Cornell's dreams of an elite eight appearance were crushed Thursday night by Kenutucky, 62-45.
But could you ask for a better match up? Nerds vs jocks, red vs. blue. Most of Cornell's players were sending out video tapes their senior year to get recruited while some of Kentucky's players were on a school's radar when they were in the seventh grade.
Cornell, a team full of seniors, were actually the less experienced team against a team full of underclassmen, Kentucky. Kentucky has been used to playing nationally televised games every week while Cornell has had games with a couple hundred people in the stands.
Demarcus Cousins proved to be too much as he scored 16 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Cousins was too athletic and out muscled his defender Jeff Foote all night.
I didn't like the offense Cornell ran against Kentucky. To me it seemed as though they were trying to keep up with Kentucky's athleticism instead of contain it. Cornell ran a dribble hand off and a high post hand off to run their sets rather than what they did against Wisconsin where they slowed the game down and ran a lot more off the ball screens for open threes.
Cornell put the ball on the floor a little too much and that's what effected their shooting. They played right into Kentucky's game plan instead of trying to slow down the pace and play Cornell's game.
Cornell had no room for error and in the end they were just not good enough to keep up with Kentucky.
Louis Dale had a good game for Cornell scoring 17 points on 6 for 13 shooting.
Cornell subbed in four upperclassmen in the game for a minute at the end which was the right thing for coach Steve Donahue to do seeing as Cornell probably will not make it this far in the tournament again for a while.
Cornell fans chanted, "Thank you seniors!" as the game ended to show their appreciation for all the seniors have done, taking Cornell to their first sweet sixteen ever.
Kentucky will face West Virginia next in a chance to make it to the Final Four.