Monday, March 17, 2014

News and Notes: Monday Edition

Below, news and notes for Monday...

  • Time Magazine writes, "If Harvard can sneak by Cincinnati, the Crimson would likely face Michigan St. in the second round. An Ivy in the Sweet Sixteen? Cornell did it back in 2010. "
  • The Virginia Pilot writes, "It's customary to pronounce each year's tournament the "most wide-open ever," but I'll resist the temptation. Can it be more wide-open than when Butler and VCU reached the Final Four in 2011? More open than when Cornell made it to the Sweet 16 in 2010? Or when Florida Gulf Coast did that just last season? More unpredictable than Wichita State crashing the last Final Four party?"
  • Rant Sports writes, "Who will be the 2013 Florida Gulf Coast, the 2012 Ohio, the 2011 Virginia Commonwealth or the 2010 Cornell? Who will be that 11 or higher seed that could make a run to the Sweet Sixteen? There is one program in the tournament that is the perfect candidate to be the 2014 version of those clubs: the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks."
  • ESPN writes of Wisconsin, "In five of their past seven tournament appearances, the Badgers have lost to a lower seed, including double-digit seeds Davidson (10), Cornell (12) and Mississippi (12)."
  • Discussing New Mexico State, Rant Sports writes, "both Davidson in 2008 and Cornell in 2010 advanced to the second weekend of the tournament when in a similar position."
  • The Palo Alto Times writes, "Stanford possesses a 21-15 record in NCAA tournament competition and is making its 17th appearance overall. The Cardinal was a No. 3 seed during its last tournament appearance in 2008, falling to Texas in the Sweet 16 following victories over Cornell and Marquette."
  • The Journal Times writes of Harvard, "the unit that has been compared to fellow Ivy League team Cornell’s 2010 team that reached the Sweet 16."
  • Former Cornell and Steve Donahue assistant coach, Paul Fortier and his Cal Poly Mustangs are headed to the NCAA Tournament as is former Cornell assistant, Steve Robinson and the North Carolina Tar Heals.
  • BC Interruption and other Boston area media outlets continue to unnecessarily pile on Steve Donahue.  The Boston Globe writes, "Donahue is an earnest, affable, basketball lifer from Philadelphia who sold paint so he could take a nonpaying assistant coaching job at the University of Pennsylvania. He won three straight Ivy League titles at Cornell and took the Big Red to the Sweet 16. His offense moves with the efficiency and effectiveness of a Swiss watch. He inherited a BC program with some issues behind the scenes that he has cleaned up." 
  • Check out Jeff Foote's (Cornell '10) recent performances in the NBA D-League with the Springfield Armor (Brooklyn Nets affiliate).  Foote set a franchise single game record on Friday for rebounds with 24.  Nets Daily writes, "Jeff Foote, the Armor's seven-foot center, has played in the shadows of his more high-octane teammates this season, but as each has been called up, he's been called on to fill the void. Friday night, the former Cornell star scored 15 points and grabbed a team record 24 rebounds as the Armor beat the Erie BayHawks, the Knicks affiliate 107-104."
  • Division I teams with players or coaches with connections to Cornell include- Boston College (8-24), Army (15-16) and Purdue (15-17).  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 March 17, 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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  • 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 ()

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Anonymous said...

Does coaching matter - no way a 2nd year coach who was picked to finish last could take a team to the tournament. Especially if he doesn't have a full recruiting class of his own players!!

Scroll down to Baylor v Nebraska:

"No. 6 Baylor Bears vs. No. 11 Nebraska Cornhuskers

Yes, Nebraska. Coach Tim Miles pushed his team to a rare tournament appearance in just his second year, and with only 19 wins. Nebraska finished fourth in the Big Ten, winning by nine at Michigan State and beating Wisconsin and Ohio State at home. Nebraska was picked to finish last in the Big Ten, but has come this far on savvy and heart — meaning nobody wants to face this team in a tournament setting. "

Anonymous said...

This makes me sad that we hired Bozo the Clown Courtney instead of Fortier.

Anonymous said...

I wish that the media would stop referring to Harvard as the Ivy League champion. The 2014 champion of the teams which abide by Ivy rules is Yale, with Columbia and Princeton tied for second.

Harvard is champion of something, whatever it is The Crimson want to call their hybrid of playing Ivy opponents without following Ivy AI guidelines.

Anonymous said...

Gimme a break. Harvard is the Ivy League champion. You may not like how they got there, but every kid on their roster is above the AI floor, just like our kids.

Did they bend the rules? Of course. But they're playing in the NCAA Tournament, like it or not. As we saw from this season, we're nowhere near going to the NCAA tournament.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Rest assured, Harvard has broken more rules than that has been publicized.

And no, they did not bend them, they actually broke rules. See NCAA Violation as one example.

Anonymous said...

One can argue whether Harvard broke the AI rules or merely bent them aggressively. But it's not correct to say that the Ivy season is a fair competition simply because "every kid on their roster is above the AI floor, just like our kids."

Harvard has *more* low AI recruits in their program than the other Ivies do. A roster with ten low AI recruits has a huge advantage over a roster with two, even though every kid is above the threshold. That's not even accounting for Harvard's (and the Ivies') highest rated recruit spending a year at Northfield Mount Hermon after coming up short of the AI floor in high school.

Runningpie said...

The Post-grad year at a boarding school, and especially at NMH, is very common, perfectly "legal," and open to every Ivy League team to take advantage of.

I don't have the stats in front of me, but I'd bet NMH has two to three times as many players in the Ivy this year, and over the last decade than any other secondary school.

This year it has players on many of the Ivy's, including Brown (it's biggest destination historically) Dartmouth and Yale (and I may be forgetting more - Final Four darling Spike Albrecht at U of M is from NMH for instance, as was his older brother who went to Brown I think). They've been at it for decades. I played there 30 years ago and most of my teammates were PG's, and most of them went on to play in the Ivy League.

Courtney can get himself up there and say hello with all the other coaches, instead of us complaining about Harvard's advantages. He is the master recruiter after all.