Friday, September 30, 2011

A Date in Cornell Basketball History: Big Red vs. Jimmy V.

Above, the A.P. game recap and the game program from Cornell's January 3, 1988 defeat to Jim Valvano's N.C. State team in Raleigh. N.C. State featured several future NBA players, including Vinny Del Negro, Charles Shackleford, Chris Corchiani, Chucky Brown and Rodney Monroe. Cornell would finish the season as Ivy League champions and clinch a bid to the 1988 NCAA Tournament.

Recruiting News

In this post, some recruiting updates from around the Ivy League.

News and Notes: Friday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Friday...

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

A Date in Cornell Basketball History: The Cornell Dynasty of 1912-1914, a National Player of the Year and Almost a National Championship

In our continuing series, A Date in Cornell Basketball History, we look back to the golden era of Cornell Basketball during the 1910s. In both 1912-1913 and 1913-1914, Cornell captured the Eastern Intercollegiate Basketball League (the "EIBL"-- the predecessor of the Ivy League) championships. Above, a clipping from the Wisconsin Daily News from March 1913 shows that the Wisconsin Badgers passed on the opportunity of facing Cornell for the 1912-1913 national championship. Cornell finished the '12-'13 season 11-4/7-1 EIBL and the '13-'14 season 14-2/8-2 EIBL.

Gil Halstead (class of 1914) was a member of Cornell's back-t0-back '13 and '14 EIBL championship teams. In addition to being named 1st Team All America in 1912-1913 and 1913-1914, Halstead was the 1913-1914 National College Player of the Year his senior year. These honors were selected by the Helms Foundation.

In 1941, the Helms Foundation retroactively selected national champions for the years 1901-1941 (after the NCAA created the first NCAA Tournament in 1939). The Helms Foundation ultimately designated Navy (9-0) as the national champion for 1912-1913. However, the Midshipmen did not face Cornell during the 1912-1913 season.

News and Notes: Wednesday Edition

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Monday, September 26, 2011

News and Notes: Monday Edition

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Athlon Sports' Ivy League Preview

Above, the Athlon Sports College Basketball 2011-2012 preview of the Ivy League.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Monday, September 19, 2011

Holt Harmon Highlights

Incoming Cornell recruit, Holt Harmon (Plano West HS), Plano, TX, 6-9, F (No. 33 above) was a starter for his elite AAU team, Texas Assault, which faced Dream Vision of California in the Adidas Super 64 Championship Game in Las Vegas, Nevada this summer. The game which featured multiple top 100 recruits was televised on CBS College Sports. Harmon's first half performance propelled Texas to the 93-78 championship victory. Highlights are below:

News and Notes: Monday Edition

Above, Eric Taylor ('05), joins Barry Leonard this season as an analyst for Cornell Basketball radio and online broadcasts. Below, some news and notes for Monday...

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Cornell Receives Verbal Commitment from Holt Harmon

Holt Harmon (Plano West HS) Plano, TX, 6-9, F, committed to Cornell during homecoming weekend.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Thursday, September 15, 2011

The Cornell Basketball Coaching Tree: Jeff Jackson '84

News and Notes: Thursday Edition

Above, CBS Sports analyzes an offensive set run by Cornell in the first round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament. Below, some news and notes for Thursday...

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

ESPN on Ivy Balance

Above, a screen shot from ESPN's 2010 NCAA Tournament coverage.

News and Notes: Wednesday Edition

Above, Cornell's Errick Peck, a 6'6" junior, could be primed for a breakout season in 2011-2012. Below, some news and notes for Wednesday...

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Monday, September 12, 2011

Sunday, September 11, 2011

The Cornell Basketball Blog's 2011-2012 Season Preview Index

This is The Cornell Basketball Blog's 2011-2012 Season Preview Index. Below we compile a list of links to Cornell and Ivy League season previews from the major preseason publications. We will continuously update this list throughout the preseason. A link to this Index will be available on the right column of the Blog.

Lindy's 2011-2012 Cornell Preview

Above, the Lindy's Sports College Basketball 2011-2012 Preview of Cornell.

Sporting News 2011-2012 Cornell Preview

Above, the Sporting News 2011-12 College Basketball Preview of Cornell.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Friday, September 9, 2011

News and Notes: Friday Edition

Until another Ivy League team finishes a college basketball season ranked in the top 25 and advances as deep as the Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA Tournament, Cornell's 2009-2010 team continues to remain the celebrated gold standard of Ivy League basketball in the modern era. Above, the starting five from the toast of America during 2010's March Madness. Below, some news and notes for Friday...

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Schedule Update from Cornell Athletics

* Revised 2011-12 Men's Basketball Schedule

ITHACA, N.Y. -- Three games on the 2011-12 schedule have been reshuffled, all involving Ivy League games in January. The changes are due to keeping final exam schedules at Princeton.

Men's basketball's scheduled single home game against Columbia has been moved to Saturday, Jan. 28 at Newman Arena from its original date of Jan. 14. That weekend will switch with home contests against Princeton and Penn, which will now be played on Friday, Jan. 13 and Saturday, Jan. 14, respectively. Those games were originally scheduled for Jan. 27 and 28.

Game times will be announced shortly.

News and Notes: Thursday Edition

Above, Andrew Naeve ('07) and Jeff Foote ('10), a pair of former seven footers who both earned All Ivy League honors during their time at Cornell. Below, some news and notes for Thursday...

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

A Date in Cornell Basketball History: Eric Taylor's ('05) Performance vs. Buffalo in 2002

Continuing our regular series, A Date in Cornell Basketball History, we remember Eric Taylor's ('05) performance at Alumni Arena in Buffalo, New York on November 22, 2002.

In front of 4,131 fans on the road at Buffalo, Eric Taylor ('05) put forth one of the best individual single game performances in Cornell basketball history as he finished with 30 points on 14/16 shooting from the floor and collecting 9 rebounds and 3 assists. Taylor had 22 points on a perfect 10/10 from the floor in the first half, guiding Cornell to a 78-72 win.

"That was the best offensive performance in the history of basketball. Eric Taylor looked like Bill Walton. At halftime I thought he may have been the best player in college basketball history. He did whatever he wanted," Buffalo head coach Reggie Witherspoon said after the game. "This is a great win for our program, to go out in front of 4,000 screaming fans and get a win," said former Cornell head coach Steve Donahue after the game.

News and Notes: Wednesday Edition

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

News and Notes: Tuesday Edition

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"E.T." Joins "Big Red Barry" on the Air

In Cornell basketball broadcast news, Eric Taylor ('05) will join longtime Cornell Big Red basketball play-by-play announcer, Barry Leonard on the radio call this season on Hits 103.3. Taylor will join Leonard for most if not all of Cornell's home contests. Both Taylor's and Leonard's call will also be available as part of the Cornell RedCast subscription service which offers online video for home games and audio for the road contests.

Taylor was a three-year captain of the Big Red as a 6'8" forward/center and earned All Ivy League Honorable Mention honors during the 2004-2005 season. Taylor ranks among Cornell's top 30 in career marks in virtually every major statistical category. He currently sits 21st on Cornell's all-time scoring list, 10th in career rebounding, 30th in career assists, 29th in career steals and 6th in career blocks.

Taylor is currently pursuing an MBA at Cornell's Johnson School.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Osgood ('11) and Wire ('11) Live From Denmark

Adam Wire ('11) and Aaron Osgood ('11), teammates on the Vaerlose basketball club in Denmark's premier league have launched a blog (click here), covering their adventures in Copenhagen.

A Date in Cornell Basketball History

Continuing our regular series, A Date in Cornell Basketball History, above, an advertisement for "Junior Weekend" and an excerpt from a game preview appearing in the Cornell Bulletin from February 1946 (the wartime newspaper of Cornell University in place of the temporarily suspended Cornell Daily Sun). The Bulletin advertises a pep rally for Cornell's home contest against Penn on February 2. The Big Red prevailed 70-58 and finished the 1945-1946 season 6-2 in the EIBL (the Ivy League predecessor) and 12-5 overall. The Junior Weekend also featured "freshman cap burnings" and a "Stairway to the Stars" semiformal dance.

News and Notes: Sunday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Sunday...
  • In news around the country, the Big 5 is just a shell of its former self according to ESPN's Dana O'Neil. ESPN also has a feature on Penn State while YahooSports has some coverage of Maryland. Cornell faces Penn State on December 21 and Maryland on January 3.
  • TheValley News Dispatch writes:

    D-I hoopers

    Basketball season is more than two months away, but Alle-Kiski fans can look forward to watching a pair of Division I recruits play.

    Plum's Nolan Cressler verbally committed to Cornell last week, joining another local standout, Highlands' Micah Mason, a Drake recruit.

    The Valley hasn't had two Division I recruits heading into a season since 2004, when Freeport's Dave Bauman committed to Albany and Plum's Mike McKee picked Kent State.

    Cressler narrowed his list of five offers to Cornell and Yale.

    "Cornell is the place I will be the happiest," said Cressler, who averaged 25.5 points per game last season.

    Mason was the WPIAL's top scorer, at 33.3 points. He is awaiting medical clearance to return to competitive basketball. He was diagnosed with POTS Syndrome and spinal cord meningeal compression, which has caused varying symptoms, such as irregular heartbeat, dizziness and digestive problems.

Below, our Cornell basketball themed tweets of the day from the twittersphere...

Friday, September 2, 2011

Thursday, September 1, 2011

News and Notes: Thursday Edition

Below some news and notes for Thursday...

Above, our Tweets of the Day from the twittersphere...
  • In preseason exhibition action in Poland, Cornell alumni-- Jeff Foote ('10) scored 19 points while Ryan Wittman ('10) added 8 points as their club, Zastal, cruised to an 81-53 win over Polpharma, a rival in Poland's PLK league.
  • The Daily Pennsylvanian notes that Mike Hall (Woodward Academy) College Park, GA, 6-10, F/C, has narrowed his college list to five schools: Virginia Tech, George Mason, Penn, Harvard and Cornell. Hall has scheduled visit dates to George Mason (September 1), Penn (September 16) and Harvard (September 23). Of the schools already eliminated from consideration, Hall had offers from Ole Miss, Oklahoma State, Charlotte, Northwestern, Cal, Florida State, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Murray State, New Mexico State, Fairfield, Furman and Tennessee Tech according to It is not known whether Hall will use his two additional NCAA permitted official visits to his other finalists.