Friday, October 12, 2012

TV, Red-White Game and Duke Tickets ... the 2012-13 Men's Hoops Season

Bill Courtney, 2010-11

ITHACA, N.Y. -- The 2012-13 Cornell men's basketball season kicks off today ... not with midnight madness, but with a late-night practice all the same. The Big Red will hit the court for the first time together tonight after the Cornell-Harvard volleyball match in Newman Arena. The closed practice will kick off the highly anticipated season.

So, when can fans and alumni get an opportunity to see the Big Red for the first time? Mark your calendar for Saturday, Oct. 20 at 5 p.m. for the annual Red-White basketball intrasquad scrimmage. Details of the scrimmage haven't been settled and will be announced next week.

Also this week, the Ivy League announced its 2012-13 national television schedule that included a pair of televised Big Red games. NBC Sports Network is scheduled to show the Cornell-Columbia Ivy League opener on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 3 p.m. in Ithaca. In addition, the Big Red's season finale at Harvard will also be broadcast on NBC Sports Network on Saturday, March 9 at 5:30 p.m. Those games are in addition to previously announced television contests at Wisconsin (ESPN3), at Arizona State (Pac 12 Network), at Vanderbilt (ESPNU), at Duke (ESPNU) and at Binghamton (Time Warner Cable - Central New York).

Because a lot of people have been asking ... tickets to the Cornell-Duke game in Durham, N.C. on Dec. 19 are available to purchase through the Cornell Athletic Ticket Office online at . Fans and alumni are encouraged to buy the tickets quickly, as a limited number are for sale.

Cornell and head coach Bill Courtney improved their win total overall and in Ivy League play in 2011-12, finishing 12-16 overall and 7-7 in conference action. The Big Red is scheduled to return 10 of its 12 leading scorers, including 2011-12 Ivy League Rookie of the Year Shonn Miller and All-Ivy guard Johnathan Gray, who spent part of the summer competing on the U.S. Virgin Islands' national team. Also expected to return is starting forward Errick Peck, the team's second-leading scorer in 2010-11 who missed last season due to injury.


Anonymous said...

Harvard and Penn with two very nice commits this week. Hopefully Cornell will be getting some strong commitments soon...

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Penn's is project to solid. Good athlete/motor, but probably not immediate contributor.

Hunter Meyers is solid, a tweener forward. His stock has dropped considerably in the last year. He wanted an offer from Stanford, did not get it. Opted for Harvard over other low and mid majors. Not a game changing player. Noah Allen was better.

Anonymous said...

CBB - Just to clarify, the red/white game is at 6:00, right? (The press release says 5:00.)

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

I believe they bumped it down to 5 to make it easier to see with the hockey game at 7. Cornell Athletics is going to release an official press release probably next week.

Anonymous said...

So are any game changing players in the works for Cornell?

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Yes. Cornell has some elite level players that it is hoping to land in class of 2013.

If Cornell lands just one of them, paired with Onuorah, Cornell would have league's best class.

Anonymous said...

Just out of curiosity as a Penn fan, how do you feel about Tony Bagtas? He looks a little undersized, but quick with a very good basektball IQ. He also had some solid mid-major offers from folks like La Salle, Murray State, Northeastern, & Rice.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Bagtas is good. He's not a high major talent, but he could be at that Brandyn Curry type level (very similar level of scholarships). Would say Bagtas could be anywhere from mediocre to 2nd Team All Ivy as a junior.

Cornell scouted him and did not recruit him.

Anonymous said...

"Yes. Cornell has some elite level players that it is hoping to land in class of 2013."

Any top 150 players?

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Sorry, the CBB can't give details of rankings etc, because it would narrow the field of possibles way too much and give identifying information.

But we are talking about guys with multiple BCS offers which the casual fan will be able to verify with a quick search of the player(s)' names on the internet.

And the campus visits already happened. So, this is not an effort by Cornell to try to get involved. Cornell is in fact a finalist and had kids on campus in the last month.

The big issue is for the prospect(s) to understand the value of playing in the Ivy. They are down to BCS/high majors vs. Cornell. And of course, Cornell is doing everything it can to make its recruits understand that a Cornell education is incredibly valuable for the rest of their lives (with an opportunity to play right away on a program that has already reached the Top 25 as recent as 2 years ago and has reached the Sweet 16).

These kids need to understand the reality.

Take a look at how many BCS schools have not been in the final top 25 or the sweet 16 in the last 20 years. The list is very, very long. Cornell's 2010 accomplishment places it on a very selective list of programs.

By choosing Cornell, they are at place where it is possible because it happened... recently.

And Cornell is the largest Ivy alumni network.

We will see if the prospects see the wisdom.

Land one top target and Cornell is vaulted towards the top of the Ivy.