Saturday, November 22, 2014

Cornell - Pregame

Vacation plans didn't leave me a chance to write anything up for the charitably named "7th place game" in Charleston.  I've yet to research this one or watch the USC game (wil recap both this week) and I'm not going to give you all a writeup without doing it right.  I'll stand by my prior statement that not winning against USC is indicative of not winning for a while, while hoping that I am wrong.  While I am failing you though, Alan Dvorkis generously picks up the slack.

Alan Boston's Notes:  Oh how Cornell longs for the Steve Donahue days. Oh how Steve Donahue longs for the Cornell days. Both coach and program have fallen on hard times. Donahue could not work similar magic at Boston College. I believe the new approach toward hand checking hurt his team. Without great athletes his guards were constantly broken down 1 on 1. Cornell has been abysmal since SD departed. Last year, they hit rock bottom. However this year has started well. They beat George Mason in Fairfax wire to wire. Logically, they did not play as well the next game but still only lost by 4 at Loyola Md.  They then returned home and came from 17 down to beat local rival Colgate, a very well coached team that is hard to deal with. IN this tournament, So Car was too athletic for them and ran them out. They then played a terrific game only to lose to Penn St, on a steal and lay in at buzzer. I have not seen them play but typically ivy teams are well coached and prefer to play slow. The good news for Drexel is that Cornell will not press. Perhaps if Drexel sees a press another 5 times, they may learn how to deal with it, or maybe not. No matter, this is a game Drexel should win. They by far have the superior talent. Cornell is not likely to exploit Drexels shaky guard play. Drexel by 8

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