Monday, February 17, 2014

News and Notes: Monday Edition

Below, news and notes for Monday...

  • The Brown Daily Herald looks ahead to the weekend and writes of Brown, "the Bears will get a break from teams that pound the ball inside next weekend against Columbia (15-10, 4-4) and Cornell (2-20, 1-7), two squads that love to fire threes whenever they get the chance."
  • On Harvard's NCAA Tournament potential, the New York Daily News notes, "Four years ago Cornell made a dynamic run to the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16, the deepest run by an Ivy League team since Penn reached the 1979 Final Four. The Big Red was the most talented team in the conference and had just won the Ivy title for a third straight year. It was ready for that kind of a breakthrough."
  • The Sports Network notes of Southern Utah, "They are the only team to have just a single victory on the campaign, as Cornell, now 2-19, earned its second on Friday night."
Cornell Big Red:
There haven’t been a lot of positive things to say about Cornell this season. To go from a Sweet 16 appearance to the laughingstock of college basketball in four short seasons is a remarkably cruel fall for one of basketball’s great Cinderella stories. Watching an overmatched team full of young players lose so many consecutive games has been tough to follow. Surely, it’s not easy for a college kid to wake up at 6AM for a workout or stay late for extra shooting reps when you’ve lost 25 straight games against D-I competition. That’s why it was great to see the Big Red get in the D-I winning column on Friday night against Dartmouth for the first time in 363 days.
Credit to Coach Courtney and his staff for keeping his players engaged and making sure they understood the opportunity before them to salvage a lost season. A game of runs came down to a few pivotal possessions as Dwight Tarwater and Devin Cherry found a way to score down the stretch, and the Big Red buckled down and got the stops they needed. Fans, players, and coaches breathed a huge sigh of relief as the final second ticked away, ensuring that Cornell will avoid the ignominy of joining Columbia’s ’02-’03 campaign as the only other team to fail to register an Ivy League victory in a season since 1979.
      • In the NBA D-League with the Springfield Armor (Brooklyn Nets affiliate), Jeff Foote (Cornell '10) has scored in double figures in three consecutive games.
      • Division I teams with players or coaches with connections to Cornell include- Boston College (6-19), Army (12-13) and Purdue (15-10).  Boston College's coaching staff includes former Cornell coaches, Steve Donahue, Nat Graham, Izzi Metz and Woody Kampmann and former Cornell player, Ryan Wittman (Cornell '10).  Army is coached by former Cornell coaches, Zach Spiker and Kevin App (who also played for the Big Red) (Cornell '07).  Purdue's roster includes Cornell graduate, Errick Peck (Cornell '13).
      • 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 February 17, 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 site ranks Cornell No. 338 in the nation, while the Sagarin Rankings (USA Today) have Cornell at No. 334. Both sites are predominantly used by fans and the media.
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      • Below, a look at the "Cornell Coaching Plantations"  -- the men's college basketball coaches with ties to Cornell University.
        Jon Jaques (Cornell Class of '10)-Assistant coach at at Cornell. Played for Cornell under Steve Donahue. 
        Ryan Wittman (Cornell Class of '10)-Graduate student  assistant coach at Boston College.  Played for Cornell under Steve Donahue.
        Kevin App (Cornell Class of '07)-Assistant coach at Army. Played for Cornell under Steve Donahue.
        Yanni Hufnagel (Cornell Class of '06)-Assistant coach at Vanderbilt. Served as student-manager at Cornell under Steve Donahue.

        Steve Donahue-Head coach of Boston College. Served as head coach at Cornell between 2000-2010.

        Zach Spiker-Head coach of Army. He served as an assistant coach at Cornell under Steve Donahue from 2004-2009.

        Joe Burke-Head coach of Skidmore College (Division III). He was an assistant coach at Cornell under Steve Donahue between 2001-2004.
        Ricky Yahn-Head coach, Concordia College of Michigan. He was an assistant coach at Cornell during 2010-2011 under Bill Courtney.
        Arlen Galloway-Head coach, Wentworth Institute of Technology.  He was an assistant coach at Cornell between 2011-2013 under Bill Courtney.
        Izzi Metz-Former Head coach Hobart College (Division III). He served as a Cornell assistant coach for five seasons between 2001-2006 under Steve Donahue and is currently an assistant coach at Boston College under Donahue.

        Nat Graham-Associate Head Coach (assistant) at Boston College under Steve Donahue. Served as an assistant coach under Donahue at Cornell from 2005-2010.

        Woody Kampmann-Assistant coach/diurector of basketball operations at Boston College under Steve Donahue. Served as an assistant coach under Donahue at Cornell from 2007-2010.

        Ryan Woerner-Former student intern coach under Steve Donahue during the 2009-2010 season and assistant coach for Cornell's women's team during 2010-2011. Currently director of basketball operations at St. Peter's.

        Steve Robinson-Assistant coach at North Carolina under Roy Williams. He was an assistant coach for Mike Dement at Cornell for two seasons, including on the 1988 Ivy League Championship team.

        Paul Fortier-Assistant coach at Cal Poly. He served as an assistant coach at Cornell during 2003-2005 under Steve Donahue.
        Desmond Oliver-Assistant coach at Charlotte. He was an assistant coach at Cornell between 1998-2000 under Scott Thompson.

      • Cornell alumni that have played professional basketball since 1995 include the following (with NBA or NBA D-League experience noted): Zeke Marshall ('95), Alex Compton ('97), John McCord ('97), Brent Fisher ('98), Jeff Aubry ('99) (NBA D-League), Ray Mercedes ('01), Jaques Vigneault ('03), Karon Barnes ('04), Stevan Marcetic ('04), Cody Toppert ('05) (NBA D-League), Eric Taylor ('05), Andrew Naeve ('07), Ryan Rourke ('07), Jason Hartford ('08), Louis Dale ('10), Jeff Foote ('10) (NBA and NBA D-League), Ryan Wittman ('10) (NBA D-League), Jon Jaques ('10), Alex Tyler ('10), Aaron Osgood ('11), Adam Wire ('11), Andrew Ferry ('12).   Throughout the year we provide periodic updates on Cornell's alumni currently playing professionally. Below, some updates
      -Jeff Aubry ('99) (Halcones Rojos, LNBP Mexico premier league/Indios de Mayaguez, BSN Puerto Rico premier league)-A 6'11" center, Aubry splits his time in both the Mexican and Puerto Rican professional leagues. A well traveled pro player, Aubry spent several seasons in the NBA D League in the early part of his career with the Fayetteville Patriots and Florida Flame and earned honorable mention all NBA D League in 2002. Aubry joins Jeff Foote (Cornell '10) (Springfield Armor), Ryan Wittman (Cornell '10) (Ft. Wayne Mad Ants) and Cody Toppert (Cornell '05) (Albuquerque Thunderbirds) as Cornell veterans of the NBA D-League.  (Cornell's four NBA D-League veterans is the most in Ivy League.)  During his more than a decade of pro experience, Aubry also played professionally in  the ABA (Miami Tropics) and abroad  in Puerto Rico (Mayaguez, Arecibo Capitanes, Leones de Ponce, and Santurce, BSN Puerto Rico), Spain (Tarragona, LEB Gold Spain 2nd Division), Mexico (Halcones Rojos and Chihuahua Dorados, LNBP Mexico premier league), Poland (Slask Wroclaw, PLK Poland premier league), Argentina (Libertad Sunchales, Liga A Argentina), Uruguay (Hebraica, LUB Uruguay) and Peru (Alas Peruanas, Peru).
      -Alex Tyler ('10) (Rockville Victors, Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball League)-Tyler finished his rookie season during 2012-2013 with the Victors.
      -Louis Dale ('10) (KAOD Dramas, Greece A1 premier league)-Dale spent his  first two professional seasons both in Germany's BBK Bundesliga, the country's premier league with Goettingen.  His third pro season during 2012-2013 was in Greece in the A1, country's premier league, with KAOD Dramas.                                         
      -Jeff Foote ('10) (Springfield Armor, NBA D-League)-Foote is playing the 2013-2014 season with the Springfield Armor of the NBA D-League.  Foote spent the 2012-2013 season with Zalgiris of Lithuania, one of Europe's top 10 teams and was named an All Star in the domestic LKL league, the country's premier league.  He also participated with the team in the EuroLeague.  Prior to the start of the 2012-2013 season, Foote played with the Brooklyn Nets in the NBA Summer League and participated in the team's free agent mini-camp.  During 2011-2012, Foote averaged 15.1 points and 8.9 rebounds per game in the NBA D-League for the Springfield Armor (the Brooklyn Nets' affiliate) after being named a starter at the D-League's All-Star Game during February and was named Second Team All NBA D-LeagueFoote finished the D-League season ranked 4th in double-doubles and also 4th in rebounds. Foote averaged 1.0 points and 1.5 rebounds per game in 4 games for the NBA's New Orleans Hornets during a 10-day contract between March 9 and March 19. Foote was ranked by the D-League as its #6 overall NBA prospect.  During April 2012 he was profiled in a video on  He participated in the Portland Trailblazers' 2011-2012 preseason training camp and played the 2011-2012 preseason with with Zastal of       the PLK Poland premier league and the full 2010-2011 season in Spain (Melilla, LEB Gold Spain 2nd division) while on loan from Euro League powerhouse Maccabi Tel Aviv of Israel's premier league.    
      Drew Ferry ('12) (Albacete, Spain EBA)-The 2013-2014 season is Ferry's rookie year in the Spanish league.
      • Below is a directory listing of some Twitter feeds associated with the Cornell basketball program.
      -Josh Wexler ('88)
      -Rich Medina ('92)
      -Bo Buttenback ('98)
      -Dan Wendt ('98)
      -Brian Williamson ('03)
      -Jacques Vigneault ('03)
      -Cody Toppert ('05)
      -Steve Cobb ('05)
      -Ryan Rourke ('06)
      -Andrew Naeve ('07)
      -Jason Canady ('08)
      -Khaliq Gant ('09)
      -Conor Mullen ('09)
      -Brian Kreefer ('09)
      -Ryan Wittman ('10)
      -Pete Reynolds ('10)
      -Louis Dale ('10)
      -Alex Tyler ('10)
      -Geoff Reeves ('10)
      -Jeff Foote ('10)
      -Andre Wilkins ('10) (inactive)
      -Aaron Osgood ('11)
      -Adam Wire ('11)
      -Max Groebe ('12)
      -Chris Wroblewski ('12)
      -Andrew Ferry ('12)
      -Jonathan Gray ('13)
      -Miles Asafo Adjei ('13)
      -Peter McMillan ('13)
      -Errick Peck ('13)
      -Errick Peck ('13)
      -Josh Figini ('13)
      -Manny Sahota (former player)
      -Galal Cancer (former player)
      -Holt Harmon (former player)
      -The Cornell Rebounders Club
      -Ned Tomic ()
      -Dominick Scelfo ()
      -Jake Mathews ()
      -Dwight Tarwater ()
      -Dave LaMore ()
      -Shonn Miller ()
      -Devin Cherry ()
      -Nolan Cressler ()
      -Braxston Bunce ()
      -Robert Mischler ()
      -David Onuorah ()
      -Robert Hatter ()
      -Desmond Fleming ()
      -Darryl Smith ()
      -Riley Glassmann (recruit)
      -Jordan Abdur Ra-oof (recruit)
      -Pat Smith (recruit)
      -William Bathurst (recruit)
      -Jeremy Hartigan, Cornell SID ()
      -Assistant Coach Jon Jaques ('10)
      -Assistant Coach Mike Blaine ()
      -Assistant Coach Marlon Sears ()
      -Brian Delaney, ESPN Radio Ithaca ()
      -Barry Leonard, Cornell Redcast/Play-By-Play Annnouncer
      -Ed Boulat, Ithaca Journal
      -Cornell Daily Sun Sports ()
      -Slope Sports ()
      -WVBR Sports
      -Former assistant coach, Jay Larranaga
      -Former assistant coach, Ricky Yahn ()
      -Former head coach, Steve Donahue ()
      -Former intern assistant Ryan Woerner ()
      -Former assistant coach, Zach Spiker ()
      -Former assistant coach, Nat Graham ()
      -Former assistant coach, Woody Kampmann ()
      -Former assistant coach, Izzi Metz ()
      -Former assistant coach, Paul Fortier ()
      -Former assistant coach Arlen Galloway ()
      Blueprint for Success, the yearbook commemorating Cornell's memorable 2009-2010 season is on sale. Visit the Cornell Athletics website to order your copy today! Or pick up a copy sold in the Cornell Store on campus.

      Fans of the basketball program in the Ithaca area should not miss the opportunity to join the Cornell Rebounders Club.


      Anonymous said...

      Cornell's overall play during Ivy League play has improved but obviously not enough. Some guys are still rating well in Ivy League only stats through 8 Ivy League games. But production from Bigs is still lagging behind.

      Cressler is 3rd in scoring, 4th in free throw percentage, 3rd in 3 point field goals made, 3rd in 3 pt FG % and 8th in total mins played.

      Cherry is 11th in scoring, 10th in assists, 8th in Rebs and 6th in defensive Rebs.

      David O is 3rd in O Rebs. He had some big ones in Dartmouth win.

      Tarwater is 6th in O Rebs and 10th in total Rebs.

      Matthews is 1st in 3 point FG %, 9th in 3 point field goals made and 5th in steals.

      Unfortunately, overall team stats are near bottom of league in every category. But team is still playing extremely hard and competing and is capable of more wins to finish out.

      Anonymous said...

      To: Anon 11:55

      Those statistics are outstanding for the BigRed going forward. Cherry is also 10th in Conference play in Assist to turnover ratio, OUTSTANDING!!!!!

      Looks to me as if BigRed has two guards who should win an Ivy League Award, Second Team and or Honorable Mention. With the improvement of Cressler and Cherry the addition of Miller and the gaining of experience of Smith and Hatter with theyoung blood coming in next years recruiting class BIG THINGS can happen next year!!!!!