Ithaca, NY — The Cornell Big Red enter the 2017-18 season hungry to get back to the post-season for the first time since 2010, where they fell to a star-studded Kentucky Wildcats team in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, 62-45.
Head coach Brian Earl, the man in charge of putting the current team together and bringing them back into the national conversation, enters his second season leadingthe Big Red. After a 10-18 finish in his opening campaign, Earl will be expected to achieve more this season.
With his initial year and recruiting cycle complete, Earl is bringing in five new freshmen and a JUCO transfer to make up his first substantial recruiting class as the head coach at Cornell.
The transfer market has dominated the 2017 College Basketball offseason thus far. Big name talents like Marcus Evans and theLawson brothers have headlined a strong class of players changing teams.
But while the likes of Evans and the Lawson’s are the center of attention right now, their transfers will soon be forgotten until they step foot on the basketball court. They’ll have a quiet year to acclimate to school, while familiarizing themselves with the new coach, teammates, court, and any of its warps or tricky dead spots. The NCAA requires non-graduate transfers to sit out a season before they play for their new team. So we will have to wait until November 2018 before we see KJ, Marcus, and all the other transfers play for their new schools.
Cornell Big Red combo guard Matt Morgan declared for the NBA Draft on Sunday after leading the Ivy League in scoring the past two seasons.
Morgan will not hire an agent in order to retain his college eligibility. In all likelihood, the combo guard will be back for his junior year and will use his declaration as an opportunity to talk to NBA scouts and coaches and continue to better his game. Morgan is always looking to improve and take his game to the next level. Continue reading Matt Morgan Declares For The NBA Draft→
Up until the 2016-17 season, the Ivy League was the only conference to not hold their own tournament prior to Selection Sunday. At season’s end, the team with the best record would be the one with a ticket to the Big Dance.
Since we complain all the time that conference tournaments can end up sending an average team instead of their strongest into the field of 68, you would think the Ivy would have preferred to keep its long-standing selection method.
By halftime on Saturday night, the Penn Quakers had received word they would control their own destiny.
Thanks to a Columbia loss and Cornell and Princeton both winning big, all the Quakers needed was a win against Harvard to clinch their first ever Ivy League Tournament berth.
On Senior Night, with the game knotted up at 72, Jackson Donahue flashed to the right wing and drained a three with 6.3 seconds left. After the team failed to logically foul the Crimson, Siyani Chambers set up sophomore guard Corey Johnson, a 43 percent shooter from distance, but his shout bounced off the front of the rim and out.