Friday, February 24, 2012

Weekend Predictions from the Sports Network and The Harvard Crimson

Get all the information you need about the Cornell Big Red's games at Brown (February 24, 7 pm) and at Yale (February 25, 7 pm) with The Cornell Basketball Blog's Game Preview Center. Below, predictions of Cornell's games this weekend from the Sports Network and the Harvard Crimson.....

The Sports Network writes:
Cornell (10-14) at Brown (7-20)

The Sports Network

DATE & TIME: Friday February 24th, 7:00 p.m. (et)

FACTS & STATS: Site: Pizzitola Sports Center (2,800) -- Providence, Rhode Island. Television: None. Home Record: Cornell 9-2, Brown 5-8. Away Record: Cornell 1-12, Brown 1-10. Neutral Record: Cornell 0-0, Brown 1-2. Conference Record: Cornell 5-5, Brown 1-9. Series Record: Cornell leads, 72-46.

GAME NOTES: The Cornell Big Red will begin their final road trip of the season tonight with an Ivy League bout against the Brown Bears at the Pizzitola Sports Center.

This will be the 119th meeting in all-time series between Cornell Brown. The Big Red hold a 72-46 advantage after their 72-63 victory on February 11th. Cornell was able to hit 47.1 percent of its field goals against the Bears the first time around, while Brown shot just 39 percent from the floor in the contest.

Bill Courtney has led the Big Red to a 10-14 overall record and a 5-5 mark in Ivy League action so far. Cornell comes in on a two-game losing skid after it dropped a 75-57 decision to Princeton last Saturday. The Tigers were the second team in a row to punish the Big Red from three-point range, as Cornell could not keep up with Princeton's 47.6 percent shooting from beyond the arc. The Big Red has been outscored by an average of 2.0 ppg this season.

Drew Ferry and Chris Wroblewski lead the balanced Big Red attack. Ferry is netting a team-high 11.5 ppg, while Wroblewski is scoring 10.8 points and dishing out 5.3 assists per game. Shonn Miller, Johnathan Gray, Galal Cancer, and Eitan Chemrinski all chip in above six ppg as well. Wroblewski paced the squad with 10 points, five rebounds, and three assists in its last outing versus Princeton.

Head coach Jesse Agel has had a frustrating year at the helm of Brown as his squad enters tied for last place in the Ivy League at 1-9 and is 7-20 overall. The Bears lost their seventh in a row on Saturday as they suffered a 58-53 setback to Dartmouth. The Bears were beat 32-22 in the rebounding battle in their loss to the Big Green. Brown is being outscored by an average of 7.9 ppg, which is the worst margin in the Ivy League.

Brown's sophomore guard Sean McGonagill is having a promising season. McGonagill has been solid all-around as he carries averages of 13.9 points, 5.6 assists, and 4.2 boards per game. McGonagill and junior Matt Sullivan each scored 14 points to lead the Bears in the loss to Dartmouth. Sullivan was very efficient as he connected on 4-of-4 field goals, including 3-of-3 from behind the three-point line. Stephen Albrecht added 11 points for the Bears.

Cornell was able to shut down Brown's struggling offense to push to a victory in the first matchup, but McGonagill missed that contest. While neither team was expected to have a dominating season, both coaches have to be disappointed as the season nears its end. McGonagill and Wroblewski are two of the better guards in the league, and their battle in this one should provide an entertaining back and forth.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Brown 68, Cornell 64

The Harvard Crimson writes:

...Cornell is “Midnight in Paris,” with a man (Chris Wroblewski) realizing that the people he once admired are no longer with him, leaving him nostalgically wishing to return to the better days of the past...


CORNELL (10-14, 5-5) AT BROWN (7-20, 1-9)

Oh, Brown. You’re just so terrible. You’ve lost seven straight, with your only Ivy win coming against Dartmouth.

I would call you the Cubs since you don’t deserve to be called Bears, but there’s already a bad sports team named the Cubs. And I couldn’t really change your first name either, since there’s not much that represents crap better than the color brown. So, enjoy it, Brown. I’ve run out of jokes to make fun of you—that’s how bad you are.

Cornell, meanwhile, continues to be uninterestingly mediocre. Before lacrosse season gets into gear this weekend, perhaps the hoops team should give Rob Pannell a look. The Big Red could use any help it can get.

Pick: Cornell 62, Brown 58



The Bulldogs came out flat in their biggest game of the season once again last Saturday, falling to Harvard by 14. Amazingly, that defeat didn’t even make Yale’s top three losses to the Crimson this year. For it would be tough to do much worse than football’s 45-7 thrashing, men’s basketball’s earlier 65-35 annihilation, and women’s hockey’s 8-0 demolition of the Bulldogs, all of which occurred in New Haven.

In fact, sprinkle in this year’s other disasters—the Patrick Witt and Tom Williams scandals, the 2010-2011 No. 1 men's hockey team’s fall to the middle of the 2011-2012 ECAC pack, Reggie Willhite’s mohawk, the men’s squash team’s epic playoff collapse, and the women’s hockey team’s worst-palindrome-ever 1-27-1 season—and what do you get?

In the eyes of the YDN, only one of the best seasons in the history of Bulldog athletics, of course!

For if beauty is in the eye of the beholder, Yale is currently the beholder, and it’s a drunken, blind pirate who doesn’t know what beauty is.

But we shouldn’t be too hard on our New Haven friends. Because when you’re always finishing behind two other schools, it’s only natural to develop a different definition of success.

So go ahead, Yale, be proud of yourself. You’re doing just great. Hopefully you won’t beat the Big Red and put a dint on all your aforementioned achievements this year.

Pick: Yale 70, Cornell 64

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