Author Kyle Whelliston

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MMBOD Jan 25: Mark Zoller - Pennsylvania

After a rough December against tougher opposition, Penn is ramping up at the right time: January. Last night at the cozy Philly Palestra, the Quakers overcame an old Big 5 nemesis and A-14 foe in LaSalle. Four Penn men scored in double figures to give coach Fran Dunphy his 10th win of the season and...

Game! Of! The! Night! Jan 26: Tennessee Tech at Murray State

It's on in the Ohio Valley tonight, as the two best teams in the conference battle for seeding position. Tech (9-2) is on a six-game win streak; the RPI No. 73 Golden Eagles are led by a three-man double-figure-scoring backcourt, and despite being solidly in the middle of all OVC statistical measure...

Game! Of! The! Night! Jan 27: Elon at Davidson

We're sticking with the SoCon tonight. North-leading Elon has streaked to a 6-0 record and has won eight straight games. How are they doing it? Certainly not by shooting the ball: their 42% team FG rate is second-to-last in the league. And how they've been managing without the services of Chris Porn...

Game! Of! The! Night! Jan 28: Old Dominion at George Mason

The CAA's chances to avoid going stag to the Big Dance likely fizzled for another year when the last team having anything an at-large NCAA resumé, George Mason, lost to UNCW last Saturday. There are just too many untimely and/or embarrassing losses here. But now, hopefully, we can forge...

MMBOD Jan 27: Justin Hare - Belmont

Astyle=font-weight:bold HREF=http://schools.basketballstate.com/KENN>Kennesaw State may be reigning over the A-Sun right now, but they can't go to the conference tournament as a transitional D1. Last night on regional television, Belmont knocked Matt Doherty's FAU Owls out of "first," and did so ...

MMBOD Jan 28: Paul Millsap - Louisiana Tech

Postseason-ineligible Fresno has made life difficult for postseason-hopeful Utah State and Nevada in the WAC, but postseason-maybe-just-maybe LaTech has been able to take care of them - twice, in fact. Last night, the Bulldogs' Ja'Vance Coleman lofted a three-pointer over the head of the man picture...

MMBOD Jan 30: Dashaun Wood - Wright State

Wright State speaks for most of the Horizon League right now - decent little team, .500-or-so record, completely overshadowed by Wisconsin-Milwaukee. But they stuck with UWM in a 61-54 loss in Brew City two weekends ago, and broke a four-game slide last night with Youngstown State in the house. The ...

MMBOD Jan 31: Nick Porter - Creighton

Just as Northern Iowa ascended into the Top 25's popularity contest, Valley reality kicked in: last night, Creighton's home floor swallowed the Panthers up for the 10th straight time. That's the macro view; CU's won eight of their last nine (including the matchup with UNI in Iowa) since they lost Na...

Game! Of! The! Night! Feb 01: Kent State at Ohio

What can the Mid-American Conference do to catch a break? Take the Bracket Buster, for instance. Whellistonian darling Akron gets a sweet shot at Nevada (RPI No. 53), but Kent hosts Butler (98) and Ohio takes on Samford (79). How's that going to bring up the numbers, One Bid MAC?Tonight in Athens, t...

MMBOD Feb 01: Tyson Schnitker - Indiana State

Of all the teams to break Southern Illinois' 33-game home win streak and all-time Valley 42-game run, you'd never figure it would be Indiana State -- the streaky Sycamores went in to the game losers of 11 straight (remember, they went 8-0 to start the year). It was ISU's first win at SIU Arena since...

Game! Of! The! Night! Feb 02: California-Irvine at Pacific

This is it - preseason Big West favorite Pacific's last chance to rein in runaway UCI before the stretch run starts. The Anteaters (12-8, 8-0) were 4-8 in non-conference play, but they suddenly found their mojo once BWC play started. They've already beaten UOP once,a 70-61 decision at their Bren Eve...

MMBOD Feb 02: David Fisher - New Mexico State

David Fisher's had a rough couple of weeks (no, not that David Fisher). The New Mexico State guard was declared academically ineligible in mid-January, but appealed to the school and NCAA to "reinterpret" his grades and was successfully reinstated. Now, I don't know what any of that means (I got a D...

Game! Of! The! Night! Feb 03: Kennesaw State at North Florida

The two Division I newbies in the Atlantic Sun have taken drastically different paths. North Florida has performed exactly how a team new to this level should. They're second-to-dead-last in the RPI (No. 333), due primarily to their ugly 2-11 conference record, 5-15 overall. That's not to say there ...

Game! Of! The! Night! Feb 04: Southern Illinois at Wichita State

This season's first meeting between the Shockers and Salukis was a see-saw showdown in which SIU held Wichita State to 32% shooting, their worst floor performance of the year. Tonight, when two of the four 9-3 MVC teams collide, 6-10 Shox center Paul Miller and co. will attempt to avenge that loss i...

Game! Of! The! Night! Feb 06: Loyola Marymount at San Diego

It's tough toiling inUMPFN's shadow, but these two squads have done yeoman's work indeed - the Lions and the Toreros will battle for second place in the West Coast Conference tonight at the Slim Gym. LMU has shaken off a rough non-conference start (3-11) to run a 5-2 WCC record; they give up as many...

MMBOD Feb 06: Nick Fazekas - Nevada

All due respect to Grambling's Brion Rush and Josh Hinz of Beloit (he's D3-ineligible) - but we're not about gaudy stats around here, just the solid performances that win ballgames. The Big Freak is our first three-time winner of the BOTD award, and it's for his third 35+ performance of the season. ...

MMBOD Feb 05: Jared Jordan - Marist

When Old Dominion drew Marist in the BracketBusters Presented by The Mid-Majority event, it seemed like a slap in the face, an insult, a punishment for not living up to the hype. Now there's a real possibility they might lose that game. Why? The Red Foxes are starting to ramp it up, winning nine of ...

MMBOD Feb 06: Whit Holcomb-Faye - Radford

Mr. Holcomb-Faye started his season with a bang, leading his team in scoring 11 times in Radford's first 17 games (including a BOTD nod on Nov. 30). But in the past couple of weeks, Holcomb-Faye has struggled, shooting 28% from the floor over a recent three-game stretch against Birmingham Southern, ...

Game! Of! The! Night! Feb 07: Wichita State at Northern Iowa

Doesn't it seem like every time you turn around, there's a life-or-death game in the MVC? With Wichita State's 2OT win over Southern Illinois on Saturday, the four-headed monster atop the Valley standings is now three: UNI, Wichita and Creighton are all 10-3 with five league games to go, with SIU a ...

MMBOD Feb 07: Julien Mills - Ball State

There hasn't been too much of a reason to mention David Letterman U. in this space so far -- the Cardinals have really struggled to find points (62.3 PF, 42.8% FG) and have slumped to a 4-8 league record, continuing a slow and sad decline for a program that used to contend for the MAC title year in ...

Game! Of! The! Night! Feb 09: Northern Illinois at Ohio

With the sad state of the MAC West these days, I'm ready to declare Northern Illinois (13-7, 8-4 Mid-American) an honorary member of the East division. Their current four-game win streak echoes the West-beating runs of the right-siders' thumpings of the Astyle=font-weight:bold HREF=http://schools.ba...

MMBOD Feb 08: Jason Wingate - Manhattan

Bobby Gonzalez played just seven guys in this one, and five of them played 30+ minutes. Exhausted? No way! One of those Jaspers who played a full 40 (pictured, left) was a high-hopping 6'0" guard who shot 64% from the floor including four big threes, and Wingate helped lead Manhattan to a big win ac...

MMBOD Feb 09: Kelly Golob - Northern Arizona

Folks have questions about the surprise team atop the Big Sky (especiallyWestern Kentucky, the team that drew them in the BracketBuster), and The Mid-Majority has answers. The Northern Arizona Lumberjacks are not real lumberjacks, and the Walkup Skydome is not available from the Home Depot. And thei...

Game! Of! The! Night! Feb 11: Southern Illinois at Creighton

Ever since Moss Man and the Indiana State Sycamores upset the Salukis on their home floor, 10-4 SIU's been a bit blue. But a road win at 11-3 Creighton (a team that they beat back on Jan. 24) would certainly give them the emotional lift they need to head into the MVC's stretch run. The Bluejays, on ...

MMBOD Feb 11: Dashaun Wood - Wright State

The fifty minutes of a double-overtime game give everyone equal opportunity to be hero and goat -- oftentimes, all in the same contest. Wright's sparkplug junior guard had 20 points in regulation, but missed an opportunity to win the game with a wildly unsuccessful lane-drive at the buzzer; then he ...

MMBOD Feb 12: A.J. Jackson - Robert Morris

Very, very few players in the NEC have Tournament experience that doesn't involve a high teen seed. A.J. Jackson does - he was the guy who came off the bench when Zakee Wadood had too many fouls, back in East Tennessee State's recent SoCon glory days. But that gets tiring. Jackson sat out a year and...

Game! Of! The! Night! Feb 13: Louisiana Tech at Nevada

When they say Big Monday, they mean it. Two 8-3 teams square off in a showdown that will determine sole possession first place in the Wizzac; third wheel Utah State made this possible by graciously obliging at home to NMSU on Saturday. Last time these two met was Groundhog Day, which saw a 65-53 Pac...

Game! Of! The! Night! Feb 14: Creighton at Wichita State

All due respect to the Valentine's Day bloodbath tonight between Penn and Princeton, there's no love lost in the upper reaches of the MVC. After a freaky weekend that saw five road wins, the best (and mathematically strangest) mid-major conference in America still features a four-way tie at the top ...

MMBOD Feb 13: Elton Nesbitt - Georgia Southern

The Southern Conference is one of the oldest and proudest leagues in college basketball. Once the stomping grounds of Duke and Carolina, events have conspired to unspin the most disappointing season in the SoCon's 85-year history: once unthinkable, it now looks like a possible play-in league. On a n...

MMBOD Feb 14: Matt Witt - Eastern Kentucky

Eastern Kentucky was one of the great feel-good stories of last season, completing a five-year rebuilding program by winning 22 games and winning the OVC championship. One of the primary symbols of that team was a pass-first, shoot-last point guard who set the Colonel's tempo with a steady staccato ...

Game! Of! The! Night! Feb 15: Hofstra at North Carolina-Wilmington

When I called Hofstra head coach last summer to get his take on this season's CAA race, he said, "It's all about Old Dominion, baby." Well, in a strange twist of fate, it's been partially about Hofstra. They're just a game out in the loss column as the Colonial's stretch run begins.Tonight's tilt fe...

MMBOD Feb 15: Chris Jordan - Sam Houston State

The Southland race has devolved into a romp for 10-1 Astyle=font-weight:bold HREF=http://schools.basketballstate.com/NWSU>Northwestern State, so it's easy to forget about the other good team in the league - the one that's hovering just outside the RPI Top 100, the one the was stealing all the hea...

Game! Of! The! Night! Feb 16: Belmont at Gardner-Webb

The Atlantic Sun race looks just like the Missouri Valley's: five teams with guady league records battling it out for conference supremacy. Well, at least until you look at the RPI numbers. Tonight is Thrill-A-Minute Thursday, as the A-Fun hosts two meaningful separation games among its elite. East ...

Game! Of! The! Night! Feb 17: Akron at Nevada

Here is is... it's BracketBusters time, and while we'll stop short of encouraging signal theft, do whatever you need to do to be in front of one of the 39 U.S. television sets that can pick up ESPNU tonight. Because you're going to get to see two teams that will likely have NCAA seed numbers attache...

MMBOD Feb 16: Rodney Webb - Florida Atlantic

No, not Gardner-Webb (although they did get a big win over Belmont last night), Rodney Webb. In an 83-78 win that likely saved their season, Florida Atlantic's hot guard scored 21 of his 30 in the first half and banged out jumpers at a 75% clip, all of which helped Matt Doherty's boys take down a bi...

Game! Of! The! Night! Feb 18: George Mason at Wichita State

Sure, there's that Bucknell-Northern Iowa tilt, but this is the only game in BracketBusterLand that matches up the current leaders from two of America's premier mid-major conferences. In the midst of the Four-Bid Valley discussion (or 5BV or 6BV, if you swing that way), Wichita State (21-6, 12-4 MVC...

MMBOD Feb 17: Nick Fazekas - Nevada

One of the strengths of the Joint Photographic Experts' Group (JPEG) compression format is that pictures can be displayed over and over in web browsers, with no degradation of image quality over time. That's why we can put Nick Fazekas here in this space over and over, and not have to worry about ev...

MMBOD Feb 20: Kevin Gardner - Boston University

Senior Day is a special occasion, a chance for the fans celebrate the careers of your outgoing players one last time. And while preseason America East favorite Boston University hasn't had much to crow about this season (they're 10-15, 7-7), the senior forward pictured to the left had the game of hi...

Game! Of! The! Night! Feb 20: Vermont at Albany

It's back to work for the BracketBusting Cats and Dogs of the America East. Albany did the conference proud by dominating on the boards (+14) in their 70-67 near-miss against VCU on Friday night; Vermont had less luck, shooting 27% and losing to ex-AE Drexel in the radio-only portion of the event.An...

MMBOD Feb 20: Larry Blair - Liberty

Dr. Jerry Falwell might be tempted to explain Liberty's worst-beats-first win over Winthrop (18-7, 11-3) as evidence of the divine, but the Big South upset special was likely a combination of two very secular factors: fatigue from the Eagles' double-overtime BracketBuster victory and the uplifting p...

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

Two 9-4 teams go at it tonight with a share of the Southern Conference South division title on the line, and will get top seeding in next week's tourney should fellow 9-4 Elon stumble in the North. Davidson (16-9 overall) is a good team that has turned in too many awful performances, such as their d...

MMBOD Feb 21: Matt Webster - Evansville

The Five-Bid Valley: wonderful idea in theory, but it proved to be a complicated Rube Goldberg device with far too many moving parts. Last night, the spoon-lever designed to move the golden egg from the mini-seesaw to the hamster wheel was smashed to pieces.Much like Wichita State's thunderous colla...

Game! Of! The! Night! Feb 22: Lehigh at Bucknell

Short odds that there would be a game like this this late in the Patriot League season; you'd be right if you guessed that 12-0 Bucknell would be one of the participants, but traditional power Holy Cross' losses (three) means that the 'Saders could make this particular party. Nobody expected Lehigh ...

Game! Of! The! Night! Feb 23: North Carolina-Wilmington at Virginia Commonwealth

The University of North Carolina at Wilmington is a classic mid-major tale in the making: a scrappy bunch who masks their shooting inefficiencies with nationally-ranked defense, who shook off an embarrassing loss to RPI No. 278 East Carolina to go 13-3 in conference. But they're competing with lots ...

MMBOD Feb 23: Loren Stokes - Hofstra

At some point, a team will simply refuse to accept a national ranking; George Mason was the most recent mid-20's mid-major to fall, losing at Hofstra last night and setting up the most incredibly thrilling Colonial tourney in league history. With GMU, Hofstra and UNCW (even Astyle=font-weight:bold H...

MMBOD Feb 24: Ibrahim Jaaber - Pennsylvania

There are two types of people in this world: Ibby and anti-Ibby. When you're Ibby, you conduct your business with a calm dignity and dart-sharp exactitude. Why, being Ibby might make you the most efficient scorer in Division I basketball if you measure the highest effective FG% (64%) for ppg (19.1)....

Game! Of! The! Night! Feb 25: Nevada at Utah State

USU and UNR are old chums; they've got scrapbooks full of Big West memories, back when the Aggies would invite the Wolf Pack over to their house and kick the %&@ out of them just for fun (USU holds a 22-8 all-time edge vs. Nevada). And the last time this 2005-06 Nevada squad lost, it was the 59-...

Game! Of! The! Night! Feb 26: Iona at Manhattan

When these two MAAC titans met in January, the result was a Manhattan blowout at Iona's house. As expected, both teams are 13-4 heading into their return match -- tonight's game will end up settling the regular season title, the tourney No. 1 seed and a double-bye into the semis. The Jaspers had the...

MMBOD Feb 25: Caleb Green - Oral Roberts

IUPUI had the hot 11-1 start and all the headlines (well, here anyway), crimping Oral Roberts' hopes of avenging their agonizing near-miss in last year's tourney. But on the last day of league play, ORU (18-11, 13-3) took advantage of an untimely IUPUI two-game skid, claimed a slice of the regular s...

MMBOD Feb 26: Jeff Xavier - Manhattan

In early January, Manhattan looked like the class of the MAAC; academic and injury losses brought adversity. But last night, Manhattan fought back from a 10-point deficit against their closest rivals in front of an overflow SRO crowd at their green gym, led by Pawtucket's own Jeff Xavier. The Jasper...

Game! Of! The! Night! Feb 27: Delaware State at Bethune-Cookman

The farthest-flung teams in the MEAC go at it tonight in sunny Florida; northeast corner Delaware State (15-1, six straight wins) and far southeastern representative Bethune-Cookman (10-5, four straight) also happen to be the two hottest teams in the league. DSU has dominated the league for the seco...

MMBOD Feb 27: Jordan Hasquet - Montana

Northern Arizona wrapped up the Big Sky one-seed on Saturday afternoon at Sac-State, but their long-awaited trip to pre-season favorite (and No. 2 seed) Montana resulted in a romp that should give the Jacks pause as they move towards tourney time. The Grizzles took the lead five minutes in and never...

Game! Of! The! Night! Feb 28: Eastern Kentucky at Jacksonville State

In the NBA, the playoffs mean "win or go home," but in campus-site tournaments like the OVC's, an opening round victory means "win and go on the road." The winner of this game gets a trip to Nashville to (presumably) play No. 1 seed Murray State on Friday.The Gamecocks feature four double-figure sco...

MMBOD Feb 28: Donnell Covington - Charleston Southern

What's more painful than pain? More painful than having to listen to T-Pain? Winning 19 games, then having your entire season wiped out by a 21-point loss on your home floor to the No. 6 seed. Yowch! The Big South tourney, always good for an upset or two, didn't disappoint in Tuesday night's quarter...

Game! Of! The! Night! Mar 01: Southeastern Louisiana at McNeese State

Northwestern State has taken control of their league and has received plenty of national love, but the Southland's supporting cast is aligning behind them to try and knock off the Demons in the upcoming conference tourney. McNeese (9-5) got blown out 97-79 in Natchitoches last weekend, but no team m...

Game! Of! The! Night! Mar 02: Gardner-Webb vs. East Tennessee State

The A-Fun starts counting casualties today in Johnson City at the home of its new-oldest member. And while ETSU would much rather be fighting it out with their old SoCon buddies in Charleston, S.C. this week, getting to host the conference tourney isn't all bad. They'll get a tough test in hot No. 4...

MMBOD Mar 01: Ricky Woods - Southeastern Louisiana

"Ricky McBoingBoing" is one of the most explosive leapers in Hoops Nation, getting up two or three feet in the air with the absolute minimum of leg-muscle twitchings. His team is springing back too, winning seven of eight Southland Conference games after a five-game losing skid.Woods also became the...

Game! Of! The! Night! Mar 04: Coastal Carolina at Winthrop

Three champions will be crowned today: despite the fact that nearly everyone else will be meeting these teams for the first time today, we know how hard these players and coaches have worked to get to this point. Each winner today will be referred to as "champion" around these parts for the next yea...

Game! Of! The! Night! Mar 05: Bradley vs. Southern Illinois

What a fine mess the MVC tourney has become. Gone are the top seeds, and all the talking heads are having told-you-so field days with all the El Foldos going on. The Missouri Valley Conference is a bubble-busting bust, they say. Teams like Northern Iowa, despite their 23 wins, will have to sweat it ...

MMBOD Mar 05: Randal Falker - Southern Illinois

bc (dc): Southern Illinois has had a great couple years, how do you see them this year?Kyle Whelliston: Everyone's sleeping on the Salukis now, but I really think this is going to turn out to be a good year for them. They'll likely to use the regular season to absorb their big graduation losses and ...

Game! Of! The! Night! Mar 07: Butler vs. Wisconsin-Milwaukee

You probably don't remember who Ryvon Covile is, and there's a reason for that. He missed two free throws with 38 seconds left in last year's Horizon League title game. If he had hit either, Detroit would have likely gone on to the Tournament -- Hoops Nation would have remembered the Titans, and sti...

MMBOD Mar 06: T.J. Carter - North Carolina-Wilmington

So what if their shooters can't hit the side of a barn? When you limit your tourney opponents to 33%, 30% and 38% shooting, you can afford to toss it into the pasture more often. UNC Wilmington will take the sixth most efficient defense in the country (.872 PA per def. possession) all the way to the...

MMBOD Mar 07: Ken Tutt - Oral Roberts

The scenario seemed so familiar: a hungry low-seeded opponent readying to upset the regular-season champs in the title game and go on to the Tournament. Much like last season's shock loss to No. 7 Oakland, No. 6 Chicago State hung around and led into the second half on No. 1 Oral Roberts' home floor...

Game! Of! The! Night! Mar 08: Montana at Northern Arizona

Last week, Montana (21-6, 10-4) destroyed Northern Arizona (20-9, 13-2) at home -- too bad the Lumberjacks had already clinched the No. 1 seed and the regular-season championship. One of the perks of claiming the Big Sky title is that you get to host the semifinals and title game, so their inevitabl...

MMBOD Mar 08: Jordan Hasquet - Montana

Frosh forward Jordan Hasquet only averaged 6.7 ppg and 3.7 rpg this year, but he saved his best performances for Montana's biggest conference rival. Against Northern Arizona, he went 10 and 9 in their first meeting, dropped 30 points in the schedule-ending message game against the regular-season cha...

Game! Of! The! Night! Mar 09: Ohio at Miami (Oh.)

No bids being given out tonight, but we have a decent quarterfinal matchup in the Mid-American. It's actually a semifinal rematch from last year, the trial-by-fire, come-from-behind upset that sent the No. 7-seeded Bobcats on to the title game with brimming confidence. Miami has been the under-the-r...

MMBOD Mar 09: Aaron Nixon - Long Beach State

Snoop would be so proud. Long Beach has been red-hot streaking into the Big West tourney (winning six in a row), and now they've won their first tourney game in six years... the emergence of a sparkplug guard from Cleveland is a primary reason. Davis led the third-fastest team in the nation (78.9 po...

Game! Of! The! Night! Mar 10: Holy Cross vs. Bucknell

One of the great clichés of Championship Week is that it's difficult to beat a team three times. And it's true that familiarity breeds a lot of game tape, but in today's only game featuring a black bid binder and net-cutting, it should be one of the easier trifectas to accomplish. Buckn...

Game! Of! The! Night! Mar 11: Utah State vs. Nevada

Great college basketball traditions: Dickie V, pep bands playing "Hey Baby," and Utah State against Nevada in the Game! Of! The! Night!. This is the third such battle this year -- remember that it was UNR that stopped USU's winning streak in this box, with the 75-57 decision that made the Aggies 5-1...

Epilogue, The Second

INDIANAPOLIS, Apr. 2 -- There are huge signs all over town -- on airport walls, strung over streetlights, over the main gate to the RCA Dome. They all read, "The Road Ends Here." There's also a giant logo on the side of the 45,000-seat venue, a green and gold star with zag-zigging trailers that has...

Flipping The Switch, One More Time

One thing you can never say about our game is that it overstays its welcome. For all but the lucky pocket of players and fans whose season didn't end in a meaningful loss, college basketball is quickly forgotten, gone, off the radar. For some, it's the pull of the new baseball season, but for most...

The Daily Paragraph 11/13/2006 (Lid-lifting Edition)

BLOOMSBURY, N.J. (en route to Charlotte) -- Hello again, friends, and welcome back to TMM's regular schedule. This here is The Daily Paragraph, which is specifically designed to be triply too clever for it's own good: it's a play on existing basketball literature, is a sarcastic/ironic attempt at on...

The Daily Paragraph 11/14/2006 (America East-centric Edition)

ROANOKE, Va. (en route to Charlotte) -- Hello again, friends, and welcome to your mid-major Pre-Hump Day. Before we get to yesterday's action, though, something's been bugging me. I was driving through Maryland this morning, and out of nowhere a beer ad jingle from the Eighties jumped from the dee...

The Daily Paragraph 11/17/2006 (Kansas-Beating Edition)

RICHMOND, Va. - Thank you for your repeat business. Before we get to the mailbag, credit where it's due. Oral Roberts 78, Kansas 71 (Wed.) -- Kansas is undoubtedly the greatest program in the history of college basketball, with links that go as deep as the game's origins themselves. But lately, Bea...

The Daily Paragraph 11/20/2006 (Upset Stomach Edition)

PAWTUCKET, R.I. - By November 19, 2005, there had been 16 games in which a school from one of the eight major conferences had been beaten by a school from one of the 23 other D-I conferences*. [*Unnamed Major Program From the Northwest excluded] This year, on that date, there have been 26. This i...

The Daily Paragraph 11/21/2006 (Insanely Uptempo Edition)

PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- Calendar years. Every 12 months, it's a different one. Crazy stuff, that. But aside from the numbers, here's the only real difference between this basketball season and last season. Last season, ESPN's non-Andy Katz blog was telling you all about how great all these mid-major upse...

The Daily Paragraph 11/25/2006 (Hot Butler Lovin' Edition)

CHICAGO - The holiday season. What a putrid, disgusting thing it's become. Housewives maiming each other over "door-buster" sales, crappy holiday music, pointless religious debates over nomenclature, and all those Lifetime movies starring Valerie Bertinelli about the little town that found the true ...

The Daily Paragraph 11/28/2006 (Close Call Edition)

VALPARAISO, Ind. -- For every upset of a major program by a mid-major (and there have been 44 so far this season, as compared to 36 at this time a year ago), there's a tantalizing near-miss. Like last night at the venerable old Athletics and Recreation Center, where the Brown and Gold of Valpo nearl...

The Daily Paragraph 12/5/2006 (Cash and Prizes Edition)

PHILADELPHIA -- Just a quick check of the tally board: mid-major wins are still ahead of last year's total at this time, 60-54. Seven of those came on "Black Saturday," when you had such corkers as Wichita State's 64-61 nailbiter over Syracuse, in which they held on after building a huge first-half ...

The Daily Paragraph 12/8/2006 (Conference-licious Edition)

WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. -- Let's go straight to the mailbag, no delay, no bullpoop. Kyle, all these heroic recaps of "mid-over-major" results are great and everything, but what about the December games that really matter, the early conference stuff? Stan K. You're right, Stan. It's easy to get caug...

The Daily Paragraph 12/15/2006 (Fear and Loathing Edition)

Kyle, it seems like mid-majors still aren't getting any respect. It doesn't matter how many games CAA or Missouri Valley teams win, it's either a "step towards respectability" or some kind of fluke. How many steps is it going to take? John, Falls Church VA I'll start this like I always do, with ...

The Daily Paragraph 12/17/2006 (Wrappity-Wrap Edition)

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- After the lull of Finals Week, a literal explosion of college basketball action over the weekend! Here are a few results of interest and note from around Hoops Nation. Butler 68, Purdue 65 (Sat.) -- The Bulldogs keep doing what they do. They kept hold of the ball (only 13 tur...

Definitions: What's a Mid-Major?

There's a debate raging in Hoops Nation, one that has very little relevance whatsoever to anything relevant. It's supposed to be about respect, honor and parity. It should be about ball control, free throws and the flex offense. And sure, it's about basketball -- a little bit -- but it's also about ...

The Daily Paragraph 12/20/2006 (The Drexel Edition)

MARTIN, Tenn. -- First of all today, I want to welcome the newest member of the Mid-Majority family, the "vs. Others" page. Every team now has one -- even yours! -- and it's got all sort of cool stuff on it like records and results against current conference opponents, as well as records against oth...

The Daily Paragraph 12/22/2006 (Hot Hot Hot Edition)

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- First, a few noteworthy results from the past couple of days, and after that a couple of quick mailbags. Delaware State 65, at Buffalo 62 Yo, Andy! A win at Buffalo is good, especially if you're from the MEAC! The Hornets shot 63%, and won despite the fact that Buffalo outrebo...

The Daily Paragraph 12/28/2006 (Yule Log Edition)

PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- If you're a native New Yorker, or just someone who lives in a town with a Tribune-owned television station, you probably know about the Yule Log. It's that close-up shot of a fireplace that goes on for a commercial-free two hours and plays Christmas music. I've loved The Log for y...

The Daily Paragraph 12/29/2006 (Travel Edition)

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- I'll tell you what holiday hell is. Last Saturday, heading back home to Providence from another mid-major excursion, I was stuck at New York's Kennedy airport on a scheduled three-hour layover, which suddenly became a seven-hour layover when the schedule started backing up. T...

Goodbye 2006, The Year Of The Mid-Major

PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- I'm not a complainer by nature, not at all. I don't gripe about primetime television becoming a lowest-common denominator toilet, or that Kenny G did a lite-jazz cover of James Blunt's "You're Beautiful," unknowingly creating the audio skeleton-key to hell's gates in the process. ...

The Daily Paragraph 1/2/2007 (Feature-Rich Edition)

MOREHEAD, Ky. -- Let's take a quick look at happenings in Mid-Majorville on the last day of 2006 and first day of 2007. at Southern Illinois 73, Wichita State 68 (MVC) (Jan. 1) -- If you haven't noticed, the Shockers have had a real frustrating run of bad luck and sub-Shocker play recently. It star...

The Daily Paragraph 1/4/2007 (Return Of Tha Krazy Edition)

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- Just a reminder: make sure you get in on the action as The Mid-Majority expands its feature list in 2007 in return for warm, soft cash. We're halfway to unlocking mobile boxscores, a quarter of the way towards the team mileage maps, and we've also a chunk into the Tournament Geni...

The Daily Paragraph 1/5/2007 (American Idol Edition)

I REALLY HAVE NO IDEA WHERE THIS IS, Ala. -- Travelling the highways and byways (mostly byways) of SWAC country is always a strange adventure. One of the most odd things about Alabama is that everywhere you look, there are references to the three American Idol stars the state has produced. This morn...

The Daily Paragraph 1/8/2007 (Weekend Edition)

JACKSON, Miss. -- Mondays from here on out will be busy times as we continue to track all the hot hot conference action, so let's all take a deep breath and let's get to it. Conference Shootaround! Missouri Valley: Yesterday in lovely Springfield, Missouri State broke both an eight-game losing str...

The Daily Paragraph 1/9/2007 (World Container Edition)

NASHVILLE -- I guess it's basic human nature that we try to build fences and walls, to divide the included from the excluded, to protect what's inside from what's outside. There's nothing worse than the idea that the world doesn't make sense -- that's the fundamental building block of organized reli...

The Daily Paragraph 1/11/2007 (Free to Be, U. of Tree Edition)

NATCHITOCHES, La. -- Let's begin today with dispatches from television's hottest mid-season replacement, "How Weird Was My Valley." Kyle, are the Sycamores really this good? This was a team that I thought would be with Illinois State at the bottom of The Valley, but they have a great RPI, and some ...

The Daily Paragraph 1/12/2007 (Scooby Snaxxx Edition)

NATCHITOCHES, La. -- Mid-majors are often the Scrappy-Doos of college basketball (Let me at'im! Let me at'im!), which is probably part of the reason they're so annoying to major schools. But I disavow any such implied connection -- I hated that character as much as you did. Generally, I had a lot o...

The Daily Paragraph 1/15/2007 (King Edition)

LORMAN, Miss. -- BracketBusters season starts in just under two weeks, and that's why we here at the Mid-Majority have put together this little map, so you can start scouting out the home teams (orange) and away teams (grey) and dream about matchups leading into the pairing announcement on Jan. 28. ...

The Daily Paragraph 1/16/2007 (The UMPFN Edition)

NEW ORLEANS -- We discussed this a little yesterday, but there's a growing drumbeat sounding across Hoops Nation; thunder in the distance, if you will. I'm talking, of course, about the potential fall from grace by the sore thumb in our midst, the eternal oddball, the one voted Most Likely To Succee...

The Daily Paragraph 1/18/2007 (Swallow Your Whistle Day Edition)

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. -- It's a seasonably warm Thursday morning in Mid-Majorland, let's get right to it! Conference Shootaround! Colonial: Virginia Commonwealth stretched its CAA record to 7-0 (15-3 overall) at the expense of North Carolina-Wilmington on Wednesday, and The Dub stands for Woeful righ...

The Daily Paragraph 1/19/2007 (Surprise Edition)

PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- No mailbag this week, because quite frankly most of the letters this week were way too personal. Look, I'm a basketball writer, when did my mortgage, my stock portfolio and my "size" suddenly become fair game? Oops, wrong mail folder. Anyway... Every year around this time, we sta...

The Daily Paragraph 1/22/2007 (Bandwagoneering Edition)

CULLOWHEE, N.C. -- Lots to get to today, just like every Monday. And if you haven't signed up to play Bally's BracketBusters Racket yet, you have a lot more to get to than I do. Roll the HTML! The Big Games! at Virginia Commonwealth 80, Old Dominion 75 (Colonial) (box) -- The VCU Rams are the only...

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