Author Kyle Whelliston

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Stardate 46-20101223: Winter Break

PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- This is the last Stardate until 52-20101229 (a Wednesday), at which time we'll turn our attention from Red Line Upsets to conference play. There will be a Chat Block on Christmas Eve at 4 pm Eastern, and if there's anybody around, we'll talk about whatever you want to talk about. But this...

Mid-Majority Chat Block, Episode 707

Mid-Majority Chat Block, Episode 707 (XMas Edition) So this is Christmas. And we're going to try to keep the Chat Block streak alive. One last chance to gather together before we go back to our real, actual families. Like most things on this site, it will either be heroically epic or tragically embarrassing....

Stardate 53-20101230: How Strange It Is To Be Anything At All

CHICAGO -- I was very young during the Blizzard of 1978. It was not my first memory of snow, but it was the first time in my life that snow had transformed the world around me into a network of tunnels, mazes and forts. I took the opportunity to ask my father what it all meant. "Why is snow white, Papa? " I asked....

Stardate 54-20101231: Between '10 and '11

CHICAGO -- Here at The Mid-Majority, the calendar is off-kilter. New Year's Day is November 1, and Auld Lang Syne is a refrain for March or April, not now. Most other people, however, strictly follow the more traditional Julian calendar, a grid of 12 months and not five. Still, December 31st is a day of reflection...

Mid-Majority Chat Block, Episode 708

Mid-Majority Chat Block, Episode 708 Should old acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind? Sure! Why the hell not. Say goodbye to 2010 and let's look forward to two months of awesome conference play and the megafun of March Madness today at 4 pm ET. It's New Year's Eve, and the house rule of B.Y.O.B....

Stardate 57-20110103: Become What You Are

CHICAGO -- Coaches talk a lot about taking things away from an opponent; indeed, one of the objects of basketball is exert enough force and will as to displace identity. If the other team is slow and methodical, you might try to speed them up, or vice-versa. If there's a dynamic star who scores and rebounds...

Stardate 58-20110104: Dark Roads

Kyle, I just returned home from my first college basketball double header not involving a conference tournament. I drove for about six hours today to watch UNCG play in front of a couple hundred fans at Greensboro Coliseum against Richmond at noon. Followed a few hours later by a UNCW game against Campbell in...

Stardate 59-20110105: The 800 Game Project

I felt like I ought to write in about the end of the 100GP, since I have to admit I felt a pretty big sense of disappointment (though not surprise) when you said it wasn't going to happen in the future...I think the road is an important part of the site. In general, I think a good outcome would be fuller mid-major...

Stardate 60-20110106: I.D.

CHICAGO -- Many of the conferences in college athletics were born in hotel ballrooms somewhere, converted from ideas into working cooperatives by men in suits who took turns talking and occasionally sipped glasses of water. The league names and statements of purpose and guiding principles and slogans weren't...

Game 7-032: Detroit at Loyola (Ill.)

So good to be back to work. @midmajority Game Tweets20:05 Game 7-032: Detroit at Loyola (Ill). Oh-oh, back on the chain gang. http://img.ly/2LlN20:09 RT @HorizonLeague: Detroit @ Loyola Men's Basketball LIVE on HorizonLeague.com http://bit.ly/cspLRr20:12 Hoops 4 real! Terrence Hill #superhoop at 16:00, Loyola...

Mid-Majority Chat Block, Episode 709

Mid-Majority Chat Block, Episode 709 We won't have an accurate reading until it's all over, but somewhere around here is the exact middle point of Season 7. And students are coming back from break now (unless you go to a Jesuit school and are still in your pajamas, eating cereal and watching 30 Rock DVD's, at...

Game 7-033: Cleveland State at Butler

Much of what passes for sports wisdom in enlightened 2011 is so linear and transitive. With so much information to sift and process, the human brain goes into panic mode. It must break matters down to immediate elements, get to core understanding as fast as possible and with the least amount of information necessary....

Game 7-034: Detroit at Illinois-Chicago

The five-game, four-day, three-city Horizon League tour continued with a Chicagoland doubleheader. First up, it was a trip to the Near West to see Detroit go up against UIC. At UIC Pavilion, you can get a picture with Illini-killer Robo Kreps. He is not a Robot, and in fact his real name is Bob. Total disappointment....

Stardate 64-20110110: Family Business

VALPARAISO, Ind. -- Now that January has reached double-digits, the slow transition is, in full essence, complete. It's conference season, and even the teams in the Ivy League are starting to play each other. This is definitely the second part of the beautiful season, the third best of the four. No more Red...

Game 7-035: Wright State at Loyola (Ill.) - plus BONUS NAIA field trip!

Without rules, societies collapse, and all that's left is smashed windows and awesome rock music. To avoid this, The Mid-Majority has specific rules about what games count and what games don't. These date back to Season 1. Games involving less than one Division I team do not count. Sometimes, traffic and front...

Stardate 65-20110111: Football Independence Day (Observed)

CHICAGO -- America has one more month in its ongoing annual quest to figure out how to allow violence to thrive in tightly-controlled, non-contaminated petri dishes. But as you might have heard, last night marked the conclusion of the Ugly Season. For those of you just joining us this year, we save the bulk...

Game 7-036: Cleveland State at Valparaiso

Sometimes Our Game is so difficult to understand. Can you wrap your head around the concept of retractable bleachers? Somehow, with hydraulics and sparklepony magic, a wall transforms into a thousand chairs. Not only that, but there are stairs and a railing and when you shuck your peanut shells, they go somewhere...

Stardate 67-20110113: The Season of Ideas

CHICAGO -- Whenever I am standing in a long line at a bank, holding a check and a deposit slip in a limp right hand attached to a limp right arm, my mind wanders. I know the others in line are experiencing the same in-between feeling too, that it's a state we share. These days, most people occupy themselves...

Mid-Majority Chat Block, Episode 710

Mid-Majority Chat Block, Episode 710 Wasn't it just yesterday when we were driving around Vermont looking for wifi so we could hold Chat Block 701? Seasons go fast; savor every omgdunx and #superhoop. The tenth edition of S7 will occur, as always, on Friday at 4 pm Eastern (3 pm Central). Suggested topics include...

Stardate 71-20110117: No Love's As Random

PEORIA, Ill. - Two years ago yesterday, on January 16, 2009, the news came down. I stared out the window for a little while, got a piece of a song stuck in my head -- it's all beginning/to feel like it's ending -- and wondered how it hadn't made it on to my 160GB iPod. I downloaded the MP3 from Amazon for ninety-nine...

Stardate 72-20110118: What If/What Now

CHICAGO -- What if the shot went in? BUTLER 62, DUKE 61 04/05/2010 DUKE 34-5 (13-3) -- K. Singler 7-13 2-2 19; N. Smith 5-15 2-5 13; J. Scheyer 5-12 4-5 15; L. Thomas 3-5 0-0 6; B. Zoubek 3-4 2-4 8; M. Plumlee 0-2 0-0 0; A. Dawkins 0-1 0-0 0; M. Plumlee 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-52 10-16 61. BUTLER 34-4 (18-0)...

Game 7-037: Southern Illinois at Northern Iowa

Of all the times we've been to Cedar Falls, there's one consistent memory: feeling like every extremity is going to freeze and fall off on the walk from the car to the arena (whether the old UNI Dome or new McLeod Center), and then experiencing how warm it is inside. From a logical perspective, I know that it's...

Game 7-038: Missouri State at Bradley

If one were to choose the city in the United States most victimized in jokes and anecdotes by theatrical personalities, the selection of Peoria, Illinois, would be a popular, if not likely choice. Two of the more popular quips are: "Say, I hear you got married. How did that ever happen? " "I was playing a split-bill...

Stardate 73-20110119: Dubl-Bag

CHICAGO -- Patterns develop as the season goes on; one seems to be that Wednesday is a perfect day to open up The Form and publicly respond to a few letters, many of which have been quite heartfelt lately. There have also been some seriously great game reports, and I think Fridays (before chats) will be the...

Stardate 74-20110120: Echo Chamber

CHICAGO -- It can't be said enough: most of what we do as college basketball fans is try to figure out exactly what it is we're looking at. Keeping proper perspective during the season is difficult, impossible sometimes. Up there, north of the Red Line, it's easier because ranked and regarded teams measure themselves...

800 Game Project: Practice Run #2

If you're just joining us, or re-joining us, 2011-12 at The Mid-Majority (a/k/a Season 8) will feature an experiment in college basketball crowdsourcing. We're calling it the 800 Game Project, and we're going to try to put together the biggest cross-referenced national spectator game report database the Other...

Mid-Majority Chat Block, Episode 711

Mid-Majority Chat Block, Episode 711 Onward we push into the middle of conference season. There is unvarnished league excellence at Saint Mary's, Belmont, Coastal Carolina and Oakland, surprising overachievement at places like Duquesne, Valpo, and even MEAC-undefeated Bethune-Cookman. Most of the disappointments...

Stardate 78-20110124: A Brief History of Mid-Major Smac Rap

CHICAGO -- American higher learning dates back to before the whole "United States" thing. But until the Civil War was over, no college had a fight song. That idea coincided with the idea of college athletics, and school-specific tunes were written for the purposes of intimidation and inspiration. Many of them...

Game 7-039: Illinois-Chicago at Loyola (Ill.)

In a century of progress, college basketball has proven to be infinitely scalable: from the cramped quarters of the 3,400-seat oldest living Division I gymnasium at Fordham to a 90,000-capacity false fieldhouse. So much of what Our Game is has to do with where it's played, and it can be played just about anywhere...

Stardate 79-20110125: Winning Enough

BOSTON -- This day contains failure. Every day does. Some failures are life-changing losses, some are spectacular flameouts, but most fall within the category of regular everyday minuses. You might not perform up to somebody's expectations today, or you might forget an important something somewhere and not find...

Stardate 80-20110126: The 100 Pins Project

PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- It's Wednesday, and that's come to mean mailbag day around here -- that sack of letters is the hump. Your input is always welcome via The Form, but that's not the only way to "interact" with TMM... we have another Chat Block coming up Friday at 4 pm Eastern, and if you've been to a game recently...

Stardate 81-20110127: Gentlemen About It

PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- The real state of the Union is that it's changing faster than ever. When you're away from the place you live for an entire month, don't expect it to be the same when you return. Here in Providence's baseball suburb, there are more "for sale" signs on frozen front lawns than ever before, the...

800 Game Project: Practice Run #3

It's Friday morning, and it's time for more game reports. First, though, let's take a look back at Thursday's action via 360, including the strange story of Towson getting caught in the snow on the way to George Mason. Colonial: Virginia Commonwealth beats Hofstra 82-67 (G!O!T!N!)West Coast: McConnell scores 27,...

Mid-Majority Chat Block, Episode 712

Mid-Majority Chat Block, Episode 712 At the close of January, just about every conference is in the second half of their schedules, so we have a pretty good idea of who the contenders and the other guys are. Teams are moving slowly into position for March. Utah State, Saint Mary's, Coastal Carolina, Northern...

Game 7-040: Binghamton at Boston University

New England has had a tough winter. Snowstorm after blizzard after Nor'Easter has dumped feet and feet of snow on the upper right-hand corner of Hoops Nation; it's piled high along the sides of roads, shoved into alleyways, stored wherever it can be stored. There's not a lot of space here, since people are taking...

Game 7-041: Wagner at Bryant

We aging old-time sports fans who still remember television's rabbit-ears era (and know the difference between UHF and VHF), probably appreciate the 21st Century Full Court/pixelvision reality more than most. Back then, we had to wait for Saturday to get a game-of-the-week. Now, it's like walking through an...

Game 7-042: Columbia at Harvard

Thirty years ago, sixteen and one were just a pair of numbers, even to basketball fans. In the early 1980s, "Sixteen" had no real hoops significance outside the state of Kentucky, because the NCAA Tournament was smaller and two bracket wins weren't quite as uniformly "Sweet" as they are now. But to have that...

Game 7-043: Georgia State at Northeastern

Northeastern has always been frustrating. Back at Drexel, the team always helped make the America East hell for the hooping Dragons. It's got to be frustrating to be a sports fan there, too. The school is generally the fourth wheel in the Beanpot, dropped football last year, and has a fragile customer base for...

Game 7-044: Cornell at Harvard

I believe. @midmajority Game Tweets17:32 We are so early to this Cornell-Harvard game that we can pay a visit to the World's Classiest Dunkin Donuts. http://img.ly/2Tjx17:33 Airball's Revenge. RT @midmajority360: Indiana State 69 Creighton 83 | INST 12-10 (7-4) CREI 14-9 (6-5) | http://tmm7.me/9q3 #MVC17:51...

Stardate 85-20110131: Geeks vs. Madness, Poets vs. Sanity

PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- What is madness? Back up, let's start this way: the reason and order necessary for understanding and mastery of one's surroundings has no room or space for such anarchic disruption. Madness is the danger where once things were safe, displacing sense and destroying sensibilities. Sanity makes...

A Personal Appeal From TMM Mascot Bally B. Basketball

How does a 100 Games Project come together? First, before Christmas, you have to get to as many Multi-Team Events as you can. Rack up games like a squirrel hoarding nuts for the winter. The next key benchmark is the halfway point; if you make 50 by early February, you're in pretty good shape. The magic number...

BracketBusters Matchups 2011

As is annual tradition here at TMM, we've put together a full rundown of all the announced BracketBusters matchups, and this will likely be the most clicked-on page of the season once again. A lot of mid-major fans only follow their own conferences, so it's time to get to know your Buster opponent. Click on the...

Stardate 86-20110201: Pixelvision Killed the Video Star

PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- So much has changed in a single calendar year. On February 1, 2010, the iPad had just been announced, and no mere civilian had touched one yet. Now, they're on press row at college basketball games. The Robot has grown a soul, exhibited feelings, taken a name. (It's "Doctor Thunderpants.")...

Stardate 87-20110202: Weird Pizza

PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- Despite the efforts of "Operation In Our Sites," the government's poorly-planned and badly-named offensive to try and shut down the pixelvision feed aggregation sites (a topic broached on Stardate 15), National Pixelvision Day II is saved. Remember, that's tomorrow evening, so come here to...

Stardate 88-20110203: Power to the Pixels

Today is National Pixelvision Day, and the festivities will last from 7 pm ET to after midnight. Enhanced coverage is available here. If you'd like to get involved, shuttle down. PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- An old hippie once proclaimed that information wants to be free. He was a publisher whose dead-tree publication...

National Pixelvision Day II

800 Games Project: Practice Run No. 4

Friday mornings have become extra-enjoyable, because these game reports that are coming in are really great. While there's a lot of Season 7 left, I'm excited about Season 8, and the prospect of having well-written, well-executed student and passionate fan accounts of games across Hoops Nation to read every day....

Last Man XXIII

To truly understand American-Style Football and our reasons for it, you have to go back to the deep roots. It's a sport that took its original cues from the Rugby School game (more so than association footy), a violent and chaotic pursuit that found its shape in England's 1700s. Consider the timing. This was an...

Last Man Live

It's become an annual Mid-Majority tradition. I try to be the last man in America to know who won the Super Bowl, and the last man in America to know the score of the game. Together, these two pieces of data combine to form The Knowledge. There's no pastime like this: a race against yourself, a game played against...

Game 7-045: Maine at Boston University

Could you survive a full-blown Chicken Riot? Boston is a city that's historically been a place for beans, chowder, Store 24's and Fenway Franks. But as the area exports its Dunkin' Donuts to the world at large, it has left the back door open to outside entities, cultural impurity and the same kind of where-am-I...

Game 7-046: Dartmouth at Pennsylvania

On a February Friday night in Philadelphia, there's no other place to be. @midmajority Game Tweets18:58 Game No. 7-046: Dartmouth at Penn. (Corrected.) Helloooo! http://img.ly/2VEk19:03 Penn huddlz. http://img.ly/2VEr19:03 Dartmouth tuffz. http://img.ly/2VEu19:06 We will be on the Internet soon.19:07 Meanwhile,...

Stardate 92-20110207: Nowhere To Run, Nowhere To Hide

? ? ? ? ? , ? .? . -- Hello from back here on Sunday evening. As for the future present, we are playing our annual game of Last Man, and avoiding The Knowledge as best as possible. But we must always attend to our regular duties, which is sharing the good kind of knowledge with Hoops Nation. What a crazy weekend...

Stardate 93-20110208: What Good Are Notebooks?

? ? ? ? ? ? , ? .? . -- The game of Last Man continues into its second full day in the secret bunker. Follow along with as I slowly descend into madness. No, David, I have not heard about Pittsburgh, P. A., and don't tell me! Conference ShootaroundConference USA: Fact: the ex-Metro won 68 percent of its non-conference...

Stardate 94-20110209: I Wanna Be Your (Last) Man

? ? ? ? ? ? , ? .? . -- The game continues into its third day; full coverage can be found on the Last Man Live page. Normally on Wednesday, we have a mailbag feature. At the moment, the mailbag is sitting in the corner, tied up. We're not reading The Form™ or e-mail or Twitter or anything outside the enclosed...

Stardate 95-20110210: The Emperor of Germany

Your Last Man Live entries were quite enjoyable to read. I also got a kick out of trying to figure out who the Conduit was and following the LastMan and FindLastMan twitter hashtags. Congrats on making it past day two anyways.- FrankPROVIDENCE, R.I. -- And so after two days, 11 hours, 23 minutes, hundreds of...

800 Games Project: Practice Run No. 5

It's Friday, so that means it's time to check in on preparations for next season's 800 Games Project, the crowdsourced game reporting that will take the place of our own hundreds of attended games and thousands of driven miles. It's pretty much the same thing as we've been doing -- go to a game and write about...

Mid-Majority Chat Block, Episode 713

Mid-Majority Chat Block, Episode 713 The last time there was a Chat Block, a loaf of bread cost a quarter. But those were only the loaves in the week-old bin, inedible by humans and only suitable to be crumbled up and given to birds. We're back on the Block after a 14-day absence, just as we embark on our final...

Stardate 100-20110215: Hell For Hundred

RICHMOND, Va. -- For most of recorded history, things that weren't paid for didn't happen. Take the Old West, for instance. You think saloons allowed tabs? As long as there were four-legged vehicles tied to the post out front, every customer represented a potential flight risk. Plus, there was always the chance...

Game 7-047: Rhode Island at Temple

Hooter's birthday, and fake Zooperstars. @midmajority Game Tweets13:48 Game No. 7-047: Rhode Island at Temple. Temple University welcomes you and your family.13:50 This, friends, is a band. http://img.ly/2VZ513:50 RT @BigWestMBB: This is great... RT @SLOcollegebeat: Bloggin' with Scroggin: VIDEO: P.A. darling...

Game 7-048: Harvard at Pennsylvania

The last real Palestra soft pretzel, and double overtime. @midmajority Game Tweets18:12 RT @gashaheen: Be a NCAA Bkb Comm member - Step 1: make YOUR list of no-brainer teams "in" + a list of those which need help/discussion. Update daily.18:35 The Red Hot Chili Peppers Classic, apparently. RT @bubbaprog: @midmajority...

Game 7-049: American at Lehigh

In which we prepare to bunker down for Last Man. @midmajority Game Tweets13:55 Game No. 7-049: American at Lehigh. You are here. http://img.ly/2WtR13:57 Nothing makes for a better pregame show than... an actual game. CBS College is filling its early afternoon with Patriot League basketball!13:58 And so are we....

Game 7-050: Yale at Harvard

"Ten Thousand Men of Harvard": the original Ivy League smac-rap. @midmajority Game Tweets18:14 #FF @findthelastman. Take *that*, Christmas Creep!18:17 RT @LoyolanSports: @midmajority Happy birthday to the ultimate Lions Hank Gathers. #44 would have turned 44 today. #HappybirthdayHank19:42 Game 7-050: Yale at...

Game 7-051: Long Island at Saint Francis (NY)

The game of the year, plus the reason why the TV thing works best when I'm not talking. (The Battle of Brooklyn can be viewed in its entirety here.) @midmajority Game Tweets11:18 You know when you're having a really bad morning, then you find a sweet parking space and that makes everything OK? #New #York #City...

Game 7-052: South Dakota at New Jersey Tech

Life and love on the road in the Great West. @midmajority Game Tweets15:46 Game No. 7-052: South Dakota at NJIT. You're in Highlander Country. #therecanonlybeone http://img.ly/2Zqw15:48 It's resting. We are not the only ones affected. RT @lynchjm: @midmajority Probably a dumb question but did pixelvision die?...

Game 7-053: Penn at Columbia

Your Columbia moment of Zen: the raising of the baskets. @midmajority Game Tweets19:51 Game No. 7-053: Penn at Columbia. Count it. http://img.ly/2ZtZ19:56 Whoo! I feel like I was just on Cash Cab! Except the $50 question was "Where is Broadway and 119th," and the driver screwed it up.19:57 OK, so what do...

Game 7-054: Fairfield at Saint Peter's

Wall-mounted banners, slow starts, superhoops and overtime off Exit 14C. @midmajority Game Tweets13:51 Game 7-054: Faifield at Saint Peter's. Do you know where you are? You're in the Peacock Nation. You're gonna die. http://img.ly/2ZV313:56 MAAC = wall-mounted banners. I love these. http://img.ly/2ZV714:06...

Game 7-055: Saint Joseph's vs. Fordham

They had a Final Four here once. Now, basement Atlantic 14 basement battles. @midmajority Game Tweets16:46 Game 7-055: Saint Joseph's vs. Fordham at East Rutherford, NJ. Curtains. http://img.ly/2ZXY16:47 Fordham leads SJU 43-29 with one minute left in 1H. On the other end of the league, Xavier beat Duquesne.16:48...

Game 7-056: Howard at Norfolk State

Behold the green and gold, most specifically the Spartan Legion band. @midmajority Game Tweets20:22 Game No. 7-056: Howard at Norfolk State. Echols Hall. http://img.ly/30Iq20:27 It's a very exciting race in the MEAC this year: Hampton, BCC, Morgan, Coppin on the outside track. This, tonight, is not a part...

Game 7-057: George Mason at VCU

VCU hadn't lost two consecutive games at the Siegel Center since it opened. Broken streak, broken hearts, broken signboard. @midmajority Game Tweets18:50 Game No. 7-057: George Mason at VCU. Kind of an important game. http://img.ly/31i218:54 Got something for you! RT @WM_VA_Josh: There's @midmajority...trust...

Stardate 101-20110216: Dream Seasons

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- March really is here before we know it, because there's half a week missing out of February. This month wasn't designed that way -- and nothing was adjusted for our benefit or anything -- but it's still disorienting and disruptive to look at a calendar and realize that in two weeks, teams...

Game 7-058: Rice at Marshall

The Thundering Herd, the Owls, the ghost of Cam Henderson, Title R segregation issues, hard-dunxing Iranians, and Bally and Cusie kiss and make up. @midmajority Game Tweets19:01 Game No. 7-058: Rice at Marshall. They are Marshall! http://img.ly/31K319:04 Lightsticks. http://img.ly/31K619:06 Conference USA!...

Stardate 102-20110217: Only Love Can Bust Your Bracket

INDIANAPOLIS -- Things were different eight years ago. Folks were afraid of SARS. Valerie Plame was still anonymous. People still had AOL e-mail addresses. This website, Bally Basketball, and Willow Smith's recording career weren't even figments of imagination yet. But in 2003, a huge TV sports network had a...

Game 7-059: Southern Utah at IUPUI

Bally goes college, the most Caucasian And 1 Mixtape Tour stop ever, Badlands swimming and diving, Mid-Con Appreciation Night, and a return to the scene of an old temp job. @midmajority Game Tweets18:18 Yo, Bub. http://img.ly/32ce18:45 Game No. 7-059: Southern Utah at IUPUI. "Zoo Cage" was taken.18:49 While...

STARDATE 103-20110218: ALL CAPS

CHICAGO -- Once upon a time in a city of big windy shoulders, there was a basketball game between two schools at the bottom of the Horizon League. Loyola (Ill.) beat the University of Illinois at Chicago 55-50. This wasn't any ordinary game. This game, held on January 18, 2010 at the UIC Pavilion, went down...

Mid-Majority Chat Block, Episode 714

Bracket Sale! Everything Must (As-You) Go!

March is coming, and that means brackets, brackets, brackets. We fill them out a little differently around here. We don't enter office pools or fill them out ahead of time. The best bracket is a blank one that stays blank until the games start. Then, as the games are complete, we write in the winners in the...

GAME 7-060: BUTLER AT ILLINOIS-CHICAGO

The power, passion and glory of ALLCAPSGAME 2011. @midmajority Game Tweets14:11 ROBO KREPS HAS SCORED THE FIRST BASKET OF THE #ALLCAPSGAME #BEEP #BOOP14:13 COREY GRAY HITS A #SUPERHOOP AND UIC IS UP 5-3 EARLY. #SUPERHOOP LOOKS MORE IMPORTANT IN #ALLCAPS #ALLCAPSGAME14:13 RT @STETSONSID: @midmajority WOOO ALL...

Game 7-061: Missouri State at Valparaiso

Dickie V visits Valpo, BracketBusters balloon madness, lime green accents, and Horizon League dick jokes. @midmajority Game Tweets17:21 Game No. 7-061: Missouri State at Valparaiso. ARCetBuster. http://img.ly/33cr17:24 At the end of the first quarter, it's 19-15 Valpo. Crusaders came out hot, but Mo State is...

Stardate 107-20110222: The Stretch Drive

CHICAGO -- BracketBusters 2011 can be summed up tidily in one paragraph. Utah State came back from 10 down at Saint Mary's to earn a rsum win. As the Missouri Valley -- the most successful conference in the short and strange history of BracketBusters -- bombed out with a 3-7 showing, three top teams in the Colonial...

Stardate 108-20110223: Shootaround Deluxe

CHICAGO -- Every single one of the conference games going on tonight, and tomorrow, and Friday and Saturday too, were scheduled months in advance by a league office (or, in some cases, years ago). Some were circled rivalry games worth driving a day for, others were just-anothers. In early March, that completely...

Stardate 109-20110224: One Beautiful Season Later

CLEVELAND -- Once upon a time, there was this really thick book, and it had a bunch of stuff about college basketball in it. No, not the book you're thinking of, I'm talking about One Beautiful Season. I wrote that, last summer! A few thousand people went ahead and bought it (perhaps you? ), and it's not out...

Game 7-062: Milwaukee at Cleveland State

Horizon League shoe blogging, rigged Dougie contests, airport codes, smoke and mirrors, and Milwaukee's big destiny-grab. @midmajority Game Tweets18:27 Game 7-062: Milwaukee at Cleveland State. You, me, Bert, Iris, and Horizon League destiny. http://img.ly/35lm18:34 Whenever I come to the Wolstein, I always...

Stardate 110-20110225: Stars You Never Could See

PHILADELPHIA -- Earlier this week, Caltech ended a 26-year, 310-game conference losing streak by beating Occidental 46-45. Last night in Shreveport, previously winless Centenary ended a 33-game skid (one away from the Division I record) by beating Western Illinois at home. It sure is tempting to fit these two...

Mid-Majority Chat Block, Episode 715

Mid-Majority Chat Block, Episode 715 It's the final regular season weekend for everyone, and a few leagues start tourneys next Tuesday. That means one more full week of Stardates, Tourney Central, and four days of overlap. For the time being, it's time to chat about all the league races, tiebreaker possibilities,...

Game 7-063: Columbia at Penn

30fps Palestra home shopping, #omgivydunx, the Good Drinks, Ben & Ed & William, golden pants, and Bally's greatest TV moment. Ever. @midmajority Game Tweets18:35 RT @SethHunt105: @midmajority Ooooo an envelope for me that says "Do not bend." The return address is from a Mr. B. B. Basketball. What could...

Game 7-064: Saint Bonaventure at Saint Joseph's

Phil Martelli: don't call him Coach? Hard times on City Line, Hawk funerals, welding Saint Bonaventure back together after a decade of adversity, buff mascots, and THE BELLYFILLERS. @midmajority Game Tweets15:47 Game No. 7-064: Saint Bonaventure at Saint Joseph's. A14 sadz. http://img.ly/369p16:00 SJU 2-11...

Game 7-065: Cornell at Penn

Kid Reporter Night at The Palestra! Suit separates, the taste of tweets, a Corky Calhoun sighting, mascot senior night, Keepin' It Klassy with the Sigma Kappa tug-of-war team, and Cornell hijacks the Power of Booba. @midmajority Game Tweets18:52 Game 7-065: Cornell at Penn. Where you want to be. http://img.ly/36bT18:56...

Stardate 113-20110228: Like Sonny Liston

BOSTON -- There was never any master plan to any of it. The four-stage season and its familiar rhythms were formed by generations of pushes and pulls, and the best concepts became traditions. Putting the non-conference games at the beginning, holding separate league round-robins and eliminators, the bid-based...

Tourney Central 3/1/2011 (Day 1)

The calendar says March 1. Repeat: March 1. Elimination games begin this evening on the first day of Championship Fortnight. For the fourth straight year, we will be providing daily updates to the tourney brackets, an avalanche of Basketball State information, and links to resources from the competing schools'...

Stardate 114-20110301: Something Lucky About This Place

PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- First of all, a great big thank you to every single person who got in on the Team Ballz promotion yesterday. They sold out in just under eight hours, and there are going to be some awesome new Ballz births in Hoops Nation in April. There were some folks who ended up late and heartbroken too....

The History of the Conference Tournament

To celebrate the beginning of March and Championship Fortnight, here is an excerpt from Chapter 13 of One Beautiful Season. This section covers the birth and evolution of the "conference tournament," in parallel to the fits and starts of the national overall title procedure. From regional challenges and scheduling...

Tourney Central 3/2/2011 (Day 2)

The Big South and Horizon League opened elimination play on Tuesday. The four Horizon games went according to seed, but there was a big 7-over-2 upset in the BSC.Shay Shine, best known for his #omgdunx, scored 26 points and led Big South No. 7 High Point to a 66-60 upset of No. 2 Liberty. The Flames end the 2010-11...

Stardate 115-20110302: One More Chance To Try To Save My Soul

KINGSTON, R.I. -- The stars are beginning to flicker and burn out in the elimination games. For others, it's far from over. Here, one final look at the remaining league regular season races as we move towards getting all the rest of the Other 25 conferences in the gate and ready for bracket time. It's a long,...

Tourney Central 3/3/2011 (Day 3)

In Day Two of Championship Fortnight, five higher seeds advanced. Three higher seeds went down. Patriot League No. 6 Lafayette upset No. 3 Holy Cross, never trailing in a 77-70 win. In the Ohio Valley, neither of the first round games went according to seed. No. 8 Tennessee-Martin ended Tennessee State's downward-spiral...

Game 7-067: George Washington at Rhode Island

There's a bye on the line! Atlantic 14 tiebreakers and scoreboard-watching, another Senior Night (with the student section), A-14 Title R compliance, small amounts on giant checks, Jack Kvancz's retirement, and the deep history of the term "mid-major." @midmajority Game Tweets18:44 Game No. 7-067: George Washington...

Stardate 116-20110303: Sportz Party

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Championship Fortnight is two days old, but for us it truly begins now. Tonight is the America East's No. 8 vs. No. 9 game between UMBC and Binghamton, and we will be there. It would be just another bottom-seed wipeout in an mostly-empty neutral arena, except that these are two of the conference's...

Tourney Central 3/4/2011 (Day 4)

On the third day of Championship Fortnight, the first final was set. UNC Asheville, the No. 3 in the Big South, will face top seed Coastal Carolina on Saturday. There were nothing but upsets in the Atlantic Sun. No. 6 North Florida hung on to upend city rival No. 3 Jacksonville 68-64 in the Atlantic Sun quarterfinals,...

Game 7-068: America East First Round

Championship Fortnight begins with the other side of March: a low-seed eliminator between recent champions Binghamton and the University of Maryland at Baltimore County. "Ladies and gentlemen, there will not be a national anthem for this game. Here are the starting lineups." Also: "Teach Me How To Bally," the...

Mid-Majority Chat Block, Episode 716

Mid-Majority Chat Block, Episode 716 Championship Fortnight is in full swing, and the lights are going out every day on our tote board. What will the shape of the constellation be when it's all over? Come by and join us with your speculations and musings at 4 p.m. Eastern Standard. We are in Bridgeport, Conn....

Tourney Central 3/5/2011 (Day 5)

Now it's mad, as in madness. Among the 22 teams eliminated from National Championship contention on Friday, Murray State became the first in Hoops Nation to be forced into using their NIT card. Tennessee Tech chased the Racers 64-59 at the OVC semis in Nashville. Three defending champions were sent home. In addition...

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