Team of the Day: Cornell

    
February 23rd, 2008

Cornell
17-5 (9-0 Ivy League)

Computer numbers (courtesy of kenpom.com): RPI 84, SOS 243

The last time a team not named Pennsylvania or Princeton represented the Ivy League in the NCAA Tournament? 1988. But in the 20th season since that occurrence, the Big Red of Cornell are well on their way to making their first tournament appearance since that season. So I guess it's fitting that Cornell is the school that ends that streak of dominance, and they're one game closer thanks to their 85-65 win over Yale last night. Four players reached double figures in the win over Yale, led by Adam Gore's eighteen. And for those of you who expect Cornell to be a low-scoring offensive unit that lives and dies with backcuts and threes, you'd be incorrect. The Big Red averages 76.5 points per game and shoots 49% from the field. Now winners of eleven straight, a win tonight over Brown could all but seal the conference's automatic bid for Steve Donahue's club.

On the clock: Memphis. Tonight's showdown with #2 Tennessee is (perceived to be) the final roadblock to them finishing the regular season undefeated. The entire country will be watching, and I have a feeling the Tigers wil show up with a chip on their collective shoulder.