Breakdown: Cornell Big Red

Kentucky takes on the Cornell Big Red Thursday evening in the NCAA Sweet 16. KSR takes a look at what to expect from Cornell.

Kentucky vs Cornell

When: Thursday, March 25th, approximately 9:57 p.m. Eastern
Where: Carrier Dome, Syracuse NY.

Cornell University (Last Ten Games)
2/12 - at Pennsylvania - L 79-64
2/13 - at Princeton - W 48-45
2/19 - at Harvard - W 79-70
2/20 - at Dartmouth - W 88-70
2/26 - vs Princeton - W 50-47
2/27 - vs Pennsylvania - W 68-48
3/5 - at Brown - W 95-76
3/6 - at Yale - W 79-59
3/19 - vs Temple - W 78-65
3/21 - vs Wisconsin - W 87-69
3/25 - vs Kentucky - CBS - NCAA Third Round Approximately 9:57 P.M. Eastern

Record: 29-4

Cornell University Statistical Leaders
Ryan Wittman - 17.8 points per game
Jeff Foote - 8.1 rebounds per game
Louis Dale - 4.8 assists per game
Max Groebe - 56.1 three-point percentage
Jeff Foote - 1.9 blocks per game
Louis Dale - 1.3 steals per game

Cornell University Team Statistics
Points Per Game: 75.8
Points Allowed Per Game: 63.4
Field Goal Percentage: 48.6
Three Point Percentage: 43.40
Free Threw Percentage: 73.3
Rebound Margin: +3.6
Assists Per Game: 16.2
Turnovers Per Game: 12.1

Cornell Breakdown
Cornell ran through the Ivy League this year before dismantling the first two opponents in the NCAA Tournament (Temple and Wisconsin). Cornell has used great three point shooting (45%) and precision passing to take apart their opponents.

The Big Red will attempt to do the same against the most athletic team they've faced this season. Three point shooting ability can equalize athleticism often times. However Cornell's guards are in for a major challenge due to the size of Kentucky's backcourt, not to mention their athleticism. Both Dale and Wroblewski are 6-foot tall, versus Wall (6-foot-4) and Bledsoe (6-foot-1 with 6-foot-5 wingspan). The Wildcat backcourt will use its athleticism and size advantage to make it difficult for the Cornell guards to get off shots.

In the front court, Cornell doesn't have much depth and outside of Foote, they don't have much inside scoring. Foote will have to stay out of foul trouble, otherwise it could be a long day for the Big Red in the paint. DeMarcus Cousins and Patrick Patterson will work hard to get the inside players of Cornell in foul trouble. Forward Ryan Wittman, Cornell's leading scorer, will try to pull Patterson out on the floor and make him guard on the perimeter, however Patterson has shown the ability to guard perimeter players. Patterson has never guarded a player with Wittman's combination and shooting ability, however. So that will be a unique challenge to Patrick. Kentucky could also swing Darius Miller over onto Wittman, as he's used to guarding perimeter players.

Kentucky will have to avoid the temptation of getting into a three-point shooting contest against Cornell. The Wildcats will also have to be patient and use their inside muscle against the thinner front line of the Big Red. On the outside, the Wildcat guards will have to take care of the ball and not give up any easy points in transition, as Cornell won't play to force turnovers.

AllWildcats Top Stories