Tuesday, November 13, 2012

News and Notes: Tuesday Edition

Get all the information you need about the Cornell Big Red's game vs. St. Bonaventure on national television via NBC Sports Network (Wednesday, November 14, 7 pm) with The Cornell Basketball Blog's Game Preview Center. Below, some news and notes for Tuesday...  

  • On Cornell's season opening win over Western Michigan, MLive.com writes today, "The Broncos dropped their season opener Saturday at Cornell, 63-55, but showed some fight against an opponent that coach Steve Hawkins said should do 'pretty dang well in the Ivy League.'  The Big Red did not look like the typical Ivy League team, according to the Broncos coach. 'These guys were all about pressure, they had athletes, got out, denied, ran,' Hawkins said."


Above, Cornell welcomes back the 1987-88 Ivy League Championship men's basketball team on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012 at Newman Arena in Ithaca, N.Y.
  • The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review writes, "Cornell freshman guard Nolan Cressler, a Plum graduate, earned the Ivy League’s Basketball Rookie of the Week award on Monday after coming off the bench and scoring a game-high 20 points — a school record for a freshman debut — in a 63-55 nonconference win over Western Michigan on Saturday. The 6-foot-4 Cressler added two rebounds, an assist, a blocked shot and a steal in 18 minutes. Cressler was the second-leading scorer (25.6 points per game) in the WPIAL last season and is Plum’s all-time scoring leader."
  • The Wisconsin State Journal writes, "The Badgers will end the week by hosting Cornell on Sunday at 5 p.m. at the Kohl Center in a game that falls under the umbrella of the Las Vegas Invitational. The game will tip off at 5 p.m. and is not on TV; it is on the web at espn3.com...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 Big Red was 8-of-15 from 3-point range and shot 61.1 percent overall. Cornell went 12-16 last season under coach Bill Courtney, who is 22-34 in two seasons with the Big Red. Cornell opened the season with a 63-55 victory over visiting Western Michigan on Saturday. Nolan Cressler, a 6-4 freshman guard, led the way for the Big Red with 20 points on 6-of-8 shooting from behind the arc. Senior forward Errick Peck and sophomore guard Galal Cancer added 10 points apiece for the Big Red. Cancer also had seven assists. Sophomore forward Shonn Miller had nine points, six rebounds, six blocks and three assists off the bench. The game at UW will be part of a stretch in which Cornell will play four games in seven days. Cornell hosts St. Bonaventure on Wednesday and Saint Peter’s on Friday. Cornell is located in Ithaca, N.Y."
  • Jeff Foote (Cornell '10) and his teammates of Zalgiris of Lithuania share a light moment before they travel to Zagreb, Croatia for their second game against Cedevita in the EuroLeague on November 16.  Zalgiris is currently ranked No. 2 in Europe behind Real Madrid.
  • 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 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: CollegeRPI.com 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 13 is No. 27 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 KenPom.com site ranks Cornell No. 185 in the nation, while the Sagarin Rankings (USA Today) have Cornell at No. 170. Both sites are predominantly used by fans and the media.
IVY LEAGUE COMPOSITE SCHEDULE

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 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
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] 

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

does anyone know of NBC sports streams online? i dont have cable

Anonymous said...

As UMass just proved, Harvard is vulnerable this year.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

UMass is good. Qaulity road loss for Harv.

Anonymous said...

How does the national signing period (e.g. the upcoming November early signing deadline next week) impact the Ivy League, if at all?

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Has no direct impact on Ivy, but certain Ivy targets might sign scholarships elsewhere. So, there is a pressure on Ivy targets with respect to their non-Ivy college suitors.

Anonymous said...

Is this a key date for any of Cornell's targets, meaning that we should have some decisions one way or another at that deadline?

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

We are expecting at least one big decision any day now. Obviously the recruit could decide to wait until spring, but hearing he will pull the trigger during next 7 days for someone.

Anonymous said...

Fingers crossed...