Wednesday, December 11, 2013

News and Notes: Wednesday Edition

Below, news and notes for Wednesday...

8. Cornell (0-10)
Results: L 72-62 at St. Francis
This week: N/A
Another week and still no wins for Cornell. It looked like the Big Red had a decent shot against a 1-7 St. Francis team, but Cornell shot 4 of 21 from three and 6 of 15 from the free-throw line. St. Francis went into the break up, 30-22, and hung on for the 10-point win. Robert Hatter had 21 in the losing effort.


OBW Ivy League Frosh Five
Robert Hatter, G, Cornell
Tony Bagtas, G, Penn
Tavon Blackmon, G, Brown
Luke Petrasek, F, Columbia
Eli Harrison, F, Dartmouth
  • The Boston Globe lists Cornell among "five falling" college basketball programs and writes, "Cornell: Steve Donahue probably thinks he has it bad at BC but his former team is 0-10 this season after losing at home to St. Francis of Pennsylvania Saturday."
  • BC Interruption writes, "Through seven games, Boston College hoops adjusted defensive efficiency (AdjD), Ken Pomeroy's estimate of the defensive efficiency a team would have against the average D-I offense, ranks 257th in the nation (of 351). The [Boston College] Eagles' D currently ranks over 100 spots lower than the second lowest team in the conference (N.C. State at 153). Perhaps coincidentally, Donahue's former program, Cornell, ranks dead last nationally in AdjD through the games of December 3." 
  • Eagle in Atlanta says, "Donahue is done" at Boston College "barring a miracle."
  • Fox Sports turns the spotlight on "the best stories outside the major conferences" and writes, "Cornell: Success has yet to follow Steve Donahue to Boston College -- 28-45 record as an ACC coach -- but it certainly packed its suitcases when he left Cornell. Following three straight 20-win seasons and conference titles at the Ivy League school, Donahue followed protocol and took a bigger job. His successor, Bill Courtney, has been unable to keep the ball rolling, finishing with a 35-52 record in his first three seasons. The Big Red are 0-10 this season and feature the worst defense in the country (120.4 points per 100 possessions). Ivy League bragging rights have shifted and one has to wonder if Courtney is the one to reclaim the title."
  • The NBA D-League Blog writes, "Here’s what the 17 teams across the league should be thankful for...Springfield Armor: The Twin Towers duo of Willie Reed and Jeff Foote, who will make life miserable for opponents inside."
  • The Beloit (MI) Daily News writes of Western Michigan, "This year, the Broncos  were predicted to finish in second place in the West Division. WMU recorded impressive early-season victories over New Mexico State and Cornell before dropping a 51-35 decision at Northwestern Saturday."
  • The Juice notes of Syracuse, "when the Orange plays teams like Cornell and Colgate, the game is generally played at a much slower place, and so many defensive possessions end in a turnover. "
  • 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 11, 2013 is No. 335 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. 340 in the nation, while the Sagarin Rankings (USA Today) have Cornell at No. 344. Both sites are predominantly used by fans and the media.
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Anonymous said...

CBB - With many in the Boston area calling for Donahue's head, what is the likelihood that he:

A) Is fired
B) Returns to Cornell

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Without inside information, I think there is a legitimate chance he gets fired. I'd estimate maybe 30-40% and those numbers go up or down based on ACC play. Without a postseason bid, I think it might be a guarantee firing.

If Donahue is on the market, I would imagine Penn and St. Joe's could be among those pursuing him.

Anonymous said...

St. Joe's makes a lot of sense.

Penn would be such a dagger in the heart.

CBB - I have another hypothetical for you....

What are the chances that
a) Donahue and Courtney get fired
b) Nat Graham becomes the next Cornell head coach.

For my money, that seems much more likely. Noel didn't look at Graham 4 years ago because he didn't believe he had enough experience. What about now?

Anonymous said...

Two quick points:

1. Even if Graham becomes coach, that doesn't solve our problems. The problems with this team run much deeper than the coach.

2. Why does this blog keep posting/tweeting about Julian Jacobs? He was never here. He made the obviously wise decision to go to USC. We don't have anyone with his skill set on this roster, which is part of the reason why we're 0-10.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Julian's decision came down to Cornell and USC. He was agonizing on the decision for months.

We had beat out Utah, Arizona State, Texas, Vandy and Auburn for him.

He was nearly ready to commit. (There are public records noting we led)

Then in late August USC swooped in and offered.

Being a Vegas kid, he loves the Pac 12 and in particular, Los Angeles.

His AAU coaches were pushing him to USC.

He visited just 2 schools. Cornell and USC. He declined the opportunity to visit the other BCS schools.

My tweets are simply to show "what could have been."

He would have been one of the best 10 players in the Ivy as a frosh.

Anonymous said...

sadly this team plays like a bad low mid major mediocrity. cant shoot free throws and is poorly coached. time to regroup entirely and get a coach who can compete in the recruiting wars for ivy-style players

Anonymous said...

Right, Julian Jacobs would have been special. But he's not here, and we haven't come close to landing anyone that noteworthy in this year's recruiting class. It's only going to get harder -- who wants to come to a program universally ranked in the bottom five IN THE COUNTRY by all of the major ranking services.

Jordan will be good as an undersized forward, but the rest of the class are wait-and-see types with, collectively, the worst set of scholarship offers in the Courtney era. They might turn out to be good, but let's not kid ourselves, this was a disappointing class. That's an even tougher pill to swallow given the product on the court this season.

So when does the good news start?

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Stop right now. Go look at yourself in the mirror. Didn't you say the same exact thing last year?

Yes, you did.

And two words. ROBERT. HATTER.

Cornell has another great class coming in. And Jordan is better than David. And Riley and Pat are going to be big time pure shooters- something we really lack outside of Cressler/Hatter, unless you count Mischler, Fallas and Scelfo.