Posted on: December 2, 2008 3:27 pm
Edited on: December 3, 2008 9:23 pm

Cornell Big Red Game Preview

Cornell Big Red 4-3

Cornell Starting Lineup:
G Chris Wroblewski Fr.
G Geoff Reeves Jr.
F Ryan Wittman Jr.
F Alex Tyler Jr.
C Jeff Foote Sr.

Key Bench Players:
F Brian Kreefer Sr.
G/F Jason Battle Sr.

Previous Game: The Ivy League favorite Big Red lost to the Indiana Hoosiers by a score of 72-57. Ryan Wittman led the Big Red with a full 40 minutes, 28 points and shot 5-12 from 3. Indiana had the lead throughout, and gradually pulled away.

Game Preview: Don't be fooled by Cornell's 4-3 record, they are still by far and away my Ivy League favorites. What most people don't know about Cornell is that they have two very key injuries. G Louis Dale, who is day to day, averaged 10 ppg last season was a starter and a very key cog in Cornell's attack. Another player is G/F Adam Gore. He averaged over 14 ppg, was their key offensive weapon and he's out until January with a torn ACL. Without those two guys, Cornell has struggled. Ryan Wittman has stepped up though, he is averaging 21 ppg and shooting 35% from three. Unlike Colgate Cornell has good shooters in Wittman, Wroblewski and especially Reeves, who is shooting 45% from behind the arc. Expect Cornell to have the ball in those 3 guys' hands a lot, they will be the offense. Also watch for Jeff Foote down low, he is a very good post man who had 20 points and 7 rebounds v. St Johns already this season. Watch for improvement on a couple o things Cuse has struggled with this season, i.e. 3 point shooting, turnovers, FT shooting.

My Prediction: With PG Louis Dale being day to day, it's kind of hard to predict this game. Im assuming he will not play, and by assuming that I also assume Cuse wins by double digits. The freshmen get key experience, our guards are just too much to handle as I think Foote and AO are actually a pretty decent matchup. Cuse extends it's winning streak to 8, winning 80-63.

Final Score: 88-78 Syracuse
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