Thursday, November 21, 2013

News and Notes: Thursday 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 Thursday...
Cornell (0-5) remained winless, losing games to Binghamton, Louisville and Colgate. After leading Binghamton 43-30 at half on Wednesday, the Big Red were outscored by 23 after the break, and ended up losing by a final of 89-79. Cornell struggled against third ranked Louisville on Friday, shooting just 29.2 percent from the field, and dropping the contest 99-54.
To top off the Big Red’s bad start to the season, they were destroyed, 81-58, on the road at Colgate, as the Raiders shot 54.2 percent on the night.
  • A key Siena player is injured according to the Troy Record.  Siena visits Cornell on Friday.
  • Per the Columbia Spectator, Kyle Smith compared the Lions' upcoming opponent, North Texas, to Cornell.
  • ESPN writes, "WHEN IT COMES to recruiting four- and five-star prospects, Boston College coach Steve Donahue has a distinct strategy: Know when to fold. BC doesn't have the hoops lure of geographic rival UConn or its Carolina-based ACC foes, so Donahue finds that it's best to be realistic. Which raises the obvious question: How did he land Olivier Hanlan, last season's ACC rookie of the year? 'You've got to find guys who people don't think are good enough,' says Donahue. 'Or ones they don't know about.'  It's hard to imagine the player who led all ACC freshmen in double-digit-scoring games (28) fitting into either category, but the Quebec-born Hanlan played his first two years of high school in Canada, off the radar of most American recruiters. Donahue was one of the few early courters thanks to his relationship with Hanlan's AAU coach, Dave Smart, whom Donahue knew from his previous recruiting trips up north while at Cornell."
  • Cobb Life Magazine writes of Marist H.S. in Georgia, "The War Eagles lost several players who have moved to Division I colleges, including Quinton Stephens (Georgia Tech), Greg Taboada (Stanford for football), David Onuorah (Cornell), Daniel Morrison (Air Force) and Brandon Young (Georgia as a walk-on)."
  • 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 21, 2013 is No. 262 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. 327 in the nation, while the Sagarin Rankings (USA Today) have Cornell at No. 294. Both sites are predominantly used by fans and the media.


Unknown said...

That picture says it all for me. Clueless, yet still exasperated.

I think we can all agree the tipping point has been reached. No more excuses could possibly be rationalized.

A team with one major injury should not be losing games to low D1 schools by by 23 points, and looking horrible doing it.

Reminds me of the days 30 years ago when there were better players in the intramural program than on the team and kids were embarrassed to play for Cornell. Cancer and Harmon were the canary in the coal mine. They'd rather not play at all than play for BC. The wheels have come off. Fire Courtney.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

You realize if we lose Bill, we could lose multiple players. Some might leave school or the program. It happens when coaches get fired.

Unknown said...

At this point that could be seen as a benefit. Can't remember a time that Cornell lost a meaningful player with the coach. Kids tend to come for the school and the education, and if basketball changes or goes away for them, then so be it - see Cancer-Galal, and Harmon-Holt.

You are more up on this stuff than me, so you might remember better, but again, the years I was there (back in ancient times) were more guys not playing because the coach was still here, not because he left.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Cornell hasn't fired a coach in 20 years. Al Walker was the last. Scott Thompson and Steve Donahue were peaceful and amicable resignations with transition plans.

So, there is no precedent here for Cornell. But it is a real risk and you must accept that risk if you call for a coaching change.

Unknown said...

And the risk would be what? That we'll lose to low D1-level teams by over 20 points on average? That attendance at home games will plummet into the low hundreds? That recruiting classes will be reduced to a handful of D1-caliber players? That Newman will feel like a mausoleum and that Cornelians current, past, and future will forget that for a brief shining moment we talked about basketball before we moved on to hockey? I think those things have already happened haven't they?

I like some of the current roster as potential basketball players, and I respect all of them as student-athletes and humans, but they can decide whether they want to stay and play, or just stay, or stay and play for a new, more competent coach. If I was one of them, I'd prefer the last choice.

BigRed1965 said...

For the record, I recall that Cornell freshman forward Pax Whitehead, a fine player, left for Vanderbilt with Coach Jan Van Breda Kolff in the early 90s.

Unknown said...

Despite what I said earlier, I do see your point about him working through his contract, assuming its only one more year. On the other hand if they have just a touch of success, based on the player's talent overcoming the lack of coaching acumen, then Noel might slip-up and renew him, and that would be a sports tragedy - Cornell style.

Anonymous said...

All I know is, they desperately need a win. This team has far too much talent to be anything less than 3-2 at this point in the season. If they lose to Siena and Radford at home, then what?