Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Sports Network Preview/Prediction of Cornell vs. St. Bonaventure

Get all the information you need about the Cornell Big Red's game vs. St. Bonaventure on national television via NBC Sports Network, tonight, Wednesday, November 14, 7 pm, with The Cornell Basketball Blog's Game Preview Center. Below, the Sports Network's preview...

DATE & TIME: Wednesday, November 14, 7 p.m. (ET)

FACTS & STATS: Site: Newman Arena (4,473) -- Ithaca, New York. Television: NBC Sports Network. Home Record: SBU 1-0, Cornell 0-0. Away Record: SBU 0-0, Cornell 0-0. Neutral Record: SBU 0-0, Cornell 0-0. Conference Record: SBU 0-0, Cornell 0-0. Series Record: Cornell leads, 8-5.

GAME NOTES: A pair of Empire State schools are set to duke it out as the St. Bonaventure Bonnies tangle with the Cornell Big Red at Newman Arena in Ithaca.

The Bonnies come in with a 1-0 record after defeating Bethune-Cookman, 65-55, in their season opener last Friday. St. Bonaventure played very well at the defensive end as Bethune-Cookman converted only 19-of-51 attempts from the floor. The Bonnies were very aggressive offensively which led to 25 free-throw attempts. Coach Mark Schmidt has been steadily rebuilding the program since taking over prior to the 2007-08 season. Schmidt led the Bonnies to an Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament championship win and an NCAA Tournament berth last season.

Cornell also comes in with a 1-0 record after it downed Western Michigan, 63-55, at Newman Arena last Saturday which evened the program's record versus Mid-American Conference opponents at 32-32. The Big Red grabbed 40 rebounds and assisted 17 of their 23 made field goals versus the Broncos. They will try to carry over that success into their bout with an A-10 opponent, who they are 18-20 in history against. Bill Courtney has a 23-34 overall record as Cornell's head coach entering tonight's fray.

The Big Red hold an 8-5 all-time series lead over St. Bonaventure. The Bonnies earned a 79-58 victory in last season's encounter on Nov. 11, 2011 at the Reilly enter in Olean.

St. Bonaventure lost a crucial element of its success when Andrew Nicholson graduated and joined the professional ranks. Nicholson was the first SBU player drafted in the first round of the NBA Draft since Bob Lanier. Although they will miss their star forward, the Bonnies have plenty to work with still Forward Demetrius Conger played a team-high 36 minutes in the season opener and produced 12 points, seven rebounds, and four assists. Eric Mosely came off the bench to knock down 3-of-6 from beyond the arc and score a team-high 14 points in 21 minutes. Matthew Wright contributed 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting. The Toronto native led last season's team in assists (90) and steals (30). Youssou Ndoye anchored the defense with five blocked shots versus Bethune- Cookman.

Cornell has to get better production out of its starting five, which went a collective 9-of-32 from the floor in its season-opening win over WMU. Errick Peck was the only starter who managed to net 10 points. Although Shonn Miller went only 2-of-8 from the field offense, he made a huge impact defensively with six blocks and three steals. Courtney may have to insert freshman guard Nolan Cressler into the starting lineup sooner than expected. Cressler scored 20 points in the opener to set a new Big Red rookie scoring record in collegiate debuts.

This one should be much closer than last season's lopsided affair. Both sides have multiple players attempting to adapt to new roles in the early season. The Bonnies' more balanced attack is decent, but they will need to shut down Cressler to pull off the road victory

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Cornell 68, St. Bonaventure 66


TJ said...

I'm going to go out on a limb and say that this article was written by a computer. Even any actual person looking at the single box scores for each team would not conclude that the key to the game is shutting down Cressler and would not worry about how the Red "starting 5" shot.

Big red Fan said...

We are getting hammered on the boards.
Where is that LaMore kid? Is he injured?
Would be nice to see his presence on the floor. Hopefully he recovers

Big red Fan said...

We are getting hammered on the boards.
Where is that LaMore kid? Is he injured?
Would be nice to see his presence on the floor. Hopefully he recovers

Anonymous said...

Wow, this team really needs to work on some offensive sets. For example, on the last possession before the half, the team couldn't get anything set despite taking a time out and drawing up a play.

If Bunce can play and stay healthy, he could be a huge change for this team. Eitan looked pretty lost out there and was bullied by St. Bona's center. Coach C. looked like he wanted to strangle him.

A pretty sloppy game by both teams tonight. Not sure what the takeaway is on this one.

Anonymous said...

- Forgot how good Errick can be.
- Paging Miles and Johnny.
- Yeah, why not LaMore when they were having trouble finding an effective center?
- We see you Devin Cherry.
- Dont worry Nolan, they did this to Austin Morgan.
- Didn't this remind you of Minnesota, the comedic levels of fouling?
- Didn't this remind you of all those close games in which Drew couldn't hit the 3 to tie, except now it's Josh's turn?
- Didn't this remind you of every game for the past two years under Courtney, where they don't seem to play well until they're in a hole, but then make an epic comeback that ultimately falls short?
- Does Brian Delaney seem to be "sub-tweeting" that Courtney doesn't run smart sets?

Anonymous said...

Once Cherry got in we actually started to create some offense off the dribble. This kid needs to be the first guy off the bench and given the green light to attack.

The way Miller is being utilized in this offense is criminal. What good does he do standing out at the three point line? Nothing. Courtney needs to play him as a legit 4 man.

Anonymous said...

That Cornell ad that came on TV early during the game was seriously ghetto. Graphics looked like they were from 2002 or something. Cheap af.

Anonymous said...

Cherry is able to penetrate, draw a defender, and dish to the open man. Miles and Galal need to do that. Maybe it comes from being the 2nd option in HS. Mischler can probably relate to that.

Anonymous said...

All of the above is pertinent, but, all we needed to do was make 5 foul shots out of the 7 that we missed, and not only would we have had the end-game advantage, (more fouls for us) but we would have won. Foul shots are free, and there is no excuse for missing them. 500 per day per person in practice and we should have a good team average. All good shooters do this - but practicing half courters, or round-house dunks should come last!

Anonymous said...

Galal got inside a couple times, too. I am not sure that Miles has the ball handling ability to do that, but he is a darn good defender.

The key on these pentrations is for Miller or Peck to be waiting consistently on the other side of the lane, for a pass. Both have the hands (and legs) to get a shot up and follow it. Second option would be dishing to the second guard set and ready to take an occasional three from the corner. The more they do it, the more it will come together.

BTW, I hope everyone noticed that this was a second solid game for Galal. 3-10-4 with 2TO's in 25min against this level of competition is good stuff.

Anonymous said...

Anon: 1:33

Stop saying they should be shooting 500 free throws a day. How do you know they're not practicing. We shot 75% for the game as a team you can't ask for much more than that. And Bonaventure missed 16 free throws so saying if only we had made 5 more we would have won is erroneous. They're saying "if we made all our free throws we would of won by 20"