Wednesday, January 4, 2012

News and Notes: Wednesday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Wednesday...
  • Duke Basketball Report provides some links of recaps to last night's game between Cornell and Maryland. See also our recap section of the game. ACCSportsNation summarized the game and noted, "On a night where temperatures dropped below 20 degrees outside the Comcast Center, the Terps treated their hometown fans to some extremely impressive domination early in this game. At one point, the Terps even led 28-5 and went into halftime on top, 41-26. But the 2nd half was horrible. The Terps allowed the Big Red to get back to within 1 point, but never allowed them to take a lead. Maryland was able to hang on to get a bit of a nail-biting win, 70-62."
  • Jeff Foote ('10) is in NBA D-League action on January 5 and January 7 in a pair of home games as his Springfield Armor take on the Erie Bayhawks. Erie is coached by former Cornell assistant coach, Jay Larranaga. Foote was used by Larranaga as a practice player during the preseason. On January 9, Foote and his Armor will face the Los Angeles D-Fenders in Reno, Nevada in the D-League's Annual Showcase. The game will be broadcast on NBA TV. All of Foote's games are also broadcast for free online via the NBA D-League's Futurecast. Already one of Foote's D-League teammates has been called up to the NBA and Foote himself participated in the Portland Trailblazers' training camp.
  • Game Recaps-Below are links to our game recap sections from each of Cornell's games this season.
  1. November 11, 2011 at St. Bonaventure L 58-79
  2. November 14, 2011 vs. Binghamton W 76-61
  3. November 16, 2011 at Buffalo L 59-68
  4. November 20, 2011 vs. Boston University W 71-66
  5. November 22, 2011 at Delaware L 68-76
  6. November 27, 2011 vs. American L 63-65
  7. December 3, 2011 vs. Lehigh W 81-79 (OT)
  8. December 17, 2011 vs. Albany W 85-82 (OT)
  9. December 19, 2011 at Illinois L 60-64
  10. December 21, 2011 at Penn State L 67-74
  11. December 28, 2011 at Stony Brook L 58-69 (OT)
  12. December 31, 2011 at Bucknell L 60-63
  13. January 3, 2012 at Maryland L 62-70
  • 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 January 4 is No. 250 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. 185 in the nation, while the USA Today Sagarin rankings have Cornell at No. 229. 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 60 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 72 Rider 71 OT (Box Score - Recap)

Saturday, December 17
Elon 54 Dartmouth 62 (Box Score - Recap)
Albany 82 Cornell 85 OT (Box Score - Recap)

Sunday, December 18
Princeton 71 Northeastern 62 (Box Score - Recap)
Yale 68 Rhode Island 65 [COX RI] (Box Score - Recap)

Monday, December 19
Cornell 60 Illinois 64 [ESPN3] (Box Score - Recap)
Dartmouth 55 Colgate 61 OT (Box Score - Recap)

Wednesday, December 21
Dartmouth 64 Army 67 (Box Score - Recap)
Cornell 67 Penn State 74 [Big Ten Network] (Box Score - Recap)

Thursday, December 22
Florida Atlantic 51 Harvard 63 (Box Score - Recap)
Princeton 59 Siena 63 (Box Score - Recap)

Friday, December 23
Maine 71 Brown 58 (Box Score - Recap)
Dartmouth 74 Albany 82 (Box Score - Recap)
Marist 71 Penn 84 (Box Score - Recap)

Wednesday, December 28

Columbia 59 Marist 79 (Box Score - Recap)
Cornell 59 Stony Brook 68 OT [Cablevision] (Box Score - Recap)

Thursday, December 29
Brown 49 St. Francis (N.Y.) 66 (Box Score - Recap)
Harvard 67 Boston College 46 [ESPN3] (Box Score - Recap)
Penn 70 Davidson 75 (Box Score - Recap)
Yale 71 Wake Forest 72 (Box Score - Recap)

Friday, December 30
Princeton 75 Florida State 73 (3OT) [ESPN3] (Box Score - Recap)
Lafayette 67 Columbia 77 (Box Score - Recap)

Saturday, December 31
Cornell 60 Bucknell 63 (Box Score - Recap)
Holy Cross 65 Dartmouth 61 (Box Score - Recap)
Yale 70 Florida 90 [ESPNU] (Box Score - Recap)
Saint Joseph’s 69 Harvard 74 (Box Score - Recap)

Sunday, January 1
Princeton 76 Florida A&M 61 (Box Score - Recap)
Penn 55 Duke 85 [ESPNU] (Box Score - Recap)

Monday, January 2
American 70 Brown 61 (Box Score - Recap)
Fairleigh Dickinson 52 Columbia 67 (Box Score - Recap)

Tuesday, January 3
Bucknell 67 Dartmouth 59 (Box Score - Recap)
Harvard 54 Fordham 60 (Box Score - Recap)
Holy Cross 67 Yale 82 (Box Score - Recap)
Cornell 62 Maryland 70 [ESPN3] (Box Score - Recap)

Wednesday, January 4
Columbia at Colgate, 7 pm
Penn at Lafayette, 7 pm

Saturday, January 7
*Dartmouth at Harvard, 2 pm
Albright at Cornell, 2 pm

Sunday, January 8
Columbia at Elon, 2 pm
The College of New Jersey at Princeton, 2 pm
St. Joseph’s (N.Y.) at Yale, 7 pm


Anonymous said...

CBB, since the Ivies will begin conference play this weekend, do you have any updated prognostications on how the final standings will look? I asked the same question last year and you stood pat with your pre-nonconference predictions.

Also, any thoughts on Coach D's performance at BC?

Anonymous said...

nice breakout game for the black mamba.

Everything else, well...

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Have no predictions for the Ivy League other than Harvard looks like the team best positioned to win in it. Key for Harvard has been remaining healthy. They have no critical players suffering serious injuries.

Coach Donahue has done a good job at Boston College considering his roster is so inexperienced. He will need 5 years to get the program at full strength. He is in year #2.

Anonymous said...

Fordham has been playing well recently but their win still makes Harvard's hold on #1 look a lot less formidable. I think Cornell, Penn, Princeton, Yale, and Dartmouth will play Harvard tougher than expected. Columbia might too; their schedule so far has been far too easy for me to ascertain how good they really are. Brown is not doing well though.

As for coaches and how long it takes them to turn around programs, I have to point to Fordham's win and be even more impressed. Tom Pecora at Fordham and Dan Hurley at Wagner are only second year coaches who didn't have much to start with yet turned things around promptly. Hurley inherited one of the worst teams in the country who had gone 5-26 the year before and lost to Brown. All but one key player at Fordham left after the coaching change. And yet here in their second years, Wagner and Fordham have beaten Pitt, Georgia Tech, and Harvard.

Anonymous said...

Prognostications? How about an 0-8 road record against some very mediocre teams? Sure, there have been a couple of close games against some good teams, but moral victories are generally for losers. A loss is a loss, and Cornell is limping into Ivy play.

That said...the future for the Big Red for the next couple years should be bright with their young talent. It's just not there right now.

Anonymous said...

In the same way that yesterday Brian Delaney said our 2010 upset loss to Penn refocused the team, I think that Harvard's surprising fold at Fordham may ultimately prove useful to the Crimson, at least in terms of Ivy play. Harvard will probably not be ranked in either poll for awhile and some of the hype will be more subdued, allowing the team to deal with the job at hand with fewer distractions.

I think it's about a 50/50 proposition that the Crimson go 14-0 in league play and at least a 95% chance they get the NCAA bid. They may not go undefeated in conference but the next tier of teams (in order, probably Yale, Princeton, Penn and Cornell -- even Columbia could surprise) are sufficiently balanced that anybody who knocks off Harvard once will probably lose at least twice to others in that pack of five.

Even if Harvard finishes 13-1 or 12-2, the odds are very high that the next team will have at least one more loss.

Anonymous said...

Anony 10:41 PM
I'm not as upbeat on the future as you are. I agree there is some good talent on the team and coming in, the coaching staff has not been able to utilize them to the best of their ability or for comparison, as coach D to have them play above there potential.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Not sure how anyone can think this team is underperforming.

There are only two seniors in the rotation (Ferry and Wroblewski) and the team has a half dozen injuries. Peck was a huge loss, but Cornell suffered through some nonconference defeats without Lamore, Cherry, Asafo-Adjei, Matthews, Sahota, and Gatlin to name just a few.

The team is also missing some critical pieces, namely size. The Big Red just do not have any centers and have been matched against some big time post players at St. Bonaventure, Illinois and Maryland.

On the positive, this season's freshmen have been the best since the 2006-2007 season and next year's crop should be just as good and physically stronger.

Other teams in the league are getting hit much harder at graduation, namely Harvard, Penn and Yale.

Anonymous said...

With the strength of the top 5-6 teams in the Ivy this year, I would be surprised if Harvard has less than 2 league losses. They should finish 11-3, win by two games, and thankful that automatic bids exist.

Anonymous said...

For what it's worth, I don't think anyone said the team is "underperforming." I think the previous posters are just saying the team isn't very good at present but has a good deal of potential.