Thursday, March 28, 2013

News and Notes: Thursday Edition

Below, news and notes for Thursday...

  • Jeff Foote (Cornell '10) and Zalgiris face Alba (Germany) on Friday in the EuroLeague.
  • The Arizona Daily recalls the Arizona 1988 NCAA Tournament team that reached the Final Four and writes, "How they got there: Led by stars Sean Elliott and Steve Kerr, Arizona won the Pac-10's regular season with a 17-1 record, took the conference tournament and - as a No. 1 seed in the West Region - rolled past Cornell and Seton Hall by a combined 69 points."
  • The Bleacher Report writes, "From 2002 to 2008, eight of the nine mid-majors with a double-digit seed (we’ll call them MMDD for short) that made the Sweet 16 had won their conference’s regular season title... In 2009, we didn’t have any MMDDs get to the Sweet 16 and the next year both Cornell and Saint Mary’s made it. Cornell ran away with the Ivy League title, and Saint Mary’s finished second to Gonzaga."
  • The Wichita Eagle writes, "The only sure thing is that WSU put itself in position to grab this opportunity. Many teams go to the Sweet 16 and are rarely — or never — heard from again. Kent State made the Sweet 16 in 2002. Washington State in 2008. Cornell in 2010. WSU advanced in 2006 and didn’t return to the NCAA Tournament until 2012."
  • The Columbia Spectator notes, "Columbia’s narrowest margin of victory all season came in a 67-58 win at Cornell in the first game of conference play."


Anonymous said...

Speaking of Factoids - In 1966 Cornell (led by Gregg Morris's 37pts) beat Kentucky @ Kentucky 92-77. Cornell was the only University in the USA to have an unbeaten BB record against UK until 2010 (the sweet 16 - against 5 first round NBA players) Does that mean 44 years of domination?

Anonymous said...

Are we anticipating/hoping for any more commitments for 2013 now that admissions decisions will be released?

Anonymous said...

Nigel Johnson decommitted from GW the day following Ivy decision day. Not sure if that's a coincidence or not. He previously held offers from Brown, Princeton, and Cornell among others. He'd be a minor coup for any Ivy program.

Cornell also reportedly offered a very good, athletic guard from Illinois with high-major interest. Class of 2014.

Anonymous said...

Maybe New Mexico will hire Amaker to replace Alford. You know, if you can't beat 'em, hire 'em.

Seriously, Amaker's not going anywhere. He's making BCS or near-BCS money at Harvard, especially if you include his wife's appointment at the medical school, which might be difficult to replace at another school. He's got huge recruiting advantages against his conference opponents because of the Academic Index. Why would he give up all of that comfort to go back to situation like he had at Michigan -- fans and critics always asking why he can't win?

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Amaker is not the problem. It is Harvard's administration.

Any replacement coach will have the same success as Amaker. Harvard has relaxed admissions, extremely generous financial aid, and the Harvard name.

It was the admissions standards and hefty price tag that kept Harvard uncompetitive in the 80s, 90s and 2000s. Until the League makes reforms, Harvard will be a force in the league... and it has very little to do with Tommy Amaker.

Anonymous said...

Pretty obvious Penn is also bringing in super athletes, a la Harvard:

Penn is clearly on the rise. We'll need David O and Braxton Bunce to be as good as CBB claims in order to keep up.