Friday, January 24, 2014

News and Notes" Friday Edition

Get all the information you need about Cornell's game vs. Columbia, Saturday, January 25, 2014, with The Cornell Basketball Blog's Game Preview Center. Below, news and notes for Friday...
  • Hammer and Rails, a Purdue blog said of Errick Peck (Cornell '13), "Peck has been a great garbage basket guy and was a high school teammate of Kelsey Barlow. I really wish we had picked him instead of Barlow now."
  • Soaring to Glory writes, "For all intents and purposes, Steve Donahue is finished at Boston College. He got his four-year term, and there is no logical rationale to keep him after the performance we have seen. 'His' players have bombed big-time, he has never won here aside from the first year with Al Skinner’s team, and we do not collectively have the patience of Cornell to wait another few years to see if he can feel his way out of the ACC basement. He doesn’t deserve the extra time, either. Donahue’s a lame duck and we all know it. If he’s not, we’re in trouble."
  • A Columbia Spectator writer argues that Lions fans should be cautiously optimistic and notes, "As for the source of said sentiment, I’m not sure. Maybe it’s because I watched the team win its first Ivy game in 2013 over Cornell and then win just three more the rest of the way."
  • 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: CollegeRPI.com 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 January 24, 2014 is No. 335 out of 351 total Division I teams. While neither the Ken Pomeroy or the Sagarin Rankings (USA Today) are used by the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee, the KenPom.com site ranks Cornell No. 345 in the nation, while the Sagarin Rankings (USA Today) have Cornell at No. 338. Both sites are predominantly used by fans and the media.
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10 comments:

Anonymous said...

So are you giving me hope that Shonn is going to play this weekend?

Anonymous said...

Nice Greek chorus.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Why on Earth would you want Shonn to play this season? That would be insanely stupid.

TJ said...

Re Donovan at BC, I'm not sure anyone can recruit at BC in the ACC. I'm not defending him, just saying that the conference is major stacked. Good luck to whoever is next.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Respectfully, I don't think that is accurate. Donahue's predecessor recruited a few NBA guys--- Reggie Jackson and Jared Dudley. They also recruited Brady Helslip, who transferred to Baylor and will be in the NBA.

In 4 years, Steve has one guy that MIGHT make the NBA--- Hanlan, and he's a long shot at this point. A likely 2nd round pick.

Steve's a pretty good X and O guy, but he was not a great recruiter.

Chris Wroblewski and Errick Peck were Cornell's only highly pursued guys that we snagged under Donahue.

Wittman had a bunch of unappealing low D-I offers, Dale's options were Jackson State and walk-on at UAB and Foote had zero offers.

Wrobo was pursued by everyone in the Ivy, Patriot and most of the Horizon league. He was a big get for our program.

Peck had a lot of offers, including Butler and had major interest from BCS schools that wanted him to possibly postgrad or red shirt a year.

Aside from the above, Donahue did not win many recruiting wars.

Anonymous said...

"Brady Heslip... will be in the NBA."

Wanna bet? I'll give you 10-to-1 odds.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Ok, you can have Brady because I forgot Craig Smith, another NBA product from Skinner.

TJ said...

It's a different ACC now. Global warming edition (with the Atlantic shores lapping Syracuse and soon Louisville). But I don't disagree with your recruiting assessment.

Anonymous said...

I wonder what will happen to Steve Donahue now. Where does a guy go who had some success at a mid-major but then completely bombed at the BCS level?

Could Donahue replace Allen at Penn? Replace Courtney at Cornell?

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

No chance of Donahue to Cornell. He'll be a contender at Penn, but probably no where near the top of their list.