Thursday, March 14, 2013

News and Notes: Thursday Edition

Below, news and notes for Thursday...

  • Jeff Foote (Cornell '10) and his Zalgiris team face CSKA Moscow on Friday in the EuroLeague Top 16.
  • The Ithaca Journal writes:

ITHACA — Cornell forward Shonn Miller, last year’s Ivy League Rookie of the Year, has been named to this year’s All-Ivy League men’s basketball first team, the league office announced Wednesday.
Senior Errick Peck closed his Cornell career by being named honorable mention. All-league voting was done by the league’s eight head coaches.
Miller was joined on the first team by Player of the Year Ian Hummer, a senior from Princeton; junior Sean McGonigal of Brown; Harvard freshman Siyani Chambers (also the Rookie of the Year); and Harvard sophomore Wesley Saunders.
A 6-7, 210-pound sophomore from Euclid, Ohio, Miller averaged 11.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.9 steals and 1.9 blocks in 27 starts. He shot 48 percent from the floor and 79 percent from the foul line. Miller posted 18 double-figure games and four double-doubles. He led the league in defensive rebounding (5.5 per game) and was third in blocks and second in steals.
Miller, who missed the last four games of the season for unspecified personal reasons, joined Hummer as the only players to rank in the top 10 in Ivy scoring, rebounding, blocks and steals.
Peck, a 6-6 forward from Indianapolis who earned his first All-Ivy recognition, averaged 9.7 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 29 contests, including 11 starts. He was even better in Ivy play, averaging 11.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists while shooting 46 percent from the floor.
Peck, who missed his junior season due to injury, tied a single-game school record by making all eight field goals as part of a 20-point, five-rebound effort in a win at Pennsylvania on Feb. 2. Peck scored a career-high 28 points at Dartmouth and averaged 18 points and 5.3 rebounds in the final four games of his career.
Cornell finished the season 13-18 overall and 5-9 in the league in its third season under coach Bill Courtney. The Big Red will return two starters and seven letterwinners in 2013-14.
  • Below, a review of Newman Area from
Newman Arena (map it)

512 Campus Rd
Ithaca, NY 14853
Year Opened: 1990
Capacity: 4,473 

Ithaca, New York and the Cornell University campus just make you wish you were back in school (and had the intelligence and resources for an Ivy school education). The hilly campus and the quaint and snowy downtown help to get you in the sentimental spirit before the basketball game at Newman Arena, located in Bartels Hall.
The campus is an eclectic mix of old architecture and new architecture and it is well worth the first-time visitor’s time when visiting Cornell.
Newman Arena is located within Bartels Hall, sharing a home with the Cornell hockey team which plays its games at Lynah Rink, described by one fan as the Cameron Indoor Stadium of college hockey.
Newman Arena seats 4,472 spectators, and while the atmosphere is little to write home about, the overall experience of enjoying your time in Ithaca makes this visit worthwhile for stadium travelers.
Cornell’s basketball success is limited, but somewhat recent. In 2008, 2009, and 2010 the team won the Ivy League and made an appearance in the NCAA basketball tournament (their first conference championship since 1988). In 2010, the Big Red advanced to the Sweet Sixteen before losing to Kentucky. The success was short-lived however as the current basketball experience is decidedly flat. 
What is FANFARE?
The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:
  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras
Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".
Food & Beverage       3
Concessions are served at the Big Red Concessions out in the main concourse. While there is nothing that I would consider to be spectacular on the menu, the selection is decent and quality is pretty good as well. Philly Cheese Steak ($6), cheeseburger ($4.75), pizza slices ($3 or $3.25), sausages ($5), and hot dogs ($3) comprise the main offerings. Snacks include nachos ($3.50), peanuts ($3.75), pretzels ($3), candy ($3), and popcorn in three sizes ($2, $3, or $4).
Hot drinks are available for $2 including hot cider, coffee, and cocoa. Pepsi products are featured ($2.25) with bottled water ($2) and Gatorade ($2.75) also on hand. This is an in-campus facility and no alcohol is served.
Atmosphere      2
Seating within Newman Arena is primarily wooden bleachers. However, sections WB, WC, and WD are temporary red plastic chairback seats with cupholders available in the arm rests. Because they are temporary seats, they are rather flimsy and you may very well have your neighbor pressing into your legs. Ushers are on duty to protect these seats from the properly ticketed fans, so if you're thinking of buying a cheaper ticket and sneaking in to this section, it's probably not worth your while.
I would recommend the wooden bleacher seats, although somewhat uncomfortable, at least they're not going anywhere. There are also four rows of wooden bleachers under each basket, which provide a nice up-close view of the game action.
It's definitely a no frills experience when you see a Cornell basketball game. There is no pep band, and many of the media timeouts go by without any entertainment at all, except for the piped in 80's music over the PA. The cheerleading squad of 24 or so does their part, and have some pretty unique formations when given the chance during time outs.
The scoreboard is very basic, hanging over center court and displaying only the time, score, period, team fouls, and the last committed foul. There are two additional scoreboards above the bleachers seats on each baseline.
Neighborhood        4
The campus itself makes this arena worth visiting, but there are several good places to eat and drink before or after the game as well. I made a stop into Agava, which serves somewhat upscale and inventive Mexican food, along with a solid selection of beers and cocktails. The rustic and hip interior with separate bar and dining areas is a good place to spend some time, although the restaurant can get busy on Friday and Saturday nights so be there by 5pm if you want to get dinner before tipoff. They also boast that they serve "farm-to-table food," and where possible source their ingredients from local producers.
Downtown, you should make a stop in to the Ithaca Ale House. They serve burgers and sandwiches with additional specials that elevate the standard pub food a bit. On the night of my visit they were serving lobster mac & cheese which was very good indeed, along with a great selection of beers on tap. It's a friendly environment with plenty of TVs to stay on top of the day's sporting events.
Fans       3
The student section is located at half court, opposite the benches. They are in a great location to have an impact, but their numbers are severely lacking. I appreciate their unique way of interacting with the referees, which is sort of a "kill-em-with-kindness" approach. You'll hear the students referring to the officials as "sir" and praising them with compliments like "eagle eye" throughout the contest. When protesting a call you may hear "I disagree with that call sir." If you have the chance, try to find a spot in the back end of this small student section and enjoy the conversation. You'll be at center court, facing the benches so these may be the best seats regardless of the student section.
The rest of the crowd is sparsely filled with polite applause at the appropriate junctures. Overall, it is less than an inspiring atmosphere from the fans, but the students are somewhat unique.
Access       3
Lesson one is that Newman Arena is located within Bartels Hall, so if you cruise the campus looking for Newman, you will likely end up at one of the student dormitories. Instead, be on the lookout for Bartels Hall, located at 512 Campus Road.
Cornell is located at the southern end of the Finger Lakes region in upstate New York, just to the south and east of Cayuga Lake. The interstate does not run conveniently by Ithaca, and it is perhaps a 25-30 minute drive from I-81 running north/south or 45 minutes from I-86 running east/west.
The Cornell campus is rather hilly, and if you're driving through in the afternoon, be aware of the many student crosswalks and the propensity of students, assured of the right of way, to pop out in front of your vehicle. Parking is free and located directly across from Bartels Hall and next to Schoellkopf Field, home of the Cornell football team.
Once you enter the arena you will be at floor level. You can either go straight ahead if you are in one of the lower seats, or climb the stairs for most of the bleacher seating. The concession stand is off a little ways from the main floor, but is not terribly inconvenient.
Return on Investment        4
Tickets to Cornell basketball games are a very good deal, but adults and seniors can save an additional $2 per ticket by purchasing in advance. If you wait until the day of the game then reserved seats (those somewhat wobbly chairback seats) are $12, adult bleacher seats are $10, seniors are $9, and children 12 & under are $6. Cornell also conveniently offers tickets for away games on their athletics website, a great service for devoted fans who like to travel with their team.
With free parking and reasonable concessions, you'll certainly get your money worth when you come to Ithaca for a Cornell basketball game.
Extras      2
The floor in Newman Arena looks old, in a good way. It looks like it is out of a set from the movie Hoosiers. However, looks can be deceiving. This floor was actual placed in Newman Arena back in 2000 after some pipes burst and flooded the old floor. Still, the effect is visually pleasing and fits well with a historic institution like Cornell.
One extra point for the unique way that the Cornell students interact with the officials. I loved the consistent politeness, which was pulled off without sarcasm, shown toward the referees, and the fact that every call that went against the Big Red wasn't treated as a "bad call." Only the decisions by the referees that were clearly questionable to the impartial eye received scrutiny, and even then it was done with the utmost respect.
Final Thoughts
Sometimes it is not the arena itself or the play on the floor that makes a journey special. It can also be the surrounding campus, unique restaurants, or unusual fans that can make a visit worthwhile. If I thought of only the experience in the gym, then this experience would probably rate below average. When considering all that comes with a visit to Cornell, then you can be assured that this is a trip worth making.
  • Below, links to our recap sections from each of Cornell's games during the 2012-2013 season. 
  • 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 March 14 is No. 249 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. 266 in the nation, while the Sagarin Rankings (USA Today) have Cornell at No. 259.  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 63 Columbia 78 Box Score - Recap
*Dartmouth 56 Cornell 79 Box Score - Recap

Friday, February 15
*Columbia 55 Brown 58 [myRITV] Box Score - Recap
*Cornell 68 Yale 61 Box Score - Recap
*Princeton 73 Dartmouth 55 Box Score - Recap
*Penn 54 Harvard 73  Box Score - Recap

Saturday, February 16
*Cornell 69 Brown 66 Box Score - Recap
*Columbia 56 Yale 75 Box Score - Recap
*Penn 67 Dartmouth 57 Box Score - Recap
*Princeton 57 Harvard 69 [NBCSN] Box Score - Recap

Friday, February 22
*Harvard 65 Brown 47 [myRITV] Box Score - Recap
*Princeton 65 Columbia 40 Box Score - Recap
*Penn 79 Cornell 71 Box Score - Recap
*Dartmouth 67 Yale 78 Box Score - Recap

Saturday, February 23
*Dartmouth 50 Brown 59 Box Score - Recap
*Penn 41 Columbia 58 Box Score - Recap
*Princeton 72 Cornell 53 Box Score - Recap
*Harvard 72 Yale 66 [CBSSN] Box Score - Recap

Friday, March 1
*Brown 84 Cornell 65 Box Score - Recap
*Dartmouth 69 Penn 64 Box Score - Recap
*Harvard 53 Princeton 58 [ESPNU] Box Score - Recap
*Yale 46 Columbia 59 Box Score - Recap

Saturday, March 2
*Dartmouth 63 Princeton 68 Box Score - Recap
*Harvard 72 Penn 75 [NBCSN] Box Score - Recap
*Brown 61 Columbia 58 Box Score - Recap
*Yale 79 Cornell 70  Box Score - Recap

Friday, March 8
*Penn 66 Brown 64 [myRITV] Box Score - Recap
*Columbia 51 Harvard 56  Box Score - Recap
*Cornell 62 Dartmouth 76  Box Score - Recap
*Princeton 66 Yale 71 Box Score - Recap

Saturday, March 9
*Cornell 56 Harvard 65 [NBCSN] Box Score - Recap
*Princeton 67 Brown 80 Box Score - Recap
*Columbia 58 Dartmouth 64 Box Score - Recap
*Penn 65 Yale 79 Box Score - Recap

Tuesday, March 12
*Princeton 71 Penn 58 Box Score - Recap


q'nis said...

Miller missed the final four for "unspecified personal reasons" according to the posted article.

Blog, is this true? I know you had been saying shoulder injury. If the article is correct, that is not good at all. Personal reasons for missing games often quickly morph into transferring for personal reasons.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Not true, it is his shoulder. Cornell Athletics mentioned the injury in official releases and Barry specifically mentioned it on ESPN 1160.

Cornell's situation is quite simple:

1 guy wanted to leave program (Cancer)

and another guy had an eligibility issue (Gray)

The rest were pure injury (Bunce, Harmon, Matthews, Cherry, Miller).

Anonymous said...

Curious as to who sets the academic eligibility criteria - the coaches or the university (or someone else)?