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Game #19: Cornell at No. --/23 Harvard
Tip off: Friday, Feb. 3, at 7:00 p.m.
Site: Lavietes Pavilion (2,050), Cambridge, Mass.
2011-12 Records: Cornell (7-11, 2-2 Ivy League); Harvard (18-2, 4-0 Ivy League)
Series Record: Cornell leads 90-70
Last Meeting: Harvard won 73-60, Feb. 18, 2011 in Ithaca, N.Y.

Game #20: Cornell at Dartmouth
Tip off: Saturday, Feb. 4, at 7:00 p.m.
Site: Leede Arena (2,100), Hanover, N.H.
2011-12 Records: Cornell (7-11, 2-2 Ivy League); Dartmouth (4-16, 0-4 Ivy League)
Series Record: Dartmouth leads 102-100
Last Meeting: Cornell won 96-76, Feb. 19, 2011 in Ithaca, N.Y.

Radio: HITS 103.3 FM (Barry Leonard)
TV: None
Live Stats: check availability at www.CornellBigRed.com
Live Video: check availability at www.CornellBigRed.com
Tickets: check availability by calling (607) 254-BEAR

Cornell head coach Bill Courtney is in his second season at Cornell (17-29, .370) ... Courtney became the fifth Robert E. Gallagher '44 Coach of Men's Basketball at Cornell on April 23, 2010.

ITHACA, N.Y. — After evening its Ivy League record last weekend, the Cornell men's basketball team will face a pair of road challenges when it visits No. 23 Harvard and Dartmouth this weekend. The Big Red meets the Crimson on Friday, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. at Lavietes Pavilion, then vists the Big Green on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. at Leede Arena. Barry Leonard will provide the call on HITS 103.3 FM and you can listen live audio of the game on RedCast. Additionally, both Harvard and Dartmouth will provide live video on their web sites for a fee.

Cornell and Harvard have combined to win the last four Ivy League titles, with the Big Red the last Ancient Eight team to be nationally ranked before the Crimson this year (rising as high as No. 17 in 2009-10). Harvard is off to an 18-2 start and has signature wins over Florida State and Boston College. Dartmouth is rebuilding with one of the youngest teams in the Ivy League, including leading freshman rebounder Gabas Maldunas. Ten of the team's 16 losses have come by single digits.

Chris Wroblewski, a senior co-captain, became the school's 24th 1,000-point scorer earlier this season. He enters the weekend averaging 9.9 points, 5.4 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game and runs an offense that has seven players averaging 5.6 points per game or better. Senior Drew Ferry is posting a team-high 12.2 points and ranks eighth nationally in 3-pointers made per game (3.2), while Miller is scoring 9.2 ppg. and leads the team in rebounding (6.3 rpg.) and blocked shots (1.8 bpg.). Freshman Galal Cancer is averaging 7.1 ppg., 3.1 apg., 2.9 rpg. and 1.4 spg. and ranks third on the team in scoring in Ivy games (9.8 ppg.).

* 2011-12 Record: 18-2 (4-0 Ivy League).
* Head Coach: Tommy Amaker (Duke '87), 84-53, fifth season at Harvard; 261-191, 15th season overall.
* Harvard brings a six-game win streak and an 18-2 overall record into Friday's conference matchup with the Big Red. Opponents haven't scored more than 61 points in a game in seven contests.
* Harvard has been one of the top defensive teams in the country and has limited opponents to 40 percent shooting from the floor and 53.4 points per game.
* Offensively, the Crimson haven't been slouches either. Harvard is shooting 47 percent from the floor as a team and 37 percent from 3-point range.
* The Crimson feature three double figure scorers (Kyle Casey - 11.0 ppg.; Laurent Rivard - 10.6 ppg.; Keith Wright - 10.6 ppg.) and three other players scoring six points per game or more. Wright, the reigning Ivy League Player of the Year, is also averaging 7.8 rebounds per game. As a team, the Crimson outrebound opponents by +4.4 rpg.
* Fifth-year head coach Tommy Amaker has helped the Crimson to unprecedented success, including the program's first-ever Ivy League championship in 2010-11. Harvard has made consecutive postseason tournament for the first time ever.

THE SERIES: Cornell leads the series 90-70 dating back to the first meeting between the teams in the 1901-02 season. The Big Red is 11-7 in the last 18 contests and has won five of the last eight meetings, though Harvard swept last season's contests. Cornell's last four wins in the series have come by an average of 24.8 points, though the Crimson took a pair of easy victories over the Big Red a season ago by an average of 17.0 points.

LAST TIME VS. HARVARD: Cornell turned the ball over just eight times, outrebounded Harvard and outscored the talented Harvard frontcourt 30-16 in the paint, but a 35-6 free-throw disparity in the favor of the visitors proved too much for the Big Red to overcome in a 73-60 loss at Newman Arena. Drew Ferry hit four 3-pointers for his team-high 12 points, while Max Groebe added 10 as the lone Big Red players in double figures. Chris Wroblewski chipped in with eight points and three assists, while Adam Wire had eight points, five rebounds and three assists. Mark Coury had six points and seven rebounds, including five of the team's 15 offensive boards. Cornell held a 32-29 advantage on the glass and was credited with 14 assists to just eight turnovers. Harvard got balanced scoring with five players in double figures, led by Christian Webster with 20 points and five rebounds. The player that made it all go was point guard Brandyn Curry, who stemmed off at least three Cornell runs with shots at big times en route to 18 points and five assists. Kyle Casey chipped in 11 points and seven rebounds, while Keith Wright had a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Laurent Rivard scored 10 points off the bench to round out the double figure scorers. The Crimson connected on 29-of-35 shots from the free-throw line (83 percent), while Cornell was perfect in six attempts.

* 2011-12 Record: 4-16 (0-4 Ivy League).
* Head Coach: Paul Cormier (New Hampshire '74), 96-134, ninth season at Dartmouth; 182-245, 16th season overall.
* Dartmouth has lost three straight and nine of the last 10 to enter Friday's contest against Columbia with a 4-16 record. That mark is a bit deceiving, as 10 of those losses have come by single digits.
* Freshman Gabas Maldunas leads the team in scoring (8.8 ppg.), rebounding (7.1 rpg.) and blocked shots (20). In all, six different players are averaging between 6.7 and 8.8 points.
* The Big Green is shooting 39 percent from the floor overall and 35 percent from 3-point range while allowing opponents to connect on 41 percent of their shots and an equal 35 percent from beyond the arc.
* In his second go-round on the Dartmouth bench, Paul Cormier directed the Big Green to some of its greatest successes in the 1990s. Now, he is facing a rebuilding job with some of the top young talent in the Ancient Eight.

THE SERIES: Dartmouth leads 102-100 overall in a series that dates back to the 1900-01 campaign. Cornell has had the best of the series recently despite having its 10-game win streak in the series snapped last year. The Big Red has still captured wins in 14 of the last 16 meetings, including eight straight at Newman Arena.

LAST TIME VS. DARTMOUTH: For the second time this Ivy League season, the Cornell men's basketball hit 16 3-pointers and put six scorers in double figures, shooting 57 percent from the floor overall en route to a 96-76 win over Dartmouth at Newman Arena. Sophomore Errick Peck had a career-high 22 points, classmate Johnathan Gray posted his first career double-double (10 points, 11 rebounds) and junior Chris Wroblewski narrowly missed his second of the season (19 points, nine assists) as Cornell took control early and never let its foot off the pedal in a fast-paced effort. Four different players (Wroblewski, Peck, Max Groebe and Drew Ferry) each hit at least three 3-pointers as the team connected on 16-of-29 shots from beyond the arc (.552) as a group. Both Groebe and Ferry had 14 points each, while freshman Jake Matthews scored a career-high 10 points, including eight in the first half. Dartmouth shot 54 percent from the floor and made 7-of-14 from 3-point range, but couldn't overcome its 17 turnovers or the Big Red's hot shooting. R.J. Griffin led the team with 18 points and five rebounds, while Tyler Melville and Ronnie Dixon each had 11. Jabari Trotter rounded out the Big Green's four double figure scorers with 10 points.

* Though it hasn't been able to break through on the road (0-9), Cornell has had great success at home (7-2).
* Thirteen of the team's last 14 games against Division I teams have been decided by single digits.
* Three of Cornell's games have gone to overtime, with the Big Red going 2-1. It is the ninth time Cornell has played in at least three overtime games in a single season. The school record for OT contests in a year is four, done in 1962-63, 1979-80 and 1999-2000.

CORNELL VS. RANKED OPPONENTS: Cornell enters its contest against No. 23 Harvard with a 5-66 record all-time against teams ranked in the top 25. Cornell snapped an 18-game skid against ranked teams by dispatching of No. 12/13 Temple in the NCAA first round and No. 16/19 Wisconsin in the second round of the 2009-10 tournament. The Big Red's previous win was a 74-54 triumph over then-No. 19 California, at the 1992 Seton Hall/Meadowlands Tournament. That team featured Jason Kidd (who sat out the game) and former NBA player Lamond Murray. The Big Red's other wins came against then-No. 17 Syracuse in 1957 (60-54), then-No. 3 Princeton in 1967 (62-56) and a win by forfeit against No. 15 Minnesota in a game vacated by the Gophers after using an ineligible player in 1976.

TALL IVY: Over the last six seasons, Cornell's 55-19 record is the best among Ivy League teams in conference action. Penn, who claimed the 2006-07 title, is second at 43-30, followed by Yale (42-32), and 2010-11 Ivy champions Harvard (40-34) and Princeton (37-36). Rounding out the field is Columbia (33-41), Brown (30-44) and Dartmouth (16-58).

* Cornell is 2-1 this season in overtime in 2011-12.
* In two seasons under head coach Bill Courtney, the Big Red is 3-1.
* All-time, dating back to the first overtime game against Penn way back in 1922, Cornell is 37-45 in games that go an extra period.
* Cornell is 5-9 in multiple overtime games.
* The longest game for the Big Red was a five overtime contest against Princeton, won by the Tigers 66-61 on Feb. 24, 1979 at Barton Hall.
* Cornell is 28-15 in home overtime games, 2-2 in neutral contests and 8-27 in road games.

* Cornell is 88-50 in the last five seasons.
* The Big Red is 46-14 in its last 60 Ivy League contests over the last five years.
* Cornell is 53-11 over its last 64 home games, including 36-9 in the last four seasons and 48-10 in the last five years.
* In non-conference games, the Big Red is 42-36 over the last five seasons.

* The Big Red has limited opponents to 27 percent shooting from beyond the 3-point arc (96-of-352), with opponents making just 5.3 per game. Only twice has a team shot better than 33 percent against Cornell.
* Seven of Cornell's last nine opponents have shot under 40 percent from the floor (.389 over last nine games).
* The Big Red has been outrebounded in 15 of the team's first 18 contests.
* Cornell has made at least seven 3-pointers in 14 of its first 18 contests this season, while only allowing as many as seven five times (seven vs. Boston University, at Illinois, at Stony Brook and 10 at Penn State, vs. Penn).
* Cornell shot 43 percent from 3-point range in its first two games (18-of-42), but has connected on just 32 percent (119-of-378) in its last 16.
* Over its last four contests, the Big Red has made just 18-of-73 from 3-point range (.247).
* Cornell has at least eight steals in six straight games for the first time since the 2009-10 campaign.
* Cornell has already lost 94 player games due to injury (Asafo-Adjei - 10; D.Cherry - 4; Gatlin - 18; Groebe - 2; LaMore - 3; Matthews - 18; Peck - 18; Sahota - 18; Scelfo - 3).

MILLER CHALLENGING ROOKIE RECORDS: Freshman Shonn Miller has already set a freshman record for blocked shots in a season (33, good for 12th best in school history), breaking the previous record of 22 by Jeffrion Aubry during the 1995-96 campaign. Miller sits 16th on the school's freshman scoring chart with his 165 points scored. Next on the list is Ken Bantum with 184 points. To reach the top 10, Miller would need to average 8.0 ppg. over the remaining 10 regular season contests. His 114 rebounds is just 25 shy of Lenny Collins' school freshman record of 139 set during the 2002-03 campaign.

Nov. 14 — Shonn Miller's first varsity appearance was enough to catch the eye of the league after a solid opening effort at St. Bonaventure. Miller connected on all three of his field goals, including a 3-pointer, and added a team-high four rebounds in Cornell's 79-58 loss to the Bonnies. He added a blocked shot and a steal.
Nov. 21 — Shonn Miller averaged 12.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.0 blocks and 0.7 steals in just 23.3 minutes per game in helping Cornell go 2-1. He shot 46 percent from the floor and 71 percent from the free-throw line. He reached double figures in two of the three contests. Miller opened the week with career highs of 19 points and eight rebounds to go along with a block and a steal in a win over Binghamton. He eight points and two rebounds against Buffalo and notched 10 points, six rebounds and two blocked two shots against reigning America East champion and preseason favorite Boston University.
Nov. 28 — Shonn Miller averaged 8.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 1.5 steals in two games for the Big Red, including earning his first career starts. He had eight points, 10 rebounds, three blocked shots and two steals against an athletic Delaware frontcourt. He answered that performance with nine points, seven rebounds, a block and a steal against American.
Dec. 19 — Galal Cancer scored 11 points, dished seven assists, snatched five rebounds and picked up four steals in an 85-82 overtime victory over the Great Danes. He made 5-of-10 field goals while collecting career highs in assists and steals. He was also just two points off his career scoring high. Cancer had four points, two rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block in the final minute of regulation for the Big Red, who overcame a 10-point deficit with nine minutes to play to force an extra session.

CORNELL BEYOND THE ARC — 600 AND COUNTING: The Big Red hit nine 3-pointers against Columbia on Jan. 28, its 645th consecutive game with a made trey. With five 3-pointers at Seton Hall on Nov. 14, 2010, Cornell extended its streak of games with at least one 3-pointer to 600. The last time Cornell did not hit a 3-pointer was against Denison in the 1988-89 season opener (0-for-2). Since the 3-point shot came into effect in NCAA play during the 1986-87 season, Cornell has hit at least one shot behind the arc in 693 of 697 games, connecting on 4,339 treys, an average of 6.2 per game. Cornell has hit at least 10 3-pointers in a game 34 times in 79 games over the last three years, including an Ivy League single-game record 20 at Brown in 2009-10.

BOMBS AWAY: Cornell made 251 3-pointers in 28 contests during the 2010-11 campaign. The 9.0 3-pointers per game ranked second all-time in a season for the Big Red (behind only the 9.6 per game in 2009-10) and ranked sixth among all Division I teams a season ago. Last season, Cornell ranked first nationally in 3-point percentage (.430) and third in 3-pointers made per game in 2009-10, and ranked in the top 20 nationally in 3-point percentage in 2008-09 (fourth, .411), 2007-08 (fourth, .409) and 2006-07 (18th, .396).

STATING THE STATES: Members of the Cornell basketball team represent 16 states and one Canadian province.

BIG RED CAPTAINS: Cornell's senior backcourt of Drew Ferry and Chris Wroblewski will serve as co-captains for the 2011-12 season. Wroblewski is in his second year as team captain, becoming the 13th player to serve as captain for at least two years.

WROBLEWSKI NAMED FINALIST FOR LOWE'S SENIOR CLASS AWARD: Senior guard Chris Wroblewski has been named one of 30 finalists for the Lowe's Senior Class Award it was announced today by the committee. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition. He joins Penn's senior guard Zack Rosen as the only Ivy League players on the list. Wroblewski was a third-team Capital One Academic All-American as a junior and has twice been named to the academic all-district team. The two-year team captain has been involved in numerous charitable endeavors and has been a four-year starter on the court. His teams have won two Ivy titles and he is a two-year member of the Bob Cousy Award Watch List as the nation's top point guard. A second-team All-Ivy pick as a junior, he was the conference's leader in steals and was second in assists and assist-to-turnover ratio and sixth in scoring. He has twice led the conference in 3-point field-goal percentage.

NEXT UP: Cornell returns home for a weekend set against Yale on Friday, Feb. 10, then Brown on Saturday, Feb. 11 at Newman Arena. Both games will tip at 7 p.m.

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