Season 1

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Tourney Central 3/3/2005

Mid-American: Miami (Oh.) 70, Kent State 45 (story) - Total domination. The RedHawks (18-8, 12-5 MAC) sent a message to the rest of the league, and to the Selection Committee as well, saying that they'd sure like to be invited to that Dance thingy if there's room on the list. But they didn't ask nic...

Welcome To The Magic Hour

When I told a friend of mine - let's call him Jack - that I was taking the week off from basketball, I received the expected response. "You're never going to make 100!" he exclaimed. "Never! Never! Woooohahahaha!" Well, "Jack," you don't know... Before there was a Mid-Majority, before there was...

Missed Connection

Game 069: at Harvard 80, Brown 68 Saturday, February 26, 2005 Lavietes Pavilion - Cambridge, MA Last Saturday evening, I was scheduled to meet a fellow blogger and college basketball enthusiast for a game. We've been blog-buddies for several years now, but this would have had been my first in-perso...

The 20 Games Project

Game 070: at New Hampshire 76, Stony Brook 66 Sunday, February 28, 2005 Lundholm Gymnasium - Durham, NH On a cold and clear Senior Day just off the New Hampshire seacoast, the 100 Games Project entered the seventies. The 100GP tied Mark McGwire's single-season home run record, an aesthetically plea...

Tourney Central 3/4/2005

Bracket Wrap Southern: The favorites prevailed, but all their SoCon South division-mates have been wiped out. (recaps) (S1) Davidson 67, (N4) Elon 53 (N2) North Carolina-Greensboro 73, (S3) Georgia Southern 71 (N1) Chattanooga 77, (N5) East Tennessee State 70 (N3) Appalachian State 63, (S2) Charle...

You Don't Boo The Cheerleaders

Game 071: (5) Iona 68, (10) Siena 51 MAAC First Round Friday, March 4, 2005 HSBC Arena - Buffalo, NY It doesn't matter what type of measurement apparatus you use, Siena's season has been a complete disaster. When you finish 4-15 in conference and 6-24 overall, when you've lost 17 of your last 20,...

Bringing The Band

Game 072: (7) Canisius 62, (8) Marist 60 MAAC First Round Friday, March 4, 2005 HSBC Arena - Buffalo, NY In conference tournaments, the sevens and the eights and the nines don't figure they'll be staying long. They usually send a bus with the team, the staff, a couple of cheerleaders and the masc...

Heads Held High

Game 073: (6) Manhattan 76, (9) Loyola (Md.) 67 MAAC First Round Friday, March 4, 2005 HSBC Arena - Buffalo, NY The Old Loyola Greyhounds - the 2003-04 ones - were the worst team in the entire nation, so getting a nine-seed in the MAAC tournament this year was an entire world of improvement. Afte...

Tourney Central 3/5/2005

Bullet Points Two one-seeds went down: Tennessee Tech lost in the OVC semifinals, and Davidson was eliminated in the Southern Conference semis. Four automatic bids will be handed out today, as the ESPN networks begin a schedule of court-stormings every two hours or so. We have the Big South's matc...

Home Game

Game 074: (5) Binghamton 76, (4) Albany 70 America East Quarterfinals Saturday, March 5, 2005 Events Center - Binghamton, NY Folks who maintain that the regular season doesn't mean anything have had their case bolstered by this year's America East tournament. The Binghamton Bearcats limped to a 2...

Cats, Dogs & Wolves

Game 075: (1) Vermont 76, (9) Maryland-Baltimore County 61 America East Quarterfinals Saturday, March 5, 2005 Events Center - Binghamton, NY Back in 2001-02, before anyone knew who they were, the Vermont Catamounts enjoyed a wildly successful regular season (21-8) before suffering a semifinal lo...

Tourney Central 3/6/2005

Bullet Points Four Dance tickets were punched: Winthrop, Eastern Kentucky, Central Florida and Chattanooga. Despite the two-digit numbers that the Selection Committee will hand them one week from today, all are champions. One-seeds fell like mighty trees. Arkansas-Little Rock, the E1 in the Sun Bel...

Free Wolfie

Game 076: (2) Northeastern 90, (7) Stony Brook 79 America East Quarterfinals Saturday, March 5, 2005 Events Center - Binghamton, NY Jose Juan Barea of Northeastern scored 41 points on 17-for-32 shooting, and his Huskies prevailed over the Stony Brook Seawolves in an America East quarterfinal. Tha...

Foiled Again

Game 077: (6) Maine 47, (3) Boston University 45 America East Quarterfinals Saturday, March 5, 2005 Events Center - Binghamton, NY When you drive east into Boston along the MassPike, you'll pass by the home of the local pro baseball team. Last May, Red Sox CEO Larry Lucchino asked Tom Brennan to ...

Tourney Central 3/7/2005

Bullet Points No finals yesterday, four tonight. The Missouri Valley, as expected since the beginning of the season, was no cookie-cutter cakewalk for top seeds. Both 1 Southern Illinois and 2 Wichita State went down, but the Salukis remain bulletproof on Selection Sunday. Two defending conference ...

Twin Turbines

Game 078: (1) Vermont 76, (5) Binghamton 65 America East Semifinals Sunday, March 6, 2005 Events Center - Binghamton, NY A tried-and-true method for filling out Tournament brackets is to examine the mid-majors out there, and look at their offensive weaponry. Teams with one dominant scorer are usu...

Point Taken

Game 079: (2) Northeastern 86, (6) Maine 73 America East Semifinals Sunday, March 6, 2005 Events Center - Binghamton, NY The point guard position has enjoyed a long and strange evolution. From Bob Cousy to Jerry "The Logo" West, and later to Magic Johnson and Allen Iverson, players of all sizes, ...

Tourney Central 3/8/2005

Bullet Points Four champions are crowned: Creighton (MVC), Niagara (MAAC), Old Dominion (CAA) and UMPFN (WCC). Three more tonight: the Sun Belt, Mid-Continent, and the Horizon league matchup of Detroit and Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The run of the Oakland Golden Grizzlies of the Mid-Con continued, they'...

Space Alien Basketball

Game 080: (6) Morgan State 77, (11) Maryland-Eastern Shore 56 MEAC First Round Monday, March 7, 2005 Arthur Ashe Center - Richmond, VA In recent years, the fine city of Richmond, Virginia has hosted two Division I basketball tournaments - that of the Colonial Athletic Association, as well as the...

Title Game

Game 081: (1) Old Dominion 73, (2) Virginia Commonwealth 66 (OT) CAA Championship Monday, March 7, 2005 Richmond Coliseum - Richmond, VA I wish that I had the words to describe the marked contrast between February to March, the shock of that annual transition. Games in the shortest month have var...

Family Gathering

Game 082: (8) Bethune-Cookman 76, (9) North Carolina A&T 62 MEAC First Round Tuesday, March 8, 2005 Arthur Ashe Center - Richmond, VA "Games held at home of higher seed." For a mid-major conference, it's the ultimate surrender. Many leagues in the lower third of the scale have gone this way,...

Tourney Central 3/9/2005

Bullet Points Oakland of the Mid-Continent Conference pulled the low-seed surprise of the year, taking down 1 seed Oral Roberts in the league's title game by a 61-60 score. Two other proud conference champions, and two overjoyed satellite campuses: Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Louisiana-Lafayette. The P...

Love It Or Give It Back

Game 083: (W4) Richmond 68, (E5) Rhode Island 60 Atlantic 10 First Round Wednesday, March 9, 2005 U.S. Bank Arena - Cincinnati, OH After driving through a snowstorm in the West Virginia mountains to make it to Cincinnati in time for the A-10 first round, I arrived at the riverfront U.S. Bank Aren...

Tourney Central 3/10/2005

Bullet Points Two more Dance tickets were printed and punched last night: Fairleigh-Dickinson out of the NEC, and Montana from the Big Sky. Defending champion Florida A&M was ousted from the MEAC tournament. After a last-second bracket reshuffling due to three forfeited games, the SWAC gets it ...

A Sorta Fairytale

Game 084: (W6) LaSalle 70, (E3) Massachusetts 64 Atlantic 10 First Round Wednesday, March 9, 2005 U.S. Bank Arena - Cincinnati, OH Once upona time, someone got the bright idea to call upstart teams "Cinderellas." Every possible symbol of that classic bedtime story has been mined for metaphor - g...

The Start Of Something Big

Game 085: (E4) Fordham 65, (W5) Duquesne 53 Atlantic 10 First Round Wednesday, March 9, 2005 U.S. Bank Arena - Cincinnati, OH Life is different here on First Round Day. While the quarterfinals and semis match up teams with 20 or 25 wins, the opening games usually feature squads who willed their ...

Tourney Central 3/11/2005

Bullet Points Western Athletic regular season champions Nevada dropped a shock decision to Boise State, clearing the way for a two-bid WAC. There won't likely be many other two-bid mid-major leagues except for, say, the Missouri Valley... apparently the new RPI isn't all it's cracked up to be. I'...

With The Points

Game 086: (W3) Dayton [-14.5] 78, (E5) St. Bonaventure 48 Atlantic 10 First Round Wednesday, March 9, 2005 U.S. Bank Arena - Cincinnati, OH It's really difficult to get folks excited about what initially appears to be generic, no-name hoops. Few know that better than I. If I had my way, every mi...

Rags

Game 087: (7) Buffalo 85, (2) Toledo 72 Mid-American Quarterfinals Thursday, March 10, 2005 Gund Arena - Cleveland, OH October is for pumpkin pie, baseball playoffs, falling leaves. It also brings the first quivers of anticipation for the college basketball fan, as the first signs of winter appro...

Boing

Game 088: (3) Western Michigan 66, (6) Akron 60 (OT) Mid-American Quarterfinals Thursday, March 10, 2005 Gund Arena - Cleveland, OH Perhaps the least descriptive and helpful words in the language of basketball is "brick." In hoops, bricks hurt construction of point totals; but in architecture, ...

Radio-Only

Game 089: (1) Miami (Oh.) 85, (8) Bowling Green 65 Mid-American Quarterfinals Thursday, March 10, 2005 Gund Arena - Cleveland, OH There's no doubt in anyone's mind that the Mid-American Conference is a classic high mid-major conference. You can tell that just by attending their annual basketball ch...

Tourney Central 3/12/2005

Bullet Points Congratulations to Bucknell, orange-clad kings of the Patriot League. Eight-seed Boise State continued to rip through the WAC bracket, knocking off Fresno State one day after dispatching 1 Nevada. Today marks the grand crescendo of the mid-major season. With finals in the America East...

Tourney Central 3/13/2005

Bullet Points Six more teams are in: Vermont (America East), Ohio (MAC), UTEP (WAC), Delaware State (MEAC), George Washington (A-10), and Utah State (Big West). Championship Week concludes today with a pair of games: the SWAC and Southland finals. It's Selection Sunday, the holiest day of the colle...

Matriculations and Commencements

Game 090: (4) Ohio 62, (5) Kent State 55 Mid-American Quarterfinals Thursday, March 10, 2005 Gund Arena - Cleveland, OH When the starting five take to the floor, there are all the matematically insignificant digits - 1, 3, 4, 5. There's even a double-zero out there. Low numbers are usually indi...

Nothing Left For Me To Do But Dance

Game 091: (4) Ohio 63, (1) Miami (Oh.) 56 Mid-American Semifinals Friday, March 11, 2005 Gund Arena - Cleveland, OH The scoreboard flashed 26-24. After a surprisingly thin-blooded display by both teams in the first half of the first MAC semifinal, both the heavily-favored Miami (Oh.) RedHawks an...

The Fantastic Five

T1. Southern Illinois, Missouri Valley (23-10, 13-7 MWC, 18 RPI) Chicago 7 T1. Nevada, Western Athletic (24-6, 16-3 WAC, 33) Chicago 9 3. Pacific, Big West (26-3, 19-1 BWC, 22) Albuquerque 8 4. Miami (Oh.), Mid-American (19-10, 13-7 MAC, 43) 5. St. Mary's, Western Athletic (25-8, 12-4 WCC, 30) Chica...

Arena

Game 092: (7) Buffalo 75, (3) Western Michigan 68 Mid-American Semifinals Friday, March 11, 2005 Gund Arena - Cleveland, OH There's only so much humanity a person can take. If your heart bled for every panhandler's tale of woe, each wide-eyed island child in need of financial sponsorship, all vic...

Bracket City USA

MAC, Knifed: A lot of watercooler talk this morning is and will be centered around the Mid-American Conference, more specifically the lack of at-large teams from such. Even Dickie V, who was born on Exit 16W but made his coaching hay in the MAC's geographical sphere of influence, was all over the c...

Nostradumbass

In the heat of the postseason, it's easy for people to quickly sweep their preseason conference picks under the rug. What? Huh? I picked Princeton? Look over there, a birdie! But not this one; I face my failures head-on. For your amusement, here are my picks from late December. Note that I had an e...

Coming Of Age

Game 093: (4) Ohio 80, (7) Buffalo 79 (OT) Mid-American Championship Saturday, March 12, 2005 Gund Arena - Cleveland, OH The gauntlet was thrown down the night before. During a timeout contest sponsored by a regional chain of grocers, a pale young man named Hans stepped out onto the Gund Arena ...

The Albuquerque Bracket

Why trust those Johnny-come-latelies? We've been covering these guys all season. Here, then, is the first of four capsule sets of the mid-major teams who will appear on your television screens starting on Thursday, along with a few clips of their TMM appearances. Montana Seed: 16 1st Round Opponen...

The Syracuse Bracket

Oakland Seed: 16 1st Round Opponent: North Carolina Record: 13-18 (9-9 Mid-Continent) Big Nonconference Wins: December 30 vs. Bowling Green (77-53); it was their only non-league win over a D1 opponent. Key Players: Pierre Dukes (see below) is the folk hero, but senior forwards Rawle Marshall and Co...

The Chicago Bracket

Fairleigh Dickinson Seed: 16 1st Round Opponent: Illinois Record: 20-12 (16-5 Northeast Conference) Big Nonconference Wins: December 9 at eventual MAAC two-seed Rider (76-74) 100 Games Project Appearances: #65 Key Players: Big Gordon Klaiber and little Tamien Trent are the inside-outside mechanism ...

The Austin Bracket

Delaware State Seed: 16 1st Round Opponent: Duke Record: 19-13 (17-4 Mid-Eastern) Big Nonconference Wins: A 71-56 win in November versus Jackson State (14-17, 10-9 SWAC) in Las Vegas will have to do. 100 Games Project Appearances: #29, #52 Key Players: You won't find a more unselfish crew in the ...

The First Tournament

Game 094: at St. Joseph's 53, Hofstra 44 Wednesday, March 16, 2005 Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse - Philadelphia, PA An invitation to the National Invitation Tournament is like... it's like kissing your sister. Naw, that's no good. Already been used. How's this: having to play in the NIT is like eatin...

Behind The Madness

Game 095: (10) North Carolina State 75, (7) Charlotte 63 NCAA Tournament, First Round (Syracuse Bracket) Friday, March 18, 2005 DCU Center - Worcester, MA On television, all NCAA Tournament sites look like the happiest places on earth. The court is shiny, the paint-faced fans scream proudly, the ba...

Cool Like Coach

Game 096: (2) Connecticut 77, (15) Central Florida 71 NCAA Tournament, First Round (Syracuse Bracket) Friday, March 18, 2005 DCU Center - Worcester, MA One popular view of college basketball holds that the players are just a rotating set of chess pieces, created and molded and positioned by masterm...

The Crown Prince Of Burlington

Game 097: (13) Vermont 60, (4) Syracuse 57 (OT) NCAA Tournament, First Round (Austin Bracket) Friday, March 18, 2005 DCU Center - Worcester, MA A crucial element of the tale is the heroine's anonymity - nobody knows who this girl is. She shows up at the ball in a nice chariot, rushes off in the ele...

Out-Of-Town Scoreboard

Game 098: (5) Michigan State 89, (12) Old Dominion 81 NCAA Tournament, First Round (Austin Bracket) Friday, March 18, 2005 DCU Center - Worcester, MA Worcester, Oklahoma City, Nashville and Charlotte are locations that have absolutely nothing to do with one another. For a single weekend, though, th...

Julius, I'm Sorry

Game 099: (10) North Carolina State 65, (2) Connecticut 62 NCAA Tournament, Second Round (Syracuse Bracket) Sunday, March 20, 2005 DCU Center - Worcester, MA Game 23: N.C. State/St. John's| ...

Here's Where The Story Ends

Game 100: (5) Michigan State 72, (13) Vermont 61 NCAA Tournament, Second Round (Austin Bracket) Sunday, March 20, 2005 DCU Center - Worcester, MA Fitting then, that this is the final chapter: the Vermont Catamounts, the feel-good story of the year, fell to the Michigan State Spartans. It's a happy ...

The Difference Between Us And Them

Epilogue With the notable exception of our friends in the Ivy League, very few choose to be mid-major people. It usually starts with a stumble: a spate of bad grades during a streak of teenage rebellion, or a bad night of sleep before SAT Saturday (for whatever reason). All of a sudden, there's a ...

Bally Sells Out!

Disillusioned with mid-major life, Bally accepts a gig as the official mascot of the Big XVI Conference. ...

Offseason Blues!

Kyle, Bally and The Official Wife say goodbye to the 2004-05 season. ...

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