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For the second time this season, the men’s basketball team followed a lackluster performance with a masterful showing just one night later. The Red’s dominating 85-45 win over Brown on Saturday night followed its 12-point loss to Yale on Friday. Call it bipolarity, inconsistency or just an occasional dud. But the fact remains: The win put the team in great position — a two-game lead with four games to play — to capture the Ivy title in the coming weeks.
Men’s basketball head coach Steve Donahue has consistently said that it is hard to rank the Ivy squads in terms of talent this year. These past few weeks have proven Donahue correct, as upsets and tight games have left each Ancient Eight team — save Cornell — with at least three Ivy losses just past the midway point of conference play.
Cornell, with only one Ivy loss (17-7, 7-1 Ivy) and a two-game lead over second-place Princeton, can go a long way toward securing its second straight conference title with wins this weekend over Yale (9-13, 4-4) and Brown (7-15, 1-7).
Early in the men’s basketball team’s season — after Harvard’s win over then-No. 17 Boston College and midway through Dartmouth’s 2-12 start — it seemed like the Crimson was poised to make a run at the top of the Ivy League. However, when both teams travel to East Hill this weekend, it will be Dartmouth coming in with the 4-2 record, a mirror image to Harvard’s 2-4 start.
Cornell, at 5-1 in Ivy play (15-7), sits one spot ahead of third-place Dartmouth in the League standings. The Red had its 19-game Ivy winning streak snapped last weekend, but still holds a 17-game streak at home that it will look to protect first against the Crimson tonight and the Green tomorrow.
The men’s lacrosse team will make its annual preseason trip to Baltimore to scrimmage perennial powerhouse Johns Hopkins tomorrow.
The past few years have seen the Red and the Blue Jays face off as a final tuneup before starting their seasons. Although the game will not count towards any record, the matchup will be between two top-5 teams. Cornell and Johns Hopkins rank fourth and fifth, respectively, in the preseason Inside Lacrosse/Face-Off Yearbook. In addition, the Blue Jays have six preseason All-Americans, while the Red boasts four.
Cornell and Johns Hopkins have been linked since 2000 when then-Red head coach Dave Pietramala left Cornell to assume the top spot at his alma matter, Johns Hopkins.
I’ve never been a huge fan of pants.
I wore sweat pants to school every day until sixth grade. Like the little shirts I had my mom sew for my Winnie the Pooh stuffed animal, or the phase I spent painting rocks and selling them for 25 cents to my mom’s friends, it was just something I did. I didn’t consider how other people would perceive these things. I wasn’t trying to stand out. An understanding of social dynamics, acute observation, and discerning judgment: these were not strong points of my youth. Blissful ignorance and naiveté, well, I was a Viking at those.
Last weekend, the men’s basketball team made history with blowout wins over Brown and Yale. This weekend, as the team travels to Penn and Princeton, the Red could make history again with two wins regardless of the margin of victory.
Traditionally the toughest road trip for any Ivy League basketball team, the Penn-Princeton road trip has put many winning streaks to rest since the Ancient Eight’s inception in 1956. After sweeping each team last year, however, Cornell (14-6, 4-0 Ivy) could become the first-ever squad to sweep the Penn-Princeton road trip in back-to-back seasons.
The Red will also look to build on its nine-game winning streak — including seven straight by double figures.
Most of the men’s basketball game Saturday night was just a formality. In fact, most of the weekend was. The Red finished off a weekend sweep in historic fashion Saturday night with a 64-36 win over Yale.
Cornell played stellar defense, burned Yale in transition and expertly moved the ball on offense throughout the contest. The 28-point win brought the Red’s combined margin of victory from its two weekend matchups to 60. It was the biggest combined margin of victory for Cornell since the Ivy League’s inception in 1956.
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Maybe they wanted to see what the new guy could do. Maybe he just happened to be standing at the front of the line. Whatever the reason, men’s basketball freshman Chris Wroblewski was the first player out in the first drill of the first basketball season of his collegiate career.
“My very first practice. My first official practice,” Wroblewski laughed at the thought.
It was a full court drill that started out as a one-on-one breakaway, then proceeded into a two-on-one breakaway, a three-on-two breakaway, etc.
“That was the first drill we did in the first practice,” he said.
And Chris was the first out, dribbling down as the offensive player. Lanky junior Andre Wilkins waited at the other end with five extra inches and 20 extra pounds.
Yesterday, said Indiana men’s basketball head coach Tom Crean, Cornell brought out the best in the Hoosiers.
While the compliment was nice for Cornell, it didn’t make the final result, a 72-57 loss, any easier to handle for Cornell head coach Steve Donahue.
“We just didn’t get out and play well from the start,” he said. “It was not one of our better games.”
The men’s basketball team proved last night that it was capable of winning with both its defense and its offense in a resounding 78-53 win over Loyola University-Chicago. The win was the Red’s second straight of the NIT Preseason Tip-Off tournament after an opening round loss to St. John’s. The Red used staunch first-half defense, a high-scoring second-half offense and some aggressive rebounding to capture the win.[img_assist|nid=33874|title=The Geoff/Jeff show|desc=While junior guard Geoff Reeves (15) scored 26 points against Loyola-Chicago last night, senior center Jeff Foote controlled the glass for the Red.|link=node|align=left|width=|height=0]