Ithaca Blog

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Cornell Basketball in Spotlight

Usually, basketball in central New York means Syracuse. This year, the Orange have to make room for the Big Red of Cornell, who are attracting attention with undefeated conference play so far in the Ivy League.

A Cornell championship would be the first in the Ivy League by a team other than perennial powerhouses Penn and Princeton since 1988 (when Cornell won).

An article in today's New York Times notes that Cornell always has the most grueling travel schedule in the league, due to geographic remoteness. This past weekend, the Big Red had road games on consecutive nights at Harvard and Dartmouth.

The Times article should interest even non-sport fans in Ithaca. The on-line version features a slide show presentation, with details about life at Cornell in particular and Ithaca in general. The team stops at Aiello's in Whitney Point for lunch, for example. The paper reports that the team eats "$348 worth of chicken Parmesan."

Cornell's next two games are versus Ivy rivals Yale and Brown, at home. Yale is this Friday, and Brown this Saturday, at 7 pm. Tickets will be scarce, but the game is broadcast on radio on WPIE 1160-am.

Steve Burke
for Ithaca Blog

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