Season 2

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The Mid-Majority vs. Restatements of Theme

This is 1 in a series of 10 early-season essays.The ball makes no secret of itself; to grasp full control requires both hands. The primary instrument of our game announces its presence loudly - to maneuver the ball across the playfield is to print it repeatedly against the wood court with typewriter...

The Mid-Majority vs. Success

This is 2 in a series of 10 early-season essays.I think we can all agree that progress is a good thing: forward is preferable to back, and up is a hell of a lot better than down. Progress is all about development, advancement, evolution. If you examine our history as a planet, you'll notice that a...

The Mid-Majority vs. Total Chaos

This is 3 in a series of 10 early-season essays.In 1891, as James Naismith considered the equation of ball and hoop, a French physicist named Henri Poincaré was contemplating a similar issue involving roundish objects. Kepler's laws of planetary motion had only dealt with the orbit of one pla...

The Mid-Majority vs. Quality

This is 4 in a series of 10 early-season essays.With five seconds remaining in overtime, the home team was down by a single point. A packed and sweltering arena roared. The wise old coach, a veteran of these tense situations, quickly drew up a play during the final timeout and sent his charges back ...

The Mid-Majority vs. Hoop Operas

This is 5 in a series of 10 early-season essays.It was a dark and stormy night. The villain, sweater-vested and scowling, paced the floor. Boo! Hiss! the audience cried. But just then, the mood was leavened by a comic-relief appearance of the drunk clown, teetering and leering at girls half his age ...

The Mid-Majority vs. The Age Limit

This is 6 in a series of 10 early-season essays.There are 4,484 young men currently playing Division I college basketball for 334 schools. These players come of all shapes, sizes and ability levels. Some are thin, some are fat, some think they'll wear a draft-night hat. Some are far and some are nea...

MMBOD Nov 17: Ryan Bright - Sam Houston State

There will be plenty of time to discuss Drexel's ascension to The Garden, but this mop-headed Texan has been the mid-major revelation of the P-nutty PNIT. Last night, without much support, he kept a poor man's Princeton hang in with MMBOD runner-up Bashir Mason and a much more athletic Drexel squad....

Game! Of! The! Night! Nov 18: Canisius at Buffalo

Happy new season! In amidst tonight's sea of 25-point blowouts, made-for-TV dramas and vague semi-regional rivalries: an intriguing MAC-MAAC city game. Mid-American finalist Buffalo moves forward without league POY Turner Battle, and desperately needs a heart transplant. Early donor pick: last year'...

The Mid-Majority vs. Guarantee Games

This is 7 in a series of 10 early-season essays.Karl Marx was a smart guy, he had some revolutionary ideas about class struggle and stuff. But even though the East German city named in his honor would field a dominant women's team named the Karl-Marx Stadt Chem Cats, the father of modern communism d...

MMBOD Nov 18: Matt Webster - Evansville

When you're playing an inexperienced team that still thinks "winning basketball" involves fouling a lot to get the ball back, make them pay for their youthful ignorance. Purple Ace upperclassman Matt Webster sank all 14 of his attempts from the line, and matched a career high in points with 24, as E...

Game! Of! The! Night! Nov 19: Utah State at Oral Roberts

OK, we have our first game with intriguing March implications, so the season can start now. Oral Roberts begins their campaign to end the Curse Of Pierre Dukes, named after the Oakland last-second hero who ended their Tournament dreams in the 2005 Mid-Con tourney - these Eagles will storm the confer...

MMBOD Nov 19: Darren Fells - California-Irvine

Even the young'uns in Irvine remember a time when the Big West was basically them and Utah State, when Pacific was just a blip. But the glory days are becoming smaller in the rear-view, and after a freak injury to star guard Jeff Gloger over the summer, there was no joy in 'Eaterville. Add in a 79-5...

Game! Of! The! Night! Nov 20: Princeton at Lehigh

The thrilling 1996 Tournament upset is etched in your memory, sure - the game in which Princeton used the backdoor to topple UCLA. But do you recall the setup - the neutral-site playoff win against Penn? The teams met halfway at Lehigh, and battled into overtime. Afterwards, Pete Carrill wrote "I ...

MMBOD Nov 20: Belton Rivers - Tennessee Tech

It's odd for a team from the Pac 10 to make an appearance against an OVC team in a small Tennessee town, in a Mystery, Alaska sort of way, but the movie ending - a solid thwacking by the home club - is a seemingly improbable plot indeed. The Golden Eagles of TTU - still reeling from the coach Mike ...

Game! Of! The! Night! Nov 21: Dayton at Miami (Oh.)

"Feast Week" is great and all, but there's too much poi and squid for my tastes. Instead, why don't you come on down to the Old Country Buffet of mid-major hoops?Scheduled league season is six weeks away, but the Miami Valley Conference is in full swing. Tonight we have two squads trying to find ou...

Square 101

Game 101: at Harvard 65, Vermont 57 Saturday, November 19, 2005 Lavietes Pavilion - Cambridge, MA In one single second of eternity, our planet spins billions of times around its sun, water and earth crash into eachother for territorial control, civilizations rise and fall. Same could be said for on...

MMBOD Nov 21: Kibwe Trim - Sacred Heart

How bad is Sacred Heart? Since joining the RPI-challenged and very triangular NEC back in 1999, they haven't even made the eight-team conference tourney. But last night at Albany, New England's favorite guarantee-game punchline snuck by a program tabbed by some national (cough) pundits to make a big...

Game! Of! The! Night! Nov 22: Creighton at George Mason

George Mason's psychic RPI (PRPI?) has doubled in the 10 idle days since their Coaches vs. Cancer adventure in Winston-Salem. Before coming up just short in overtime against formerly nationally-rankedWake Forest, they surgically dismantledCalifornia-Irvine. UCI, as you might remember, went on to thr...

Game! Of! The! Night! Nov 23: Northern Iowa at Western Michigan

If last night's G!O!T!N! pounding of George Mason by Creighton was a miniature MVC-CAA Challenge, tonight the Valley turns its attention to throwing down with the MAC. Northern Iowa, led by Wooden award candidate Ben Jacobson, is a near-unanimous pick to come out ahead in a two- (or three-) bid tuss...

MMBOD Nov 22: Chris McNaughton - Bucknell

Sure, cute-n-furry Jack White and his buddies had their fun last night in Hawaii. But they're power-conference imposters. The real small-town feel-good story is Bucknell, who continues to topple national powers. Last night, the team with eight scholarships went into Syracuse and came out with a guar...

Family

Game 102: at Providence 87, Vermont 77 Monday, November 21, 2005 Dunkin' Donuts Center - Providence, RI Here's an old joke for you. There are two types of people in this world, those who divide humanity into two types of people and those who don't. But in sports, there are actually three types of p...

America East Wonk

Game 103: Michigan 51, at Boston University 46 Tuesday, November 22, 2005 Agganis Arena - Boston, MA (with full and absolute apologies to John Gasaway) Wednesday, November 23, 2005 Is There A Triaminic For Coughing Up the Ball? Michigan beat Boston University 51-46 last night at the gleaming...

MMBOD Nov 23: Marcelus Kemp - Nevada

You'll hear plenty about Fazekas, Charlo, Sessions and Shiloh this year, but don't forget about the dangerous assassin the Wolf Pack have on their bench. Wednesday night in snowy Burlington, Marcellus Kemp nailed a soul-crushing three from the right corner every time Vermont tried to make it a game....

Game! Of! The! Night! Nov 25: Nicholls State at Maryland-Eastern Shore

Thanksgiving is the day to dig into a tableful of glorious bounty. With that in mind, I'd like to look past all the exciting and exotic tourney action on the tube today and focus on a game that's all about leftovers.By applying rational and scientific techniques, the MEAC's football-free Maryland-Ea...

Game! Of! The! Night! Nov 26: Drexel at Pennsylvania

Time to make amends. Last week, in front of thousands of people, I said that Drexel didn't have a chance against the likes of Duke. If they play that same type of steady, grinding, athletic (if unspectacular) team-ball for the rest of the year, they could certainly make things miserable for all the ...

MMBOD Nov 25: Tyler Azzarelli - Monmouth

Is this a great time to be the Northeast Conference, or what? First, Sacred Heart toppled the Seabiscuity Albany Great Danes up at their place. Then, while you were sleeping off your L-tryptophan on Thursday, Monmouth took down Southern Illinois - a perennial Tournament team - in the blubbery wilde...

Backwoods Freaks of Nature

Game 104: Nevada 77, at Vermont 62 Wednesday, November 23, 2005 Patrick Gymnasium - Burlington, VT Interstate 89 northbound is a long drive for someone with nothing to think about. There are plenty of "Next Exit 15 Miles" reminders, too many unsettlingly incomplete gas/food/lodging triads, and tr...

MMBOD Nov 26: Nate Funk - Creighton

Regulate... the Nate Funk era is now in full effect. In a torrid double-overtime thriller against a Dayton team that just wouldn't go away, number 10 in white kept scoring, kept hitting free throws and kept coming back for more - he only sat for five minutes of a double-OT game. Too bad we have to w...

Game! Of! The! Night! Nov 28: Fordham at Siena

After a run of postseason magic, the Siena Saint (Bernard)s have been off the face of the earth in the last two years, something that's not a good idea when you have a notoriously impatient fanbase and a 15,000-seat soft-drink-branded arena to fill. So Rob Lanier out as coach, Fran McCaffery in.Toni...

MMBOD Nov 28: Ricky Woods - Southeastern Louisiana

Southeastern Louisiana was a big favorite around these parts last year. They had a nationally-ranked defense that held Southland foes in the 40's, and won a tense battle with Northwestern State for the league title. But for their efforts, they got a quick-exit 15-seed, their coach left to be an assi...

Game! Of! The! Night! Nov 29: Northern Iowa at Iowa State

If you need the Big Ten-ACC Challenge to get excited about November hoops, you're at the wrong site. If you like to see upper-class mid-majors getting shots at taking down nearby power conference schools, then you have the kind of attention span we like around here.Near-consensus preseason MVC pick ...

MMBOD Nov 29: Courtney Lee - Western Kentucky

With all the talk about Northern Iowa and Old Dominion and Nevada, it might end up being the Hilltoppers who emerge from the deep to torpedo your March bracket. Moving with the speed and power of a high-tech nuclear submarine, WKU travelled to UAB last night and dusted a high-tempo team that's won 2...

Game! Of! The! Night! Nov 30: Oakland at Bowling Green

Tonight we say Yes! to Michigan, the Great Lake State. Both Bowling Green of the Mid-Am and NCAA Play-in Champions Oakland went down south to start the season (Blacksburg and Gainesville, respectively), and both had a modicum of success. BGSU beat their Hokie hosts, and the Golden Grizzlies both bea...

The Mid-Majority vs. Women's Basketball

This is 8 in a series of 10 early-season essays.Yeah, you, buster. You're as guilty as the next one. There's nobody around, it's okay to admit it - it's happened to you too. Here's the scene: you're sitting at the sports bar, watching the sports ticker out of the corner. There it is - a score that...

MMBOD Nov 30: Whit Holcomb-Faye - Radford

When this hyphenated Highlander was indefinitely suspended in February for a violation of team rules (specifically, the "don't smoke dope" one), the 2004-05 Radford season went with him - they went 2-5 after that. "I've worked harder this summer than I've ever worked," he told the Roanoke Times last...

Game! Of! The! Night! Dec 01: Belmont at East Tennessee State

Some would say that starting the conference schedule early is like skipping the December holidays and going straight to the January post-holiday depression. Ridiculous, I say! Meaningful basketball should know no season.The Atlantic Sun slate got underway last night (welcome, Matt Doherty, and North...

Game! Of! The! Night! Dec 02: North Florida at Jacksonville

The Atlantic Sun season, just two days old, has provided plenty of chills and spills. Last night, Kennesaw State came from behind to claim its first-ever Division I conference win; Belmont outlasted East Tennessee in last night's G!O!T!N!; and Campbell, who was 0-20 last year in conference, beat the...

MMBOD Dec 01: Nick Fazekas - Nevada

Never mind that beating Kansas is happening so often lately that it's going to end up as a carnival midway attraction at county fairs next summer. Or that all the requisite motions have been captured by green-screen CGI cameras for a video game, coming out in time for the Tournament. It's still Kans...

The Anti-UMPFN

Game 105: at Bucknell 87, Yale 60 Saturday, November 26, 2005 Sojka Pavilion - Lewisburg, PA There's a white sign that greets you when you drive onto their campus, a lush green acreage dotted by vermillion-brick buildings. "Welcome to", "http://schools.basketballstate.com/BUCK >Bucknell" it s...

Game! Of! The! Night! Dec 03: Nevada at Pacific

Long-time readers of the site (if you consider nine months a "long time") will recall our March campaign to send four mid-majors to the Sweet 16, how we implored Hoops Nation to officially adopt one by buying a logo t-shirt. We ended up having to adopt the old "wait 'til next year" approach, but two...

MMBOD Dec 02: Virgil Matthews - Montana

Okay, so that UC-Irvine Astyle=font-weight:bold HREF=http://schools.basketballstate.com/STAN>upset over Stanford has been recast in a completely different light after UCI's loss to Stanislaus State last week. That wins and losses are open to constant redefinition is why our game is great. But sti...

MMBOD Dec 03: Golden Ingle - Kennesaw State

Down south at new D1 entry Kennesaw State, there's a Coach Tony Ingle, an assistant Tony Ingle Jr., and guards Israel Ingle and Golden Ingle. That's a lot of Ingles. But it's not a hoop sitcom like "Just the Ten of Us" or that Dick Vitale project that's in perpetual turnaround - it's damm good baske...

Game! Of! The! Night! Dec 04: Virginia Commonwealth at North Carolina-Wilmington

Some people complained when it became necessary to have a Ph.D in geekology to decode the expanded Colonial Athletic Association's new new scheduling format, but you can't kvetch much when the opening weekend of play is capped by a hot game with seeding implications galore.The home of the 5-1 Seahaw...

MMBOD Dec 05: Royce Parran - Chicago State

Most attempts to read the tea leaves of the 2005-06 season have been scuttled by the UIC Flames, who have won over the hearts of Chicago's schizophrenic community by losing its home opener to a Division II team and upsetting Georgia Tech in a guarantee game two days later. Now they've surrendered th...

Game! Of! The! Night! Dec 05: Middle Tennessee State at Utah State

It's tough finding RPI-boosting games when you've ascended to the upper-middle-class parts of Mid-Majorville - power-conference coaches won't answer your summer scheduling booty-calls anymore. But one of my favorite developments in recent years is the in-season home-and-home; it's all about helping ...

Let's Play Five

Game 106: at Holy Cross 71, Fordham 63 (2OT) Sunday, December 4, 2005 Hart Center - Worcester, MA The first snowfall is like the first seasonal anything - the first skinned knee of the summer, the first sniffle of the autumn. There's a little bit of a shock, and then when it happens again you're ...

Mid-Majority Scrapbook, Vol. I

Some pictures from the first few weeks of the season. Harvard-Vermont handshake line (Game 101) Creepy close encounter with the Providence Friar (Game 102) Burlington, VT Catamount Country (Game 104) The Wolf Pack (Game 104) Bucknell's Sojka Pavilion (Game 105) Bison chair (Game 105) The Mi...

MMBOD Dec 05: Clifton Lee - Northwestern State

It's a good time to be the Southland Conference. First you had Sam Houston State in the PNIT, then Northwestern State and Southeastern Louisiana taking beating turns on Mississippi State in Starkville, and now this. Last night NSU went into Storied Gallagher-Iba Arena and delivered a shock to the Ok...

Game! Of! The! Night! Dec 06: Villanova at Bucknell

It's tough being the number whatever team in the country. Folks are always following you around, debating your every move and utterance and injury, analyzing you to within an inch of your basketball lives. Tonight, Villanova will bring their travelling sideshow to humble little Lewisburg for a Keyst...

MMBOD Dec 06: David Moss - Indiana State

According to the wire story, David Moss tried to hug some fans after his Indiana State team upset over the cross-state Hoosiers, but they were more interested in dancing on the logo at midcourt. Where, I ask, is the love?Don't worry, big guy, it's right here. Mr. Moss is no stranger to this space - ...

Game! Of! The! Night! Dec 07: Rider at Iona

The weather outside may be relatively frightful, but the March MAAC Madness in December is so delightful. Tonight in New Roc City, we'll see two of the favorites in the Metro Atlantic Conference duke it out in a rare early-season conference duel.Iona has developed into one of the feel-good stories o...

MMBOD Dec 07: Ian Johnson - Davidson

You can't spell "Davidson" without "Ian" - Mr. Johnson recorded his second straight double-double (the first in a blowout against prohibitive SoCon North favorite Appalachian State), and helped put the Snigers down on the Wildcats' home court. Don't fire him - he's dumb enough to schedule home-and-h...

Game! Of! The! Night! Dec 08: Eastern Kentucky at Murray State

In tonight's Ohio Valley lidlifter for both teams, we get a showdown of the two teams picked to contend for the league title - the defending champ and the traditional power (respectively). Eastern's struggled to a 2-4 record in the post-Travis Ford era, and Murray's 2-2 mark doesn't show that they t...

MMBOD Dec 08: Roy Booker - Southeast Missouri

People from Missouri are just so demanding - show me this, show me that. Last night at the Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau, an inbound transfer from Montana did just that, career-highing with 27 points, a total that included six three-pointers. Three of those threes came in consecutive order, durin...

Game! Of! The! Night! Dec 09: Loyola (Md.) at Fairfield

To put the Loyola Greyhounds and their 4-0 record in perspective, they've won as many games as they did all of 2002-03, and four times as many as they did the next season. As they enter conference play tonight, they may get within one of last year's total, continuing the turnaround we've been foreca...

MMBOD Dec 09: Kojo Mensah - Siena

I cringe when pundits on the teevee talk about a team knowing "how to win" or "not knowing how to win." I mean, geez - you play the game and if you do it better than the other team, you win. No special degrees or prior work experience needed.Siena hasn't been better than the other team very much in ...

Game! Of! The! Night! Dec 10: Pacific at Western Kentucky

Always good when you can get a game in December that pits two mid-major conference favorites against each other, acts as a guage of relative league strength. Pacific was short-sold in the preseason polls due to graduation losses, but people who saw how well they played big, tough Nevada, or what the...

Feinstein and Me

Game 107: Villanova 79, at Bucknell 60 Tuesday, December 6, 2005 Sojka Pavilion - Lewisburg, PA When you sling adjectives and metaphors about the Patriot League these days, especially to a national audience, you do so under a long and cold shadow. Someone's already been there and done that. So I...

Great Mohawks in History

Game 108: at Iona 80, Rider 59 Wednesday, December 7, 2005 Mulcahy Center - New Rochelle, NY Most kids who sport the mohawk haircut don' t care what you think, if you crack Travis Bickle or Mr. T jokes, if you tell them that punk is dead. Their feelings are protected by pointy liberty spikes and ...

MMBOD Dec 10: Christian Maraker - Pacific

Reports of the Tigers' demise have been... well, they're B.S. To further paraphrase a certain Mr. Clemens, be careful about reading preseason predictions, because you may die of a misprint. Forget about all the graduations - last night's road trouncing of Western Kentucky proves that Pacific deserve...

Game! Of! The! Night! Dec 11: Gardner-Webb at North Carolina-Greensboro

Here's another chance to see relative league strength on the floor, instead of on paper - UNCG is division-winnable in the Southern Conference's North division despite having only one senior, while the Runnin' Bulldogs from Boiling Springs are scientifically engineered to win the Atlantic Sun. Even ...

MMBOD Dec 11: Keydren Clark - Saint Peter's

The SPC ballers are still playing with heavy hearts from the loss of a teammate over the summer, and the nation's two-time defending scoring champion has been fighting off leg tendinitis. But after going 0-4 to start the season and hanging in bravely against a couple of Big East squads, the Peacocks...

Game! Of! The! Night! Dec 12: Tennessee State at Eastern Illinois

When you have something on your website called "Game! Of! The! Night!", that means every night. Even when you only have nine games on the national slate, even when a good number of those involve power conference teams, there must, must, must be a Game! Of! The! Night! Thank gosh there's a conference...

The Mid-Majority vs. Its Own Audience

This is the 9th in a series of 10 early-season essays. "A dream is a wish your heart makes," it's said, "when you're fast asleep." That's nice and everything, but why does Disney have the market cornered on all that dewy fantasyland crap? This date - 12-12-2005 - marks a key development in the his...

MMBOD Dec 13: Wayne Arnold - Tennessee State

I'm so glad... we got a decent performance out of last night's G!O!T!N!. Lilburn, Georgia native Mr, Arnold, a former Peach State Mr. Basketball and future co-alum of Oprah, came on and felt the Eastern Illinoise last night. He rained down seven of eight from behind the arc to lead the Tigers to a c...

Game! Of! The! Night! Dec 13: St. Mary's at Air Force

Pay no attention to that 1-3 record - St. Mary's has so far had the misfortune of running into three Top 100 power-conference teams at the wrong times. Tonight, the team that defied theUMPFN monopoly in the WCC and made the 2005 Tournament go through heavy security at USAFA, Colorado - you can bet t...

MMBOD Dec 13: Rashad Jones-Jennings - Arkansas-Little Rock

The Official Wife of the Mid-Majorityâ ¢, little red-haired darling that she is, is still learning about basketball. "Kyle," she asked me last night while we were watching some game tape. "What does 'crashing the glass' mean?"If only this particular game was on teevee, so I could show h...

Game! Of! The! Night! Dec 14: Ohio at Cincinnati

If the 4-0 Ohio Bobcats outwork the Cincinnati Bearcats tonight - and they most probably will - you can expect another wave of media love for Tim O'Shea's young crew, the team that shocked the MAC last year after being picked last, who gave Florida a first-round scare, and who have returned a poised...

MMBOD Dec 14: Jack Leasure - Coastal Carolina

Time to check in with Buzzball On The Coast, Mr. Peterson's seaside rebuilding project in scenic Conway, S.C.. Coastal Carolina led for a half in Minnesota and beat MEAC power S.C. State yesterday, a matchup they probably lose last season. The 3-3 Chanticleers have a nice little tandem going in 2005...

Game! Of! The! Night! Dec 15: Missouri State at Arkansas

After last night's Ohio blowout, the Mid-Majority is 0-2 in power-conference G!O!T!N! action. But this is just the kind of G! to get us back on the winning track. Ken Pomeroy's Gamble-O-Matic crystal ball agrees - this as a 10-point win over the Hogs, in large part thanks to SMS' No. 6 ranking in th...

MMBOD Dec 15: Dwayne Mitchell - Louisiana-Lafayette

When I talked to ULL coach Robert Lee over the summer, it was the day after Dwayne Mitchell had been granted an extra year of eligibility by the NCAA. He played in an exhibition game for Auburn before transferring, you see, and this had previously counted as a full year. Coach Lee was so happy, I co...

Game! Of! The! Night! Dec 16: Stanislaus State at Cal Poly

What To Look For: A possible upset by a D2 over a D1. Cal Poly is 1-5 and 311th in the RPI, and Stanislaus State already has one Big West scalp this year: UC-Irvine.What Got Cut: Lowlights of the CSUS Warriors' 82-63 blowout loss to Alaska-Fairbanks last week, up at the Patty Center.Do You Care? D...

Viewer Mail

Time to put a dent in the ol' mailbag. What chance do you think there is for the NCAA to allow a 5th year of eligibility in basketball? There are a number of reasons it would be a good idea. First, it will enable kids to remain on scholarship another year and enhance their graduation rates. Second,...

MMBOD Dec 16: Carlos English - Cleveland State

A cold non-conference Friday night in December is a good time to reward a guy who rings up ridiculous numbers on a non-Division I squad, but we're not going that route. Instead, the daily award goes to a baller whose team fell to a nationally ranked superteam, but distinguished himself and managed t...

Game! Of! The! Night! Dec 17: Indiana State at Butler

With Missouri State's loss the other night in Arkansas, there are only two unbeatens left in the Mid-Majority. Seven-and-ohIona is one, a bunch of Terre Haute Trees who have won their first five are the other. Led by TMM favorite David Moss (20.8 ppg), Indiana State heads to Hinkle on the heels of t...

Roof Romantic

Game 109: at Boston University 67, New Hampshire 46 Thursday, December 8, 2005 Case Gymnasium - Boston, MA On Thanksgiving Tuesday in 2005, the city of Boston made a collective decision to leave town early. The city's residents clogged the westbound MassPike with their automobiles, stringing up a...

MMBOD Dec 17: Tyson Schnitker - Indiana State

There were a mere handful of seconds remaining in regulation. In front of a sweaty,noisy Hinkle Fieldhouse crowd, the Butler ballers had stormed from behind, staging a frenetic 10-0 scoring run to go up 58-56. And then! While Butler concentrated on former MMBOD David Moss, but they left a certain so...

MMBOD Dec 18: Anthony Tolliver - Creighton

As a lot of coaches will tell you, basketball is a chess match - all that strategizing and outthinking and stuff. So let's take that metaphor one step further! You can play that game a whole lot better when your tallest piece can do damage all over the board, instead of plunking along one square at ...

Game! Of! The! Night! Dec 19: Campbell at Indiana State

There will indeed be a golf-check presented to the visitors for making the trip up from Buies Creek, but this may turn out to be a better matchup than the disparate RPI's would indicate. Neither undefeated Indiana State (No .4) and resurgent Campbell (No. 329, 3-4 coming off a 0-20 Atlantic Sun seas...

Game! Of! The! Night! Dec 20: Miami (Oh.) at Wichita State

Tonight we have a matchup of two good teams (both went NIT last year) with lots of question marks heading into conference play. First of all, there's the 8-2 start of Wichita State, which has been largely overshadowed by Missouri Valley neighbors Indiana State (7-0) and preseason drool-towel Norther...

MMBOD Dec 19: Kevin Hamilton - Holy Cross

When Morihei Ueshiba, a/k/a O Sensei, developed the martial art of aikido to neutralize and eliminate great size advantages. Using throws and locks and flowing movement, a little guy can use the energy of a larger opponent against himself and emerge victorious from a battle.Yesterday afternoon, the ...

Mid-Majority Scrapbook, Vol. 2

More pictures from the road. Villanova-Bucknell: Sold Out We're on ESPN (360) Sojka Psychos Rejected ESPN blog title: "Retractable Backboards" Mulcahy Center, New Rochelle NY Rhody can't watch URI lose to Ohio The Silvio O. Conte Forum, Boston MA The BC trainer tends to Craig Smith...

MMBOD Dec 20: Tim Parham - Maryland-Eastern Shore

When the second-leading scorer on the worst team in Division I announced his intention to test the NBA Draft waters, lots of folks said, "Are you serious?" Sure, the 6-9, 240 specimen attended a camp or two this spring, but Tim Parham was simply dreaming big. He just wanted to find out if he had any...

Purgatorio

Game 110: Ohio 71, at Rhode Island 63 Saturday, December 10, 2005 Ryan Center - Kingston, RI If you skiied through high school English with yellow Cliff's Notes strapped to your feet, or if you received the bulk of your literary education on the can from "Don't Know Much About Books" books, you p...

Game! Of! The! Night! Dec 22: Illinois State at Indiana State

No, our crack staff isn't on permanent Indiana State watch, even though their 7-0 start is a great story. (Admittedly, however, keeping the G!O!T!N! satellite truck parked in Terre Haute does save money on gas.) This is the pick-to-click game tonight because it's New Year's 10 days early. As "Voice ...

MMBOD Dec 21: Matt Murrer - Virginia Military Institute

Something's been missing from VMI basketball in recent years, and it's not the strategically-placed letters "O" and "T." It's been "W"'s - take last season, for example, when they win three out of 16 conference games. But there's a new sheriff in town (former Virginia policeman Duggar Baucom), and h...

SWAC P.R. Disasters

Game 111: at Boston College 80, Texas Southern 53 Sunday, December 18, 2005 Silvio O. Conte Forum - Chestnut Hill, MA When it comes down to it, there's only one difference between a mid-major squad and a team of power conference prima donnas - our boys end their seasons a few days or weeks before...

Game! Of! The! Night! Dec 23: Fordham at Manhattan

No, not that "Rumble in the Bronx," it's just the Rams and Jaspers renewing their ancient rivalry. The Manhattans are coming off a Dakota roadie to NDSU, SDSU and Wall Drug, and offer one of the most exciting underclassmen in the MEAC - team points/rebounds/assists leader C.J. Anderson. Fordham (3-6...

The Portrait of Kevin McHale

Game 112: Maryland-Eastern Shore 59, at Brown 57 Tuesday, December 20, 2005 Pizzitola Sports Center - Providence, RI It's the kind of portrait that haunts you before you even look at it. The subject seems so familiar, so eerily familiar. Unadorned and untitled, the portrait has a Dorian Gray effe...

Game! Of! The! Night! Dec 27: Holy Cross at George Mason

Grab your funny tricorner hat and your flute, we've got the Patriot League regular-season champions against the Patriots at the Patriot Center. Both teams have toiled in the shadows of preseason favorites early on (Bucknell and Old Dominion, respectively). But a convincing win here, against relative...

The Best

Game 113: at Central Connecticut State 72, Binghamton 68 Thursday, December 22, 2005 Detrick Gymnasium - New Britain, CT The voice is unmistakable - the rich and folksy tones brighten the corners of CCSU's home court with warm, gooey honey poured all over a chilly December night. Good evening, l...

Ronnie Superstar

Game 114: at Manhattan 81, Fordham 68 Friday, December 23, 2005 Draddy Gymnasium - Bronx, NY The 21st Century is amazing. Thanks to scientific advances and mass-production, all you need is a phone line, a computer and a microphone and you're on the radio. Or live on the internet, with RealAudio o...

MMBOD Dec 27: Dontaye Draper - College of Charleston

It took a great performance to cool off North Carolina-Wilmington, and tiny (5'11") Charleston guard Dontaye Draper played fireman on Tuesday. The Baltimore native poured on a career-high 33 points as the Cougars came from 10 down to defeat UNCW at their own place, and grant the Seahawks their third...

Game! Of! The! Night! Dec 28: Missouri State at Creighton

With the CAA and MAC frontrunners taking big and bad losses recently, the Missouri Valley has emerged as the be-all end-all mid-major league in the early going - at least when it comes to multiple Tournament bids. Tonight, we have a holiday treat with two of those likely bids squaring off in Omaha ...

MMBOD Dec 28: Antonio Webb - Bethune-Cookman

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Game! Of! The! Night! Dec 29: Arkansas-Little Rock at Utah State

Give the Aggies credit - they're not going to shy away from bringing decent competition to their Gossner Foods Holiday Classic (this year is edition No. 12), and playing them straight up. In tonight's opening game, they take on the 6-4 Trojans of Arkansas-Little Rock, ducking 2-8 Binghamton.Utah Sta...

Game! Of! The! Night! Dec 30: Virginia Tech at Old Dominion

It's put up or shut up time for Old Dominion (7-4, 1-1 Colonial). The preseason league favorites have swung wildly from pole to pole, showing signs of their predicted level of play in amongst blowouts at the hands of Drexel and UAB, doing serious damage to any CAA two-bid scenario in the process. T...

MMBOD Dec 30: Josh Gomes - Eastern Illinois

Buried in the official recaps for Friday night summed up this game thus: "Eastern Illinois edged out host UMKC, 72-67, Friday night to improve to 2-8 on the season." That's it - no mention of the fact that the Kangaroos are a decent Mid-Con team, or that they did it in Kansas City's fabled Kemper Ar...

MMBOD Dec 31: Andre Collins - Loyola (Md.)

Reaganomics may not have helped the little guy very much, but there's a trickle-down effect in college basketball that works pretty well. At Maryland, Andre Collins was picked up as a backup for Steve Blake and spent a lot of time buried on the bench, but at Loyola (Md.) he's a star, showing up on t...

Game! Of! The! Night! Jan 01: San Diego at Eastern Washington

Happy New (Calendar) Year, Hoops Nation! There's a lot of hot conference action that will spread like wildfire all across the land in the days and weeks to come, but today we have a tepid holiday slate of four games. Only one is a matchup of mid-majors, and it gives us the opportunity to talk about ...

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