Monday, June 9, 2014

News and Notes: Monday Edition

Above, A Date in Cornell Basketball History.  The last time Cornell faced the South Carolina Gamecocks was on December 26, 1970 in Madison Square Garden in New York.  The #2 ranked Gamecocks cruised past Cornell 83-60 in the Garden.  Above, an AP preview of the game and a photo from the game action.  Next season, Cornell could face the University of South Carolina in the 2014 Charleston Classic, produced by ESPN.  Below, news and notes for Monday...

Next season, Bill Courtney's may have his deepest and most talented frontcourt since he arrived in Ithaca.  His options in the 2014-2015 power forward and center positions include:  Deion Giddens (6'9" Sr.), Shonn Miller (6'7" Jr.), David Onuorah (6'9" Soph.), Jordan Abdur Ra'off (6'7" Fr.), Braxston Bunce (6'11") Jr.), Dave Lamore (6'9" Sr.) and Ned Tomic (6'7" Sr.).

    • Cornell's Bill Courtney was interviewed by the Syracuse Post Standard about the shot clock rule in college basketball.  The Standard writes:
    Bill Courtney, Cornell: "I think it's kind of a natural evolution of the game. I know at one point, it was a 45-second shot clock. So it's probably the next step in gaining uniformity among all the levels of basketball. Coach Krzyzewski has said we're the only country that does not have uniformity in the shot clock. I think it's good for the game. I think it would make for a faster-paced game. I think you could accomplish the same things in 30 seconds that you could accomplish in 35. It will force coaches to loosen up the reins a little bit, let guys play a little more and push the tempo a little bit and make it more exciting for everybody."
      • Per the Poughkeepsie Journal, Marist approached Steve Donahue about its coaching vacancy.  Hoop Dirt also reports Donahue is still a candidate but notes, "Former head coach Boston College and Cornell. Has compiled a 200-214 record in 14 seasons as a head coach. Led Cornell to 29 wins and a Sweet 16 appearance in 2010. Sounds like his buy-out at BC was pretty good, could keep him off the market though."
      •  As a departure from Steve Donahue's style of play, former Cornell assistant coach, Izzi Metz plans to run an up tempo offense and defense at Wilkes University.  See WNEP.
      • A recent Columbia recruiting commit told the Cleveland Plain Dealer that he is "excited to play in the Ivy League, which has produced recent NCAA tournament success stories like Harvard and Cornell."
      10:30 AM: Game finished on court 2. First upset of the day. Number 21 Hoopville knocks off number 12 Cornell 84-70. It was a close game at the half with Hoopville leading 37-33 but they pulled away in the second half. Hoopville had a balanced scoring attack with eight players scoring, four in double figures. Leading the way was Malcolm Griffin with 20 points. Billy Baptist contributed with 18 points. For Cornell, there will be no magic run this year. Louis Dale poured in 30 points of his team’s 70, but he didn’t have much help. Jeff Foote chipped in with 16 points with no other player scoring more than five points. Hoopville will take on TYGTAL tomorrow at 9:00 am.
      • Tuesdays with Horry also recapped the game: "Game two spelled disaster for the Cornell Sweet Sixteen team that reunited after their magical run in 2010. Their center Jeff Foote was a full three inches taller than the largest man their opponent, The Illinois Hoopville Warriors, had on their roster. It didn’t matter though. Foote was contained to only 16 points and Hoopville won by a final score of 84-70."

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