Tuesday, November 6, 2012

News and Notes: Tuesday Edition

Get all the information you need about the Cornell Big Red's season and home opening game vs. Western Michigan (Saturday, November 10, 12 pm) as part of Cornell Basketball Alumni Weekend with The Cornell Basketball Blog's Game Preview Center.  Below, some news and notes for Tuesday...


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  • Andrew "Big Game" Naeve (Cornell '07) has his election today for the State Senate of Iowa.  Naeve was a 2007 All Ivy League selection.  Above, Naeve chases down a loose ball with Brandon Roy of the Washington Huskies.
  • While Cornell is honoring its 1988 Ivy League Championship team this weekend during halftime of the Western Michigan game, Bleacher Report lists Cornell's '88 team as one of the biggest blowout losses in NCAA Tournament history.  The Big Red lost 90-50 in the first round to Arizona.  In Cornell's defense, Arizona did have 5 future NBA players on the roster.  Below, a photo from the game.
  • Gary Parrish of CBS Sports writes of Boston College, "Steve Donahue led Cornell to three straight NCAA tournaments before taking the Boston College job. Now the question is whether he'll ever get back into the Field of 68. My prediction: Yes, if he's given time to build and coach an experienced roster. Either way, it won't happen this season because Donahue's roster of mostly sophomores isn't ready to win."
  • The Devil's Den, a Duke site on Scout.com updates its readers on Duke alumni playing overseas and writes, "On Sunday, David McClure and Neptunas were facing Zalgiris Kaunas, but in the VTB United League and not the domestic Lithuanian League. They struggled against the powerhouse and fell 90-62. David had 6 points and 9 rebounds in 20 minutes. In the win, ex-Houston player Oliver Lafayette had 15 points, ex-Seton Hall player Rimantas Kaukenas had 12 points, and ex-Cornell player Jeff Foote had 11 points and 7 rebounds. Here is the box score."
  • The Star Ledger (NJ) references a posterizing dunk by Princeton's Ian Hummer against Cornell last season.  Yup, this is it below.

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

Harman isn't mentioned as an impact frosh. Is he more or a project than expected?

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Harmon is not a project. He just has a few older players ahead of him-- Peck, Miller, Chemerinski, Lamore--- just to name a few.

Anonymous said...

That's a really fast starting lineup that should be fun to watch running up and down the floor. But one question: who is gonna shoot the ball from outside? It's interesting that Miles and Galal are both tabbed to start.

br2 said...

Galal "Born Ready" Cancer is ready to break loose!

Pumped for this season, Saturday at noon is going to be sweet! Looking forward to the supposedly improved red cast too.

#LGR

Anonymous said...

ANON 10:22AM
Great question about the outside shooters.

I think the shooters are going to be Johnny, Nolan Cressler, Devin Cherry, and in change of pace situations, Figini along the baseline.

I'm with those who are wondering about free throw shooting. The way it looks, we could easily shoot 65%. That would cost an otherwise good team like this alot of games.

Anonymous said...

What's up with Scelfo's Bieber hairdo?

Anonymous said...

Any word on why Gray is not starting? That seems surprising to me. Then again, my guess is they will be starting out with big-time pressure defensively and substituting frequently.

This team really is deep with above-average Ivy talent coming off the bench. Promising.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Thinking they love Gray as a James Harden role... a big scoring punch off the bench a few minutes into the game.

But he could end up starting, we'll just have to see.

What we do know is that Cancer and MAA are the team's best two defensive guards and both can handle the ball. What they lack is perimeter shooting, but Bill doesn't want this team to shoot from deep. He wants to run and slash and this unit can do those things...

Anonymous said...

5 below average FT shooters as the projected 5. Unless something has drastically changed, our FT shooting as a team is going to suck again.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Cornell probably does not have the bodies to be an "outstanding" FT shooting team. They'll have to figure out other ways to win close games.

Anonymous said...

Close games are won by taking care of the ball and delivering at the line.

No way around it.

Anonymous said...

Free Throws are something one learns by practice! With no one in your face, even if we don't get a lot, we shold make the all - at least 80% - and in my opinion, anything less as a team means the guys are not shooting 500 a day!!!

Anonymous said...

FT's can win us games, IF we make them - early, and it changes the tenor of the game, late, and it puts great pressure on the opponents.

br2 said...

Anon @ 2:32 is right. FT shooting always makes or breaks a close game. Consider if we shoot 60% and they shoot 75%, we lose a 1pt game down the line over 10 shots a piece (which does happen).

In the tournament, mid majors that hang in there can often do it by being solid at the line. We need to be solid at the line.

But, at the same time I love the athleticism we're going to have on the court along with the depth. This season is going to be fun.

Anonymous said...

Cressler can give us outside shooting. He averaged about 26 ppg last year and shot 85% from foul line.

Anonymous said...

Can you guys speak to how the recruiting season is going? I saw another commenter said that the team lost out on a number of its preferred recruits. Is this true?

Anonymous said...

I don't see Mischler mentioned anywhere as far as possibly helping on shooting. Is he not ready to contribute this year and more of a project?

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

The Cornell Basketball Blog does not speak for the program, but not expecting Mischler to be in the rotation this year. That could change, but he's a freshman and there is a lot of depth, including a pair of good senior guards (MAA, Gray).

Not true re: recruiting.

Anonymous said...

Wait, didn't Cornell lose out on top recruits such as Kevin Johnson (Cincinnati) and Anthony Dallier (Yale)?

Anonymous said...

@Premier_mag: 2013 6'3 PG Julian Jacobs says USC and Cornell are his top two as of now... I'm hearing Cornell is the leader just waiting on scores. #buzz

Would be a very big pickup for Cornell and Ivy

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Dallier was not a high priority target for Cornell. Johnson was one of Cornell's top two guard targets. Johnson committed months ago.

Cornell has not lost out on any of its top target recruits that they were on during August/September and homecoming.

Anonymous said...

I'm curious -- why did you stop with recruiting news posts?