SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - Mark Coury hopes to have the last laugh.
A walk-on as a freshman at Kentucky, Coury played two seasons
for the Wildcats before transferring to Cornell and now will face
his former teammates on Thursday night in the semifinals of the
"I joked about it with friends and my ex-teammates when I
talked to them, 'Yeah, wouldn't that be great if we somehow end up
in the tournament and play you guys?' " Coury said after practice
Wednesday in the Carrier Dome. "I never thought it would actually
Not many did.
Cornell (29-4) has made a run like no other by the Ivy League.
It has won more games than any school in the history of the league.
Two more wins and the 12th-seeded Big Red will become the lowest
seed to ever reach the Final Four.
"Seeing my old teammates is great," said Coury, who has only
one start but has played in every game and leads the team in field
goal percentage (54.5). "If we win, I think the Ivy League as a
whole will gain more respect.
"That's what we're trying to do, show everyone we're not just
academics. We can play basketball, too."
BRYANT'S BREAK: West Virginia starting point guard Darryl Bryant
said his right foot was bothering him days before he broke a bone
in practice on Tuesday.
The sophomore said he first felt pain during the Mountaineers
68-59 win over Missouri in the second round of the tournament on
Sunday. Bryant thought little of it, and tried changing shoes.
It was less than a half-hour into practice on Tuesday when
Bryant said he was backpedaling when he felt something pop. Tests
revealed he broke the fifth metatarsal bone. The initial prognosis
is that he should be fully recovered by July.
Bryant arrived in Syracuse walking on crutches and with his foot
in a protective boot. He took the boot off while watching practice
from the Mountaineers bench. His foot was heavily wrapped in what
appeared to be ice.
The injury means backup junior Joe Mazzulla will take over.
Mazzulla has appeared in all 35 games this year, but has yet to
start. He's coming back after missing most of last season with a
For whatever reason, Mazzulla misspoke when telling reporters he
doesn't know what to expect because he's never played in a Sweet 16
game. He had 10 points, five assists and five rebounds in 31
minutes of a 79-75 overtime loss to Xavier in 2008, the last time
the Mountaineers played in the round of 16.