Upset in Anaheim?
Cornell travels all the way to SoCal to faces
Stanford tomorrow in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. No Ivy League team
has won a tournament game in 10 years, and Stanford is a 14-point favorite. So,
is there any hope for the Red?
The answer is... maybe. On the bright side
for the Red, there are plenty of upsets every year in the tournament, and Cornell
plays the type of game that teams have to play to surprise the big boys. They are
third in the nation in 3-pt shooting percentage. They may not be able to equal
Stanford's size and athleticism, but they can compensate with their 3-point
shooting. Cornell has several players who are capable of getting hot from behind
the arc. If a couple of them do while the Cardinal are making twos, Cornell can
hang around. The Big Red also leads the nation in free throw percentage.
Stanford won't be guarding them at the foul line, so the Red will have an
What will hurt Cornell is Stanford's Lopez brothers
inside. Both are seven feet tall and average in double figures. Cornell has one
seven footer of its own, Jeff Foote, but he gives up 45 lbs to Brook Lopez, the
The knock on Stanford is that they struggle against
smaller, athletic teams, a description Cornell fits. Expect Stanford to dominate
the boards, but if Cornell can shoot a high percentage from 3, they have a shot.
Otherwise it will be a long trip back to Ithaca.