Tuesday, March 4, 2014

News and Notes: Tuesday Edition

Below, news and notes for Tuesday...

  • Daily Pennsylvanian examines what is left for the Quakers this season and writes, "Cornell is a should-win game...So predictions-wise, I’d say Penn wins only one game (Cornell) in its next three, but I think the senior Quakers will go out with their heads held high."
  • Sports on Earth writes, "the Ivy League, because they have to be so smart about everything, doesn't have a postseason tournament, which means six teams (who have already been eliminated from championship contention) have no shot at the NCAA tournament. (Columbia, Brown, Princeton, Pennsylvania, Dartmouth and Cornell.) Harvard has a two-game lead on Yale and only needs to win one of its last two games to clinch a spot and eliminate Yale."
  • The New Haven Register Entertainment Section profiles music legends, the Satins and writes,
    "Walter Esdaile, who was a 1965 All-America basketball player at Hillhouse before moving on to Cornell University and a career in business and as a city official, said his first date with his wife, Sharyn, 'was my junior prom — and (the Satins) were the entertainment.'"
  • All Sports Discussion writes, "Boston College.  I never thought Jeff Bzdelik was a good hire. Brian Gregory was meh… but I thought Steve Donahue could do good things at Boston College. He was a big winner at Cornell and even went to the Sweet 16 in 2010. This is also his 4th year at Boston College, and this year besides the epic upset at Syracuse has been a disaster. Donahue’s issue is he hasn’t recruited well. He doesn’t have a single top 25 class while at BC. His teams defensively simply aren’t athletic enough to effectively guard ACC caliber players on a consistent basis. I don’t know how patient Boston College can be with him, but if you aren’t moving forward in year 4 then it’s you should probably look elsewhere."
  • The Ivy League named Dwight Tarwater to the Ivy League's weekly honor roll.  The Ivy Office notes:
Dwight Tarwater, Cornell (Sr., F - Knoxville, Tenn.)  
10 points, 2 rebounds at Harvard
23 points, 4 rebounds at Dartmouth
Wk 1 Nov 11-Tony Hicks, Penn/Justin Sears, Yale
Wk 2 Nov 18-Sean McGonagill, Brown/Javier Duren, Yale
Wk 3 Nov 25-Maodo Lo, Columbia
Wk 4 Dec 2- T.J. Bray, Princeton/Wes Saunders, Harvard
Wk 5 Dec 9-Wes Saunders, Harvard
Wk 6 Dec 16-T.J. Bray, Princeton (Cornell no games)
Wk 7 Dec 23-Siyani Chambers, Harvard
Wk 8 Dec 30-Siyani Chambers, Harvard
Wk 9 Jan 6-Wes Saunders, Harvard/Alex Rosenberg, Columbia
Wk 10 Jan 13- Fran Dougherty, Penn
Wk 11 Jan 20-Alex Rosenberg, Columbia/Justin Sears, Yale
Wk 12 Jan 27-Sean McGonagill, Brown
Wk13 Feb 3-John Golden, Dartmouth/Justin Sears, Yale
Wk 14 Feb 10-Justin Sears, Yale/Fran Dougherty, Penn
Wk 15 Feb 17-Justin Sears, Yale/Alex Rosenberg, Columbia
Wk 16 Feb 24- Alex Rosenberg, Columbia/Siyani Chambers, Harvard
Wk 17 Mar 3-T.J. Bray, Princeton
Wk 1 Nov11-Robert Hatter, Cornell
Wk 2 Nov 18-Norman Hobbie, Brown
Wk 3 Nov 25-Leland King, Brown
Wk 4 Dec 2- Robert Hatter, Cornell
Wk 5 Dec 9-Spencer Weisz, Princeton
Wk 6 Dec 16- Spencer Weisz, Princeton (Cornell no games)
Wk 7 Dec 23-Luke Petrasek, Columbia
Wk 8 Dec 30-Luke Petrasek, Columbia/Steven Spieth, Brown
Wk 9 Jan 6-Norman Hobbie, Brown
Wk 10 Jan 13-Norman Hobbie, Brown
Wk 11 Jan 20-Darryl Smith, Cornell
Wk 12 Jan 27-Spencer Weisz, Princeton
Wk 13 Feb 3-Steven Spieth, Brown
Wk 14 Feb 10-Steven Spieth, Brown
Wk 15 Feb 17-Leland King, Brown
Wk 16 Feb 24-Leland King, Brown
Wk 17 Mar 3-Spencer Weisz, Princeton
  • 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: CollegeRPI.com 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 4, 2014 is No. 329 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 KenPom.com site ranks Cornell No. 332 in the nation, while the Sagarin Rankings (USA Today) have Cornell at No. 329. Both sites are predominantly used by fans and the media.
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