Wednesday, December 7, 2011

News and Notes: Wednesday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Wednesday...

  • Above, from our series A Date in Cornell Basketball History, a game program and recap from the Associated Press of Cornell's January 16, 1946 defeat to NYU in a double-header feature at Madison Square Garden.

  • Above, our Tweets of the Day from the world of Cornell Basketball.
  • Lehigh Valley Live writes, "With their 81-79 loss to Cornell University over the weekend, the [Lehigh] Mountain Hawks’ overall record is 7-3."
  • The Washington Examiner writes, "Now comes the easy part for the Maryland basketball team. At least that's the plan. Over the next four weeks, the Terrapins will play six judiciously spaced home games against small-conference teams, none of which currently have a winning record... First up for Maryland (4-3) on Wednesday is Mount St. Mary's (1-6) of the Northeast Conference, followed by games with Florida International (2-6) of the Sun Belt, Radford (3-6) of the Big South, Albany (4-4) of the America East, Samford (1-5) of the Southern Conference, and Cornell (3-4) of the Ivy." On the same topic, the Testudo Times writes, "[for Maryland] things wrap up with Cornell, a 3-4 team that hasn't played any team better than Buffalo or St. Bonaventure (and lost both of those). The best KenPom ranking of the [next] six [Maryland opponents] is Cornell's 174... I know I said that every game for Maryland will be tough - and teams like FIU and Cornell could pose problems - but, in all honesty, they should go 6-0 for the rest of December."
  • Noontime Sports notes with respect to Harvard's recent national ranking, "The last Ivy League school to be ranked nationally was Cornell two years ago. That year, the Big Red ended up going to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament."
  • Discussing Ed Cooley's early tenure at Providence, the writes, "While one of the knocks on Cooley was that he did not make the NCAA Tournament in his five seasons at Fairfield (he did win 20 in his final two), it took [Steve] Donahue seven years before he had his first winning season at Cornell and eight before making the dance, so it can be hard to draw parallels to their tenures at Fairfield and Cornell."
  • Rush The Court notes that Steve Donahue's Eagles are currently on pace to join Utah as the worst power conference teams in the history of Ken Pomeroy’s rankings. Ironically, Harvard defeated Utah earlier this season and is also scheduled to face Boston College.
  • 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)
  • 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 7 is No. 240 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. 226. 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 at Penn, 7 pm
New Hampshire at Brown, 7:30 pm
Princeton at Rutgers, 7:30 pm
Bryant at Yale, 7:30 pm

Thursday, December 8
Harvard at Connecticut, 7 pm [ESPN2]

Saturday, December 10
Central Connecticut State at Brown, 2 pm
Long Island at Columbia, 2 pm
Harvard at Boston University, 4 pm
Princeton at Drexel, 4 pm
Penn at UCLA, 7 pm
Dartmouth at Notre Dame, 7:30 pm [ESPN3]


Anonymous said...

Tomorrow night's Harvard at UConn game has a chance to serve the same role that Cornell at Kansas did two years ago and Princeton at North Carolina did in 1998: a coming out party on the national stage for a unique Ivy squad. As a bonus, as was the case with Princeton-UNC, tomorrow's game is nationally televised.

But Harvard's situation is tricky. When Cornell and Princeton took their opponents to the final minutes, all they received was congratulations and, in the Tigers' case, a Top 10 ranking.

One could argue that, if Harvard actually wins tomorrow night, the long-term consequences for the Crimson will be negative. A Harvard win will draw renewed scrutiny of Tommy Amaker's recruiting practices.

Nobody thought that Steve Donahue and Bill Carmody were playing games with the allocations of AI slots at their respective universities. But doubts are rampant about whether Amaker is playing by the rules.

If Harvard wins tomorrow, look for the long-term consequence to be the removal of men's basketball from the general AI pool at each school. Men's hoops would then be treated as football currently is, with its own AI bands.

Anonymous said...

I was thinking the same thing...A high-profile win on a national stage against the defending NCAA Champions might bring the program unwanted scrutiny. Imagine if the recruiting violations detailed on this site ultimately barred Harvard's most touted squad in years from participation in the tournament altogether! I still want the Huskies to win big, though.

Anonymous said...

I am looking at the scores and the Huskies haven't really blown so many teams, not even Columbia. I don't think the margin will be that great no matter what. All but two teams, the deep 200+ ranked teams like Coppin State, have finished within 13 points of them. I'm expecting a close game.

Anonymous said...

Penn@UCLA is on DirectTV 692 Sat-PM.

The Bruins are struggling. Penn's playing OK; they've got a shot. No Pauley Pavilion this year for the traditional UCLA home court advantage.