Cornell's sole Ivy League loss at Penn could severely lower the Big Red's seeding, but as the crew from Ithaca showed on Jan. 6, they can play with anybody.
Cornell brings seniority, effective ball distribution, and the country's second-best three-point percentage to the mix.
Add those three factors together, and potential opponents will keep their fingers crossed on Selection Sunday, praying to face someone other than the Big Red.
Ryan Wittman, Cornell's leading scorer, is a tough defensive assignment. His quick release and endless range make him difficult to keep off the scoreboard. The senior is averaging 17.4 points per game while shooting 40.9 percent from deep.
A senior point guard is vital to mid-major success in March Madness, and Cornell has Louis Dale to meet that criterion. While Dale's assist-to-turnover ratio is only 2:1, the floor general sees the floor well and is averaging 4.7 assists per game.
Like every other player on Cornell, Dale can also knock down the trey. The Alabama native is shooting 37.6 percent from long range.
Jeff Foote, Cornell's seven-foot center, will play an essential role in the Big Dance. He provides the Big Red with an inside presence worth defending, so opponents cannot solely focus on shutting down the perimeter. Cornell's shooters will have more space with Foote in the game.
Sophomore Chris Wroblewski and seniors Geoff Reeves and Jon Jacques are all valuable shooters. None of them shoot lower than 43.7 percent from long range.
Pretty much, opposing defenses will constantly have their hands full. Even when Foote is on the bench, opponents won't possibly be able to suffocate all of Cornell's long-range threats.
Offense is a strength for Cornell, but the Big Red are effective on defense as well.
Opponents are averaging just 62.9 points per game on 41.3 percent shooting. The Big Red also force 14.1 turnovers per game and out-rebound opponents by 3.4.
Look for Cornell to advance if they are pitted against anything less than decent perimeter defense.