Wednesday, January 29, 2014

News and Notes: Wednesday Edition

Below, news and notes for Wednesday...

  • The Columbia Spectator writes of the Lions, "Men’s basketball, riding a six-game winning streak, is off to a perfect 2-0 start in league play.  But at halftime last Saturday, in Ithaca, N.Y., there was reason for concern. The Lions trailed Cornell—which has yet to beat a Division I team—35-32 after 20 minutes, and were flirting with the possibility of replicating last year’s 1-1 start against the Big Red."  The Spectator also surveys the Ivy and writes, "Cornell (1-15, 0-2 Ivy) still remains winless in Division I play, after a loss to Columbia (13-6, 2-0 Ivy). Columbia, led by sophomore guard Maodo Lo and junior center Cory Osetkowski, extended its winning streak to six with the win. Devin Cherry led the way for the Big Red with 12 points, and forward Nenad Tomic contributed 11 points and seven rebounds off the bench. Cornell will head to Brown on Saturday, before taking on the Bulldogs in New Haven on Sunday."
  • 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: 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 29, 2014 is No. 336 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 site ranks Cornell No. 345 in the nation, while the Sagarin Rankings (USA Today) have Cornell at No. 340. Both sites are predominantly used by fans and the media.
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