Wednesday, April 17, 2013

News and Notes: Wednesday Edition

Above, A Date in Cornell Basketball History, Cornell's 1985-1986 media guide which features photos of the team's summer 1985 trip to Europe and a photo from the team's 1984 participation in the Rainbow Classic in Hawaii.  Below, news and notes for Wednesday...

  • As we tweeted last night, there is a slight change in Cornell's tentative 2013-2014 schedule.  American University is dropped while a home game with Siena is added. Below is a partial listing of opponents on the 28-game schedule which includes 6 home nonconference games.  The games listed are in no particular order.  Teams which participated in the 2013 postseason are noted:
    1. at Western Michigan (2013 College Basketball Invitational)
    2. at St. Bonaventure
    3. at Stony Brook (2013 Postseason National Invitational Tournament)
    4. at St. Peter's
    5. at Colgate
    6. vs. Loyola (MD) (2013 Invitational Tournament)
    7. vs. Radford
    8. vs. St. Francis (PA)
    9. vs. Siena 
    10. vs. Binghamton
    11. at BCS Opponent (Verbal agreement, Contract not signed yet)
    12. at BCS Opponent (Verbal agreement, Contract not signed yet)
    13. at BCS Opponent (not yet determined)
    14. vs. Division III Opponent (not yet determined)
    15. PLUS 14 Ivy League Games
  •, a Purdue blog writes on the potential of Errick Peck playing in the Big 10 for the Boilermakers:
Cornell 6-foot-6 forward Errick Peck. He's originally from Indianapolis, but went to Cornell over offers from Butler and most of what was then the Horizon League out of high school. I'm told he ended up with an Ivy League degree instead of two national title game appearances with Butler because he wasn't first in a "first come, first served" scholarship offer. Peck averaged 9.7 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 28 games with with Cornell this year, after sitting out the whole 2011-12 season with a knee injury (Hey, he'll fit right in with the Purdue...uh..,culture, right?). Oh, and he played in high school at Cathedral with Kelsey Barlow, which may help or hurt Purdue's chances, depending on the guy's relationship with Barlow.
The Indy Star's Butler beat writer, David Woods, said on twitter that Peck would love to play his 5th year in Indianapolis, but that he (Peck) wasn't sure of Butler's interest. I'd like to think West Lafayette is close enough to his hometown of Indianapolis to count, right? Other schools listed as possibilities include Boston College and Duquesne, both a heck of a lot farther away. Here's BC Interrupted's take on him.
One last note on Peck: The Ivy League doesn't allow athletes to use their fifth season of eligibility for redshirting unless it's for medical reasons, and even then they don't allow guys that have graduated (like Peck) to use it. So Peck isn't necessarily transferring because he wants to; he has to transfer if he wants to keep playing.
ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell senior men's basketball player Eitan Chemerinski has been named to the U.S.A. Basketball Team that will compete at the 19th Maccabiah Games from July 17-30 in Israel. Chemerinski will play for the Open Team that includes several familiar names to Ivy League fans, including Penn's Zack Rosen and Columbia's Alex Rosenberg.
The U.S. team will be coached by Brad Greenberg, the former coach at Radford who is now at Maccabi Haifa. The games are an international Jewish athletic event held in Israel every four years. The games are open to Jewish athletes, as well as Israeli athletes regardless of religion.
A 6-8, 225-pound forward, Chemerinski will graduate as Cornell's career leader in field goal percentage (.617), He shot .632 from the floor in his final season in 31 contests, including 20 starts. Chemerinski had six double figure scoring efforts that included a career-high 19-point, six-rebound effort in the win over Longwood and a 17-point effort in a triumph at Binghamton. For the season, Chemerinski averaged 5.9 points and 3.2 rebounds to go with 25 steals in 19.5 minutes per game. The two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District selection was part of the 2009-10 squad that won the Ivy League title, advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 and finished the season ranked No. 17 in the final national polls.

Coach K never forgave a tie after a loss this year. The team’s first defeat came against N.C. State when he was wearing a navy cravat with white dots. He wore it earlier in the year against Cornell—a 41-point win—but never put it on again after the Blue Devils lost to the Wolfpack.

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