- The Juice writes, "Following Wednesday night’s final non-league game against Cornell (6:00 p.m. ET / ESPNU), it’s all ACC play the rest of the way for the 8-4 Orange, and with five of the 15 league schools ranked in the Top 25 this week, including No. 2 Duke and No. 3 Virginia, in what will already be a step up in intensity each time out, at least SU’s first seven games are not among any of the five ranked teams."
- The Ivy League announced its weekly awards. The League named Shonn Miller the Player of the Week and writes:
PRINCETON, N.J. -- Ivy League men's basketball ushers in the New Year this week with eight games to close out 2014 and two Jan. 3 road contests to open 2015.
All eight teams are in action with Cornell and Yale each playing two games. The League once again has the opportunity to cause waves in the college basketball circles with matchups against teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference (Wake Forest and Syracuse) and Vanderbilt out of the Southeastern Conference.
Local rivalries are also renewed this week with Columbia jumping boroughs to take on St. Francis Brooklyn, Brown taking on Rhode Island for Ocean State bragging rights, Penn and La Salle meeting in a Philadelphia Big 5 battle and Cornell and Yale making the short trips for in-state battles.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Cornell senior forward Shonn Miller (Euclid, Ohio) was completely dominant in two games for the Big Red, which continued to build on its status as the nation's most-improved team from a season ago. Miller posted impressive, back-to-back double-doubles while shooting 50 percent from the floor, 57.1 percent from three-point range and 85.7 percent from the free throw line. In the win at Siena, he poured in 26 points, two off his career high, and grabbed a career-best 15 rebounds to go along with an assist and a blocked shot. Miller followed up that game with 24 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks, including the game-tying three-pointer with 31 seconds left, in a overtime loss to Saint Peter's. Over his last three games, he is averaging 26.0 points and 11.7 rebounds per contest
Miller's Statistics for the Week
MIN FG-A PCT 3FG-A PCT FT-A PCT REB A B S PTS at Siena 34 9-18 .500 1-2 .500 7-8 .875 15 1 1 0 26 vs. Saint Peter's 41 8-16 .500 3-5 .600 5-6 .833 11 1 3 0 24 TOTALS 37.5 17-34 .500 4-7 .571 12-14 .857 13.0 1.0 2.0 0.0 25.0
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Week 1, 11/17/14-Shonn Miller, Cornell
Week 2, 11/24/14-Justin Sears, Yale
Week 3, 12/1/14-Wes Saunders, Harvard
Week 4, 12/8/14-Javier Duren, Yale
Week 5, 12/15/14-Cedric Kuakumensah, Brown*
Week 6, 12/22/14-Maodo Lo, Columbia
Week 7,12/29/14-Shonn Miller, Cornell
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Week 1, 11/17/14-Antonio Woods, Penn
Week 2, 11/24/14-Mike Auger, Penn
Week 3, 12/1/14-Amir Bell, Princeton
Week 4, 12/8/14-Darnell Foreman, Penn
Week 5, 12/15/14-Sam Jones, Penn*
Week 6, 12/22/14-Kyle Castlin, Columbia
Week 7, 12/30/14-Aaron Young, Princeton
* = Cornell idle
- Cornell Athletics released the following:
ITHACA, N.Y. -- For the second time this year, Cornell senior men's basketball player Shonn Miller has been named the Ivy League Player of the Week it was announced Monday by the conference office.
Miller has had a dominant three-game stretch, including last week's split with a win at Siena (75-57) and an overtime home loss to Saint Peter's (59-52). The 6-7 forward was completely dominant in the two games for the Big Red, which continued to build on its status as the nation's most-improved team from a season ago. Miller posted impressive, back-to-back double-doubles, averaging 25.0 points, 13.0 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 1.0 assists while shooting 50 percent from the floor, 57 percent from 3-point range and 86 percent from the free throw line. In the win at Siena, he poured in 26 points, two off his career high, and grabbed a career-best 15 rebounds to go along with an assist and a blocked shot. Miller followed up that game with 24 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks, including the game-tying three-pointer with 31 seconds left, in the overtime loss to the Peacocks. Over his last three games, he is averaging 26.0 points and 11.7 rebounds per contest.
Miller and the Big Red visit Syracuse on Wednesday, Dec. 31 at 6 p.m. at the Carrier Dome in a game that will be televised on ESPNU.