Saturday, May 17, 2014

Glimpse at Cornell's 2014-2015 Opponents...

Cornell's 2014-2015 Schedule will be highlighted by Cornell's participation in ESPN's Charleston Classic.  Visit the Cornell team page at the Charleston Classic for more information.   In this ESPN-produced event, Cornell is guaranteed three (3) games against the field of eight (8) participants and all games are broadcast on the ESPN family network.  Potential opponents in Charleston include: Miami, South Carolina, USC, Penn State and Akron with two additional participants to be named at a later date.  The two unconfirmed additional participants are Charlotte and Drexel.  Cornell's thirty (30) games for the 2014-2015 schedule is rumored to include the following:

1. Loyola, MD (away)
2. UMass-Lowell (home)
3. Binghamton (home)
4. Colgate (home)
5. Siena (away)
6. St. Peter's (home)
7. Howard (home)
8. Radford (away)
9. Canisius (home)
10. Buffalo (away) (Guarantee Game)
11. George Mason (away) (Guarantee Game)
12. Syracuse (away) (Guarantee Game)
13. Alfred State
14. Charleston Classic Game (U.Miami, South Carolina, USC, Penn State, Akron, Charlotte, Drexel)
15. Charleston Classic Game
16. Charleston Classic Game
17-30. Fourteen Ivy League Games


Anonymous said...

Penn's problems in the recent past are of their own making. Jerome Allen, though a Quaker and Ivy hero as a player, was apparently not ready for prime time as a coach. Hiring him was a higher risk strategy which unfortunately for Penn did not work out.

But, leaving Allen aside, Penn is the one Ivy most damaged by Harvard lowering its academic standards for basketball players. For five decades, Princeton and Penn dominated. Princeton won initially with better players but, upon Carril's arrival, won with their quirky offense and players who were still very good.

Beginning in the 1970s, Penn raised the stakes by lowering their academic standards for basketball players. That's why we have the AI today; the HYP leadership objected to what Penn was doing.

Harvard lowering its academic standards in hoops most directly damages Penn's franchise within the conference. Even without Allen's impact, Harvard's Ivy ascendance with highly athletic players was going to undercut Penn more than it was going to hurt Princeton.

Penn could be in the cellar for a long time.

millertimeatnewman said...

What happened to all the BCS guarantee games? George Mason and Buffalo are mid-majors...

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Buffalo and Mason are guarantee games. They are paying Cornell for the games.

Staff softened the schedule up and hard to argue against it.
Still could theoretically play 4 BCS teams depending on Charleston.

Anonymous said...

How about we throw out the AI altogether? William Bowen, Former Princeton President, ought to drawn and quartered for advocating it back in the first place. How about the Ivies trusting their respective admission offices to make the proper decisions in admissions instead of a quantitative one based on standard deviations?

Anonymous said...

If the Ivy League "threw out the AI altogether," the modicum of limitations on Harvard recruiting would be eliminated entirely. Now, some may say that's a good thing, that we as a conference should aspire to be like Duke or Stanford, fielding Top 10 or even Top 5 football and basketball teams.

That's not an unreasonable question to ask, but the answer should be reached as a conference, not with individual schools acting unilaterally. As it is, Harvard aspires to be Duke on the Charles while the rest of us aspire to be, well, Ivy League schools.

Personally, I think that the rest of college sports should look more like the Ivy League, not vice versa.

Anonymous said...

I agree with the original poster who said Penn is most hurt by the shift in Harvard policy regarding basketball.

And also that it appears that Jerome Allen can't coach.

But long-term cellar-dwellers is not likely. Penn has too many structural advantages to stay this far down. The Palestra, Big5, Philadelphia and their hoop history (top 10 or so all-time NCAA wins) are biggies. Not all kids care about all of those issues, but once exposed, some will.

So they might not catch Harvard, but after they figure out their coaching situation they will return to the top of the league.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Penn is in a lot of trouble folks.

Not only has Penn gone SEVEN (7) years without a title, in 6 of those seasons Penn was a complete NON factor in the title chase.

These seven seasons also span two coaches, Glen Miller and Jerome Allen. So there is no single scapegoat here.

The Penn class of 2014 recruits might be the worst in the league.

The class of 2015 is already not looking great, 3 commits, but all Ivy/Patriot level.

And then there is the internal turmoil with the arrest and some good players quitting, not to mention an assistant bolting for Rice which is at best a lateral job move.

Taken together, Penn needs to completely and fully rebuild and re-organize. Right now, the future does not look good.

Anonymous said...

All this from a guy rooting for a team that went 1-26 this year?? Guess it's easier to dump on the future of other programs than live in the present of ours...

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

I'd rather be the CEO of Cornell's program right now than Penn's.

Cornell has a VERY good incoming class and had a really nice frosh class last year led by Robert Hatter, Darryl Smith and David Onuorah.

Shonn Miller, arguably the league's best player, also returns.

And... Cornell finally has some experience on its roster.

Some of the older guys have a lot to prove (Lamore, Giddens, Tomic, Bunce, D.Cherry), but you have to like their upside and they are all legit D-I players.

Penn has problems. The frosh and soph classes will not be good. The Quakers will not be as good as their team from last season. And last season's team was bad.

Cornell's rookie class may be the most overlooked in the Ivy and could be the league's best.

Jordan Abdur Ra'oof may be the best pure talent that Bill Courtney has brought in since Shonn Miller. He will defend, rebound and finish around the rim from day 1. He played in the country's best public school league and is college ready. He could start right now. And he's not just an athlete. He can pass and he plays smart. Also a super high character kid.

Riley Glassmann is like another Ryan Wittman or Nolan Cressler. He can shoot, post, pass and contribute in other ways in the offense. He's a very versatile 6'6" wing forward. He'll be a really good Ivy player and could help right away. If he was more athletic, he'd be in the Big 10. Tons of mid majors wanted him.

Wil Bathurst was under- recruited. As a junior, he was a 6'3" power forward. High majors paid him little attention. But in the last year, his ball handling and shooting have gone to another level and he, like Glassmann and Abdur Ra'off-- is an All Ivy caliber player. Now Darryl Smith is a very good player in the future for Cornell, but Wil Bathurst is even better.

Pat Smith is going to be a great spot rotation player for 4 years. He's 6'5", long and can stroke the ball from long range.
You can't leave him open for even a second. He along with Glassmann will deepen Cornell's shortage of shooting. He needs more strength, but can be just as good as Laurent Rivard or Norman Hobbie from Brown. Rivard came into college with a better build and was was stronger. But Smith is better handling the ball and can create space for himself. Rivard couldn't dribble.

Cornell is on its way back upward. Penn is headed downward.

Anonymous said...

Cornell may have a good recruiting class....but the million dollar question is will they transfer out after another season like the last one.

Anonymous said...

Which team do you think will post more Ivy wins next season, Penn or Cornell? How about more Ivy wins over the course of the next, say, four years? Quakers or Big Red?

While we're at it, which team do you think will incur more NCAA recruiting sanctions, Harvard or Kentucky? Under their current head coaches, it's Harvard 1, Kentucky 0.