Author Rhett Umphress

7 entries

The Tipping Point

As TMM8 crossed the halfway mark toward its 800-game goal, some realizations start to set in. More than anything, a familiar phrase -- "It's all downhill from here" -- echoes in my mind. Our teams have reached the heart of conference play, and the cannibalization has begun. Over the next 50-plus days, Darwinian...

Hey, I Know You

Basketball scheduling is always a tricky proposition. Coaches and athletic directors look to find a balance that keeps their team competitive, prepares their athletes for conference play and avoids excessive travel. In conference play, meeting opponents twice in a home-and-home series is the norm. The quirks...

Petty Fandom

We become fans of the teams we choose for a variety of reasons. Geography often dictates our choice, as it's much easier to follow a team you'll get to see game after game, night after night, box score after box score in the local paper. Some latch on to a winner; it's more fun to celebrate your team's success...

Perfectly Average Basketball

For its college basketball preview, ESPN The Magazine developed a system to figure out how often each team would defeat the "average" opponent, using the system to rank every Division I team. Central Connecticut State finished with a score of 50.1 percent. For all intents and purposes, the Blue Devils, coincidentally...

The Hawkdacity of Hope

For #TMM8, my first game was at Chase Family Arena and featured the Hartford Hawks. So it was only appropriate that the start of #TMM9 would have me begin with the Hawks once again. I remember the somewhat apathetic crowd -- officially 980 -- that watched that game in January. Hartford was in the midst of...

Anatomy of a Comeback

Based on a poll of the coaches, the second game of the Connecticut 6, the Yale Bulldogs versus the Sacred Heart Pioneers, was supposed to be the best matchup of the day. In the first half, the coaches appeared to be very wrong. After trading the lead for the first 10 minutes, the Bulldogs went on a 24-9 run...

Education

I wasn't entirely sure how involved I was going to be with #TMM9, especially after I heard about the team format that would be used. I wanted to contribute, but I didn't want to be the dead weight that held anyone back. A few serendipitous things came together, though, to persuade me to join in for another go-around...

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