Friday, December 6, 2013

News and Notes: Friday Edition

Get all the information you need about the Cornell Big Red's game vs. St. Francis (PA), Saturday, December 7, 2013 (Alumni Weekend), with The Cornell Basketball Blog's Game Preview Center.  Above, Cornell's 1954 (60th Anniversary) and 2009 (5th Anniversary) Ivy League Championship Teams which will be honored at halftime during the Alumni Weekend.  Below, news and notes for Friday...
-The Cornell men's basketball program will host Alumni and Friends Weekend from Dec. 6-8 in Ithaca.
-Included will be a Friday evening reception, Saturday's game against Saint Francis (Pa.) and a postgame reception, then Sunday's annual alumni game.
-Cornell will honor the 1953-54 and 2008-09 Big Red championship teams that weekend.
  • The Syracuse Post Standard writes, "In its lone victory (an 89-79 defeat of still-winless Cornell), Binghamton committed only six turnovers and shot 14 of 25 (56 percent) from 3-point range. Outside of that contest, the Bearcats are averaging 15.8 turnovers and shooting 34 of 106 (32.1 percent) from the outside."
  • The Intelligencer lists its Five Players to Watch in the area and writes, "Pat Smith, Archbishop Wood: A two-time first-team all-Catholic selection, already a 1,000-point scorer, and a recent Cornell commit, he's poised for a huge senior season. A 6-foot-5 two guard, Smith is an excellent shooter who also can score off the dribble."
  • 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 December 6, 2013 is No. 305 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. 330 in the nation, while the Sagarin Rankings (USA Today) have Cornell at No. 337. Both sites are predominantly used by fans and the media.
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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

If I was the AD for Cornell I would make a coaching change now. I understand that BC's best player is hurt, I understand that BC inherited a difficult situation having to rebuild from scratch when coach D left. I also like the talent BC has brought into this program.

However there is no point in letting BC ride out his 5 year contract. I have seen no consistency or development in the program over the past 3+ seasons. There is no excuse than can defend how the team has performed. Now this is a talented bunch. I blame the coaching, especially defensive coaching. Our players do not know what to do on defense. They are athletic and obviously want to play better defense; I blame the instructions coming from the bench.

If you allow BC to ride out his contract you risk a number of things. The first is that he will have trouble recruiting. At the start of his career with Cornell we were coming of a Sweet 16 appearance. Now that we are still winless in early/mid December its going to be so much harder for BC to convince kids to come here. The second reason is that I believe this team does have a lot of talent. We are letting that talent go to waist by not making a coaching change.

I think the sooner Cornell changes skippers, the better. I have seen enough out of BC to know he isn't going to make it here. This is the worse defensive play I've seen from a D 1 Program.