Friday, November 22, 2013

News and Notes: Friday Edition

Get all the information you need about the Cornell Big Red's game vs. Siena, Friday, November 22, 2013 with The Cornell Basketball Blog's Game Preview Center.  Below, news and notes for Friday...
  • Complex Sports asks if Cornell is the worst basketball team in New York State and writes:
"...[of our three candidates] one team plays for an Ivy League college with a Hotel School. They're all off to rough starts early in this basketball season. But only one can be The Worst Basketball Team in New York Today...CANDIDATE NO. 3: THE CORNELL BIG RED
You're a college basketball team that may or may not have been named for a flavor of chewing gum (or a second tier soda brand). Last night you lost, 81-58 to a school named after a toothpaste magnate. The ad copy game headline practically writes itself. "Big Red gets brushed aside by Colgate." Cornell's 0-5 so far this year, riding an 11-game losing streak dating back to last season. On the bright side, they will not once have to share a team flight with Kevin Garnett and his 6.9 ppg and still acting like a blowhard jackass ass. Unless the Nets trade him for Braxston Bunce. No way Cornell's that dumb.THE WORST TEAM IN NEW YORK TODAY IS...
The Nets. Does Cornell have a basketball team, even? Yes they do, but no one really expects anything from them. Who knew Brooklyn and New York would be tanking for Wiggins. Oh wait, both teams traded those away to put together these “championship” squads. New Yorkers should praise the basketball gods that both teams are off today."
  • On the 2014 Charleston Classic, Akron Athletics notes, "The final two teams [to be added to the field], as well as the bracket, will be announced at a later date." South Carolina Athletics also notes, "The 2014 Charleston Classic will feature a bracket format with 12 games over three days. Each team will compete in one game per day, advancing through the bracket. The two teams that remain undefeated throughout will face off in a championship game on the final day of competition."
  • The Albany Times Union writes, "Siena will be without starting freshman center Javion Ogunyemi of Troy, who sprained his right ankle in the first half against the Bonnies. He'll be out seven to 10 days and won't travel to Cornell or for Sunday's game at Purdue, a non-bracketed contest in the Old Spice Classic tournament."
  • Future Cornell opponent, Radford, is headed to Binghamton.
  • Vandy Mania writes, "Boston College was supposed to be a dramatically improved team under head coach Steve Donahue, who guided Cornell to the Sweet 16 in the 2010 NCAA Tournament."
  • Cornell RPI Watch: The 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: CollegeRPI.com 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 November 22, 2013 is No. 267 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 KenPom.com site ranks Cornell No. 327 in the nation, while the Sagarin Rankings (USA Today) have Cornell at No. 339. Both sites are predominantly used by fans and the media.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Blog, thank-you. Thank you for your tweets and recent comments that have pulled you out of the big time homer atmosphere and into someone who is slowly acknowledging we're struggling right now and need change.

Your recent tweets about playing the frosh are spot on. We're in a bad shape and we need to use every game this year to give experience to the younger guys. Guys like Jake Matthews are great ambassadors to the Cornell program, but our fresh need experience right now, not Jake Matthews.

We can be a laughing stock this year, only if it means we are bettering ourselves. Play the freshman. They're real good. They need real experience playing together.

Anonymous said...

Along with the Freshmen, what about giving Mischler a chance to show what he can do in the rotation?

Unknown said...

They're are a lot of guards with the same skill-set in the non-frosh - Mathews, Scelfo, Mischler - I can barely tell them apart. Cressler is slightly bigger so he can operate in a different space - almost a small forward.

Hatter and Smith are the only true guards on the roster with any game-changing ability. Cherry has some, but he is like a ticking time bomb out there. Either he learns to play under control, or Hatter and Smith mature into high quality Ivy players. The ability is there for those three guys.

All the other nondescript 6'2" off-guards with little handle are destined to be role players at best. But I hope they have fun and enjoy their experience at Cornell - just talking analytically about their basketball skills.

Anonymous said...

Anon 1:43: Agree completely. If this program is going to become competitive again, it's going to be because Hatter and/or Smith become good players. We don't have any point guards coming in next year (so far), and these other guard on the roster (Mischler, Fallas, etc) are role players.

Anonymous said...

I'm curious about Cornell's defensive decline. Two years ago, we were ranked 138th in the country in defensive efficiency.

This year, we're ranked dead last. That's a drop of more than 200 places in two years.

This team was able to play credible defense under Courtney two years ago.

But I can't remember ever watching any team blow so many simple reads on defense as in the Colgate game. Maybe that's why Bill decided to empty his bench early.

This is going to be a rough season, but that was true from the very beginning of the season. I'm very curious to see how the next three games go. I think there's minimal chance we win all three. I think we'll win one, at best.

Anonymous said...

On an unrelated note, an interesting article in today's NY Times on Cornell's quarterback:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/23/sports/ncaafootball/cornell-quarterbacks-sister-is-a-key-player-on-his-team.html?hpw&rref=sports&_r=0

Anonymous said...

To Anon 1:43

I do not believe you know basketball talent if it jumped up and bit you in the butt. the only thing Cherry has not done is control his turnovers!

There isn't one guard on this team who can guard Cherry or who Cherry could not guard. Maybe you should take the time and go to some of the practices and or work outs!

Everyone needs time to play together so the team can mesh. Only one player who starts has obtained significant minutes of playing time prior to this season and thats Cressler.

Cherry was played like a yo yo last season with 2 to 4 minutes of time then was pulled for 5 to 7 minutes of down time then placed back in for another 2 to 4minutes and pulled again. So let all get acclimated to significant time on the floor together and see how it shakes out.

Unknown said...

Hi Anon 5:32

I played and coached basketball for over 40 years, and currently work in a related field in LA with NBA players, coaches, and pundits, so I think I have that "knowing basketball talent" thing reasonably covered...

From what I've seen (admittedly from afar via streaming video and not at practice) Devin Cherry plays out of control, and creates more problems than he solves. He dribbles into dead-ends in traffic. In transition he regularly forces bad shots. He regularly fires up contested mid-range jumpers (the b-ball nerdist's nightmare). He rarely hits the open man. When he does pass its usually to a player not in a position to do anything with the ball he just received.

The last game I watched he had 12 points I think, leading the team, but he also led the team in TO's while generating no or few assists, and I watched him do all the above maneuvers numerous times. So it was a very inefficient and hollow 12 points.
He doesn't make his teammates better, and those TO's turn into points for the opposition, nullifying his scoring.

Contrast that with the new frosh Hatter for example. He's been called a gunner by commenters on this site, but during the times I've seen him, he's shown excellent court vision and made some really intuitive moves, and great passes to guys in position to score. It's stuff I doubt Courtney is teaching the kids, so it shows a high basketball IQ. In fact Hatter unfortunately has gotten worse at it since the first game, so maybe Courtney really is rubbing off on him.

Devin Cherry is a good athlete, and I bet he does beat everyone in 1-on-1 in practice, but that does not make him a good team basketball player. It makes him a perfect 6th man heat check guy like JR Smith and Jamal Crawford in the NBA.

Bill's subbing patterns are doing no one any good, including both Cherry and Hatter. But I'd like to see Cherry come off the bench and chuck it as a 2 guard with a defined 2nd unit, and see Hatter be the starting point guard. I'd happily see Cherry get starters minutes and plenty of shots in the 6th man role. I think he'd be great at it, especially if BC defined it for him, and stuck with it. Heck, Hatter can pass it to him when they are both in. Just not vice versa.

Just my two cents...

Unknown said...

Hi Anon 5:32

I played and coached basketball for over 40 years, and currently work in a related field in LA with NBA players, coaches, and pundits, so I think I have that "knowing basketball talent" thing reasonably covered...

From what I've seen (admittedly from afar via streaming video and not at practice) Devin Cherry plays out of control, and creates more problems than he solves. He dribbles into dead-ends in traffic. In transition he regularly forces bad shots. He regularly fires up contested mid-range jumpers (the b-ball nerdist's nightmare). He rarely hits the open man. When he does pass its usually to a player not in a position to do anything with the ball he just received.

The last game I watched he had 12 points I think, leading the team, but he also led the team in TO's while generating no or few assists, and I watched him do all the above maneuvers numerous times. So it was a very inefficient and hollow 12 points.
He doesn't make his teammates better, and those TO's turn into points for the opposition, nullifying his scoring.

Contrast that with the new frosh Hatter for example. He's been called a gunner by commenters on this site, but during the times I've seen him, he's shown excellent court vision and made some really intuitive moves, and great passes to guys in position to score. It's stuff I doubt Courtney is teaching the kids, so it shows a high basketball IQ. In fact Hatter unfortunately has gotten worse at it since the first game, so maybe Courtney really is rubbing off on him.

Devin Cherry is a good athlete, and I bet he does beat everyone in 1-on-1 in practice, but that does not make him a good team basketball player. It makes him a perfect 6th man heat check guy like JR Smith and Jamal Crawford in the NBA.

Bill's subbing patterns are doing no one any good, including both Cherry and Hatter. But I'd like to see Cherry come off the bench and chuck it as a 2 guard with a defined 2nd unit, and see Hatter be the starting point guard. I'd happily see Cherry get starters minutes and plenty of shots in the 6th man role. I think he'd be great at it, especially if BC defined it for him, and stuck with it. Heck, Hatter can pass it to him when they are both in. Just not vice versa.

Just my two cents...

Unknown said...

Early second half: Hatter at PG. Cherry at 2 guard. Hatter to Cherry, Cherry drives and scores! Yes! That's all I'm talking about. Let him be the scorer, not the distributor. He's playing well tonight. I'm happy for him.

Anonymous said...

Too bad scelfo and tarwater didn't play in donahue system - they would be great. Here's to hoping we get a win before DIII pressure cooker in Jan.

Anonymous said...

I think BC has got to go. This team just doesn't look well coached. We can't finish games and players just look lost out there on both sides of the ball. I think Courtney is a really good recruiter. Look at his George Mason days and I even think he's brought in a lot of talent to the Cornell club. However being a head coach requires a lot more than just recruiting kids. There needs to be better discipline and game management out there.

Anonymous said...

Can anyone explain why this "Ivy League Digital Network" is basically CRAP. Continuos buffering to the point of total freezing of all Video.

This is the most aggravating video feed i have ever purchased and wished there was someway to be refunded. This is quite similar to the numerous freeze ups REDCAST provided last season. Was under the impression that IDN was suppose to be a upgrade, its not.

Do they really expect consumers to allow a automatic renewal if the product continues to be subpar! Or do they feel that one will forget to cancel prior to the automatic renewal date.

Anonymous said...

WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON HERE?!?!?! I can understand surrenduring a lead to Syracuse on the road, but not leads to Loyola, Binghamton, and Siena at home!!! I have a ticket to the St. Francis game, and now I'm not even sure I want to go...