Thursday, January 9, 2014

News and Notes: Thursday Edition

Below, news and notes for Thursday...
  • CBS Sports lists Cornell and Boston College among the dozen biggest disappointments of the college basketball season and writes, "-- Cornell. The only team in the country without a win! Poor Big Red. It's an 0-13 team that's going to get its first win this weekend, when it plays Oberlin -- not a Division I school...-- Boston College. Was expected by some to compete for an NCAA bid. Record? 4-11. Steve Donahue is skating on melting ice." Similarly, Sports Illustrated writes, "If Marquette isn’t the most disappointing team in the country, Boston College might be. It’s reasonable to think Coach Steve Donahue misjudged the quality of his team when he helped put together its non-conference schedule, because the 4-11 Eagles clearly weren’t ready to navigate a slate that included games against Providence, UMass, Toledo, UConn, Purdue, VCU, Harvard and Clemson (among other semi-challenging games). It’s going to take a miraculous turnaround in ACC play for the Eagles to get into the NCAA Tournament discussion."  BC Interruption also writes, "I don't know what Steve Donahue focused on this off season, but it certainly wasn't defense."

  • Playing in front of dozens of NBA scouts, Jeff Foote (Cornell '10) struggled in his first game of the NBA D-League Showcase, finishing 1/6 from the floorThe Springfield Republican writes, "Only four current Armor players were part of the showcase with Springfield last season—Jeff Foote, Dennis Horner, Lance Hurdle and Willie Reed. All four played in both games during the 2012-13 showcase, with Reed averaging 15.5 points per game and Foote averaging 15."
  • The Columbia Spectator writes, "Columbia hosts Division-III opponent Central Pennsylvania on Saturday before beginning Ivy play a week later against Cornell."
  • Bucknell scored 96 points last night in a Patriot League and the school athletics department noted, "The 96 points were the most since a 104-98 overtime loss to Cornell in 2009-10."

    • 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 9, 2014 is No. 339 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. 348 in the nation, while the Sagarin Rankings (USA Today) have Cornell at No. 342. Both sites are predominantly used by fans and the media.
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    8 comments:

    Alan Pauling said...

    What is the age cut off for getting in free?

    Anonymous said...

    Alan,

    I've gone to this the last two years and I believe it is 12 and under.

    millertimeatnewman said...

    I have a kids ticket that I picked up for free at the Y-- however I am older than 12. Has anyone an idea of whether I will be able to get in with my current ticket or if I will need to buy a new one?

    Anonymous said...

    oh my god, buy a ticket.

    Anonymous said...

    You can't win a game like this, you can only lose. Cornell lost. Cornell is nothing more than an above average D3 team. If you can't take care of a bad D3 team better than their other D3 opponents, guess what that makes you ...

    Anonymous said...

    Congrats Big Red. I hope you guys use as motivation and never forget CBB's retweeting of snide comments about the team made by people who don't lace 'em up and grind it every day like you guys do. Keep goin hard. It's not about anyone else but the guys in the locker room. Adversity reveals character and you guys have shown plenty.

    Anonymous said...

    and how so? I want examples. Showing up for practice and games doesn't count. No offense, but working hard means nothing in the real world. Results mean everything. Someone who works hard but can't accomplish anything is soon eating gov't cheese. That's my Cornell Basketball "Thought of the Day".

    Anonymous said...

    ANON 2:56 pm

    Obviously a comment made by a wannabe who never played the game.

    Maybe Steve Donahue can explain it to you.

    ""You get judged," Donahue told the players. "You judge guys on wins and losses, and when we're at a place like Cornell, it's just a shame that it has to be that way. I know that you guys are high-achieving people who care for each other. I almost wish we had headaches, discipline problems, so that I can get angry at you. But you're great guys. When I was your age I didn't accomplish anywhere near what you have accomplished. You got into this school. You're a Division I athlete. You're achieving great things already. It's hard sometimes to keep it in perspective. These losses are an aspect of life that has nothing to do with how successful you guys are."

    -Steve Donahue, Outside the Limelight, Basketball in the Ivy League