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Game #13: Cornell at Maryland
Tip off: Tuesday, Jan. 3, at 8:00 p.m.
Site: Comcast Center (17,950), College Park, Md.
2011-12 Records: Cornell (4-8, 0-0 Ivy); Maryland (9-3, 0-0 ACC)
Series Record: Maryland leads 1-0
Last Meeting: Maryland won 92-41, Nov. 27, 1993 in College Park, Md.
Radio: HITS 103.3 FM (Barry Leonard)
TV: ESPN3.com (John Sadak, Glenn Consor)
Live Video: check availability at www.UMTerps.com
Live Stats: check availability at www.UMTerps.com
Tickets: available by calling (607) 254-BEAR

Cornell head coach Bill Courtney is in his second season at Cornell (14-26, .350) ... Courtney became the fifth Robert E. Gallagher '44 Coach of Men's Basketball at Cornell on April 23, 2010.

ITHACA, N.Y. — The Cornell men's basketball team hopes a new calendar year will provide some luck on the road, something the Big Red needs desperately with conference play right on the corner. Cornell closes a road trip of near-misses with one final opportunity for a signature win when it meets Maryland on Tuesday, Jan. 3 at 8 p.m. at the Comcast Center. Barry Leonard will provide the call on HITS 103.3 FM and on RedCast), while the game will be televised on ESPN3.com.

Cornell has dropped its first seven road contests of the season, including four straight to open its current five-game trip by an average of less than six points per game. All four contests came down to the final minute, with the last two games being decided in overtime and on a pair of last-second 3-point misses. The Big Red also led road games at Illinois and Penn State at halftime and well into the second half before falling late.

Wroblewski, a captain and candidate for the Bob Cousy Award, is averaging 8.8 points, 5.8 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game and runs an offense that has seven players averaging 5.8 points per game or better. Fellow senior captain Drew Ferry is posting a team-high 14.2 points, while three-time Ivy League Rookie of the Week Shonn Miller is scoring 8.6 ppg. and leads the team in rebounding (5.9 rpg.). Juniors Josh Figini (8.1 ppg.) and Eitan Chemerinski (7.2 ppg.) combine for 15.3 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game in 35.3 minutes per game at center.

Cornell's defense has been solid, allowing opponents to hit just 42 percent from the floor overall and 29 percent from beyond the 3-point arc (making just 5.6 per game). The Big Red paces the Ancient Eight in steals per game (8.3 per game).

• 2011-12 Record: 9-3 (0-0 ACC).
• Conference: Atlantic Coast Conference.
• Head Coach: Mark Turgeon (Kansas '87), 9-3, first season at Maryland; 259-162, 14th season overall.
• Maryland returns two starters and six letter winners from last season's 19-14 squad and have won six straight after opening the year 3-3.
• The Terrapins are 7-1 at home, with the lone loss coming to nationally ranked Illinois.
• Terrell Stoglin is averaging a team-best 21.8 points, while 7-1 center Alex Len, who only became eligible at the end of December, is scoring 13.5 points and grabbing 7.5 rebounds.
• Cornell and Maryland have two mutual opponents in 2011-12. The Big Red and Maryland have each dropped contests to Illinois (Cornell lost 64-60 in Champaign, Ill; Maryland dropped a 71-62 home contest), while both slipped by Albany at home (Cornell won 85-82 in OT; Maryland won 83-72).
• Maryland has not played a true road game through the first two months of the season.
• After four successful seasons at Texas A&M, two-time Big 12 Coach of the Year Mark Turgeon was hired to keep Maryland basketball at the top of the ACC. So far, he's done just that. Despite injuries and early suspensions, the Terrapins have already jumped out to a 9-3 record. Turgeon has coached in five of the last six NCAA tournaments, advancing to the second round or better each time.

THE SERIES: Maryland won the only previous meeting between the programs with a dominant 92-41 victory over the Big Red during the 1993-94 campaign in State College, Pa.

LAST TIME VS. MARYLAND: Maryland jumped out to a 22-1 lead and led by as much as 35 in the first half before running away for a 92-41 victory over the Big Red at Cole Fieldhouse. The game, which also was the first home game for eventual national player of the year Joe Smith, saw Exree Hipp get a career-high 25 points to lead four double figure scorers. Zeke Marshall led the Big Red with 12 points.

CORNELL VS. THE ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE: The Big Red is 1-23 against current members of the Atlantic Coast Conference, including 0-1 against Maryland. The Big Red has faced Boston College (0-3), Clemson (0-2), Duke (0-4), Georgia Tech (0-3), Miami (FL) (0-1), North Carolina (0-3), North Carolina State (0-5) and Wake Forest (1-1). Cornell has never faced Florida State, Virginia or Virginia Tech. This game is the only scheduled meeting between the Big Red and an ACC team this year. The lone win over Wake Forest came during the 1951-52 season, a 58-51 victory on the road. Since then, the Big Red has lost 23 consecutive games to current members of the ACC by an average margin of 23.8 points per game. Only four of those 23 games have been decided by single digits.

LOOKING BACK AT THE BUCKNELL GAME: The Cornell men's basketball team rimmed out a pair of 3-point attempts in the final 12 seconds to tie after getting possession back on steals and defending Patriot League champion Bucknell held on for a 63-60 victory at Sojka Pavilion. Junior Johnathan Gray scored a career-high 18 points to go along with five rebounds and senior Chris Wroblewski chipped in 11 points, seven assists and five rebounds, with both getting last-second looks to knot the back-and-forth game in the final seconds. Senior Drew Ferry added nine points for the Big Red, which limited Bucknell to 38 percent shooting overall and 20 percent from 3-point range. Timely offensive rebounding by Bucknell and untimely free throw misses by the Big Red helped the Bison start a new home win streak after having its 18-game one snapped on Wednesday against Loyola (Md.). Reigning Patriot League Player of the Year Mike Muscala had a dominant second half, scoring all 18 of his points after the break. He also grabbed 13 rebounds for the double-double. Bryan Cohen added 13 points and Bryson Johnson scored 11, with Brian Fitzpatrick scoring nine points and grabbing seven rebounds. The Bison held a 40-31 edge on the backboards, including a 16-7 advantage on the offensive glass.

• Cornell has snapped several long losing streaks to BCS conferences in the past few seasons. In 2009-10, the Big Red defeated an SEC team for the first time since 1972 when it topped Alabama 71-67 in Tuscaloosa. That same team topped St. John's 71-66 at Madison Square Garden, its first win over a Big East squad since 1969. The 2006-07 team defeated Northwestern 64-61 in Evanston, Ill., its first win over a Big Ten squad since 1967.
• The Big Red's last 10 games have been decided by single digits, with six of the last seven having been decided by four points or less or in overtime.
• Cornell will be without the services of starting point guard Miles Asafo-Adjei for the fifth straight game after the junior suffered an infection to his leg that left him hospitalized in Illinois.
• While Cornell has had good success at home (4-1), it is still in search of its first road victory (0-7).
• Three of Cornell's first 12 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 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 86-47 in the last five seasons.
• The Big Red is 44-12 in its last 56 Ivy League contests over the last four years.
• Cornell is 51-10 over its last 61 home games, including 34-8 in the last four seasons and 46-9 in the last five years.
• In non-conference games, the Big Red is 42-35 over the last five seasons.

• The Big Red has limited opponents to 29 percent shooting from beyond the 3-point arc (67-of-235), with opponents making just 5.6 per game. Only once has a team shot better than 33 percent against Cornell.
• Cornell is averaging 15.0 assists per game in its last seven contests.
• The Big Red has been outrebounded in 11 of the team's first 12 contests.
• Cornell has averaged 8.9 steals per game in its last 10 contests with five games of 10 or more.
• Cornell has made at least seven 3-pointers in 11 of its first 12 contests this season, while only allowing as many as seven four times (seven vs. Boston University, at Illinois, at Stony Brook and 10 at Penn State).
• The Big Red is forcing 16.8 turnovers per game in the last 11 contests.
• Cornell shot 43 percent from 3-point range in its first two games (18-of-42), but has connected on just 33 percent (84-of-253) in its last 10.
• Cornell has already lost 61 player games due to injury (Asafo-Adjei - 4; D.Cherry - 4; Gatlin - 12; Groebe - 1; LaMore - 3; Matthews - 12; Peck - 12; Sahota - 12; Scelfo - 1).

Nov. 14 — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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.

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.

TALL IVY: Over the last five seasons, Cornell's 53-17 record is the best among Ivy League teams in conference action. Penn, who claimed the 2006-07 title, is second at 40-30, followed by Yale (39-31), and 2010-11 Ivy champions Harvard (36-34) and Princeton (36-34). Rounding out the field is Columbia (32-38), Brown (29-41) and Dartmouth (16-54).

CORNELL BEYOND THE ARC — 600 AND COUNTING: The Big Red hit six 3-pointers at Bucknell on Dec. 31, its 639th 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 687 of 691 games, connecting on 4,304 treys, an average of 6.2 per game. Cornell has hit at least 10 3-pointers in a game 33 times in 73 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.

RED-WHITE SCRIMMAGE: Senior Drew Ferry scored 19 points and Chris Wroblewski finished just two rebounds shy of a triple-double to help White top Red 76-41 on Oct. 22 at Newman Arena in Bartels Hall in the annual Red-White Scrimmage. Ferry connected on five 3-pointers and had three assists and two steals without a turnover, while backcourt mate Wroblewski controlled the game with 17 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds. The duo led four double figure scorers, as Dwight Tarwater chipped in with 17 points and Josh Figini notched 10. Both players also recorded five rebounds. Freshman Galal Cancer also had a strong debut with seven rebounds and five assists. The White team posted 21 assists and just six turnovers in picking up the win for assistant coach Marlon Sears. The Red team's lone double figure scorer was Johnathan Gray with 10 points. Miles Asafo-Adjei scored nine points and had five assists and four rebounds. Jake Matthews scored eight points for assistant coach Mike Blaine's squad.

WHAT WAS LOST: Cornell said goodbye to three seniors last spring, as Mark Coury, Aaron Osgood and Adam Wire closed out their Big Red careers.
• Coury was one of the team's top post players in his two seasons on the court at Cornell, first as a reserve on last year's Sweet 16 squad in 2009-10, and last year as a regular in the rotation. A transfer from the University of Kentucky, Coury's biggest highlight came when he beat the shot clock to hit the game-winning basket with 35 seconds left at the Palestra to help Cornell sweep Penn a year ago.
• A team captain in 2010-11, Osgood was expected to be a major factor in the post, and was when healthy. One of the team's top scorers (7.3 ppg.) and rebounders (4.5 rpg.), Osgood played in 43 career games with eight starts, shooting 52 percent from the floor and averaging 3.0 points and 2.0 rebounds.
• Another team captain, Wire was a four-year letter winner who ranked among the top 20 all-time in steals and field goal percentage in school history. He totaled more that 100 steals and 100 assists and set career highs in scoring, rebounding and assists in his final season.

• Men's basketball games will be broadcast on HITS 103.3 FM for the 2011-12 season. Longtime voice of the Big Red Barry Leonard returns on the call with the play-by-play, while former All-Ivy center Eric Taylor'05 is on board to do color analysis. A half-hour pregame show and postgame analysis will enable Big Red fans to follow Coach Bill Courtney's team throughout the season. The audio of all games will also be available as part of the RedCast subscription service.
• The Big Red's home contests will all be broadcast live with streaming video as part of the RedCast subscription service. Visit www.CornellBigRed.com/showcase for all the latest information on Cornell broadcasts.
• Cornell will use SIDEARM Live Stats for each of the Big Red's home games in 2010-11. Visit www.CornellBigRed.com for all of the official statistics.
• You can follow the team on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. Highlights, interviews and features on all 36 of Cornell's varsity sports can be found at www.youtube.com/cornellathletics, www.facebook.com/cornellathletics or www.twitter.com/cornellsports.

NEXT UP: Cornell returns home on Saturday, Jan. 7 to face Division III Albright College at Newman Arena in Bartels Hall.

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