The Cornell Big Red is one of the eight Ivy League college basketball teams. To win the Ivy League’s NCAA Tournament, Cornell must win the regular season. They have played in the NCAA Tournament five times with three of them between 2008-10. Twice the Big Red has advanced to the Sweet Sixteen, in 1954 and in 2010. The 2010 team beat #5 seed Temple in the Round of 64, then beat #4 Wisconsin in the Round of 32 before losing to #1 seeded Kentucky in the Sweet Sixteen.
Cornell plays their home games at Newman Arena. Opening in 1990, Newman Arena holds nearly 5000 Big Red fans for home games. This is no frills, old school basketball on wooden bleachers, so bring your seat cushions and be ready to yell loudly. They don’t pipe in a lot of noise on sound systems here so the fans create the noise.
The neighborhood is among the best in the Ivy League. Agava is a great place to stop for Mexican or perhaps the Ale House sports bar is more your thing. You can kick back there and watch the games on the TVs while drinking some beers and eating some of the best wings in the business.
Ivy League basketball has gotten a lot better in recent years with Cornell’s Sweet Sixteen run and now with the recent success at Harvard. This season’s Cornell home games include Yale, Harvard, Binghamton, Lafayette, Dartmouth, Princeton and more.
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