Tuesday, December 18, 2012

News and Notes: Tuesday Edition

Below, news and notes for Tuesday...

  • First, some ESPN highlights from last night's game.

  • In Russia yesterday in the Eastern European VTB League, Jeff Foote (Cornell '10) was scoreless with 4 rebounds in 12 minutes off the bench as his Zalgiris (Lithuania) team defeated Novgorod (Russia), 76-58.
  • The Durham Herald Sun writes of No. 1 Duke, "The Blue Devils haven’t played since beating Temple 90-67 at East Rutherford, N.J., on Dec. 8. Duke returns to the court this week for two games at Cameron Indoor Stadium: Cornell on Wednesday and Elon on Thursday. Both games start at 7 p.m. and will be televised nationally by ESPNU."
  • On Duke's injuries, CNNSI.com writes, "Marshall Plumlee and Seth Curry, Duke: Marshall has missed the entire season with a stress fracture in his left foot, but the third Plumlee brother is set to make his debut for Duke at some point this week. The Blue Devils play Cornell and Elon in back-to-back days on Dec. 19 and 20. It's unclear just how much of an impact Plumlee will have this season, but he's seven feet tall and athletic, which means that Coach K will have someone to spell Mason for the rest of the year.  Curry's situation is a bit different, has he is dealing with a lower leg injury that simply won't go away. He sat out a win over Delaware on Dec. 1 but he was in the lineup and scored 23 points in a win over Temple on Dec. 8. Expect Curry to miss a couple of games here and there throughout the season..."
  • RealGM writes, "Right now I hate the fact that Wisconsin’s elite ranking is generated because they crushed Southeast Louisiana, Cornell, and Presbyterian. All “cupcake” games seem to do is introduce bias into the ranking systems because coaches treat them so differently. Some coaches experiment with lineups, while others try to build chemistry with their starters."
  • 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
  • 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 December 18 is No. 235 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. 240 in the nation, while the Sagarin Rankings (USA Today) have Cornell at No. 266 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 at Yale, 7 pm

Wednesday, December 19
Cornell at Duke, 7 pm [ESPNU]

Thursday, December 20
Rider at Princeton, 7 pm

Friday, December 21
Penn at Delaware, 7 pm

Saturday, December 22
Cornell at Boston University, 1 pm
Dartmouth at Bryant, 1 pm
Holy Cross at Harvard, 2 pm
Elon at Columbia, 4 pm
Bucknell at Princeton, 7 pm

Sunday, December 23
Brown at Northwestern, 1:30 pm [BTN.com]


Anonymous said...

Like many mediocre teams which have some athletic talent, Cornell can play up or down to any opponent's level. Last night, this volatility was seen within the same game. I expect this randomness to be a theme of the Ivy season, for Cornell and everybody else.

Anonymous said...

I do not expect a victory at Duke but I am hopeful that it will be competitive and I pray that it's not an embarrassment.

Unknown said...

To which god will you be praying? If Cornell runs with them, which of course Courtney in his basketball wisdom will, then Cornell will lose by 30+. I just hope no one strains a neck muscle watching the dunks over their heads.

Anonymous said...

Anon 12:06: It's gonna be a slaughter. This team couldn't beat St. Peters. It has no business going to Duke, arguably the best team in the country, this season. If we keep the margin to less than 30 I'll take it as a moral victory. How the times have changed since 2010.

On a different note, Bunce is obviously not traveling with the team on this trip. My understanding was that he'd be back at the end of finals, which have now passed. What's the update on his status?

Anonymous said...

Don't like the remark about Wisconsin's inflated ranking. Cornell is not a cupcake. Madiocre, yes. Cupcake, no.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

The CBB initially reported Bunce's timetable as January. Other sources said December. But was told by the best of sources that December was optimistic. They did not want to risk losing him for Ivy play.

Anonymous said...

We are a cupcake. We just shot 17% from 3 against a pretty poor team, yet remarkably kept hoisting them. Ivy teams are once again cupcakes, including us.

Anonymous said...

Well, let's at least hope that something can be learned by BC during this game. Like what D1 College Basketball is all about because sometimes I feel as if Coach C is lost. Only one player averaging over 20 minutes a game is not the sign of a team that wants to win. I meam let's face it; some players are meant to be role players but with the all of the constant substitutions they all are playing like role players. I can go on and on and on and on but I will stop now. Sooooo disappointed with the talent level versus the coaching level. What good is it to win the IVY title and get smashed in the tournament....to brag to 7 other schools, I pass.

Anonymous said...

Anon 2:38: The whole point IS to win the Ivy title and get into the NCAA Tournament.

I hate to break it to you, but this team isn't as talented as you may think. They're small. Only one player can really create his own shot or penetrate with consistency (Cherry). They don't shoot well.

The players on this team have strengths, no doubt, but they also have significant flaws. Those flaws get exposed when you play more talented teams.

I think Courtney gets these guys to play hard and play solid defense for stretches of time. I don't really understand Courtney's offensive game plan.

Anonymous said...

I'm beginning to understand a few things Courtney does, like his press and swarming defense.

However, the team clearly doesn't know what to do about the zone. They just pass the ball around the perimeter.

Also, they are bad at shooting threes. They miss even wide open threes. Can't 3-point shooting be practiced? They clearly improved their free-throw shooting.

Finally, they become nervous and lose their focus when they are close to actually getting over a hump.
In one of those NBC games, Dalen Cuff called it as a period in which they lost the game. They suddenly started impatiently shooting early in the shotclock, giving their opponents time to stretch out the lead, before they finally calmed down.

Many teams have focus problems, even the class of 2010. Early in 09-10, they would be up in the mid-teens against an opponent, then would fall apart a bit when the opponents made an inevitable push. Drexel, Bucknell... many early games were like this. I think it was after the OT Davidson game that they finally stopped doing that. Mentally, they focused on calmly pushing their lead out no matter how much the opponents tried to change things up or make a push.

When this team manages to keep its head and respond calmly to zones or to getting near actually taking the lead, good things might happen.

Anonymous said...

Re: Anon 5:16,

These guys were some of the best recruits we ever got when they were coming out of high school, with multiple division I offers.

If they failed to develop, it was the coach's fault.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

I wouldn't rule out a Bunce red-shirt. But have not heard that a decision has been made.

And yes, Cornell still involved with guys who currently have BCS offers. And don't rule out transfers. Cornell is back in the mix there as well.

Not going to lie, Julian Jacobs was very special. His decision a year ago came down to Cornell and Utah and he chose the PAC 12.

He reopened his recruitment and came to Cornell for Homecoming. The Ivy League made sense for him, given his background. He visited USC weeks earlier (before visiting Cornell).

After he spent a month plus pondering his 2 options, he ultimately decided to sign again in the Pac 12.

He is a BCS level point and could have been domination in the Ivy with the ball in HIS HANDS.
There are no BCS point guards right now in the Ivy. And there is nobody in the Ivy that can finish off the bounce like JuJu.

We'll see how things play out. USC might even have a coaching change in March/April.

Cornell has done a tremendous job in recruiting and they are involved more and more with top 100/200 level talent.

There is enough talent coming back next year to win the Ivy title, even if Harvard brings back Casey and Curry. As others have said, Cornell's talent is not the problem. It is the execution.

Anonymous said...

CBB seems to be inferring that Jacobs may reconsider his decision if USC changes coaches. That seems extremely unlikely. He's already signed a letter of intent and would have to forfeit a year of eligibility, unless he gets a release for some reason.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

It is an NCAA standard for colleges to grant releases after coaching changes. Happens all the time. And the USC staff is on the hot seat. It was a risk taken by Julian and he is aware of it.

Anonymous said...

So is this based on pure speculation or is there actual evidence that Jacobs would reconsider his decision if there's a change?

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Not speculation.