Tuesday, December 20, 2011

News and Notes: Tuesday Edition

Get all the information you need about the Cornell Big Red's game at Penn State on Wednesday night, December 21, 2011 with The Cornell Basketball Blog's Game Preview Center. Below, some news and notes for Tuesday...
  • ESPN Nation writes, " Illinois narrowly avoided joining Marquette and Kansas as among the ranked teams to suffer an upset Monday night, and the Illini's -- at home vs. a clearly inferior 4-4 Cornell team -- would have been the most unforgivable. The Illini were awful defensively for much of the night, disjointed and haphazard, and Cornell carved them up. But guard D.J. Richardson came on late, the Illini defended well -- OK, not well, but better -- and snuck off with a 64-60 win. Phew."
  • The Ithaca Journal notes "A pair of Cornell University basketball players have been named Ivy League co-Rookies of the Week after playing important roles over the weekend.Freshman Galal Cancer earned the accolade after helping the Big Red erase a double-digit second-half deficit to defeat Albany, 85-82, in overtime Saturday at Newman Arena. Cancer, an Albany native, tallied 11 points, seven assists, five rebounds and four steals in 30 minutes of action against the Great Danes, including four points, two rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block in the game's crucial final minute of regulation.Cancer, who shares the award with Dartmouth's John Golden, becomes the second Cornell rookie to win the award this season. Classmate Shonn Miller has received the honor three times."
  • WETM NBC News Elimra, NY writes, "The Portland Trail Blazers put Jeff Foote on waivers today, putting an end to his first NBA Training Camp. The team announced the move via the franchise's official twitter account. Foote, who starred at Spencer-Van Etten High School and later led Cornell to the Sweet 16, had been playing for the Springfield Armor in the NBA's D-League, before receiving the invitation to training camp. In two games with the Armor, Foote averaged 16 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. Portland cut Foote just before the team's first preseason game tonight, against the Utah Jazz."
  • The Rip City Project writes, "Portland has trimmed their roster, so now we’re down to the guys that will be in uniform for most of the season plus probably Earl Barron. That means that as much as we want to see Jeff Foote in real game action, if you missed Fan Fest you missed your chance."
  • 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
  • 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 20 is No. 168 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. 168 in the nation, while the USA Today Sagarin rankings have Cornell at No. 202. 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 at Army, 7 pm
Cornell at Penn State, 7:30 pm [Big Ten Network]

Thursday, December 22
Florida Atlantic at Harvard, 7 pm
Princeton at Siena, 7 pm

Friday, December 23
Maine at Brown, 2 pm
Dartmouth at Albany, 2 pm
Marist at Penn, 7 pm


Anonymous said...

Watching Cornell last night made me realize how special that Lou, Wittman, Foote team was. That team had such a strong personality and strong chemistry. It was a true team with a distinct style of togetherness.

Watching our team last night, it felt like we were a collection of individuals just trying to make plays and grind out for a bucket. Not that there's anything wrong with that. We're obviously young and with a new-ish coach.

But it makes you realize that it could be a very long time before we get another special class full of leaders who play for each other.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

The 2010 team had 8 seniors, including 4 future pro players. Those 8 seniors played more than 100 games together.

This current team has 3 seniors who are activated to play. And Drew was a transfer.

You can't possibly compare those teams.

Anonymous said...

I would agree with anon 3:09 in relation to the chemistry. There doesn't seem to be a cohesiveness or blind trust among this group...yet. They do not exhibit great body language with each other on the floor, they do not communicate with each other, they are just playing and that very well may be the problem in closing out close games.

Hopefully, they will get it together prior to Ivy league play. If not, they will be the team that should have won a lot of games.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Some comments on here are ridiculous.

You are criticizing the body language? Really?

Even the announcers of the game indicated that Cornell was playing more loose and relaxed than the Illinois team.

Anonymous said...

You can't teach or force chemistry. It happens naturally and usually after guys play together for several years. Even next year, there will be a new team dynamic after Wroblewski, Ferry and Groebe graduate.

You are more likely to see great chemistry in a few years when Tarwater, Sahota, Matthews, Scelfo, Peck (if he takes a fifth year) and the current Frosh have played together for a few years.

Enjoy watching the journey they take together toward developing that chemistry, rather than picking things apart at its inception. There are still a lot of young guys in the program.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Correct, chemistry grows.

This team has chemistry, right now. Does it have as much as the 2010 team? No. But the 2010 team had 8 seniors that played 100 games together.

But this team will grow together and get better. And they are LIGHT YEARS away from where they were last November when they suffered through a long losing streak.

Unknown said...

Dang CBB. Bad coffee this AM? The 2010 guys were undefeated in the Ivy's (14-0)as sophs (2007-8)and had an overall record of 22-5. I'm gonna say they had more chemistry at the same point in their personal history as this team. They also played a far superior brand of offense. I would lend some of that disparity to the coaching. As I recall there were two decent seniors on that team.

Unknown said...

Dang CBB. Bad coffee this AM? The 2010 guys were undefeated in the Ivy's (14-0)as sophs (2007-8)and had an overall record of 22-5. I'm gonna say they had more chemistry at the same point in their personal history as this team. They also played a far superior brand of offense. I would lend some of that disparity to the coaching. As I recall there were two decent seniors on that team. I like some of these young guys, but they don't play together as well as the 2007-8 guys did.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Your memory is a bit off.

The 2007-2008 team played in a very poor Ivy League. There were no serious threats to the Big Red in conference play.

As for the non-conference schedule that year, the 2007-2008 Cornell team was not very good. They were decent.

They lost to two terrible Patriot teams-- Colgate and Bucknell and to Ohio U (which was a decent, but not great CBI team). The Colgate loss was at Newman Arena.

The team had some chemistry issues. Following the Duke game, Collin Robinson left the program, and several former players can remind you how bad the ride home was from Bucknell after the team was blown out.

Anonymous said...

why are we complaining about the illinois game? cornell outplayed a ranked and very talented team for most of the game. They also looked like the team with more "chemistry" for most of the game, and had fewer turnovers than Illinois.