Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Cornell Athletics Game Notes for Hosting Yale/Brown




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GAME INFORMATION
Game #23: Yale at Cornell
Tip off: Friday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m.
Site: Newman Arena (4,473), Ithaca, N.Y.
2013-14 Records: Yale (13-9, 7-1 Ivy); Cornell (2-20, 1-7 Ivy)
Series Record: Cornell leads the series 110-105
Last Meeting: Yale won 61-57, Feb. 1, 2014 in New Haven, Conn.
Radio: 98.7 FM The Buzzer (Barry Leonard, Eric Taylor)
TV: None
Live Stats: available at www.CornellBigRed.com
Live Video: available at www.IvyLeagueDigitalNetwork.com
Tickets: available by calling (607) 254-BEAR

Game #24: Brown at Cornell
Tip off: Saturday, Feb. 22, at 8 p.m.
Site: Newman Arena (4,473), Ithaca, N.Y.
2013-14 Records: Brown (13-9, 5-3 Ivy); Cornell (2-20, 1-7 Ivy)
Series Record: Cornell leads 73-47
Last Meeting: Brown won 78-66, Jan. 31, 2014 in Providence, R.I.
Radio: 98.7 FM The Buzzer (Barry Leonard, Eric Taylor)
TV: NBC Sports Network
Live Stats: available at www.CornellBigRed.com
Live Video: Not available for this game
Tickets: available by calling (607) 254-BEAR

HEAD COACH BILL COURTNEY
Cornell head coach Bill Courtney is in his fourth season at Cornell (37-72, .339; 19-31 Ivy, .380) ... Courtney became the fifth Robert E. Gallagher '44 Coach of Men's Basketball at Cornell on April 23, 2010.

STORY LINES: The Cornell men's basketball team will complete its home-and-home series against two of the Ancient Eight's top teams at Newman Arena this weekend when Ivy leader Yale visits on Friday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. and third-place Brown comes to town on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 8 p.m. The Yale game can be viewed live on the Ivy League Digital Network, while the Brown game will be televised nationally on the NBC Sports Network. You can also listen to Barry Leonard call both games on 98.7 FM The Buzzer in Ithaca.

Cornell has played some good basketball despite its 2-20 start, with two of the losses coming to 2013 NCAA Final Four squads (Syracuse, Louisville) and six total coming at the hands of 2013 postseason squads (Syracuse, Louisville and Notre Dame - NCAA, Stony Brook - NIT, Loyola - CIT, Western Michigan - CBI) that went a combined 161-58 a year ago. Cornell has shown glimpses of really good play despite its heavy reliance on underclassmen and inexperienced upperclassmen. Three of the team's top five scorers are freshmen or sophomores and the three top upperclassmen had made a combined 23 career starts entering the year. The Big Red led then-No. 8/7 Syracuse by 14 points in the first half and by six at the break, led a Loyola (MD) team that won 23 games a year ago by seven points with five minutes remaining and had a 19-point advantage against Binghamton with 13 minutes left and a 10-point lead with four minutes to play against Siena and led Western Michigan in the second half. Cornell went on to drop all five games.

The Big Red backcourt has been its strength, with its lead guards pacing the team in scoring. Sophomore guard Nolan Cressler has had an All-Ivy season for the Big Red, averaging 16.5 points and 4.5 rebounds, while junior Devin Cherry isn't far behind at 11.2 ppg., 4.3 rpg. and 3.2 apg. Cressler has averaged 19.8 ppg. over his last five games, while Cherry has hit for double figures in 11 of his last 13 contests. Freshmen guards Robert Hatter (9.0 ppg. 2.1 apg.) and Darryl Smith (4.8 ppg., 2.2 rpg.) have split starting duties in the backcourt. Senior forward Dwight Tarwater has been a consistent threat, especially on the backboards, and is posting 6.2 points and 6.0 rebounds per night. Freshman Robert Onuorah (3.4 ppg., 3.7 rpg., 0.7 bpg.) and junior Deion Giddens (3.8 ppg., 3.1 rpg., 0.6 bpg.) are holding down the middle, while senior guards Dominick Scelfo (2.7 ppg.) and Jake Matthews (4.2 ppg.) and junior forward Ned Tomic (3.2 ppg.) are providing firepower off the bench. The Big Red is scoring 64.3 points on 41 percent shooting. Much of Cornell's troubles have come on the defensive end, where the team is allowing 77.9 points on 49 percent shooting, including 39 percent from 3-point range.

A WIN OVER YALE WOULD:
• snap a 12-game Ivy League losing streak.
• give the Big Red an 18-3 record against the Big Green in its last 21 meetings.
• extend its win streak over Dartmouth in Ithaca to 11 games.
• be the 1,212th in program history (1,211-1,346 in 114 seasons).

ABOUT YALE:
• Yale is 13-9 overall and 7-1 in Ivy League play, putting the Bulldogs in a a first place tie with Harvard atop the conference standings.
• The Bulldogs have a pair of double figure scorers in sophomore forward Justin Sears (15.8 ppg., 7.0 rpg.) and junior guard Javier Duren (12.6 ppg., 3.7 rpg., 3.0 apg.).
• Yale's opponents are shooting 40 percent from the floor and 30 percent from 3-point range in Ivy League play and are outrebounding opponents by 6.4 per contest.
• The dean of Ivy League men's basketball coaches, 15th year mentor James Jones. He enters the weekend with 203 career victories and ranks fifth in conference history with 115 Ivy wins.
• Only 19 Division I coaches in the country have been at their institution as long as Jones has been at Yale.

THE CORNELL-YALE SERIES:
• Cornell leads 110-105 overall in a series that dates back to the 1898-99 campaign.
• Cornell has had the best of the series recently, winning 11 of the last 17 meetings.
• The two teams split last season's series, with each team winning on the road and Yale won the first meeting between the teams this season in New Haven, Conn., topping the Big Red 61-57.

ABOUT BROWN:
• Brown enters the weekend with a 13-9 record and a 5-3 mark in Ivy League play and are winners of seven of their last 10 games.
• Sean McGonagill leads the Ivy League in scoring at 17.8 ppg. to go along with 4.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.4 steals per game while shooting 43 percent from the floor and 42 percent from 3-point range.
• Rafael Maia is the team's other double figure scorer at 10.1 ppg. and averages 8.2 rebounds per contest.
• Reigning Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week Cedric Kuakumensah is posting 2.6 blocks per game.
• The Bears are averaging 70.5 points per game while shooting 43 percent from the floor and 38 percent from beyond the arc and outrebounds opponents by nearly four per game.
• Second year head coach Mike Martin, a Brown grad, has quickly moved the program toward the top of the Ivy standings and has a 26-24 mark.

THE CORNELL-BROWN SERIES:
• Cornell leads the series 73-47, dating back to the first meeting between the teams in the 1949-50 season.
• The Big Red is 16-3 in the last 19 contests against the Bears.
• Brown ended Cornell's 13-game win streak in the series with its 84-65 victory at Newman Arena last March and has now won two in a row after a 78-66 triumph over the Big Red three weeks ago.

NOTES TO KNOW:
• In the Big Red's nine home games, Cornell is shooting 44 percent from the floor and has 123 assists to just 99 turnovers.
• The weekend's games feature three of the league's top four scorers, as Brown's Sean McGonagill ranks second (17.8 ppg.), Cornell's Nolan Cressler sits third (16.5 ppg.) and Justin Sears of Yale is fourth (15.8 ppg.).
• Sophomore Nolan Cressler is averaging 19.8 points in his last five games and ranks fourth in the circuit in scoring in Ivy League contests (16.5 ppg.).
• After shooting just .303 from beyond the 3-point arc (30-of-99) in non-conference games, Cressler has hit 20-of-46 in Ivy play (.435) to rank fifth in percentage and third in 3-pointers made (2.5 per game).
• Junior guard Devin Cherry is one of just four players in the Ivy League averaging at least 11 points, four rebounds and three assists this season (11.2, 4.3 rpg., 3.2 apg.) , joining first-team All-Ivy candidates T.J. Bray of Princeton (18.3 ppg., 4.3 rpg., 5.4 apg.), Wesley Saunders of Harvard (14.8 ppg., 4.6 rpg., 3.9 apg.) and Sean McGonagill of Brown (17.8 ppg., 4.1 rpg., 3.4 apg.).
• Senior Jake Matthews is the team's third-leading scorer in Ivy League play, averaging 6.8 points and a team-high 1.4 steals while shooting 42 percent from the floor in Ivy play.
• Senior Dwight Tarwater has already surpassed his career high in every category on the stat sheet except games played (25 in 2011-12 season). He surpassed 200 career rebounds and 250 career points in the win over Dartmouth with his third career double-double.
• After getting to the free-throw line 20 or more times just two in the team's 14 non-league contests, Cornell has shot at least 20 shots from the charity stripe in six of eight Ivy games, including five of the last six.
• The Big Red has also shot 20 or more 3-pointers just twice in its last 10 games after launching from beyond the arc at least 20 times in 11 of its first 12 games, including 32 shots at Syracuse and 41 at Western Michigan.
• In the Big Red's last eight games, opposing teams are shooting just 36 percent from 3-point range (55-of-154).

HOW TO FOLLOW CORNELL:
• There are numerous way to follow the Big Red through the 203-14 basketball season.
• Men's basketball games will be broadcast on HITS 103.3 FM for the 2013-14 season. Longtime voice of the Big Red Barry Leonard returns on the call with the play-by-play, while former All-Ivy center Eric Taylor'05 is on board to do color analysis.
• A half-hour pregame show and postgame analysis will enable Big Red fans to follow Coach Bill Courtney's team throughout the season.
• The audio of all games will also be available as part of the IvyLeagueDigitalNetwork subscription service.
• The Big Red's home contests will all be broadcast live with streaming video as part of the IvyLeagueDigitalNetwork subscription service. Visit www.IvyLeagueDigitalNetwork.com for all the latest information on Cornell broadcasts.
• Cornell will use SIDEARM Live Stats for each of the Big Red's home games in 2013-14. Visit www.CornellBigRed.com for all of the official statistics.
• You can follow the team on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. Highlights, interviews and features on all 36 of Cornell's varsity sports can be found at www.youtube.com/cornellathletics, www.facebook.com/cornellathletics or www.twitter.com/cornellsports.

NEXT UP:
• The Big Red hits the road for the final time in 2013-14 when it visits Harvard and Dartmouth next weekend.
• Cornell will face three-time defending Ivy champion Harvard on Friday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. at Lavietes Pavilion in Cambridge, Mass.
• The Big Red will attempt to sweep the season series with Dartmouth when the two teams meet on Saturday, March 1 at 7 p.m. at Leede Arena in Hanover, N.H.

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