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11-06-18 09:20 AM - Post#264370    

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6. Cornell Big Red
2017-18 season record: 12-16 (6-8)
Although the team defense was the worst in the Ivy (331st in scoring defense nationally) last year, Cornell was able to find enough scoring and big performances from their stars to sneak into the conference tournament.

They were led by premiere scorer Matt Morgan, who in his junior campaign averaged 22.5 ppg on an incredibly efficient 49% field goal shooting. He led the Ivy in scoring and after flirting with the NBA, decided to return for his final season.

Morgan’s partner in crime from last season won’t be joining him this upcoming year, devastating the Big Red’s prospects. Stone Gettings was outstanding as a junior, going for 16.7 ppg and 6.6 rpg on 49% shooting as well. However, he decided to do the same thing that Boudreaux did with Dartmouth and will sit out this season before graduating and transferring to Arizona for the 2019-20 season.

With Gettings gone, only Morgan returns after averaging more than seven points a game. Can any of the role players take up enough of the scoring load to keep Cornell in contention? It’s an even more important issue considering that the defense will likely be bad once again.

There are some positives on the Big Red roster, including the return of Troy Whiteside. He averaged 6.6 ppg as a starter a couple of years ago but didn’t play at all for 2017-18 due to an injury. He’ll be one of seven seniors on the roster, with the starting lineup very likely to consist of five of them.

Had Gettings remained on the roster, Cornell would’ve been a strong contender to remain in the top half of the Ivy. Now Morgan may have to average 25+ ppg just to give them a chance at that feat.


5. Cornell Big Red, 12-16 (6-8 Ivy)

The departure of Stone Gettings to Arizona as a graduate transfer leaves Cornell thin in the front court, but the Big Red do return Matt Morgan, their go-to guy for the past few seasons. The offense stabilized last season in Brian Earl’s second go-round through the league, but the defense was one of the worst in the country. The problems on that end were multifold, including an inability to force turnovers or grab defensive rebounds. Gettings was Cornell’s best defensive rebounder a season ago, so the Big Red will need Josh Warren and Steven Julian to step up and help control the paint. Cornell may be the biggest enigma of any Ivy League team in the second tier. It’s easy to envision scenarios in which Earl’s team finishes anywhere from fourth to last.

Lengthy preview of the women's team from Cornell:
https://cornellbigred.com/news/2018/11/1/womens -ba...

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