Monday, November 19, 2012

News and Notes: Monday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Monday...  

  • Prior to Sunday's game at Wisconsin, the Wisconsin State Journal wrote, "Cornell skinny: The Big Red bring back bad memories for the Badgers. A senior-laden Cornell team beat UW 87-69 in the second round of the 2010 NCAA tournament..."
  • The New Jersey Star Ledger writes, "Under Tommy Amaker at Harvard, the Crimson brought in two players in Keith Wright and Kyle Casey, whom many coaches believed were BIg East-caliber players. No longer was the Ivy League full of slow, plodding prep school kids who shot 3-pointers and positioned themselves in the post for shots. Casey and Wright — and to a certain extent, Ryan Wittman before them at Cornell — began the wave of change [of talent in the Ivy League]."
  • 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
      3. 11/16/12 vs. St. Peter's  L 64-68
      4. 11/18/12 at Wisconsin (Las Vegas Invitational) L 40-73
    • 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 19 is No. 186 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. 223 in the nation, while the Sagarin Rankings (USA Today) have Cornell at No. 214. 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 68 Cornell 64
    Box Score - Recap
    Rutgers 58 Princeton 5
    2 Box Score - Recap
    Manhattan 45 Harvard 79 Box Score
    Yale 56 Evansville 66 
    (Coaches v. Cancer) Box Score - Recap

    Saturday, November 17
    61 Penn 59 Box Score - Recap
    Yale 63 Buffalo 59 (Evansville, Ind.) (Coaches v. Cancer) Box Score
    Brown 70 Maine 68 Box Score - Recap
    Marist 67 Columbia 62 Box Score - Recap

    Sunday. November 18
    Yale 47 Western Illinois 59 (Oakland City, Ind.) 
    Box Score - Recap
    Cornell 40 Wisconsin 73 (Las Vegas Invitational) [ESPN3]  
    Box Score - Recap

    Monday, November 19
    Penn vs. Fordham, 6 pm (Preseason NIT, Bethlehem PA)

    Tuesday, November 20
    Columbia at Villanova, 7 pm [ESPN3]
    Harvard at Saint Joseph’s, 7:30 pm [NBCSN]
    Penn at Lehigh, 8:30 pm (Preseason NIT)
    Cornell at Arizona State, 9 pm (Las Vegas Invitational) [PAC-12]

    Wednesday, November 21
    Bryant at Brown, 7 pm
    Princeton at Syracuse, 7 pm [TIME WARNER]
    Yale at Vermont, 7 pm

    Friday, November 23
    Cornell vs. Presbyterian, 4:30 pm (Las Vegas Invitational)
    Columbia vs. Wayland Baptist (SF Hilltop Classic)

    Saturday, November 24
    Saint Francis (N.Y.) at Brown, 2 pm
    IPFW at Dartmouth, 2 pm
    Princeton at Lafayette, 2 pm
    Army at Yale, 2 pm
    Cornell vs. Longwood/Florida A&M, 3/5:30 pm (Las Vegas Invitational)
    Columbia at San Francisco, 10 pm (SF Hilltop Classic)
    • 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 19, Aubry is averaging 6.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per game for Halcones of the LNBP in Mexico, the premier league. Halcones is 19-5 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 18 KAOD fell to Panathinaikos 60-63.  Dale finished with 6 points and 2 rebounds following his November 10 performance when KAOD defeated Ikaros, 76-69 bolstered by Dale's 21 points and 9 rebounds.  As of November 19, Dale is averaging 9.0 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game.  KAOD is 3-3 and in 7th 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 Russian League)-Zalgiris is currently ranked #3 in Europe.  As of November 19, 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 5-1 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...

    Gotta concur with the commenter on the previous post who mentioned the last Duke game from when Wittman was young. That exact game came to my mind last night. Those guys, back then, may not have been able to beat such teams, but they were never humiliated or completely routed by them either, an early sign that they were a respectable mid-major, not a creampuff team. This team is now a creampuff team, despite having a more-athletic roster. And the sad thing is that they might not realize it; they do not KNOW what it takes to be the kind of team that takes on Kansas or Wisconsin.

    In Courtney's first year, those guys Ski, Wire, Coury and them, they knew what it was like to be regular parts of Donahue's rotation; they were legit players who were struggling through a transition. These guys, however, are creampuffs. They are like how the other Ivies were when Cornell was legit: constantly pumping themselves up confident words without realizing they were jokes, earnestly shocked when they'd walk into Newman and lose by 36. Hopefully, Wisconsin was a reality check.

    The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

    Revisionist history. Cornell was DESTROYED by Bucknell during 07-08. Donahue lashed out at his team afterwards.

    Anonymous said...

    You just like the phrase "revisionist history" because it is always used on you. They lost to Bucknell by less than twenty points, hardly "destruction", and the comment on the DUKE game wasn't revisionist history. Cornell was also comfortably beaten by Penn when it was ranked, doesn't mean the team wasn't in a different place standards-wise than this present lot.

    Anonymous said...

    Bucknell won by 13. Not sure that is DESTROYED.

    Anonymous said...

    I'm pretty sure I posted a response saying that Cornell lost that game to Bucknell by less than 20 points, and that it doesn't "revise history" about Duke. Sorry if this is a repeat. But I might not have.

    The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

    I was at the game. I know what it looked like.

    Cornell was down by 17 at halftime. The game was over. Bucknell led by 21 in the 2nd half.

    Losing by this margin to a then very bad Bucknell team is like losing by 45 to a ranked BCS team.

    Cornell never competed with Bucknell that night.

    Anonymous said...

    If I'm not mistaken, we've got a situation here where CBB is arguing that we were terrible, at least on one night, back in the 2007-08 season. I never thought I'd see the day when CBB was debating with someone that Cornell is (or was) awful.

    Anonymous said...

    Why is it that Anon 1:33 believes that this team, has no standards. Because they are not the typical Ivy basketball players of old and the league has changed from the Good High School team to a league that is now getting respect from the general basketball media/fans.

    Is Anon 12:42 implying that the current players are not legit because they are "athletic." Come on now, I know the two of you can do better than that. There are plenty of teams whose coaches well into their third year did not produce Championship teams.

    As a matter of fact, let's take a look at how Coach Donohue is doing in his third season since a lot of people like to compare his tenure here at Cornell versus Courtney.

    Last year under Donahue, BC was 9-22 overall, 4-12 in conference play, 8-9 at home, and 0-10 on the road and BC is off to a 1-3 start this year...same as Cornell. Should the fans and alumni start suggesting BC find a new coach?

    Well, before you answer let's see what CU did last year. 12-16 overall, 7-7 in conference play, 10-3 at home and 2-13 on the road. Oh, and they are 1-3 same as Boston College for the first four games.

    Stop all of the nonsense and start having productive conversation on this blog. If you have better methods or good suggestions, why not call up Coach Courtney and make them to him versus to those of us who DO NOT COACH THE TEAM.

    Better yet, why didn't you apply for the job, if you can do better.

    Anonymous said...

    Same old "are you the coach?" argument. Clearly we can't know if the team is doing well or not, because we're not coaches. They might totally be doing fabulously; we wouldn't know. The fact that his record is similar to a coach in the ACC means Courtney''s doing grrreat!

    No one says they're doing badly because they're "athletic". If fact everyone is wondering how Courtney got more athletic recruits yet is somehow doing an immeasurably bad job.

    jimboinelmira said...

    bottom line is that this team may be full of athleticism but it is totally lacking in chemistry,effective offense,and any semblance of good coaching. cu looks like a bad mid-major team from america east!!

    Anonymous said...

    Well, if the job becomes available anytime soon, you should apply.