Saturday, March 15, 2014

News and Notes: Saturday Edition

 Below, news and notes for Saturday...

  • Beanpot Hoops wants a conference tournament for the Ivy and writes, "still a real argument against a conference tournament — the best team would win the automatic bid less frequently, probably on the order of once or twice a decade. The best example, of course, is Cornell’s Sweet 16 run in 2010. The Big Red was clearly the Ivy League’s best NCAA representative, but it almost certainly wouldn’t have received an at-large bid, and it would’ve had only about a 70-75% chance of winning a conference tournament."
  • The Liberty Voice writes, "Since expanding its college basketball tournament field to 64 teams, the visceral emotion that is March Madness has spawned some of the greatest Cinderella stories the world of sports has ever seen. Butler and VCU in 2011, Cornell in 2010, George Mason in 2006 and Gonzaga in 99 all came from conferences that supposedly had about as much chance at producing a team that could make a deep run in the tournament as a sixteen seed might have against a one. This year, Cinderella’s coveted slipper might just fit the Mercer Bears in their first tournament berth since 1985."
  • SportsGrid writes, "Before Cornell did it in 2010, the Ivies (Ivys?) hadn’t advanced since 1998, when Princeton did it."
  • 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 15, 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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Anonymous said...

Well, I guess there are really two things to watch out for now that the season is over:

1. Coaching watch, although that seems like it will be uneventful.

2. Recruiting. We need a big recruiting year. Other Ivies brought in big time talents (e.g. Egi, Brennan, Davis, etc.) this year. We need to do the same.

We just offered Devin Cannady, who has several mid major offers.

Anonymous said...

CBB, you assert that, if the Ivies "tried" in sports by granting scholarships and eliminating academic restrictions, "we would dominate all sports."

Obviously, we would be far stronger if we granted scholies and dropped the AI. That's essentially what Harvard did in basketball and look at the dramatic improvement there. But why do you think we would dominate? We'd be more competitive in most sports, far more competitive in some, but dominate? You have no basis on which to say that.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Cornell has a Top 50 athletic department with more academic restrictions, no scholarships and limited funds directed towards athletics (despite being one of the 20 richest schools in this country).

If Cornell were to lift those self-imposed restrictions, the Big Red would go from a Top 50 Athletics Department to something more close to Stanford.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Devin is one of many excellent players we are involved with. He'll have BCS offers when the summer is over.

He played with Robert Mischler.

Anonymous said...

Cornell has a great athletic program. We just need to do better in basketball.