Season 1

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22 Teams That Can Beat The Hartford Hawks

Game 027: at Boston University 73, Hartford 22 Thursday, January 6, 2005 Case Gymnasium - Boston, Massachusetts 1. Boston University Terriers - The top defensive team in the America East, and the only squad on this list that has actually beaten the Hartford Hawks within the past 24 hours. 2. Longw...

Dribblings 1/8/2005 (Rainy Day Edition)

West Coast: Loyola Marymount 68, San Francisco 65 (story) - It does indeed rain in Southern California - man, it pours. While the water came down outside Hank's House, two up-and-coming WCC teams played soggy ball in the first conference tilt for both. Both teams traded baskets and shot poorly, and ...

Dribblings 1/9/2005 (J.J. Jumper Edition)

West Coast: St. Mary's 66, UMPFN 61 (story) - Well, that didn't take long - now the folks who compile those goofy "mid-major polls" have to pick someone else. Homestanding St. Mary's used Mr. Three to take down the Unnamed Major Program From the Northwest, knocking down 16 of them. Senior guard Paul...

MMBOW #9: T.J. Sorrentine, Vermont

Since this has turned out to be America East week here at The Mid-Majority (four of the last five 100 Games Project tilts have been from that particular league), it's only fitting that an AE guy is the recipient of our regular weekly honor. Big, burly Taylor Copppenrath of the <A Vermont Catamoun...

Up The Ladder To The Roof

Game 028: at Boston University 69, Binghamton 54 Sunday, January 9, 2005 Case Gymnasium - Boston, Massachusetts This wasn't going to come to light until the 100 Games Project director's cut or the DVD extras, but there's a missing game on the list. On Wednesday, November 24, I took the Green Line o...

Dribblings 1/11/2005 (Wrong! Edition)

Mid-Continent: Western IIlinois 85, Oral Roberts 83 (story) - I said last week that we wouldn't be bothering to mention WIU that much this year, but I was brutally incorrect. ORU (11-4, 2-1 Mid-Con) couldn't get through their first conference road trip perfect, and 1,291 Leatherneck fans saw it happ...

Blue-Eyed Soul In The Hole

Game 029: at Delaware State 68, Morgan State 53 Monday, January 10, 2005 Memorial Hall - Dover, Delaware On December 18, Delaware State traveled to Michigan State's Breslin Events Center to pick up a routine five-figure guarantee check and a whoopin'. But they had grander aspirations: out of the ga...

Dribblings 1/12/2005 (Bandwagonesque Edition)

Southland: Southeastern Louisiana 56, Sam Houston State 54 (story) - We sold this yesterday as big O versus big D, and the defense won. (I've also heard that it wins championships, but the evidence is inconclusive.) Southeastern kept the Bearkats' normally streaky offense in check, and backup guard ...

Analyze The Other Thing

Game 030: at LaSalle 74, Florida International 72 (OT) Tuesday, January 11, 2005 Tom Gola Arena - Philadelphia, PA As I travel across this great land of ours watching college basketball, there's a certain character I can't seem to escape. He's simply everywhere, and I'm convinced that he's complete...

Dribblings 1/13/2005 (See-Saw Edition)

Western Athletic: Texas-El Paso 83, Nevada 80 (OT) (story) - UTEP (11-2, 4-0 WAC) has passed its early tests against Rice and Nevada, and have established themselves as the true team to beat in the conference. But it wasn't easy on this night, against the team with whom they shared last year's regul...

The Lost Amateurs

Game 031: at Lehigh 63, Lafayette 57 Wednesday, January 12, 2005 Stabler Arena - Bethlehem, PA February 14th, 2004 broke cold and clear in the slumbering burg of Easton, Pennsylvania, but the love in the Kirby Sports Center was powerful enough to warm the whole town. Lafayette's basketball team sat...

Dribblings 1/14/2005 (You're Fired! Edition)

Big West: Pacific 73, Utah State 66 (2OT) (story|box) - If only this game was televised, so I could pass out burned DVD copies to all the people who blather on at me about how boring mid-major basketball is. This battle between last year's co-regular season champions had it all: lead changes, scorin...

Healing A Nation, One Basket At A Time

There is no question that that this is a deeply divided nation, this America. The election last November showed a country split between Republicans and Democrats, retro and metro, blue states and red. And across those thin black battle lines flew the arrows of misunderstanding, hate and prejudice. J...

The Bus Team

Game 032: at Loyola (Md.) 70, Canisius 68 Friday, January 14, 2005 Reitz Arena - Baltimore, MD In olden times, back when there was no Mid-Majority to be the Official anything of, the lady who would one day become the Official Wife™ and I did the commuting-couple thing the hard way. So as to s...

Dribblings 1/16/2005 (Shootaround Royale Edition)

Metro Atlantic: Marist 88, Niagara 87 (story) - The half-asleep Purple Eagles (9-6, 4-3 MAAC) were spent emotionally and physically after their tough loss at Manhattan the other night, and almost had enough to sleepwalk through this one. But the upstart Red Foxes (who are now a surprising 5-1 in con...

MMBOW #10: Levi Rost, Western Michigan

Not very many people outside Kalamazoo were taking the Western Michigan Broncos seriously this year in their quest to defend their Mid-American Conference crown. After all, they lost the reigning MAC Player of The Year, forward Mike Williams - WMU rode his coattails on many occasions last year on th...

An Army Of Twelve

Game 033: at Bucknell 63, Army 46 Sojka Pavilion - Lewisburg, PA Saturday, January 15, 2005 Last month, Spc. Thomas Wilson of the 278th Regimental Combat Team surprised U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld with a tough question during an event that was supposed to be a pep rally. "Why do we sold...

Dribblings 1/17/2005 (Numerology Edition)

America East: Albany 58, Maine 49 (story) - We recently rattled off a list of conference teams that UAlbany could beat, but we didn't indicate a perceived ability to topple upper-division hopeful Maine. Since they were able to do so - up in Orono, no less - speaks to their meteoric rise through the ...

Ring-A-Ding Binghamton

Game 034: New Hampshire 69, at Binghamton 60 Sunday, January 17, 2005 Events Center - Binghamton, NY In my youth, Binghamton was more of a concept than an actual place. My New York Rangers had their farm team there once, and the place seemed like a magical blue fog from which hockey players would a...

Dribblings 1/18/2005 (Top Ten Edition)

Southern: Georgia Southern 102, Chattanooga 84 (story | play-by-play) - Throw out the record book! The SoCon team record for three-point goals made in a game was set last night in Statesboro, Georgia, where the Eagles (8-7, 4-2 SoCon) nailed 22 to bring down the North division-leading Mocs. Diminuti...

It's A MAAC, MAAC World (Part I)

Game 035: Rider 89, Loyola (Md.) 69 Monday, January 17, 2005 Pepsi Arena - Albany, NY In the interest of maintaining time-frame, brain-cell and day-job, I'm going to have to institute near-Draconian measures when I attend multiple games in a single day. Luckily for me, there is the "Game Diary&trad...;

It's A MAAC, MAAC World (Part II)

Game 036: Canisius 84, at Siena 80 (OT) Monday, January 17, 2005 Pepsi Arena - Albany, NY This is the second part of The Mid-Majority's GameLogg™ coverage of the annual Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference M.L.K. Day doubleheader. The first installment can be found here. Our second game featu...

Dribblings 1/19/2005 (Dirty South Edition)

Mid-American: Ball State 86, Bowling Green 62 (story) - BSU went into the break with 49 points and a 12-point lead, and magically doubled the margin despite shooting 30% in the second half. The Ball State Basketball Cardinals (8-5, 3-2 MAC) executed their first-half battle plan perfectly, driving an...

Dribblings 1/20/2005 (Snowbound Edition)

Colonial: Old Dominion 67, Hofstra 66 (story) - As was the case in their recent squeaker against Drexel, Old Dominion raced out to a big lead and then hit the cruise control button too early. The second half was filled with streaky back-and-forth runs, and the homestanding Pride grabbed a 66-64 lead...

The World Of Possibility

Game 037: at Northeastern 77, Boston University 75 Wednesday, January 19, 2005 Matthews Arena - Boston, MA Folks might think that when your humble narrator married The Official Wife Of The Mid-Majority™, it would have been a big hoops-themed ceremony - you know, with a wedding cake shaped lik...

Dribblings 1/21/2005 (Research Edition)

West Coast: San Francisco 73, UMPFN 70 (story) - The proud Don tradition lies buried under decades of moldy mediocrity - behind Bill Russell, they rattled off 60 straight wins back in the Fifties. With a new imported coach (Jessie Evans, formerly of Louisiana-Lafayette), they're hoping to get dynast...

Dance Fever

Game 038: St. Francis (NY) 69, at Quinnipiac 63 Thursday, January 20, 2005 Burt Kahn Court - Hamden, CT If you're of a certain bent, this past Tuesday marked the 29th anniversary of the singular event to which the decline of Western civilization can be traced. On January 18, 1976 in Miami, a telev...

Mid-Majority Mailbag

Like the saying goes, we do indeed get letters. Dude, you're only at 37 and you have two and a half months left. You're never going to make it to 100. Good luck though. Dave Champaign, IL Thank you for writing, highly-ranked power-conference friend. If I am between 45 and 50 by the end of January...

J.U.I.C.E.

Game 039: at Holy Cross 79, Navy 56 Friday, January 21, 2005 Hart Center - Worcester, MA Just a little over 98 years ago, Navy basketball was born. After a well-attended intramural scrimmage at the U.S. Naval Academy, played a mere decade and a half after the peach-basket birth of the sport, the lo...

Dribblings 1/23/2005 (Blizzard Edition)

Missouri Valley: Wichita State 58, Southern Illinois 56 (story) - The Shockers had the boards (42-32) and the defense (held SIU to 32% shooting in the second half), but the Salukis had enough streaks and runs to keep it close. WSU's Illinois transfer forward (and possible "evil twin" of your humble ...

Dribblings 1/24/2005 (Stupor Bowl Edition)

Patriot: Army 63, Navy 43 (story) - I've been talking so much about the Academies lately, might as well share the biggest upset of the day. Having observed the wide gulf of talent between Army (3-14, 1-4 PL) and Navy (3-15, 0-5 PL) within the past week, I'm in slackjawed disbelief at a result that s...

MMBOW #11: Brandon Temple, Missouri-Kansas City

Kangaroo legend Michael Watson, the Mid-Continent Conference's all-time leading scorer with 2,488 points, graduated and left his blue and gold uni behind last spring. So someone had to step up and provide some points this year for Missouri-Kansas City, and it turns out that the entire backcourt did....

Dribblings 1/25/2005 (Peaks and Valleys Edition)

Missouri Valley: Wichita State 65, Northern Iowa 57 (story) - The Shockers went on an early game-breaker of a run, but UNI fought back to take the lead just after halftime. Big Paul Miller hit a shot to make it 31-30, and WSU never looked back. Wichita State (14-2, 7-1 MVC) takes a half-game lead ov...

Snow Day

Game 040: at Holy Cross 80, American 56 Monday, January 24, 2005 Hart Center - Worcester, MA ...

Dribblings 1/26/2005 (Sweeter Sixteen Edition)

Missouri Valley: Illinois State 77, Evansville 58 (story) - The Redbirds have overachieved this season with explosive offense and discipline - they used a 50-point second half and extreme ball control to sink the Aces. Three-point specialist Trey Guidry scored 25 points in just 21 minutes. So what n...

This Is Our House

Game 041: Pennsylvania 67, St. Joseph's 59 Tuesday, January 26, 2005 The Palestra - Philadelphia, PA Let me tell you, those 27-game road trips are the worst. It seems like I've been traveling forever, hopping from arena to arena on my silly little quest to see a hundred college basketball games bef...

Dribblings 1/27/2005 (Silver Lining Edition)

Missouri Valley: Southwest Missouri State 92, Southern Illinois 77 (story) - The homestanding Bears took a 14-point lead into halftime, and stepped on the gas out of the break with an 11-4 run. Despite what the two teams' records would indicate, this was a classically-styled "romp" - a 57%-38% field...

Red Light District

Game 042: Richmond 78, at LaSalle 71 Wednesday, January 27, 2005 Tom Gola Arena - Philadelphia, PA Last week, I attempted an experiment I called "GameLogg™ Coverage." After a MAAC doubleheader, I posted minute-by-minute recaps of both games - the response was, well, less than evenly split. T...

Dribblings 1/28/2005 (Shakedown Edition)

Big West: Pacific 66, Cal State Northridge 62 (story) - The Tigers (15-2, 10-0 BWC) proved last night that they are not only Mad, but Beyond Matadome as well. They marched into Northridge and held off a late run by the perennial upstart Matadors (9-9, 7-3 BWC), who sunk further into second place. Li...

Intervention

Game 043: at Rider 75, Manhattan 46 Thursday, January 27, 2005 Alumni Gym - Lawrenceville, NJ Nobody ever mistook Alumni Gym for a Hoops Cathedral. Thick clumps of dust and mold cling to its crusty stucco walls and ceiling, and the low-hanging fluorescent cage-lamps assure that a migraine headache ...

Ace's Ivy Insights!

Game 044: Brown 57, at Princeton 52 Friday, January 28, 2005 Jadwin Gym - Princeton, NJ All well-earned due respect to the National Invitation Tournament, but you won't find a more boisterous bracket than the septuple-elimination slate in the Ancient Eight! "Ace" Whelliston here, follower of the ...

Dribblings 1/30/2005 (Shaken and Stirred Edition)

Results from Shakedown Saturday are in! And here they are! Mid-Continent: Missouri-Kansas City 88, Oral Roberts 74 (story) - Okay, UMKC Kangaroos, here's your "for real" tag. Wear it proudly. With four minutes left, they were up by only four and had lost their entire two-man backcourt to foul disqu...

Dribblings 1/31/2005 (Media Timeout Edition)

Mid-American: Miami (Oh.) 74, Akron 63 (story) - It was a bonus Shakedown Saturday game that happened to fall on Sunday. The RedHawks of Miami were up by 20 and had the game well in hand going into the final five minutes, but the zippy Zips zipped off an 18-1 run to cut the lead to four. In a rare g...

MMBOW #12: Danny Horace, Miami (Ohio)

Miami (Oh.) made an early splash this season with a huge "Miami Valley Conference" win at Xavier, but they fell off the map somewhat after a letdown-game loss against a weak Butler club. The RedHawks have shaken off a slow conference start with a four-game winning streak, and they've done it with th...

Dribblings 2/1/2005 (Keep Bustin' Edition)

Southern: Davidson 67, Chattanooga 53 (story) - Davidson built a fourteen-point lead going into halftime, and both teams treaded water for the second half. Despite outrebounding their hosts, the Mocs shot themselves in the foot by shooting just 30% from the floor. Davidson (14-7, 10-0 SoCon) tighten...

Eat To The Beat

Game 045: Duquesne 72, at LaSalle 67 Saturday, January 29, 2005 Tom Gola Arena - Philadelphia, PA The last time I saw Duquesne play, I was chowing down on a pile of Dayton Arena nachos. About a thousand people were in attendance as the Dukes gutted out a tight upset win over East division four-seed...

Dribblings 2/2/2005 (Full-Court Shot Edition)

Missouri Valley: Creighton 73, Wichita State 69 (story) - If ever there was a year when Wichita fans believed they could end their decade-long curse and win a game at Creighton, this was it. But in the land of big steaks, the Bluejays ran off a big 19-3 streak after finding themselves in a halftime ...

Pack Mentality

Game 046: at Drexel 88, James Madison 60 Saturday, January 29, 2005 Daskalakis Athletic Center - Philadelphia, PA They ended up sending me a bunch of admissions brochures, but Malik Rose was a far better ambassador for Drexel University than any glossy-print booklet could ever be. I remember sittin...

Run

Game 047: at Pennsylvania 83, Brown 60 Saturday, January 29, 2005 The Palestra - Philadelphia, PA When stripped to its essence, the object of our game is to score more points than the opposition. When the contest is over, the point totals of the two competing teams are compared, then the officials ...

Mighty Little Man

Game 048: at Columbia 57, Harvard 55 Sunday, January 30, 2005 Levien Gymnasium - New York, NY Sunday afternoon was a cold and clear one, but after the bitingly frigid week that was it felt like spring had truly sprung. Folks streamed out onto the streets of upper Manhattan to enjoy the 30 degree te...

Dribblings 2/3/2005 (Non-D1 Edition)

Colonial: North Carolina-Wilmington 71, George Mason 67 (story) - The Seahawks won a rock-'em-sock-'em game of runs, and as the announcers like to say, the last run was theirs. On a night when UNCW retired Brett Blizzard's jersey, sophomore guard T.J. Carter pulled a "Blizz" and scored 12 points in ...

Freddy Sez: Go Jaspers!

Game 049: at Manhattan 69, Fairfield 61 Sunday, January 30, 2005 Draddy Gymnasium - Bronx, NY Draddy Gymnasium is a proud old barn on top of a hill in the Bronx, nestled alongside the other gold-hued brick buildings of Manhattan College's campus. Inside, just about everything has the same medium gr...

Dribblings 2/4/2005 (Geek Edition)

Western Athletic: Tulsa 65, Texas-El Paso 54 (story) - The Golden Hurricane (5-14, 2-8 WAC), playing for nothing but pride, had this one in hand early on, leading by as many as 17 in the first half. UTEP made their run, but the knife-twist was delivered with two minutes to go and Tulsa leading 56-53...

Halftime

Game 050: at Central Connecticut State 78, St. Francis (PA) 60 Thursday, February 4, 2005 Detrick Gymnasium - New Britain, CT Our game is played in two halves, each lasting twenty minutes. As soon as time slips away in the first half, there is a traditional break in the action. The game clock is re...

Priorities

Game 051: Pennsylvania 70, at Harvard 57 Friday, February 4, 2005 Lavietes Pavilion - Cambridge, MA Two weeks after the Blizzard of 2005, much of the ancient city of Boston was still buried under three feet of frozen white. The temperatures had been too frigid for significant melting to occur, and ...

Dribblings 2/6/2005 (Really, Really Exciting Edition)

Western Athletic: Nevada 76, Louisiana Tech 58 (story) - In the most decisive result of Really, Really Exciting Saturday, Nick Fazekas scored 27 points and Nevada (15-5, 9-2 WAC) dominated the previously surging LTU Bulldogs, who were led by former MMBOW Paul Millsap with his 20 and 8. Insodoing, th...

MMBOW #13: Seamus Boxley, Portland State

At the start of the season, folks thought the Big Sky conference would play out as usual - last year's Dancers Eastern Washington, traditional powerhouse Weber State, maybe one of the Montana schools would be in the mix. Nobody - and I mean nobody - saw Portland State coming. The Vikings had only 11...

Dribblings 2/7/2005 (Freedom From Football Edition)

When the final gun sounded at the Super Bowl yesterday, the city of Philadelphia was again spared the property-damaging bonfire a quarter-century in the making. While the majority of American sports fans will be spending the day mourning and mothballing their screen-printed replica jerseys, a few of...

Less Than Zero

Game 052: at Delaware State 71, Maryland-Eastern Shore 45 Saturday, February 5, 2005 Memorial Hall - Dover, DE To determine where their favorite school stands during the regular season, most college basketball fans are conditioned to use a bizarre and ultimately flawed reference point. With no reli...

Dribblings 2/8/2005 (Streaky Edition)

Missouri Valley: Southern Illinois 58, Drake 57 (story) - Faraway, so close. Sure, SIU's RPI is great, but they're really struggling right now. At Drake, they had to be bailed out by bigman Josh Warren's last-minute jumper - they shot 40% and only made two free throws all evening. The Bulldogs' seas...

Mid-Majority Mailbag 2: Electric Hoopaloo

Letters. Who doesn't love 'em? I read each one, answer a few directly, and on a good day am able to post a "Mid-Majority Mailbag" entry. Here, then, are the results from my second good day. Wanted to say that I appreciate your site. I graduated from Albany 20 years ago. Went to almost every game ...

Dribblings 2/9/2005 (Suspension Edition)

Big South: Winthrop 72, High Point 55 (story) - The Winthrop Gauntlet, as mentioned yesterday, is a four-game, six-day stretch; they'll take any break they can get. Last night, they took advantage of the indefinite suspension of HP's star forward (and defending Big South Player Of The Year) Danny Ga...

Dribblings 2/10/2005 (Rivalry Week Edition)

Firstly, a big "yo" to all Philadelphia Inquirer readers who scoped Janet Paskin's piece instead of the sports-section leader about Donovan McNabb's vomit. Welcome to TMM, here's the first page. Despite both what The Official Wife Of The Mid-Majority™ says and Herculean efforts by the gentlema...

Dribblings 2/11/2005 (Hot Shot Edition)

Big South: Winthrop 69, Liberty 61 (story) - I'd like to introduce you to a young man named Torrell Martin. He's a 6'5" sophomore shooting guard for the Winthrop Eagles who can shoot. During the Winthrop Gauntlet - a six-day, four-game stretch from hell - Martin has been completely lights out: 19 po...

Interview With The Chicken

Game 053: at Delaware 76, William & Mary 47 Saturday, February 6, 2005 Bob Carpenter Center - Newark, DE As the second half of a CAA second-division blowout wore sadly on, I pulled out my Sony digital camera and began snapping the traditional round of atmospheric pictures that make up such a la...

Rollout

Game 054: at Pennsylvania 70, Princeton 62 (OT) Tuesday, February 8, 2005 The Palestra - Philadelphia, PA It begins simply enough: a messenger delivers a long white tube from floor level, he bounds up the short and wide stairs. The folks in the upper left corner know exactly what to do with it - t...

The National Anthem

Game 055: Virginia Commonwealth 62, at Drexel 59 Wednesday, February 9, 2005 Daskalakis Athletic Center - Philadelphia, PA As a piece of music, it's not lacking for interesting qualities: most arrangements are in the song's original key of B-Dorian, although some bands screw up and flat the last B ...

Never Can Say Goodbye

Game 056: at Pennsylvania 73, Columbia 66 Friday, February 11, 2005 The Palestra - Philadelphia, PA Every game counts, but the sad flipside of the Ivy League season is that it is cruel and short: only fourteen games over six weeks. Each team gets three weekends at home, two midweek contests against...

Passion and Patience

Game 057: at Fordham 63, Massachusetts 56 Saturday, February 12, 2005 Rose Hill Gym - Bronx, NY As alums, Atlantic-10 fanatics and trivia buffs can tell you, Fordham's Rose Hill Gymnasium is the oldest facility in Division I college basketball. Its beauty is undeniable - upon approach, you wonder i...

The Last Picture Show

Game 058: at Long Island-Brooklyn 76, Quinnipiac 72 Saturday, February 12, 2005 Schwartz Athletic Center - Brooklyn, NY Veterans Stadium was imploded on Second Round Sunday of last year's Tournament. I was in Kansas City at the time. So right before I touched down at Philadelphia International Airp...

How I Stopped Worrying And Learned To Love The NEC

Game 059: Wagner 62, at St. Francis (NY) 61 Saturday, February 12, 2005 Pope Center - Brooklyn, NY The Northeast Conference doesn't try to be something that it's not, and that's refreshing. Their mission statement strives for "athletic achievement, academic integrity and development, community out...

Dribblings 2/13-14/2005 (Hot Lovin' Edition)

So it turns out that Hot Sh*t Saturday was a great success. Six games, all good. Thrillers, comebacks, overtime, great shooting, great defense... HSS had something for everyone. Let's review: Big West: Pacific 64, Utah State 63 (story) - With 31 seconds left, homestanding Utah State was leading 61-...

MMBOW #14: Torrell Martin, Winthrop

When the Big South decreed that two of their postponed games would be made up during a week that they already had a pair scheduled, some Winthrop fans believed the fix was in. Some thought that the move to bestow a four-game, six-day strech on the Eagles was made solely to sabotage their season - th...

Dribblings 2/15/2005 (Seeds Of Love Edition)

Mid-American: Akron 81, Toledo 79 (OT) (story) - It was a clash between teams with MAC high-seed aspirations. But most games this year in this league are like that. Eight of the 13 teams currently have winning records, mostly because Marshall and Central Michigan are so awful. But this was no Valent...

RSBGT Day 1: So It Begins

Rich man step on my poor head, When you get back you better butter my bread. Well, do you know it's like I said, You better head back to Tennessee, Jed. ANTIOCH, TENNESSEE - Nobody knows who the first person was who led a piece of journalism with a musical quotation. The question isn't even worth ...

Song Of The SoCon

Game 060: at Chattanooga 82, North Carolina-Greensboro 68 Monday, February 14, 2005 McKenzie Arena - Chattanooga, TN No news here, but this red state-blue state thing isn't a new divide by any means. Back in the 1860's, an invisible Mason-Dixon line separated America's two primary philosophical nat...

Dribblings 2/16/2005 (Rowdy & Wacky Edition)

Shootaround! Mid-American: Two games last night in the East division. In yesterday evening's G!O!T!N!, Buffalo (16-7, 9-6 MAC) kept Kent State in check on their home court, 77-66. Turner Battle had 22 points and helped power a 17-5 second-half run that brought Buffalo back from a nine-point halftim...

In The Club

Game 061: at Austin Peay 73, Jacksonville State 65 Tuesday, February 15, 2005 Dunn Center - Clarksville, TN When halftime comes, the "Gov" mascot strides onto the floor accompanied by his attendants, a phalanx of black-dressed cheerleaders. The red-coated, top-hatted old gent with a monocle, a cha...

Red State PSA

HENDERSON, KENTUCKY - There are certain things that one learns about the rhythms of the road. When a gas station claims to have "spotless" restrooms, that means that the dirt and gunk areas are too big to be classified as spots anymore. Also, fast food restaurants do not offer baseboard outlets in t...

Dribblings 2/17/2005 (Poetry Edition)

Colonial: George Mason 74, Old Dominion 58 (story) - Shall I compare last night's performance by the Old Dominion Monarchs to a summer day? Hell, no. The CAA leaders shot just 33 percent from the floor, because their hosts did a lot of spear-shaking on the defensive end. By handing ODU their second ...

Diamonds In The Rough

Game 062: at Evansville 76, Bradley 66 Wednesday, February 16, 2005 Roberts Stadium - Evansville, IN The press box at Roberts Municipal Stadium really is a place called vertigo. It's a series of skyboxes high above the floor, attached to the rafters, accessible only by a secret unmarked staircase. ...

Dribblings 2/18/2005 (Busted Stuff Edition)

Atlantic Sun: Gardner-Webb 67, Belmont 58 (OT) (story) - G-Webb (15-9, 12-5 ASun) used a five-minute rally to storm back from a 12-point deficit late in the second. The homestanding Bruins controlled the flow for 35 minutes, and that included a 12-0 run midway through the second half to break the ga...

Third Party

Game 063: Arkansas-Little Rock 55, at Western Kentucky 53 Thursday, February 17, 2005 E.A. Diddle Arena - Bowling Green, KY With no teams in the major pro leagues and no meaningful college football of any kind, it may be the one state in the union where residents are free to obsess over college bas...

Dribblings 2/20/2005 (Buster Boosting Edition)

Nevada 74, Vermont 64 (story) - You can either contain Taylor Coppenrath or not (18 points here), but the real key to beating Vermont (19-5, 14-1 AEast) is stopping sharpshooter and former MMBOW T.J. Sorrentine. T.J. had 24 total, but only nine of those were in the second half. Nevada's (20-5, 11-2 ...

Dribblings 2/21/2005 (Gonzo Edition)

America East: Northeastern 63, Boston University 48 (story) - It's a dog-eat-dog world, and nowhere is that more true than in this conference. The Terriers of BU (19-6, 13-3 AE) stifled junior sharpshooter and former MMBOW Jose Juan Barea (2-for-17, 10 pts) on Senior Day, and held on to a lead for n...

MMBOW #15: Nick Fazekas, Nevada

After Nevada's streaking ascent to the Sweet Sixteen out of a 10-seed (they defeated Michigan State and UMPFN before falling to eventual national runner-up Georgia Tech), they lost their coach (Trent Johnson) to Stanford and their top scorer (Kirk Snyder) to the NBA. Most preseason publications had ...

Dribblings 2/22/2005 (.500 Edition)

Northeast: St. Francis (NY) 110, Fairleigh Dickinson 103 (story) - Nope - not an overtime game, and not something straight out of the Atlantic Sun Conference. The two teams created an old-school NBA score in just 40 minutes despite each shooting just a little over 50% - needless to say, the game's ...

Shooting The Shot

Game 064: at Charleston 85, Virginia Commonwealth 75 Saturday, February 19, 2005 John Kresse Arena - Charleston, SC The tickets said "ESPN Bracket Buster Saturday," but there was no sign of the Worldwide Leader In Sports to be found. No television cameras, no Dick Vitale, no orange-and-gray logo st...

Dribblings 2/23/2005 (Justify My Thug Edition)

Mid-Continent: Missouri-Kansas City 77, Oral Roberts 70 (story) - In front of a roaring partisan paid attendance of 7,132, UMKC (15-9, 11-2 MidCon) held off the visitors in what the Kansas City Star pegged as "the most important game in its 18-year Division I era." After a seesaw opening to the seco...

Dribblings 2/24/2005 (What Went Wrong? Edition)

Mid-American: Akron 55, Miami (Oh.) 49 (OT) (story) - Six-four RedHawk guard Chet Mason had the game of his life, with 23 points and 15 rebounds... but as the sportswriters like to say, it was not enough. Despite sending the game to overtime on a last-second three by William Hatcher, Miami (17-1, 11...

Dribblings 2/25/2005 (Jostling Edition)

Atlantic Sun: Central Florida 58, Gardner-Webb 55 (story) - G-Webb (15-11, 12-7 ASun), who finished ninth and out of the conference tournament last year, could have clinched the regular-season title and the tourney one-seed right there on their home floor. The Runnin' Bulldogs From Boiling Springs c...

The Horse-Men, Episode 1

Game 065: at Fairleigh Dickinson 63, Central Connecticut State 58 Wednesday, February 23, 2005 Rothman Center - Teaneck, NJ Click image for larger version, apologies to David Rees. Actual Game Recap | ...

Bad Seeds

Game 066: at Boston University 66, Maine 50 Thursday, February 24, 2005 Case Gymnasium - Boston, MA The scoreboard records the points, the newspaper keeps track of the wins and losses, and the banners hanging in the rafters immortalize the championships and dynasties. Lights, paper, cloth - that's ...

Dribblings 2/27/2005 (Fill In The Blank Edition)

Ivy: Pennsylvania 80, Columbia 72 (story) - Congratulations to the Quakers! The first ticket to the NCAA Tournament was punched last night as Penn (17-8, 10-1) clinched the Ivy League regular-season title. They stormed to a win on the Lions' home court, bolstered by 68% second-half shooting and a ...

Dribblings 2/28/2005 (February Fever Edition)

Mid-American: Bowling Green 57, Miami (Oh.) 56 (story) - Despite the fact that the game's telecast was cancelled after an hour's delay because BGSU's Mawel Soler shattered a backboard during pregame warmups, Falcon senior forward Josh Almanson's jumper with six seconds remaining was a shot heard 'ro...

MMBOW #16: Darren Brooks, Southern Illinois

Darren is a senior guard for the Saluki-men who stands 6-foot-3 and weighs 205 pounds. SIU's team leader uses his quick hands to steal, his long arms and powerful hops to snare rebounds, and his soft touch to score points. And he scores a lot. His primary MMBOW credentials are as follows: a 8-of-10...

Tourney Central 3/1/2005

Missouri Valley: Northern Iowa 67, Wichita State 66 (story) - It's painful watching them keep losing, because it heightens the twin possibilities that the Valley will only get a single bid and the Big East will get (shudder) eight. Six-three Panther guard Ben Jacobsen lit up the scoreboard with 24 p...

Where Are We Running?

Game 067: at Harvard 82, Yale 66 Friday, February 26, 2005 Lavietes Pavilion - Cambridge, MA If each basketball team's season is like a single lifetime, then Ivy League hoops must be a lot like life. There are good days and bad days, zero second chances and absolutely no do-overs. And if you were ...

Senior Day

Game 068: at Holy Cross 66, Army 49 Saturday, February 27, 2005 Hart Center - Worcester, MA Nothing lasts forever, and that certainly includes one's youth. Religions and tribes often mark a young person's passage out of the slow and careful rhythms of the salad days into jangled, unpredictable adul...

Tourney Central 3/2/2005

Bracket Wrap Big South: The way is now even clearer for the dominant one-seed in this league; after the campus-seed quarterfinals, the BSC bracket is blown apart. (7) Charleston Southern 66, (2) Liberty 60 (story) (6) High Point 98, (3) North Carolina-Asheville 93 (OT) (story) (4) Birmingham-Sout...

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