Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Bleacher Report Ivy League Preview

Above, the Cornell/Ivy League preview from the Bleacher Report. BR writes, "The Ivy League has improved tremendously over the past few seasons. In 2010, Cornell advanced to the Sweet 16."


Anonymous said...

This year's eight teams seem pretty weak compared to recent successful teams in the league (ie Cornell 2008-2010, Harvard 2012). I can't imagine any of these teams being ranked nationally or making a run in the tournament. But who knows -- i guess that's why you play the games.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Sounds about right.

Anonymous said...

Strictly conjecture, but if we can get 8-10 points and 15-16 rebounds per game from the big man(men) at center, 12 points per game from each of the other 4, plus 3-4 rebounds each, 16 -18 points from the bench plus 6 rebounds, as well as shoot 77-79% from foul line as a team, I would hope for an 18-20 win season and at least 2nd in league. Last year our foul shooting lost games, and we need more intensity on defense. (Just positive "macro" thinking) I believe that it is do-able.

Anonymous said...

You are absolutely right, when you say numbers like that would lead to a really good season. In fact, the last time Cornell had stats like this, the Red went 29-5 overall, 13-1 in the league, and won a couple NCAA tournament games.

Cornell 2012-2013 will be the best team of the Courtney era, but it doesn't seem likely that it will play at the above level.

Fortunately, it will not take anything like those numbers to finish second behind Princeton, who looks to be a solid, but not overwhelming league favorite. Second would be a really good year for this edition of the Red.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

2013-2014 will be better.

Peck, Shonn Miller, David Onuorah, Braxston Bunce, Galal Cancer, Devin Cherry, just to name a few.

The toughest loss will be Jon Gray, but there is a belief that by the time '13-'14 rolls around, guys that will be juniors and sophs will be much, much improved--- mainly Cancer, Cherry, Cressler, Scelfo (then a senior), Matthews (senior).

Chemerinski, Figini and McMillan losses softened by the tremendous frontcourt talent.

Anonymous said...

One does not always have a good night offensively, but you can still win games with superior defense, great intensity, and 80% foul shooting. (With nobody in your face, anything less than 80% FT is bad) It takes a lot of effort, particularly on the Saturday nite after a Friday conference game, when you are away. Again, it can be done.