The Cornell Basketball Blog's Game Preview Center. Below, news and notes for Saturday...
- Jeff Foote (Cornell '10) got a starting nod last night in the NBA D-League and had a productive game with 12 points (5/5 FGs), 7 rebounds and 3 blocks in his Springfield Armor's (Brooklyn Nets affiliate) win over the Canton Charge (Cleveland Cavaliers). Foote was Second Team All NBA D-League in 2012 before playing in Europe in 2013. The Republican of Springfield, Mass. quoted coach Doug Overton, "You can't go without talking about the good job Jeff Foote did." See also Nets Daily.
- Per the Ft. Wayne News Sentinel, Matt Painter is trying to motivate Errick Peck (Cornell '13), an issue both Steve Donahue and Bill Courtney wrestled with at Cornell.
- Some notes on Cornell's future freshmen: The class includes four members, Riley Glassmann (Fremd HS) Palatine, IL, 6-5, G, William "Will" Bathurst (Olean HS) Olean, NY, 6-3, G, Jordan Abdur-Ra'oof (Gonzaga HS) Washington, D.C., 6-7, F, and Pat Smith (Archbishop Wood HS) Warminster, PA, 6-5, F. Bathurst had 12 points and 5 rebounds last night. See the Olean Times Herald and the Dunkirk Observer for recaps. The Intelligencer and GameTimePa have recaps of Smith's 19 point performance from last night which also included his 1,000 career point. Game Time writes: "With about five minutes remaining in the second quarter, Smith hit a three-point basket that gave him 1,000 points for his career at Archbishop Wood. Although he is happy to reach the milestone, he acknowledges that at the moment winning the PCL crown is much more important. 'Right now, it doesn't mean anything to me to be honest,' Smith said. 'It's just a number. My focus is all on winning the Catholic League and winning as many games as possible. I'm sure I will look back one day and appreciate the accomplishment, but as of right now, it's not really that important to me.'" Also somewhat ironic, Glassmann scored his 1,000 point as well. See the Chicago Sun Times and Daily Herald for recaps as Glassmann finished with 14 points. Below, Abdur-Ra'oof completes a nice play in the elite WCAC (Washington Catholic Athletic Conference).
- 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 18, 2014 is No. 333 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. 349 in the nation, while the Sagarin Rankings (USA Today) have Cornell at No. 341. Both sites are predominantly used by fans and the media.
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