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Game #17: Cornell at Brown
Tip off: Friday, Jan. 31, at 7 p.m.
Site: Pizzitola Sports Center (2,800), Providence, R.I.
2013-14 Records: Cornell (1-15, 0-2 Ivy); Brown (9-7, 1-1 Ivy)
Series Record: Cornell leads 73-46
Last Meeting: Brown won 84-65, March 1, 2013 in Ithaca, N.Y.
Radio: HITS 103.3 FM (Barry Leonard)
TV: None
Live Stats: available at www.CornellBigRed.com
Live Video: available at www.CornellBigRed.com
Tickets: available by calling (607) 254-BEAR

Game #18: Cornell at Yale
Tip off: Saturday, Feb. 1, at 7 p.m.
Site: John J. Lee Amphitheater (2,532), New Haven, Conn.
2013-14 Records: Cornell (1-15, 0-2 Ivy); Yale (7-9, 1-1 Ivy)
Series Record: Cornell leads 110-104
Last Meeting: Yale won 79-70, March 2, 2013 in Ithaca, N.Y.
Radio: HITS 103.3 FM (Barry Leonard)
TV: None
Live Stats: available at www.CornellBigRed.com
Live Video: available at www.CornellBigRed.com
Tickets: available by calling (607) 254-BEAR

Cornell head coach Bill Courtney is in his fourth season at Cornell (36-67, .350; 18-26 Ivy, .409) ... Courtney became the fifth Robert E. Gallagher '44 Coach of Men's Basketball at Cornell on April 23, 2010.

STORY LINES: The Cornell men's basketball team will hit the road for its first Ivy League road weekend when it visits Brown on Friday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. before heading to Yale on Saturday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. The games can be viewed live on the Ivy League Digital Network, or you can listen to Barry Leonard's radio call on HITS 103.3 FM.

Cornell has played some good basketball despite its 1-15 start, with two of the losses coming to 2013 NCAA Final Four squads (Syracuse, Louisville) and six total coming at the hands of 2013 postseason squads (Syracuse, Louisville and Notre Dame - NCAA, Stony Brook - NIT, Loyola - CIT, Western Michigan - CBI) that went a combined 161-58 a year ago. Cornell has shown glimpses of really good play despite its heavy reliance on underclassmen and inexperienced upperclassmen. Three of the team's top five scorers are freshmen or sophomores and the three top upperclassmen had made a combined 23 career starts entering the year. The Big Red led then-No. 8/7 Syracuse by 14 points in the first half and by six at the break, led a Loyola (MD) team that won 23 games a year ago by seven points with five minutes remaining and had a 19-point advantage against Binghamton with 13 minutes left and a 10-point lead with four minutes to play against Siena and led Western Michigan in the second half. Cornell went on to drop all five games.

The Big Red backcourt has been its strength, with its three starting guards all averaging double figures. Sophomore guard Nolan Cressler is off to a great start for the Big Red, averaging 15.5 points and 4.8 rebounds and freshman guard Robert Hatter is at 10.1 ppg., while chipping in 2.3 assists and 1.7 rebounds. Playmaking junior Devin Cherry rounds out the trio at 11.0 ppg. to go along with 3.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists. Senior forward Dwight Tarwater has been a double-double threat, posting 6.2 points and 6.0 rebounds per night. Freshman Robert Onuorah (3.1 ppg., 3.3 rpg., 0.6 bpg.) and junior Deion Giddens (3.8 ppg., 3.1 rpg., 0.6 bpg.) are holding down the middle, while senior guard Dominick Scelfo (3.1 ppg., 1.0 apg.) and freshman guard Darryl Smith (4.5 ppg., 2.0 rpg.) are providing firepower off the bench. The Big Red is scoring 65.4 points on 42 percent shooting and has a near-neutral assist:turnover ratio (191:198). Much of Cornell's troubles have come on the defensive end, where the team is allowing 80.1 points on 49 percent shooting, including 40 percent from 3-point range. It has been much better over its last four games, surrendering 69.6 points on 45 percent shooting and 33 percent from 3-point range.

• snap an eight-game Ivy League losing streak.
• give the Big Red its first road win after 11 straight defeats.
• be the 1,211th in program history (1,210-1,341 in 114 seasons).

• Brown enters the weekend with a 9-7 record and a 1-1 mark in Ivy League play and are winners of three of their last four games.
• The Bears are 5-2 at home after defeating Yale 73-56 on Jan. 25 in its conference opener at the Pizzitola Sports Center.
• Sean McGonagill leads the Ivy League in scoring at 19.3 ppg. to go along with 4.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.4 steals per game while shooting 46 percent from the floor and 43 percent from 3-point range.
• Rafael Maia is the team's other double figure scorer at 10.3 ppg. and averages 8.4 rebounds per contest.
• Reigning Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week Cedric Kuakumensah is posting 2.9 blocks per game.
• The Bears are averaging 72.6 points per game while shooting 45 percent from the floor and 40 percent from beyond the arc and outrebounds opponents by more than five per game.
• Second year head coach Mike Martin, a Brown grad, has quickly moved the program toward the top of the Ivy standings and has a 22-22 mark.

• Cornell leads the series 73-46, dating back to the first meeting between the teams in the 1949-50 season.
• The Big Red is 16-2 in the last 18 contests against the Bears.
• Brown ended Cornell's 13-game win streak in the series with its 84-65 victory at Newman Arena last March.

• Yale is 7-9 overall and just 2-5 in its last seven contests, though one of those wins was a home victory over Brown (74-67) in its Ivy opener.
• The Bulldogs have a pair of double figure scorers in sophomore forward Justin Sears (15.2 ppg., 6.3 rpg.) and junior guard Javier Duren (13.5 ppg., 3.9 rpg., 2.9 apg.).
• Yale's opponents are shooting 46 percent from the floor and 43 percent from 3-point range, but are outrebounding opponents and averaging nearly 12 offensive boards per contest.
• The dean of Ivy League men's basketball coaches, 15th year mentor James Jones. He enters the weekend just three wins shy of 200 for his career and ranks fifth in conference history with 109 Ivy wins.
• Only 19 Division I coaches in the country have been at their institution as long as Jones has been at Yale.

• Cornell leads 110-104 overall in a series that dates back to the 1898-99 campaign.
• Cornell has had the best of the series recently, winning 11 of the last 16 meetings.
• The two teams split last season's series, with each team winning on the road.

• Cornell has increased its win totals in each of the last two seasons under head coach Bill Courtney, from 10 in 2010-11 after graduating eight seniors from the previous year's NCAA Sweet 16 team, to 12 in 2011-12 to 13 a year ago.
• Cornell's 16 opponents have a combined 167-140 (.544) record and nine of the teams have already captured at least 10 wins on the year.
• In its last five games, Cornell opponents are shooting 45 percent from the floor and 33 percent from 3-point range, while the Big Red has been even on the glass (31.4-31.4).
• In the Big Red's seven home games, Cornell is shooting 45 percent from the floor and has 100 assists to just 73 turnovers, but has attempted 88 fewer free throws than its opponents.
• After surpassing 500 career points and 50 assists, Cressler is seven rebounds shy of 200 for his career.
• Junior Devin Cherry has hit for double figures in seven consecutive games, averaging 12.9 points over that span.
• In his last two home games, junior forward Ned Tomic has averaged 15.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.5 blocks and 1.0 steals while shooting .609 from the floor (14-of-23).
• In his last three games, senior Jake Matthews is averaging 7.0 points and 1.3 steals while hitting 6-of-10 field goals and 5-of-9 from 3-point range.
• Big Red players have already missed 25 games already this season due to injury.

• There are numerous way to follow the Big Red through the 203-14 basketball season.
• Men's basketball games will be broadcast on HITS 103.3 FM for the 2013-14 season. Longtime voice of the Big Red Barry Leonard returns on the call with the play-by-play, while former All-Ivy center Eric Taylor'05 is on board to do color analysis.
• A half-hour pregame show and postgame analysis will enable Big Red fans to follow Coach Bill Courtney's team throughout the season.
• The audio of all games will also be available as part of the IvyLeagueDigitalNetwork subscription service.
• The Big Red's home contests will all be broadcast live with streaming video as part of the IvyLeagueDigitalNetwork subscription service. Visit www.IvyLeagueDigitalNetwork.com for all the latest information on Cornell broadcasts.
• Cornell will use SIDEARM Live Stats for each of the Big Red's home games in 2013-14. Visit www.CornellBigRed.com for all of the official statistics.
• You can follow the team on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. Highlights, interviews and features on all 36 of Cornell's varsity sports can be found at www.youtube.com/cornellathletics, www.facebook.com/cornellathletics or www.twitter.com/cornellsports.

• The Big Red remains on the road to face Penn on Friday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. and Princeton on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 6 p.m.

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