Monday, November 12, 2012

News and Notes: Monday Edition

(Original photo, Patrick Shanahan via Cornell Athletics)
Below, some news and notes for Monday...

Above, Mark Coury ('11), Max Groebe ('12) and Chris Wroblewski ('12) were among the recent grads attending Cornell's season and home opening win over Western Michigan on Saturday.

  • How did Cornell's pro alumni such as Louis Dale (Cornell '10) (above) perform overseas this weekend?  See further down below in this post. 
  • added more content about Cornell's win over Western Michigan and writes:
Chalk up the Broncos’ 63-55 season-opening loss Saturday at Cornell’s Newman Arena as lesson No. 1... Cornell blocked 13 Bronco shots and finished with a 40-34 rebounding advantage. WMU shot only 30 percent (17-of-56) compared to 40 percent (23-of-57) for the Big Red, which made eight 3-pointers to the Broncos’ three... They just couldn’t get over the hump against a Cornell team that pressured and denied defensively, and made it difficult for WMU to get good looks...Big Red freshman Nolan Cressler scored a game-high 20 points, as the 6-4 guard hit 7 of 12 shots (6-of-8 from 3-point range). Galal Cancer, a 6-2 sophomore guard, played a well-rounded game with 10 points (5-of-7 shooting), seven assists, five rebounds and one steal. Forward Errick Peck added 10 points.It was the first-ever matchup between WMU and Cornell.  “They blocked 13 shots. They were very athletic. We played against a real, real athletic team,” Hawkins said about the Big Red. “You wouldn’t think Cornell, an Ivy League team, would be athletic but they were really athletic. I don’t think we’ve played a MAC team that moves side-to-side and was as quick as Cornell was in quite a while.”
  • We added the Towanda Review's and the Cornell Daily Sun's recaps of Saturday's game to our Game Recap Section.
  • Cornell's men's basketball program has a pair of connections with the Big Red's next two opponents-- St. Bonaventure and St. Peter's.  Cornell Basketball's special advisor (and a member of Cornell's administration), Greg Gary, was a starting forward with Bob Lanier for the Bonnies' 1970 Final Four team. He averaged 13.9 points and 8.6 rebounds in his career and averaged 18 points his senior season, when Bona finished third in the National Invitation Tournament.  Gary was also selected in the 1971 NBA Draft.  Meanwhile, former intern manager with Cornell's Sweet Sixteen team in 2010, Ryan Woerner, is now the co-director of basketball operations at St. Peter's.  He was previously an assistant coach on Cornell's women's team.
    • 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
    • Cornell RPI Watch: The 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 12 is No. 27out 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. 189 in the nation, while the Sagarin Rankings (USA Today) have Cornell at No. 170 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) Box Score - Recap  [SNY] [Conn 6]
    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 at Saint Joseph’s, 7 pm (Coaches v. Cancer)
    Penn vs. Delaware, 9:30 pm (Preseason NIT)

    Tuesday, November 13
    Harvard at Massachusetts, 10 am (ESPN Tip Off Marathon) [ESPN]
    Penn vs. Fairfield/Virginia, 4:30/7 pm 
    (Preseason NIT) [ESPN3]
    Northeastern at Princeton, 7 pm
    New Hampshire at Dartmouth, 7 pm
    Haverford at Columbia, 7:30 pm

    Wednesday, November 14
    St. Bonaventure at Cornell, 7 pm [NBCSN]

    Thursday, November 15
    Brown at Central Connecticut State, 7:30 pm

    Friday, November 16
    Saint Peter’s at Cornell 7 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] 

    • Throughout the year we provide periodic updates on Cornell's alumni playing professionally. Below, some updates:
    -Jeff Aubry ('99) (Halcones Rojos, LNBP Mexico premier league/Arecibo Capitanes, BSN Puerto Rico premier league)-As of November 12, Aubry is averaging 6.2 points and 5.3 rebounds per game for Halcones of the LNBP in Mexico, the premier league. Halcones is 17-5 and in 4th place out of 16 teams in the league. Aubry, a 6'11" center, splits his time in both the Mexican and Puerto Rican professional leagues. A well traveled pro player, Aubry spent several seasons in the NBA D League in the early part of his career with the Fayetteville Patriots and Florida Flame and earned honorable mention all NBA D League in 2002. During his more than a decade of pro experience, Aubry has also played professionally in the ABA (Miami Tropics) and abroad  in Puerto Rico (Arecibo, Leones de Ponce, and Santurce, BSN Puerto Rico), Spain (Tarragona, LEB Gold Spain 2nd Division), Mexico (Halcones Rojos and Chihuahua Dorados, LNBP Mexico premier league), Poland (Slask Wroclaw, PLK Poland premier league), Argentina (Libertad Sunchales, Liga A Argentina), Uruguay (Hebraica, LUB Uruguay )and Peru (Alas Peruanas, Peru).
    -Louis Dale ('10) (KAOD Dramas, Greece A1 premier league)-On November 10, KAOD defeated Ikaros, 76-69 bolstered by Louis Dale's 21 points and 9 rebounds.  As of November 12, Dale is averaging 6.0 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game.  KAOD is 3-2 and in 3rd place out of 14 teams in the A1.  Dale spent his first two professional seasons both in Germany's BBK Bundesliga, the country's premier league with Goettingen.
    -Jeff Foote ('10) (Zalgiris, Lithuania LKL premier league/EuroLeague/VTB League)-On November 11, Zalgiris lost its first game of the year, 77-72, to VEF Riga in Russia's VTB League.  Foote played 4 minutes and collected 1 point.  Zalgiris is currently ranked #1 in Europe.  As of November 12, Foote is averaging 8 points and 7 rebounds per game for Zalgiris in the LKL.  Zalgiris is 2-0 and in 6th place out of 12 teams in the LKL and 5-0 in the 6-team Group C of the EuroLeague.  Prior to the start of the 2012-2013 season, Foote played with the Brooklyn Nets in the NBA Summer League and participated in the team's free agent mini-camp.  During 2011-2012, Foote averaged 15.1 points and 8.9 rebounds per game in the NBA D-League for the Springfield Armor (the Brooklyn Nets' affiliate) after being named a starter at the D-League's All-Star Game during FebruaryFoote finished the D-League season ranked 4th in double-doubles and also 4th in rebounds. Foote averaged 1.0 points and 1.5 rebounds per game in 4 games for the NBA's New Orleans Hornets during a 10-day contract between March 9 and March 19. Foote was ranked by the D-League as its #6 overall NBA prospect.  During April he was profiled in a video on  He participated in the Portland Trailblazers' 2011-2012 preseason training camp and played the 2011-2012 preseason with with Zastal of the PLK Poland premier league and the full 2010-2011 season in Spain (Melilla, LEB Gold Spain 2nd division) while on loan from Euro League powerhouse Maccabi Tel Aviv of Israel's premier league.
    • Below is a directory listing of some Twitter feeds associated with the Cornell basketball program.
    -Josh Wexler ('88)
    -Rich Medina ('92)
    -Bo Buttenback ('98)
    -Cody Toppert ('05)
    -Steve Cobb ('05)
    -Ryan Rourke ('06)
    -Andrew Naeve ('07)
    -Jason Canady ('08)
    -Khaliq Gant ('09)
    -Conor Mullen ('09)
    -Brian Kreefer ('09)
    -Ryan Wittman ('10)
    -Pete Reynolds ('10)
    -Jon Jaques ('10)
    -Louis Dale ('10)
    -Alex Tyler ('10)
    -Geoff Reeves ('10)
    -Jeff Foote ('10)
    -Andre Wilkins ('10) (inactive)
    -Aaron Osgood ('11)
    -Adam Wire ('11)
    -Max Groebe ('12)
    -Chris Wroblewski ('12)
    -Andrew Ferry ('12)
    -The Cornell Rebounders Club
    -Jonathan Gray ()
    -Miles Asafo Adjei ()
    -Peter McMillan ()
    -Errick Peck ()
    -Josh Figini ()
    -Galal Cancer ()
    -Ned Tomic ()
    -Dominick Scelfo ()
    -Jake Mathews ()
    -Dwight Tarwater ()
    -Manny Sahota ()
    -Dave LaMore ()
    -Shonn Miller ()
    -Devin Cherry ()
    -Nolan Cressler ()
    -Braxston Bunce ()
    -Holt Harmon ()
    -Robert Mischler ()
    -David Onuorah (committed recruit)
    -Tim Higgins (committed recruit)
    -Assistant Coach Mike Blaine ()
    -Assistant Coach Marlon Sears ()
    -Assistant Coach Arlen Galloway ()
    -Brian Delaney, ESPN Radio Ithaca ()
    -Barry Leonard, Cornell Redcast/Play-By-Play Annnouncer
    -Ed Boulat, Ithaca Journal
    -Cornell Daily Sun Sports ()
    -Slope Sports ()
    -WVBR Sports      
    -Former assistant coach, Jay Larranaga
    -Former assistant coach, Ricky Yahn () 
    -Former head coach, Steve Donahue ()
    -Former intern assistant Ryan Woerner ()
    -Former assistant coach, Zach Spiker ()
    -Former assistant coach, Nat Graham ()
    -Former assistant coach, Woody Kampmann ()
    -Former assistant coach, Izzi Metz ()
    -Former assistant coach, Paul Fortier ()

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    Anonymous said...

    Can I take a moment to put into context Cornell's Ivy championships in men's soccer and women's cross country?

    I sometimes think of college sports in three categories: football, men's basketball and "everything else." In football, we can't win. Period. I'm not sure why but, empirically, we almost literally can't win Ivy championships, with only three shared titles and none since 1990.

    In men's basketball, the Ivies hosted the most durable duopoly in all of college hoops for five decades but we finally shattered the glass ceiling in 2008 and seem to be at least in the mix this year.

    But it's in "everything else" where we're really making progress. There was a duopoly in "everything else" just as durable as Princeton-Penn in basketball. In "everything else," it's been Princeton-Harvard for just about the entire history of the league. But I think that Cornell has finally raised itself to be the equal of Harvard in "everything else." It's taken a lot of figurative blocking and tackling across a number of sports but the progress is unmistakable. Maybe one contributor has been Harvard shoveling all its low AI slots into men's basketball -- who knows? But we've muscled our way into our second duopoly and I think that in "everything else," we're there for good.

    Anonymous said...

    Nice to see us improve in soccer, but you sell us short in our other historically strong sports -- hockey, of course, but also wrestling and lacrosse, we're we've been even more dominant.

    Anonymous said...

    Andy Noel. He's the man with the plan. I really think he deserves 90% of the credit for taking all Cornell sports to the next level over the past decade.

    Anonymous said...

    Anonymous 1:39 PM here again. I'm not trying to minimize our success in sports like wrestling, lacrosse, hockey and track where we've always done well. But the breadth of our championships in these "other" sports has now expanded to the point where we are roughly the equal of Harvard, which historically was not the case.

    Anonymous said...

    Cornell's AD is absolutely top notch. That is why I haven't questioned his selection of Courtney through the growing pains.