The Cornell crowd held its annual teddy bear toss after Saturday night's hockey game, but when the giant teddy bear had to go over the glass—OK, there's one leg. And now, the struggle.
Rodger Craig backhanded the big rebound into an empty net less than four minutes into overtime. The No. 14 seed Cornell beat Michigan, the No. 2 seed overall, 3-2 to advance to the Elite Eight of college hockey. Now that's exciting!
It's the rich kids vs. the (shhh) rich kids, i.e. Cornell-Kentucky. The Pride of Cincinnati vs. The Other Manhattan, i.e. Xavier-Kansas State. Will Ashley Judd be seen again, or can Cornell win one for a fictional character?
Kentucky may be the favorites. Northern Iowa may have pulled the biggest upset. St. Mary's may be the least likely to be here. But for the next four days, this tournament belongs to Cornell.
Temple coach Fran "I Wasn't In The Beautician and the Beast" Dunphy and Cornell coach Steve "I'm Not Phil" Donahue are longtime friends. This either ends in a dramatic tie or a bloodbath.
Two college basketball teams will battle for conference supremacy tonight in a game that involves a nationally-renowned point guard, allegations of casual racism, a murky college recruiting scandal, and a biting journalist Twitter feud. That's right: Harvard is playing Cornell.
Because no one reads the newspaper, and SportsCenter's anchors are too perky for this early in the morning, Deadspin combs the best of the broadsheets and the blogosphere to bring you everything you need to know to start your day.
In one corner: No. 5 Cornell (ever heard of it?) coming off a monumental upset of top-seeded Virginia, leading 9-6 with about four minutes left in the NCAA final Monday. In the other: No. 2 Syracuse, defending national champion and, for once, the late-game underdog.
West Region: No. 3 Missouri (28-6) vs. No. 14 Cornell (21-9)
When: Friday, 3:00 p.m., EDT
Where: Taco Bell Arena, Boise, Idaho
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