NCAA Tournament: Cornell Shocks Wisconsin

For the first time in 31 years, an Ivy League team is going to the Sweet 16. Louis Dale and Ryan Wittman each scored 24 points as 12th-seeded Cornell University trouned fourth-ranked Wisconsin, 87-69, at the Jacksonville Veterans Coliseum.

The Big Red played so well that even coach Steve Donahue could not believe his team pulled off the masterful act. “I couldn’t imagine that we could have played that well,” he said after his team arranged a Sweet 16 showdown with top seed Kentucky. Indeed, the Big Red was on target the whole game that almost everything they threw, including an apparent pass from Wittman to Jeff Foote, went in. Cornell shot an impressive 61.1 percent from the floor.

However, Cornell will have to come up with the same accuracy, or maybe even better, when it faces Kentucky on March 25 for a place in the next round. The Wildcats are playing so well that they have beaten their first two opponents by an average of 29.5 points. Kentucky shellacked East Tennessee State, 100-71, in the first round before demolishing Wake Forest, 90-60, on Saturday.