Author Matt Cayuela

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Covenant at Coastal Carolina 11/11/2011

For as long as I can remember I have always been a basketball fan. I will watch any'basketball be it college or pro, as I used to be a Detroit Pistons season ticket holder for 5 years when I lived in Michigan. When I moved to Myrtle Beach in 2005 I soon learned that I was in the'minority being a'NBA fan'in...

Methodist at Coastal Carolina 11/12/2011

Two games in two days is a pretty rare occurrence for any college basketball team outside of these early season tournaments, but that is is what Coastal Carolina had today with Methodist University today. On the drive away from the arena last night I was listening to CCU coach Cliff Ellis on the radio post game...

Louisiana State at Coastal Carolina 11/15/2011

For quite some time, even before I moved down to the area nearly 7 years ago there was always rumblings of Coastal Carolina getting a new basketball arena. There were many false starts and lost investors until early 2010. The Student Recreation and Convocation Center that would seat around 3200 people (more than...

Spalding at Coastal Carolina 11/18/2011

Even before Coastal Carolina released its basketball schedule for this year, I already knew what was going to happen. There was most likely going to be 4 Non-Division 1 opponents on it, as that was the maximum that teams could schedule. They had done this the previous 3 years under Cliff Ellis, so why would this...

Tulsa vs. Saint Joseph's 11/20/2011

I woke up Sunday morning like I would any other Sunday during the NFL season. I flipped on the TV to one of the talking heads NFL preview shows. I was bored as usual with it, as even...

Marshall at North Carolina-Wilmington 11/22/2011

One of my favorite NCAA Tournament games of all time has to be from the '02 tourney in the 1st round when UNC-Wilmington knocked off USC in OT 93-89. That game and Seahawk team was led by Brett Blizzard. With the upset and such a unique last name, Blizzard, a 3 point gunner and eventual all time leading scorer...

Davidson at UNC Wilmington 11/26/2011

I was in a good mood as I drove to Wilmington to watch UNCW vs Davidson for an afternoon tilt. I was in the middle of a 4 day weekend, it was a nice day outside and teams below the red line had been racking up the upsets. I decided to arrive to Wilmington a little bit earlier this time just so I could check out...

Virginia Military Institute at Coastal Carolina 12/1/2011

I was really looking forward to the matchup of Coastal'Carolina and VMI when the schedule was first released. While I always appreciate'slowed-down defensive basketball I'd have to say VMI is a guilty pleasure for'me. As many of you know, VMI plays at a ridiculous pace with the full court'press and tons of 3's....

Liberty at Coastal Carolina 12/3/2011

The 2011 Liberty Flames could have had brothers of two'NBA stars on their team. It was three years ago when Seth Curry, brother of Stephen'Curry, decided to leave the Flames as a freshman to go to Duke. He averaged 20 points as a freshman so one could only imagine how good he would be going into his senior year....

Antagonist

The first time I went to The Citadel and McAlister Field House was a very memorable experience that I soon forgot. I know that may not make much sense, but let me explain. It was two years ago almost to the day when I made the trip down to McAlister to watch Michigan State take on The Citadel. The place was...

Welcome Back Camels

While perusing the schedule this year, I was trying to find an opportunity to get to see two games in one day that weren't too far apart. I came across December 10th and found the perfect opportunity, with the first game being an early tip-off between Campbell and Methodis,t and a night time tip-off with Charlotte...

Battle for the Hornet's Nest Trophy

After watching Campbell easily take out Methodist, I jumped into the car and headed to the main event of my evening. I had to travel across North Carolina to Charlotte's game against Davidson in ...

Virginia Wise at Winthrop 12/11/2011

My third game in two days took me to Rock Hill, S.C., to check out the Winthrop Eagles take on Division 3 school Virginia-Wise. It was a short drive from Charlotte to Rock Hill, with the two cities neighboring each other along the North and South Carolina border. I had plenty of time to blow before gametime, so...

Home for the Holidays

I hadn't been home to Michigan in a little over three years. I felt a bit bad about it, but it wasn't as if my family didn't enjoy coming down to Myrtle Beach to visit instead. I asked my mom if she just wanted to buy me a ticket to come up for a Christmas as my present. While it wouldn't be over Christmas time...

Alabama A&M; at Michigan 12/17/2011

For as long I can remember, I have never liked the Michigan Wolverines. When I was 6 or 7 years old, my favorite color was green, so I became a fan of Michigan State. Growing up I was in the minority through grade school and middle school. Most of rural Michigan are MSU fans, while the more suburban areas, which...

They Play Basketball at These Schools Too

With my sister recently moving outside of metro Detroit to Lambertville, Michigan near the Ohio border I knew this would be a good opportunity to make the 8 mile trip down to Toledo when I went up there to visit. When I checked out the schedule I was not too excited when I saw the only game I could get to was...

One Night Only

In my review of a Michigan game a few days ago, I went over just how I became a Michigan State fan. This left me in a bit of a situation on Monday night, when I got tickets for Missouri-Kansas City's visit to MSU -- I've been a Spartan fan my whole life, but had never actually been to the Breslin Center. So I...

Palmetto State Showdown

To say that Coastal Carolina and College of Charleston are the two best teams in the state of South Carolina isn't too far of a stretch. That's the angle most of the local media had been using leading into Thursday night's matchup.The University of South Carolina seems to be having a down year while both teams...

Final Chance at a Black Line Upset

I didn't have very high expectations when I decided to check out a Charleston Southern game. I had never been to CSU, but generally everything I had heard about the place was never positive. Granted, this was usually coming from many people associated with Coastal Carolina, a main rival, but I had never heard...

Seahawks Growing Up

The last time I had seen UNC-Wilmington they were a winless team with a bunch of underclassmen trying to find out how to play as a team. The Seahawks were battling, but couldn't put a full game together in close losses. Since then, they have picked up a few good wins including at Illinois State and Campbell. Much...

When It All Goes Wrong

When the schedules were finally released for the season, I scanned the games I wanted to attend. I knew long weekends off work during the holidays would be a perfect time for possible road trips that weren't too far away. I saw that Coastal Carolina was facing High Point on New Year's Eve, so I knew that I definitely...

Avoiding Amateur Night With a Conference Clash

A lot of my friends were questioning me as to why I was driving around North Carolina watching basketball games on New Year's Eve instead of going out partying and drinking. I do run a happy-hour website for Myrtle Beach and am known to go out many nights a week, so everyone figured I'd have something big planned....

First Foray Into the CAA

I came into my last holiday vacation day from work a bit excited for the doubleheader I was going to see in North Carolina. I was going to attend two conference games which figured to be even matchups with the first being Delaware coming down to UNC-Wilmington. It was the first CAA conference game I'd get to be...

Chanticleer and Camel OT Classic

After seeing a stellar game in Wilmington in the afternoon I jumped in the car and started my journey towards my second stop of the day at Campbell in Buies Creek, NC. The nearly two-hour drive went by as quickly as I could hope for as I spent most of the time exploring the AM dial. It's interesting what cities...

Good Seats Still Available

As I was driving down to North Charleston on Thursday I'figured I was in the clear and it was time for the real mid-major basketball'experience to begin. Holiday break was finally over with and while Charleston Southern has the small CSU Field House, at least the students and band would be'out and there had to...

The Big South Goes to the Wire Again

I really had no idea what to expect going into Saturday's Big South conference game between Coastal Carolina and Charleston Southern. Within the past week, I had seen a CCU team that had squeaked a game out against conference foe High Point on the road and had a close loss to in overtime against Campbell. Charleston...

Recurring Theme for CCU

I hadn't been to a game in 5 days and other than over Christmas, where game selection was limited, this was my longest stretch between games. It was going to be slow week and a half or so travelwise since I was only going to catch 2 Coastal Carolina home games on Thursday and Saturday. This 800GP experience...

Trying Something New

When I first heard about the 800 Games Project I knew I wanted to do my part. I figured I could add a good amount of games being a CCU season ticket holder. Once the season started I found myself looking around to see what colleges were within a reasonable distance and started making my way to those games. I even...

Humpty Dumpty Can Shoot the Ball

I was glad to make the relatively short drive to Wilmington from Conway after work on Wednesday to check out UNCW taking on James Madison. I had been to Wilmington for four games so far this season, but they were all during Thanksgiving or Christmas break so I hadn't gotten a chance to see what Trask Coliseum...

A Guarantee (-d To Be Close) Game

I was a bit hesitant looking at my "I Will" checklist going into Thursday night. I had the Gardner-Webb at Winthrop game marked off. I had been to Winthrop once before this year, but that was on a weekend and I was coming back from Charlotte. This was a game in the middle of the work week, what was I thinking?...

Hurry Up and Win Already

It has become somewhat of a tradition as of late for me to try to catch a double header of college basketball on Saturdays. I have done it several times so far this year and already have other trips in the works. I thought I'd be good to go on Saturday the 21st, as I already had a ticket to Coastal Carolina when...

Buccaneers Surging in Big South

I didn't think there would be any tickets available to the Winthrop at Charleston Southern game when I searched for them a few days prior. Winthrop is no longer the powerhouse they used to be, but they can still attract fans when they travel to any Big South arena. Charleston Southern has such a small arena, so...

Best Cure For a Hangover? A SoCon Buzzer Beater

I really had a busy weekend of college basketball planned. I had gone to two games on Saturday and had another planned for Sunday in Greensboro. The game was at 2pm, so I knew I wasn't going to get to sleep in until whenever I felt like I normally do on Sundays. I'd been to Greensboro before and it takes close...

Searching For A Signature Win

Earlier in the season, when looking to buy tickets from the UNC-Wilmington website, there was an option to purchase 4 games at once at a discounted price. You could either get the Old Dominion, VCU, or George Mason packages which guaranteed you a ticket to one of those "premium" games, plus 3 additional home...

Don't Forget To

In going to so many games this year I usually try to plan everything out well beforehand so I can make it to my game destination on time. This is probably only a tenth of wh...

Hawkman Isn't Lame After All

It had been several years since I had last traveled to Boston to visit my friend Jim. We had known each other since second grade and had always shared many of the same sports interests growing...

Records Can Deceive

After watching a pretty good game between Hofstra and'Northeastern, my friend Jim and I were ready for the next game of the day. We'had taken the train to Northeastern, but Jim's wife Abbe picked us up outside the'arena and we headed to Bryant University in Rhode Island. It was just over an hour and the traffic...

Brown's Missed Opportunity

My third game of the day could have been considered the main event of the evening. Harvard s success has become well known throughout the year and it is easily the most recognizable...

Questions Me and the Seahawks Can't Answer

As many of you have already read, the details for Season 9 were released Wednesday afternoon. I was waiting in anticipation, like I m sure others were to see wh...

Slow Down!

The previous game I had seen between Charleston Southern and Campbell was much closer than the final score indicated. It was a high-scoring affair that was bucket for bucket until the Buccaneers pulled away late. Charleston Southern plays with the 17th-highest tempo while Campbell is 2nd in the nation at shooting...

66 Year Olds Shouldn't Say Re-Dunkulous

I made my return to Kimbel Arena for the first time in two weeks. It seemed a lot longer than that since I had been to so many games since then, including a tr...

Homecoming Slump Buster

I didn't think at the beginning of the season I'd be traveling as much as I have or going to as many games as I have been to so far, but there I was, making the drive to Wilmington for the 2nd game in what is becoming a customary Saturday doubleheader. I wasn't too pumped as I had been on previous weekends because...

Camels Get Over the Hum ... Chants

The last time I saw Coastal Carolina and Campbell playit was in Buies Creek, N.C., and probably was the best game I had seen while doing the800GP. While I was rooting for the Chanticleers, I couldn't deny how great thegame was with Campbell winning in overtime. The win put the Camels at 3-0 inconference play,...

High Point Trumps Low Energy

While I love going to games, it can be difficult to raise the excitement level when you realize there isn't much to play for. Sure, if you have a rooting interest in a team you'll want them to win, but every game can't be a rivalry or an epic war with a huge storyline behind it. There are always some games that...

ALLCAPSDAY IN THE A-FUN

IN LOOKING FOR AN ALLCAPSDAY DOUBLEHEADER IN THE CAROLINAS, I HAD SEVERAL OPTIONS TO GO WITH. I COULD HAVE GONE TO CHARLOTTE, BUT I HAD ALREADY BEEN THERE. THERE WAS ALSO CCU AT WINTHROP GAME, BUT WITH IT BEING 4 P.M., IT DIDN'T LEAVE MUCH TIME TO GET TO ANOTHER GAME. THERE WERE THE THREE GAMES IN CHARLESTON,...

COMMITMENT

AFTER LEAVING USC-UPSTATE I HAD A FEW HOURS TO BLOW BEFORE I MADE THE SHORT RIDE TO CLINTON. PRESBYTERIAN WAS HOSTING LIBERTY, BUT THE GAME WASN'T UNTIL 7PM SO I PULLED IN TO A LOCAL BUFFALO WILD WINGS. I'M ALWAYS A FAN OF B-DUBS SINCE THEY WILL PUT ANY GAME ON FOR YOU, HAVE WI-FI, AND HAVE PRETTY DECENT FOOD...

Kimbel's Swan Song to the Big South

Walking into Kimbel Arena I was amazed at how fast the season has gone by. Coastal Carolina still had a home Bracketbusters matchup on Saturday, but this w...

Time to Start Believing

The first time I saw UNC Greensboro was a few weeks ago when they won a buzzer beater against Samford. I went into that game with no knowledge of what the Spartans were all about. I came away with a little bit of an understanding of who they were as a team, but figured they were just on a lucky streak. Well much...

It Ends in a Loss for Kimbel

Saturday really spoke a lot about Coastal Carolina and what the true rooting interests are for the school. The Chanticleer basketball team is coming off of two 28-win seasons, and despite not being as good as those teams, this season's team is still solid with Red Line Upsets over Clemson and LSU. Saturday would...

Kelvin Martin Night

As I made my way down to Charleston Southern to see them host Wofford I was wondering how the Buccaneers would do on their Senior Night. I had just watched Coastal Carolina put up a lackluster performance for their seniors, and I was at Presbyterian on their Senior Night and it didn't end well for them either...

The Final Stretch

This is it, the final week of regular season games. I can't believe how fast the season has zoomed by. While some of you will have next week to close out the regular season, I usually have been going to Big South, SoCon, and some CAA games. All of those conferences close out this Saturday with conference tournaments...

5 Bucks For a Final Four Team? I'll Take It

With only a few days left in the regular season, I was excited that I was going to get a chance to see VCU play. Everyone knows what they were able to accomplish las...

I Should Have Come Here Earlier

I'm surprised it has taken as long as it has for me to see aCollege of Charleston game in Charleston. I've been to Charleston several timesthis season to see The Citadel and Charleston Southern and I was already in theTD Arena this season for the Charleston Classic. Since Joe Wright has beendoing a great job...

Phoenix Torch Spartans

Coming into the final weekend of the regular season I was looking into how I could pull off another Saturday doubleheader. The previous 5 Saturdays I was able to make it to at least two games, so I was hoping to do the same for the final push to 800 games. The possibilities were there to do it, especially up...

First Night of Fortnight

With the Big South tournament startingChampionship Fortnight, I knew I had to get to one of the first-round games. I'd been covering the Big South the entire year, and while thewinner may be destined for the Play-In Game in Dayton, I've really become quitea fan of the conference. The conference has a good variety...

Big South Quarters Game 1 - VMI vs CCU

It would have been convenient for me if the Big SouthTournament had ended up being in Conway for the third straight year. There wouldhave been no travel, and I could have avoided getting a hotel room. Part of methough wanted the tourney to be held elsewhere since it would become a mini-vacation for me. Once UNC-Asheville...

Big South Quarters Game 2 - WU vs CU

After the pasting VMI put on Coastal Carolina, I wasn't in the best spirits. I like VMI and how they play and it is fun to watch them torch teams, but not so fun when you have a rooting interest in the team that is getting crushed. The season was over for the Chanticleers, but there was plenty of tournament left...

Big South Quarters Game 3 - HP vs UNCA

After the first session of the Big South Quarterfinals, I had some time on my hands before the evening session. I had yet to check in to the hotel I was staying at, so I figured I would get that done in the meantime. I could have taken the highways to get to the Holiday Inn, but I wanted to scope out downtown...

Big South Quarters Game 4 - LU vs CSU

With three straight blowout victories in the Big South Quarterfinals I was hoping that I would at least get to see one game that stayed relatively close until the final minutes. The last game of the night was the 4 vs 5 matchup between Charleston Southern and Liberty. Once Kimmel Arena cleared out after UNCA...

Big South Semis Game 1 - VMI vs Winthrop

Wednesday was a long day, it started early for me with the long trip to Asheville, and then there were four games to watch in the Big South Quarterfinals. They weren't the best games I've ever seen, but it was the first time I had been to a tournament, so it was a new experience. The next task in the morning was...

Big South Semis Game 2 - CSU vs UNCA

The second game of the Big South semifinals was the main event for many of the Asheville faithful. The beginning of the previous game between VMI and Winthrop had very few neutral fans, but the crowd got gradually larger and larger as the game went on. Most of the fans were there to see UNCA take on Charleston...

SoCon First Round Game 1 - ASU vs CofC

My main reason for being in Asheville was the Big South Tournament, since it had been the conference I had followed the most during the year. I also have seen a fair share of Southern Conference games this year, and it just so happened that there was a day off between the semifinals and finals of the Big South...

SoCon 1st Round Game 2 - Citadel vs WCU

After watching Appalachian St. eliminate College of Charleston,I decided I wanted to get some food before the next game between The Citadeland Western Carolina. I was sitting on the far side of arena from the entranceand was disappointed to see that the concessions weren't open on my side of thearena. I had to...

SoCon 1st Round Game 3 - FU vs SU

After the first session of the First Round of the SoCon Tournament ended I couldn't get out of the Asheville Civic Center soon enough. While my main reason for being in Asheville was all the basketball games I'd be attending, there was another part of Asheville that I wanted to see. The two hour break between...

SoCon 1st Round Game 4 - UTC vs GSU

Coming into my tenth game in three days I was really hoping to see a close game. In the previous nine games I had seen, the total margin of victory was 152 points. Granted, all of them weren't snoozers, but I had only seen one game that was decided by less than double digits and that was the previous game between...

A Fitting End

On Friday night I had visions of grandeur for my plans on Saturday. I was going to go the Big South Championship game at noon and had several options with what to do on the rest of my day. I could have bolted from Kimmel Arena and get to the Civic Center to see the second game of first session of the SoCon quarterfinals....

Anticipation, Excitement, Exuberance

I often tend to think about things well in advance of them happening, almost to a fault. I can even remember when I started to get excited about TMM9. It was when TMM8 wasn't even over yet. It was February 1st when the details of the upcoming season were revealed. At first, I had a bunch of questions which went...

A Team Above the Line Worth Rooting For

I have long been a fan of the service academies. It could be football or basketball, but as a kid I would always root for them. With several members of my extended family having served in them, it was easy to become a fan. As I got older, I still cheered them on as I more and more realized the disadvantages they...

Familiar Faces

In the first game of the All Military Classic, I was glad that I was able to see two service academies play that I would probably never see play again in Army and Air Force. The problem was that I was not able to recognize too much from either team since they were both new to me. That would not be the case...

Breaking a Routine

In years past, Sundays in the fall were a very basic routine for me. I'd wake up and turn on whatever NFL pregame show that was airing three or four hours before the first kickoff. By the time noon hit, I would start to get ready for the day before heading out to one of the numerous sports bars in the area to...

Explaining the Unexplainable

It was around 11:30 p.m. when I pulled into the parking lot of a local bar in North Myrtle Beach. I had made the two- and-a-half hour drive home from a game and had seen my friend Rob's car in the parking lot, so I figured I'd stop in to say hi. I was not even in the door and I could hear his distinguishable laugh...

Last Minute Game Audible

When I made the commitment to join a team for TMM9, I wanted to make sure I could get to as many games as I could, but not to the point where it would become too much of a strain on other things in my life, with my job being one of them. Being a nine-to-fiver, it makes it easy to be able to catch games after I...

What a Difference Four Days Makes

The early non-conference season brings all kinds of different match-ups. There are schools playing guarantee games, going to multi-team events, playing against in state rivals, playing teams they have never played before, you name it. When I go through and decide which of these games I will be seeing on a given...

When Did Elon Relocate to Hawaii?

I think it is safe to say that the amount of preseason tournaments is getting a bit out of hand. Everyone seems to know that they are mainly a way to schedule more games and an attempt to make as much money as possible for anyone involved. Although the latter part seems to be questionable considering how obscure...

I Can Hear You

My second game of the day would have me seeing the Florida Atlantic Owls face off against the Coppin State Eagles. I knew that this game would be sparsely attended seeing that it was part of the Maui Invitational Mainland Regional hosted by Elon. The Elon Alumni Gym is not that big to begin with, and after the...

Trying To Ditch Predictions

I really wish I could go into every basketball arena with a blank slate. I try to do it a lot of times, but I always have this preconceived notion that I know how a game, or a player, or a team, is about to perform. It would be bliss if I could just watch the game as it unfolds and enjoy it instead of in the back...

Cougars Avoid a Home Court Sweep

After a busy Friday and Saturday of four games in three locations, I had thoughts about taking Sunday off to rest up. Then I saw I would not have as many opportunities to get to go to games after this Thanksgiving Weekend. I figured I had better get to as many games as I could before the schedules started thinning...

Flyer Fanatics Go Home Happy

Once the College of Charleston game against Boston College ended with the hometown Cougar getting a Red Line Upset, the TD Arena turned into a human traffic jam. You had the Charleston fans walking up the aisles, not wanting to stick around for the second game of the afternoon and the Dayton Flyer fans that were...

Apathy, Boredom, Melancholy

Throughout the season, I am sure all of us have particular games that we look forward to if we are fans of teams either above or below the Red Line. It could be the anticipation of the season opener just to get the season started. There are also those big rivalry games that we love and crave. There are conference...

Coach Pitino Comes to Conway

When you are a season ticket holder for a team below the Red Line, you try to find the positives when the school is making its schedule. If you are lucky, you will be able to see a team from above the Red Line visit, but a lot of times there are those games that do not seem to have any positives. What I am intrigued...

They Can't All Be Classics

We all have our reasons on why we go to countless games every year. For some of us, we only go to a handful of games, while others try to go to as many games as possible. It could be for job related reasons that we venture out to distant locations; but in the end aren't we all just looking to be entertained?...

Market Street Battle

On Wednesday, I decided to make my first long midweek trip of the season when I picked the city rivalry game between UNC-Greensboro and North Carolina A&T. I originally had hopes of going to another city rivalry between Charleston and Charleston Southern, but tickets to that game sold out in a matter of minutes....

Not What I Was Expecting

I was pretty excited on my drive up to Greensboro Saturday afternoon. I would be pulling another double-header when that night I would go over to see Elon and Charleston play. It was the first game of the day that I was most excited for though. Two MEAC rivals would be squaring off when North Carolina A&T...

Early SoCon Cliffhanger

My second game of the day would take me out of Greensboro and a short drive over to Elon. The Phoenix would be taking on the Charleston Cougars in an early SoCon tilt. The problem for me was getting out of Greensboro. I had just watched North Carolina Central beat North Carolina A&T in a game that went to...

Ouch!

The College of Charleston prides itself on testing themselves during the non-conference portion of the season. They are not afraid to play a variety of high-profile teams in a given year and they often knock off several of those opponents above the Red Line. In recent years, they have knocked off South Carolina,...

Final Games Before the Break

With the end of semester approaching and exams on the horizon for most schools, it is becoming the part of the season that I dread. The games over Winter break can be some good match-ups, but the usual atmosphere is really diminished. Students are away from campus, you will be lucky to get a pep band or even a...

The Hyphen League

The late Jim Valvano once said that you should beware of any team with a hyphen in its name during the NCAA tournament. There are a ton of potential great basketball programs out there which are state schools that live in the shadow of their better known, longer standing, and better funded campuses. It's time...

Terriers Get the Sweep

It is not often when two teams play back-to-back games against each other in college basketball. If it were to happen, it would usually be when conference teams play the last regular season game against each other and also happen to play each other in the first round of the conference tournament. Having a home-and-home...

Staying Unbeaten

Everyone loves the aura a team has when it is undefeated. It does not matter what the level of competition is, there is always that great feeling when seeing a 0 in the loss column of your favorite squad. Sloppy play and flaws could be running amuck on a team, but that can all be silenced by a perfect record....

Impromptu TMM Meetup

Meeting someone over the internet is nothing new these days. Ten or 15 years ago it could almost be thought of as taboo or scandalous in some circles, but with the invention of social media it has become essentially commonplace. I have run into several people who have followed me first on Twitter. Most of...

Just My Luck

I do look forward to every game I attend no matter how dire the matchup may be. There are instances where finding motivation to make the long drives to some of these games is hard to drum up though. When a team is facing a non-DI school, it is hard to come up with reasons, especially when it is over winter break...

Bumbling Big South

It was not until a few years ago that I had become a fan of the Big South conference. When I first moved to South Carolina nearly eight years ago, it was all about Winthrop. While relatively far away in Rock Hill, the school would get some local coverage in Myrtle Beach especially around March. My interest...

Holiday Bargains

If you are a mid-major fan out there and have always wanted to check out a school but never had an opportunity, this might be the best time of the year to do so. With the students gone on winter break, every university is trying to fill their respective arenas and gyms the best they can. You can find discounted...

Who Can Stop the Bleeding?

If you looked at a schedule at the beginning of the season and saw that Old Dominion was facing the College of Charleston, you would probably think that it would be a very quality mid-major matchup. On one side you had Old Dominion, who has made postseason appearances in the past eight seasons and has had great...

Unexpected Beatdown

Coastal Carolina has done a good job in recent years of getting big name opponents to come to Conway. They rarely have scheduled the dreaded guarantee games with teams above the Red Line under the Cliff Ellis era. There was a scheduling agreement with LSU two years ago where the Tigers were supposed to open...

Not a Top 10 Attitude

"I guess it's not too bad that High Point lost dad. Those three dunks John Brown had were worth the price of admission," is what I heard a boy exclaim to his father as fans were leaving the Millis Center. All I could do was smirk and shake my head as the father did not have a response for his son. The fascination...

Cougars Learning From Mistakes

Usually when I go to see a game, I have to do a little bit of research to try to familiarize myself with the opponents. In the early season, there are new players and non-conference games with teams I do not normally get a chance to see on a regular basis. This would not be a problem for me when I traveled down...

Is It Conference Season Yet?

I do not know about you, but I am ready for conference season to begin. There have been a few early-season conference games as some conferences have already started to crank up conference play. That is not the case yet for the Big South though. Once Longwood joined this season, the Big South created a two-division...

Watching Duke at the Right Price

Trying to get a ticket to a Duke home game is not the easiest thing in the world to do. If you have plenty of disposable income, you can spend a few hundred dollars for a ticket through a third-party ticket service to see the Blue Devils pound on a non-conference opponent. I lucked out several years ago when...

Completing the Palmetto State Checklist

In the past two seasons, I have seen 10 of the 12 Division I schools in South Carolina. The only schools I had yet to see were South Carolina and South Carolina State. The main reason I had yet to go to any Gamecock games is because Ian McCormick has had all of their home games against teams below the Red Line...

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