- Bleacher Report writes:
After a shocking upset over New Mexico in last year's tournament, just about everyone handed the Ivy's auto bid to Harvard on a crimson platter. ESPN's John Gasaway even went so far as to make Harvard one of his preseason predictions to make the Final Four. Cornell might have other things to say. The Big Red ended up getting blown out by the Orange in the second half when Trevor Cooney caught fire, but they held a six-point halftime lead at Syracuse. You never want to make too much out of a single game—let alone a single half—but one could reasonably assume that is the largest halftime deficit Syracuse will face at home all season. Cornell also has road games against Louisville and Notre Dame within the next month, so we'll have a few more opportunities to evaluate the Big Red before they disappear into the virtually un-televised Ivy League regular season schedule.
- Duke Basketball Report writes, "Now that Syracuse is an ACC team, it's perhaps timely to remember that the Orange a) schedule tons of weak teams, and b) often perform down to the opponent's level. So maybe that explains why Cornell kept up for so long. Or maybe it was Nolan Cressler getting hot as the 6-4 guard hit 20 points in the first half. Syracuse shut him down in the second and outscored Cornell 50-22 after halftime."