this year's Ivy games will have since the conference seems to be stronger than usual?

Anonymous said...

Nice Cornell article. Ivy Hoops Online does a good job.