Author Kyle Whelliston

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Game! Of! The! Night! Dec 06: Villanova at Bucknell

It's tough being the number whatever team in the country. Folks are always following you around, debating your every move and utterance and injury, analyzing you to within an inch of your basketball lives. Tonight, Villanova will bring their travelling sideshow to humble little Lewisburg for a Keyst...

MMBOD Dec 06: David Moss - Indiana State

According to the wire story, David Moss tried to hug some fans after his Indiana State team upset over the cross-state Hoosiers, but they were more interested in dancing on the logo at midcourt. Where, I ask, is the love?Don't worry, big guy, it's right here. Mr. Moss is no stranger to this space - ...

Game! Of! The! Night! Dec 07: Rider at Iona

The weather outside may be relatively frightful, but the March MAAC Madness in December is so delightful. Tonight in New Roc City, we'll see two of the favorites in the Metro Atlantic Conference duke it out in a rare early-season conference duel.Iona has developed into one of the feel-good stories o...

MMBOD Dec 07: Ian Johnson - Davidson

You can't spell "Davidson" without "Ian" - Mr. Johnson recorded his second straight double-double (the first in a blowout against prohibitive SoCon North favorite Appalachian State), and helped put the Snigers down on the Wildcats' home court. Don't fire him - he's dumb enough to schedule home-and-h...

Game! Of! The! Night! Dec 08: Eastern Kentucky at Murray State

In tonight's Ohio Valley lidlifter for both teams, we get a showdown of the two teams picked to contend for the league title - the defending champ and the traditional power (respectively). Eastern's struggled to a 2-4 record in the post-Travis Ford era, and Murray's 2-2 mark doesn't show that they t...

MMBOD Dec 08: Roy Booker - Southeast Missouri

People from Missouri are just so demanding - show me this, show me that. Last night at the Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau, an inbound transfer from Montana did just that, career-highing with 27 points, a total that included six three-pointers. Three of those threes came in consecutive order, durin...

Game! Of! The! Night! Dec 09: Loyola (Md.) at Fairfield

To put the Loyola Greyhounds and their 4-0 record in perspective, they've won as many games as they did all of 2002-03, and four times as many as they did the next season. As they enter conference play tonight, they may get within one of last year's total, continuing the turnaround we've been foreca...

MMBOD Dec 09: Kojo Mensah - Siena

I cringe when pundits on the teevee talk about a team knowing "how to win" or "not knowing how to win." I mean, geez - you play the game and if you do it better than the other team, you win. No special degrees or prior work experience needed.Siena hasn't been better than the other team very much in ...

Game! Of! The! Night! Dec 10: Pacific at Western Kentucky

Always good when you can get a game in December that pits two mid-major conference favorites against each other, acts as a guage of relative league strength. Pacific was short-sold in the preseason polls due to graduation losses, but people who saw how well they played big, tough Nevada, or what the...

Feinstein and Me

Game 107: Villanova 79, at Bucknell 60 Tuesday, December 6, 2005 Sojka Pavilion - Lewisburg, PA When you sling adjectives and metaphors about the Patriot League these days, especially to a national audience, you do so under a long and cold shadow. Someone's already been there and done that. So I...

Great Mohawks in History

Game 108: at Iona 80, Rider 59 Wednesday, December 7, 2005 Mulcahy Center - New Rochelle, NY Most kids who sport the mohawk haircut don' t care what you think, if you crack Travis Bickle or Mr. T jokes, if you tell them that punk is dead. Their feelings are protected by pointy liberty spikes and ...

MMBOD Dec 10: Christian Maraker - Pacific

Reports of the Tigers' demise have been... well, they're B.S. To further paraphrase a certain Mr. Clemens, be careful about reading preseason predictions, because you may die of a misprint. Forget about all the graduations - last night's road trouncing of Western Kentucky proves that Pacific deserve...

Game! Of! The! Night! Dec 11: Gardner-Webb at North Carolina-Greensboro

Here's another chance to see relative league strength on the floor, instead of on paper - UNCG is division-winnable in the Southern Conference's North division despite having only one senior, while the Runnin' Bulldogs from Boiling Springs are scientifically engineered to win the Atlantic Sun. Even ...

MMBOD Dec 11: Keydren Clark - Saint Peter's

The SPC ballers are still playing with heavy hearts from the loss of a teammate over the summer, and the nation's two-time defending scoring champion has been fighting off leg tendinitis. But after going 0-4 to start the season and hanging in bravely against a couple of Big East squads, the Peacocks...

Game! Of! The! Night! Dec 12: Tennessee State at Eastern Illinois

When you have something on your website called "Game! Of! The! Night!", that means every night. Even when you only have nine games on the national slate, even when a good number of those involve power conference teams, there must, must, must be a Game! Of! The! Night! Thank gosh there's a conference...

The Mid-Majority vs. Its Own Audience

This is the 9th in a series of 10 early-season essays. "A dream is a wish your heart makes," it's said, "when you're fast asleep." That's nice and everything, but why does Disney have the market cornered on all that dewy fantasyland crap? This date - 12-12-2005 - marks a key development in the his...

MMBOD Dec 13: Wayne Arnold - Tennessee State

I'm so glad... we got a decent performance out of last night's G!O!T!N!. Lilburn, Georgia native Mr, Arnold, a former Peach State Mr. Basketball and future co-alum of Oprah, came on and felt the Eastern Illinoise last night. He rained down seven of eight from behind the arc to lead the Tigers to a c...

Game! Of! The! Night! Dec 13: St. Mary's at Air Force

Pay no attention to that 1-3 record - St. Mary's has so far had the misfortune of running into three Top 100 power-conference teams at the wrong times. Tonight, the team that defied theUMPFN monopoly in the WCC and made the 2005 Tournament go through heavy security at USAFA, Colorado - you can bet t...

MMBOD Dec 13: Rashad Jones-Jennings - Arkansas-Little Rock

The Official Wife of the Mid-Majorityâ ¢, little red-haired darling that she is, is still learning about basketball. "Kyle," she asked me last night while we were watching some game tape. "What does 'crashing the glass' mean?"If only this particular game was on teevee, so I could show h...

Game! Of! The! Night! Dec 14: Ohio at Cincinnati

If the 4-0 Ohio Bobcats outwork the Cincinnati Bearcats tonight - and they most probably will - you can expect another wave of media love for Tim O'Shea's young crew, the team that shocked the MAC last year after being picked last, who gave Florida a first-round scare, and who have returned a poised...

MMBOD Dec 14: Jack Leasure - Coastal Carolina

Time to check in with Buzzball On The Coast, Mr. Peterson's seaside rebuilding project in scenic Conway, S.C.. Coastal Carolina led for a half in Minnesota and beat MEAC power S.C. State yesterday, a matchup they probably lose last season. The 3-3 Chanticleers have a nice little tandem going in 2005...

Game! Of! The! Night! Dec 15: Missouri State at Arkansas

After last night's Ohio blowout, the Mid-Majority is 0-2 in power-conference G!O!T!N! action. But this is just the kind of G! to get us back on the winning track. Ken Pomeroy's Gamble-O-Matic crystal ball agrees - this as a 10-point win over the Hogs, in large part thanks to SMS' No. 6 ranking in th...

MMBOD Dec 15: Dwayne Mitchell - Louisiana-Lafayette

When I talked to ULL coach Robert Lee over the summer, it was the day after Dwayne Mitchell had been granted an extra year of eligibility by the NCAA. He played in an exhibition game for Auburn before transferring, you see, and this had previously counted as a full year. Coach Lee was so happy, I co...

Game! Of! The! Night! Dec 16: Stanislaus State at Cal Poly

What To Look For: A possible upset by a D2 over a D1. Cal Poly is 1-5 and 311th in the RPI, and Stanislaus State already has one Big West scalp this year: UC-Irvine.What Got Cut: Lowlights of the CSUS Warriors' 82-63 blowout loss to Alaska-Fairbanks last week, up at the Patty Center.Do You Care? D...

Viewer Mail

Time to put a dent in the ol' mailbag. What chance do you think there is for the NCAA to allow a 5th year of eligibility in basketball? There are a number of reasons it would be a good idea. First, it will enable kids to remain on scholarship another year and enhance their graduation rates. Second,...

MMBOD Dec 16: Carlos English - Cleveland State

A cold non-conference Friday night in December is a good time to reward a guy who rings up ridiculous numbers on a non-Division I squad, but we're not going that route. Instead, the daily award goes to a baller whose team fell to a nationally ranked superteam, but distinguished himself and managed t...

Game! Of! The! Night! Dec 17: Indiana State at Butler

With Missouri State's loss the other night in Arkansas, there are only two unbeatens left in the Mid-Majority. Seven-and-ohIona is one, a bunch of Terre Haute Trees who have won their first five are the other. Led by TMM favorite David Moss (20.8 ppg), Indiana State heads to Hinkle on the heels of t...

Roof Romantic

Game 109: at Boston University 67, New Hampshire 46 Thursday, December 8, 2005 Case Gymnasium - Boston, MA On Thanksgiving Tuesday in 2005, the city of Boston made a collective decision to leave town early. The city's residents clogged the westbound MassPike with their automobiles, stringing up a...

MMBOD Dec 17: Tyson Schnitker - Indiana State

There were a mere handful of seconds remaining in regulation. In front of a sweaty,noisy Hinkle Fieldhouse crowd, the Butler ballers had stormed from behind, staging a frenetic 10-0 scoring run to go up 58-56. And then! While Butler concentrated on former MMBOD David Moss, but they left a certain so...

MMBOD Dec 18: Anthony Tolliver - Creighton

As a lot of coaches will tell you, basketball is a chess match - all that strategizing and outthinking and stuff. So let's take that metaphor one step further! You can play that game a whole lot better when your tallest piece can do damage all over the board, instead of plunking along one square at ...

Game! Of! The! Night! Dec 19: Campbell at Indiana State

There will indeed be a golf-check presented to the visitors for making the trip up from Buies Creek, but this may turn out to be a better matchup than the disparate RPI's would indicate. Neither undefeated Indiana State (No .4) and resurgent Campbell (No. 329, 3-4 coming off a 0-20 Atlantic Sun seas...

Game! Of! The! Night! Dec 20: Miami (Oh.) at Wichita State

Tonight we have a matchup of two good teams (both went NIT last year) with lots of question marks heading into conference play. First of all, there's the 8-2 start of Wichita State, which has been largely overshadowed by Missouri Valley neighbors Indiana State (7-0) and preseason drool-towel Norther...

MMBOD Dec 19: Kevin Hamilton - Holy Cross

When Morihei Ueshiba, a/k/a O Sensei, developed the martial art of aikido to neutralize and eliminate great size advantages. Using throws and locks and flowing movement, a little guy can use the energy of a larger opponent against himself and emerge victorious from a battle.Yesterday afternoon, the ...

Mid-Majority Scrapbook, Vol. 2

More pictures from the road. Villanova-Bucknell: Sold Out We're on ESPN (360) Sojka Psychos Rejected ESPN blog title: "Retractable Backboards" Mulcahy Center, New Rochelle NY Rhody can't watch URI lose to Ohio The Silvio O. Conte Forum, Boston MA The BC trainer tends to Craig Smith...

MMBOD Dec 20: Tim Parham - Maryland-Eastern Shore

When the second-leading scorer on the worst team in Division I announced his intention to test the NBA Draft waters, lots of folks said, "Are you serious?" Sure, the 6-9, 240 specimen attended a camp or two this spring, but Tim Parham was simply dreaming big. He just wanted to find out if he had any...

Purgatorio

Game 110: Ohio 71, at Rhode Island 63 Saturday, December 10, 2005 Ryan Center - Kingston, RI If you skiied through high school English with yellow Cliff's Notes strapped to your feet, or if you received the bulk of your literary education on the can from "Don't Know Much About Books" books, you p...

Game! Of! The! Night! Dec 22: Illinois State at Indiana State

No, our crack staff isn't on permanent Indiana State watch, even though their 7-0 start is a great story. (Admittedly, however, keeping the G!O!T!N! satellite truck parked in Terre Haute does save money on gas.) This is the pick-to-click game tonight because it's New Year's 10 days early. As "Voice ...

MMBOD Dec 21: Matt Murrer - Virginia Military Institute

Something's been missing from VMI basketball in recent years, and it's not the strategically-placed letters "O" and "T." It's been "W"'s - take last season, for example, when they win three out of 16 conference games. But there's a new sheriff in town (former Virginia policeman Duggar Baucom), and h...

SWAC P.R. Disasters

Game 111: at Boston College 80, Texas Southern 53 Sunday, December 18, 2005 Silvio O. Conte Forum - Chestnut Hill, MA When it comes down to it, there's only one difference between a mid-major squad and a team of power conference prima donnas - our boys end their seasons a few days or weeks before...

Game! Of! The! Night! Dec 23: Fordham at Manhattan

No, not that "Rumble in the Bronx," it's just the Rams and Jaspers renewing their ancient rivalry. The Manhattans are coming off a Dakota roadie to NDSU, SDSU and Wall Drug, and offer one of the most exciting underclassmen in the MEAC - team points/rebounds/assists leader C.J. Anderson. Fordham (3-6...

The Portrait of Kevin McHale

Game 112: Maryland-Eastern Shore 59, at Brown 57 Tuesday, December 20, 2005 Pizzitola Sports Center - Providence, RI It's the kind of portrait that haunts you before you even look at it. The subject seems so familiar, so eerily familiar. Unadorned and untitled, the portrait has a Dorian Gray effe...

Game! Of! The! Night! Dec 27: Holy Cross at George Mason

Grab your funny tricorner hat and your flute, we've got the Patriot League regular-season champions against the Patriots at the Patriot Center. Both teams have toiled in the shadows of preseason favorites early on (Bucknell and Old Dominion, respectively). But a convincing win here, against relative...

The Best

Game 113: at Central Connecticut State 72, Binghamton 68 Thursday, December 22, 2005 Detrick Gymnasium - New Britain, CT The voice is unmistakable - the rich and folksy tones brighten the corners of CCSU's home court with warm, gooey honey poured all over a chilly December night. Good evening, l...

Ronnie Superstar

Game 114: at Manhattan 81, Fordham 68 Friday, December 23, 2005 Draddy Gymnasium - Bronx, NY The 21st Century is amazing. Thanks to scientific advances and mass-production, all you need is a phone line, a computer and a microphone and you're on the radio. Or live on the internet, with RealAudio o...

MMBOD Dec 27: Dontaye Draper - College of Charleston

It took a great performance to cool off North Carolina-Wilmington, and tiny (5'11") Charleston guard Dontaye Draper played fireman on Tuesday. The Baltimore native poured on a career-high 33 points as the Cougars came from 10 down to defeat UNCW at their own place, and grant the Seahawks their third...

Game! Of! The! Night! Dec 28: Missouri State at Creighton

With the CAA and MAC frontrunners taking big and bad losses recently, the Missouri Valley has emerged as the be-all end-all mid-major league in the early going - at least when it comes to multiple Tournament bids. Tonight, we have a holiday treat with two of those likely bids squaring off in Omaha ...

MMBOD Dec 28: Antonio Webb - Bethune-Cookman

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Game! Of! The! Night! Dec 29: Arkansas-Little Rock at Utah State

Give the Aggies credit - they're not going to shy away from bringing decent competition to their Gossner Foods Holiday Classic (this year is edition No. 12), and playing them straight up. In tonight's opening game, they take on the 6-4 Trojans of Arkansas-Little Rock, ducking 2-8 Binghamton.Utah Sta...

Game! Of! The! Night! Dec 30: Virginia Tech at Old Dominion

It's put up or shut up time for Old Dominion (7-4, 1-1 Colonial). The preseason league favorites have swung wildly from pole to pole, showing signs of their predicted level of play in amongst blowouts at the hands of Drexel and UAB, doing serious damage to any CAA two-bid scenario in the process. T...

MMBOD Dec 30: Josh Gomes - Eastern Illinois

Buried in the official recaps for Friday night summed up this game thus: "Eastern Illinois edged out host UMKC, 72-67, Friday night to improve to 2-8 on the season." That's it - no mention of the fact that the Kangaroos are a decent Mid-Con team, or that they did it in Kansas City's fabled Kemper Ar...

MMBOD Dec 31: Andre Collins - Loyola (Md.)

Reaganomics may not have helped the little guy very much, but there's a trickle-down effect in college basketball that works pretty well. At Maryland, Andre Collins was picked up as a backup for Steve Blake and spent a lot of time buried on the bench, but at Loyola (Md.) he's a star, showing up on t...

Game! Of! The! Night! Jan 01: San Diego at Eastern Washington

Happy New (Calendar) Year, Hoops Nation! There's a lot of hot conference action that will spread like wildfire all across the land in the days and weeks to come, but today we have a tepid holiday slate of four games. Only one is a matchup of mid-majors, and it gives us the opportunity to talk about ...

Proof

Game 115: Carnegie Mellon (D3) 51, at Princeton 46 Wednesday, December 29, 2005 Jadwin Gymnasium - Princeton, NJ This is, perhaps, the only surviving film footage of the Carnegie Mellon Tartans closing and celebrating their historic victory atPrinceton. Please enjoy this rare opportunity to watch...

The Worst Pizza Ever Made

Game 116: at Delaware 79, Central Connecticut State 73 Thursday, December 30, 2005 Bob Carpenter Center - Newark, DE The difference between being a Real Actual Sports Journalist and a citizen journalist (or "blogger," if you prefer) goes far beyond the fact that coaches and sports information di...

MMBOD Jan 01: Gyno Pomare - San Diego

Even with the super-light holiday schedule on Monday, we were able to keep the G!O!T!N! machine running and rang in 2006 at the same time. On New Year's Afternoon in Cheney, Wash., San Diego dropped the ball on Eastern Washington, led by the strong inside play a Torero sophomore forward.A big reason...

Game! Of! The! Night! Jan 02: George Mason at Northeastern

Like a new day finally dawning, a sunburst of conference play breaks over Hoops Nation on January 2. We've got games in the SWAC, Valley, A-Sun, NEC and Mid-Con on tap. But we're going to focus our G!O!T!N! cameras on Boston tonight. The Colonial was a major disappointment in the 2005 portion of the...

MMBOD Jan 02: Quin Humphrey - Youngstown State

You can start that "true parity in Division I basketball" conversation for real now - the Youngstown State Penguins won a road game a last night. It was their first since the 2003-04 season, a streak that had reached 25. That it ended at the expense of Loyola, which had started the season 9-2 and ha...

Game! Of! The! Night! Jan 03: North Carolina-Wilmington at Old Dominion

We're keeping a close eye on ODU lately, because this is the stretch when they either prove themselves worthy of their hype or become an argument for the abolition of preseason magazines. Old Dominion's G!O!T!N! win last Friday night over the ACC's Virginia Tech is impressive until you start looking...

MMBOD Jan 03: Johnny Gray - Pacific

Memo to Big West teams who think that Pacific is nothing more than The Christian Maraker Show after the Tigers lost the other four starters from last year's team: nope, sorry. Meet Johnny Gray, a juco transfer from Moorpark College (Calif.), who spent a lot of time on the bench during his first year...

Game! Of! The! Night! Jan 04: Toledo at Kent State

High school exchange program: meet kids from a distant land and learn to better appreciate another culture. MAC exchange program: meet teams from a distant division and beat the RPI out of each other. We've already gained some understanding about the Mid-American Conference's East-West divide with M...

Game! Of! The! Night! Jan 05: Idaho State at Montana

Most of you mid-major fans have heard about Montana by now - the Griz gave Washington a hafway-decent fight as a 16-seed last season, beat Stanford, and have compiled a 10-2 start on their way to establishing themselves as the team to beat (again) in the Big Sky. But what about Idaho State? They did...

MMBOD Jan 05: Nick Fazekas - Nevada

You might have noticed that this space is only big enough for one person, so there's no way to appropriately honor all three Rainbow Warriors (Matt Lojeski, Julian Sensley, Matt Gipson) who came together to defeat Nevada in a pitched overtime thriller last night. Like three safeties trying to pull d...

Game! Of! The! Night! Jan 06: Manhattan at Iona

This is it - the New York mid-major explosion we've (and, hopefully, you've) been waiting for. The two class teams of the MAAC go at it tonight on ESPNU (never graduate, m-f's!), and won't meet again until the regular-season finale on Feb. 26, so this one will set the tone for the next two months.Th...

MMBOD Jan 06: Brent Ragsdale - Kennesaw State

Friday evening was a night of firsts for Division I newbie Kennesaw State: they notched their first-ever road win as a member of the NCAA's top flight, and their first-ever televised win as a D1. And that it came against -- and at -- Atlantic Sun favorite Gardner-Webb was pretty neat too. After a se...

Game! Of! The! Night! Jan 7: UMPFN at St. Mary's

Trap game! On Jan. 7, 2005, St. Mary's blitzed the Unnamed Major Program 89-81, and stole many of the RPI points they needed to sneak in as a tournament at-large. SMC would go on to lose in the WCC title game - their resumà © is slightly worse this year, due to a four-game losing...

Game! Of! The! Night! Jan 08: Bradley at Southern Illinois

A lot of ink's been spilled about the Valley in the past month or so: Indiana State's 8-0 start, Northern Iowa and Mo-State and Creighton and three four five bids and blabbity-blabbity. But what about the mid-pack squads that will provide the league its RPI strength and crouch in the shadows come Ar...

MMBOD Jan 07: Rickey Porter - California-Riverside

Giving up 115 points to a Division III squad, and losing, pretty much ensures that you'll be a punchline for the remainder of your season -- quite possibly for the remainder of the decade. But two and a half weeks since R'Side lost to Puget Sound 115-111, they stunned the Pacific Tigers, embarrassin...

MMBOD Jan 08: Johnny Mathies - Creighton

It's not for me to say, but now that it's official that Nate Funk will redshirt and undergo season-ending shoulder surgery, chances are that other Creighton Jays will have to step up and play like a man-and-a-half. In Omaha yesterday, Johnny Mathies was wonderful! wonderful!, hitting shots (includin...

Game! Of! The! Night! Jan 09: Jackson State at Southern

Hey hoops nuts, it's Monday night in the SWAC! We have three teams with no league losses yet, and just behind at 2-1 is our league pick, the Jackson State Tigers. One of those undefeated teams is the Delta Devils of MVSU, who offer the most efficient offense in the Swickity (relatively... they score...

MMBOD Jan 9: Dereke Tipler - Arkansas State

Arkansas is a large battlefield - 52,068 square miles. So the Sun Belt's Trojan-Indian war for the Natural State is pretty big stuff, and has produced some memorable scrums in years past. Last night's Battle of Wounded Knee was no exception yet an exceptionally good one, as injury-depleted Arkansas ...

Game! Of! The! Night! Jan 10: Fairfield at Rider

After every Manic Monday is a Tragic Tuesday. Last season, I'd often conveniently forget to tab a G!O!T!N! on Tuesdays, and only one or two of the 25 regular readers cared. But now that The Mid-Majority is the number one site with D1 assistant coaches and sports information directors, godda do it da...

MMBOD Jan 10: Terrence Todd - Fairfield

It takes a special breed of player to be mentioned in the G!O!T!N! preview, then go out and have a BOTD-worthy performance. The Fairfield Stags hit a team-record 16 three-pointers last night in a victory at Rider, two of which were directly made by the sweet and streaky Mr. Todd, and many were creat...

MMBOD Jan 11: Steve Burtt - Iona

If there are two things that never fail to satiate my entertainment jones, it's "Dueling Banjos" and dueling backcourts. The MAAC provides precious little of the former, but plenty of the latter. Last night, two of the highest-scoring players in the country went at it in Jersey City, Iona's Steve Bu...

Game! Of! The! Night! Jan 12: Albany at Boston University

There are clapping dogs, rhythmic dogs, harmonic dogs, and America East dogs. Tonight at The Roof, the Terriers host the Great Danes in a battle of the most atomic dogs in the conference - like the boys when they're out there walkin' the streets, they may compete, but it's nothin' but the dog in the...

MMBOD Jan 12: Paul Millsap - Louisiana Tech

Can't hold out much longer -- gotta give some BOTD love to the power forward on my ESPN.com mid-major all-star team from last month. The two-time rebounding champion had 23 points and 18 rebounds (his eleventh dub-dub of the season) as Louisiana Tech beat Hawaii at home. Millsap scored eight of the ...

Game! Of! The! Night! Jan 13: Cornell at Pennsylvania

Non-conference is officially over: the Ancient Eight are in the house! Tonight marks the annual Friday kickoff for Hoops Nation's brainiest, zaniest, no-postseason-tourney-iest league. Every game counts in the 14-Game Tournament®, and tonight's Palestra tip-off counts more than some other...

MMBOD Jan 13: Reggie Bishop - Campbell

What can you say about Gardner-Webb? So intriguing on paper, so enticing. They beat Minnesota, and almost beat UNC! But they've looked unfocused and wobbly in losing three straight league games at home, and are providing plenty of ammunition to the argument that pundits are dumb.But then again, what...

Game! Of! The! Night! Jan 14: Missouri State at Wichita State

Hot thunder in the Valley this afternoon. Here are two of the teams that have legitimate chances to capture two of the MoVal's presumed three bids, chances that have been enhanced by key injuries at Northern Iowa and Creighton.Blake Ahern (MVC-leading 18.8 ppg) is the floor leader of a Missouri Stat...

MMBOD Jan 15: Brion Rush - Grambling State

Brion Rush is the scoring machine you've never heard of. You know about Redick and Morrison (and if you read this site regularly, about Clark and Burtt and Neal), but this 6'2" senior guard from Shreveport is sixth in the nation in both points per game (24.1 ppg) and points per 40 min. (28.7 p40). G...

Game! Of! The! Night! Jan 16: Southern at Mississippi Valley State

Martin Luther King didn't specifically mention basketball in his 1963 "I have a dream" speech, but its echoes were felt in the 1966 Texas Western national championship and later in the inclusion of HBCU's in the NCAA's Division I. Today, many of those historically black colleges and universities are...

MMBOD Jan 16: Pooh Jeter - Portland

I don't know what it is with diminutive nicknames, but undersized players with names like "Mookie," "Smush" and "Spud" will always find a place in the hearts of casual sports fans. Last night, a 5'11" Portland Pilot senior guard named "Pooh" helped lead his team a WCC overtime victory over Pepperdin...

Game! Of! The! Night! Jan 17: Furman at Georgia Southern

Georgia Southern has won eight in a row, and has raced out to a 3-0 record (12-4 overall) in the redundant SoCon South division. The Eagles feature the league's leading scorer (Elton Nesbitt, 21.8 ppg), they lead the league in threes (40.6%), speed (77.5 poss. per 40 minutes). and D (.95 points per ...

Scenes From The (Big) Southside

Pictures from a southern swing. A quiet moment with High Point's AZ Reid Scary HPU Panther Liberty University, Lynchburg VA Who wants pizza? Alma Mater Winthrop After Hours Kennesaw State Cheerleaders Crazy Gardner-Webb Fans Campbell vs. G-Webb Middle Tennessee Tip-Off ...

Game! Of! The! Night! Jan 18: Louisiana Tech at Utah State

It's WAC-y Wednesday, and La-Tech is your surprise conference leader, sprinting out to a 4-0 start that includes nice wins against Hawaii and Fresno State. Defending two-time NCAA rebounding king Paul Millsap used the mini-run to climb back into the national lead in glasswork (12.5 rpg), and has his...

MMBOD Jan 17: Kiril Wachsmann - Iona

When Iona lost three of four in the wraparound week between 2005 and 2006, there was no mystery why they were tanking. Sure, the Gaels have a great backcourt, but they were being murdered inside. After spending a couple weeks on the back of an egg nog carton, their quint-captain and sturdy post pre...

MMBOD Jan 18: Quinton Hosley - Fresno State

Nevada's first WAC loss came against Hawaii two weeks ago, when three Rainbow Warriors came together to negate WAC scoring leader Nick Fazekas' 37-point outburst. The Freak only had 17 last night, but it took a total team effort to bring down the talented Pack - in a fast-paced game, five Fresno Sta...

Game! Of! The! Night! Jan 19: Hofstra at Old Dominion

The CAA went into the New York area to raise the league's visibility, so it's odd that of all the good-but-not-great teams that make up the league's core this year, Hofstra has received the least love. They won nine of ten against the middle of the RPI table in late December and early January, and a...

MMBOD Jan 19: Loren Stokes - Hofstra

The future of the Colonial Athletic Association may not only be "next," he might even be "now." Hofstra's star junior guard scored seven of a gamebreaking 11-0 run, and the Pride notched a tremendously large road win at league favorites Old Dominion. The Pride shot just 42% as a club, but Stokes too...

Game! Of! The! Night! Jan 20: Belmont at Lipscomb

Here's an alternative way to look at tonight's Battle of Music City, an enticing matchup of 6-2 Atlantic Sun squads. Belmont is the new school, Nashville 2.0, slickly-produced CMT twang. The Bruins get a lot of hits (league-leading 50.2% FG, 9th nationally), but they're disposable and quickly forgot...

Game! Of! The! Night! Jan 21: Georgia Southern at Davidson

Here's a matchup of two teams that have lived the harsh reality of the modern-day SoCon, long ago the romping grounds of Duke and Carolina but now a league that struggles to get out of the teen-seeds. Georgia Southern (12-5, 3-1) had a breakthrough 21-win season in 2003-04, but were nipped by Chatta...

MMBOD Jan 20: Eddie Ard - Lipscomb

Memo to the airlines: do not put Lipscomb and Belmont on the same plane. When Music City's hottest basketball rivalry touched down at BNA lst night, a 6'5" junior swingman rose above. Air Ard kept hitting shots and threes and free throws, and 11-6 (7-2) Lipscomb broke open the city pair in a blowout...

MMBOD Jan 21: Ben Woodside - North Dakota State

Chant it with me now: "Chaminade, Valpo, North Dakota State." The independent Bison (RPI No. 187) and their nine freshmen lost on a buzzer-beating tip-in against Utah Valley State on Thursday, and the Wisconsin Badgers (RPI No. 3) had the extreme misfortune of being next on the schedule. Despite tur...

Game! Of! The! Night! Jan 22: Army at Navy

There's a division of opinion as to whether current military operations are doing anything to truly protect this homeland of ours, but the fact remains that without the past efforts of our armed forces, we don't get to enjoy fun diversions like college basketball. No matter where I travel across Hoo...

MMBOD Jan 22: Matt Shaw - Southern Illinois

Yesterday afternoon, a big 6'7" sophomore Saluki had the breakout game the SIU coach and fans have been waiting for. He was the team's leading scorer and rebounder in a game in which Southern Illinois wobbled early, but clamped down in during the second half -- Shaw had key tip-ins during a 9-0 unan...

Game! Of! The! Night! Jan 23: Utah State at Nevada

If the WAC is indeed going to get two bids this year, here are the two that will most likely nab 'em, and they're on display on Big (Mid-Major) Monday on ESPN tonight. Utah State is doing quite well in their first season up from the Big West - after being broken in by a December trip to Hawaii, they...

Game! Of! The! Night! Jan 24: Kent State at Miami (Oh.)

The MAC is the blackest and bluest mid-major conference in America, and an up East division has feasted on a down West. The top four teams in the league all come from the right-hand geographical side, and they have two losses to Western teams between them, Ohio's loss last Tuesday at Northern Illino...

MMBOD Jan 23: Jerice Crouch - Chattanooga

A lot of great performances on Monday night, but we turn to the latest chapter in intriguing two-headed race that's shaping up in the SoCon's two divisions, one which features a not-a-misprint 6-0 Astyle=font-weight:bold HREF=http://schools.basketballstate.com/ELON>Elon squad. After sweeping the ...

One Week In The Valley

Scenes from my MVC trip. QWEST Center Omaha™©® Creighton's (Injured) Nate Funk The parade passes Funk by Creighton Huddle Bluejay Pep Missouri State gets set to defend the castle Hammons Student Center, Springfield MO Ahearn to the Line Branson, MO Carver Center, Peoria I...

Game! Of! The! Night! Jan 25: Bucknell at Lehigh

Undefeated powers collide tonight in the Patriot League! One of them you're aware of: league favorite and ESPY winners Bucknell, who are off to a 5-0 start after bravely battling the top teams in the nation. You probably aren't familiar with the home team tonight, Lehigh, unless you're old enough to...

MMBOD Jan 24: David Jackson - Western Illinois

The Fightin' Leathernecks are a perpetual afterthought in the Mid-Con, and the only thing they've had to celebrate in recent years was the 29th-rated recruiting class in D1 last year. Didn't matter, WIU stumbled to 11 wins. They're not doing too much better this year (six wins and a 2-6 conference r...

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