Saturday, November 16, 2013

News and Notes: Saturday Edition

Below, news and notes for Saturday...

  • Rant Sports writes after Cornell's defeat last night, "People have talked about how dominant Kentucky and Duke could wind up being this season, but at the end of the year it’s extremely likely that it’ll be Louisville, and not either one of those two schools, or even Michigan State or Kansas, which boasts the most impressive win-loss record of them all."
  • See photos of Jeff Foote (Cornell '10) from the Springfield Armor's scrimmage yesterday against the Maine Red Claws at the Boston Celtics' practice facility.  Images on the Armor's Facebook page.
  • 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 16, 2013 is No. 180 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. 303 in the nation, while the Sagarin Rankings (USA Today) have Cornell at No. 276.   Both sites are predominantly used by fans and the media.


Anonymous said...

I"m not sure the next three games are "must wins", nor am I convinced that this team can win those three games.

This team needs to pull itself back together and take this one game at a time. It needs to get one W on the board and end a long losing streak continuing from last season before we can worry about putting together three in a row.

Anonymous said...

Commentators on the Princeton-Butler game noted that the Ivy League has been playing as well as any conference in college basketball. I'm guessing they haven't seen Cornell's recent play.

Unknown said...

There a lot of positives to take away from this season so far (and I'm not even kidding). Things are better than expected (of course I expected a scorched earth). I just want to see the team grow and the inexperienced guys figure it out. Even some of the upperclassmen are every inexperienced.

There are some talented kids on the team, along with some serviceable journeymen types. They just have to play and get better - and get coached ((and that is the part I worry about). A good coach could turn Hatter and Onourah into All-Ivy level players. Devin Cherry has the skills to be a much better player than he is. Cressler should expect to have a Wittmanesque career. Those guys plus lesser all-around talents, but still very good Ivy-level players like Tarwater,, should be enough to vault Cornell into contention in the league.

The rest of these games are just practice for the regular season. They should improve enough to be competitive in the league THIS YEAR (like middle of the league - not doormat). If they don't, then once again I think we can talk about the bad coaching.

Anonymous said...

Not sure why you think Bunce will necessarily take the same trajectory as DNH. Simply because they are tall traditional centers?

Penn obviously got more than they expected in DNH. He already looks pretty good, and with some more time in the weight room, he is going to be a real load.

Bunce gets an incomplete due to injury, but as many have commented, what little we have seen from him has not been impressive.

Mike Hall, rated higher than either of them, has disappeared at Harvard, even last year when Harvard was thin up front.

Once a player gets on a D1 court, I'm no longer concerned about high school rep or parallels in the recruiting process.

I hope Bunce is just rusty and not all the way back from his health issues, but time and actual performance on the court will tell - not any perceived similarities to other players.