Quinnipiac University Bobcats (6-5, 2-0 NEC) at
Cornell University Big Red (6-6, 0-0 Ivy League)
Monday, Dec. 31, 2008 1 p.m.
Newman Arena Ithaca, N.Y.
Cornell Before Conference Play
The Quinnipiac University men's basketball team returns to action Wednesday, when it travels to Ithaca, N.Y., to challenge Cornell. The contest represents a final tune-up prior to the earnest start of Northeast Conference play. The Bobcats look to snap a two-game losing skid, having fallen to Vermont and Brown. The Big Red scored a decisive victory Monday against Boston University, 89-59, at Newman Arena. Quinnipiac owns a 2-1 advantage in the all-time series.
Scouting the Cornell Big Red
Forward Ryan Wittman leads four Cornell scorers averaging in double figures at 20.6 points per game. Seven-foot center Jeff Foote is tied with Wittman for the team assists lead at 2.9 dimes per game, while also leading the Big Red in rebounding (7.1 rpg) and blocks (2.6 bpg). Guards Geoff Reeves (11.6 ppg) and Louis Dale (10.5 ppg) round out Cornell's double-figure scorers. The Big Red is unbeaten at home, having won all three of its games at Newman Arena.
On The Air
Wednesday's game can be heard live on the Bobcats Radio Network. Eli Olken-Dann will have the play-by-play call with Greg Ott on color. Cornell's live video webcast will also be available for $5.95.
Last Time Against Cornell
DeMario Anderson scored 20 points and James Feldeine added 19 but the Bobcats fell to Cornell in overtime, 86-84, Dec. 31, 2007, at the TD Banknorth Sports Center. Louis Brookins also added a double-double of 11 points and 16 rebounds. Five Cornell players finished in double figures, led by Ryan Wittman's 22. Louis Dale contributed 15 points and seven assists. Alex Tyler had 13 points, while Jeff Foote and Jason Hartford scored 10 points each.
Last Time Out Against Brown
Brown scorched the nets at 64.2 percent (34-53), including 82.4 percent (11-14) from three-point range, to defeat the Bobcats, 89-73, Monday at the Pizzitola Sports Center. James Feldeine scored a career-high 31 points and Justin Rutty pitched in with 22. Adrian Williams scored a career-high 29 points to lead three Bears with more than 20 points.
Quinnipiac has won four of five games it's played on the road this season. The Bobcats defeated Hartford, Maine, Wagner and Dartmouth in the road blue jerseys before falling at Brown.
Rutty Reaches Elite Status
Justin Rutty ranks in the top five in the NEC among scorers (16.5 ppg, 4th) and rebounders (8.1 rpg, 3rd), becoming the only player in the league currently ranked in the top five of both categories. In addition, his 4.5 offensive rebounds per game rank first in the NEC by a 1.35 offensive rebounds per game margin.
James Feldeine...En Fuego
James Feldeine has scored at least 26 points in each of the last three games, most recently establishing a new career high with 31 at Brown. He started the streak with 29 at Dartmouth before scoring 26 against Vermont.
Giveth, But You Can't Taketh Away
James Johnson is second in the Northeast Conference in assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.69. He's dished out 59 assists (5.4 apg, 3rd-NEC) while turning it over just 35 times.
Feldeine Fillin' It Up
While the Bobcats lost DeMario Anderson to graduation and his personal double-digit points streak ended at an NEC-record 48 games, James Feldeine has taken over Anderson's role as a consistent double-figure scorer. Feldeine has reached a 10th point in each of the Bobcats' 11 games this season.
Floor General Johnson
James Johnson has taken control of the point guard position in just his freshman season. After posting modest statistics while playing a key role in Quinnipiac's 2-0 start, Johnson has averaged 11.8 points, 5.9 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 1.7 steals, while shooting 55.0 percent (11-20) from three-point range. He's started his first 11 collegiate games, becoming just the fourth Quinnipiac player to do so at the Division I level.
On the Rebound
The Bobcats offensive rebounding prowess (15.55 per game - 1st-NEC) has resulted in holding opponents to 30.2 rebounds per game (1st-NEC) and a +8.4 rebounding margin (1st-NEC).
Fine To Be Feldeine
James Feldeine currently ranks among the Northeast Conference's best in several categories. He's first in scoring at 19.9 points per game and 10th in rebounds (6.9). His 5.3 defensive rebounds per game rank seventh and 50.3 field-goal percentage is 10th. He's also tied for fifth in three-point field-goal percentage (43.8) and is 14th in free-throw percentage (73.1). His 1.91 three-point field goals made per game ranks seventh. His 1.5 steals and 2.4 assists per game rank fifth and 18th, respectively.
Regular For Rutty
Justin Rutty has shot 67.5 percent (83-for-123) this season (1st-NEC), besting his Northeast Conference leading 59.0 percent average of a year ago.
Can't Touch C-T
The rest of the Northeast Conference is currently looking up in the standings at the league's three schools from Connecticut. Quinnipiac and Sacred Heart sit atop the league at 2-0, while Central Connecticut is 1-0. The rest of the league has at least one conference loss.
2-0 Moore For QU
Quinnipiac Head Coach Tom Moore has led the Bobcats to a 2-0 start in NEC play in each of his first two seasons at the helm. Prior to his arrival, the Bobcats won their first two league games just once, when the 1999-2000 reeled off five straight.
The Bobcats begin Northeast Conference action in earnest when they travel to Hackensack, N.J., to take on Fairleigh Dickinson. The game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start at the Rothman Center.