Wednesday, January 15, 2014

News and Notes: Wednesday Edition

Below, news and notes for Wednesday...

  • Once again, One Bid Wonders ranks the Ivies in a weekly power poll and writes:
8. Cornell (1-13)
Results: W (!!!) 77-55 vs. Oberlin
This week: Saturday at Columbia
After an 0-13 start, Cornell got its first win against the D-III Yeomen. Junior Nenad Tomic—previous career high 6 points—racked up 20 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 blocks. The Big Red opens Ivy League play with back-to-back matchups against Columbia. A win in either would be unexpected, to say the least. The Big Red are still winless against Division I opponents, but, they beat Oberlin, that must count for something, right? Right? Right? …
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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
  • The Ft. Wayne News Sentinel spoke to Purdue coach Matt Painter after the Nebraska game and wrote after the meeting, "Rapheal Davis finished Sunday’s game against Nebraska at the power forward spot, which Painter said stemmed from  Basil Smotherman and Errick Peck’s lack of focus and attention to detail. Painter said neither player was 'locked into' what Purdue was trying to do against the Cornhuskers."
  • 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 15, 2014 is No. 332 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. 343. Both sites are predominantly used by fans and the media.
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