Friday, November 16, 2012

News and Notes: Friday Edition

Get all the information you need about the Cornell Big Red's game vs. St. Peter's on Friday, November 16, 8 pm, with The Cornell Basketball Blog's Game Preview Center.  Below, some news and notes for Friday...  

  • Jeff Foote (Cornell '10) had 2 points last night in the EuroLeague and his Zalgiris team fell in double overtime to Cedevita, 108-106.
  • The Murray State News notes, "Several mid-majors made impressive runs in the 2010 NCAA Tournament including Cornell’s appearance in the Sweet 16."
  • Recapping Kansas' last game, writes, "KU trailed at the half in a non-conference game for the first time since it trailed Cornell, 31-28, on Jan. 6, 2011."
  • Researchers at Cornell onced studied the men's basketball team to explore the theory of the "hot hand" in basketball.  See the Herald Net.  It wrties, "Researchers from Cornell and Stanford decided to explore our instincts and beliefs about streaks, and in 1985 published what quickly became the classic work on the subject. 'The Hot Hand in Basketball: On the Misperception of Random Sequences' appeared in the professional journal, 'Cognitive Psychology,' and was aimed at psychologists rather than athletes, sports fans or coaches.   The authors, Thomas Gilovich at Cornell, along with Robert Vallone and Amos Tversky at Stanford, made a significant error of estimate in the size of the potential audience, though. It wasn't just psychologists who were interested...While the researchers had access to the 76ers' data and were able to interview the Celtics players, they also set up a more controlled experiment, using the members of the Cornell basketball team, which allowed them to look at players' expectations for shots as well as results."
  • Below, links to our recap sections from each of Cornell's games during the 2012-2013 season.
      1.  11/10/12 vs. Western Michigan W 63-55
      2. 11/14/12 vs. St. Bonaventure L 68-72
    • Cornell RPI WatchThe 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: 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 November 17 is No. 197 out of 344 total Division I teams. While neither the Ken Pomeroy or the Sagarin Rankings (USA Today) are used by the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee, the site ranks Cornell No. 184 in the nation, while the Sagarin Rankings (USA Today) have Cornell at No. 179. Both sites are predominantly used by fans and the media.

    Friday, November 9
    MIT 54 Harvard 69 Box Score - Recap
    UMBC 75 Penn 80  Box Score - Recap

    Saturday, November 10
    Western Michigan 55 Cornell 63 Box Score - Recap
    Princeton 57 Buffalo 53 Box Score - Recap
    Yale 82 Sacred Heart 85 (OT) [SNY] [Conn 6] Box Score - Recap  
    Columbia 68 Furman 47 Box Score - Recap
    Maine 54 Dartmouth 67  Box Score - Recap

    Sunday, November 11
    Brown 58 Binghamton 49 Box Score - Recap

    Monday, November 12
    Yale 35 Saint Joseph’s 61 (Coaches v. Cancer) 
    Box Score - Recap
    Penn 69 Delaware 84 (Preseason NIT)
    Box Score - Recap

    Tuesday, November 13
    Harvard 64 Massachusetts 67 (ESPN Tip Off Marathon) [ESPN]
    Box Score - Recap
    Penn 53 Fairfield 62 
    (Preseason NIT) [ESPN3] Box Score - Recap
    Northeastern 67 Princeton 66 Box Score - Recap
    New Hampshire 72 Dartmouth 58 
    Box Score - Recap
    Haverford 40 Columbia 74
    Box Score - Recap

    Wednesday, November 14
    St. Bonaventure at Cornell [NBCSN]
    Box Score - Recap

    Thursday, November 15
    Brown 71 Central Connecticut State 86 
    Box Score - Recap

    Friday, November 16
    Saint Peter’s at Cornell 8 pm 
    Rutgers at Princeton, 7 pm
    Manhattan at Harvard, 7:30 pm
    Yale at Evansville, 8:35 pm 
    (Coaches v. Cancer)

    Saturday, November 17
    Drexel at Penn, 4 pm
    Yale vs. Buffalo (Evansville, Ind.), 6 pm 
    (Coaches v. Cancer)
    Brown at Maine, 7 pm
    Marist at Columbia, 7 pm

    Sunday. November 18
    Yale vs. Western Illinois (Oakland City, Ind.), 3 pm
    Cornell at Wisconsin, 6 pm (Las Vegas Invitational) [ESPN3] 

    1 comment:

    Anonymous said...

    There's a story in today's Sun which updates the professional whereabouts of Louis Dale, Jeff Foote and Ryan Wittman.

    The Ryan Wittman story keeps getting sadder and sadder. He's already left Morgan Stanley and now works at a real estate company in Minneapolis. Jeremy Lin has a $25 million contract and Ryan Wittman analyzes real estate deals.