Sunday, February 10, 2013

News and Notes: Sunday Edition

It is the Big Red Blackout Game.  Get all the information you need about the Cornell Big Red's game vs. Dartmouth, Sunday, February 10, 2013, 12 pm, with The Cornell Basketball Blog's Game Preview Center. Below, news and notes for Sunday...
  • The Valley News writes, "Dartmouth’s men’s basketball team will play at Cornell at noon today. The Big Green was to have challenged the Big Red last night, but couldn’t leave the New York City area after Friday night’s victory at Columbia because of the weather. The team bus made it to Ithaca, N.Y. at 4 p.m. yesterday." 
  • In alumni news, on Saturday night, Louis Dale's (Cornell '10) KAOD team fell 77-66 to PAOK in Greek A1 action.  KAOD (5-11) had 9 points and 3 rebounds from Dale.  Also on Saturday night, Jeff Foote's (Cornell '10) No. 4 team in Europe, Zalgiris, rolled 86-71 over VEF Riga in the VTB League of Eastern Europe.  Foote did not see any game action.
  • The Crimson analyzes Harvard's struggles against Cornell on Friday night and writes:
After 30 minutes of dominant play at Newman Arena, it seemed that the Harvard men’s basketball team could finally take a breath.
But once again, last minute inconsistency almost handed the Crimson its first Ivy League loss as their lead began to slip away down the stretch. Although Harvard (13-6, 5-0 Ivy) pulled out a 67-65 win over Cornell (10-12, 2-3), the game came down to a deep missed shot at the buzzer that would have put the Big Red on top.
With Harvard up by 20 midway though the second half, two straight turnovers and a Jonah Travis foul handed the Big Red the momentum, and Cornell held Harvard to only one score in the next four minutes.
The Crimson fought back and built its lead back up to 15 but found itself shut out as time wound down. With 4:21 on the clock, co-captain and guard Christian Webster scored Harvard’s final points of the night, and from then on it was all the Big Red.
“We stopped working to get the ball,” Crimson coach Tommy Amaker said. “Whether that’s fatigue or whatever it is, we didn’t work to get open… They turned up the pressure and since then we were a little tentative.”
As Harvard struggled to find the bottom of the net, Cornell—which shot 49 percent from the field on the night—made clutch baskets down the stretch. The Big Red scored on its next five possessions and pulled within two before time ran out.
The Crimson was its own worst enemy down the stretch, committing seven turnovers in the last ten minutes and continuing its trend of playing into close games against Ivy League opponents. Of the five conference games Harvard has played this season, two have gone into overtime—most recently against Brown, when the Crimson blew a 22-point lead at Lavietes Pavilion last weekend.
“It’s been something that’s happened to us, being a very young team,” Amaker said. “We came out [strong] at the beginning of the second half, and I thought we were growing up right there, but we reverted back.”
After posting a season-high 16 points against the Bears last weekend, Webster topped his record by one, sinking five threes and adding two points from the paint.
Webster continued to show consistency from behind the arc when it mattered most, hitting back-to-back treys in the closing minutes of the second frame. The senior’s last minute heroics, which fueled Harvard’s comeback against Dartmouth in the team’s home opener, once again proved to be a deciding factor in the Crimson’s victory.
Shooting 46 percent from behind the arc, Webster notched a new season high with the five treys and continued to solidify his reputation as one of Harvard’s strongest shooters.
As Webster has heated up from behind the arc, the Crimson has relied less on its traditionally strong three point shooters—freshman point guard Siyani Chambers and junior co-captain and guard Laurent Rivard.
Rivard—who leads the team with 2.8 made threes per game—went 1-3 from deep on Friday, while Chambers accounted for two of the team’s 10 threes.
When asked if the shifting roles on the team were by design, Amaker explained that scouting is a large factor.
“You can imagine how people are going to try to guard against Siyani and Laurent, so it’s going to be other guys who are going to be open for us,” Amaker said.
Coming into the second half, Cornell looked like a different team. In the opening period, the Big Red had just two scorers break five points—senior guard Johnathan Gray and freshman guard Nolan Cressler off the bench.
With two points and 13 minutes of play at halftime, forward Errick Peck looked like a non-issue for Harvard.
Less than three minutes into the second half, the senior hit a jump shot and never slowed down, notching 15 points before the final buzzer. Peck’s 17 points were a game high for Cornell and came mostly in the paint with only one three-pointer. The forward went 2-2 from the line.
Peck carried the Big Red in the final minute of the game, grabbing an offensive board and hitting the jump shot that pulled Cornell within two. After Chambers missed the front end of a one-and-one on the other end, Peck rebounded the ball and gave the Big Red possession with 11 seconds to play.
But the senior’s efforts would be in vain, as—with Cornell’s potential comeback riding on his shoulders—he missed the final shot of the game.
“They did a great job,” Amaker said. “You have to give them a whole lot of credit for how their kids played and how much fight they brought to the last few minutes.”
  • 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
    22. 2/8/13 vs Harvard L 65-67
  • 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 10 is No. 215 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. 242 in the nation, while the Sagarin Rankings (USA Today) have Cornell at No. 224.  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 46 Princeton 63 Box Score - Recap
*Dartmouth 60 Columbia 57 Box Score - Recap
*Harvard 67 Cornell 65  Box Score - Recap
*Yale 68 Penn 59  Box Score - Recap

Saturday, February 9
*Yale 69 Princeton 65 Box Score - Recap
*Brown 48 Penn 71 Box Score - Recap

Sunday, February 10
*Harvard at Columbia, 7 pm
*Dartmouth at Cornell, 7 pm


Anonymous said...

you said that we could get another commit by the end of the week (yesterday). I haven't heard anything. any update?

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Have no new info.

Anonymous said...

Let's not get to excited about a win over the worse team in the ivy not playing there best. Need to realize we just did what we were suppose to do nothing extra! The test we need to pass is coming soon so let's wait until we truly get a another signature win, 1st was at Columbia but they don't seem to be as good as people thought so that might not be truly a signature win. I guess to climb the ladder of success
Wins agaisnt Yale and Brown are needed. Otherwise
We just drop back to bottom feeders.

Was good to c three point artist showing up today but can not depend on those treys falling at the percentages in the future especially when u play agaisnt teams that defend the three point line!!!

Just enjoy the win and hope it continues. Still a lot of work to do.

Anonymous said...

Columbia routs Harvard. Harvard had the easiest openings in the Ivy: weakest travel partner, avoiding Princeton until late in the cycle, and yet they barely survived their first five wins against teams that basically lost the game for themselves, like Cornell did in the first half or Dartmouth did when up 10 with 1:30 to go. Today's Columbia score isn't that surprising.

It seems far more likely that Princeton maybe wins at 12-2. I think Harvard endures more losses and will probably get pounded by Princeton. Columbia might have what it takes to recover to 9 wins. The rest of the Ivies pound each other, and things work out the way the preseason poll said they would.

Anonymous said...

If what u discussed happens would u consider that a good season or somewhat disappointing season??????

Does not appear that the head of this program wishes to go all out to try to win the Ivy. No urgency as of yet. Maybe he waiting to see what his outcomes are first before going all out....

Patiencely waiting to C!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!