Wednesday, October 15, 2014

News and Notes: Wednesday Edition

Below, news and notes for Wednesday...

  • The Washington Post notes that George Mason was picked 13th out of 14 teams in the Atlantic 10 by the media poll and that the Patriots open their season with Cornell on November 14.
  • Penn State's media notes state, "The Nittany Lions are slated to take part in the 2014 Charleston Classic, Nov. 20-23 in Charleston, S.C. They will open play in the tourney by taking on Charlotte at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20 on ESPNU and then will face either South Carolina or Cornell on the second day of the three-day event. The remaining teams in the field include Akron, Drexel, Miami (Fla.), and Southern California."
  • Cal Athletics profiles by video Dwight Tarwater (Cornell '14) and also writes, "In our continuing series profiling the California men's basketball team's newcomers,'s Mallory Majcher sat down with Graduate student Dwight Tarwater to discuss his path to Berkeley. The forward spent the last four seasons as a standout at Cornell, before enrolling in the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health over the summer as he works towards his Masters degree. Tarwater has one year of NCAA eligibility remaining and will look to be an immediate contributor for the Golden Bears in 2014-15. "
  • ESPN predicts the Ivy League as follows and writes of Cornell:
...Over in Ithaca, New York, Cornell fans are dreaming wistfully of mediocrity. In 2013-14, the Big Red defeated one Division I opponent in 27 tries. If any player were to lead the program out of its current malaise, it would have been Nolan Cressler, who was by far the best offensive threat Cornell had. But in April, Cressler hopped overboard, announcing that he had secured a transfer to Vanderbilt.

In fairness, a big part of the reason for last season's disastrous campaign was the loss of Shonn Miller to a shoulder injury. Miller, a first team All-Ivy selection after his sophomore season, will return for his senior season to try to patch up some of the holes in this Big Red team.

2014-15 Projected Ivy League Standings
1. Harvard Crimson | 2. Yale Bulldogs | 3. Columbia Lions | 4. Brown Bears | 5. Princeton Tigers | 6. Penn Quakers | 7. Dartmouth Big Green | 8. Cornell Big Red
2014-15 All-Ivy team 
Position Name Team Year
Forward Justin Sears Yale Junior
Forward Alex Rosenberg Columbia Senior
Guard Siyani Chambers Harvard Junior
Guard Maodo Lo Columbia Junior
Guard Wesley Saunders Harvard Senior
1. Harvard
2. Yale
3. Columbia
4. Princeton
5. Brown
6. Dartmouth
7. Cornell
8. Penn

F-Justin Sears, JR, Yale
F-Shonn Miller, SR, Cornell
F-Alex Rosenberg, SR, Columbia
G/F-Wesley Saunders, SR, Harvard
G-Maodo Lo, JR, Columbia

Justin Sears, JR, Yale

Amir Bell, FR, Princeton


BigRed1965 said...

While no team is fully functional in its first game, the opener with George Mason should give us some idea of whether this team will show significant progress since last season. Specifically, we should get some idea of how well Shonn Miller has recovered, how Galal Cancer will resume his place in the flow, whether the veteran big men will demonstrate development, whether Hatter and Cherry can be more consistent with their electric kind of output, how mature the newcomers are, etc.

Anonymous said...

IMO, this is Season where all the Stars line up for BigRed! Call me a Homer or just a believer that all the injuries that this team had suffered in the last couple of years, the defections and just the bad luck has to come to a end. The style of play Bill has been pushing finally matches his personnel. All his recruits this year should thrive in this system if they play together. A front court that can compete with any in the Ivies and by the way the front court is rather deep.

The backcourt i'd take over any in the Ivy especially using Cherry and D. Smith together. Defensive minded who also can explode on the offensive end of the floor. Hatter who can also explode offensively and the addition of Cancer back in the fold.

This team should be much better than the prognosticators are predicting even without Cressler. If just one other player improves their 3point shooting significantly BigRed will be in the hunt. Cherry is who I would be looking for a monster season from, he has been improving every year and had a terrific season last year but did not receive All Ivy Honors but was very close in his statistics with others who were honored.