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We're Dancing: Cornell Big Red


The lovely thing about playing in the Ivy League, is there's no conference tournament that allows the favorites to be upset by the bottom dwellers.  The crappy thing about watching the Ivy League is there's no conference tournament that allows the favorites to be upset by the bottom dwellers.

Enter the Cornell Big Red, winners of this elitist Northeast athletic conference for the second consecutive season.  The Big Red became the first team to officially punch their ticket to the big dance. Congrats boys.

A quick breakdown after the jump, something we'll do for all the one-bid league winners so you can get acquainted.

Location: Ithaca, New York

Enrollment: 13,500

Record: 20-9 (10-3)

Leading Scorers: Ryan Whittman (18.7 ppg); Louis Dale (13.6 ppg)

What you should know:

  • These guys are white, jovial, and team-oriented.  Whittman is the son of former NBA player Randy Whittman, so he's got a high basketball IQ. 
  • Big Red went undefeated at home this season but 5-8 on the road. 
  • Despite their nerves away from the Newman Center, Cornell was 5th in the nation in 3pt percentage and 29th in free-throw percentage.  Both are vital in the recipe of an upset. 
  • Center Jeff Foote is a seven-footer and helps their chances if they're matched up with a more physical team. 

Projected Seed: 13; but a dangerous team as they return the same nucleus from last season.