Friday, May 16, 2014

News and Notes: Friday Edition

Above, a Date in Cornell Basketball History.  Tod McClaskey (Cornell '75) averaged 15.2 points per game in 1973-1974 as a junior for Cornell, but the season was one of the worst in Big Red history.  Cornell finish 3-23 and 1-13 in the Ivy League and the season was further stressed by racial tension. Head Coach Tony Coma resigned at the end of the season under tremendous pressure from the Cornell Daily Sun.  Below, news and notes for Thursday...

  • Dwight Tarwater could be headed to play for South Alabama in the Sun Belt next season as a graduate student.
  • The NCAA published its annual Academic Progress Rate (APR) and Cornell finished tops in the Ivy League for Men's Basketball for the second consecutive year (both seasons scoring a perfect 1,000).  Meanwhile, Harvard finished last in the Ivy League for the second consecutive year.  Cornell is also the only Ivy League MBB team riding two consecutive 1,000 APR score seasons and over the last three seasons, Cornell scored a 2,996 out of a possible combined 3,000 on the APR.  Conversely, in the last three seasons Harvard has yet to score a 975 or better on the APR.  Cornell has not scored below 975 since 2007 and only once below that threshold since the NCAA began publishing the data online in 2004.  For the three seasons preceding Tommy Amaker's hiring, Harvard's average APR score was 985.7.  In his first season with Harvard, a team he inherited from his predecessor Frank Sullivan, Harvard's score was 995 for the 2007-2008 year.  Since then, the APR score has dripped slowly downward and has averaged just 978.3 in Amaker's first six seasons, boosted by the 995 in 2007-2008 and a 991 in 2008-2009.  If there were any doubts Harvard's MBB program has reduced its academic standards in order to compete, this is enough evidence to crush the doubters.

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