Monday, November 18, 2013

News and Notes: Monday Edition

Get all the information you need about the Cornell Big Red's game at Colgate, Wednesday, November 20, 2013, and vs. Siena, Friday, November 22, 2013 with The Cornell Basketball Blog's Game Preview CenterBelow, news and notes for Monday...
  • NY Buckets notes Cornell has dropped 71 spots in KenPom since the start of the season and opines, "The Ivy League needs someone to be the yin to Harvard’s yang at the bottom of the conference and right now it looks like that team is Cornell. The Big Red have struggled mightily on defense without Shonn Miller. Sure, Louisville can score 1.31 points per possession on a bunch of teams. It’s more of a problem when Binghamton scores 1.39 points per possession against you. The 0-4 start hasn’t been pretty and this is starting to look like a lost rebuilding year without Miller."
    Ivy League does it right: While visiting a son in New York last weekend I attended Cornell’s home basketball game against Loyola, Md.
    The Ivy League schools have it figured out — Cornell’s players come from all over the country and they won’t win the NCAA tournament, but the prestige of an Ivy League degree is the lure and it’s powerful, too. Ivy League football teams don’t play in bowl games extending the season.
    Ten regular-season games are sufficient and the big prize is to be crowned Ivy League champion. The mission of varsity athletics in the Ivy League has stood the test of time for well over 100 years. Most of the monster Division I schools try to recruit with glittering facilities rather than selling the quality of an undergraduate degree.
    • notes, "Syracuse's opener against Cornell drew a crowd of 24,788. That was the Orange's largest opening-game crowd since the 1990-91 season. By comparison, last season's home opener against Fordham drew a crowd of 17,273."
    • The BU Pipe Dream and the Binghamton Sun Bulletin recap Binghamton's disappointing blowout defeat to Navy after the Bearcats' comeback win against Cornell last week.  “We had to play comeback basically from 10 minutes down in the first half,” freshman point guard Marlon Beck told the Pipe Dream. “To play like that, yeah we did against Cornell, but it’s not something you can do every single night.”  
    • Gold and Black writes after a Purdue victory over Rider, "I felt bad for Purdue forward Errick Peck tonight. I had said he was Purdue's MVP of the first two games and had five quick points in the early going. Then, the fouls started. Peck seemed to be victimized by the new foul rules tonight, as all four of his personal fouls were of him playing solid defense in position." 
      • 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: 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 18, 2013 is No. 211 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. 318 in the nation, while the Sagarin Rankings (USA Today) have Cornell at No. 282. Both sites are predominantly used by fans and the media.

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      • Cornell Basketball will host Alumni and Friends Weekend from December 6-8. Included will be a Friday evening reception, Saturday's game against Saint Francis (Pa.) and a postgame reception, then Sunday's annual alumni game.  During halftime of the St. Francis game, Cornell will honor its championship teams from 1953-1954 and 2008-2009. 

      • Below, a look at the "Cornell Coaching Plantations"  -- the men's college basketball coaches with ties to Cornell University.
        Jon Jaques (Cornell Class of '10)-Assistant coach at at Cornell. Played for Cornell under Steve Donahue. 
        Ryan Wittman (Cornell Class of '10)-Graduate student  assistant coach at Boston College.  Played for Cornell under Steve Donahue.
        Kevin App (Cornell Class of '07)-Assistant coach at Army. Played for Cornell under Steve Donahue.
        Yanni Hufnagel (Cornell Class of '06)-Assistant coach at Vanderbilt. Served as student-manager at Cornell under Steve Donahue.

        Steve Donahue-Head coach of Boston College. Served as head coach at Cornell between 2000-2010.

        Zach Spiker-Head coach of Army. He served as an assistant coach at Cornell under Steve Donahue from 2004-2009.

        Joe Burke-Head coach of Skidmore College (Division III). He was an assistant coach at Cornell under Steve Donahue between 2001-2004.
        Ricky Yahn-Head coach, Concordia College of Michigan. He was an assistant coach at Cornell during 2010-2011 under Bill Courtney.
        Arlen Galloway-Head coach, Wentworth Institute of Technology.  He was an assistant coach at Cornell between 2011-2013 under Bill Courtney.
        Izzi Metz-Former Head coach Hobart College (Division III). He served as a Cornell assistant coach for five seasons between 2001-2006 under Steve Donahue and is currently an assistant coach at Boston College under Donahue.

        Nat Graham-Associate Head Coach (assistant) at Boston College under Steve Donahue. Served as an assistant coach under Donahue at Cornell from 2005-2010.

        Woody Kampmann-Assistant coach/diurector of basketball operations at Boston College under Steve Donahue. Served as an assistant coach under Donahue at Cornell from 2007-2010.

        Ryan Woerner-Former student intern coach under Steve Donahue during the 2009-2010 season and assistant coach for Cornell's women's team during 2010-2011. Currently director of basketball operations at St. Peter's.

        Steve Robinson-Assistant coach at North Carolina under Roy Williams. He was an assistant coach for Mike Dement at Cornell for two seasons, including on the 1988 Ivy League Championship team.

        Paul Fortier-Assistant coach at Cal Poly. He served as an assistant coach at Cornell during 2003-2005 under Steve Donahue.
        Desmond Oliver-Assistant coach at Charlotte. He was an assistant coach at Cornell between 1998-2000 under Scott Thompson.

      • Throughout the year we provide periodic updates on Cornell's alumni currently playing professionally. Below, some updates: 
      -Jeff Aubry ('99) (Halcones Rojos, LNBP Mexico premier league/Indios de Mayaguez, BSN Puerto Rico premier league)-A 6'11" center, Aubry splits his time in both the Mexican and Puerto Rican professional leagues. A well traveled pro player, Aubry spent several seasons in the NBA D League in the early part of his career with the Fayetteville Patriots and Florida Flame and earned honorable mention all NBA D League in 2002. Aubry joins Jeff Foote (Cornell '10) (Springfield Armor), Ryan Wittman (Cornell '10) (Ft. Wayne Mad Ants) and Cody Toppert (Cornell '05) (Albuquerque Thunderbirds) as Cornell veterans of the NBA D-League.  (Cornell's four NBA D-League veterans is the most in Ivy League.)  During his more than a decade of pro experience, Aubry also played professionally in  the ABA (Miami Tropics) and abroad  in Puerto Rico (Mayaguez, Arecibo Capitanes, Leones de Ponce, and Santurce, BSN Puerto Rico), Spain (Tarragona, LEB Gold Spain 2nd Division), Mexico (Halcones Rojos and Chihuahua Dorados, LNBP Mexico premier league), Poland (Slask Wroclaw, PLK Poland premier league), Argentina (Libertad Sunchales, Liga A Argentina), Uruguay (Hebraica, LUB Uruguay )and Peru (Alas Peruanas, Peru).
      -Alex Tyler ('10) (Rockville Victors, Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball League)-Tyler finished his rookie season during 2012-2013 with the Victors.
      -Louis Dale ('10) (KAOD Dramas, Greece A1 premier league)-Dale spent his  first two professional seasons both in Germany's BBK Bundesliga, the country's premier league with Goettingen.  His third pro season during 2012-2013 was in Greece in the A1, country's premier league, with KAOD Dramas.                                         
      -Jeff Foote ('10) (Springfield Armor, NBA D-League)-Foote is playing the 2013-2014 season with the Springfield Armor of the NBA D-League.  Foote spent the 2012-2013 season with Zalgiris of Lithuania, one of Europe's top 10 teams and was named an All Star in the domestic LKL league, the country's premier league.  He also participated with the team in the EuroLeague.  Prior to the start of the 2012-2013 season, Foote played with the Brooklyn Nets in the NBA Summer League and participated in the team's free agent mini-camp.  During 2011-2012, Foote averaged 15.1 points and 8.9 rebounds per game in the NBA D-League for the Springfield Armor (the Brooklyn Nets' affiliate) after being named a starter at the D-League's All-Star Game during February and was named Second Team All NBA D-LeagueFoote finished the D-League season ranked 4th in double-doubles and also 4th in rebounds. Foote averaged 1.0 points and 1.5 rebounds per game in 4 games for the NBA's New Orleans Hornets during a 10-day contract between March 9 and March 19. Foote was ranked by the D-League as its #6 overall NBA prospect.  During April 2012 he was profiled in a video on  He participated in the Portland Trailblazers' 2011-2012 preseason training camp and played the 2011-2012 preseason with with Zastal of       the PLK Poland premier league and the full 2010-2011 season in Spain (Melilla, LEB Gold Spain 2nd division) while on loan from Euro League powerhouse Maccabi Tel Aviv of Israel's premier league.    
      Drew Ferry ('12) (Albacete, Spain EBA)-The 2013-2014 season is Ferry's rookie year in the Spanish league.
      • Below is a directory listing of some Twitter feeds associated with the Cornell basketball program.
      -Josh Wexler ('88)
      -Rich Medina ('92)
      -Bo Buttenback ('98)
      -Dan Wendt ('98)
      -Brian Williamson ('03)
      -Jacques Vigneault ('03)
      -Cody Toppert ('05)
      -Steve Cobb ('05)
      -Ryan Rourke ('06)
      -Andrew Naeve ('07)
      -Jason Canady ('08)
      -Khaliq Gant ('09)
      -Conor Mullen ('09)
      -Brian Kreefer ('09)
      -Ryan Wittman ('10)
      -Pete Reynolds ('10)
      -Louis Dale ('10)
      -Alex Tyler ('10)
      -Geoff Reeves ('10)
      -Jeff Foote ('10)
      -Andre Wilkins ('10) (inactive)
      -Aaron Osgood ('11)
      -Adam Wire ('11)
      -Max Groebe ('12)
      -Chris Wroblewski ('12)
      -Andrew Ferry ('12)
      -Jonathan Gray ('13)
      -Miles Asafo Adjei ('13)
      -Peter McMillan ('13)
      -Errick Peck ('13)
      -Errick Peck ('13)
      -Josh Figini ('13)
      -Manny Sahota (former player)
      -Galal Cancer (former player)
      -Holt Harmon (former player)
      -The Cornell Rebounders Club
      -Ned Tomic ()
      -Dominick Scelfo ()
      -Jake Mathews ()
      -Dwight Tarwater ()
      -Dave LaMore ()
      -Shonn Miller ()
      -Devin Cherry ()
      -Nolan Cressler ()
      -Braxston Bunce ()
      -Robert Mischler ()
      -David Onuorah ()
      -Robert Hatter ()
      -Desmond Fleming ()
      -Darryl Smith ()
      -Riley Glassmann (recruit)
      -Jordan Abdur Ra-oof (recruit)
      -Pat Smith (recruit)
      -William Bathurst (recruit)
      -Jeremy Hartigan, Cornell SID ()
      -Assistant Coach Jon Jaques ('10)
      -Assistant Coach Mike Blaine ()
      -Assistant Coach Marlon Sears ()
      -Brian Delaney, ESPN Radio Ithaca ()
      -Barry Leonard, Cornell Redcast/Play-By-Play Annnouncer
      -Ed Boulat, Ithaca Journal
      -Cornell Daily Sun Sports ()
      -Slope Sports ()
      -WVBR Sports
      -Former assistant coach, Jay Larranaga
      -Former assistant coach, Ricky Yahn ()
      -Former head coach, Steve Donahue ()
      -Former intern assistant Ryan Woerner ()
      -Former assistant coach, Zach Spiker ()
      -Former assistant coach, Nat Graham ()
      -Former assistant coach, Woody Kampmann ()
      -Former assistant coach, Izzi Metz ()
      -Former assistant coach, Paul Fortier ()
      -Former assistant coach Arlen Galloway ()
      Blueprint for Success, the yearbook commemorating Cornell's memorable 2009-2010 season is on sale. Visit the Cornell Athletics website to order your copy today! Or pick up a copy sold in the Cornell Store on campus.

      Fans of the basketball program in the Ithaca area should not miss the opportunity to join the Cornell Rebounders Club.

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