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The Cornell Big Red men's basketball team represents Cornell University (one of eight members Ivy League), located in Ithaca, New York, in NCAA Division I men's competition. The Big Red's appearance in the 2008 NCAA Tournament was their first trip to "The Big Dance" since 1988. On March 14, 2016, Cornell did not renew the contract of head coach Bill Courtney, who was hired after the 2009–10 season.[2] On April 18, 2016 Brian Earl was named the 22nd head coach in the program's history.[3]

Cornell Big Red
2019–20 Cornell Big Red men's basketball team
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UniversityCornell University
Head coachBrian Earl (2nd season)
ConferenceIvy League
LocationIthaca, New York
ArenaNewman Arena
(Capacity: 4,472)
NicknameBig Red
ColorsCarnelian Red and White[1]
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Home jersey
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Team colours
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Away jersey
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Team colours

NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1954, 2010
NCAA Tournament Second round
NCAA Tournament Appearances
1954, 1988, 2008, 2009, 2010
Conference Regular Season Champions
EIBL: 1913, 1914, 1924, 1954
Ivy: 1988, 2008, 2009, 2010
Bartels Hall, home of Newman Arena. Opened 1990.


Cornell played its first basketball game on December 13, 1898, a 48–12 victory over the Waverly YMCA. The team would finish the short season with a record of 1–3. The program did not record a winning season until 1908-1909 when the team went 13-10. Beginning with the 1901–1902 season and ending with the 1954-1955 season Cornell competed in the Eastern Intercollegiate Basketball League which at various points in its history consisted of between four and eight schools, all of whom would eventually join the Ivy League upon its creation in 1954. Cornell won the EIBL title four times, including 1954 in a one-game playoff over Princeton which would earn the Big Red their first trip to the NCAA tournament.[4] The 1955–56 season was the first year of competition under the new Ivy League organization. Cornell has since won the Ivy League title four times, most recently in 2010. That year marked the first time Cornell would win a game in the NCAA tournament.

Cornell moved into their current home, Newman Arena in Bartels Hall in January 1990. From February 16, 1919 home games had been played in Barton Hall, originally referred to simply as the "New Armory". Earlier games had been played in the previous armory which was located on what is now the engineering quad.

All-time postseason resultsEdit

NCAA Tournament resultsEdit

The 2010 tournament was the Big Red's fifth appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Their combined record is 2–6.

In 2010, the men's basketball team defeated fifth-seeded Temple followed by fourth-seeded Wisconsin to advance to the Sweet Sixteen, becoming the first Ivy League team to advance that far since Penn's Final Four appearance in 1979. The win over Temple marked the first time Cornell ever won a game in the NCAA Tournament.

Year Round Opponent Result
1954 Sweet Sixteen
Regional Third Place Game
NC State
L 69–67
L 65–54
1988 First Round #1 Arizona L 90–50
2008 First Round #3 Stanford L 77–53
2009 First Round #3 Missouri L 78–59
2010 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#5 Temple
#4 Wisconsin
#1 Kentucky
W 78–65
W 87–69
L 62–45 Postseason Tournament (CIT) resultsEdit

Cornell has been selected to participate in one Postseason Tournament. Their record is 0–1.

Year Round Opponent Result
2019 First Round Robert Morris L 98–89(OT)


  1. ^ "Colors". Cornell University Brand Center. Retrieved July 17, 2019.
  2. ^ "Cornell fires coach Bill Courtney after 5 seasons". Retrieved 2016-03-16.
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