Monday, January 31, 2011

Cornell Athletics Game Notes for at Yale and Brown

Wittman is a Mad Ant

Brian Delaney of the Ithaca Journal broke the news via Twitter that Ryan Wittman ('10) has signed, as expexted, with an NBA D-League club. Wittman has agreed to terms with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, which is the official minor league affiliate of the Detroit Pistons, Indiana Pacers and Milwaukee Bucks.

Wittman is the third Cornell alumnus to sign with an NBA D-League club since 1999, joining Jeff Aubry ('99 Fayetteville Patriots/Florida Flame) and Cody Toppert ('05 Albuquerque Thunderbirds).

Recruiting News

Below, some recruiting news...

New England Recruiting Report writes that Dartmouth received a verbal commitment from Gabas Maldunas (Holderness School) Plymouth, NH, 6-8, C.

Ethan Mackay (Northfield Mount Hermon School) Northfield, MA, 6-8, F, committed to Maine. Mackay previously visited Cornell last summer and several other Ivies.

Speaking of the recruitment of low post players, Cornell appears to still be very much in the hunt for transfers, either by way of junior college ("JuCo") or 4-years schools, to help bolster the frontline for next season. The Cornell staff's search to find a potential transfer recruit with the full package (size, talent, and the academic profile suitable for admissions) remains a daunting challenge. JuCos standing 6'9" with Ivy grades to do not grow on trees. Cornell does have at least a couple advantages working in its favor. With the graduations of Mark Coury, Aaron Osgood and Adam Wire in May, the Big Red can virtually guarantee transfers immediate playing time and an Ivy League degree. On the other hand, do not expect Cornell to take another player simply to add a "warm body" to the bench. Any new addition would be added only if the staff felt the prospect could contribute to the returning nucleus.

CLASS OF 2011 UPDATES

Nor Cal Preps reports Columbia has offered Ben Freeland (Santa Rosa HS) Montgomery, CA, 6-10, C. He has no other reported Division I offers and could be close to pulling the trigger. A few other Ivies have kept Freeland on the radar since last spring, but with Columbia showing by far the most persistent interest, we expect to see him in light blue next year.

Scout Hoops reports that Camryn Crocker (Los Alamitos HS) Los Alamitos, CA, 6-2, G, has narrowed his college choices to Denver, UC-Irvine and Penn. It is no secret, Penn wants to find a true point guard to replace Zach Rosen, who will be a senior next season. The Quakers are also reportedly looking at Patrick Lucas Perry (Flint Powers HS) Flint, MI, 5-11, G, who holds offers from Penn and Oakland. While Penn would have preferred to close its recruiting class search last August, these are solid choices at this late juncture in the process. Penn also took a forward last week.

Errick Peck to Ivy Honor Roll


Cornell's Errick Peck was named to the Ivy League's weekly honor roll. The Ivy League Office notes:
Errick Peck, Cornell, Sophomore, Forward (Indianapolis)
17.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.0 spg
20 pts., 6 rebs. at Dartmouth
2010-11 AWARD WINNERS

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

November 15-Keith Wright, Harvard, Jr.
November 22-Christian Webster, Harvard, So./Austin Morgan, Yale, So.
November 29-Keith Wright, Harvard, Jr.
December 6-Ian Hummer, Princeton, So.
December 13-Noruwa Agho, Columbia, Jr./Kareem Maddox, Princeton, Sr.
December 20-Kareem Maddox, Princeton, Sr.
December 27-Zach Rosen, Penn, Jr.
January 3-Chris Wroblewski, Cornell, Jr.
January 10-Noruwa Agho, Columbia, Jr./Greg Mangano, Yale, Jr.
January 17-Noruwa Agho, Columbia, Jr./Greg Mangan0, Yale, Jr.
January 24-Greg Mangan0, Yale, Jr.
January 31-Jack Eggleston,Penn, Sr./Kyle Case, Harvard, So.

ROOKIES OF THE WEEK
November 15-Miles Cartwright, Penn, Fr.
November 22-Sean McGonagil, Brown, Fr.
November 29-Miles Cartwright, Penn, Fr.
December 6-Laurent Rivard, Harvard, Fr.
December 13-Steve Frankoski, Columbia, Fr.
December 20-Gediminias Bertasius, Dartmouth, Fr.
December 27-Miles Cartwright, Penn, Fr.
January 3-Laurent Rivard, Harvard, Fr.
January 10-Dockery Walker, Brown, Fr.
January 17-Laurent Rivard, Harvard, Fr.
January 24-Jeremiah Kreisberg, Yale, Fr.
January 31-Miles Cartwright, Penn, Fr.

News and Notes: Monday Edition

(Photo the Harvard Crimson)
Below, some news and notes for Monday...

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Paul Cormier Comments on Wittman and Foote Pro Potential



Dartmouth coach, Paul Cormier's comments with regard to recent Ivy graduates, Jeremy Lin, Ryan Wittman and Jeff Foote during WVBR's halftime show on Friday night in Hanover.

SlopeTV Reports from Cambridge


News and Notes: Sunday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Sunday...

"In an era when Division I men’s college basketball is corrupted by huge television contracts, recruiting scandals, and star players jumping to the NBA, there remains one group of schools that has managed to steer clear of such pitfalls—the Ivy League." --Outside the Limelight: Basketball in the Ivy League (2009)
  • Cornell's defeat last night at Harvard illustrates the negative lasting significance and substantial effect of the Crimson's 2010 NCAA recruiting violations under Tommy Amaker and assistant coach Kenny Blakeney. Harvard junior, Keith Wright, one of the Crimson players intimately involved in the recruiting violations, finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds last night guiding Harvard to its big win over Cornell (see the box score here). Harvard violated NCAA rules by recruiting Wright during an NCAA mandated "no contact" period. The result of Amaker's and Blakeney's conduct was Harvard having a several month head start on other college programs in courting, pursuing and recruiting Wright while he was in high school. The end result was a minor 2010 NCAA imposed penalty on Harvard, but the huge gain was the Crimson having the services of the talented junior from Norfolk, Virginia. Regardless of whether the incident was isolated or not, Harvard is benefiting in a huge way from its NCAA violation. Harvard alumni, boosters, public relations and administration would like to forget the incident, explain it away and/or pretend it did not happen. Perhaps some fans and media might even view this post as repeated and getting old "sour grapes" from a Cornell fan, but the facts are the facts and they deserve proper attention. Harvard violated NCAA rules in recruiting Wright and the junior is now arguably the team's best player, if not the Ivy League's best player. This simply defies any notion of fair play. In the words of former Brown and current Oregon State head coach Craig Robinson to the New York Times, "Wow. I would say that would give [Harvard] an advantage.” Absolutely an unfair advantage which is now paying huge dividends for the Crimson. From where we stand, this is akin to the steroid issues in pro sports, particularly in major league baseball. But hey, Harvard is winning games, the Wright way, but not the right way.

Game Recaps: Big Red Fall at Harvard

Below, recaps of Cornell's defeat at Harvard on Saturday night...

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Oz Profile, Harvard Tonight


Get all the information you need about Cornell's game tonight at Harvard with The Cornell Basketball Blog's Game Preview Center. The Big Red tip off tonight at 6 pm. The pregame show begins at 5:30 with Barry Leonard of WVBR/Redcast beginning his senior profiles with Aaron Osgood.

The Sports Network Previews Cornell at Harvard


Below, the Sports Network previews Cornell at Harvard...Get all the information you need about Cornell's game tonight at Harvard with The Cornell Basketball Blog's Game Preview Center. The Big Red tip off tonight at 6 pm.

News and Notes for Saturday


Get all the information you need about Cornell's game tonight at Harvard with
The Cornell Basketball Blog's Game Preview Center. The Big Red tip off tonight at 6 pm. Below, some Saturday news and notes.

Ithaca Journal Scouts Harvard

Game Recap: Cornell Struggles Continue, Fall at Dartmouth


Below, game recaps from Cornell's 64-57 defeat at Dartmouth on Friday night...

Friday, January 28, 2011

Ivy Office Weekend Preview

The Ivy League Office's weekend preview notes, "The first full Ivy weekend will ... be a philanthropic one for the Ivy League as all eight men’s basketball coaches will be participating in the Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers awareness weekend. [the head coaches] and their respective staffs are joining coaches nationwide to wear sneakers with their suits for their games over the weekend to demonstrate their support for the American Cancer Society and its vision of a world with less cancer and more birthdays."

Cornell (4-12, 0-2 Ivy) @ Dartmouth (4-12, 0-2 Ivy)
Date:
Friday, January 28 – 7 p.m.
Location: Leede Arena • Hanover, N.H.
Cornell-Dartmouth Series: Dartmouth leads, 101-99
Last Meeting: Cornell 88, Dartmouth 70 • 2/20/10 • Hanover, N.H.
Live Stats | Video | Audio
Cornell Game Notes | Dartmouth Game Notes

Cornell @ Harvard
Date:
Saturday, January 29 – 6 p.m.
Location: Lavietes Pavilion • Cambridge, Mass.
Cornell-Harvard Series: Cornell leads, 90-68
Last Meeting: Cornell 79, Harvard 70 • 2/19/10 • Cambridge, Mass.
Live Stats | Video
Cornell Game Notes | Harvard Game Notes


Cornell at Dartmouth Tonight!

Get all the information you need about Cornell's games this weekend on the road at Dartmouth and Harvard with The Cornell Basketball Blog's Game Preview Center. The Big Red tip off tonight at 7 pm against Dartmouth.

For those interested in watching the game online through Dartmouth's subscription multimedia package:

-Live Stats
-Live Video

A Date in Cornell Basketball History: Harvard Basketball's Jurassic Park

Saturday's Cornell opponent is... [pause] Harvard.

When it comes to Ivy League basketball, in a lot of ways, Harvard is the outsider. But what makes Harvard so different from the other seven schools on the hardwood?

First, it has been well publicized in recent years in the media that Harvard has never won an Ivy League or Eastern Intercollegiate Basketball League ("EIBL" -- the Ivy League's predecessor) championship. Harvard is the only Ivy League program to have this dubious distinction.

The Harvard program, launched in 1900, did not even exist between 1909-1920 and has just one NCAA Tournament appearance to its credit, during the 1945-1946 season. At the time, however, Harvard was not a member of the EIBL with the other current Ivy members.

In recent years, further distinguishing Harvard from the rest of the Ivy League, is the negative national attention the Crimson received for the coaching staff's decision to engage in mass player cuts. But the most recent incident is the NCAA recruiting scandal which led to program sanctions during the 2010-2011 season.

Above, the box score from Cornell's 82-75 win over Harvard on January 13, 1962. Well known writer and author, Michael Crichton (Jurassic Park) played for Harvard in that game. In addition to Crichton, Harvard's other most well known alumnus of the basketball program is former Vice President, Al Gore, who played one season on the Crimson's freshman team.

Sports Network Predicts the Color War: Big Red at Big Green

Below, the Sports Network's prediction for tonight's game...

News and Notes: Friday Edition

Cornell Athletics has announced the return of The Golden Ticket promotion. Starting Friday the hunt is on. The contest is open to ALL Cornell students. Find a Golden Ticket and WIN special VIP treatment at the next home game! Clues as to where to find tickets will be available every day on the Cornell Athletics fan page on Facebook. Get all the information you need about Cornell's games this weekend on the road at Dartmouth and Harvard with The Cornell Basketball Blog's Game Preview Center. Below, news and notes for Friday...

Dartmouth Athletics Game Notes for Cornell Visit

Ithaca Journal Previews Dartmouth/Weekend Action

Cornell Daily Sun Weekend Preview

Sophomore forward Errick Peck, currently averaging 10.6 points and 3.6 rebounds per game, will look to continue his early season success as the Red resumes Ivy League play against Dartmouth tonight.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

SlopeTV Previews Weekend Action



Above, SlopeTV previews the weekend action at Dartmouth and Harvard. Slope will be broadcasting live from Hanover and Cambridge. Fans can listen in via Slope's UStream page.

News and Notes: Afternoon Edition

Get all the information you need about Cornell's games this weekend at Dartmouth and Harvard with The Cornell Basketball Blog's Game Preview Center. Below, some news and notes for Thursday...

Harvard Athletics Game Notes for Cornell Visit

Below, Harvard's game notes for this weekend's action...

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Recruiting News

While several of the Ivy League schools have essentially completed their recruiting classes for 2011, a few are still searching for pieces. Below, some recruiting updates from around the Ivy League for the high school classes of 2011 and 2012.

Cornell, Dartmouth, and Harvard Game Programs of the 40s and 50s

Get all the information you need about Cornell's games this weekend at Dartmouth and Harvard with The Cornell Basketball Blog's Game Preview Center. Above and below, a collection of game programs from the 1940s and 1950s between Cornell, Dartmouth and Harvard. While Harvard has never won an Ivy League title, the 1940s and 1950s were the glory years for Dartmouth. During this time period, Dartmouth clinched 8 Ivy league titles, including appearances in two national title games (1942 and 1944). Cornell clinched the Ivy League/Eastern Intercollegiate Basketball League title once during this period in 1954.


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

News and Notes: Wednesday Edition

Above, the back page of the Cornell Daily Sun from February 23, 1970 which recounts Cornell's home weekend wins over Dartmouth and Harvard in Barton Hall. The series renews this weekend as Cornell visits New England. Get all the information you need about Cornell's games this weekend at Dartmouth and Harvard with The Cornell Basketball Blog's Game Preview Center. Below, some news and notes for Wednesday.

Cornell Athletics Game Notes for at Dartmouth/Harvard

Big Red Team Report from the SportsXchange

The Sports Xchange and YahooSports have published updated team reports for each of the Ivy League schools. Below are links to each of team reports as well as the full report for Cornell.

Game Preview Center: Cornell at Dartmouth (1/28/11) and Harvard (1/29/11)

Get all the information you need about Cornell's games this weekend at Dartmouth (Leede Arena) and Harvard (Lavietes Pavillion) right here with The Cornell Basketball Blog's Game Preview Center. As the games approach, we will be adding relevant links to this space. Let us know your thoughts on the upcoming games by either leaving a comment to this post, sending us an email (CornellBigRedFan@gmail.com), or posting a message on The Cornell Basketball Blog's Community Forum (click here). GO BIG RED!

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A Date in Cornell Basketball History: Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard Beginnings...

Cornell returns to action this weekend with its annual New England roadtrip to Dartmouth and Harvard. Below, a look back at the first ever meetings between the programs. Above, a photo of 1952 game action between Cornell and Harvard.

Cornell first met Dartmouth during the 1900-1901 season, with the men of Dartmouth winning 26-12 on January 18, 1901 in Hanover. Above, the February 4, 1901 issue of the Cornell Daily Sun references Cornell's first ever meeting with the Big Green.

The Big Red first met Harvard a year later during the 1901-1902 season with Cornell capturing a 34-26 victory in Cambridge. Harvard would even the series in the programs' second ever meeting, a 26-20 Crimson win in Ithaca. Above the February 3, 1902 issue of the Cornell Daily Sun reports the pair of January 1902 meetings between Cornell and Havard. The issue also describes the Eastern Intercollegiate Basketball League's early season standings

News and Notes: Tuesday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Tuesday...

Around the Rim with Brian Delaney and the Ithaca Journal

Below, today's Ivy League profile from Brian Delaney's Around the Rim column in the Ithaca Journal...

Osgood to Ivy Honor Roll

Cornell's Aaron Osgood was named to the Ivy League's weekly honor roll. The Ivy League Office notes:
Aaron Osgood, Cornell, Senior, Forward/Center (Sammamish, Wash.)
16 pts., 6 rebs. vs. Columbia
2010-11 AWARD WINNERS

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

November 15-Keith Wright, Harvard, Jr.
November 22-Christian Webster, Harvard, So./Austin Morgan, Yale, So.
November 29-Keith Wright, Harvard, Jr.
December 6-Ian Hummer, Princeton, So.
December 13-Noruwa Agho, Columbia, Jr./Kareem Maddox, Princeton, Sr.
December 20-Kareem Maddox, Princeton, Sr.
December 27-Zach Rosen, Penn, Jr.
January 3-Chris Wroblewski, Cornell, Jr.
January 10-Noruwa Agho, Columbia, Jr./Greg Mangano, Yale, Jr.
January 17-Noruwa Agho, Columbia, Jr./Greg Mangan0, Yale, Jr.
January 24-Greg Mangan0, Yale, Jr.

ROOKIES OF THE WEEK
November 15-Miles Cartwright, Penn, Fr.
November 22-Sean McGonagil, Brown, Fr.
November 29-Miles Cartwright, Penn, Fr.
December 6-Laurent Rivard, Harvard, Fr.
December 13-Steve Frankoski, Columbia, Fr.
December 20-Gediminias Bertasius, Dartmouth, Fr.
December 27-Miles Cartwright, Penn, Fr.
January 3-Laurent Rivard, Harvard, Fr.
January 10-Dockery Walker, Brown, Fr.
January 17-Laurent Rivard, Harvard, Fr.
January 24-Jeremiah Kreisberg, Yale, Fr.

Monday, January 24, 2011

News and Notes: Monday Edition

(Photo Cornell Daily Sun)
Below, some news and notes for Monday...

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Game Recap: Cornell Falls to Columbia Again

Below, recaps of Cornell's defeat on Saturday in Ithaca to Columbia...

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Don't Feed the Bear

The new Big Red statue outside Newman Arena in Bartels Hall. Photo by Jake Mastbaum, SlopeTV.

Sports Network Picks Columbia Big Over Big Red

Get all the information you need about Cornell's game against Columbia in Newman Arena today with The Cornell Basketball Blog's Game Preview Center. Below, the Sports Network picks Columbia to cruise past Cornell.

News and Notes: Saturday Game Day Edition

Get all the information you need about Cornell's game against Columbia in Newman Arena today with The Cornell Basketball Blog's Game Preview Center. The game will be televised on Time Warner Cable Sports throughout the New York metro area. Catch the game live today, Saturday, January 22 at 4:30 pm. Time Warner will replay the game on Sunday, January 23 at 6 pm. The game will broadcast on Sports Extra (Channel 198) in New York City.

Below, some news and notes for Friday...

Friday, January 21, 2011

"Downtown" Drew Ferry Interview on WVBR.com

Catch WVBR's Barry Leonard's pre-game interview with Drew Ferry on Saturday before tip off of the Columbia at Cornell game. The pre-game show starts at 4 pm. Listen live on WVBR.com. Also, get all the information you need about the game on Saturday with The Cornell Basketball Blog's Game Preview Center.

Ithaca Journal Previews Columbia at Cornell

Ivy League Office Weekend Preview

Complete Ivy League Men's Basketball Weekly Release

PRINCETON, N.J. -- It's rematch weekend with the three return games among Ivy League travel partners that highlight the men's basketball weekend schedule for Jan. 21-23.

Brown-Yale, Columbia-Cornell and Dartmouth-Harvard series ring the bell for their respective round two matchups on Saturday with two home teams, Yale and Harvard, looking for season sweeps and Cornell hoping to avenge its road loss to Columbia a week ago.

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Columbia goes into its second game with Cornell on a streak of its own, winners of three straight and seven of its last eight games. The Lions are looking to sweep the season series with the Big Red for the first time since the 2001-02 campaign. Columbia's man in the middle, junior center Mark Cisco, has come on strong lately, averaging 9.8 points and 6.6 rebounds in his last five games. Cornell will need another strong performance from junior guard Drew Ferry, who had 23 points in the first meeting, to help the Big Red get back into the win column for the third in its last five games.

Round 2 of the Columbia-Cornell series is the opening game in the 14-game Ivy League Game of the Week on SIRIUS Satellite Radio schedule. All 14 games can be heard on SIRIUS Channel 130.

Columbia (10-5, 1-0 Ivy) @ Cornell (4-11, 0-1 Ivy)
Date:
Saturday, January 22 – 4:30 p.m.
Location: Newman Arena • Ithaca, N.Y.
Television: Time Warner Sports Central New York
Columbia-Cornell Series: Columbia leads, 119-96
Last Meeting: Columbia 79, Cornell 75 • 1/15/10 • New York
Live Stats | Video
Columbia Game Notes | Cornell Game Notes