Friday, February 8, 2013

News and Notes: Friday Edition

Get all the information you need about the Cornell Big Red's games vs. Harvard, Friday, February 8, 2013, 7 pm and Dartmouth, Saturday, February 9, 2013, 7 pm, with The Cornell Basketball Blog's Game Preview Center. Below, news and notes for Friday...

  • We updated our profile of Robert Hatter with quotes from his high school coach.  Hatter's offers included new BCS and Big East member, the University of Houston.
It’s Tommy Amaker’s annual challenge: how to keep his players away from the sensual attractions of the Ithaca nightlife, most of all Kuma Charmers, the premier gentleman’s club in all of the Finger Lakes National Forest metropolitan area. There are even dark rumors of one Harvard team’s boozy late-night trip to the Women’s Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls. Ithaca, baby.
Pick: Harvard


It’s the first installment of the battle of the Big Colors, and I couldn’t be more indifferent to the result. I know it’s questionable for a fellow chromatically-nicknamed institution to throw stones, but think of the other verdant things Dartmouth bypassed on its way to “Big Green”: dragons, snakes, lizards, all much more vicious than a hue that evokes “springtime” or “envy.” They deserve to lose just for that.
Pick: Cornell
  • 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. Bonaventure L 68-72
    3. 11/16/12 vs. St. Peter's  L 64-68
    4. 11/18/12 at Wisconsin (Las Vegas Invitational) L 40-73 
    5. 11/20/12 at Arizona State (Las Vegas Invitational L 53-64
    6. 11/23/12 vs. Presbyterian (Las Vegas Invitational) at Las Vegas W 89-55
    7. 11/24/12 vs. Longwood (Las Vegas Invitational) at Las Vegas W 84-78
    8. 11/28/12 vs. Stony Brook L 53-76
    9. 12/1/12 vs. Colgate W 70-63
    10. 12/17/12 at Vanderbilt L 55-66
    11. 12/19/12 at Duke L 47-88
    12. 12/22/12 at Boston U. L 57-70
    13. 12/28/12 at St. Francis (PA) W 79-67
    14. 12/30/12 at Binghamton W 79-77
    15. 1/2/13 vs. Bucknell L 56-72
    16. 1/6/13 at American W 68-60
    17. 1/12/13 vs. SUNY Old Westbury W 103-84
    18. 1/19/13 vs. Columbia L 58-67
    19. 1/26/13 at Columbia W 66-63
    20. 2/1/13 at Princeton  L 59-76
    21. 2/2/13 at Penn W 71-69
  • 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 February 8 is No. 208 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. 247 in the nation, while the Sagarin Rankings (USA Today) have Cornell at No. 226.  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 58 Boston College 79 [ESPN3] Box Score - Recap
Brown 50 Albany 57 Box Score - Recap
Harvard 69 Saint Mary’s (Calif.) 70 [ESPN2] Box Score - Recap

Tuesday, January 1
Yale 70 Iowa State 80 Box Score - Recap

Wednesday, January 2
Colgate 59 Columbia 66 Box Score - Recap
Bucknell 72 Cornell 56 Box Score - Recap
Penn 57 Butler 70 Box Score - Recap

Friday, January 4
Brown 47 Rhode Island 59 [OSN] Box Score - Recap
Yale 61 Holy Cross 54 Box Score - Recap

Saturday, January 5
Princeton 74 Elon 64 Box Score - Recap
Penn 57 La Salle 74 Box Score - Recap
Columbia 64 Army 52 Box Score - Recap
Rice 62 Harvard 92 Box Score - Recap
Colgate 78 Dartmouth 62 Box Score - Recap

Sunday, January 6
Cornell 68 American 60 Box Score - Recap
Florida 79 Yale 58 [NBCSN] Box Score - Recap

Tuesday, January 8
Niagara 74 Brown 75 Box Score - Recap
Columbia 69 Holy Cross 78 Box Score - Recap
Army 58 Dartmouth 75 Box Score - Recap
Lafayette 85 Penn 83 Box Score - Recap

Saturday, January 12
Daniel Webster 34 Brown 71 Box Score - Recap
College at Old Westbury 84 Cornell 103  Box Score - Recap
Oberlin 39 Yale 104 Box Score - Recap
*Harvard 75 Dartmouth 65 Box Score - Recap
*Penn 53 Princeton 65 [NBCSN] Box Score - Recap

Thursday, January 17
Colby-Sawyer 42 Dartmouth 80 Box Score
Penn 54 NJIT 53 Box Score - Recap

Saturday, January 19
Harvard 50 Memphis 60 [FSN] Box Score - Recap
*Columbia 58 Cornell 67 NBCSN] Box Score - Recap
Saint Joseph’s 79 Penn 59 [ESPNU] Box Score - Recap
*Yale 51 Brown 65 Box Score - Recap

Wednesday, January 23
Penn 69 Temple 76 Box Score - Recap

Saturday, January 26
*Dartmouth 77  Harvard 82 OT [NBCSN] Box Score - Recap
*Brown 64 Yale 76 OT Box Score - Recap
*Cornell 66 Columbia 63 Box Score - Recap

Sunday, January 27
The College of New Jersey 33 Princeton 71 Box Score - Recap

Friday, February 1
*Brown 62 Dartmouth 50 Box Score - Recap
*Columbia 58 Penn 62  Box Score - Recap
*Cornell 59 Princeton 76 Box Score - Recap
*Yale 64 Harvard 67 Box Score - Recap

 Saturday, February 2
*Columbia 66 Princeton 72 [NBCSN] Box Score - Recap
*Brown 82 Harvard 89 2OT Box Score - Recap
*Cornell 71 Penn 69 Box Score - Recap
*Yale 62 Dartmouth 71 Box Score - Recap

Friday, February 8
*Brown at Princeton, 7 pm
*Dartmouth at Columbia, 7 pm
*Harvard at Cornell, 7 pm
*Yale at Penn, 7 pm

Saturday, February 9
*Yale at Princeton, 6 pm
*Brown at Penn, 7 pm
*Harvard at Columbia, 7 pm
*Dartmouth at Cornell, 7 pm


Anonymous said...

Am curious to see which Harvard and Cornell teams show up tonight. Will it be the Crimson team that beat Cal on the road, or the one that has squeaked through Ivy play so far. Will this be the Cornell team that played well in spurts against Penn, or the team that looks dazed on offense?

Harvard's offense is crisp with Chambers running the point but, based on what I've seen, struggles on defense for long stretches. If we can attack Chambers offensively and get him on the bench in foul trouble, we're in good shape. If we get three point happy and shoot at our season average from three, we lose, probably by double digits. Gotta attack the rim tonight and draw fouls. It's not like Harvard has a 7'0 enforcer under the basket.

Anonymous said...

No matter what happens tonight (hopefully a win), let's not let up against Dartmouth.

Anonymous said...

Well, like I said before league play, an 8-6 record would be considered a successful season. Not sure that will happen, but that seems like a reasonable goal.

Anonymous said...

This is embarrassing. There is no question that we are light years behind Harvard now and for the foreseeable future.

Anonymous said...

This team is utterly baffling.

Anonymous said...

Another winnable game lost in the first 15 mins by a coach who does not play his better players enough minutes. Peck coming off the bench laughable, Cherry playing about 10 mins per game if that over the last 5 games because of what???? Clearly Cherry is the best all around guard on this team playing the least and still leading the team in points per minute but u would not know his minutes played since career game at Boston U!! Coach playing lesser players extended minutes who turn it over, take innappropiate shots and miss defensive assignments on a regular basis!!!

Back to old habits of digging yourself in a hole u can't get out of. Needing points to close out games but handicapp yourself by playing non scorers or free throw shooters at the end.

Plenty talent on this team but poor coaching will kill that every time. Tough loss never know what the outcome would have been if Peck had played an additional 10 mins or if Cherry had been given more of an opportunity to play. Seems that Coach has double standard for what he will tolerate on the floor depends on who u R not what u can do!!!!!

No way to run a team when it becomes so obvious as who plays with more rope or room for error than others.

Eligibility is a precious commodity which should not be played with especially when u have talent to win now just to prove some mythical point to an imaginary problem

Anonymous said...

It's not the team that's baffling it's the Coaching!!!! What do Princeton and Harvard have in common other than those undefeated records????? They play their best players 30 plus minutes and get the win!!!!!!!!

BigRed does not believe in that philosophy, it's nice to be making substitutions at media time out and at certain time intervals playing 8 or 9 or 10 players before 10 minutes into the game while the opposition is playing their best players, what u think will happen down 10, 15, or 20 before u know it!

Let's just admit that our players collectively are as good as any others but their coaching is lacking!

Not so baffling just common sense

Anonymous said...

CBB said earlier this week that this program could absorb the loss of Peck. Sorry, but you are dead wrong on that one. Peck can be a difference maker, and we don't have anyone lines up who can play like he can.

Anonymous said...

Just wondering where big Dave Lamore stands.
My son played against him in Michigan and he was the leagues toughest man to go against in the paint.
Cornell could have used his presence. Only play Cherry a few minutes a game? Looks like Coach Courtney does not care. How many points in the paint does it take to put someone else in and give them a chance? Obviously, it it a extreme number. I have nothing more to say!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Our interior defense is embarrassingly bad. If only we had a big guy who could defend the paint...we sure could use lamore of him.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Bunce was expected to play this year and give Cornell 20 minutes. When his injury cut half the season out, it was determined that it was not worth wasting a full year of eligibility.

As for Lamore, Giddens and other big men, their time will come. Chemerinski and Figini will be graduating.

I am told that the seniors have won/earned the minutes at practice.

The guys that are playing are Donahue recruits. The guys sitting are Courtney recruits.

Coach B.C. gave all the bigs equal opportunity to win minutes. And the two seniors won those minutes in his eyes.

Fans can disagree with Bill's assessment or decision, but he feels the two seniors are his best shot to win basketball games.

Next year the openings on the frontline are wide open.

Anonymous said...

CBB can u talk to why Cherry does not get more minutes. He is obviously not the worse guard on this team but his opportunity that is presented to him is much more limited as if the coach does not believe Cherry could be an integral part of this team. Other players seem to have much more room for error that Cherry, never seen a kid snatched off the court not to return or returned to be snatched off again after another minute or to of play. Cherry has real talent that should have been nourished and developed not what appears to be vilified on sidelines with Coach screaming at him for things that appear to be overlooked in other players!

Anonymous said...

Heart breaking. This team had all the ingredients to take down Harvard at home. Good effort, boys, take it to them in Cambridge.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

I don't speak for B.C. But with Cherry, the problem is his defense (and sometimes decision making).

He gives up a lot of baskets on the defensive end and he turns the ball over at high frequency because of the pace he likes to play at.

You cannot deny Devin's ability to score the ball. But the discussion does not end there. He is going to learn that on ANY basketball team, you must defend and avoid turnovers.
This is not high school. This is Division I. And the game of basketball at this level is not just about the points. You must defend. You must value the basketball.

He has all the tools to become a superstar in the next two seasons if he improves in those areas.

Anonymous said...

CBB the games I have been watching guards other than Cherry have been getting toasted by the opposition who was playing defense then, turnovers have plague everyone who handles the ball with probably the exception of Scelfo but does not cause them to lose playing time. Half way through this season Cherry was by far the better guard on this team in production per min in points or rebounding but rewarded with reduced time after Boston U game which could not have been do to playing performance so any argument that others are playing better does not hold water . Opportunity just has not been given to him as consistently as others

Saying someone isn't playing good D is so subjective just as beauty is in the eye of the beholder it all depends who is doing the assessment and if the evaluator is flawed so is the final determination .

Anonymous said...

And - if we make our FT's we win. Go Big Red.!

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

I love Cherry's game. And I wasn't giving my opinion. I am sharing with you what I hear from the little birds that chirp.

Anonymous said...

Cornell's core philosophy is clearly a defense first (some might even say a "defense only") philosophy. Therefore, its only logical that poor defense is most likely the reason for a player's reduced minutes. In fact, it seem that bad shots are almost ignored as long as a player does what is expected on D. It seem like they believe the O will just take care of itself.

I doubt that the "points per minute" stat (is that an official NCAA stat?) is one that is given much consideration by the Coach. To the extent that a guard's offensive stats are considered at all by the Coach, he probably look at FG shooting % and assist to turnover ratio instead of "points per minute". It's pretty clear that any player currently in the program - or considering the program - must be willing to focus almost exclusively on defense. Don't see that changin.

Anonymous said...

Well not much defense is being played by BigRed players who R actually getting significant mins. Look at the field goal percentage of the opposing teams so far in ivy play. How can one single out any particular player for that team play. So much goes into team defense when u suppose to B playing a zone. U get beat where's the help or rotation help, this zone defense is suppose to b taught!!! Other players can make u look bad when u go to help leaving your man without the rotation. BigRed has good to great athletes who should B playing man to man on D!!!!!!!!! That's when BigRed does their best on D, U would think that this coach had figured that out by now!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

PPM is a NCAA stat also given as points in 40 so if a player averages .50 ppm equals 20 points in 40 mins of play which is a stat at BasketballStateEffiency a site for all NCAA players in the country

Anonymous said...

The only person immune to being pulled of the floor from the games that I have seen is J Gray. Coach C believed that he was the best option to win against Harvard as he played 39 minutes while Miller was taken out of the game with after taking a bad shot somewhere around the 17 minute mark of the 2nd half and sat for four of the last six minutes at the end of the game when he was clearly dominating. He also kept D Cherry on the bench who would have been very capable of driving the lane for the tie basket to at least go into over time.

Yes, players make bad decisions when they do not get the minutes to play and be consistent with each other. I do not think that Coach Courtney ever believes that his coaching is a factor in wins and losses which is why he doesn't have the reflection to look at what he can do to help his players improve. It's always the "the players fail to execute" excuse.

I don't even think he knows what he should have done at the end of that game to win it.