Below, news and notes for Monday. Above, historical programs and ticket stubs from Cornell's past meetings with Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish, a 2013 NCAA Tournament participant and a projected Top 35 team this season, join two projected Top 10 teams, Louisville (The 2013 Defending National Champions) and Syracuse (2013 Final Four) on the 2013-2014 Cornell schedule. The schedule also features a home game against Loyola (MD) (2013 CollegeInsider.com Invitational Tournament) and trips to Western Michigan (2013 College Basketball Invitational) and Stony Brook (2013 Postseason National Invitational Tournament). See ESPN's preseason Top 25.
- A reminder that The Cornell Rebounders Club "Welcome Back Picnic" is just over a week away.
- Cornell Athletics officially announced Cornell's 2013-2014 schedule on Friday afternoon. The release is below:
ITHACA, N.Y. -- Cornell men's basketball has earned a reputation for taking on all comers, but the 2013-14 schedule will be unprecedented even for them. Matchups with a pair of 2013 NCAA Final Four teams, including a road game at defending national champion Louisville, highlight a 28-game schedule.
Cornell will meet seven opponents who won at least 20 games a year and four that won 25 or more contests. The Big Red will play eight games against seven different squads that advanced to postseason a year ago, including five games against NCAA teams.
The Big Red's 13 Division I non-conference opponents posted a cumulative .516 win percentage in 2012-13, with three of their foes entering the year as the regular season conference or division champions (Louisville - Big East, Stony Brook - America East, Western Michigan - Mid-America West).
Cornell opens the campaign at local foe Syracuse, a 2013 NCAA semifinalist. The game will be the first for the Orange in their inaugural season in the Atlantic Coast Conference for Hall of Fame coach Jim Boeheim and his squad. It will be the Big Red's first trip to the Carrier Dome since 2010, when No. 8/7 Syracuse topped the Big Red 78-58 for their 33rd consecutive win in the series.
Two days later, head coach Bill Courtney's squad begins its 13-game home schedule with a game against 2013 CIT participant and 23-game winner Loyola (Md.) under first year head coach G.G. Smith. It is the Greyhounds' first season in the Patriot League. A contest against Central New York rival Binghamton is scheduled to Wednesday, Nov. 13 at Newman Arena.
A two-game road trip opens with a visit to defending national champion Louisville on Friday, Nov. 15. The Cardinals won the Big East a season ago and finished the season 35-5 under Hall of Fame head coach Rick Pitino. Louisville returns three starters and its entire bench, along with introducing a recruiting class ranked among the nation's top 10.
After a visit to Central New York rival Colgate on Wednesday, Nov. 20, Cornell will return home for consecutive home games against Siena on Friday, No. 22 and Radford on Monday, Nov. 25.
The day after Thanksgiving, Cornell will visit Western Michigan on Nov. 29 as part of a two-game midwest road trip that also includes a visit to 2013 NCAA participant Western Michigan on Sunday, Dec. 1. The following Saturday, Cornell will close out the semester with a home game against Saint Francis (Pa.) on Saturday, Dec. 7.
Cornell will have a 15-day break for final exams before returning to action on Sunday, Dec. 22 when it visits defending America East champion and 2013 NIT participant Stony Brook, another 25-game winner a year ago. That game begins a three-game road trip that continues at St. Peter's on Saturday, Dec. 28 after the holidays, and ends with a visit to St. Bonaventure on Saturday, Jan. 4.
The Big Red will play its annual game against a Division III opponent against Oberlin on Saturday, Jan. 11.
A brutal Ivy League schedule awaits Cornell, who will play five of its first six contests on the road. The Big Red visits Columbia on Jan. 18, then hosts the return trip on Jan. 25 at Newman Arena. Other highlights include a home game against defending Ivy champion Harvard on Saturday, Feb. 15, and Senior Day against Penn on Saturday, March 8.
- Daily Dose of Hoops previews Stony Brook's schedule and notes:
Sunday, December 22nd vs. Cornell: Stony Brook's final home game before America East play opens is a return match of a game contested last year against Bill Courtney and the Big Red at Newman Arena in Ithaca. Leading scorer and rebounder Shonn Miller returns for his senior season, with sophomore Nolan Cressler and junior Devin Cherry primed for breakout seasons in Cornell's backcourt.
- The Binghamton Press Sun Bulletin writes on the Cornell schedule:
Cornell basketball team to play at Syracuse, Louisville, Notre DameITHACA — A pair of Final Four teams and seven opponents who won at least 20 games last year highlight the Cornell University men’s basketball team’s 2013-14 schedule, which was announced Friday.
The Big Red, under fourth-year head coach Bill Courtney, is coming off a 13-18 season (5-9 Ivy League), its third consecutive sub-.500 season since the 2009-10 team finished 29-5 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16.
Cornell’s 28-game schedule, which includes four teams that won at least 25 games a year ago, includes eight games against seven squads that advanced to postseason in 2013, including five games against NCAA teams.
The Big Red opens the season on Nov. 8 at Syracuse, a 2013 NCAA Final Four participant. The game will also be the Orange’s opener in its first season in the Atlantic Coast Conference. It will be the Big Red’s first trip to the Carrier Dome since 2010.
Two days later, Courtney’s squad begins its 13-game home schedule with a game against 2013 CollegeInsider.com Tournament participant and 23-game winner Loyola (Md.). That game is followed on Nov. 13 with the Red’s annual game against Binghamton University, this year at Newman Arena.
Two days later, the Red will be in Louisville, Ky., to take on the defending national champion Cardinals, who finished 35-5 last season under Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino. Louisville returns three starters and features a recruiting class ranked among the nation’s top 10.
Cornell then returns to Central New York for games at Colgate (Nov. 20) and home against Siena (Nov. 22) and Radford (Nov. 25).
The Red will play three more games before breaking for exams, then resume play on Dec. 22 at defending America East champion Stony Brook. That game begins a three-game road trip that continues at St. Peter’s on Dec. 28 after the holidays, and ends with a visit to St. Bonaventure on Jan. 4, 2014.
After concluding its non-league slate a week later against Division III Oberlin, Cornell embarks on its 14-game Ivy League schedule. Five of its first conference games are away from Newman Arena, including its home-and-home series with Columbia, Jan. 18 in New York and Jan. 25 in Ithaca. Other highlights include a home game against defending league champion Harvard (Feb. 15) and Senior Day against Penn (March 8).
Seniors on this year’s team include guards Dominick Scelfo, Jamal Cherry and Jake Matthews and forward Dwight Tarwater. Braxston Bunce, a 6-foot-11 sophomore center from British Columbia, will be playing his first season for the Red; he missed the 2012-13 season due to injury.
- Big Red Louie writes:
If you’ve been on Twitter in the past few hours, you’ve probably seen the news from accounts like @Cornell_BB_Blog confirming the Cornell Basketball Schedule for 2013-14. Upon closer examination, one can see that Cornell will be taking on the National Champion Louisville Cardinals next season.
As Louisville hasn’t released its schedule for the upcoming season, one must peruse various schedules of smaller schools to look for the Cardinals. The Louisville-Cornell game will be taking place at the Yum! Center and will be played on November 15th of this season.
- NBC Sports covered the news of the Cornell-Syracuse series revival:
After not playing since 2010-11, Syracuse and Cornell will resume their basketball rivalry as the teams will meet for the 113th time on November 8th at the Carrier Dome.Announced on Friday on the Syracuse athletics website, the rivalry dates back to 1900-01 and will also serve as the opening game of the year for the Orange.Recently this rivalry has been rather one-sided as Syracuse owns a 33-game win streak over Cornell and a decidedly one-way 87-31 mark overall.With Cornell coming off of a 13-18 season, it will be an uphill battle to beat a team coming off of a Final Four like Syracuse.
- Syracuse.com notes:
Syracuse and Cornell to meet for 119th time in schools' basketball historySyracuse, N.Y. -- Syracuse and Cornell will meet for the 119th time on the basketball court when the Orange hosts the Big Red at the Carrier Dome on Friday, Nov. 8.Syracuse and Cornell first played each in other during the 1900-01 season. The only school that Syracuse has played more often than Cornell is Colgate, which has faced Syracuse 165 times.Syracuse leads the all-time series with Cornell 87-31. The two schools last met in the 2010-11 season.Cornell went 13-18 overall and 5-9 in the Ivy League last season.
- NunesMagician.com is happy with the return of Cornell on the 'Cuse schedule and notes:
Here Comes Treble: Cornell Big Red Return To Dome November 8thThe Ivy League school visits the Carrier Dome on November 8th.It's been a few years but the natural rivalry between the Syracuse Orange and Cornell Big Red will kick back into gear on November 8th when the Ivy League school visits the Carrier Dome.Filling the role of familiar face in a season full of unfamiliar ones, the Cornell series goes all the way back to 1900 and the Big Red are the team SU has played 2nd-most in our history. Syracuse leads the series 87-31 and has won 33 in a row. I've said in the past that Cornell should be a yearly game and I'm glad to see them back on the schedule. Even if they're down, coming off a 13-18 season, there's a good chance they'll get better. Couple that with the Upstate location and they're a natural compliment to a schedule full of schools from North Carolina and Florida.
- The Examiner writes on the Cornell-Syracuse game:
Syracuse and rival Cornell renewed their rivalry on Aug. 16. The long-time rivals are scheduled to meet on November 8, 2013, in the Carrier Dome. It will be Syracuse’s home opener. The basketball series between the Orange and the Big Red dates back to the 1900-01 season and the 2013 matchup will be the 113 meeting between the two schools. The Orange owns an 87-31 advantage and has won the last 33 pairings with the Big Red. The two clubs most recently met in 2010-11 and Syracuse prevailed, 78-58. Syracuse has posted back-to-back 30-win seasons for the first time in school history. The Orange finished 34-3 and in the NCAA Tournament's Elite Eight in 2011-12 and followed that up with a Final Four appearance and 30-10 mark last year. Syracuse lost three of their top five scorers from last year’s squad but returns leading scorer and rebounder C.J. Fair (14.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg). The Orange also returns senior Baye Moussa Keita, junior Rakeem Christmas as well as sophomores Trevor Cooney, DaJuan Coleman, Michael Gbinije and Jerami Grant. Freshmen T.J. Ennis, B.J. Johnson, Tyler Roberson, Chinosa Obokoh and Ron Patterson are also expected to contribute this season. Cornell returns 13 players from their squad that went 13-18 overall and 5-9 in the Ivy League last season. Junior Shonn Miller (11.5 ppg, 6.8 rpg) and sophomore Nolan Cressler (9.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg) leads the Big Red returnees. Other key contributors are expected to be senior Dominick Scelfo, sophomore Braxton Bruce, junior Devin Cherry and junior Deion Giddens. Syracuse will begin their first season in the ACC in 2013-14. To prepare for the upcoming season, the Orange will embark on a four-game Canadian exhibition tour on Aug. 20-24. Syracuse will begin their exhibition tour in Montreal versus McGill University on Aug. 20. The Orange will then play Bishops at Champlain College in St. Lambert, Quebec. on Aug. 21 before heading to Ottawa. In Ottawa, Syracuse will play Carleton University on Aug. 23 and Ottawa University on Aug. 24.
- Other Cornell Schedule notes: Former Cornellian, Will Scott, was a fan favorite of Louisville not long ago. The Notre Dame game will reunite Robert Mischler with his former high school teammate, Demetrius Jackson.
- Ned Tomic had a successful summer at the 2013 Akron Canton Am Pro League and won the Most Improved Player Award after averaging 24.3 points 12.2 rebounds per game. He led the league in rebounds and was second in the league in scoring. See him receive his award below:
- Former Cornell player, Zeke Marshall is mentioned in the Baltimore Sun following the passing of his cousin.
- Below, the final recaps of Cornell's 2012-2013 season:
|11/16||St. Peter's||L 64-68|
|11/18||at Wisconsin||L 40-73|
(Las Vegas Invit.)
|11/20||at Arizona St.||L 53-64|
(Las Vegas Invit.) (TV-Pac12Network)
|W 89-55 (AT Las Vegas Invit.)|
W 84-78 (AT Las Vegas Invit.)
|11/28||Stony Brook||L 53-76|
|12/17||at Vanderbilt||L 55-66 (TV-ESPNU)|
|12/19||at Duke||L 47-88|
|12/22||at Boston U.||L 57-70|
|12/28||at St. Francis (PA)||W 79-67|
|12/30||at Binghamton||W 79-77|
|1/ 6||at American||W 68-60|
|1/12||SUNY Old Westbury||W 103-84|
|1/19||Columbia||L 58-67 (TV: NBCSports)|
|1/26||at Columbia||W 66-63|
|2/1||at Princeton||L 59-76|
|2/2||at Penn||W 71-69|
|2/15||at Yale||W 68-61|
|2/ 16||at Brown||W 69-66|
|3/ 1||Brown||L 65-84|
|3/8||at Dartmouth||L 62-76|
|3/9||at Harvard||L 56-65 (TV: NBCSports)|