Friday, March 14, 2014

News and Notes: Friday Edition

Below, news and notes for Friday...

  • Pete Thamel of Sports Illustrated broke the news last night that Steve Donahue will return next season for his 5th year at Boston College.  He reportedly has a six year deal.  Thamel writes, "Donahue developed a reputation as one of the country's top offensive minds by leading Cornell to three consecutive NCAA Tournaments from 2008 to 2010. That culminated with a Sweet 16 run in 2010, where Cornell eventually lost to Kentucky." 
  • The Boston Globe writes, "So far Donahue has been unable to duplicate the success he had at Cornell, where in 2010 he guided the Big Red to an Ivy League title, an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament, and a run to the Sweet 16. Donahue faced a monumental struggle in the ACC, compiling a 24-44 regular-season record."
  • 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 March 14, 2014 is No. 334 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. 342 in the nation, while the Sagarin Rankings (USA Today) have Cornell at No. 332. Both sites are predominantly used by fans and the media.
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