Tuesday, September 18, 2012

News and Notes: Tuesday Edition

Cornell and Wisconsin will meet again on November 18, 2012 after the Big Red knocked off the Badgers in the Second Round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament.  Below, some news and notes for Tuesday...

  • Jeff Foote (Cornell '10) scored 12 points on Monday to help his Zalgiris team of Lithuania defeat Lietuvos Rytas in Vilnius, Lithuania to claim the SuperCup trophy, a two-game series between the teams as a preseason event in preparation for Lithuania's LKL regular season competition.  Below highlights from the game. Above, Foote throws down a dunk. The LKL regular season starts September 26 for Zalgiris which is the 4th ranked team in all of Europe and a member of the EuroLeague.  See the preview of Zalgiris in the EuroLeague on the league's official website.  The best players in the world not playing in the NBA are in the EuroLeague.

  • Sports Bank's countdown of the top 111 teams for 2012-2013 thus far includes the following Cornell opponents
#77 Harvard Crimson
#90 Vanderbilt Commodores
#103 Arizona State Sun Devils
  • Thus far, Cornell has confirmed televised games this season at Duke (ESPNU) and Arizona State (Pac12 Sports Network).  The Big Ten Network is expected to pick up Cornell's visit to Wisconsin. 


Anonymous said...

Your recent tweets about the stability of the Ivy League are timely. I understand why Notre Dame and all the realigning schools are playing musical chairs but, as a college sports fan, it's sad to see so many great old rivalries torn apart in the name of television money.

As you point out, the Ivies are a refreshing island of stability. The eight Ivy schools are not a marriage born of convenience or in the Bristol offices of ESPN. The Ivy sports programs fit together because their educational institutions are peers and colleagues.

The Chronicle of Higher Education published an illuminating survey conducted by the US Department of Education in which every American college was asked to name all the schools in the country which it considered an academic peer.

Interestingly, three Ivy League universities named the exact same ten schools: Cornell, Penn and Yale each cited the other seven Ivy League members plus Stanford, MIT and Chicago.

Perhaps not surprisingly, the fewest number of schools cited was three by Harvard, which named only Princeton, Stanford and Yale.

Anonymous said...

Is Wittman "retired" from basketball?

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

For now, yes.

Anonymous said...

The greeks still have enough money left to pay professional basketball players?

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Ha. Funny. But actually a good question.

Anonymous said...

While today's New York Times article on the Harvard cheating scandal left much to be desired, the anti-athletics sentiment displayed by some interviewees was rather surprising.

Although the article interviewed only a couple of anonymous individuals, the comments section on a recent Harvard newspaper article, the one about the repeated typo that led to initial suspicions of cheating, was accompanied by over 50 comments, many of which showed anti-athlete sentiments from alumni and other students.

Amaker might have a somewhat bigger reputation problem that I thought. First there was the scandal surrounding the reduction of academic standards to let in athletes. Now, this, which is surprising. Many articles said that a lot of non-athletes were involved. However, Harvard articles seem to implicate a disproportionate number of athletes were in that class, and many of their articles have been athletics-themed. The animosity displayed by some of those commenters towards student athletes is quite surprising; this scandal was in no way Amaker's, but it seems like it might contribute towards some dislike as several alum/students are sure he is recruiting kids of lower academic quality who take "cake" classes and who cheat.