Monday, December 31, 2012

News and Notes: Monday Edition

Below, news and notes for Monday...

  • On December 30, in the Lithuanian LKL League, Jeff Foote (Cornell '10) finished with 8 points and 5 rebounds as his Zalgiris team defeated Sokolai, 85-67.  Foote started the game and played 20 minutes.  He was 3/3 from the floor and 2/4 at the free throw line.  He also had 2 assists.  Below, some footage of Zalgirs and Foote in Athens, Greece for their first game in the EuroLeague Top 16.  Zalgiris returns to EuroLeague action on January 4 when it faces Unicaja Malaga of Spain and former UConn star Marcus Williams, who played 4 seasons in the NBA with Golden State, New Jersey and Memphis.

  • The Duke Basketball Report writes, "Duke has actually completed the toughest part of its schedule. Games against the likes of Louisville, Ohio State, Kentucky, Minnesota, Virginia Commonwealth and even Temple are as tough or tougher than anything the Blue Devils will face in the ACC. Even Florida Gulf Coast and Elon are not terrible teams – they are currently rated higher than Wake Forest or Boston College at the bottom of the ACC. Only Georgia State and Cornell are true patsies."
  • 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. Peter's  L 64-68
    3. 11/18/12 at Wisconsin (Las Vegas Invitational) L 40-73 
    4. 11/20/12 at Arizona State (Las Vegas Invitational L 53-64
    5. 11/23/12 vs. Presbyterian (Las Vegas Invitational) at Las Vegas W 89-55
    6. 11/24/12 vs. Longwood (Las Vegas Invitational) at Las Vegas W 84-78
    7. 11/28/12 vs. Stony Brook L 53-76
    8. 12/1/12 vs. Colgate W 70-63
    9. 12/17/12 at Vanderbilt L 55-66
    10. 12/19/12 at Duke L 47-88
    11. 12/22/12 at Boston U. L 57-70
    12. 12/28/12 at St. Francis (PA) W 79-67
    13. 12/30/12 at Binghamton W 79-77
  • 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 December 31 is No. 232 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. 254 in the nation, while the Sagarin Rankings (USA Today) have Cornell at No. 255 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
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 68 Fordham 70 (Preseason NIT, Bethlehem PA) Box Score - Recap

Tuesday, November 20
Columbia 75 Villanova 57 [ESPN3] Box Score - Recap
Harvard 56 Saint Joseph’s 75 [NBCSN] Box Score - Recap
Penn 66 Lehigh 73 (Preseason NIT) Box Score - Recap
Cornell 53 Arizona State 64 (Las Vegas Invitational) [PAC-12 Sports Network] Box Score - Recap

Wednesday, November 21
Bryant 68 Brown 61 Box Score - Recap
Princeton 53 Syracuse 73 [TIME WARNER] Box Score - Recap
Yale 52 Vermont 65  Box Score - Recap

Friday, November 23
Cornell 89 Presbyterian 55 (Las Vegas Invitational at Las Vegas) Box Score - Recap
Columbia 75 Wayland Baptist 63 (SF Hilltop Classic) Box Score - Recap

Saturday, November 24
Saint Francis (N.Y.) 76 Brown72 (OT) Box Score - Recap
IPFW 70 Dartmouth 66 Box Score - Recap
Princeton 72 Lafayette53 Box Score - Recap
Army 83 Yale 86 (2OT)  Box Score - Recap
Cornell 84 Longwood 78 (Las Vegas Invitational at Las Vegas) Box Score - Recap
Columbia 59 San Francisco 79 (SF Hilltop Classic) Box Score - Recap

Tuesday, November 27
Dartmouth 49 Bucknell 62 Box Score - Recap
Vermont 85 Harvard 78 [NBCSN] Box Score - Recap

Wednesday, November 28
Columbia 61 LIU Brooklyn 70 Box Score - Recap
Stony Brook 53 Cornell 76 Box Score - Recap
Binghamton 54 Penn 65 Box Score - Recap
Princeton 42 Wagner 48 (OT) Box Score - Recap

Thursday, November 29
Sacred Heart 56 Brown 69 Box Score - Recap
Hartford 60 Yale 51 Box Score - Recap

Saturday, December 1
Brown 50 New Hampshire 63 [WBIN/FCS] Box Score - Recap
Fordham 64 Harvard 73 Box Score - Recap
Dartmouth 61 Longwood 53 Box Score - Recap
Penn 47 Penn State 58 [ESPN3] Box Score - Recap
Colgate 63 Cornell 70 Box Score - Recap
Bucknell 65 Columbia 57 Box Score - Recap
Princeton 50 Kent State 62 Box Score - Recap

Tuesday, December 4
Dartmouth 49 Elon 71 Box Score - Recap
Harvard 79 Boston College 63 [ESPN3] Box Score - Recap

Wednesday, December 5
Yale 64 Bryant 62 Box Score - Recap

Friday, December 7
Harvard 49 Connecticut 57 [SNY] Box Score - Recap

Saturday, December 8
Yale 56 New Hampshire 64  Box Score - Recap
Drexel 64 Princeton 57 Box Score - Recap
Dartmouth 56 Holy Cross 67 Box Score - Recap
Brown 57 Notre Dame 84 [ESPN3] Box Score - Recap
Villanova 68 Penn 55 [NBCSN] Box Score - Recap

Sunday, December 9
Columbia 54 American 42 Box Score - Recap

Tuesday, December 11
Boston University 64 Harvard 65 Box Score - Recap

Wednesday, December 12
Dartmouth 50 Vermont 52 Box Score - Recap

Saturday, December 15
Princeton 60 Fordham 63 (Brooklyn Hoops Winter Festival) [YES] Box Score - Recap
Dartmouth 42 Arizona State 61 Box Score - Recap

Monday, December 17
Cornell 55 Vanderbilt 66 [ESPNU] Box Score - Recap

Tuesday, December 18
Albertus Magnus 63 Yale 112 Box Score - Recap

Wednesday, December 19
Cornell 47 Duke 88 [ESPNU] Box Score - Recap

Thursday, December 20
Rider 45 Princeton 62 Box Score - Recap

Friday, December 21
Penn 60 Delaware 83  Box Score - Recap

Saturday, December 22
Cornell 57 Boston University70 Box Score - Recap
Dartmouth 66 Bryant 79  Box Score - Recap
Holy Cross 65 Harvard 72  Box Score - Recap
Elon 70 Columbia 79 Box Score - Recap
Bucknell 67 Princeton 79 Box Score - Recap

Sunday, December 23
Brown 42 Northwestern 63 [] Box Score - Recap

Friday, December 28
Providence 68 Brown 69 [NBCSN] Box Score - Recap
Cornell 79 Saint Francis (Pa.) 67  Box Score - Recap
Yale 75 Nevada 85 Box Score - Recap

Saturday, December 29
Manhattan 58 Columbia 69 Box Score - Recap
Penn 63 Wagner 68  Box Score - Recap
Harvard 67 California 62 [PAC-12] Box Score - Recap

Sunday, December 30
Cornell 79 Binghamton 77 [TIME WARNER SPORTS] Box Score - Recap
Yale 62 Saint Mary’s (Calif.) 78 Box Score - Recap
Princeton 58 Akron 62 Box Score - Recap

Monday, December 31
Dartmouth at Boston College, 2 pm [ESPN3]
Brown at Albany, 4 pm
Harvard at Saint Mary’s (Calif.), 8 pm [ESPN2]

Tuesday, January 1
Yale at Iowa State, 1 pm

Wednesday, January 2
Colgate at Columbia, 7 pm
Bucknell at Cornell, 7 pm
Penn at Butler, 7 pm

Friday, January 4
Brown at Rhode Island, 7 pm [OSN]
Yale at Holy Cross, 7 pm

Saturday, January 5
Princeton at Elon, Noon
Penn at La Salle, 2 pm
Columbia at Army, 3 pm
Rice at Harvard, 4 pm
Colgate at Dartmouth, 7 pm

Sunday, January 6
Cornell at American, 2 pm
Florida at Yale, 5:30 pm [NBCSN]
  • Below is an updated list of players committed to Ivy League schools in the class of 2013:
Lealand King (Brentwood School) Los Angeles, CA, 6-6, F, Brown 
Tavon Blackmon (Gonzaga) Washington, DC, 5-11, G, Brown 
Connor Voss (St. Cloud Cathederal HS) St. Cloud, MN, 6-11, C, Columbia
Ikemefuna Ngwudo (Milton Academy) Milton, MA, 6-5, F, Dartmouth 
Eli Harrison (Sisters HS) Sisters, OR, 6-6, F, Dartmouth 
Mike Flemming (N'field Mt Hermon, MA) Lincolnshire, IL, 6-1, G, Dartmouth 
Matt Fraschila (Highland Park HS) Highland Park, TX, 5-10 G, Harvard 
Hunter Meyers (Douglas HS) Minden, NV, 6-6, F, Harvard 
Zena Edosomwan (Northfield Mt Hermon, MA) Hollywood, CA, 6-9, F, Harvard 
Matt Howard (A.J. Flora HS), Columbia, S.C., 6-4, G, Penn 
Dylan Jones (Village HS) Houston, TX, 6-8, F, Penn 
Dave Winfield (Harvard Westlake HS) Hollywood, CA, 6-8, F, Penn 
Tony Bagtas (Westlake HS) Atlanta, GA, 5-11, G, Penn 
Henry Caruso (Serra HS) San Mateo, CA, 6-4, G, Princeton 
Hashim Moore (Hun School, NJ) Ft. Lauderdale, FL, 6-5, F, Princeton 
Spencer Weisz (Seton Hall Prep) Florham Park, NJ, 6-4, G, Princeton 
Steven Cook (New Trier HS) Winnetka, IL, 6-5, G, Princeton Pete Miller (Northfield Mount Hermon, MA) Northfield, MA, 6-10, C, Princeton 
Amir Bell (East Brunswick HS) E.Brunswick, NJ, 6-4, G, Princeton (2014) 
Sam Downy (Lake Forest HS) Lake Forest, IL, 6-9, C, Yale 
Anthony Dallier (Northfield Mount Hermon, MA) Wexford, PA, 6-6, F, Yale 
JT Flowers (Lincoln HS) Portland, OR, 6-5, F, Yale  

  • Below, a look at the Cornell Coaching Plantations, the coaches in the NCAA with ties to Cornell University.
    Jeff Jackson (Cornell Class of '84)-Head Coach of Furman University (Division I).
    Jon Jaques (Cornell Class of '10)-Assistant coach at Columbia University. Played for Cornell under Steve Donahue.

    Kevin App (Cornell Class of '07)
    -Assistant coach at Army. Played for Cornell under Steve Donahue.

    Yanni Hufnagel (Cornell Class of '06)-Assistant coach at Harvard. Served as student-manager at Cornell under Steve Donahue.

    Steve Donahue-Head coach of Boston College. Served as head coach at Cornell between 2000-2010.

    Zach Spiker-Head coach of Army. He served as an assistant coach at Cornell under Steve Donahue from 2004-2009.

    Joe Burke-Head coach of Skidmore College (Division III). He was an assistant coach at Cornell under Steve Donahue between 2001-2004.

    Izzi Metz-Former Head coach Hobart College (Division III). He served as a Cornell assistant coach for five seasons between 2001-2006 under Steve Donahue and is currently an assistant coach and head of basketball operations at Boston College under Donahue.

    Nat Graham-Associate Head Coach (assistant) at Boston College under Steve Donahue. Served as an assistant coach under Donahue at Cornell from 2005-2010.

    Woody Kampmann-Assistant coach at Boston College under Steve Donahue. Served as an assistant coach under Donahue at Cornell from 2007-2010.

    Ryan Woerner-Former student intern coach under Steve Donahue during the 2009-2010 season and assistant coach for Cornell's women's team during 2010-2011. Currently director of basketball operations at St. Peter's.

    Steve Robinson-Assistant coach at North Carolina under Roy Williams. He was an assistant coach for Mike Dement at Cornell for two seasons, including on the 1988 Ivy League Championship team.

    Paul Fortier-Assistant coach at Washington under Lorenzo Romar. He served as an assistant coach at Cornell during 2003-2005 under Steve Donahue.

    Desmond Oliver-Assistant coach at Charlotte. He was an assistant coach at Cornell between 1998-2000 under Scott Thompson.

    Ricky Yahn-Assistant coach at Longwood. He was an assistant coach at Cornell during 2010-2011 under Bill Courtney.

  • 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 December 31, Aubry, who has been injured for most of the season, is averaging 6.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per game for Halcones of the LNBP in Mexico, the premier league. Halcones is 28-8 and in 3rd place out of 16 teams in the league. A 6'11" center, Aubry 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).
-Alex Tyler ('10) (Rockville Victors, Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball League)-Tyler is in his rookie season with the Victors.
-Louis Dale ('10) (KAOD Dramas, Greece A1 premier league)-As of December 31, Dale is averaging 8.0 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game.  KAOD is 4-6 and in 10th 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)-As of December 31, Foote is averaging 9.0 points and 5.8 rebounds per game for Zalgiris in the Lithuanian premier league, the LKL.  Zalgiris is 6-0 and in 3rd  place out of 12 teams in the LKL.  Zalgiris finished 8-2 in the 6-team Group C of the EuroLeague.  In EuroLeague action, Foote is averaging 5.6 points and 2.7 rebounds per game.  Zalgiris is now in the Final Sixteen's Group E with an 0-1 record.  In the Eastern European VTB League, Zalgiris is 8-1 and in 1st place out of 10 teams in Group B.  Zalgiris is currently ranked #4 in Europe.  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 2012 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...

What a crock. Ken Pomeroy RPI of BigRed may be overated after what I watched Sunday . Blowing a 22 point lead in the second half to a cupcake basically makes us a cupcake with a little sprinkles. Where was the vaunted Defense, they could not defend the three point line or a man. Give big thanks to Eitan for that rebound because if he didn't that could have been the straw that broke the camels back. How do u rotate players the way Bill does and expect positive results. Has to B the worst coach in Ivy. 31 three and still counting can't win like that and Courtney seems quite content to just let them fire at will. Statistics show they will not fall at a significant rate no matter who shooting them. What happens when the three point shot is defended, what's Bill to do?

Anonymous said...

Don't agree with much of what Delaney said. Agree with the part about three years being too soon to cal for a coach's head (four years is fair), but not much else, because we have had three years of folks giving the "be patient" speech and pointing out signs of progress with no actual progress, just a decline to the point where bottom 20 teams are now a huge challenge.

We watch the games and think it looks a little odd that Courtney calls timeouts when his own team is on a run but not when the other team is, but we we figure what do we know? We see an offense that looks like folks just chucking threes, but we hold our tongues. We see a coach go for yet a third year without settling on a rotation, but maybe it isn't neccessary? We see guys who are seniors that he's had for three years and that are still not consistent but maybe he inherited the worst kids in the league. We see that the whole roster is inconsistent and that the team is one of the worst shooting teams in the country, but maybe our expectations are too high. We see other coaches in the league who are as new or newer than Courtney accomplish more than him (except Dartmouth, who really DID start from the bottom and really DO have little to no experience on their roster), but we push it to the side of our minds.

We are so determined to be positive and supportive that we keep ignoring the possibility that bad coaches are a real thing that actually exist. He's going to get at least four years, but I'm tired of people acting like he's a good coach cos he's not. We've been rationalizing three years of bad results in our heads for way too long that some folks are beginning to buy their own nonsense. I believe coaches can turn things around -- Donahue did -- and pray Courtney does, but so far the rationalizations are old, seemingly endless, and tiring.

Anonymous said...

Eitan has shown he can thrive against smaller inside players -- he needs to be a primary option in league play. Shonn has shown that potential at times, although he's also guilty of taking threes he shouldn't. Devin should run circles around most of the Ivy 2 guards; so hopefully he makes driving into the lane his trademark this year. There's still potential come league play.

The offense has problems, for sure, but the defense the last two games has been as much of a concern to me. They gave up 67 to an awful St Francis team and 87 to an almost equally bad Bing team. Sure, Bing shot the lights out at an unreal rate in the second half, but there were way too many defensive lapses. If this team is going to "catch fire" as this blog likes to say, there have to be significant changes on both sides of the ball. Could happen (see UCLA's transformation this season), but not likely. Still, fingers crossed.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Eitan was 2/4 from the floor against both Wisconsin and Arizona St. He was 2/3 against Duke.

Anonymous said...

Anon 12:06: This is a developing team without a true floor general. I was hoping Gray would sorta play that role even though he's not a point, but that hasn't happened.

I agree with Delaney's assessment of Cornell's point guards (Cancer and Scelfo are developing, plus Scelfo lost time with injuries), and Miles would be a great point off the bench. This team really, really could use a BCS level point guard ready to step in right away in its next recruiting class, but that seems unlikely, unfortunately.

Anonymous said...

Eitan and Shonn are probably the players who show up the most. Their bad games are randomly distributed, and they rarely disappear completely.

Galal, Devin, Errick, Nolan, Miles, and Johnny are a different story. Hopefully Errick and Johnny are coming out of their funk, but otherwise these guys in particular tend to be very inconsistent. You can claim they are still learning, but none of these guys have been lacking in PT, and some have gotten good PT for a couple of years now, yet many have failed to show consistent signs of progress. Scelfo is the only one who can claim "oh I just started getting PT", the rest can't. Another reason why I wasn't convinced by Delaney's arguments. If two thirds of your regulars seem to not improve after loads of PT, maybe the kids aren't the problem.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Devin just started getting regular minutes this season.

Anonymous said...

Not only did he just start getting minutes this season, looks as if his role has deminished over that past two games averaging only 6 minutes . Is Cherry being slowed by injury or just lack of time agaisnt inferior opponents. Hits 16 in Boston U game then plays 7 mins next game? That doesn't make much sense. Looks as if he has fallen to the last man in rotation if u call that being part of a rotation. Looks more like Coachs preference.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Bill substitutes based on game flow and opponent. He doesn't have a traditional set rotation.

For example, Scelfo got extended minutes against Bing because he was playing well. Same with Tarwater against Boston U.

Bill goes with who is "hot."

Anonymous said...

I wrote, "none of these guys have been lacking in PT, and some have gotten good PT for a couple of years". Perhaps the distinction between the two parts of that phrase would be clearer if I had added "this season" at the end of the first part. I maintain the truth of this in regards to everyone but Scelfo.

On some teams, it feels like they start the year bad and they improve over the course of the season, but ours does not much feel that way. It feels like folks get scads of PT and yet play like an all-ivy player for 3 games and then go MIA for five, with no clear signs of progress or consistency as the season passes, and for some, this goes on for multiple seasons of good PT.

I'm not saying I know why no one but Shonn and Eitan seems to be consistent; I'm just saying that the fact that it's so widespread makes me wonder if it's a problem at the top. Perhaps if there was a more consistent rotation or more consistent offensive strategy, there would be something for them to be consistent at? Perhaps there is some lack of motivation?

I am always confused about how people began acting like the consistent droughts were just normal random things that nothing could be done about, instead of signs of bigger problems. They were not normal at all under Coach D! They are not normal on other teams -- their go-to-guys show up 80% of the time. But we act like "oh there goes that player on a five game drought again! Oh well nothing we can do about it! Perfectly normal! These things happen!"

Anonymous said...

To the Cornell Basketball Blog:

How can u tell who is hot if u don't produce something at the very beginning . Those that R hot at the beginning may not stay that way, while others may heat up during the flow of the game if given that opportunity. Substituting that way is a crap shoot like throwing dice in Vegas may hit a hot streak or may go bust. No way to lead a Basketball program, that's why u don't see that system use anywhere else. You find your best players and give them the time to play through tough games.

Anonymous said...

well said, 7:42

q'nis said...

I think Courtney needs more time before he can be adequately judged, but I agree re: the inconsistent playing time. Let the guys earn their minutes in practice and let them develop some chemistry. The constant substituting is not helping, it's just creating lack of cohesiveness.