Author Kyle Whelliston

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Tourney Central 3/3/2005

Mid-American: Miami (Oh.) 70, Kent State 45 (story) - Total domination. The RedHawks (18-8, 12-5 MAC) sent a message to the rest of the league, and to the Selection Committee as well, saying that they'd sure like to be invited to that Dance thingy if there's room on the list. But they didn't ask nic...

Welcome To The Magic Hour

When I told a friend of mine - let's call him Jack - that I was taking the week off from basketball, I received the expected response. "You're never going to make 100!" he exclaimed. "Never! Never! Woooohahahaha!" Well, "Jack," you don't know... Before there was a Mid-Majority, before there was...

Missed Connection

Game 069: at Harvard 80, Brown 68 Saturday, February 26, 2005 Lavietes Pavilion - Cambridge, MA Last Saturday evening, I was scheduled to meet a fellow blogger and college basketball enthusiast for a game. We've been blog-buddies for several years now, but this would have had been my first in-perso...

The 20 Games Project

Game 070: at New Hampshire 76, Stony Brook 66 Sunday, February 28, 2005 Lundholm Gymnasium - Durham, NH On a cold and clear Senior Day just off the New Hampshire seacoast, the 100 Games Project entered the seventies. The 100GP tied Mark McGwire's single-season home run record, an aesthetically plea...

Tourney Central 3/4/2005

Bracket Wrap Southern: The favorites prevailed, but all their SoCon South division-mates have been wiped out. (recaps) (S1) Davidson 67, (N4) Elon 53 (N2) North Carolina-Greensboro 73, (S3) Georgia Southern 71 (N1) Chattanooga 77, (N5) East Tennessee State 70 (N3) Appalachian State 63, (S2) Charle...

You Don't Boo The Cheerleaders

Game 071: (5) Iona 68, (10) Siena 51 MAAC First Round Friday, March 4, 2005 HSBC Arena - Buffalo, NY It doesn't matter what type of measurement apparatus you use, Siena's season has been a complete disaster. When you finish 4-15 in conference and 6-24 overall, when you've lost 17 of your last 20,...

Bringing The Band

Game 072: (7) Canisius 62, (8) Marist 60 MAAC First Round Friday, March 4, 2005 HSBC Arena - Buffalo, NY In conference tournaments, the sevens and the eights and the nines don't figure they'll be staying long. They usually send a bus with the team, the staff, a couple of cheerleaders and the masc...

Heads Held High

Game 073: (6) Manhattan 76, (9) Loyola (Md.) 67 MAAC First Round Friday, March 4, 2005 HSBC Arena - Buffalo, NY The Old Loyola Greyhounds - the 2003-04 ones - were the worst team in the entire nation, so getting a nine-seed in the MAAC tournament this year was an entire world of improvement. Afte...

Tourney Central 3/5/2005

Bullet Points Two one-seeds went down: Tennessee Tech lost in the OVC semifinals, and Davidson was eliminated in the Southern Conference semis. Four automatic bids will be handed out today, as the ESPN networks begin a schedule of court-stormings every two hours or so. We have the Big South's matc...

Home Game

Game 074: (5) Binghamton 76, (4) Albany 70 America East Quarterfinals Saturday, March 5, 2005 Events Center - Binghamton, NY Folks who maintain that the regular season doesn't mean anything have had their case bolstered by this year's America East tournament. The Binghamton Bearcats limped to a 2...

Cats, Dogs & Wolves

Game 075: (1) Vermont 76, (9) Maryland-Baltimore County 61 America East Quarterfinals Saturday, March 5, 2005 Events Center - Binghamton, NY Back in 2001-02, before anyone knew who they were, the Vermont Catamounts enjoyed a wildly successful regular season (21-8) before suffering a semifinal lo...

Tourney Central 3/6/2005

Bullet Points Four Dance tickets were punched: Winthrop, Eastern Kentucky, Central Florida and Chattanooga. Despite the two-digit numbers that the Selection Committee will hand them one week from today, all are champions. One-seeds fell like mighty trees. Arkansas-Little Rock, the E1 in the Sun Bel...

Free Wolfie

Game 076: (2) Northeastern 90, (7) Stony Brook 79 America East Quarterfinals Saturday, March 5, 2005 Events Center - Binghamton, NY Jose Juan Barea of Northeastern scored 41 points on 17-for-32 shooting, and his Huskies prevailed over the Stony Brook Seawolves in an America East quarterfinal. Tha...

Foiled Again

Game 077: (6) Maine 47, (3) Boston University 45 America East Quarterfinals Saturday, March 5, 2005 Events Center - Binghamton, NY When you drive east into Boston along the MassPike, you'll pass by the home of the local pro baseball team. Last May, Red Sox CEO Larry Lucchino asked Tom Brennan to ...

Tourney Central 3/7/2005

Bullet Points No finals yesterday, four tonight. The Missouri Valley, as expected since the beginning of the season, was no cookie-cutter cakewalk for top seeds. Both 1 Southern Illinois and 2 Wichita State went down, but the Salukis remain bulletproof on Selection Sunday. Two defending conference ...

Twin Turbines

Game 078: (1) Vermont 76, (5) Binghamton 65 America East Semifinals Sunday, March 6, 2005 Events Center - Binghamton, NY A tried-and-true method for filling out Tournament brackets is to examine the mid-majors out there, and look at their offensive weaponry. Teams with one dominant scorer are usu...

Point Taken

Game 079: (2) Northeastern 86, (6) Maine 73 America East Semifinals Sunday, March 6, 2005 Events Center - Binghamton, NY The point guard position has enjoyed a long and strange evolution. From Bob Cousy to Jerry "The Logo" West, and later to Magic Johnson and Allen Iverson, players of all sizes, ...

Tourney Central 3/8/2005

Bullet Points Four champions are crowned: Creighton (MVC), Niagara (MAAC), Old Dominion (CAA) and UMPFN (WCC). Three more tonight: the Sun Belt, Mid-Continent, and the Horizon league matchup of Detroit and Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The run of the Oakland Golden Grizzlies of the Mid-Con continued, they'...

Space Alien Basketball

Game 080: (6) Morgan State 77, (11) Maryland-Eastern Shore 56 MEAC First Round Monday, March 7, 2005 Arthur Ashe Center - Richmond, VA In recent years, the fine city of Richmond, Virginia has hosted two Division I basketball tournaments - that of the Colonial Athletic Association, as well as the...

Title Game

Game 081: (1) Old Dominion 73, (2) Virginia Commonwealth 66 (OT) CAA Championship Monday, March 7, 2005 Richmond Coliseum - Richmond, VA I wish that I had the words to describe the marked contrast between February to March, the shock of that annual transition. Games in the shortest month have var...

Family Gathering

Game 082: (8) Bethune-Cookman 76, (9) North Carolina A&T 62 MEAC First Round Tuesday, March 8, 2005 Arthur Ashe Center - Richmond, VA "Games held at home of higher seed." For a mid-major conference, it's the ultimate surrender. Many leagues in the lower third of the scale have gone this way,...

Tourney Central 3/9/2005

Bullet Points Oakland of the Mid-Continent Conference pulled the low-seed surprise of the year, taking down 1 seed Oral Roberts in the league's title game by a 61-60 score. Two other proud conference champions, and two overjoyed satellite campuses: Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Louisiana-Lafayette. The P...

Love It Or Give It Back

Game 083: (W4) Richmond 68, (E5) Rhode Island 60 Atlantic 10 First Round Wednesday, March 9, 2005 U.S. Bank Arena - Cincinnati, OH After driving through a snowstorm in the West Virginia mountains to make it to Cincinnati in time for the A-10 first round, I arrived at the riverfront U.S. Bank Aren...

Tourney Central 3/10/2005

Bullet Points Two more Dance tickets were printed and punched last night: Fairleigh-Dickinson out of the NEC, and Montana from the Big Sky. Defending champion Florida A&M was ousted from the MEAC tournament. After a last-second bracket reshuffling due to three forfeited games, the SWAC gets it ...

A Sorta Fairytale

Game 084: (W6) LaSalle 70, (E3) Massachusetts 64 Atlantic 10 First Round Wednesday, March 9, 2005 U.S. Bank Arena - Cincinnati, OH Once upona time, someone got the bright idea to call upstart teams "Cinderellas." Every possible symbol of that classic bedtime story has been mined for metaphor - g...

The Start Of Something Big

Game 085: (E4) Fordham 65, (W5) Duquesne 53 Atlantic 10 First Round Wednesday, March 9, 2005 U.S. Bank Arena - Cincinnati, OH Life is different here on First Round Day. While the quarterfinals and semis match up teams with 20 or 25 wins, the opening games usually feature squads who willed their ...

Tourney Central 3/11/2005

Bullet Points Western Athletic regular season champions Nevada dropped a shock decision to Boise State, clearing the way for a two-bid WAC. There won't likely be many other two-bid mid-major leagues except for, say, the Missouri Valley... apparently the new RPI isn't all it's cracked up to be. I'...

With The Points

Game 086: (W3) Dayton [-14.5] 78, (E5) St. Bonaventure 48 Atlantic 10 First Round Wednesday, March 9, 2005 U.S. Bank Arena - Cincinnati, OH It's really difficult to get folks excited about what initially appears to be generic, no-name hoops. Few know that better than I. If I had my way, every mi...

Rags

Game 087: (7) Buffalo 85, (2) Toledo 72 Mid-American Quarterfinals Thursday, March 10, 2005 Gund Arena - Cleveland, OH October is for pumpkin pie, baseball playoffs, falling leaves. It also brings the first quivers of anticipation for the college basketball fan, as the first signs of winter appro...

Boing

Game 088: (3) Western Michigan 66, (6) Akron 60 (OT) Mid-American Quarterfinals Thursday, March 10, 2005 Gund Arena - Cleveland, OH Perhaps the least descriptive and helpful words in the language of basketball is "brick." In hoops, bricks hurt construction of point totals; but in architecture, ...

Radio-Only

Game 089: (1) Miami (Oh.) 85, (8) Bowling Green 65 Mid-American Quarterfinals Thursday, March 10, 2005 Gund Arena - Cleveland, OH There's no doubt in anyone's mind that the Mid-American Conference is a classic high mid-major conference. You can tell that just by attending their annual basketball ch...

Tourney Central 3/12/2005

Bullet Points Congratulations to Bucknell, orange-clad kings of the Patriot League. Eight-seed Boise State continued to rip through the WAC bracket, knocking off Fresno State one day after dispatching 1 Nevada. Today marks the grand crescendo of the mid-major season. With finals in the America East...

Tourney Central 3/13/2005

Bullet Points Six more teams are in: Vermont (America East), Ohio (MAC), UTEP (WAC), Delaware State (MEAC), George Washington (A-10), and Utah State (Big West). Championship Week concludes today with a pair of games: the SWAC and Southland finals. It's Selection Sunday, the holiest day of the colle...

Matriculations and Commencements

Game 090: (4) Ohio 62, (5) Kent State 55 Mid-American Quarterfinals Thursday, March 10, 2005 Gund Arena - Cleveland, OH When the starting five take to the floor, there are all the matematically insignificant digits - 1, 3, 4, 5. There's even a double-zero out there. Low numbers are usually indi...

Nothing Left For Me To Do But Dance

Game 091: (4) Ohio 63, (1) Miami (Oh.) 56 Mid-American Semifinals Friday, March 11, 2005 Gund Arena - Cleveland, OH The scoreboard flashed 26-24. After a surprisingly thin-blooded display by both teams in the first half of the first MAC semifinal, both the heavily-favored Miami (Oh.) RedHawks an...

The Fantastic Five

T1. Southern Illinois, Missouri Valley (23-10, 13-7 MWC, 18 RPI) Chicago 7 T1. Nevada, Western Athletic (24-6, 16-3 WAC, 33) Chicago 9 3. Pacific, Big West (26-3, 19-1 BWC, 22) Albuquerque 8 4. Miami (Oh.), Mid-American (19-10, 13-7 MAC, 43) 5. St. Mary's, Western Athletic (25-8, 12-4 WCC, 30) Chica...

Arena

Game 092: (7) Buffalo 75, (3) Western Michigan 68 Mid-American Semifinals Friday, March 11, 2005 Gund Arena - Cleveland, OH There's only so much humanity a person can take. If your heart bled for every panhandler's tale of woe, each wide-eyed island child in need of financial sponsorship, all vic...

Bracket City USA

MAC, Knifed: A lot of watercooler talk this morning is and will be centered around the Mid-American Conference, more specifically the lack of at-large teams from such. Even Dickie V, who was born on Exit 16W but made his coaching hay in the MAC's geographical sphere of influence, was all over the c...

Nostradumbass

In the heat of the postseason, it's easy for people to quickly sweep their preseason conference picks under the rug. What? Huh? I picked Princeton? Look over there, a birdie! But not this one; I face my failures head-on. For your amusement, here are my picks from late December. Note that I had an e...

Coming Of Age

Game 093: (4) Ohio 80, (7) Buffalo 79 (OT) Mid-American Championship Saturday, March 12, 2005 Gund Arena - Cleveland, OH The gauntlet was thrown down the night before. During a timeout contest sponsored by a regional chain of grocers, a pale young man named Hans stepped out onto the Gund Arena ...

The Albuquerque Bracket

Why trust those Johnny-come-latelies? We've been covering these guys all season. Here, then, is the first of four capsule sets of the mid-major teams who will appear on your television screens starting on Thursday, along with a few clips of their TMM appearances. Montana Seed: 16 1st Round Opponen...

The Syracuse Bracket

Oakland Seed: 16 1st Round Opponent: North Carolina Record: 13-18 (9-9 Mid-Continent) Big Nonconference Wins: December 30 vs. Bowling Green (77-53); it was their only non-league win over a D1 opponent. Key Players: Pierre Dukes (see below) is the folk hero, but senior forwards Rawle Marshall and Co...

The Chicago Bracket

Fairleigh Dickinson Seed: 16 1st Round Opponent: Illinois Record: 20-12 (16-5 Northeast Conference) Big Nonconference Wins: December 9 at eventual MAAC two-seed Rider (76-74) 100 Games Project Appearances: #65 Key Players: Big Gordon Klaiber and little Tamien Trent are the inside-outside mechanism ...

The Austin Bracket

Delaware State Seed: 16 1st Round Opponent: Duke Record: 19-13 (17-4 Mid-Eastern) Big Nonconference Wins: A 71-56 win in November versus Jackson State (14-17, 10-9 SWAC) in Las Vegas will have to do. 100 Games Project Appearances: #29, #52 Key Players: You won't find a more unselfish crew in the ...

The First Tournament

Game 094: at St. Joseph's 53, Hofstra 44 Wednesday, March 16, 2005 Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse - Philadelphia, PA An invitation to the National Invitation Tournament is like... it's like kissing your sister. Naw, that's no good. Already been used. How's this: having to play in the NIT is like eatin...

Behind The Madness

Game 095: (10) North Carolina State 75, (7) Charlotte 63 NCAA Tournament, First Round (Syracuse Bracket) Friday, March 18, 2005 DCU Center - Worcester, MA On television, all NCAA Tournament sites look like the happiest places on earth. The court is shiny, the paint-faced fans scream proudly, the ba...

Cool Like Coach

Game 096: (2) Connecticut 77, (15) Central Florida 71 NCAA Tournament, First Round (Syracuse Bracket) Friday, March 18, 2005 DCU Center - Worcester, MA One popular view of college basketball holds that the players are just a rotating set of chess pieces, created and molded and positioned by masterm...

The Crown Prince Of Burlington

Game 097: (13) Vermont 60, (4) Syracuse 57 (OT) NCAA Tournament, First Round (Austin Bracket) Friday, March 18, 2005 DCU Center - Worcester, MA A crucial element of the tale is the heroine's anonymity - nobody knows who this girl is. She shows up at the ball in a nice chariot, rushes off in the ele...

Out-Of-Town Scoreboard

Game 098: (5) Michigan State 89, (12) Old Dominion 81 NCAA Tournament, First Round (Austin Bracket) Friday, March 18, 2005 DCU Center - Worcester, MA Worcester, Oklahoma City, Nashville and Charlotte are locations that have absolutely nothing to do with one another. For a single weekend, though, th...

Julius, I'm Sorry

Game 099: (10) North Carolina State 65, (2) Connecticut 62 NCAA Tournament, Second Round (Syracuse Bracket) Sunday, March 20, 2005 DCU Center - Worcester, MA Game 23: N.C. State/St. John's| ...

Here's Where The Story Ends

Game 100: (5) Michigan State 72, (13) Vermont 61 NCAA Tournament, Second Round (Austin Bracket) Sunday, March 20, 2005 DCU Center - Worcester, MA Fitting then, that this is the final chapter: the Vermont Catamounts, the feel-good story of the year, fell to the Michigan State Spartans. It's a happy ...

The Difference Between Us And Them

Epilogue With the notable exception of our friends in the Ivy League, very few choose to be mid-major people. It usually starts with a stumble: a spate of bad grades during a streak of teenage rebellion, or a bad night of sleep before SAT Saturday (for whatever reason). All of a sudden, there's a ...

The Mid-Majority vs. Restatements of Theme

This is 1 in a series of 10 early-season essays.The ball makes no secret of itself; to grasp full control requires both hands. The primary instrument of our game announces its presence loudly - to maneuver the ball across the playfield is to print it repeatedly against the wood court with typewriter...

The Mid-Majority vs. Success

This is 2 in a series of 10 early-season essays.I think we can all agree that progress is a good thing: forward is preferable to back, and up is a hell of a lot better than down. Progress is all about development, advancement, evolution. If you examine our history as a planet, you'll notice that a...

The Mid-Majority vs. Total Chaos

This is 3 in a series of 10 early-season essays.In 1891, as James Naismith considered the equation of ball and hoop, a French physicist named Henri Poincaré was contemplating a similar issue involving roundish objects. Kepler's laws of planetary motion had only dealt with the orbit of one pla...

The Mid-Majority vs. Quality

This is 4 in a series of 10 early-season essays.With five seconds remaining in overtime, the home team was down by a single point. A packed and sweltering arena roared. The wise old coach, a veteran of these tense situations, quickly drew up a play during the final timeout and sent his charges back ...

The Mid-Majority vs. Hoop Operas

This is 5 in a series of 10 early-season essays.It was a dark and stormy night. The villain, sweater-vested and scowling, paced the floor. Boo! Hiss! the audience cried. But just then, the mood was leavened by a comic-relief appearance of the drunk clown, teetering and leering at girls half his age ...

The Mid-Majority vs. The Age Limit

This is 6 in a series of 10 early-season essays.There are 4,484 young men currently playing Division I college basketball for 334 schools. These players come of all shapes, sizes and ability levels. Some are thin, some are fat, some think they'll wear a draft-night hat. Some are far and some are nea...

MMBOD Nov 17: Ryan Bright - Sam Houston State

There will be plenty of time to discuss Drexel's ascension to The Garden, but this mop-headed Texan has been the mid-major revelation of the P-nutty PNIT. Last night, without much support, he kept a poor man's Princeton hang in with MMBOD runner-up Bashir Mason and a much more athletic Drexel squad....

Game! Of! The! Night! Nov 18: Canisius at Buffalo

Happy new season! In amidst tonight's sea of 25-point blowouts, made-for-TV dramas and vague semi-regional rivalries: an intriguing MAC-MAAC city game. Mid-American finalist Buffalo moves forward without league POY Turner Battle, and desperately needs a heart transplant. Early donor pick: last year'...

The Mid-Majority vs. Guarantee Games

This is 7 in a series of 10 early-season essays.Karl Marx was a smart guy, he had some revolutionary ideas about class struggle and stuff. But even though the East German city named in his honor would field a dominant women's team named the Karl-Marx Stadt Chem Cats, the father of modern communism d...

MMBOD Nov 18: Matt Webster - Evansville

When you're playing an inexperienced team that still thinks "winning basketball" involves fouling a lot to get the ball back, make them pay for their youthful ignorance. Purple Ace upperclassman Matt Webster sank all 14 of his attempts from the line, and matched a career high in points with 24, as E...

Game! Of! The! Night! Nov 19: Utah State at Oral Roberts

OK, we have our first game with intriguing March implications, so the season can start now. Oral Roberts begins their campaign to end the Curse Of Pierre Dukes, named after the Oakland last-second hero who ended their Tournament dreams in the 2005 Mid-Con tourney - these Eagles will storm the confer...

MMBOD Nov 19: Darren Fells - California-Irvine

Even the young'uns in Irvine remember a time when the Big West was basically them and Utah State, when Pacific was just a blip. But the glory days are becoming smaller in the rear-view, and after a freak injury to star guard Jeff Gloger over the summer, there was no joy in 'Eaterville. Add in a 79-5...

Game! Of! The! Night! Nov 20: Princeton at Lehigh

The thrilling 1996 Tournament upset is etched in your memory, sure - the game in which Princeton used the backdoor to topple UCLA. But do you recall the setup - the neutral-site playoff win against Penn? The teams met halfway at Lehigh, and battled into overtime. Afterwards, Pete Carrill wrote "I ...

MMBOD Nov 20: Belton Rivers - Tennessee Tech

It's odd for a team from the Pac 10 to make an appearance against an OVC team in a small Tennessee town, in a Mystery, Alaska sort of way, but the movie ending - a solid thwacking by the home club - is a seemingly improbable plot indeed. The Golden Eagles of TTU - still reeling from the coach Mike ...

Game! Of! The! Night! Nov 21: Dayton at Miami (Oh.)

"Feast Week" is great and all, but there's too much poi and squid for my tastes. Instead, why don't you come on down to the Old Country Buffet of mid-major hoops?Scheduled league season is six weeks away, but the Miami Valley Conference is in full swing. Tonight we have two squads trying to find ou...

Square 101

Game 101: at Harvard 65, Vermont 57 Saturday, November 19, 2005 Lavietes Pavilion - Cambridge, MA In one single second of eternity, our planet spins billions of times around its sun, water and earth crash into eachother for territorial control, civilizations rise and fall. Same could be said for on...

MMBOD Nov 21: Kibwe Trim - Sacred Heart

How bad is Sacred Heart? Since joining the RPI-challenged and very triangular NEC back in 1999, they haven't even made the eight-team conference tourney. But last night at Albany, New England's favorite guarantee-game punchline snuck by a program tabbed by some national (cough) pundits to make a big...

Game! Of! The! Night! Nov 22: Creighton at George Mason

George Mason's psychic RPI (PRPI?) has doubled in the 10 idle days since their Coaches vs. Cancer adventure in Winston-Salem. Before coming up just short in overtime against formerly nationally-rankedWake Forest, they surgically dismantledCalifornia-Irvine. UCI, as you might remember, went on to thr...

Game! Of! The! Night! Nov 23: Northern Iowa at Western Michigan

If last night's G!O!T!N! pounding of George Mason by Creighton was a miniature MVC-CAA Challenge, tonight the Valley turns its attention to throwing down with the MAC. Northern Iowa, led by Wooden award candidate Ben Jacobson, is a near-unanimous pick to come out ahead in a two- (or three-) bid tuss...

MMBOD Nov 22: Chris McNaughton - Bucknell

Sure, cute-n-furry Jack White and his buddies had their fun last night in Hawaii. But they're power-conference imposters. The real small-town feel-good story is Bucknell, who continues to topple national powers. Last night, the team with eight scholarships went into Syracuse and came out with a guar...

Family

Game 102: at Providence 87, Vermont 77 Monday, November 21, 2005 Dunkin' Donuts Center - Providence, RI Here's an old joke for you. There are two types of people in this world, those who divide humanity into two types of people and those who don't. But in sports, there are actually three types of p...

America East Wonk

Game 103: Michigan 51, at Boston University 46 Tuesday, November 22, 2005 Agganis Arena - Boston, MA (with full and absolute apologies to John Gasaway) Wednesday, November 23, 2005 Is There A Triaminic For Coughing Up the Ball? Michigan beat Boston University 51-46 last night at the gleaming...

MMBOD Nov 23: Marcelus Kemp - Nevada

You'll hear plenty about Fazekas, Charlo, Sessions and Shiloh this year, but don't forget about the dangerous assassin the Wolf Pack have on their bench. Wednesday night in snowy Burlington, Marcellus Kemp nailed a soul-crushing three from the right corner every time Vermont tried to make it a game....

Game! Of! The! Night! Nov 25: Nicholls State at Maryland-Eastern Shore

Thanksgiving is the day to dig into a tableful of glorious bounty. With that in mind, I'd like to look past all the exciting and exotic tourney action on the tube today and focus on a game that's all about leftovers.By applying rational and scientific techniques, the MEAC's football-free Maryland-Ea...

Game! Of! The! Night! Nov 26: Drexel at Pennsylvania

Time to make amends. Last week, in front of thousands of people, I said that Drexel didn't have a chance against the likes of Duke. If they play that same type of steady, grinding, athletic (if unspectacular) team-ball for the rest of the year, they could certainly make things miserable for all the ...

MMBOD Nov 25: Tyler Azzarelli - Monmouth

Is this a great time to be the Northeast Conference, or what? First, Sacred Heart toppled the Seabiscuity Albany Great Danes up at their place. Then, while you were sleeping off your L-tryptophan on Thursday, Monmouth took down Southern Illinois - a perennial Tournament team - in the blubbery wilde...

Backwoods Freaks of Nature

Game 104: Nevada 77, at Vermont 62 Wednesday, November 23, 2005 Patrick Gymnasium - Burlington, VT Interstate 89 northbound is a long drive for someone with nothing to think about. There are plenty of "Next Exit 15 Miles" reminders, too many unsettlingly incomplete gas/food/lodging triads, and tr...

MMBOD Nov 26: Nate Funk - Creighton

Regulate... the Nate Funk era is now in full effect. In a torrid double-overtime thriller against a Dayton team that just wouldn't go away, number 10 in white kept scoring, kept hitting free throws and kept coming back for more - he only sat for five minutes of a double-OT game. Too bad we have to w...

Game! Of! The! Night! Nov 28: Fordham at Siena

After a run of postseason magic, the Siena Saint (Bernard)s have been off the face of the earth in the last two years, something that's not a good idea when you have a notoriously impatient fanbase and a 15,000-seat soft-drink-branded arena to fill. So Rob Lanier out as coach, Fran McCaffery in.Toni...

MMBOD Nov 28: Ricky Woods - Southeastern Louisiana

Southeastern Louisiana was a big favorite around these parts last year. They had a nationally-ranked defense that held Southland foes in the 40's, and won a tense battle with Northwestern State for the league title. But for their efforts, they got a quick-exit 15-seed, their coach left to be an assi...

Game! Of! The! Night! Nov 29: Northern Iowa at Iowa State

If you need the Big Ten-ACC Challenge to get excited about November hoops, you're at the wrong site. If you like to see upper-class mid-majors getting shots at taking down nearby power conference schools, then you have the kind of attention span we like around here.Near-consensus preseason MVC pick ...

MMBOD Nov 29: Courtney Lee - Western Kentucky

With all the talk about Northern Iowa and Old Dominion and Nevada, it might end up being the Hilltoppers who emerge from the deep to torpedo your March bracket. Moving with the speed and power of a high-tech nuclear submarine, WKU travelled to UAB last night and dusted a high-tempo team that's won 2...

Game! Of! The! Night! Nov 30: Oakland at Bowling Green

Tonight we say Yes! to Michigan, the Great Lake State. Both Bowling Green of the Mid-Am and NCAA Play-in Champions Oakland went down south to start the season (Blacksburg and Gainesville, respectively), and both had a modicum of success. BGSU beat their Hokie hosts, and the Golden Grizzlies both bea...

The Mid-Majority vs. Women's Basketball

This is 8 in a series of 10 early-season essays.Yeah, you, buster. You're as guilty as the next one. There's nobody around, it's okay to admit it - it's happened to you too. Here's the scene: you're sitting at the sports bar, watching the sports ticker out of the corner. There it is - a score that...

MMBOD Nov 30: Whit Holcomb-Faye - Radford

When this hyphenated Highlander was indefinitely suspended in February for a violation of team rules (specifically, the "don't smoke dope" one), the 2004-05 Radford season went with him - they went 2-5 after that. "I've worked harder this summer than I've ever worked," he told the Roanoke Times last...

Game! Of! The! Night! Dec 01: Belmont at East Tennessee State

Some would say that starting the conference schedule early is like skipping the December holidays and going straight to the January post-holiday depression. Ridiculous, I say! Meaningful basketball should know no season.The Atlantic Sun slate got underway last night (welcome, Matt Doherty, and North...

Game! Of! The! Night! Dec 02: North Florida at Jacksonville

The Atlantic Sun season, just two days old, has provided plenty of chills and spills. Last night, Kennesaw State came from behind to claim its first-ever Division I conference win; Belmont outlasted East Tennessee in last night's G!O!T!N!; and Campbell, who was 0-20 last year in conference, beat the...

MMBOD Dec 01: Nick Fazekas - Nevada

Never mind that beating Kansas is happening so often lately that it's going to end up as a carnival midway attraction at county fairs next summer. Or that all the requisite motions have been captured by green-screen CGI cameras for a video game, coming out in time for the Tournament. It's still Kans...

The Anti-UMPFN

Game 105: at Bucknell 87, Yale 60 Saturday, November 26, 2005 Sojka Pavilion - Lewisburg, PA There's a white sign that greets you when you drive onto their campus, a lush green acreage dotted by vermillion-brick buildings. "Welcome to", "http://schools.basketballstate.com/BUCK >Bucknell" it s...

Game! Of! The! Night! Dec 03: Nevada at Pacific

Long-time readers of the site (if you consider nine months a "long time") will recall our March campaign to send four mid-majors to the Sweet 16, how we implored Hoops Nation to officially adopt one by buying a logo t-shirt. We ended up having to adopt the old "wait 'til next year" approach, but two...

MMBOD Dec 02: Virgil Matthews - Montana

Okay, so that UC-Irvine Astyle=font-weight:bold HREF=http://schools.basketballstate.com/STAN>upset over Stanford has been recast in a completely different light after UCI's loss to Stanislaus State last week. That wins and losses are open to constant redefinition is why our game is great. But sti...

MMBOD Dec 03: Golden Ingle - Kennesaw State

Down south at new D1 entry Kennesaw State, there's a Coach Tony Ingle, an assistant Tony Ingle Jr., and guards Israel Ingle and Golden Ingle. That's a lot of Ingles. But it's not a hoop sitcom like "Just the Ten of Us" or that Dick Vitale project that's in perpetual turnaround - it's damm good baske...

Game! Of! The! Night! Dec 04: Virginia Commonwealth at North Carolina-Wilmington

Some people complained when it became necessary to have a Ph.D in geekology to decode the expanded Colonial Athletic Association's new new scheduling format, but you can't kvetch much when the opening weekend of play is capped by a hot game with seeding implications galore.The home of the 5-1 Seahaw...

MMBOD Dec 05: Royce Parran - Chicago State

Most attempts to read the tea leaves of the 2005-06 season have been scuttled by the UIC Flames, who have won over the hearts of Chicago's schizophrenic community by losing its home opener to a Division II team and upsetting Georgia Tech in a guarantee game two days later. Now they've surrendered th...

Game! Of! The! Night! Dec 05: Middle Tennessee State at Utah State

It's tough finding RPI-boosting games when you've ascended to the upper-middle-class parts of Mid-Majorville - power-conference coaches won't answer your summer scheduling booty-calls anymore. But one of my favorite developments in recent years is the in-season home-and-home; it's all about helping ...

Let's Play Five

Game 106: at Holy Cross 71, Fordham 63 (2OT) Sunday, December 4, 2005 Hart Center - Worcester, MA The first snowfall is like the first seasonal anything - the first skinned knee of the summer, the first sniffle of the autumn. There's a little bit of a shock, and then when it happens again you're ...

Mid-Majority Scrapbook, Vol. I

Some pictures from the first few weeks of the season. Harvard-Vermont handshake line (Game 101) Creepy close encounter with the Providence Friar (Game 102) Burlington, VT Catamount Country (Game 104) The Wolf Pack (Game 104) Bucknell's Sojka Pavilion (Game 105) Bison chair (Game 105) The Mi...

MMBOD Dec 05: Clifton Lee - Northwestern State

It's a good time to be the Southland Conference. First you had Sam Houston State in the PNIT, then Northwestern State and Southeastern Louisiana taking beating turns on Mississippi State in Starkville, and now this. Last night NSU went into Storied Gallagher-Iba Arena and delivered a shock to the Ok...

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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.