Season 1

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Mommy, What's A Mid-Majority?

My earliest basketball memory: it's a cold winter morning in New England, November 1983. I'm eleven years old, and I'm pulling a Greg Ballard Washington Bullets home jersey over my spindly torso (the only one at the sporting goods store that fit me). I'm taller than the other boys in the neighborhoo...

100: The Impossible Dream

One Sunday afternoon in early February, I found myself sitting in a cold, half-empty gymnasium in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. I was watching Rider and Loyola - two of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference's perennial doormats - fall all over each other. It was halftime, and the two squads had barely...

Gloss and Primer

Questions, Frequently Asked and Otherwise So, what's this about? It's about mid-major basketball. Every day except Saturday, I post a "Dribblings" entry to consolidate the scores and news from Mid-Major Land into one easy-to-digest package. It includes recaps of key games, a "Shootaround!" of conf...

Dribblings 11/11/2004 (Season Opener Edition)

National Signing Day, or the first day high school prospects could sign letters-of-intent with colleges, was yesterday. Scout.Com attempts to break down the top recruit coming into each conference in 2005-06. Note: This list will be absolutely useless next spring once the NBA Draft looms. The Sport...

The Mid-Majority vs. Cancer

To the baseball fan, a long winter of hot stove leagues and hibernation is rendered tolerable by that most optimistic of sporting phrases, those two words that warm the soul like sunshine on the coldest of January mornings: "Opening Day." The football fan can summon the bracing chill of September w...

Dribblings 11/12/2004 (Experimental Rules Edition)

When you see your first game of the year on the TV, do not adjust your set. All "exempted tournaments" and some exhibition games will be played under experimental rules, which include a 20'6" 3-point line (9 inches farther out), a wider lane with weird angles, and an NBA-style no-charge zone under t...

Good Burger

Game 001: Drexel 78, University Of The Sciences 45 (exh.) Thursday, November 11, 2004 Daskalakis Athletic Center - Philadelphia, PA The Chili's at 38th and Chestnut Streets in Philadelphia, in an attempt to "get local," offers a menu item they call the "Drexel Dragons Burger." It's a half-pound of ...

Dribblings 11/13/2004 (Backdoor Edition)

The Official Wife Of The Mid-Majority™ was held up at the Boston airport due to the inclement weather, so I was able to surreptitiously grab some beer and pizza and fire up the internet radio for two mirror-image games: Syracuse vs. Princeton and Birmingham Southern vs. Mississippi State. Both...

The Beautiful Season

It is designed to do a lot of things, but it certainly is not designed to break your heart. The game begins in the late autumn, when everything else has shriveled and fallen and died. Its blossoms come slowly in winter's course like crocus starts popping through icefields. And when it does stop, it ...

Dribblings 11/14/2004 (Pet Peeve Edition)

Newsday provides another dreary This-season-is-going-to-be-so-great-because-so-many-seniors-are-staying-in-school tract. I see plenty of guys who stay four years in my travels, so I'm guessing that they mean "seniors with superb chances at being drafted." Personally, I'm sick of this crap. Sure, hav...

MMBOW #1: Jonathan Sanders, St. Mary's

The inaugural anything is tough - there's all that pressure, all those questions. What will the public think? Will this new thing be embraced, accepted? Will it become an iconic institution, or will it join the ranks of such outright flops as Crystal Pepsi, Cop Rock and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays? So...

Dribblings 11/15/2004 (Backscratching Edition)

This site has been open for business no more than six days, and it is already being lit up like a Thanksgiving turkey. Most gratifying, however, are the wonderful things that others are saying about The Mid-Majority elsewhere in the b-ball blogosphere. I am touched and slightly overcome by the kind ...

The Gold Medal for Losers

I can remember a time when close only counted in horseshoes and hand grenades. When second place meant "#1 loser," when gold was for champions and silver was for dinnerware, when "Miss Congeniality" and "bridesmaid" really meant "No Soup For You." There, in the dimmest recesses of my memory, I remem...

Dribblings 11/16/2004 (Walk-On Edition)

The Magnificent Spitlers: USA Today profiles four brothers who all gained spots on Division I basketball teams (Saint Peter's, Stony Brook,Canisius and Holy Cross) the walk-on way. Says Chris Spitler, "What's amazing to me is that all of us could be mediocre enough not to get a scholarship." Air Fo...

Dribblings 11/17/2004 (NIT-picky Edition)

We all know how teams are picked for the postseason National Invitation Tournament. But what's the selection process like for the preseason version, you wonder? The 16 best available teams are based on the following: Projected StrengthReturning StartersReturning LettermenTransfersJunior College Si...

So Fresh, So Clean

Game 002: Pennsylvania 74, Quinnipiac 60 Tuesday, November 16, 2004 The Palestra - Philadelphia, PA A couple of weeks ago, the Official Wife Of The Mid-Majority and I were out a-walking hand-in-hand across the campus of the University of Pennsylvania. We paused to admire the blocky brick facade of ...

Dribblings 11/18/2004 (Sainthood Edition)

I'll admit to having snuck a peek at last-minute flights to Raleigh yesterday. I thought that catching the opening quadrupleheader at the BCA Invitational might give me an early boost towards the 100 game mark. Turns out the only real contest worth the airfare was Oregon State's buzzer-beating Houdi...

Urge Overkill

When your humble proprietor was a wee lad, he played him some base ball. Although official statistics were not recorded in the Keene-Peterborough (N.H.) Pee Wee League, I'm sure that my .560 season batting average (achieved primarily with slap singles) would have been near the top of the league lead...

Dribblings 11/19/2004 (Full-on Sensory Edition)

Can you feel it? That sense that with a new season, anything's possible - whether you're a defending conference champion (Lehigh), a program on the rise (San Diego State). somewhere in the middle (Miami (Oh.)), or a hapless doormat (San Jose State). Can you smell it? Yeah, that's pretty gross. But ...

Garden Variety

Game 003: Memphis 81, St. Mary's 66 Thursday, November 18, 2004 Madison Square Garden - New York, NY The first thing visitors to Madison Square Garden last night noticed was the huge banner stretched across Two Penn Plaza. The large grey swath was a mockup of a newspaper front page featuring the st...

Plan 9 From Starkville

Game 004: Syracuse 71, Mississippi State 58 Thursday, November 18, 2004 Madison Square Garden - New York, NY It's one of the more common getting-to-really-know-you questions there is. "What's the worst movie you've ever seen?" Most will give a stock answer. It'll usually be some low-budget sci-fi ...

It's Showtime At The Apollo

Game 005: Auburn 80, at Temple 78 Friday, November 19, 2004 Liacouras Center - Philadelphia, PA I never attended Temple University. It was a close call, though - when I moved to Philadelphia back in 1997, I looked long and hard at TU as a transfer option. I mean, it's a great school. But my girlfri...

MMBOW #2: Travis Niesen, Santa Clara

When the Mid-Majority Baller Of The Week award made its debut last week, I never expected that it would be argued about in sports bars across the nation, become the target of intense lobbying by athletic directors, or gain a cherished place in college basketball fans' hearts. At least, not right awa...

Dribblings 11/22/2004 (Upset City Edition)

OK, so there are the headline upsets of this past weekend, like Santa Clara over North Carolina and Virginia over Arizona. But here are some other first-weekend results that stick out from the thicket. Long Island over Lehigh, 66-56 (story) - Patriot League defending champs give Penn State a game o...

Bad Apples

Game 006: James Madison 59, at LaSalle 50 Saturday, November 20, 2004 Tom Gola Arena - Philadelphia, PA Do we humans truly have free will to carve our own paths through life, or are we each living out a predetermined destiny that we are essentially powerless to change? When we come into the world, ...

Dribblings 11/23/2004 (Drama Queen Edition)

So if you're not following the controversy over the checkered college career of Wal-Mart heiress and Missouri basketball arena namesake Paige Laurie, or are just having trouble figuring out why her accuser is coming forward years after the fact, here's about getting you up to speed. OK, so there's ...

Dribblings 11/24/2004 (Feast Week Edition)

It's time once again for the Great Alaska Shootout (not to be confused with the Top Of The World Classic). I'm sure it's difficult to be at least 4,000 miles far away from home on Thanksgiving, but I hope the players don't get too bored between games and do stupid things, like, say, getting lost in ...

Palookanomics

Game 007: at Villanova 66, Maryland-Baltimore County 41 Tuesday, November 23, 2004 The Pavilion - Villanova, PA Earlier this month, boxer Thomas "Top Dog" Williams and promoter Bobby Mitchell were found guilty of conspiracy and sports bribery for fixing a fight in Las Vegas four years ago. The go...

Dribblings 11/26/2004 (Leftovers Edition)

Everyone have a great Turkey Day? Excellent. Slight upset in Fort Worth last night, with Colonial favorite Old Dominion taking out previously unbeaten C-USA'ers TCU 79-72 in something called the Corpus Christi Caller-Times Challenge. Otherwise, the essential fabric of the college basketball universe...

Go, Fight, Win

Today, we celebrate the one-weekiversary of the brawl that will likely end up plunging the NBA to levels of fan indifference not seen since the 1970's. Pundits are still lining up to decry a disturbing new "culture of violence" in the modern sports world. Who's to blame? The fans, the players, the m...

Dribblings 11/27/2004 (Who's The Benefactor's Daddy Edition)

Please make sure you check out Yoni's new design over at College Basketball Blog if you haven't already. Clean, fit, functional. I'm now listed in the "pundits" section, although I'm not quite convinced I have pundit-like qualifications. But being listed directly ahead of Mark Cuban is cool. Boo-yah...

Dribblings 11/28/2004 (C-USA Beatdown Edition)

A stocked slate of 113 games yesterday. Where to begin? Alaska-Anchorage 66, High Point 65 (story) - The Great Alaska Shootout gives us the season's first upset of a D1 team by a D2. The Big South's Panthers were up 12 halfway through the second half and let it slip away. Northern IIllinois 84, De...

It Used To Be A Basketball Town

Game 008: at Boston College 79, Clemson 70 Friday, November 26, 2004 Silvio Conte Forum - Boston, MA Back then, you'd come in on the elevated line, chattering and clacking above the streets. Right before North Station, the train would sweep around a wide corner, and there it was - the tan bricks, t...

Sons Of Flubber

Game 009: at Harvard 85, Northeastern 75 Saturday, November 27, 2004 Lavietes Pavilion - Cambridge, MA One of the things that makes our game so great is that no amount of athletic skill will guarantee victory. Teamwork, guts and guile can go a long way - sometimes all the way. We have plenty of exa...

Dribblings 11/29/2004 (It's Not In The Game Edition)

Santa Clara strikes again! A week after making North Carolina extremely angry, the Broncos beat Stanford 86-76 at home. They were led by Travis Niesen and his jump hook - 31 points and 11 rebounds for the reigning MMBOW. Independent Texas A&M-Corpus Christi free-threw a tired Old Dominion team ...

MMBOW #3: Jose Juan Barea, Northeastern

Like a young, wet foal bravely attempting to put his legs under him for the first time, the Mid-Majority Baller Of The Week Award made some happy progress this week towards its very first frolic in the meadow. Yes, this week saw the first vote that originated from the TMM-reading public. It was for ...

Dribblings 11/30/2004 (Agriculture & Mining Edition)

Georgia State 85, Louisiana-Lafayette 78 (story) - A good Atlantic Sun club beat a bigger and stronger Ragin' Cajun team - one picked by many to storm through the Sun Belt Conference this year - by making their free throws down the stretch. It was the front end of a rare non-conference home-and-home...

Dribblings 12/1/2004 (Radio Edition)

Winthrop 60, Providence 54 (story) - The once-mighty Eagles of the Big South are rebuilding (only one upperclassman on the roster) but put in a respectable performance at the Paradise Jam, beating Troy State and Austin Peay after being thrashed by Arkansas. The Friars gift-wrapped this one, going co...

Dribblings 12/2/2004 (Gridlock Edition)

UC Davis 72, Sacramento State 63 (OT) (box) - Davis has to wait until 2007 to achieve full Division I status and join the Big West, but they're wasting no time. The 1998 D2 national champions beat the Big Sky's Hornets in the "Hornets' Nest" by a sizeable margin in overtime, despite never having had...

(How Not To Officiate) Patriot Games

Game 010: at Pennsylvania 65, Bucknell 52 Wednesday, December 1, 2004 The Palestra - Philadelphia, PA As anyone who goes to one of its affiliated schools (or anyone who's read The Last Amateurs) can tell you, the Patriot League was created primarily to give Ivy League schools some early-season foot...

Dribblings 12/3/2004 (Coach's Corner Edition)

Indiana State 62, Birmingham Southern 55 (story) - The prohibitive favorites in the Big South - and champions of the recent Marist Classic - went to Indiana and got beat by the worst team in the Valley. The Sycamores (or the "Trees" if you're cool) did the Panthers in with stingy perimeter defense, ...

Dribblings 12/4/2004 (Crosstown Rivalry Edition)

UNC-Greensboro 79, Southern Mississippi 78 (story) - At Iowa's Hawkeye Challenge, the C-USA's Golden Eagles were up by eight at the break against a second-division SoCon school... but blew the lead and let the Spartans spurt after a Larry Eustachy technical. UNCG's Ricky Hickman led all scorers with...

Dribblings 12/5/2004 (Cavalcade of Recaps Edition)

Virginia Military Institute 72, Virginia Tech 68 (story) - Perennial Big South basement dwellers VMI had been blown out by Old Dominion 86-38 three days previous, so stopping an ACC team they hadn't beaten since 1964 was a bit, umm, unexpected. The Keydets kept the Hokies even on the boards, but sho...

A Separate Reality

Game 011: Pennsylvania 78, LaSalle 67 Saturday, December 4, 2004 The Palestra - Philadelphia, PA Carlos Castaneda's primary life mantra, "fly past the eagle and be free," probably wouldn't go over too well in Philadelphia, a town stuck in a perpetual heartbreak cycle with its football team. But h...

Phrankenstein Monsters

Game 012: Temple 53, Villanova 52 Saturday, December 4, 2004 The Palestra - Philadelphia, PA My Uncle Pete is about as cool as the side of the pillow that's directly under some sweaty guy's butt. A while ago, I heard him use the phrase "jump the shark" while referring to Penn State football. I hope...

Are You There, Hawk? It's Me, Kyle

Game 013: Drexel 57, St. Joseph's 49 Saturday, December 4, 2004 The Palestra - Philadelphia, PA Dear Mr. or Ms. St. Joseph's Hawk, Hello. How are you doing? I hope you don't mind that I'm participating in the ridiculous tradition by writing a "concept" piece in the form of a published open letter,...

Dribblings 12/6/2004 (LOL WTF Edition)

Metro Atlantic: Loyola (Md.) 97, Niagara 89 (story) - Bottom beat top in the MAAC. Shane James, a member of the Canadian junior national team, went 9-for-9 to lead Loyola, who outshot the Purple Eagles 55%-39% and scored 37 of their points on 58 free throws. Despite the fact that Niagara's bruising ...

MMBOW #4: Jaycee Carroll, Utah State

The other day, I was doing something I rarely do - watching SportsCenter. (I'm more of an ESPNews guy.) They were coming in from a commercial break, and they showed a 30-second quick-cut highlight reel of all the Heisman Trophy candidates, set to hot and funky urban beats. There was a repeated loop ...

Dribblings 12/7/2004 (Bizarro World Edition)

Northwestern State 85, Tulane 72 (story) - Northwestern (Louisiana) State is the answer to a trivia question - who won the first NCAA Tournament 65-vs.-64 play-in game? (against Winthrop, 2001). They also beat Kentucky 16 years ago. Not known for their long-range accuracy, the Southland Conference's...

A Very Mid-Majority Christmas

The U.S. Postal Service recommends that folks get their holiday mailing done early, because an estimated 20 billion pieces of mail will be sent through the pipes during these next few weeks. That's a lot of mail. So just because there are 16 whole shopping days left until Christmas doesn't mean you ...

Dribblings 12/8/2004 (Feel The Power Edition)

IUPU-Fort Wayne 64, Utah State 59 (story) - At the IUPU schools, you can choose between a University of Indiana degree and a Purdue one - their marketing people call it "the power of two." Big West co-favorites USU played flat coming off big wins over BYU and Utah, and allowed a hungry IPFW to use t...

Dribblings 12/9/2004 (Worldwide Leading Edition)

Alabama A&M 68, Stephen F. Austin 42 (story) - SFA is one of the many heartbreaking faraway-so-close stories you see in the small-college world. The reason you've never heard of them (unless you have, natch) is because for the past two years, they've won 21 games per season but have fallen a cou...

Living In A Box

Game 014: Central Connecticut State 60, at LaSalle 48 Wednesday, December 8, 2004 Tom Gola Arena - Philadelphia, PA The Jimmy V Classic, a doubleheader of high-profile games designed to be shown on a certain national sports television outlet, was held the other day up at Madison Square Garden. Unfo...

Dribblings 12/10/2004 (100, Not The Loneliest Number Edition)

Massachusetts 61, Connecticut 59 (story) - There were "Fire Lappas" T-shirts here in Philly too, back when Steve coached Villanova... but the folks in Amherst can put theirs in the closet for a while. Last night saw the best thing to happen to UMass since the Pixies reunion - a squeak win over the d...

Dribblings 12/11/2004 (Weekend Edition)

Cal State Fullerton 70, Eastern Washington 68 (OT) (story) - Fullerton, an afterthought in the Big West, was leading by as many as 18 in the second half. But the defending Big Sky champion Eagles narrowed the gap in a free throw festival down the stretch, and forced overtime when EWU's Marc Axton wa...

Dribblings 12/12/2004 (Half-Rack Edition)

UPSETS Southern 67, Southeastern Louisiana 65 (story) - They say "SWAC" stands for "Southern Wins Another Championship," but their hoopsters haven't Danced in 11 years. A squeaker over a SELU team that won 20 games last year will likely stoke the high hopes in Baton Rouge, and help Jaguars fans for...

Dribblings 12/13/2004 (Late-Nite Cramming Edition)

Florida International 65, Florida State 60 (story) - This is not the site you go to if you want thoughtful analysis of the ACC, but people who run those sites are saying that the conference might get seven Tournament bids this season. Team number eight is FSU, whose only convincing win so far is ove...

If You're Scoring At Home

Game 015: at Drexel 66, Quinnipiac 59 Saturday, December 11, 2004 Daskalakis Athletic Center - Philadelphia, PA Long before Hollywood gave actor/writer/director Richard Linklater large sums of money to remake The Bad News Bears, before he crafted the feel-good blockbuster School Of Rock, he made a ...

MMBOW #5: David Moss, Indiana State

Kids sometimes ask me what it takes to be Mid-Majority Baller Of The Week. "Eat your vegetables," I tell them. "And always listen to your parents." After they tell me to go "F" myself, I bemoan the general coarsening of the Great American Dialogue. Then I say that they might achieve their dreams if ...

Hey Hey Hey

Game 016: Wake Forest 67, at Temple 64 Monday, December 13, 2004 Liacouras Center - Philadelphia, PA There are basically two things you need to know about Philadelphia: Pat's Steaks is a thousand times better than Geno's, and Bill Cosby pretty much owns the town. That's right, owns it. Local politi...

Dribblings 12/14/2004 (High-Octane Edition)

San Diego 75, Eastern Washington 56 (story) - San Diego was the 298th-best team in the nation last year in terms of RPI, and now here they are beating the stuffing out of the defending Big Sky champions. EWU is now 2-5, mostly against lower-tier WCC and Big West competition. Is the door open for Web...

Finals Week, Part I: History

Welcome to Mid-Majority Finals Week) are suffering through final examinations, we're taking advantage of the dearth of ballgames this week to offer an exciting mid-major quiz. And fill blog space. So here's the deal. For the next four days, I'll be posting four ten-question quizzes about various as...

Dribblings 12/15/2004 (A Tribute To A Great Man Edition)

Siena 79, Youngstown State 78 (4OT) (story) - The Saints and Penguins were tied at 50 after regulation, and the teams struggled to make baskets in what amounted to a complete third half - Siena barely outshot host YSU 36%-35% for the whole game. Diminutive (5'9") Tay Fisher hit three treys in the fo...

Stuck In The Past

Game 017: at Villanova 68, Fordham 47 Tuesday, December 14, 2004 The Pavilion - Villanova, PA Do you remember where you were on April Fool's Day of 1985? I do. My little 12-year-old self was at my parents' house in southern New Hampshire. My mother had dinner guests that evening, but I had snuck ...

Finals Week, Part II: Geography

Welcome back to Mid-Majority Finals Week!!) whilst displaying your remarkable grasp of all things mid-major. To repeat! "Pencils down" time is Saturday at 6:00 PM EST. Send your completed answer sheets to finalsweek@midmajority.com. The rest of the details about rules and prizes and stuff can be fo...

Dribblings 12/16/2004 (Campfire Edition)

Lander 67, Charleston Southern 59 (story) - To get beat by a Division II team, you usually have to go to Alaska or Hawaii. But this game marked just the third time this season that a true D2 has beaten a D1 - and the first time it's happened at the big school's house. Charleston Southern has traditi...

Finals Week, Part III: Mathematics

Yes, it's still Mid-Majority Finals Week! It's the third day of it, in fact. Today, we have some fine mathematical and statistical questions for you that mostly have to do with mid-major basketball-related things. "Pencils down" time is Saturday at 6:00 PM EST. But you knew that. Unless you just sh...

Dribblings 12/17/2004 (Op-Ed Edition)

No recap-worthy games or newsworthy news in the college hoops world on Thursday, so we're really "faking the funk" today. In August 2003, the Connecticut Post printed a story based on an anonymous letter that charged that Fairfield's basketball program was a cesspool of cash, third-party schoolwork...

Finals Week, Part IV: Bracketology

And here it is, the last day of Mid-Majority Finals Week So here's the deal... you have until Saturday at 6:00 PM EST to send in your answer sheets to finalsweek@midmajority.com. Winners will be notified and all answers will be posted sometime on Sunday. Remember, the timestamp on the e-mail contai...

Dribblings 12/18/2004 (RPI Ain't Nothin' But A Hockey School Edition)

Winthrop 70, East Carolina 55 (story) - With embarrassing losses to D2 teams and potential school-poaching by the Atlantic Sun, it hasn't been the Big South's day, their week, their month, or even their year. But Winthrop has been a big bright spot, running out to a 7-2 record that includes two wins...

Dribblings 12/19/2004 (Thunder In The Valley Edition)

The West Coast Conference and Missouri Valley have a lot in common these days: both are inspiring mid-major geeks almost to the point of bad poetry, both have decent records against power leagues (MVC: 3-7, WCC: 8-10), and both can say that every team but one has a winning non-conference record so f...

Finals Week: The Answer Key

When I put together the Finals Week quiz, I thought that it would be some nice blog-filler for a light week of hoops. I had no idea that people would actually complete it and send it in, and that I'd find myself "grading" 32 tests despite my total lack of teaching experience. I talked to the Officia...

Dribblings 12/20/2004 (Drop Down Get Your Eagle On Edition)

Boston College 82, Yale 80 (2OT) (story) - When Holy Cross pushed Boston College to overtime in a 63-60 thriller back on December 9, Chris over at Hoop Time suggested that maybe, just maybe, friendly officials had too much of a hand in the outcome. After all, HC outrebounded BC 41-39 and 34 of their...

MMBOW #6: Marcellus Sommerville, Bradley

I know why you really visit this site. Once March comes around, you'll be filling out your brackets with confidence - you'll know each of the teen-seeds inside and out. While the CBS pregame camera is trained on some guy from conference X who's shooting jumpers in his sweats, and Billy Packer is fum...

Olde Tyme Basket-Ball

Game 018: at Temple 48, Princeton 46 Monday, December 20, 2004 Liacouras Center - Philadelphia, PA Hoop-endous! Specta-basket-acular! Huzzah, huzzah! Hoop, whoop, hooray! These are but a few of the reactions and recollections that come to this reporter's mind when he thinks about this past eveni...

Dribblings 12/21/2004 (FireEverybody.Com Edition)

Louisiana Tech 64, Memphis 55 (story) - Homestanding Memphis dominated the first period, leading 28-16 at the half after ripping down 24 boards and holding WAC middleton LaTech to 13% shooting (4-for-31). But they let it all slip away by holding themselves to 23% shooting after the break. Memphis st...

Finals Week: School's Out!

This took longer than expected, but we finally have winners in the excitingly academic Finals Week competition! Shockingly, it did come down to timestamps - there were six clean A+ 100% sheets out of 32 completed entries, can you believe it? And nobody had fewer than 34 correct answers. I just want ...

Dribblings 12/22/2004 (Rock and/or Roll Edition)

Alabama State 61, Troy State 48 (story) - Troy is starting from scratch after losing all the starters from their 24-win NIT team of a year ago, and now they're oh and eight. SWAC'ers-on-the-rise Alabama State were the latest to take advantage of the A-Sun club's rebuilding project, beating the Troja...

Dribblings 12/23/2004 (Egg Nog Edition)

Missouri Valley: Evansville 63, Creighton 61 (story) - The first Valley game for both teams offered a glimpse of the red-hot action this ten-deep league will offer. A seesaw second half culminated in a buzzer-beating jumper by Evansville guard Kyle Anslinger, the only Ace starter who didn't post dou...

Cries For Help

Game 019: at Villanova 86, Albany 72 Wednesday, December 22, 2004 The Pavilion - Villanova, PA I just found your story about the Nova vs. Fordham game on the Rivals board. Congratulations. You're living proof that any egotistical, misinformed jackass with a computer and an internet connection can s...

Dribblings 12/24/2004 (X-Mas Edition)

Big West: Idaho 69, Utah State 62 (story) - Because the students were away, this game was moved from the 7,000-seat Cowan Spectrum to Idaho's old, dusty Memorial Gym (seating: 1,300). Utah State (7-3, 0-1 BWC) outshot Idaho 52%-44%, but the undersized Vandals (2-8, 1-0 BWC) outrebounded the visitor...

MMBOW #7: Paul Millsap, Louisiana Tech

Because I took an extra day of X-Mas break yesterday, this week's MMBOW only has six days to rule over the mid-major world instead of the normal seven. I'm feeling a little guilty about this and it even kept me up last night for a few extra minutes, so I wanted to do something extra-special for this...

Dribblings 12/28/2004 (Holiday Hoops Edition)

Iona 77, Rhode Island 62 (story) - URI has made two straight trips to the NIT, but their 1-7 start must be reminding fans of the bleak three seasons that constituted the post-Lamar Odom era. "Murphy's Rams" just can't seem to score points or catch a break this year. In addition to losing 23 points p...

The Book Of Bob

Game 020: at Villanova 81, Middle Tennessee State 62 Monday, December 27, 2004 The Pavilion - Villanova, Pennsylvania CHAPTER 1 1 There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was blameless and upright and turned away from all evil. 2 There were born to him seven sons and thre...

Dribblings 12/29/2004 (Where Are They Now? Edition)

Bucknell 69, St. Joseph's 62 (story) - This was the second straight win over the top half of the RPI for Bucknell (Niagara last Wednesday), so I'm as ready as anyone to join the chorus of those who would give them the Patriot League crown before it's actually awarded. Most importantly, this will lik...

Die By The Three

Game 021: at Drexel 76, Monmouth 47 Tuesday, December 28, 2004 Daskalakis Athletic Center - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Like so many great things, it all started at the University of Oregon. Hall Of Fame coach Howard "Hobby" Hobson led the Ducks back in the Forties, and he also served on the NCAA ru...

Dribblings 12/30/2004 (ZZZ-fense Edition)

Southeast Missouri 65, Saint Louis 49 (story) - When you have a defensive club that has trouble scoring points, you'll still end up beating a few teams. When your defense goes missing and you still can't score points, everyone will beat you. This is the story of the Billikens, whose lost season (2-9...

Traffic

Game 022: Columbia 64, Canisius 58 Thursday, December 30, 2004 Madison Square Garden - New York, New York When the Columbia Lions men's basketball team got stuck in traffic earlier this month on the way to Hofstra, prompting the postponement of their game against the Pride, I made mock. I poked fun...

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Game 023: St. John's 63, N.C. State 45 Thursday, December 30, 2004 Madison Square Garden - New York, New York (click for close-up) ...

Dribblings 12/31/2004 (Not-So-Fearless Prediction Edition)

Missouri Valley: IIlinois State 62, Southwest Missouri State 61 (story) - I apologize in advance if this site goes through January and February stretches where it seems like the All-Valley Blog, but this league is going to be red-hot. Illinois State (8-3, 1-1 MVC) is rising Phoenix-like from a disas...

Dribblings 1/2/2005 (Hangover Edition)

WAC: Nevada 58, Hawaii 55 (story) - Anyone in the East who stayed up until 2 in the morning (or owns a TiVo) got to see a thriller from America's favorite high elevated upper mid-major conference, full of 8-0 runs and a back-and-forth finish. Heavily-inked Rainbow Warrior pointman Matt Gibson scored...

Dribblings 1/3/2005 (Luxury Edition)

Bucknell 69, Pittsburgh 66 (story) - How important was this win by Bucknell at Pittsburgh, the first time they had beaten Pitt anywhere since Jimmy V roamed the Bison sideline in the Seventies? How big was an balanced offensive attack that saw three Bucknell players score in double figures, a team e...

MMBOW #8: Michael Harris, Rice

Our eighth Mid-Majority Baller Of The Week is Michael Harris of the Rice Owls, who also happens to be the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week as well. The 6-6, 240-lb. senior power forward wants to let everyone know that Rice isn't just about baseball, and wishes to end the Owls' 35-year ...

Dribblings 1/4/2005 (Topsy-Turvy Edition)

Mid-Continent: Missouri-Kansas City 77, IUPUI 61 (story) - If anyone's going to catch Oral Roberts in the Mid-Con this year it's IUPUI, who made a name for themselves (errr, make that an acronym for themselves) by going to the Tournament in 2003, then coming five points short last year. UMKC, whose ...

Big Time! (I'm On My Way, I'm Making It)

Game 024: Boston University 72, at Albany 69 Sunday, January 2, 2005 Recreation and Convocation Center - Albany, New York When you play college hoops on your PlayStation or XBox, you have the option to enter something called "legacy mode." As you take the reins of a bottom-feeding school and try to...

Coffee Break

Game 025: at Providence 79, Brown 63 Monday, January 3, 2005 Dunkin' Donuts Center - Providence, Rhode Island A few weeks back, I was catching up with an old aquaintance from my days out at Oregon. He was telling me about this wedding he went to last summer in western Massachusetts. I was made to u...

Dribblings 1/5/2005 (Quarter-Pole Edition)

Hoops Nation rejoice! College football season is finally over! Mid-Continent: Oral Roberts 73, Southern Utah 67 (story) - It was a ho-hum night for the Golden Eagles' wonder twin powers: pocket-sized guard Ken Tutt dropped 22 points, and Caleb Green dub-dubbed with 14 points and 11 rebounds. ORU al...

Dribblings 1/6/2005 (Mad Scramble Edition)

Colonial: Old Dominion 60, Drexel 59 (story) - You can't tell much about this game from the boxscore - both teams shot around 40%, were even on rebounds, and neither club turned the ball over that much. But ask one of the 2,000 or so who showed up at Drexel's DAC, and they'll tell you how truly ugly...

The Taylor Coppenrath Experience

Game 026: Vermont 75, at Northeastern 60 Wednesday, January 5, 2005 Cabot P.E. Center - Boston, Massachusetts Husk Ultra-Violence Mechanism 1/5/2005 - Boston I've covered the music scene for a lot of years, penning many articles for such buzzworthy independent weeklies as Hipster Survival Manual...

Dribblings 1/7/2005 (PSA Edition)

WAC: Texas-El Paso 96, Rice 67 (story) - Reigning MMBOW Michael Harris had 10 points and 15 rebounds - but most were during the first ten minutes, when the visiting Owls established dominance down low. UTEP was able to make successful adjustments, and for the remainder of the game they kept Rice out...

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