Monday, March 22, 2010
The Smart Boys from Cornell Are in Sweet 16
Until yesterday, probably half the country, myself included, wasn't exactly sure what the nickname for Cornell University Athletics was. The answer is in fact: Big Red!
I knew the school in Ithaca, NY, was renown for its academians including the late astronomer Carl Sagan, but this year Cornell's men's basketball team became the first Ivy League team to advance to the Sweet 16 since the Penn Quakers in the late
'70s (a team which ended up going to the Final 4).
Cornell got their proverbial ticket punched yesterday when they defeated the fourth-seeded Wisconsin Badgers by a 87-69 margin. The Big Red won the game, which was played in Jacksonville, Fla., through the efforts of senior Louis Dale (pictured here) from Birmingham, Ala., who scored 26 points.
Senior forward Ryan Wittman added 24, and senior Jeff Foote and sophomore Chris Wroblewski scored 12 points each.
Dale told Ann Ju of the Cornell University student newspaper "The Chronicle" that the win was a team effort:
"We have so many unselfish guys on this team," Dale said. "Nobody really cares how it gets done and we come out and make big plays."
Cornell will play top-seeded Kentucky which destroyed our local team Wake Forest by a 90-60 margin on Saturday night.
Here are my picks for the Sweet 16 games, but keep in mind, I picked Georgetown to win it all, and apparently do did political commentator David Brooks of "The New York Times."
No. Iowa over Michigan St.
Tenn. over Ohio St.
Syracuse over Butler
Kentucky over Cornell
Duke over Purdue
WVU over Washington
St.Mary's over Baylor
Kansas St. over Xavier (Ohio)