Wednesday, November 20, 2013

News and Notes: Wednesday 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 Center.  Below, news and notes for Wednesday...

  • The Buffalo News writes of Syracuse, "The Orange trailed Cornell by 14 in the opener at one point. They were down with two minutes to play Monday against St. Francis before escaping by six."
  • After Siena's win over St. Bonaventure last night, former Cornell recruit, Bret Bisping told the Albany Times Union, "We're trying to get better every day. It's good to get a win, but we're looking forward to our next game at Cornell (Friday)."
During his offseason travels, Steve Donahue received an education about the UConn-Boston College rivalry.  Donahue spent 10 seasons coaching at Cornell in upstate New York before coming to Boston College in 2010, so he's admittedly not an expert about the history between the New England schools.
Wood's Smith headed to Cornell
For Pat Smith remembers a few years ago when Cornell was one of the feel-good stories in the NCAA Tournament.After winning the Ivy League, the Big Red upset Temple and Wisconsin to reach the Sweet 16 of the 2010 Tournament, before falling to Kentucky.
“I remember watching them; it was pretty crazy,” Smith said. “I’ve always wanted to be a part of something like that.”
Smith, a senior and two-time first-team All-Philadelphia Catholic League selection at Archbishop Wood, will get his chance to be part of Cornell next fall when he enrolls in the Ithaca, N.Y., school as a freshman.
He said he visited schools last summer and made the decision to give Cornell a verbal commitment at the beginning of the school year. Unlike many future collegiate student-athletes, Ivy League schools don’t have national letter of intent signing days, but Smith said his commitment was solid.
“Being an Ivy (League school) played into it,” Smith said. “You can’t get that kind of education anywhere else. I visited a couple of schools and it stood out as the favorite.
“Just the coaching staff and the facilities, it is definitely one of the elite mid-majors.”
Under former coach Steve Donahue, Cornell won three straight Ivy League titles from 2008-10, making the NCAA Tournament and including the 2010 run. Donahue then left to take the head coaching job at Boston College.
They’ve been rebuilding the last couple of years under coach Bill Courtney and are 0-5 to start this season.
In the classroom, Smith said he was undecided on a major, although he’s interested in nutrition studies or business.
Meanwhile, he is preparing for his senior season at Wood. Smith averaged just under 17 points a game a year ago as the Vikings finished 14-10 and lost in the PCL quarterfinals to Roman Catholic.
This year with most of the team’s starting lineup returning, Wood starts with a new coach in former Neumann-Goretti assistant John Mosco.
“It’s really exciting,” Smith said. “It’s definitely an adjustment, but it’s a positive change. Coach Mosco’s a great coach and he brought in a good staff.
“We’re clicking and working hard in practice. It’s new, but everything is positive for us.”
  • 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 20, 2013 is No. 214 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. 316 in the nation, while the Sagarin Rankings (USA Today) have Cornell at No. 280. Both sites are predominantly used by fans and the media.


Anonymous said...

I'm not even mad at Bill Courtney. I see folks going nuts and I'm not even upset at the guy.

It's not his fault he was hired just because he said the right things, despite the fact that he had the least to show in terms of actual accomplishments.

And it's the blog and a bunch of apologists that have spun one ridiculous excuse after another for him these past four seasons as he's put up horrendous game after horrendous game and gotten worse year after year.

It's not Bill Courtney's fault. Dude has never given a hint of evidence that he was a good coach, so let's not be getting all upset as the team reaches new and wondrous lows. Let's just patiently endure these horrors until he is mercifully fired, and let us resolve never to make the same hiring errors or engage in the same levels of intricate denial ever again.

Anonymous said...

blog, just admit it. Bill is a terrible coach. He is a poor tactician, has no idea how to close out a game, fails to make in game adjustments, and is a lousy developer of talent.

stop with the "just wait till next year" load of BS. None of that is going to help if Bill doesn't learn to coach.

Anonymous said...

It sucks because the kids he brings in are good and could be great. But, he just can't coach and develop them. Sad.

Anonymous said...

I'm excited for Pat Smith to get to Cornell! He'll be another CONSISTENT scoring option for the Big Red.

Anonymous said...

Oh, Pat Smith is going to be "CONSISTENT"? That's awesome. How many minutes of college level basketball has his high school body played yet?

Anonymous said...

He may or may not have a college ready body but he 100% has a college ready jump shot. (creepy comment by the way)

Try and get excited about the future. Clearly this team isn't going anywhere and they need more scoring.

They have 2 different style scoring guards coming in and a great get in Jordan.

Unknown said...

They could have all the NBA's illegitimate offspring rolling in next year and it wouldn't matter. What they need is a new coach.

Anonymous said...

You can't have a college ready jumpshot. His jumpshot is only as good as the environment he is playing in and the competition he is playing against. Some people don't pan out at the college level. There is a huge gap in talent between High School and D1. I'm not saying he won't make the leap and be as consistent as you think he'll be, but not everyone can do it. And you don't know until they step on the court. I would like to get excited about Smith, but I've already been excited about pseudo-Smiths in years past and I know how the story ends for most of them.

Take a screenshot of this comment, come back in a year and say "Look a-hole, he just scored 13 points in his third game in a row, what now?" I hope you can, but we won't know until then.