Tuesday, January 7, 2014

News and Notes: Tuesday Edition

Below, news and notes for Tuesday...

  • Cornell recruiting commit, Pat Smith had 15 points last night to lead all scorers (and scored all of his points in just 3 quarters) in the Philadelphia Catholic League (via  City of Basketball Love).  See also the Intelligencer.
  • Cornell commit, Riley Glassman has his team ranked in the Top 10 in Illinois by Comcast Sports.  The site writes, "Cornell commit and senior guard Riley Glassman is off to a tremendous start and he's surrounded by a tough group that is willing to defend, rebound and do whatever it takes to win." 
Errick Peck - 4.9 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.0 apg - Peck's numbers are going to be skewed because he played a much bigger role with Cornell than he has at Purdue. They needed him to do more, while Purdue has used him as a valuable role player.
Where he has value for Purdue is as a rebounder and player that can pick up those garbage baskets on put-backs. Peck's role is a very silent, but consistent 5 and 5 per game, which is what Purdue needs from its role players. He hasn't done as much of late, but if Purdue makes the NCAA Tournament it will have Peck to thank. He has six made three-pointers, showing he is at least a threat from long range. None were bigger than his first, which came with Purdue down four to Northern Kentucky in the season opener. He misses that and Purdue likely has an awful loss on its resume.
  • Sports on Earth writes, "Unranked team that will make noise in two months: Harvard could actually make noise in the next two days. The Crimson play at UConn Wednesday night, and a win there would put the Huskies' season in panic mode while giving Harvard a 14-1 record, becoming the rare Ivy team worth considering for an at-large bid. This team can make a Sweet 16 and compete with that Cornell club from a few years ago for the best Ivy squad of the past 10 years."
8. Cornell (0-13)
Results: L 67-59 at St. Peter’s; L 81-57 at St. Bonaventure
This week: Saturday vs. Oberlin
“Jesus wept”
To reiterate, Cornell is 0-13.
OBW Ivy League Frosh Five
Robert Hatter, G, Cornell
Spencer Weisz, F, Princeton
Luke Petrasek, F, Columbia
Tavon Blackmon, G, Brown
Steven Speith, G, Brown
  • Below, the weekly Ivy Awards.  Here is a link to this week's award winners.  Nolan Cressler was named to the honor roll.  The Ivy Office notes of Cressler:
Nolan Cressler, Cornell (So., G - Pittsburgh)  
19 points, 5 rebounds at St. Bonaventure
Wk 1 Nov 11-Tony Hicks, Penn/Justin Sears, Yale
Wk 2 Nov 18-Sean McGonagill, Brown/Javier Duren, Yale
Wk 3 Nov 25-Maodo Lo, Columbia
Wk 4 Dec 2- T.J. Bray, Princeton/Wes Saunders, Harvard
Wk 5 Dec 9-Wes Saunders, Harvard
Wk 6 Dec 16-T.J. Bray, Princeton (Cornell no games)
Wk 7 Dec 23-Siyani Chambers, Harvard
Wk 8 Dec 30-Siyani Chambers, Harvard
Wk 9 Jan 6-Wes Saunders, Harvard/Alex Rosenberg, Columbia


Wk 1 Nov11-Robert Hatter, Cornell
Wk 2 Nov 18-Norman Hobbie, Brown
Wk 3 Nov 25-Leland King, Brown
Wk 4 Dec 2- Robert Hatter, Cornell
Wk 5 Dec 9-Spencer Weisz, Princeton
Wk 6 Dec 16- Spencer Weisz, Princeton (Cornell no games)
Wk 7 Dec 23-Luke Petrasek, Columbia
Wk 8 Dec 30-Luke Petrasek, Columbia/Steven Spieth, Brown
Wk 9 Jan 6-Norman Hobbie, Brown
  • 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 7, 2014 is No. 342 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. 343. Both sites are predominantly used by fans and the media.
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Anonymous said...

Bottom 4 in the nation on KenPom!

Whatever Steve Donahue was before the big 3, I can assure you he was capable of at least winning a Division I non-conference game, which Courtney has now officially failed to do this season.

We have not finished 300+ in the history of KenPom; we have not been 300+ since 2001 in Sagarin; and that's just bottom 50 -- who knows if we've ever been as low as bottom 4.

And it's not just this year's extreme numbers with Shonn's injury either. Last year in the last game before we lost Johnny Gray and then subsequently Shonn, we were ~270, which was the lowest we had been since 2003. So by his 3rd year, with a healthy roster, Courtney had turned back the clock a decade to well before Big 3 arrived.

There is nothing normal or excusable about the lows this man has accomplished, especially after inheriting probably the most favorable recruiting environment any Cornell coach has inherited in recent history. What a waste. What a complete waste.

Oh well they can't possibly screw up against Oberlin.

Anonymous said...

And we have no hope with the Ivy's if we cannot beat Columbia with our current talent

Anonymous said...

Like it or not, Columbia is going to sweep us pretty convincingly. They are playing really well.

If the Lions continue to play like they have been, they will for sure give Princeton trouble in NYC.

Speaking of all that, UConn is in a slump. Harvard really has a great shot to catch the Huskies at the "right time" tomorrow night and get a really big win for both them and the league.