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The 2009–10 Cornell Big Red men's basketball team represented Cornell University in the 2009–10 college basketball season. This was coach Steve Donahue's tenth season at Cornell. The Big Red compete in the Ivy League and played their home games at Newman Arena. They went 13–1 in Ivy League play to win the championship for the third year in a row and received the league's automatic bid to the 2010 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. They earned a 12 seed in the East Region. They upset 5 seed and AP #12 Temple in the first round for the first tournament win in school history. They continued their success by upsetting 4 seed and AP #16 Wisconsin to advance to their first Sweet Sixteen where they lost to 1 seed and AP #2 Kentucky to finish their season at 29–5.
Cornell Sweet Sixteen reunites college teammates who never really parted ways. This group elevated Cornell University from also-ran status to three straight Ivy League titles and NCAA tournament appearances, which culminated in 2010 when they were a 12 seed and proceeed to run over a talented Temple squad and then dismantled Wisconsin in the second round. A loss to #2 Kentucky may have ended their season and most of their collegiate careers, but it did little to weaken the bonds that made them so successful, and so much fun to watch.
In 2010, Cornell’s all-time leading scorer, Ryan Wittman said, “We could never be as good alone as we are together.” While that is undoubtedly true, Cornell Sweet Sixteen will rely on the 2010 Ivy League player of the year to provide a good chunk of their offense. Wittman’s load will be lightened by point guard Louis Dale, himself a former Ivy League player of the year, and 7’0” center Jeff Foote, a D-Leaguer who scored 20 points and grabbed 21 rebounds in a recent game. The greatest strength of Cornell Sweet Sixteen, though, is its depth. The team is stacked in the front court, with Jon Jaques, who currently serves as an assistant coach at Cornell and played professionally in Israel, Alex Tyler, Pete Reynolds, and Aaron Osgood all available. Dale will be aided in the backcourt by Chris Wroblewski, a starter on the 2010 team, and Geoff Reeves and Max Groebe, who serves as General Manager for the team. Adam Wire, a forward at the 2010 team, recently suffered an injury and will be reduced to coaching duties.