Wednesday, December 14, 2011

News and Notes: Wednesday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Wednesday...

Above, Jeff Foote (Cornell '10) in his fourth day of the Portland Trailblazers' training camp.

  • Jeff Foote, who is under contract with the NBA D-League's Springfield Armor while participating in Portland Trailblazers' training camp, makes the NBA D-League's "Prospect Watch"-- a listing of the top D-Leauge prospects for call-ups to the NBA during the 2011-2012 season. The D-League writes, " You want to know who's got inside tracks, who's got an outside shot and who may be headed back to their NBA D-League teams for now. We feel you." Tonight and Thursday, Foote's D-League Armor team faces the Erie Bay Hawks, coached by former Cornell assistant coach, Jay Larranaga. The Erie Time Dispatch previews the game and writes, "The Armor acquired Jeff Foote, a 7-footer out of Cornell whom Erie tried to use a practice player during training camp. The D-League didn't allow teams to have practice players in camp. Larranaga knew Foote from his time as an assistant at Cornell. Foote is averaging 16 points, 9.5 rebounds in two games."
  • Former Cornell head basketball coach, Mike Dement, has resigned from his head coaching position at North Carolina Greensboro (UNCG). He served as head coach of Cornell between 1986-1991. In 1988 he led Cornell to the Ivy League title and the 1988 NCAA Tournament. From our regular series, A Date in Cornell Basketball History (above), Dement is pictured above with the 1987-1988 Cornell-Ivy League championship team. Mike DeCourcy of the Sporting News writes on the employment termination of Dement, "He was a consistent winner at Cornell, Greensboro and SMU," Dement's three head coaching stops.
  • Aaron Osgood (Cornell '11) was named to's weekly honor roll for his play last week for hisVaerlose club in Denmark's premier league.
  • Commenting last night on committed Cornell recruit, Braxston Bunce (Kelowna Secondary School) Kelowna, BC, Canada, 6-11, Kelowna Secondary School (Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada) football coach Ben Macauly writes in his blog, "As one might expect, Braxston Bunce was dominant inside the paint and Cornell will be happy, seeing the way he is moving up and down the floor. For a minute I thought Bill Walton was roaming the hardwood."

Plum senior guard Nolan Cressler became the sixth player in school history to eclipse the 1,000 career points, finishing with 25 last night. The Cornell recruit reached the milestone on a free throw with 2:32 left in the first quarter. "I couldn't enjoy it as much if we had won the game," Cressler said. "Maybe later tonight or tomorrow I'll feel a little bit better." "I'm sure he wishes it would have come under conditions where we won the basketball game, but still, it's quite a feat," Mustangs coach Ron Richards said. "In high school they keep reducing the number of games, and hopefully, Nolan will continue to play well the rest of the year."

  • Our Tweets of the Day from the world of Cornell Basketball on the twittersphere.
  • 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 14 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. 225. 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 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...

I would not consider comparison to Bill Walton as a compliment. But I just know the guy as a commentator and not a player.

Anonymous said...

Why were guys from the 80's so much more built than kids these days? Kids coming to Cornell these days look like little sticks compared to these guys.

Anonymous said...

@Anon 12:10pm- Walton was three time player of the year in college, two time national champ, two NBA champs, and one league MVP. One of the best college players of all time. I'd take 1/2 the comparison any day. As long as they aren't talking about Braxston's commentary skills...

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Walton was know for running the floor well. That was the point of the post.

Braxston may be 6'11"--- he may be in the 245-265 range (depending on time of year)--- but he runs the floor quite well for a big (like Foote).

Several Ivy coaches agree that Cornell has the best big man coming into the league next year, and probably the best since Greg Mangano turned down a few A-10 offers to go to Yale.

Big issue with Bunce is health. And he needs a college level weight training program.