Author Ian McCormick

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Mean and Nasty People

McAlister Field House is an old historic building on the northwest corner of the Citadel's campus. It was built in 1939, and was renovated in 1989. When inside the building, one can see the Citadel's attempt to modernize an old building. VIP luxury areas, both at the top of the arena and courtside, have been added...

Early Season Tournaments

Tulsa is just above the Red Line in Conference USA, which was briefly on our side of the line last season. With 3,000 students, they are the smallest school above the Red Line. The Golden Hurricane however has a very competitive athletic program, and were one of the top teams usually in the Missouri Valley through...

The Mid-Major Dream

As a High Point fan, there are unrealistic things I dream about. I would love to see at every away game hundreds of my fellow Panther fans following the team who are commited as I am. I would love to see HPU beat a team from almost all of the major conferences en route to the Final Four. We have a few loyal fans,...

The 500 Game Experience

Back in May 2007 while watching High Point play in the Big South Baseball Tournament on the campus of Winthrop, I began to think of all the sporting events I had been attending....

Coming Together

South Carolina State University and Gardner-Webb University are two very different mid-major schools. Gardner-Webb is a predominantly white Southern Baptist school in North Carolina, and SC State is South Carolina's lone state-supported historically black college or university (HBCU). Tonight, these two schools...

Moving Across the Line

As Kyle has written here before, much of us do not grow up mid-major people. Growing up I liked seeing mid-major games on ESPN during "Championship Week" in part to see unfamiliar teams playing in small gyms. But I chose instead to root for South Carolina of the SEC. South Carolina's campus in Columbia was the...

The Perils of Crossing the Line

As I wrote previously, some of us go from mid-majors to above the Red Line. Some, like Kyle, have gone from above the Red Line to below it. And of course there are people who work in Our Game who see moving above the Red Line as a step up in their careers, most notably coaches. Darrin Horn played for Western...

Going Back in Time

It was the day after Thanksgiving, and I was in Durham, NC visiting family. My relatives would go out and hit up the bars in the area, and since I don't drink I wanted something else to do. I was considering finding a local High School American-style Football game, but then saw that North Carolina State in nearby...

The HBCU Struggle

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have some of the richest tradition among mid-majors. HBCUs are known for prestigious marching bands, dance teams, and step teams that originate from its Greek organizations. HBCUs provided African-American students a place to go back when most colleges would...

The Big South-SoCon Rivalry

When I woke up Tuesday morning, I glanced through the lines on each college basketball game posted. I saw that Vegas had posted some lines on some mid-major games, and looked to see the line of the game I was going to tonight. Then I realized that while SoCon games are usually posted, there would be no line on...

The Other Kind of Guarantee Game

Over the years on this site and also in an article for ESPN, Kyle has written about how mid-majors put up with "guarantee games." The mid-major travels to a major conference school, and gets a guaranteed paycheck that makes men's basketball a source of revenue at their school. But in return, the mid-major plays...

Transitions

Presbyterian College has only 1,133 students. Yet after years of being a Division II school, it chose to abandon its rivalries in the South Atlantic Conference and join Division I. At the time, only Centenary was a smaller Division I school. With the Gents' move to Division III this year, the Blue Hose now have...

Bringing in the Big Boys

In most games between the mid-major and major conference school, the mid-major plays at the major conference school. This happens for a variety of reasons. First, as has been discussed here before, the mid-major is accepting a guarantee game where they go on the road and likely lose for a paycheck. Also the arena...

When it is Time to Upgrade

For a school established relatively recently, Coastal Carolina has a very successful mid-major program. Coastal benefits from being located nine miles from South Carolina's tourist capital in Myrtle Beach, and is the only college basketball team in the fast-growing Myrtle Beach metro area. The Chanticleers went...

One City, and Three Schools Miles Apart

Charleston is South Carolina's second-largest city, with 120,000 in the city and 650,000 in the metro area. It also has three Division I schools, all of whom are mid-majors. The most established of these is the Citadel, a military school with a rich history. But the Bulldogs face difficulties recruiting to a military...

This is Where We Used to Live

I first visited the High Point University campus in the summer of 2003, when I was a rising senior in high school. I had been interested in the school when in December 2002 I had gotten mail from them, the first mail I received from a school above the Black Line. So after visiting Winthrop the day before, my parents...

Be Like Kyle

Last Monday on December 12, I graduated with a Master's in Public Administration at the University of South Carolina. The next day, I wrapped up my internship duties at the school's regional campus in Sumter. So I had a lot of free time over the holidays, and as I often do, I have managed to keep busy with basketball....

The State of Ohio State

Last Saturday, I attended a South Carolina game against Ohio State. With both schools above the Red Line, this game did not count. Yet it had the look and feel of a mid-major against a major opponent. With South Carolina fans spoiled by football and baseball success, few chose to come to watch the lowly basketball...

It's Just Not the Same

After spending time with family in Ohio and Illinois, it was back to the 800 Games Project on Thursday night in Evansville to see the Purple Aces face Southern Illinois. This...

The (Entire) University of South Carolina

The University of South Carolina was founded in 1801, with one campus in Columbia. But as college education expanded in the 20th century, the USC system would expand to keep up. The first campus outside Columbia was created in 1957 in Florence, with campuses in Beaufort, Lancaster, and Conway established in 1959....

Not a Good Basketball Night

As has been a major topic of discussion in recent recaps, basketball games over Winter Break can be a challenge to pull off for college basketball teams. The problems exist mainly in residential students having gone home for the holidays, and fans having better things to do with their time off than go to a basketball...

Historical Differences

The University of South Carolina was founded in 1801 to give South Carolinians a place of publicly funded higher education. The only college in the state at this time was College of Charleston, which would remain a small private school until well into the 20th century. Of course, those who know American history...

The Life of a Road Fan

My first two games as a High Point fan were both on the road, going to see HPU play at Charleston Southern when I was in high school. I finally saw High Point play at home first at the Millis Center in February 2004, when I saw the Panthers play UNC Asheville. Over the next four years, most High Point games I...

The Smallest Arena in Division I

Coastal Carolina and its fans are used to small arenas. They play at Kimbel Arena, which seats 1,039 and sells out every game. It is hard to imagine the Chanticleers going to an arena and being in a smaller facility than their own. But that would be the case this afternoon. The Chanticleers were traveling to...

Mid-Major Elitism

On Sunday morning, I woke up at 9 a.m. and headed nearly four hours north to Elon. Normally I would try to stay closer to home, even settling for a women's game or a non-Division I game. But there were absolutely no basketball games in the state of South Carolina, so I decided to head to North Carolina. My initial...

Standing Out

I remember a Saturday Night Live clip several years ago that I found to be very interesting. It was not one of their regular sketches, but rather a camera that panned the crowd at Madison Square Garden at a New York Knicks Game. The name of the segment was "Spot the Black People at the Knicks Game!" The camera...

When We Stormed

After my last year in high school, it finally looked like the Big South would change. Gregg Marshall's Winthrop teams, which had dominated the conference for so long, had finally been overcome by the rest of the conference. After losing at the buzzer in the 2003 Big South Tournament semifinals, the Eagles would...

What Was Old is Now New Again in the the Big South

I did not follow the Big South for the most part in its early days, being too young to remember the days before Gregg Marshall and Winthrop dominated. For that matter, few did follow the conference in its early days. The conference was created in 1983 by Baptist College (now Charleston Southern) as a vehicle to...

Competition from Football

Going into Thursday's games, only three schools were left in the Big South and Southern Conference that have not been covered. The schools in the Southern Conference are Georgia Southern and UNC Asheville. For the most part, the most prominent mid-majors have all had at least one person recap them. Mid-majors...

You Can't Go Home Again

As Kyle talked about in his essay at the beginning of Season 6 "That Teenage Feeling", college basketball is ultimately about college. As Kyle writes, it is a world where tomorrow comes later an...

Going Up(state)

Like much of the Atlantic Sun, the history of USC Upstate is fairly brief. The school was established in the mid-1960s as USC Spartanburg, and played their first game in 1967 against against USC Florence (now Francis Marion), losing 68-52. The then-two-year school, then known as the Rifles, followed that up with...

The Care Factor

Just over a year ago in November 2010, I had Thanksgiving dinner with a small group of my family. My cousin Amelia was then a freshman (now sophomore) at UNC Asheville, and I wanted to have a conversation with her that did not start a huge argument. So I asked her what she had been paying attention to how the...

Bad Memories

My basketball memories were for the most part fairly good at High Point. In my four years as a student, the Panthers were 47-8 at the Millis Center. We always made it to the Big South semifinals when I was a student. Most of everything went well for High Point basketball fans then, under the play of AZ Reid....

Unique Traditions

One of the best things about MEAC basketball is that there are more unique traditions than at other mid-majors. Most other mid-majors seem to borrow traditions from one another as well as from schools above the Red Line. HBCUs have developed another culture and unique tradition separate from our other schools,...

Free Food at FU

I had not been to Furman's Timmons Arena in three years. The last time I was there was when I went to visit all 23 Division I and Division II men's basketball arenas in South Carolina. Back then I had intended to go see Davidson play there, but when the presence of Stephen Curry led to a sellout, I had to move...

Independent Struggle

In the 2003-04 school year, Longwood began to transition to Division I like Nebraska-Omaha is now. Then over the next four years, the Lancers would play a full Division I schedule as they waited to become a full Division I school. It was not an easy process for Longwood, now having to travel much more than usual....

Tight Spaces

College of Charleston's campus is located in the middle of downtown Charleston, one of the most historic areas of South Carolina. C of C was established in 1770, and for its first 200 years was a small private school. But over the last 40 years, the campus has become home to a fast growing public university, the...

ON LOSING

Coming into this game at Charleston Southern, High Point was 10-15 and 6-9 in Big South play. That is not too bad of a record, and some of the schools in Our Game would be much improved to have a record such as that. But it also isn't a record that most fans would get excited about. This is not new territory for...

Hugging Your Enemy

There are not usually too many games to select from on Tuesday, but tonight the Big South was active with everybody but Campbell playing. The closest game available to me was at Charleston Southern, who would host Gardner-Webb. But while I have had more positive experiences at Charleston Southern than Winthrop,...

Fighting to the Finish

The BracketBusters is a concept introduced by ESPN that takes mid-majors out-of-conference and introduces them to a mid-major of similar stature in another conference. Much on this site has been written about this annual weekend in February event, some negative and some positive. A lot of the focus is put on the...

On Planning

Less than a week into the season, I began to make plans for attending my first games of the season. So I sent Kyle a message using The Form to get my Bally Club password that I had forgotten from when the Bally Club message board was first started. Kyle got back to me fairly quickly, which was good because at...

Priorities

Before leaving for the Citadel for their game with Appalachian State, I figured I could catch a baseball game first. I went to a junior college game at USC Sumter, where I help out with social media for the school. When I got to the ballpark three miles from my house, I found the press box dismantled. It was an...

Spartan Day

USC Upstate is a fifth-year Division I school that will be heading to its first-ever Atlantic Sun tournament this year. As a transitional school, the Spartans struggled. In the previous four years, Upstate went 27-92. This is fairly typical for a school coming out of Division II, especially one with poor facilities....

The Main Event

After the game at USC Upstate ended, I had one more game on Saturday. Wofford, the more established mid-major of Spartanburg, was playing just two miles south of Upstate. My original plan at the beginning of the season was to see Upstate play in the afternoon, and then make it to Columbia around 6 PM in plenty...

Nearing the End

According to the Official 800GP Statistics, we are just over 70 percent through the season. But for many of us, the season is much closer to being over. Today's game in Orangeburg between South Carolina State and North Carolina Central is the final regular-season game I will attend for the 2011-12 season. Many...

That Magical Chance

Coming into the Big South tournament, VMI was 8-10 in the conference and 14-15 overall. The Keydets finished seventh out of 11 teams in the Big South. But VMI still had something to play for. If VMI could start an 11-game winning streak Monday night against Radford, they would be the national champions of college...

Persistence

Winthrop has not had a great season. They have a losing record overall and in conference, which is somewhat rare for them in recent years. They finished behind five other teams in the conference, and tied with VMI, Presbyterian, and High Point. But the Eagles got lucky with the tiebreaker. Presbyterian of course...

Death

Going into Asheville, I had a bad feeling that this would be the night. This would be the night High Point would lose, and that magical chance would be gone. A loss tonight, and there would be no national championship. For that matter, there would be no NCAA Tournament. Nor would there be a ghost bracket tournament,...

The All Day Basketball Experience

After High Point's final loss at UNC Asheville, it was time for one more game, the fourth of the day. Charleston Southern would play Liberty, and it would be a good way to relax at a basketball game I cared less about. After High Point's final losses when I was a student, I did not get this opportunity. We just...

Civic Center Duty

For the first time in 17 years, the Southern Conference Tournament would be held at the Asheville Civic Center. Or at least that is the historic name of the building. In order to get the tournament back, the City of Asheville had to upgrade the building and sold the naming rights of a city-owned facility to U.S....

A Tradition of Excellence

The last time I saw Elon play Davidson, the game was played at Elon's small gym in 2008. After having dinner at High Point, I left to get to Elon early for a good seat for the 9 p.m. regionally televised game. Elon students also arrived early, hoping to see up and coming star Stephen Curry from Davidson. Kyle...

Averting a Purple Thunder Storm

After having been to both of the semifinals on Sunday in Asheville, I went to my home that night in South Carolina, a 200 mile drive away. I am not sure why I drove back, considering I did not get back until 2 AM. I was going back to Ashevile the next day, and another 400 mile round trip meant that the cost of...

The Upset Tournament

Most of us below the Red Line love upsets in March. They are usually associated with Red Line Upsets that get our teams closer to that magical chance of winning a national title. Whether or not we like the media terms such as "Cinderella", we want to keep advancing which will ultimately benefit all of mid-major...

A New Addition to the Family

As has been previously mentioned on here, the MEAC Tournament serves as a family gathering. The tournament serves functions that go beyond Our Game in the networking of the HBCUs in the states on the Atlantic coast. The MEAC Tournament has in previous years been in cities such as Richmond, Norfolk, and Raleigh....

What We Play For

With the dust having settled from the MEAC Tournament's big upsets in the quarterfinals when 8-seed Hampton beat 1-seed Savannah State and 3-seed Delaware State fell to 11-seed Florida A&M, the two best teams left were 2-seed Norfolk State and 4-seed Bethune-Cookman. Both teams won their semifinal games as...

It Ends in the CIT

After a strong season, USC Upstate was knocked out of the Atlantic Sun by Florida Gulf Coast, a school also in its first year of eligibility for the postseason. USC Upstate had 20 wins, but in the Atlantic Sun this meant that they were not going to the NCAA Tournament. It was a good season, but good seasons below...

Starting Anew

Just as the first Tuesday of November holds special meaning as the climax of political campaigning, the second Friday of November each year holds special meaning in Our Game as the start of the season. While the offseason may have been better for certain teams than for others, nothing has been done to affect...

Free Falling

Some of our favorite mid-major teams do very well. Some struggle. In Our Game, there are a wide variety of teams in their fortunes both as a school and as an athletic program. There are schools like some of the better teams in the Atlantic 10 and Missouri Valley that live just as well as some above the Red Line....

Military Schools of Different Styles

College basketball's opening weekend happens to fall on Veteran's Day Weekend. Many of the promotions schools are doing have a military theme. Michigan State and UConn entertained military personnel at Ramstein Air Base in Germany whom otherwise might not get a chance to see college basketball live in person...

A MTE Championship Game!

After the consolation game of the All-Military Classic, it was time to crown a champion. The visiting U.S. Air Force Academy would take on host Citadel, with the winner being crowned All-Military Classic champions as possibly the best military school at basketball in the country (although Navy might argue that...

Playing for Respect

Tonight would be the home opener for the South Carolina State Bulldogs against the Kennesaw State Owls. The Bulldogs came in trying to still shake off a very bad end to last season. Kennesaw State has also struggled in the Atlantic Sun since joining Division I. Last season when these teams met in Kennesaw, the...

Double Feature

For this Tuesday night at Furman, you could buy a ticket for both a women's basketball game and a men's basketball game for $10. That is a pretty good deal, since a doubleheader at the Citadel cost $20 last week. At some mid-majors like College of Charleston, a single game almost always costs more than that...

A Long Way For a Let Down

The first game of the Charleston Classic at 12:30 P.M. is a bit of a challenge to get to. It's in the middle of the work and school day in downtown Charleston next to the College of Charleston campus, so getting into TD Arena can be difficult. I tried to minimize my stops getting to the arena because of this,...

"That's Not An Upset!"

After three games earlier in the day, it was finally time for the 8 PM nightcap of the day with Murray State taking on Auburn. Of the four games on the first day of the Charleston Classic, this was the one I was looking forward to the most. Initially Southern Illinois was going to be in the tournament instead,...

Getting Sucked In

To start the second game of the Charleston Classic, we had two above the Red Line schools going up against each other. While it was not Our Game, it was a relaxing start to the afternoon with Colorado edging out Baylor in a game between two teams that used to face each other in the Big 12. But while it was just...

Who We Are

Hello there, anonymous internet surfer. Congratulations on discovering this website! This is a website about college basketball. Real college basketball. So if you were looking for something else that has to do with being middle or being a majority, you are in the wrong place. If you are looking for a website...

The Game vs. Our Game

After two Red Line Upsets in the previous games, the last game of the second day of the Charleston Classic would feature Auburn against College of Charleston. Auburn had been routed in a RLU against Murray State the previous day, while College of Charleston had not been competitive the previous day against St....

Mismatched at Home

Most early season games in college basketball often run into problems of lacking parity or a good basketball atmosphere. Our mid-majors most often play guarantee games at this year, either on the road above the Red Line or against teams below the Black Line at home. Then we also have the Charleston Classic and...

Chasing Football

Charlotte has been one of the more underrated mid-major programs of the last 40 years in college basketball. In a 29 year span from 1977 through 2005, the 49ers made it to the NCAA Tournament. They made the Final Four in 1977 in only the 12th season of the basketball program's existence. The Niners also had...

Continuing the Tradition

The final day of the Charleston Classic started at high noon on a Sunday. The first game would feature the home team in the tournament, College of Charleston, taking on Boston College of the ACC. This was not the game that the home fans wanted to be seeing their team play in. The first game on the final day...

Early Season Grind

The fans from Dayton would get one last chance to see their Flyers play in Charleston. The multi-team event allows for their crazy fans to see their team play three teams in one weekend. And if you are even crazier like me, you can see even more teams and more games during one big weekend! There is one off day...

Casual Viewpoints

After pulling off Red Line Upsets over Auburn and St. John's, the Murray State Racers would earn their way to the Charleston Classic final and play on ESPN2. In a tournament owned by ESPN, this would be the first and only game of the tournament that would be televised on basic cable. All other games were either...

The Infant Shirt from the Infants of TMM!

Have a new addition to your family? Then make sure they are outfitted with apparel from the newest member of our TMM family, the Northern Kentucky University Norse! The Norse is the most recent of a number of schools jumping from Division II to join the Atlantic Sun. So doesn't it make perfect sense to set...

A Different View

After having taken trips of about two hours each way per day for the previous four days to see a whopping 14 college basketball games, it was finally time to take a day off. And by day off, I mean going only 45 minutes to see only one game. This game would be at South Carolina, a SEC school that is the closest...

Basketball at the Right Price

My initial plan for the Tuesday before Thanksgiving was to see Coastal Carolina play Johnson & Wales. That game was already going to be covered on here by Matt Cayuela, a Coastal season ticket holder. Looking at the lineup for games on November 20, this was a selection that did not quite make sense. There...

The Other Side

There are not usually many college basketball games played on the day before Thanksgiving. But on this Wednesday before Thanksgiving, there would be a game near me with South Carolina taking on Elon. This was not however really much of a guarantee game, despite the conference affiliations of the schools involved...

Trying to Belong Here

For the past few years for Thanksgiving I have visited family in Durham, North Carolina. I wanted to get to at least one basketball game when there, possibly two. But on Thanksgiving weekend, you have to coordinate family activities with others. So my uncle was able to pick out a sporting event the whole family...

The Football Free South Conference!

The main driving factor behind conference realignment is football. Football is what allows the schools above the Red Line to generate a revenue stream that Hoops Nation cannot match, thus allowing our schools below the Red Line to never be a threat. My alma mater High Point does not have football. Football is...

Super Guarantee Game

After a 0-6 start to the season, Presbyterian was looking to find somebody they could beat. The Blue Hose had lost those six games by an average of 28 points. And while most of those games so far have been guarantee games, they also lost badly on a neutral floor to Cornell and Florida A&M. Presbyterian...

Changing Plans

On Wednesday, November 28, my original plan was to see College of Charleston play Charleston Southern. This was also Matt Cayuela's original plan as well. But I knew that one potential problem might be that the game was at Charleston Southern, the first time the CSU-C of C rivalry has been hosted at Charleston...

Outsider

A week after Thanksgiving, I would head back to North Carolina for another basketball game. This would be my 36th basketball game attended of the season at all levels, and my 24th mid-major basketball game of the season. And this was all before the month of November came to a close. It's a great activity to...

Fighting for Glory

During the fundraising drive for this website back in October, Kyle retweeted a tweet from TMMer Craig Caswell: "I knew Norfolk State before they were cool. Join the @midmajority for #TMM9". And as somebody who was watched MEAC basketball in person the past few years that was a tweet I could relate to. This...

Old Mecklenburg Rivalry

In the most populated county of the Carolinas in Mecklenburg County, there are two Division I schools: Davidson and Charlotte. With the local professional sports teams struggling, the basketball teams are the biggest things going in Charlotte area sports. And that is why I expected it to be a hot ticket when the...

An Improvement, Yet Still Short

This matchup between Boston University and Coastal Carolina was an interesting game to go to. Not because I expected it to be a good game since BU had crushed the Chants by 30 the previous week. But there was an appeal of seeing an America East team that will be leaving for the Patriot League next year. The Terriers...

Trying to Find the Appeal Here

Last year, the South Carolina Gamecocks ranked 45th of 345 Division I basketball teams with 8,868 fans per game. Considering the quality of the team, that is actually pretty amazing. It is especially amazing when most Gamecock fans do not care about basketball until the football team plays their bowl game, at...

Technical Fail

I was excited for this game in Spartanburg between UT San Antonio and USC Upstate to start a full day of college basketball in the Piedmont region of the Carolinas. This would not be a mismatch game against a non-Division I team like with Presbyterian and Toccoa Falls. Nor would this game be a boring game at...

Trying to be Different

After the previous game at USC Upstate went longer than expected due to technical problems, I then headed to Gardner-Webb. This was a game that I looked forward to as well since it featured the Runnin' Bulldogs of Gardner-Webb, a team that had played surprisingly well compared to the rest of the Big South so far....

Avoiding a Black Line Trap

The challenge for this past week had been to come up with our favorite trap game. Yet in my travels of college basketball, I really do not have a trap game that would work that well. Most Red Line Upsets I can remember have actually come in November. The only RLU I have been to that was a classic trap game was...

Trying to Find the Simple Things in Sports

It was a late May evening in Columbia, South Carolina when I pulled up to Capital City Stadium for an amateur baseball contest. Capital City Stadium is an old deteriorating park that few people come to anymore. But when I pulled in towards the parking lot on Assembly Street more than 30 minutes before game time,...

More and Less to Play For

UNC Wilmington not too long ago was the pride of the Colonial. The Seahawks in the early 2000s made the NCAA Tournament multiple times, winning four CAA Tournaments in seven years under coaches Jerry Wainwright and Brad Brownell. In Wainwright's last season in 2002, UNCW won its only NCAA Tournament game in its...

Better Scheduling, Same Play

When I was at High Point, we rarely ever played a decent team out of conference at home. Nobody could be drawn to the Millis Center that often aside from the Big South teams that had to play here and non-Division I teams. Of the 22 non-conference home games High Point played when I was a student, 12 were against...

Coming and Going

After having not attended College of Charleston's Black Line Trap Game against Anderson five days earlier, I decided to head down to Charleston to see how College of Charleston would respond against Old Dominion. Before the season started, this was expected to be a big game during the Holiday Break. College...

Undercard

This Wednesday before Christmas, the University of South Carolina hosted a men's/women's doubleheader. I have written on here about the premise of these doubleheaders before. And this game had a lot of similarities with other double features I have seen before. One team got a 5 PM start, before most fans on...

Holiday Travels

During the Holidays, there are not many games to go to. Out of all 52 weeks in the calendar year, the week from December 22 through December 28 is the emptiest stretch of the sports calendar for me. A big reason for this personally is because I am traveling with family, and that reduces chances to see sports....

A Game We Only Care About

I was in a hurry to make it to Chattanooga's McKenzie Arena. Not because I was running late, as I got to my motel more than two hours before the 4:30 tip-off of the first game of the Dr. Pepper Classic. And it was not because I expected tickets to be difficult to get, with McKenzie Arena being the largest arena...

Rooting Way Away From Home

After the last game between Austin Peay and Utah Valley ended, more fans arrived for the game between High Point and Chattanooga. There still were not many fans for this game either though. Official attendance was 2,568, and there really were not that many there. Or maybe it just looked like there were very...

Tensions

One of the big problems of being attached to a team is that it can sometimes be tough to watch them play. That is especially true if your team happens to be prone to losing. It is an often irrational fear that goes through my head in worrying about High Point losing. "What if we keep losing? " "What if we lose...

Have Yourself A Merry Little Tournament

After three games earlier in the weekend, it was time to crown yet another multi-team event champion. This would be my third MTE final; the others had previously been in the All-Military Classic at The Citadel and the Charleston Classic at the College of Charleston. But while multi-team events never seem that...

Starting the New Year Right

New Year's Day for the most part is not very friendly to Our Game. It's not quite like December 24 through December 26, which has almost no games. But just like Christmas is dominated by the NBA (a tradition that is fairly new), New Year's Day is dominated by college football being played at neutral sites in...

It's About Team

Once I became a team captain for the Hopping Cats, one of the first things I had to figure out was who to take as my fantasy player. Unlike in the past where we had guys celebrated on this site like Stephen "Flash" Curry and Lester "Done Ruthless" Hudson, there was no name that jumped out at me. There are plenty...

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One Beautiful Season

1BS weaved the history of mid-major college basketball together with stories from the 2009-10 season, culminating in Butler's epic run to the National Championship game. Now it's available as a free download: PDF in the original 592-page book layout with all photos and graphics, or ePub format for electronic reading devices.