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Men's Basketball (2017-2018)

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Men's Basketball (2017-2018)
Posted by: Swampy (---.ri.ri.cox.net)
Date: May 27, 2017 07:52AM

It's time to start a "Men's Basketball (2017-2018)" thread.

Incoming recruits.
 
Re: Men's Basketball (2017-2018)
Posted by: mountainred (69.43.54.---)
Date: May 30, 2017 11:00AM

It's an interesting class. All of the six could be useful contributors, though the odds are that it won't "click" at the D1 level for at least one. Julian, Kuhn, and Voss could help with rebounding; Boeheim and Knapp look like potential 3pt snipers (though Knapp may need a year to get up to speed the same way Eitan did); and McBride was a combo guard at a high level in high school ball.

The downside is that there is nobody who looks like a potential All-Ivy player, which probably puts our class as no better than 6th in the league along with Brown and Dartmouth. Here's hoping Coach Earl has found some guys who fit in his system.
 
Re: Men's Basketball (2017-2018)
Posted by: billhoward (---.nwrknj.fios.verizon.net)
Date: May 30, 2017 02:52PM

The way the release is written, everybody sounds fabulous. We could start five newcomers and win the Ivy tournament.
 
Re: Men's Basketball (2017-2018)
Posted by: Swampy (---.ri.ri.cox.net)
Date: June 02, 2017 11:10PM

mountainred
It's an interesting class. All of the six could be useful contributors, though the odds are that it won't "click" at the D1 level for at least one. Julian, Kuhn, and Voss could help with rebounding; Boeheim and Knapp look like potential 3pt snipers (though Knapp may need a year to get up to speed the same way Eitan did); and McBride was a combo guard at a high level in high school ball.

The downside is that there is nobody who looks like a potential All-Ivy player, which probably puts our class as no better than 6th in the league along with Brown and Dartmouth. Here's hoping Coach Earl has found some guys who fit in his system.

McBride could be a sleeper. He played very respectably on a top-tier team loaded with talent. His respectable-but-not-breathtaking numbers probably reflect the overall quality of his teammates. Obviously college will be more challenging than high school, but after he acclimates he could surprise.

Also, I'd choose balance over having a single all-star. We'll just have to see how this group stacks up as a group. Did you make a comparison against the recruiting classes of the other five teams, or are you just guessing they've all recruited at least one potential All-Ivy?
 
Re: Men's Basketball (2017-2018)
Posted by: mountainred (50.106.176.---)
Date: June 04, 2017 05:30PM

Swampy
mountainred
It's an interesting class. All of the six could be useful contributors, though the odds are that it won't "click" at the D1 level for at least one. Julian, Kuhn, and Voss could help with rebounding; Boeheim and Knapp look like potential 3pt snipers (though Knapp may need a year to get up to speed the same way Eitan did); and McBride was a combo guard at a high level in high school ball.

The downside is that there is nobody who looks like a potential All-Ivy player, which probably puts our class as no better than 6th in the league along with Brown and Dartmouth. Here's hoping Coach Earl has found some guys who fit in his system.

McBride could be a sleeper. He played very respectably on a top-tier team loaded with talent. His respectable-but-not-breathtaking numbers probably reflect the overall quality of his teammates. Obviously college will be more challenging than high school, but after he acclimates he could surprise.

Also, I'd choose balance over having a single all-star. We'll just have to see how this group stacks up as a group. Did you make a comparison against the recruiting classes of the other five teams, or are you just guessing they've all recruited at least one potential All-Ivy?

I hope you are right on McBride. He was the 5th option on a team where his teammates are headed to UCLA, Ariz. St., San Diego St., plus maybe the top recruit in the country next year. I have no doubt he's talented, but is he a stud on a team of max-level studs, or a good player who is picking up stats because he isn't a focus and gets matched up with the other team's worst starter? Here is the ESPN bottom line: "McBride is a solid looking prospect and if he continues to work on his all around skill set and savvy, he should be able to play at the next level."

As far as the the other Ivies, I have a decent idea of who is going where, though I am not claiming to be a scout. Columbia has the top-ranked recruit in PF/C Jaron Faulds; he is a four star recruit according to ESPN. Princeton has a pair of ESPN three stars (Sebastian Much and Jerome Desrosiers) and a two star. Penn has a three star in Jelani Williams and a two star. Harvard has a three star and a two star, plus a kid from Canada who is said to be very good. Yale has a two star guard, Dartmouth a pair of two star players, and Brown a two star forward. In retrospect, I may have oversold the Elis, but James Jones normally gets the max out of his team.

Meanwhile, McBride is Cornell's highest rated recruit where he is one of the four guys ESPN gives one star (not Voss or Julian). Stars aren't everything (ESPN had Galal Cancer as a two star recruit and Shonn Miller as just a one), but they are an impartial, if subjective, way to measure recruiting classes. And in hoops, I would rather have one difference-maker, such as Shonn Miller, than four solid players, though Coach Earl may disagree.
 
Re: Men's Basketball (2017-2018)
Posted by: scoop85 (---.hvc.res.rr.com)
Date: June 06, 2017 09:24PM

Just saw on Twitter that David Onourah will play next year as a grad student at UConn. Nice opportunity for him to use his athleticism to add defense and rebounding in what I assume will be a reserve role.
 
Re: Men's Basketball (2017-2018)
Posted by: mountainred (69.43.54.---)
Date: June 07, 2017 02:37PM

scoop85
Just saw on Twitter that David Onourah will play next year as a grad student at UConn. Nice opportunity for him to use his athleticism to add defense and rebounding in what I assume will be a reserve role.

Thanks Scoop. I was hoping -- without good reason -- that he disappeared so he could save a year of eligibility for us. Can't fault him for having UConn pay for a year of grad school.
 
Re: Men's Basketball (2017-2018)
Posted by: billhoward (---.nwrknj.fios.verizon.net)
Date: June 07, 2017 03:34PM

scoop85
Just saw on Twitter that David Onourah will play next year as a grad student at UConn. Nice opportunity for him to use his athleticism to add defense and rebounding in what I assume will be a reserve role.
Reserves count toward the team GPA as much as the starting five. More, in some ways.
 
Re: Men's Basketball (2017-2018)
Posted by: rss77 (---.twcny.rr.com)
Date: June 14, 2017 10:14PM

Not sure what UConn sees in Onourah. He was not a good player at the Ivy League level and really did not evolve as a player during his time at Cornell. Wish him well though
 
Re: Men's Basketball (2017-2018)
Posted by: mountainred (69.43.54.---)
Date: June 15, 2017 11:29AM

rss77
Not sure what UConn sees in Onourah. He was not a good player at the Ivy League level and really did not evolve as a player during his time at Cornell. Wish him well though

David was always a decent rebounder and shot blocker, even if his offensive game never came around. UConn graduated all three of their starting front court players and doesn't have a lot of returning players. I bet David can give the Huskies some solid minutes off the bench, especially while their freshmen learn the game.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/16/2017 08:16PM by mountainred.
 
Re: Men's Basketball (2017-2018)
Posted by: ugarte (---.dyn.optonline.net)
Date: June 16, 2017 03:12PM

mountainred
rss77
Not sure what UConn sees in Onourah. He was not a good player at the Ivy League level and really did not evolve as a player during his time at Cornell. Wish him well though

David was always a decent rebounder and shot blocker, even if his offensive game never came around. UConn graduated all three of their starting front court players and doesn't have a lot of returning players. I bet David can give the Huskies some solid minutes off the bench, especially while their freshman learn the game.
A good, smart defensive rotation player for a year is worth a roster spot.

 
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Re: Men's Basketball (2017-2018) 0-1 start
Posted by: billhoward (---.nwrknj.fios.verizon.net)
Date: June 19, 2017 12:01PM

Cornell opens the season on the road, against Syracuse. Cornell is 0-22 vs. the Orange at the Carrier Dome. Men's Basketball To Open The 2017-18 Season At Syracuse
 
Re: Men's Basketball (2017-2018)
Posted by: mountainred (69.43.54.---)
Date: October 20, 2017 09:12AM

Men's Hoops get their first commitment of the new season: 6-9 PF/C Kobe Dickson from Holcomb, Kansas. Kobe helped lead his team to a KS state title (mid-sized schools) last year, though it looks like he was the "defensive/rebounding forward" while a now-graduated teammate was the scoring forward. I like recruits who come from winning programs, especially in states that care deeply about basketball. On the other hand, it looks like Cornell was his only D1 offer, though he had interest from Air Force and D2 power Washburn. He should help fill a need, but the recruiting arms race in the Ivies is getting tougher (Princeton has a commitment from ESPN's #99 overall recruit, for instance).
 
Re: Men's Basketball (2017-2018)
Posted by: mountainred (69.43.54.---)
Date: October 24, 2017 01:30PM

KenPom has published their initial set of ratings. The model says 12-16, 6-8 which would be good for a tie with Columbia for 5th. Of course, Cornell has only scheduled 27 games -- KenPom lists a game at Nebraska/Omaha that isn't on the Cornell schedule.

Things can change, but every out of conference game is winnable except for @Syracuse and @Auburn. Okay, those are "winnable," but very unlikely.
 
Re: Men's Basketball (2017-2018)
Posted by: mountainred (69.43.54.---)
Date: November 05, 2017 10:51AM

Men's hoops beat SUNY-Cortland in a full exhibition game yesterday 96-70, which is encouraging considering two regulars (Stone Gettings, Troy Whitehead) didn't play. No broadcast that I can find, so my thoughts are all from the box score.

Matt Morgan against a D3 defense isn't fair. Matt had 25 points in 23 minutes (off the bench for some reason) on 75% shooting. The last Cornellian to average 20 points a game was Ken Bantum in '84-'85. Morgan could be the next.
Wil Bathurst looks to be the PG. He played the most minutes and put up a very solid line of 14P-7A-6R, with just two turnovers (plus a steal and a block). Assuming Stone and Troy aren't seriously hurt, Wil's play could decide if the Big Red gets to .500.
Josh Warren and Steven Julian both started the exhibition; Warren had 10P-5A, Julian 7P-7R. Julian will likely be the newcomer who makes the biggest impact.
Boeheim and Gordon were the other two starters. Neither had a great game, but both look to start the season in the rotation.
The remaining freshman all got double digit minutes. Kuhn had 10 points and a pair of offensive rebounds. Voss and Knapp hit all their shots. McBride had a pair assists. It will be interesting to see if any of the four can force his way into the rotation.

Overall, the Big Red shot well (62% and 50% from 3) and moved the ball well (21 assists on 37 FGs). Only 4 offensive rebounds against a D3 school is a worry, as were the 12 turnovers compared to just 2 steals. The season opens for real Friday at Syracuse. The first home game is Monday night vs. Bingo.
 
Re: Men's Basketball (2017-2018)
Posted by: ugarte (---.dyn.optonline.net)
Date: November 13, 2017 08:53PM

Cornell had their customary annual blowout loss to Syracuse to start the D-I season over the weekend but evened their record with a 94-84 win over Binghamton.

 
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Re: Men's Basketball (2017-2018)
Posted by: mountainred (50.110.63.---)
Date: November 13, 2017 09:14PM

The Big Red led by 18 with six minutes to go, but Bingo was stubborn. To their credit, the Big Red hit their free throws down the stretch (12 of 14) so the result was never really in doubt.

If Morgan stays healthy, he's going to have an insane stat line. He had 26 tonight with 8 rebounds. Gettings came off the bench for 16 and Steve Julian had 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Cornell will be the underdog at Colgate on Thursday, then a trio of tossups: @UMass-Lowell, home with Toledo and @Duquesne.

In other league news, Dartmouth's best player decided to quit the team the day before the season started. He'll graduate early and play two years somewhere else.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 11/13/2017 09:26PM by mountainred.
 
Re: Men's Basketball (2017-2018)
Posted by: scoop85 (---.hvc.res.rr.com)
Date: November 13, 2017 10:33PM

mountainred

In other league news, Dartmouth's best player decided to quit the team the day before the season started. He'll graduate early and play two years somewhere else.

Rather strange, especially considering that Boudreaux’s father (and possible both parents) are Dartmouth alumns.
 
Re: Men's Basketball (2017-2018)
Posted by: ugarte (---.dyn.optonline.net)
Date: November 14, 2017 12:28AM

scoop85
mountainred

In other league news, Dartmouth's best player decided to quit the team the day before the season started. He'll graduate early and play two years somewhere else.

Rather strange, especially considering that Boudreaux’s father (and possible both parents) are Dartmouth alumns.
Kinda feel like "played for a few years and got a degree" is all the parents need and now maybe the kid can get a scholarship for grad school.

 
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Re: Men's Basketball (2017-2018)
Posted by: semsox (---.hsd1.va.comcast.net)
Date: November 14, 2017 08:13AM

scoop85
mountainred

In other league news, Dartmouth's best player decided to quit the team the day before the season started. He'll graduate early and play two years somewhere else.

Rather strange, especially considering that Boudreaux’s father (and possible both parents) are Dartmouth alumns.

This can cut both ways if he was never really crazy about Dartmouth, but went out of a perceived obligation.
 
Re: Men's Basketball (2017-2018)
Posted by: mountainred (69.43.54.---)
Date: November 14, 2017 09:08AM

semsox
scoop85
mountainred

In other league news, Dartmouth's best player decided to quit the team the day before the season started. He'll graduate early and play two years somewhere else.

Rather strange, especially considering that Boudreaux’s father (and possible both parents) are Dartmouth alumns.

This can cut both ways if he was never really crazy about Dartmouth, but went out of a perceived obligation.

Both parents are grads and Evan's mother is on the Board of Trustees there. There had been rumblings he wasn't happy last season -- the coach who recruited Evan was fired before the season started -- but the timing is brutal.
 
Re: Men's Basketball (2017-2018)
Posted by: mountainred (184.13.127.---)
Date: November 16, 2017 08:52PM

'gate with a 72-61 win. The Big Red just couldn't shoot, 5-27 from behind the arc. Morgan gets 23 and is now in the all-time top 20 in scoring at Cornell.
 
Re: Men's Basketball (2017-2018)
Posted by: mountainred (69.43.54.---)
Date: November 19, 2017 03:04PM

Troubling loss at UMass-Lowell 98-78. 22 Cornell turnovers. 25 UML second chance points and 52 UML points in the paint. Ugh.
 
Re: Men's Basketball (2017-2018)
Posted by: scoop85 (---.hvc.res.rr.com)
Date: November 19, 2017 04:04PM

mountainred
Troubling loss at UMass-Lowell 98-78. 22 Cornell turnovers. 25 UML second chance points and 52 UML points in the paint. Ugh.

Yes, troubling is the right word. I would’ve thought we’d be improving, and I’m not sure we’re seeing that.
 
Re: Men's Basketball (2017-2018)
Posted by: Ken711 (---.washdc.fios.verizon.net)
Date: November 19, 2017 04:47PM

mountainred
Troubling loss at UMass-Lowell 98-78. 22 Cornell turnovers. 25 UML second chance points and 52 UML points in the paint. Ugh.

Earl needs to bring in a good sized center in his next recruiting class.
 
Re: Men's Basketball (2017-2018)
Posted by: mountainred (50.110.9.---)
Date: November 19, 2017 05:09PM

scoop85
mountainred
Troubling loss at UMass-Lowell 98-78. 22 Cornell turnovers. 25 UML second chance points and 52 UML points in the paint. Ugh.

Yes, troubling is the right word. I would’ve thought we’d be improving, and I’m not sure we’re seeing that.

I'm not either. Four games into year 2 is way too early to panic, but it is not too be early to be concerned. And I'm that.
 
Re: Men's Basketball (2017-2018)
Posted by: mountainred (69.43.54.---)
Date: November 24, 2017 05:50PM

Much, MUCH better effort. Cornell beats Toledo 80-77 at home. Sure, the Rockets cut a 21 point Cornell lead to 1, but this was supposed to be a tight one. The Big Red shot well (56%) and didn't turn the ball over too much (11). Toledo did get a dozen offensive rebounds.

Gettings is finally healthy enough to start. He finished with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. He is clearly Cornell's second best player and the offense clicks better when he is on the floor. Warren was huge off the bench with 11 points (and at least 6 of the Big Red's points in the final 31-13 run by Toledo). Morgan led all scorers with 24.

Basically two good performances at home, three poor performances on the road. Unfortunately, Monday night is at Duquesne.
 
Re: Men's Basketball (2017-2018)
Posted by: ugarte (---.dyn.optonline.net)
Date: November 27, 2017 08:52PM

Watched the last two minutes of foul-o-rama as Duquesne cut the lead from 13 to 7 but Cornell wins on the road 78-71.

 
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Re: Men's Basketball (2017-2018)
Posted by: mountainred (50.110.9.---)
Date: November 27, 2017 09:02PM

ugarte
Watched the last two minutes of foul-o-rama as Duquesne cut the lead from 13 to 7 but Cornell wins on the road 78-71.
First road win of the year and frankly the first time they've looked good on the road.

It was a one point game midway through the second when Cornell went on an 11-0 run. The Dukes hit a couple of late threes, but were never really a threat the rest of the way. (Their announcer sorta gave up with more than 2 minutes left.)

Morgan with 24 points and 5 assists. Gettings had 19. Gordon and Warren had 10 each and Steve Julian had 8 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Julian has been huge.

Maybe the UML game was a "darkest before dawn" kind of thing? The guys have looked vastly better in their last two games.
 
Re: Men's Basketball (2017-2018)
Posted by: billhoward (---.nwrknj.fios.verizon.net)
Date: November 28, 2017 12:52AM

CornellBigRed
• The wins over Toledo (80-77) and at Duquesne (78-71) represent the first winning streak under head coach Brian Earl.
"Winning streak" as in first time this year or last that Cornell has won even 2 games in a row? We are starting over.
 
Re: Men's Basketball (2017-2018)
Posted by: Swampy (---.ri.ri.cox.net)
Date: November 28, 2017 01:37AM

billhoward
CornellBigRed
• The wins over Toledo (80-77) and at Duquesne (78-71) represent the first winning streak under head coach Brian Earl.
"Winning streak" as in first time this year or last that Cornell has won even 2 games in a row? We are starting over.

Dukes were picked to finish last in the A10. So don't buy your tickets to San Antonio just yet.
 
Re: Men's Basketball (2017-2018)
Posted by: mountainred (50.110.9.---)
Date: November 28, 2017 08:16AM

Swampy
billhoward
CornellBigRed
• The wins over Toledo (80-77) and at Duquesne (78-71) represent the first winning streak under head coach Brian Earl.
"Winning streak" as in first time this year or last that Cornell has won even 2 games in a row? We are starting over.

Dukes were picked to finish last in the A10. So don't buy your tickets to San Antonio just yet.
Man, tough crowd. Winning two in a row isn't cause for a celebration -- though it is vastly better than losing -- and the Dukes aren't anything special (last place in the A10 wouldn't surprise me). But road wins against an A10 team, even a bad one, aren't common events in basketball. Outside of the 2010 squad, there just aren't many out-of-conference road wins except when Cornell plays a bottom 50 team.

And, seriously, the second half last night was a really good half of basketball. After the UML debacle, I am thankful for it.
 
Re: Men's Basketball (2017-2018)
Posted by: scoop85 (---.nyc.biz.rr.com)
Date: November 28, 2017 09:05AM

The Duquesne coach's post-game press conference is remarkable. He throws his players under the bus, consistently makes excuses about how short-handed his team is and then of course says "I'm not making excuses". And in an almost 18 minute ramble he doesn't once give credit to his opponent.

Seems like a jackass.
 
Re: Men's Basketball (2017-2018)
Posted by: Swampy (---.163.128.131.dhcp.uri.edu)
Date: November 28, 2017 01:03PM

scoop85
The Duquesne coach's post-game press conference is remarkable. He throws his players under the bus, consistently makes excuses about how short-handed his team is and then of course says "I'm not making excuses". And in an almost 18 minute ramble he doesn't once give credit to his opponent.

Seems like a jackass.

Agree with you. Dambrot comes off like a douchebag. He was almost 5 minutes into the interview before he said the first good thing about anybody -- in this case one of his own players.

Around 13:00 he starts talking about playing zone and says he doesn't want to play zone when the team "gets better" (clearly he means when he has better recruits), so why do it now? It isn't until around 15:00 of the interview that Dambrot even takes any responsibility for his team's performance. There's so much wrong with this!

First of all, being able to switch between zone & m2m is a strength. It not only adds a weapon to your arsenal, but also it gives you the possibility to surprise the other team, can force the other team to substitute at a disadvantage, and gives you a chance to see what works best.

But even more important is that really good coaches design their strategies around the players they have, not the players they wish they had. Take Bill Belichick. True, he cheats. But he also finds way to win with the players he has. When Drew Bledsoe went down did Bill whine about his starting quarterback being knocked out? No! He went to his bench and put in a sixth-round draft pick. Even though the team lost that game, during the next week of practice Coach Belichick tweaked the offense around the backup quaterback's limited capabilities, and guess what! The next week they beat the Baltimore Colts 44-13, making the most out of a bad situation and making do the rest of the season with only the backup.

Another characteristic of a good coach is to emphasize process over W's & L's. A good coach helps even the worst player get better. (I know: I was that player under two very different coaches.) Especially at the college level, a good coach emphasizes improvement in both individual and team performance. In contrast, Dambrot seems to wish he could say out loud what he's really thinking: "These guys suck, and I can't wait until next year when I bring in some recruits to replace them."

A good contrast to Dambrot is Dan Hurley, whose URI team is picked to finish first in the A10. Last Friday, playing without two injured starters, including the team's best player, URI lost to Virginia in a manner very similar to how the Dukes lost to Cornell. But in the postgame, Coach Hurley always refers to "we/us" for himself and his team, rather than "them" (for his players) and "me/I" for himself as Dambrot does. He says "we" missed opportunities, became demoralized, and gave in mentally and physically. But then he also praises Virginia, and he finishes by saying he hopes "we" learn from this.

Maybe there's a reason for the correlation between the preseason predictions and the coaches' respective styles.
 
Re: Men's Basketball (2017-2018)
Posted by: mountainred (69.43.54.---)
Date: November 28, 2017 01:30PM

Swampy
scoop85
The Duquesne coach's post-game press conference is remarkable. He throws his players under the bus, consistently makes excuses about how short-handed his team is and then of course says "I'm not making excuses". And in an almost 18 minute ramble he doesn't once give credit to his opponent.

Seems like a jackass.

Agree with you. Dambrot comes off like a douchebag. He was almost 5 minutes into the interview before he said the first good thing about anybody -- in this case one of his own players.
You made it through far more than I could.

Dambrot is an interesting guy. He was LeBron's high school coach, is the winningest coach in Akron history, and was fired for telling his players at CMU to act like {word that gets you fired} on the court, but not the classroom (though he says he asked his team if he could use the word first and they said he could). [www.cleveland.com] . His record says he's a good coach. My guess is that he's not dealing well with having a bad team for the first time in a long while.
 
Re: Men's Basketball (2017-2018)
Posted by: billhoward (---.nwrknj.fios.verizon.net)
Date: November 28, 2017 01:33PM

Cornell basketball coach from an earlier era told me and WVBR's sports guy at a very liquid lunch, "You can't make chicken salad out of chickenshit." The team would go on to finish sub-.250.
 
Re: Men's Basketball (2017-2018)
Posted by: ugarte (---.177.169.163.ipyx-102276-zyo.zip.zayo.com)
Date: November 28, 2017 02:56PM

mountainred
... was fired for telling his players at CMU to act like {word that gets you fired} on the court, but not the classroom (though he says he asked his team if he could use the word first and they said he could) ...
"Can I use the n-word?"
"Yeah coach, we trust you."
"OK, listen guys don't be a bunch of ..."
*stony silence* *someone texts the AD*

 
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Re: Men's Basketball (2017-2018)
Posted by: mountainred (69.43.54.---)
Date: December 02, 2017 05:46PM

Pretty bleh way to go into the break, losing to Northeastern 84-66. The first half was fine; lots of lead changes and the Big Red trailed by just 3. The second half was brutal. The turnover bug came back with 22.

Northeastern just beat Harvard by 16, so I guess this isn't the end of the world. But the second half was tough to watch.
 
Re: Men's Basketball (2017-2018)
Posted by: ugarte (---.dyn.optonline.net)
Date: December 02, 2017 07:45PM

I think our team is either out of shape (in the sense of "the shape required to play Division I basketball," not compared to, say, me) or does not pace itself well. We typically have excellent (or at least competitive) first halves and then either hang on for dear life in the second or turn a close game into a blowout loss.

 
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Re: Men's Basketball (2017-2018)
Posted by: mountainred (69.43.54.---)
Date: December 03, 2017 11:11AM

It may be a fitness issue (though the second half at Duquesne was their best half), but I think the biggest issue is that they play consistently poor defense. That puts pressure on the offense to keep up for forty minutes and, all too often, they crack. The Big Red isn't beating anyone with 20+ turnovers.

3-4 is about right for these guys. They were never beating Syracuse and yesterday was a reach. Bingo was supposed to be a win and it was. The other four were toss-ups ('gate maybe a likely loss), and the guys went 2-2. The rest of the way, they should beat Longwood, Lafayette, and the D3 and should lose at Auburn and Delaware. Niagara at home is a toss-up which could decide if they finish over or under .500 before league play.

In the league, they should finish ahead of Dartmouth and Brown. H,Y, P and Penn are all better. Columbia may be 1-6, but they have yet to play at home and have been more competitive against better teams (i.e. losing to 'nova by just 15 and losing to UConn in OT). The smart money is on 6th place.
 
Re: Men's Basketball (2017-2018)
Posted by: Trotsky (---.washdc.fios.verizon.net)
Date: December 03, 2017 04:00PM

2010 means never having to say you're sorry.
 
Re: Men's Basketball (2017-2018) - coaching carousel
Posted by: billhoward (---.nwrknj.fios.verizon.net)
Date: December 09, 2017 03:53PM

Steve Donahue set the atmosphere that made this possible, maybe.
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Re: Men's Basketball (2017-2018)
Posted by: ugarte (---.dyn.optonline.net)
Date: December 16, 2017 05:56PM

Cornell travels to *Googles location* *double checks because come on* *confirms* Farmville and beats Longwood 79-72.

 
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Re: Men's Basketball (2017-2018)
Posted by: scoop85 (---.hvc.res.rr.com)
Date: December 16, 2017 10:53PM

ugarte
Cornell travels to *Googles location* *double checks because come on* *confirms* Farmville and beats Longwood 79-72.

Not a stellar performance, but good enough to beat Longwood (ranked 351st out of 351 D1 teams by Sagarin) on the road. Bathurst was out with some type of injury apparently.
 
Re: Men's Basketball (2017-2018)
Posted by: mountainred (69.43.54.---)
Date: December 17, 2017 11:18AM

scoop85
ugarte
Cornell travels to *Googles location* *double checks because come on* *confirms* Farmville and beats Longwood 79-72.

Not a stellar performance, but good enough to beat Longwood (ranked 351st out of 351 D1 teams by Sagarin) on the road. Bathurst was out with some type of injury apparently.

Kenpom is more bullish on the Lancers; he says they are 345 out of 351. To date, they are Columbia's only win this year. But, a road win is a road win.

In addition to Longwood, the fine community of Farmville is the location of Hampden-Sydney College -- one of the last three men's schools in the nation. It's sort of the Cambridge of southern VA.
 
Re: Men's Basketball (2017-2018)
Posted by: ugarte (---.dyn.optonline.net)
Date: December 20, 2017 09:23PM

With an 80-71 win over Lafayette, the Big Red is over .500 after 9 games.

Meanwhile Princeton went to LA and beat USC.

 
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Re: Men's Basketball (2017-2018)
Posted by: mountainred (69.43.54.---)
Date: December 21, 2017 09:02AM

ugarte
With an 80-71 win over Lafayette, the Big Red is over .500 after 9 games.

Meanwhile Princeton went to LA and beat USC.

When you say it like that, beating the Leopards loses its appeal.
 
Re: Men's Basketball (2017-2018)
Posted by: mountainred (69.43.54.---)
Date: December 23, 2017 02:51PM

Entertaining, but disappointing, loss to Niagara 89-86. Morgan and Gettings both had 30, but Matt's three ball at the end went in and out.

The Big Red were a bit under-manned. Whiteside is still out. Bathurst missed his third straight game. McBride missed today with an injury. And Davis left the game briefly when he rolled an ankle. Cornell could have used the defense (McBride especially) and scoring (Wil).
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Re: Men's Basketball (2017-2018)
Posted by: ugarte (---.dyn.optonline.net)
Date: December 23, 2017 03:20PM

mountainred
Entertaining, but disappointing, loss to Niagara 89-86. Morgan and Gettings both had 30, but Matt's three ball at the end went in and out.

The Big Red were a bit under-manned. Whiteside is still out. Bathurst missed his third straight game. McBride missed today with an injury. And Davis left the game briefly when he rolled an ankle. Cornell could have used the defense (McBride especially) and scoring (Wil).
Disappointing loss but I'll take the progress of this almost-comeback instead of the second half fade we saw in a lot of other games.

 
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Re: Men's Basketball (2017-2018)
Posted by: scoop85 (---.burl.east.myfairpoint.net)
Date: December 23, 2017 03:48PM

ugarte
mountainred
Entertaining, but disappointing, loss to Niagara 89-86. Morgan and Gettings both had 30, but Matt's three ball at the end went in and out.

The Big Red were a bit under-manned. Whiteside is still out. Bathurst missed his third straight game. McBride missed today with an injury. And Davis left the game briefly when he rolled an ankle. Cornell could have used the defense (McBride especially) and scoring (Wil).
Disappointing loss but I'll take the progress of this almost-comeback instead of the second half fade we saw in a lot of other games.

Terrifically entertaining, frenetic game. Niagara plays about the softest defense I’ve ever seen a D1 school play, but they have a couple of terrific scorers, who were essentially matched by Morgan and Gettings. We had plenty of chances to tie or take the lead, but it wasn’t to be.

It looks like we’re heading in the right direction, and out Junior class is terrific. I’ll be disappointed if we don’t finish at least .500 in the league, and next year we should be able to contend. Nice to see some of the freshmen contribute this year, but of course we’ll need to see if Earl can bring in guys as good as Morgan and Gettings to replenish the roster. I think Earl can coach, especially offensive basketball, which is encouraging.
 
Re: Men's Basketball (2017-2018)
Posted by: mountainred (50.106.165.---)
Date: December 24, 2017 10:45AM

scoop85

It looks like we’re heading in the right direction, and out Junior class is terrific. I’ll be disappointed if we don’t finish at least .500 in the league, and next year we should be able to contend. Nice to see some of the freshmen contribute this year, but of course we’ll need to see if Earl can bring in guys as good as Morgan and Gettings to replenish the roster. I think Earl can coach, especially offensive basketball, which is encouraging.

Earl can coach an offense, but our defense remains an issue. Niagara is the real deal on offense, so give the guys a pass for yesterday; still, KenPom says the Big Red has the 2nd worst D in the league, just barely ahead of Dartmouth and way below the teams that will (likely) play in the ILT. One issue is that you have to play Gettings because of what he does on offense, but his defense remains a work in progress.

I'd love to see the guys contend for the Ivy title next year, but basically no one graduates across the entire league. From a quick count, there are only 8 seniors getting much PT this season, and two of those guys start for Dartmouth. Princeton loses their PG, but they have three freshmen in their rotation. Harvard has no seniors and only one junior in their rotation. Yale loses Mason, who is insanely good, but he hasn't played this year. Right now they start one senior and two freshmen. Penn, Columbia, and Brown have one senior starter apiece, and he's not the best player on any of those teams. Seriously, every single team in the league may be as good as they are this year, if not better.

And I'm not ready to think about this team without the Junior class because they really are terrific. Morgan may be the most effective scorer we've ever had at Cornell -- although Bajusz could have scored 25 a night under current conditions.
 
Re: Men's Basketball (2017-2018)
Posted by: mountainred (69.43.54.---)
Date: December 27, 2017 09:24AM

There is one encouraging sign on the team's D when you dig into the numbers a bit. The guys are holding opponents to 47.6% shooting from 2 pt. range. That's a really good number and the best in the league (Penn is next at 50%). From outside the arc, they are the worst in the league with teams hitting 38.5% of their 3s. What I've read on the subject indicates that two point defense is a repeatable defensive skill, while 3 point defense is largely statistical noise. So, there is some reason to think that the guys will continue to hold teams to poor shooting from inside the arc while the three point shooting will regress to the mean.
 
Re: Men's Basketball (2017-2018)
Posted by: Trotsky (---.dc.dc.cox.net)
Date: December 27, 2017 11:48AM

mountainred
There is one encouraging sign on the team's D when you dig into the numbers a bit. The guys are holding opponents to 47.6% shooting from 2 pt. range. That's a really good number and the best in the league (Penn is next at 50%). From outside the arc, they are the worst in the league with teams hitting 38.5% of their 3s. What I've read on the subject indicates that two point defense is a repeatable defensive skill, while 3 point defense is largely statistical noise. So, there is some reason to think that the guys will continue to hold teams to poor shooting from inside the arc while the three point shooting will regress to the mean.
That is good news and a good observation. Thanks.
 
Re: Men's Basketball (2017-2018)
Posted by: billhoward (---.nwrk.east.verizon.net)
Date: December 27, 2017 04:12PM

I've read that three-point shooting has improved overall, so that stats-savvy teams work to increase their use of three-point attempts. Have we learned to refight the last war defensing twos?
 
Re: Men's Basketball (2017-2018)
Posted by: mountainred (69.43.54.---)
Date: December 28, 2017 04:15PM

Another entertaining, yet ultimately disappointing, loss. In OT, Delaware wins 97-96. Cornell had a 13 point lead with about 8 minutes to go, but struggled getting late stops. (EDIT: UD scored on 10 of their last 11 possessions in regulation. Ugh.) One thing I didn't like, the last three possessions of regulation were Morgan by himself and they netted no points. No one respects Morgan's ability more than I do, but the offense works better when everyone is involved.

Gettings with a career high 39. Morgan had 34 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists.

{annoyed grunting}
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Re: Men's Basketball (2017-2018)
Posted by: semsox (---.hsd1.va.comcast.net)
Date: December 28, 2017 05:43PM

This is the Cornell basketball team I remember from the past few years!
 
Re: Men's Basketball (2017-2018)
Posted by: mountainred (69.43.54.---)
Date: January 02, 2018 10:28AM

Over the weekend, the guys dropped a 98-77 decision at Auburn that was never in doubt; the Tigers led by 39 at one point. Freshman Jake Kuhn hit 4 three-pointers in garbage time. Perhaps he sees an uptick in PT, perhaps not. The effectively ends the out of league play for the season, though there is a glorified scrimmage against a non-NCAA, non-NAIA opponent.

I would be stunned if the ILT wasn't comprised of Harvard, Penn, Princeton and Yale (in some order). Princeton is probably the best of the four, but not by a ton. The Ivy regular season is basically little more than a way to determine who wears what uniform for the only three games that matter. Yay progress!

Cornell, Columbia and Brown should fight for 5th. Columbia has been disappointing (2-10) and Brown has been surprisingly feisty thanks to Freshman Desmond Cambridge (they took Providence to OT and played Northwestern even for 30 minutes). Dartmouth looks like a good bet for the cellar.
 
Re: Men's Basketball (2017-2018)
Posted by: mountainred (69.43.54.---)
Date: January 05, 2018 07:18PM

You know it is little more than an exhibition when they don't pull out half the bleachers. Cornell beats Central Penn College (formerly Central Penn Business School) 93-69 in a game that closer for longer than it should have been. 16 turnovers; 16 offensive rebounds surrendered. At least some guys on the deep bench got to play.
 
Re: Men's Basketball (2017-2018)
Posted by: billhoward (---.nwrk.east.verizon.net)
Date: January 06, 2018 09:56AM

mountainred
You know it is little more than an exhibition when they don't pull out half the bleachers. Cornell beats Central Penn College (formerly Central Penn Business School) 93-69 in a game that closer for longer than it should have been. 16 turnovers; 16 offensive rebounds surrendered. At least some guys on the deep bench got to play.
Wharton undergrad b-school has a new name and its own teams? The old one had a lot of famous leaders.
 
Re: Men's Basketball (2017-2018)
Posted by: mountainred (69.43.54.---)
Date: January 06, 2018 11:03AM

billhoward
mountainred
You know it is little more than an exhibition when they don't pull out half the bleachers. Cornell beats Central Penn College (formerly Central Penn Business School) 93-69 in a game that closer for longer than it should have been. 16 turnovers; 16 offensive rebounds surrendered. At least some guys on the deep bench got to play.
Wharton undergrad b-school has a new name and its own teams? The old one had a lot of famous leaders.
Wouldn't Wharton be "Eastern Penn Business School?" I may start calling it that.

Barry kept calling the Knights D2, which is technically true but the implication is wrong. Central Penn isn't NCAA D2, but a United States Collegiate Athletic Association Division 2 team. To be fair, they are ranked 3rd in that division and actively schedule D1 games, as they have played 6 this season. But the division is a collection of community colleges, small branch campuses of larger schools, tech and trade schools (including the Culinary Institute of America), and the like. The Knights played hard throughout and I respect their coach for scheduling up; I just don't see the value in playing a team that many levels of competitiveness below D1. Seriously, the guys looked awful and won by 24.
 
Re: Men's Basketball (2017-2018)
Posted by: ugarte (---.dyn.optonline.net)
Date: January 06, 2018 04:44PM

mountainred
billhoward
mountainred
You know it is little more than an exhibition when they don't pull out half the bleachers. Cornell beats Central Penn College (formerly Central Penn Business School) 93-69 in a game that closer for longer than it should have been. 16 turnovers; 16 offensive rebounds surrendered. At least some guys on the deep bench got to play.
Wharton undergrad b-school has a new name and its own teams? The old one had a lot of famous leaders.
Wouldn't Wharton be "Eastern Penn Business School?" I may start calling it that.

Barry kept calling the Knights D2, which is technically true but the implication is wrong. Central Penn isn't NCAA D2, but a United States Collegiate Athletic Association Division 2 team. To be fair, they are ranked 3rd in that division and actively schedule D1 games, as they have played 6 this season. But the division is a collection of community colleges, small branch campuses of larger schools, tech and trade schools (including the Culinary Institute of America), and the like. The Knights played hard throughout and I respect their coach for scheduling up; I just don't see the value in playing a team that many levels of competitiveness below D1. Seriously, the guys looked awful and won by 24.
i think it's a chance to work on stuff in a live game situation and give the end of the bench some run

 
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Re: Men's Basketball (2017-2018)
Posted by: mountainred (50.106.165.---)
Date: January 07, 2018 09:36AM

ugarte
mountainred
billhoward
mountainred
You know it is little more than an exhibition when they don't pull out half the bleachers. Cornell beats Central Penn College (formerly Central Penn Business School) 93-69 in a game that closer for longer than it should have been. 16 turnovers; 16 offensive rebounds surrendered. At least some guys on the deep bench got to play.
Wharton undergrad b-school has a new name and its own teams? The old one had a lot of famous leaders.
Wouldn't Wharton be "Eastern Penn Business School?" I may start calling it that.

Barry kept calling the Knights D2, which is technically true but the implication is wrong. Central Penn isn't NCAA D2, but a United States Collegiate Athletic Association Division 2 team. To be fair, they are ranked 3rd in that division and actively schedule D1 games, as they have played 6 this season. But the division is a collection of community colleges, small branch campuses of larger schools, tech and trade schools (including the Culinary Institute of America), and the like. The Knights played hard throughout and I respect their coach for scheduling up; I just don't see the value in playing a team that many levels of competitiveness below D1. Seriously, the guys looked awful and won by 24.
i think it's a chance to work on stuff in a live game situation and give the end of the bench some run
Sure, but there are 350+ D1 schools that will let you run live game situations. And it's not like Kyle or Jordan got that much PT (6 mins) because the starters played 20+.

What really gets me is how this has gone from an annual game with Ithaca (fine), to a game with a local D3 (okay, I guess), to games with NAIA or USCAA teams in their second division. It just feels bush league.

I've really wasted too much of my time (and the Board's) on this game.demented

One piece of news from the game, I think I heard Barry say Wil Bathurst is out for the season with a shoulder injury. A tough break for a young man who plays hard.
 
Re: Men's Basketball (2017-2018)
Posted by: scoop85 (---.hvc.res.rr.com)
Date: January 07, 2018 10:26AM

mountainred
ugarte
mountainred
billhoward
mountainred
You know it is little more than an exhibition when they don't pull out half the bleachers. Cornell beats Central Penn College (formerly Central Penn Business School) 93-69 in a game that closer for longer than it should have been. 16 turnovers; 16 offensive rebounds surrendered. At least some guys on the deep bench got to play.
Wharton undergrad b-school has a new name and its own teams? The old one had a lot of famous leaders.
Wouldn't Wharton be "Eastern Penn Business School?" I may start calling it that.

Barry kept calling the Knights D2, which is technically true but the implication is wrong. Central Penn isn't NCAA D2, but a United States Collegiate Athletic Association Division 2 team. To be fair, they are ranked 3rd in that division and actively schedule D1 games, as they have played 6 this season. But the division is a collection of community colleges, small branch campuses of larger schools, tech and trade schools (including the Culinary Institute of America), and the like. The Knights played hard throughout and I respect their coach for scheduling up; I just don't see the value in playing a team that many levels of competitiveness below D1. Seriously, the guys looked awful and won by 24.
i think it's a chance to work on stuff in a live game situation and give the end of the bench some run
Sure, but there are 350+ D1 schools that will let you run live game situations. And it's not like Kyle or Jordan got that much PT (6 mins) because the starters played 20+.

What really gets me is how this has gone from an annual game with Ithaca (fine), to a game with a local D3 (okay, I guess), to games with NAIA or USCAA teams in their second division. It just feels bush league.

I've really wasted too much of my time (and the Board's) on this game.demented

One piece of news from the game, I think I heard Barry say Wil Bathurst is out for the season with a shoulder injury. A tough break for a young man who plays hard.

Too bad about Bathurst. He was an important piece this year, and a tough way to end his college career. Any idea if Whiteside will get on the court this year? As time goes by that seems less likely.

Starting off with the P&P trip is not ideal. I think we’re good enough to win one of those games if we bring our best effort, but an 0-2 league start is more likely than not
 
Re: Men's Basketball (2017-2018)
Posted by: mountainred (69.43.54.---)
Date: January 08, 2018 10:02AM

scoop85

Too bad about Bathurst. He was an important piece this year, and a tough way to end his college career. Any idea if Whiteside will get on the court this year? As time goes by that seems less likely.

Starting off with the P&P trip is not ideal. I think we’re good enough to win one of those games if we bring our best effort, but an 0-2 league start is more likely than not

Scoop, I haven't heard a peep about Troy all season. At this point, you have to guess that he is likely saving a season of eligibility in case he wants to have another school fund year one of his MBA.

I'm not optimistic about this weekend, but the Duquesne win tells me a win is possible.
 
Re: Men's Basketball (2017-2018)
Posted by: scoop85 (---.nyc.biz.rr.com)
Date: January 08, 2018 11:40AM

mountainred
scoop85

Too bad about Bathurst. He was an important piece this year, and a tough way to end his college career. Any idea if Whiteside will get on the court this year? As time goes by that seems less likely.

Starting off with the P&P trip is not ideal. I think we’re good enough to win one of those games if we bring our best effort, but an 0-2 league start is more likely than not

Scoop, I haven't heard a peep about Troy all season. At this point, you have to guess that he is likely saving a season of eligibility in case he wants to have another school fund year one of his MBA.

I'm not optimistic about this weekend, but the Duquesne win tells me a win is possible.

The Toledo win too shows that we are capable.
 
Re: Men's Basketball (2017-2018)
Posted by: mountainred (69.43.54.---)
Date: January 08, 2018 12:00PM

scoop85
mountainred
scoop85

Too bad about Bathurst. He was an important piece this year, and a tough way to end his college career. Any idea if Whiteside will get on the court this year? As time goes by that seems less likely.

Starting off with the P&P trip is not ideal. I think we’re good enough to win one of those games if we bring our best effort, but an 0-2 league start is more likely than not

Scoop, I haven't heard a peep about Troy all season. At this point, you have to guess that he is likely saving a season of eligibility in case he wants to have another school fund year one of his MBA.

I'm not optimistic about this weekend, but the Duquesne win tells me a win is possible.

The Toledo win too shows that we are capable.

I was thinking of road wins, but good point. Toledo beat Penn at the Palestra this year 85-72.
 
Re: Men's Basketball (2017-2018)
Posted by: nagowski (---.buffalo.res.rr.com)
Date: January 09, 2018 07:53PM

Anybody know what section is the Cornell section at the Princeton gym this weekend?
 
Re: Men's Basketball (2017-2018)
Posted by: mountainred (50.110.45.---)
Date: January 12, 2018 10:08PM

Penn 69 Cornell 61. At 13-13, the Quakers went on a 16-1 run and the Big Red never tied it back up. Penn built a double digit lead late, but the guys fought back and kept it interesting. I think they got it to 4 before Penn hit some free throws.

Basically, the guys couldn't shoot. Other than Stone, the team shot 15 for 43. Matt was off all night and was sitting on 5 points throughout most of the game. Some of that was Penn, some was just that Matt's shots weren't falling. Stone had 20 points and 17 rebounds (but a few later turnovers that won't sit well with him).

More disappointing than discouraging. If Matt doesn't have a rare off game, Cornell might have won. But I'm sure Coach Donahue is thinking his guys should have won more easily (they were a brutal 11-23 at the line).
 
Re: Men's Basketball (2017-2018)
Posted by: ugarte (---.dyn.optonline.net)
Date: January 12, 2018 10:14PM

mountainred
Penn 69 Cornell 61. At 13-13, the Quakers went on a 16-1 run and the Big Red never tied it back up. Penn built a double digit lead late, but the guys fought back and kept it interesting. I think they got it to 4 before Penn hit some free throws.

Basically, the guys couldn't shoot. Other than Stone, the team shot 15 for 43. Matt was off all night and was sitting on 5 points throughout most of the game. Some of that was Penn, some was just that Matt's shots weren't falling. Stone had 20 points and 17 rebounds (but a few later turnovers that won't sit well with him).

More disappointing than discouraging. If Matt doesn't have a rare off game, Cornell might have won. But I'm sure Coach Donahue is thinking his guys should have won more easily (they were a brutal 11-23 at the line).
Penn also went like 6 for 20 from the line. It was kind of hard to watch both of these teams.

 
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Re: Men's Basketball (2017-2018)
Posted by: mountainred (50.110.45.---)
Date: January 13, 2018 09:27AM

ugarte
It was kind of hard to watch both of these teams.
Yeah, the tape of this game isn't going into a time capsule to show future generations what basketball was like. It's now 10 losses in a row to Penn.

Tonight's game may be an even bigger challenge since you have two teams using basically the same scheme and one of them (not us) does it better.
 
Re: Men's Basketball (2017-2018)
Posted by: mountainred (69.43.54.---)
Date: January 13, 2018 07:54PM

Cornell trails Princeton 53-19 at the half. The Tigers led 19-0 at one point. Someone else can watch the second half, I don't have the stomach for it.
 
Re: Men's Basketball (2017-2018)
Posted by: ugarte (---.dyn.optonline.net)
Date: January 13, 2018 09:25PM

mountainred
Cornell trails Princeton 53-19 at the half. The Tigers led 19-0 at one point. Someone else can watch the second half, I don't have the stomach for it.
lol jfc

 
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Re: Men's Basketball (2017-2018)
Posted by: Chris '03 (---.dyn.optonline.net)
Date: January 13, 2018 10:30PM

mountainred
Cornell trails Princeton 53-19 at the half. The Tigers led 19-0 at one point. Someone else can watch the second half, I don't have the stomach for it.

Let's just leave it at "Cornell finished the game with 54."

 
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Re: Men's Basketball (2017-2018)
Posted by: scoop85 (---.hvc.res.rr.com)
Date: January 13, 2018 10:34PM

Chris '03
mountainred
Cornell trails Princeton 53-19 at the half. The Tigers led 19-0 at one point. Someone else can watch the second half, I don't have the stomach for it.

Let's just leave it at "Cornell finished the game with 54."

Princeton’s decent, but no excuse for that type of shellacking.
 
Re: Men's Basketball (2017-2018)
Posted by: Jeff Hopkins '82 (---.102.128.104.res-cmts.sm.ptd.net)
Date: January 14, 2018 07:00AM

Chris '03
mountainred
Cornell trails Princeton 53-19 at the half. The Tigers led 19-0 at one point. Someone else can watch the second half, I don't have the stomach for it.

Let's just leave it at "Cornell finished the game with 54."

We can take "pride" in the fact that we held them under 100.
 
Re: Men's Basketball (2017-2018)
Posted by: mountainred (50.110.45.---)
Date: January 14, 2018 10:05AM

scoop85
Chris '03
mountainred
Cornell trails Princeton 53-19 at the half. The Tigers led 19-0 at one point. Someone else can watch the second half, I don't have the stomach for it.

Let's just leave it at "Cornell finished the game with 54."

Princeton’s decent, but no excuse for that type of shellacking.
Agreed. Cornell took a similar beating at Louisville a few years back. But the Cards were #1 and Cornell went on to finish 2-26.

The next two weekends are the Columbia home and home, starting at their place. The Lions are in full desperation mode as they are 3-12. Expect a determined effort from Columbia as they try to keep their season from completely collapsing. Any chance of staying alive for the Ivy Tournament -- a long shot, but they are just 0-2 after the Penn/Princeton road games -- will require a sweep.
 
Re: Men's Basketball (2017-2018)
Posted by: semsox (---.bstnma.fios.verizon.net)
Date: January 14, 2018 03:59PM

Just reading the last few posts, it makes me so mad that this program squandered what it had built with the 2008-2010 run. Yes, Donahue left right after, but to see the momentum from that just turn to nothing in like two years is so, so frustrating.
 
Re: Men's Basketball (2017-2018)
Posted by: ugarte (---.dyn.optonline.net)
Date: January 14, 2018 04:21PM

semsox
Just reading the last few posts, it makes me so mad that this program squandered what it had built with the 2008-2010 run. Yes, Donahue left right after, but to see the momentum from that just turn to nothing in like two years is so, so frustrating.
that recruiting class was lightning in a bottle. dale wasn't recruited at all; wittman got hurt his senior year, everyone backed off, his dad is rich so he didn't need a scholarship; foote ended up at cornell because our best player almost died.

 
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Re: Men's Basketball (2017-2018)
Posted by: mountainred (12.159.194.---)
Date: January 15, 2018 10:52AM

ugarte
semsox
Just reading the last few posts, it makes me so mad that this program squandered what it had built with the 2008-2010 run. Yes, Donahue left right after, but to see the momentum from that just turn to nothing in like two years is so, so frustrating.
that recruiting class was lightning in a bottle. dale wasn't recruited at all; wittman got hurt his senior year, everyone backed off, his dad is rich so he didn't need a scholarship; foote ended up at cornell because our best player almost died.
True, but you don't get many better opportunities for a paradigm shift (do folks still say that) on Big Red hoops than 3 straight Ivy titles and a Sweet Sixteen run. If anything, the nature of the Class of 2010 is why the chance was so precious and unlikely to come around again.
 
Re: Men's Basketball (2017-2018)
Posted by: Ken711 (---.washdc.fios.verizon.net)
Date: January 15, 2018 07:06PM

semsox
Just reading the last few posts, it makes me so mad that this program squandered what it had built with the 2008-2010 run. Yes, Donahue left right after, but to see the momentum from that just turn to nothing in like two years is so, so frustrating.

Andy picking the wrong coach for the job in replacing Donahue sure didn't help.
 
Re: Men's Basketball (2017-2018)
Posted by: TimV (---.amc.edu)
Date: January 16, 2018 08:11AM

Coaching selection hasn't been a strong point lately. Besides hoops, lacrosse with Kerwick and football with Archer. The men's soccer guy is pretty good though.

 
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