Thursday, February 9, 2012

News and Notes: Thursday Edition

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Get all the information you need about the Cornell Big Red's games vs. Yale (February 10, 7 pm) and Brown (February 11, 7 pm) with The Cornell Basketball Blog's Game Preview Center. Below, some news and notes for Thursday...
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  • After Nolan Cressler scored 28 points in a win against Gateway, Mitch Adams, Gateway's coach said, "The next time I see Nolan Cressler, I hope it's in a Cornell uniform."
  • Celebrating Black History Month, the Ivy League Office notes, "DID YOU KNOW? The Ivy League boasts five African-American alumni who are currently NCAA Division I men's basketball head coaches that have combined for 471 coaching wins (as of Feb. 4). Cornell's Jeff Jackson (at Furman), Penn's Jerome Allen (at Penn) and Princeton's Sydney Johnson (at Fairfield), Craig Robinson (at Oregon State) and John Thompson III (at Georgetown) headline a list of 11 Ivy League alumni serving as NCAA Division I men’s basketball head coaches during the 2011-12 season. They traded in their sneakers for clipboards and now are leading the next wave of Ivy League graduates to make their way to the sidelines... Jackson (95 wins) never played a game of varsity basketball at Cornell. Actually, he went to Ithaca to play football, playing safety on the freshman team. However, it was during his undergraduate days when he got into coaching. Jackson served as a student coach with the junior varsity basketball team three years and even spent one season as a graduate assistant with the football team. He graduated from Cornell's School of Industrial and Labor Relations, majoring in management and organizational development. After serving one season as a graduate assistant coach at Southern California, Jackson's basketball coaching career took off. He had assistant positions at St. Bonaventure, Colorado State and Stanford before serving as head coach at New Hampshire for three seasons. Jackson departed New Hampshire following the 1998-99 season and went to Vanderbilt where he served as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for seven seasons. During his seven years in Nashville, Vanderbilt advanced to the postseason five times (one NCAA Tournament and four National Invitation Tournaments). He got his second shot as a head coach on April 24, 2006, when Furman named him the school's 16th head coach."

  • The Columbia Spectator makes a case for increased TV coverage for the Ivy League and writes, "Ivy basketball has clearly risen in fame over the last few years following Cornell’s run to the Sweet Sixteen."

It’s a good day to be a Springfield Armor player.

Armor players JamesOn Curry, Jerry Smith and Jeff Foote were selected to represent Springfield at the sixth annual NBA D-League All-Star Game Feb. 25 at Orlando, Fla.

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Foote ranks sixth in the D-League in rebounding and has registered a team-high eight double-doubles.

“It speaks a lot to our team and I think guys like Dennis Horner, Lance Hurdle and L.D. Williams can all be in our spot as well,” Foote said. “We have a tremendous team and it’s an honor to play with these guys and I’m very happy to be on this team in Springfield.”

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The only better news for a D-League player would be a call-up to the NBA and getting selected by fan voting and the D-League coaches for the All-Star Game is a step in the right direction.

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All three players spent time in NBA camps during the preseason, Curry and Smith with the Nets, who are in a hybrid relationship with the Armor, and Foote with Portland.

“It’s been kind of a wild ride for me the last two years so it’s kind of nice to be recognized again,” Foote said.

The Armor signed Foote out of the available player pool. Foote spent last year playing in Israel and Spain and started this season in Poland before returning stateside and joining Erie in the preseason.

Cornell grad Foote chosen for all-star game

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Jeff Foote, a Spencer-Van Etten High graduate and former three-time All-Ivy League center for the Cornell basketball team, has been selected to participate in the sixth annual NBA Development League All-Star Game, it was announced Wednesday by his team, the Springfield Armor.

Two of his Armor teammates -- guards JamesOn Curry and Jerry Smith --also were chosen to play in the game, which will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, in Orlando, Fla., as part of NBA All-Star Weekend. The D-League All-Star game will air live on NBA TV (Time Warner Cable channel 28).

The Armor (15-13) and the Los Angeles D-Fenders (20-10) both had a league-high three players chosen to play.

"I'm extremely happy for all three guys and for our organization," Armor head coach Bob MacKinnon said in a statement. "This shows how hard they've worked and how supportive their teammates have been. We're looking forward to continuing our season and hopefully making a strong run toward the playoffs."

Foote, reached Wednesday evening by phone, said he found out about his and his teammates' selection after a "tough" practice earlier in the day.

"It's kind of cool, especially after the whirlwind couple of years I've had," said Foote, who played in Israel, Morocco (in the Spanish second division) and Poland in 2010 and '11. "I knew that there was voting (for the All-Star Game) but I really didn't think too much about it. I always kind of thought some of my teammates would go before me, so I'm pretty excited."

The 7-foot, 265-pound Foote, acquired by Springfield in November from the NBA D-League's available player pool this season, is averaging 14.6 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 31.9 minutes a game. He has registered a team-high eight double-doubles and is sixth in the league in rebounding. Foote spent time in NBA training camp with the Portland Trail Blazers before joining the Armor.

Foote holds the record for defensive rebounds in a career at Cornell (454) and is third in blocked shots (159) and averaged 11.0 points and 7.3 rebounds for his career.

A 2005 S-VE graduate, Foote averaged 12.3 points his senior year at Cornell, when the Big Red went 29-5, won its third straight Ivy League title, and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament.

Foote -- whose D-League club has won four of its last five, including a 117-99 defeat of Sioux Falls last Friday -- is hopeful that an NBA team will give him a call during the current 10-day call-up period.

"I was in Portland last year, so I think that's my best shot," he said, "but we're the (New Jersey) Nets affiliate, and they've taken a little interest. You never know; it all depends on the teams and what they need."

The 6-4 Curry, who played college ball at Oklahoma State, is averaging 16.9 points and 6.3 assists. The 6-2 Smith, the reigning NBA D-League Performer of the Week and a former Louisville player, is averaging a team-high 17.7 points and 5.2 rebounds.

A combination of voting by the league's 16 head coaches and fan balloting on nba.com/dleague was used to select the 20 NBA D-League All-Stars, 10 from each conference.

Foote at Cornell

» Career averages: 11.0 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.8 blocks (87 games)

» Career record: 69-18 (34-1 home)

» Ivy League Defensive Player of the year: 2008-09, '09-10)

» First-team All-Ivy selection: 2009-10

» Second-team All-Ivy selection: 2007-08, '08-09)

Cornell All-Time Rankings:

» Defensive rebounds: First (454)

» Blocked shots: Third (159)

» FG percentage, single season: Second (.625, 09-10)

  • 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
  14. January 7, 2012 vs. Albright W 78-60
  15. January 13, 2012 vs. Princeton W 67-59
  16. January 14, 2012 vs. Penn L 52-64
  17. January 21, 2012 at Columbia L 56-61
  18. January 28, 2012 vs. Columbia W 65-60
  19. February 3, 2012 at Harvard L 60-71
  20. February 4, 2012 at Dartmouth W 68-59
  • 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: CollegeRPI.com 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 February 9 is No. 187 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 KenPom.com site ranks Cornell No. 182 in the nation, while the USA Today Sagarin rankings have Cornell at No. 192. Both sites are predominantly used by fans and the media.
IVY LEAGUE COMPOSITE SCHEDULE

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 66 Colgate 59 (Box Score - Recap)
Penn 78 Lafayette 73 (Box Score - Recap)

Saturday, January 7
*Dartmouth 47 Harvard 63 (Box Score - Recap)
Albright 60 Cornell 78 (Box Score - Recap)

Sunday, January 8
Columbia 65 Elon 60 (Box Score - Recap)
The College of New Jersey 68 Princeton 79 (Box Score - Recap)
St. Joseph’s (N.Y.) 86 Yale 101 (Box Score)

Tuesday, January 10
Harvard 70 Monmouth 61 (Box Score - Recap)
La Salle 68 Penn 57 (Box Score - Recap)

Wednesday, January 11
Longwood 79 Brown 77 (Box Score - Recap)

Friday, January 13
*Penn 66 Columbia 64 (Box Score - Recap)
*Princeton 59 Cornell 67 (Box Score - Recap)

Saturday, January 14
*Brown 64 Yale 68 (Box Score - Recap)
Longwood 67 Dartmouth 83 (Box Score - Recap)
George Washington 48 Harvard 69 (Box Score - Recap)
*Princeton 62 Columbia 58 (Box Score - Recap)
*Penn 52 Cornell 64 (Box Score - Recap)

Saturday, January 21
*Yale 73 Brown 60 (Box Score - Recap)
*Cornell 56 Columbia 61 (Box Score - Recap)
*Harvard 54 Dartmouth 38 (Box Score - Recap)
Saint Joseph’s 80 Penn 84 (Box Score - Recap)

Monday, January 23
Brown 67 Bryant 60 (
Box Score - Recap)

Friday, January 27

*Dartmouth 59 Brown 66 (
Box Score - Recap)
*Harvard 65 Yale 35 (
Box Score - Recap)

Saturday, January 28

*Harvard 68 Brown 59 (
Box Score - Recap)
*Columbia 60
Cornell 65 (Box Score - Recap)
*Dartmouth 52 Yale 62 (
Box Score - Recap)

Monday, January 30
*Princeton 67 Penn 82 (Box Score - Recap)

Friday, February 3
*Princeton 77 Brown 63 (Box Score - Recap)
*Columbia 64 Dartmouth 62 (Box Score - Recap)
*Cornell 60 Harvard 71 (Box Score - Recap)
*Penn 53 Yale 60 (Box Score - Recap)

Saturday, February 4
*Penn 65 Brown 48 (Box Score - Recap)
*Columbia 52 Harvard 57 (Box Score - Recap)
*Cornell 68 Dartmouth 59 (Box Score - Recap)
*Princeton 54 Yale 58 (Box Score - Recap)

Friday, February 10
*Brown at Columbia, 7 pm
*Yale at Cornell, 7 pm
*Harvard at Penn, 7 pm
*Dartmouth at Princeton, 7 pm

Saturday, February 11
*Brown at Cornell, 7 pm
*Yale at Columbia, 7 pm
*Dartmouth at Penn, 7 pm
*Harvard at Princeton, 7 pm [ESPNU]

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