Cornell (0-7) at Western Michigan (4-2)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Friday, November 29, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: University Arena (5,421) -- Kalamazoo, Michigan. Television: None. Home Record: Cornell 0-4, WMU 2-1. Away Record: Cornell 0-3, WMU 0-1. Neutral Record: Cornell 0-0, WMU 2-0. Conference Record: Cornell 0-0, WMU 0-0. Series Record: Cornelll leads, 1-0.
GAME NOTES: Trying to avoid their first 0-8 start since the 1981-82 campaign, the Cornell Big Red head to Western Michigan to battle the Broncos in a non- conference affair.
Cornell is attempting to snap a 13-game skid dating back to last season, and end a five-game road slide. That includes an 86-71 loss at home to Radford on Monday. Devin Cherry had 19 points and Robert Hatter scored 18, but the Big Red's defense allowed Radford to shoot over 54 percent from the floor. Cornell's perimeter defense also suffered, as Radford made good on 8-of-17 3- point attempts.
Sophomore guard Nolan Cressler is averaging 17.0 points and 4.6 rebounds. He is the only Cornell player averaging double figures in scoring. Senior forward Dwight Tarwater has totaled 7.9 points and 7.1 rebounds, while freshman guard Hatter is scoring 9.9 points per contest. The issue again for the Big Red has been on defense. Cornell is scoring 68.7 points on 43 percent shooting, but is giving up 85.9 points on 50 percent shooting. That includes a 45 percent mark from 3-point range.
Senior guard David Brown paces Western Michigan in scoring at 22.5 points per game. He had a career-high 31 points in the Broncos' 99-88 win against Oakland on Tuesday. Shayne Whittington, a 6-foot-11 senior center, plays a huge role on the team with 17.3 points and 11.0 rebounds per game. Sophomore forward Connar Tava made all eight of his field goal attempts and scored a career-high 20 points against Oakland.
Tonight's contest wraps up a four-game homestand for the Broncos, who are 111-30 against opponents in Kalamazoo under head coach Steve Hawkins.
Cornell has already faced a pair of Final Four participants from last year in Louisville and Syracuse and has lost by a combined 67 points. The Big Red faces another daunting task as Western Michigan is 42-13 at home against non- conference opponents in the last nine years. A positive Cornell can draw from tonight's game is the fact that the Big Red posted a 63-55 win at Newman Arena last season in the first meeting between the teams. Cornell blocked 13 shots in that game, one short of a school record, and held Western Michigan to 30 percent shooting from the field in Ithaca.
This should prove to be a tight contest, but the Broncos may have enough offense to squeak out a win and exact revenge for last year's poor showing against the Big Red.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Western Michigan 73, Cornell 69
11/29 10:51:03 ET