Game Preview: Brown at Cornell

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d a career high of 29 on Yale last night. Can Cornell keep it going against the struggling Bears? (Photo Credit: cornellsun.com)

It’s tough to believe that teams not named Harvard are playing basketball in the Ancient Eight these days (see #Top 25, #Linsanity, etc.) but in the “also competing” category on Saturday night Brown travels to Ithaca to take on the over-.500 Big Red. At 4-3 in the league, Cornell seems solidly in the top half, while Brown, traveling without standout guard Sean McGonagill, continues to compete with Dartmouth for the bottom spot in conference.

From Friday Night

It’s never easy to find a bright spot in a 28-point loss, especially when your top producer in points, assists, and thefts stays home with an injury. Andrew McCarthy and Stephen Albrecht, the next two leading scorers for the Bears, combined for just 3 points on 1-14 shooting. With that stat line, a blowout defeat is no surprise.

On East Hill, Cornell shot a

season best 46% from deep, getting a career-high 29 from Johnny Gray and a near triple double from the re-emerged Chris Wroblewski. A win over the Elis Friday night gives Cornell a second solid league win and a legitimate claim at the top half.

Matchups to Watch

Johnny Gray vs. Matt Sullivan

Gray and Sullivan have both come on strong as of late. An up and down year for Sullivan has seen four consecutive 30 minute, double digit games now. Gray, who has shot just 34% on the year and 20% from deep, went off on Yale for a career-high 29 points. The former manager (who has likely now earned the right to shed that over-used title) leads the Red in scoring during the Ivy schedule.

If Gray, who has starred in his newfound starting role, continues to perform at a high level, Brown will have to respect his shot and double this slasher when he gets in the lane. Expect that to open up opportunities for the rest of the Red. If Albrecht and McCarthy can get it going, Sullivan has the potential to complete the “Big Three” for the Bears.

Cornell Pressure vs. Brown Ball Handling

The Cornell press caused major problems for a usually even-keeled Yale team down the stretch. Even with a handful of capable ball handlers, the Elis were still flustered by the Red’s full court pressure. For Brown, McGonagill will not be available for the second half of the weekend trip. Without an experienced guard to control the ball, expect Coach Courtney to once again pressure Golden Palace, Bodog, on Net (888. the basketball at every available point.

Prediction

No McGonagil. No win. Cornell finally has two guards playing well at the same time with Wroblewski and Gray, and Brown doesn’t have enough in the frontcourt to really cause problems for the Red. Missing yet another primary piece, Brown seems mildly competitive at best and hapless at worst. Expect a convincing win for Cornell who can move to two games over .500 for the first online slots time in nearly two years.

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Johnathan Gray dropped a career high of 29 on Yale last night. Can Cornell keep it going against the struggling Bears? (Photo Credit: cornellsun.com)It’s tough to believe that teams not named Harvard are playing basketball in the Ancient Eight these days (see #Top 25, #Linsanity, etc.) but in the “also competing” category on Saturday night Brown travels to Ithaca to take on the over-.500 Big Red.

At 4-3 in the league, Cornell seems solidly in the top half, while Brown, traveling without standout guard Sean McGonagill, continues to compete with Dartmouth for the bottom spot in conference.
From Friday Night
It’s never easy to find a bright spot in a 28-point loss, especially when your top producer in points, assists, and thefts stays home As for girls, why not get in from Disney with “Brave”?You will find on Astrotheme thousands of natal charts of celebrities who have the Sun in Aries, horoscope for aries rising, or Mars dominant. with an injury. Andrew McCarthy and Stephen Albrecht, the next two leading scorers for the Bears, combined for just 3 points on 1-14 shooting. With that stat line, a blowout defeat is no surprise.
On East Hill, Cornell shot a season best 46% from deep, getting a career-high 29 from Johnny Gray and a near triple double from the re-emerged Chris Wroblewski. A win over the Elis Friday night gives Cornell a second solid league win and a legitimate claim at the top half.
Matchups to Watch
Johnny Gray vs. Matt Sullivan
Gray and Sullivan have both come on strong as of late. An up and down year for Sullivan has seen four consecutive 30 minute, double digit games now. Gray, who has shot just 34% on the year and 20% from deep, went off on Yale for a career-high 29 points. The former manager (who has likely now earned the right to shed that over-used title) leads the Red in scoring during the Ivy schedule.
If Gray, who has starred in his newfound starting role, continues to perform at a high level, Brown will have to respect his shot and double this slasher when he gets in the lane. Expect that to open up opportunities for the rest of the Red. If Albrecht and McCarthy can get it going, Sullivan has the potential to complete the “Big Three” for the Bears.
Cornell Pressure vs. Brown Ball Handling
The Cornell press caused major problems for a usually even-keeled Yale team down the stretch. Even with a handful of capable ball handlers, the Elis were still flustered by the Red’s full court pressure. For Brown, McGonagill will not be available for the second half of the weekend trip. Without an experienced guard to control the ball, expect Coach Courtney to once again pressure the basketball at every available point.
Prediction
No McGonagil. No win. Cornell finally has two guards playing well at the same time with Wroblewski and Gray, and Brown doesn’t have enough in the frontcourt to really cause problems for the Red. Missing yet another primary piece, Brown seems mildly competitive at best and hapless at worst. Expect a convincing win for Cornell who can move to two games over .500 for the first time in nearly two years.
Cornell 74, Brown 63.
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