Tuesday, October 14, 2014

News and Notes: Tuesday Edition

Below, news and notes for Tuesday...
  • Dwight Tarwater (Cornell '14) gets mention in Busting Brackets preview of Cal.
  • See the NBC Sports Ivy League preview which writes in part:
The favorite to win the Ivy League, as has been the case for the last three or four years, is Harvard .. Cornell looks like it’s destined for the cellar once again despite getting Shonn Miller back.
PRESEASON IVY LEAGUE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Justin Sears, Yale
Harvard is the most talented team in the Ivy, and while Siyani Chambers and Wesley Saunders are both deserving of consideration for Preseason Player of the Year, neither does as much for their team as Sears does for Yale. The Elis are built around their ability to attack the glass and control the paint, and Sears (16.9 ppg, 6.9 rpg) is the reason why they’re able to do that. A physical, 6-foot-8 forward, he rebounds, blocks shots and can step out and beat a defender on the perimeter. The rising junior will be the focus of every opponent’s game-plan again this season.
THE REST OF THE PRESEASON ALL-IVY TEAM:
  • Siyani Chambers, Harvard: There have been very few Ivy League point guards that are capable of doing what Chambers (11.4 ppg, 4.6 apg) has done in his first two seasons. His influence goes well beyond his stat line.
  • Wes Saunders, Harvard: A 6-foot-5 wing, Saunders is the leading scorer (14.2 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 3.8 apg) and most talented player on the best team in the conference.
  • Shonn Miller, Cornell: Miller missed the 2013-2014 season, one in which the Big Red went 2-26. But he’s a beast that will put up numbers (11.5 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.9 spg, 1.9 bpg in ’12-’13).
  • Alex Rosenberg, Columbia: A 6-foot-7 forward, Rosenberg is the leading scorer (16.0 ppg, 43.2% 3PT) for a Columbia team that has an outside chance of winning the league.
PREDICTED FINISH
1. Harvard
2. Yale
3. Columbia
4. Princeton
5. Penn
6. Brown
7. Dartmouth
8. Cornell

6 comments:

millertimeatnewman said...

Surprising that everyone thinks CU will finish last in the Ivies again… Miller and new recruits should make a big difference. I'm thinking 4th or 5th.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Blue Ribbon picks Cornell for 7th ahead of Penn.

Mind you none of these publications know about Galal Cancer and none of them have a clue about the freshmen. They effectively assume Cornell doesn't have any ROY caliber players. And that is just not the case.

Anonymous said...

We will be better than last year because we have Miller back. No question. And it's absurd to pick Penn for 5th. But it seems a stretch to think we should be a preseason pick higher than 7th.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

In my opinion, all bias aside, I think Cornell is CLEARLY better than Penn and Dartmouth. Cornell is a conservative 6th place pick.

If Cornell overachieves, anywhere from 2nd to 5th is possible. Yale certainly is not untouchable.

But 6th is a pretty safe/conservative bet.

Cornell has so many unknowns. Miller, Cancer, Pat Smith, Ra'oof, Bathurst, even Hatter. Nobody really knows what to expect from these guys.

Anonymous said...

I think people are forgetting that in Courtney's 3rd year, he not only had Miller and Cancer but also Cressler, Peck, and Gray, but still managed to produce what was, at the time, the worst team in a decade. We could only (narrowly) beat cupcakes that year, like Longwood and Binghamton, and were lucky that most of the Ivies were cupcakes that year too so we could pick up some Ivy wins. Yale had just lost Mangano and Willhite, Penn had lost Rosen and Belcore, Brown had a new coach, and five Ivies were 270+ in KenPom. But the next year we went from 5 cupcake Ivies to 5 post-season Ivies. We will not be facing the same weak Ivy field we saw that year when Miller and Cancer still had Cressler, Peck, & Gray to help them out.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

That team was NOT built for Courtney's style of play. Figini? Chemerinski? Et al?

That was not ultra athletic run and gun pressure team.

Compare that roster to this year's team:

Onuorah
Miller
Abdur Ra'off
Giddens
Bathurst
Cherry
D.Smith
R.Hatter
Cancer
P.Smith

Not even comparable as to which team is built more in Bill's style of play.