Author Travis Mason-Bushman

7 entries

My School: Idaho

The first time I came to the Idaho Palouse, a California kid on a college tour of the middle of nowhere, the Kibbie Dome was the first thing I saw of the University of Idaho. Driving east on Highway 8 and rounding the bend at the Washington state line, its grand, curving arch pops out of the monoton...

For Chattanooga, It Begins With A Loss, Too

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The sordid reality of mid-major college basketball was on display for all to see last night in Assembly Hall. No epic David vs. Goliath struggle, no thrilling comeback charge, no last-second heroics, no buzzer-beaters. Rather, this game between the Chattanooga Mocs and the Indiana Hoosiers...

The Ugly Side of The Beautiful Game

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Savannah State Tigers came to Assembly Hall, many fouls were called, the student section was half-empty and the homestanding Indiana Hoosiers picked up an easy win, 94-65. Wait, these things have to be 400 words, right? Damn. In all seriousness, what I watched from the nosebleed seats...

A Blowout for the Whole Family

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- It's Thanksgiving week, and my mother's in town to celebrate the holiday with me. My roots as a basketball fan go back to her roots in Los Angeles -- I cut my teeth watching the Showtime Lakers, Magic and Kareem and Worthy. So it was altogether fitting that the first thing we did together...

The Way vs. The Hall

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- In a state that is synonymous with basketball, the Indiana Hoosiers have, for decades, been the benchmark for success. But in the last two seasons, the Butler Bulldogs have twice done something Indiana hasn't accomplished in a decade: make it to the NCAA National Championship Game. "The Way"...

We'll Lose, I Guarantee It

I sometimes find it odd that more basketball writers don't talk about the seamy side of Our Game -- but then I realize that nobody wants to talk about it. Why ruin the fun? Nobody likes to think ab...

Random, Totally Useless and Beautiful

Author's note: This recap was written on March 16, 2012, retrospectively assessing a game played in Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind. on February 22 of the same year. MACOMB, Ill. - In the annals of college basketball, a game between Indiana University and North Carolina Central University in late February is...

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