Cornell Big Red

Are part of the Ivy League, were established in 1865, and their home arena is Newman Arena, Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.
Cornell Big Red

The saga of Cornell Big Red basketball is a compelling narrative woven through the annals of NCAA basketball history. As an integral part of the Ivy League, this storied program stands out for its unique blend of academic excellence and athletic prowess. With a history stretching back over a century, Cornell basketball embodies a rich tradition of competitive spirit and scholarly values. This journey through their past, present, and future highlights the team’s unique culture, enduring legacy, and the remarkable individuals who have shaped its course.

Intriguing Facts About the Cornell Big Red

The Cornell Big Red basketball team, with its deep and varied history, holds numerous intriguing facets. Founded in the late 19th century, the team quickly adapted to the evolving landscape of college basketball, marking its presence in the sport’s early development. Internationally, Cornell has faced off against numerous national teams, showcasing its talent on a global stage.

The influence of Cornellians in basketball extends beyond the court, with notable contributions to the sport’s rules and development, such as Ed Steitz’s advocacy for the 3-point shot. The program’s connection to the NBA is historic, with Nat Militzok being a pioneering figure in the league’s inception. Moreover, the consistent drafting of Cornell players into the NBA underscores the program’s ability to develop top-tier basketball talent.

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The Historical Tapestry of the Cornell Big Red

Tracing the origins of Cornell’s basketball program to its first game in 1898 reveals a fascinating evolution. The early 20th century saw the team’s participation in the Eastern Intercollegiate Basketball League, where they claimed several titles, laying the groundwork for future success. The transition to the Ivy League in 1954 marked a new era, with Cornell continuing to assert its dominance through multiple league championships. This storied journey, marked by both triumphs and challenges, reflects a program that has consistently evolved while upholding the ethos of Cornell University.

The Golden Era

The period under Coach Steve Donahue, particularly from 2008 to 2010, stands out as a golden era in Cornell basketball history. This era was marked by three consecutive Ivy League titles and a breakthrough Sweet Sixteen appearance in the 2010 NCAA Tournament. The team’s success during this period was a result of a synergistic combination of strategic coaching, exceptional talent, and a robust team spirit. Players like Ryan Wittman emerged as key figures, leaving a lasting impact on the program through their remarkable scoring abilities and leadership on the court.

Legendary Figures in Cornell Big Red History

Cornell basketball’s history is adorned with legendary figures who have left an indelible mark on the program. From pioneering players like Chuck Rolles to recent NBA inductees like Jeff Foote, the program has produced a plethora of talent that has excelled at various levels of the sport. Coaches such as Howard Ortner and Sam MacNeil have been instrumental in shaping the team’s competitive ethos, guiding it through various phases of success and growth. Their contributions have been pivotal in establishing Cornell as a formidable force in collegiate basketball.

A Game to Remember

Among the many memorable games in Cornell’s history, the victory against Temple in the 2010 NCAA Tournament stands out. This game was not just a triumph on the scoreboard; it was a watershed moment for the program, marking its arrival on the national stage. The match’s intensity, strategic gameplay, and the eventual victory exemplified the team’s resilience, skill, and the effectiveness of their collective effort, making it a game etched in the annals of Cornell basketball history.

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Regular Season

Week Date Opponent Result
Week 1 Date: Mon 06/11/2023 Opponent: Lehigh Mountain Hawks Result: W 84-78
Week 1 Date: Wed 08/11/2023 Opponent: SUNY-Morrisville Mustang Result: W 107-86
Week 1 Date: Sat 11/11/2023 Opponent: Fordham Rams Result: W 78-73
Week 2 Date: Wed 15/11/2023 Opponent: George Mason Patriots Result: L 83-90
Week 2 Date: Sun 19/11/2023 Opponent: CSU Fullerton Titans Result: W 88-70
Week 3 Date: Mon 20/11/2023 Opponent: Utah Valley Wolverines Result: W 74-61
Week 4 Date: Wed 29/11/2023 Opponent: Monmouth-NJ Hawks Result: W 91-87
Week 4 Date: Sat 02/12/2023 Opponent: Lafayette Leopards Result: W 79-71
Week 5 Date: Tue 05/12/2023 Opponent: Syracuse Orange Result: L 70-81
Week 6 Date: BYE Opponent: BYE Result: BYE
Week 7 Date: Tue 19/12/2023 Opponent: Siena Saints Result: W 95-74
Week 7 Date: Fri 22/12/2023 Opponent: Robert Morris Colonials Result: W 90-85
Week 8 Date: Sat 30/12/2023 Opponent: Colgate Raiders Result: W 77-64
Week 9 Date: Tue 02/01/2024 Opponent: Baylor Bears Result: L 79-98
Week 10 Date: Tue 09/01/2024 Opponent: Columbia Lions Result: W 91-79
Week 11 Date: Mon 15/01/2024 Opponent: Pennsylvania Quakers Result: W 77-60
Week 11 Date: Sat 20/01/2024 Opponent: Brown Bears Result: W 84-83
Week 12 Date: Tue 23/01/2024 Opponent: Wells College Express Result: W 105-49
Week 12 Date: Sat 27/01/2024 Opponent: Princeton Tigers Result: W 83-68
Week 13 Date: Fri 02/02/2024 Opponent: Dartmouth Big Green Result: W 56-53
Week 13 Date: Sat 03/02/2024 Opponent: Harvard Crimson Result: W 89-76
Week 14 Date: Sat 10/02/2024 Opponent: Yale Bulldogs Result: L 78-80
Week 15 Date: Fri 16/02/2024 Opponent: Harvard Crimson Result: W 75-62
Week 15 Date: Sat 17/02/2024 Opponent: Dartmouth Big Green Result: W 89-80
Week 16 Date: Fri 23/02/2024 Opponent: Yale Bulldogs Result: W 65-62
Week 16 Date: Sat 24/02/2024 Opponent: Brown Bears Result: L 74-78
Week 17 Date: Fri 01/03/2024 Opponent: Pennsylvania Quakers Result: W 87-81
Week 17 Date: Sat 02/03/2024 Opponent: Princeton Tigers Result: L 77-79
Week 18 Date: Sat 09/03/2024 Opponent: Columbia Lions Result: W 98-76

Post Season

Week Date Opponent Result
Conf. Tournament Date: Sat 16/03/2024 Opponent: Yale Bulldogs Result: L 57-69
NIT Date: Tue 19/03/2024 Opponent: Ohio St. Buckeyes Result: L 83-88

Home of Cornell Big Red: Newman Arena

The Newman Arena, a cornerstone of Cornell’s athletic facilities, is imbued with the history and spirit of Big Red basketball. Since its inception in 1990, the arena has been the crucible for many of the team’s most significant moments. Its electric atmosphere during games, coupled with a rich heritage, makes it a revered site in college basketball. The arena not only serves as a home for the team but also as a symbol of the enduring legacy and aspirations of Cornell basketball.

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