Season 7

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800 Game Project: Practice Run #3

It's Friday morning, and it's time for more game reports. First, though, let's take a look back at Thursday's action via 360, including the strange story of Towson getting caught in the snow on the way to George Mason. Colonial: Virginia Commonwealth beats Hofstra 82-67 (G!O!T!N!)West Coast: McConnell scores 27,...

Mid-Majority Chat Block, Episode 712

Mid-Majority Chat Block, Episode 712 At the close of January, just about every conference is in the second half of their schedules, so we have a pretty good idea of who the contenders and the other guys are. Teams are moving slowly into position for March. Utah State, Saint Mary's, Coastal Carolina, Northern...

Game 7-040: Binghamton at Boston University

New England has had a tough winter. Snowstorm after blizzard after Nor'Easter has dumped feet and feet of snow on the upper right-hand corner of Hoops Nation; it's piled high along the sides of roads, shoved into alleyways, stored wherever it can be stored. There's not a lot of space here, since people are taking...

Game 7-041: Wagner at Bryant

We aging old-time sports fans who still remember television's rabbit-ears era (and know the difference between UHF and VHF), probably appreciate the 21st Century Full Court/pixelvision reality more than most. Back then, we had to wait for Saturday to get a game-of-the-week. Now, it's like walking through an...

Game 7-042: Columbia at Harvard

Thirty years ago, sixteen and one were just a pair of numbers, even to basketball fans. In the early 1980s, "Sixteen" had no real hoops significance outside the state of Kentucky, because the NCAA Tournament was smaller and two bracket wins weren't quite as uniformly "Sweet" as they are now. But to have that...

Game 7-043: Georgia State at Northeastern

Northeastern has always been frustrating. Back at Drexel, the team always helped make the America East hell for the hooping Dragons. It's got to be frustrating to be a sports fan there, too. The school is generally the fourth wheel in the Beanpot, dropped football last year, and has a fragile customer base for...

Game 7-044: Cornell at Harvard

I believe. @midmajority Game Tweets17:32 We are so early to this Cornell-Harvard game that we can pay a visit to the World's Classiest Dunkin Donuts. http://img.ly/2Tjx17:33 Airball's Revenge. RT @midmajority360: Indiana State 69 Creighton 83 | INST 12-10 (7-4) CREI 14-9 (6-5) | http://tmm7.me/9q3 #MVC17:51...

Stardate 85-20110131: Geeks vs. Madness, Poets vs. Sanity

PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- What is madness? Back up, let's start this way: the reason and order necessary for understanding and mastery of one's surroundings has no room or space for such anarchic disruption. Madness is the danger where once things were safe, displacing sense and destroying sensibilities. Sanity makes...

A Personal Appeal From TMM Mascot Bally B. Basketball

How does a 100 Games Project come together? First, before Christmas, you have to get to as many Multi-Team Events as you can. Rack up games like a squirrel hoarding nuts for the winter. The next key benchmark is the halfway point; if you make 50 by early February, you're in pretty good shape. The magic number...

BracketBusters Matchups 2011

As is annual tradition here at TMM, we've put together a full rundown of all the announced BracketBusters matchups, and this will likely be the most clicked-on page of the season once again. A lot of mid-major fans only follow their own conferences, so it's time to get to know your Buster opponent. Click on the...

Stardate 86-20110201: Pixelvision Killed the Video Star

PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- So much has changed in a single calendar year. On February 1, 2010, the iPad had just been announced, and no mere civilian had touched one yet. Now, they're on press row at college basketball games. The Robot has grown a soul, exhibited feelings, taken a name. (It's "Doctor Thunderpants.")...

Stardate 87-20110202: Weird Pizza

PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- Despite the efforts of "Operation In Our Sites," the government's poorly-planned and badly-named offensive to try and shut down the pixelvision feed aggregation sites (a topic broached on Stardate 15), National Pixelvision Day II is saved. Remember, that's tomorrow evening, so come here to...

Stardate 88-20110203: Power to the Pixels

Today is National Pixelvision Day, and the festivities will last from 7 pm ET to after midnight. Enhanced coverage is available here. If you'd like to get involved, shuttle down. PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- An old hippie once proclaimed that information wants to be free. He was a publisher whose dead-tree publication...

National Pixelvision Day II

800 Games Project: Practice Run No. 4

Friday mornings have become extra-enjoyable, because these game reports that are coming in are really great. While there's a lot of Season 7 left, I'm excited about Season 8, and the prospect of having well-written, well-executed student and passionate fan accounts of games across Hoops Nation to read every day....

Last Man XXIII

To truly understand American-Style Football and our reasons for it, you have to go back to the deep roots. It's a sport that took its original cues from the Rugby School game (more so than association footy), a violent and chaotic pursuit that found its shape in England's 1700s. Consider the timing. This was an...

Last Man Live

It's become an annual Mid-Majority tradition. I try to be the last man in America to know who won the Super Bowl, and the last man in America to know the score of the game. Together, these two pieces of data combine to form The Knowledge. There's no pastime like this: a race against yourself, a game played against...

Game 7-045: Maine at Boston University

Could you survive a full-blown Chicken Riot? Boston is a city that's historically been a place for beans, chowder, Store 24's and Fenway Franks. But as the area exports its Dunkin' Donuts to the world at large, it has left the back door open to outside entities, cultural impurity and the same kind of where-am-I...

Game 7-046: Dartmouth at Pennsylvania

On a February Friday night in Philadelphia, there's no other place to be. @midmajority Game Tweets18:58 Game No. 7-046: Dartmouth at Penn. (Corrected.) Helloooo! http://img.ly/2VEk19:03 Penn huddlz. http://img.ly/2VEr19:03 Dartmouth tuffz. http://img.ly/2VEu19:06 We will be on the Internet soon.19:07 Meanwhile,...

Stardate 92-20110207: Nowhere To Run, Nowhere To Hide

? ? ? ? ? , ? .? . -- Hello from back here on Sunday evening. As for the future present, we are playing our annual game of Last Man, and avoiding The Knowledge as best as possible. But we must always attend to our regular duties, which is sharing the good kind of knowledge with Hoops Nation. What a crazy weekend...

Stardate 93-20110208: What Good Are Notebooks?

? ? ? ? ? ? , ? .? . -- The game of Last Man continues into its second full day in the secret bunker. Follow along with as I slowly descend into madness. No, David, I have not heard about Pittsburgh, P. A., and don't tell me! Conference ShootaroundConference USA: Fact: the ex-Metro won 68 percent of its non-conference...

Stardate 94-20110209: I Wanna Be Your (Last) Man

? ? ? ? ? ? , ? .? . -- The game continues into its third day; full coverage can be found on the Last Man Live page. Normally on Wednesday, we have a mailbag feature. At the moment, the mailbag is sitting in the corner, tied up. We're not reading The Form™ or e-mail or Twitter or anything outside the enclosed...

Stardate 95-20110210: The Emperor of Germany

Your Last Man Live entries were quite enjoyable to read. I also got a kick out of trying to figure out who the Conduit was and following the LastMan and FindLastMan twitter hashtags. Congrats on making it past day two anyways.- FrankPROVIDENCE, R.I. -- And so after two days, 11 hours, 23 minutes, hundreds of...

800 Games Project: Practice Run No. 5

It's Friday, so that means it's time to check in on preparations for next season's 800 Games Project, the crowdsourced game reporting that will take the place of our own hundreds of attended games and thousands of driven miles. It's pretty much the same thing as we've been doing -- go to a game and write about...

Mid-Majority Chat Block, Episode 713

Mid-Majority Chat Block, Episode 713 The last time there was a Chat Block, a loaf of bread cost a quarter. But those were only the loaves in the week-old bin, inedible by humans and only suitable to be crumbled up and given to birds. We're back on the Block after a 14-day absence, just as we embark on our final...

Stardate 100-20110215: Hell For Hundred

RICHMOND, Va. -- For most of recorded history, things that weren't paid for didn't happen. Take the Old West, for instance. You think saloons allowed tabs? As long as there were four-legged vehicles tied to the post out front, every customer represented a potential flight risk. Plus, there was always the chance...

Game 7-047: Rhode Island at Temple

Hooter's birthday, and fake Zooperstars. @midmajority Game Tweets13:48 Game No. 7-047: Rhode Island at Temple. Temple University welcomes you and your family.13:50 This, friends, is a band. http://img.ly/2VZ513:50 RT @BigWestMBB: This is great... RT @SLOcollegebeat: Bloggin' with Scroggin: VIDEO: P.A. darling...

Game 7-048: Harvard at Pennsylvania

The last real Palestra soft pretzel, and double overtime. @midmajority Game Tweets18:12 RT @gashaheen: Be a NCAA Bkb Comm member - Step 1: make YOUR list of no-brainer teams "in" + a list of those which need help/discussion. Update daily.18:35 The Red Hot Chili Peppers Classic, apparently. RT @bubbaprog: @midmajority...

Game 7-049: American at Lehigh

In which we prepare to bunker down for Last Man. @midmajority Game Tweets13:55 Game No. 7-049: American at Lehigh. You are here. http://img.ly/2WtR13:57 Nothing makes for a better pregame show than... an actual game. CBS College is filling its early afternoon with Patriot League basketball!13:58 And so are we....

Game 7-050: Yale at Harvard

"Ten Thousand Men of Harvard": the original Ivy League smac-rap. @midmajority Game Tweets18:14 #FF @findthelastman. Take *that*, Christmas Creep!18:17 RT @LoyolanSports: @midmajority Happy birthday to the ultimate Lions Hank Gathers. #44 would have turned 44 today. #HappybirthdayHank19:42 Game 7-050: Yale at...

Game 7-051: Long Island at Saint Francis (NY)

The game of the year, plus the reason why the TV thing works best when I'm not talking. (The Battle of Brooklyn can be viewed in its entirety here.) @midmajority Game Tweets11:18 You know when you're having a really bad morning, then you find a sweet parking space and that makes everything OK? #New #York #City...

Game 7-052: South Dakota at New Jersey Tech

Life and love on the road in the Great West. @midmajority Game Tweets15:46 Game No. 7-052: South Dakota at NJIT. You're in Highlander Country. #therecanonlybeone http://img.ly/2Zqw15:48 It's resting. We are not the only ones affected. RT @lynchjm: @midmajority Probably a dumb question but did pixelvision die?...

Game 7-053: Penn at Columbia

Your Columbia moment of Zen: the raising of the baskets. @midmajority Game Tweets19:51 Game No. 7-053: Penn at Columbia. Count it. http://img.ly/2ZtZ19:56 Whoo! I feel like I was just on Cash Cab! Except the $50 question was "Where is Broadway and 119th," and the driver screwed it up.19:57 OK, so what do...

Game 7-054: Fairfield at Saint Peter's

Wall-mounted banners, slow starts, superhoops and overtime off Exit 14C. @midmajority Game Tweets13:51 Game 7-054: Faifield at Saint Peter's. Do you know where you are? You're in the Peacock Nation. You're gonna die. http://img.ly/2ZV313:56 MAAC = wall-mounted banners. I love these. http://img.ly/2ZV714:06...

Game 7-055: Saint Joseph's vs. Fordham

They had a Final Four here once. Now, basement Atlantic 14 basement battles. @midmajority Game Tweets16:46 Game 7-055: Saint Joseph's vs. Fordham at East Rutherford, NJ. Curtains. http://img.ly/2ZXY16:47 Fordham leads SJU 43-29 with one minute left in 1H. On the other end of the league, Xavier beat Duquesne.16:48...

Game 7-056: Howard at Norfolk State

Behold the green and gold, most specifically the Spartan Legion band. @midmajority Game Tweets20:22 Game No. 7-056: Howard at Norfolk State. Echols Hall. http://img.ly/30Iq20:27 It's a very exciting race in the MEAC this year: Hampton, BCC, Morgan, Coppin on the outside track. This, tonight, is not a part...

Game 7-057: George Mason at VCU

VCU hadn't lost two consecutive games at the Siegel Center since it opened. Broken streak, broken hearts, broken signboard. @midmajority Game Tweets18:50 Game No. 7-057: George Mason at VCU. Kind of an important game. http://img.ly/31i218:54 Got something for you! RT @WM_VA_Josh: There's @midmajority...trust...

Stardate 101-20110216: Dream Seasons

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- March really is here before we know it, because there's half a week missing out of February. This month wasn't designed that way -- and nothing was adjusted for our benefit or anything -- but it's still disorienting and disruptive to look at a calendar and realize that in two weeks, teams...

Game 7-058: Rice at Marshall

The Thundering Herd, the Owls, the ghost of Cam Henderson, Title R segregation issues, hard-dunxing Iranians, and Bally and Cusie kiss and make up. @midmajority Game Tweets19:01 Game No. 7-058: Rice at Marshall. They are Marshall! http://img.ly/31K319:04 Lightsticks. http://img.ly/31K619:06 Conference USA!...

Stardate 102-20110217: Only Love Can Bust Your Bracket

INDIANAPOLIS -- Things were different eight years ago. Folks were afraid of SARS. Valerie Plame was still anonymous. People still had AOL e-mail addresses. This website, Bally Basketball, and Willow Smith's recording career weren't even figments of imagination yet. But in 2003, a huge TV sports network had a...

Game 7-059: Southern Utah at IUPUI

Bally goes college, the most Caucasian And 1 Mixtape Tour stop ever, Badlands swimming and diving, Mid-Con Appreciation Night, and a return to the scene of an old temp job. @midmajority Game Tweets18:18 Yo, Bub. http://img.ly/32ce18:45 Game No. 7-059: Southern Utah at IUPUI. "Zoo Cage" was taken.18:49 While...

STARDATE 103-20110218: ALL CAPS

CHICAGO -- Once upon a time in a city of big windy shoulders, there was a basketball game between two schools at the bottom of the Horizon League. Loyola (Ill.) beat the University of Illinois at Chicago 55-50. This wasn't any ordinary game. This game, held on January 18, 2010 at the UIC Pavilion, went down...

Mid-Majority Chat Block, Episode 714

Bracket Sale! Everything Must (As-You) Go!

March is coming, and that means brackets, brackets, brackets. We fill them out a little differently around here. We don't enter office pools or fill them out ahead of time. The best bracket is a blank one that stays blank until the games start. Then, as the games are complete, we write in the winners in the...

GAME 7-060: BUTLER AT ILLINOIS-CHICAGO

The power, passion and glory of ALLCAPSGAME 2011. @midmajority Game Tweets14:11 ROBO KREPS HAS SCORED THE FIRST BASKET OF THE #ALLCAPSGAME #BEEP #BOOP14:13 COREY GRAY HITS A #SUPERHOOP AND UIC IS UP 5-3 EARLY. #SUPERHOOP LOOKS MORE IMPORTANT IN #ALLCAPS #ALLCAPSGAME14:13 RT @STETSONSID: @midmajority WOOO ALL...

Game 7-061: Missouri State at Valparaiso

Dickie V visits Valpo, BracketBusters balloon madness, lime green accents, and Horizon League dick jokes. @midmajority Game Tweets17:21 Game No. 7-061: Missouri State at Valparaiso. ARCetBuster. http://img.ly/33cr17:24 At the end of the first quarter, it's 19-15 Valpo. Crusaders came out hot, but Mo State is...

Stardate 107-20110222: The Stretch Drive

CHICAGO -- BracketBusters 2011 can be summed up tidily in one paragraph. Utah State came back from 10 down at Saint Mary's to earn a rsum win. As the Missouri Valley -- the most successful conference in the short and strange history of BracketBusters -- bombed out with a 3-7 showing, three top teams in the Colonial...

Stardate 108-20110223: Shootaround Deluxe

CHICAGO -- Every single one of the conference games going on tonight, and tomorrow, and Friday and Saturday too, were scheduled months in advance by a league office (or, in some cases, years ago). Some were circled rivalry games worth driving a day for, others were just-anothers. In early March, that completely...

Stardate 109-20110224: One Beautiful Season Later

CLEVELAND -- Once upon a time, there was this really thick book, and it had a bunch of stuff about college basketball in it. No, not the book you're thinking of, I'm talking about One Beautiful Season. I wrote that, last summer! A few thousand people went ahead and bought it (perhaps you? ), and it's not out...

Game 7-062: Milwaukee at Cleveland State

Horizon League shoe blogging, rigged Dougie contests, airport codes, smoke and mirrors, and Milwaukee's big destiny-grab. @midmajority Game Tweets18:27 Game 7-062: Milwaukee at Cleveland State. You, me, Bert, Iris, and Horizon League destiny. http://img.ly/35lm18:34 Whenever I come to the Wolstein, I always...

Stardate 110-20110225: Stars You Never Could See

PHILADELPHIA -- Earlier this week, Caltech ended a 26-year, 310-game conference losing streak by beating Occidental 46-45. Last night in Shreveport, previously winless Centenary ended a 33-game skid (one away from the Division I record) by beating Western Illinois at home. It sure is tempting to fit these two...

Mid-Majority Chat Block, Episode 715

Mid-Majority Chat Block, Episode 715 It's the final regular season weekend for everyone, and a few leagues start tourneys next Tuesday. That means one more full week of Stardates, Tourney Central, and four days of overlap. For the time being, it's time to chat about all the league races, tiebreaker possibilities,...

Game 7-063: Columbia at Penn

30fps Palestra home shopping, #omgivydunx, the Good Drinks, Ben & Ed & William, golden pants, and Bally's greatest TV moment. Ever. @midmajority Game Tweets18:35 RT @SethHunt105: @midmajority Ooooo an envelope for me that says "Do not bend." The return address is from a Mr. B. B. Basketball. What could...

Game 7-064: Saint Bonaventure at Saint Joseph's

Phil Martelli: don't call him Coach? Hard times on City Line, Hawk funerals, welding Saint Bonaventure back together after a decade of adversity, buff mascots, and THE BELLYFILLERS. @midmajority Game Tweets15:47 Game No. 7-064: Saint Bonaventure at Saint Joseph's. A14 sadz. http://img.ly/369p16:00 SJU 2-11...

Game 7-065: Cornell at Penn

Kid Reporter Night at The Palestra! Suit separates, the taste of tweets, a Corky Calhoun sighting, mascot senior night, Keepin' It Klassy with the Sigma Kappa tug-of-war team, and Cornell hijacks the Power of Booba. @midmajority Game Tweets18:52 Game 7-065: Cornell at Penn. Where you want to be. http://img.ly/36bT18:56...

Stardate 113-20110228: Like Sonny Liston

BOSTON -- There was never any master plan to any of it. The four-stage season and its familiar rhythms were formed by generations of pushes and pulls, and the best concepts became traditions. Putting the non-conference games at the beginning, holding separate league round-robins and eliminators, the bid-based...

Tourney Central 3/1/2011 (Day 1)

The calendar says March 1. Repeat: March 1. Elimination games begin this evening on the first day of Championship Fortnight. For the fourth straight year, we will be providing daily updates to the tourney brackets, an avalanche of Basketball State information, and links to resources from the competing schools'...

Stardate 114-20110301: Something Lucky About This Place

PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- First of all, a great big thank you to every single person who got in on the Team Ballz promotion yesterday. They sold out in just under eight hours, and there are going to be some awesome new Ballz births in Hoops Nation in April. There were some folks who ended up late and heartbroken too....

The History of the Conference Tournament

To celebrate the beginning of March and Championship Fortnight, here is an excerpt from Chapter 13 of One Beautiful Season. This section covers the birth and evolution of the "conference tournament," in parallel to the fits and starts of the national overall title procedure. From regional challenges and scheduling...

Tourney Central 3/2/2011 (Day 2)

The Big South and Horizon League opened elimination play on Tuesday. The four Horizon games went according to seed, but there was a big 7-over-2 upset in the BSC.Shay Shine, best known for his #omgdunx, scored 26 points and led Big South No. 7 High Point to a 66-60 upset of No. 2 Liberty. The Flames end the 2010-11...

Stardate 115-20110302: One More Chance To Try To Save My Soul

KINGSTON, R.I. -- The stars are beginning to flicker and burn out in the elimination games. For others, it's far from over. Here, one final look at the remaining league regular season races as we move towards getting all the rest of the Other 25 conferences in the gate and ready for bracket time. It's a long,...

Tourney Central 3/3/2011 (Day 3)

In Day Two of Championship Fortnight, five higher seeds advanced. Three higher seeds went down. Patriot League No. 6 Lafayette upset No. 3 Holy Cross, never trailing in a 77-70 win. In the Ohio Valley, neither of the first round games went according to seed. No. 8 Tennessee-Martin ended Tennessee State's downward-spiral...

Game 7-067: George Washington at Rhode Island

There's a bye on the line! Atlantic 14 tiebreakers and scoreboard-watching, another Senior Night (with the student section), A-14 Title R compliance, small amounts on giant checks, Jack Kvancz's retirement, and the deep history of the term "mid-major." @midmajority Game Tweets18:44 Game No. 7-067: George Washington...

Stardate 116-20110303: Sportz Party

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Championship Fortnight is two days old, but for us it truly begins now. Tonight is the America East's No. 8 vs. No. 9 game between UMBC and Binghamton, and we will be there. It would be just another bottom-seed wipeout in an mostly-empty neutral arena, except that these are two of the conference's...

Tourney Central 3/4/2011 (Day 4)

On the third day of Championship Fortnight, the first final was set. UNC Asheville, the No. 3 in the Big South, will face top seed Coastal Carolina on Saturday. There were nothing but upsets in the Atlantic Sun. No. 6 North Florida hung on to upend city rival No. 3 Jacksonville 68-64 in the Atlantic Sun quarterfinals,...

Game 7-068: America East First Round

Championship Fortnight begins with the other side of March: a low-seed eliminator between recent champions Binghamton and the University of Maryland at Baltimore County. "Ladies and gentlemen, there will not be a national anthem for this game. Here are the starting lineups." Also: "Teach Me How To Bally," the...

Mid-Majority Chat Block, Episode 716

Mid-Majority Chat Block, Episode 716 Championship Fortnight is in full swing, and the lights are going out every day on our tote board. What will the shape of the constellation be when it's all over? Come by and join us with your speculations and musings at 4 p.m. Eastern Standard. We are in Bridgeport, Conn....

Tourney Central 3/5/2011 (Day 5)

Now it's mad, as in madness. Among the 22 teams eliminated from National Championship contention on Friday, Murray State became the first in Hoops Nation to be forced into using their NIT card. Tennessee Tech chased the Racers 64-59 at the OVC semis in Nashville. Three defending champions were sent home. In addition...

Game 7-069/070: Metro Atlantic First Round

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Tourney Central 3/6/2011 (Day 6)

Congratulations to the first three champions of Hoops Nation for 2011. Morehead State won its second OVC championship in three years. UNC Asheville, the school with the second-lowest athletic budget in Division I ($3.2 million) will represent the Big South after upending regular season champions Coastal Carolina...

Game 7-071/072/073/074: America East Quarterfinals

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Tourney Central 3/7/2011 (Day 7)

Congratulations to Indiana State. The No. 3 Sycamores will be taking TreeFever all the way to the NCAA Tournament after beating both top seeds in the Missouri Valley. Missouri State wasn't the only team forced into using an NIT card. George Mason was taken out 79-63 by VCU in the Colonial semifinals. Metro Atlantic...

Game 7-075/076: Metro Atlantic Semifinals

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Game 7-077: America East Semifinal

In the aftermath of yet another top seed crash on Severance Sunday (Vermont), No. 2 Boston University fights homestanding Hartford for the right to host the championship game. Turnovers vs. missed shots, and eye-popping per-possession numbers aren't quite what they seem. Dinner is served, and the Bowtie Brotherhood...

Stardate 120-20110307: Don't Be a Stranger

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- Last week, I went to a late regular-season matchup between Rhode Island and George Washington. These days when I go to games, I sit in the front row wearing a suit and sneakers at a desk, with a touchscreen computer for dispatching short bursts of information to the internet. This implies...

Tourney Central 3/8/2011 (Day 8)

Congratulations to the newest champions of Hoops Nation. On Monday night, Old Dominion defended its Colonial Athletic Association tourney title with a win over death-rival VCU. In the SoCon, Wofford won its second-ever and second straight automatic bid by defeating Charleston. Saint Peter's, the No. 5 seed in...

Game 7-078: Metro Atlantic Championship

It's a title game. Scissors, nets, ladders, and trophies too. Serious ESPN2 airtime for Bally. Memories of MAAC hair: Mike Frensley and the ponytail, and Ricky Soliver Mohawk Night at Iona. The Journey medley from "Glee" fails to inspire, we attempt to extend the legend of James Naismith to Ben Franklin proportions,...

Tourney Central 3/9/2011 (Day 9)

Three more champions on Tuesday, and we salute them. Two are familiar NCAA names. Oakland repeated as Badlands champions, and 2010 national runners-up Butler shook off a regular season of ups and downs by reclaiming the top spot in the Horizon League. But Championship Fortnight had its first eternal highlight...

Game 7-079: Princeton at Penn

The final conference regular season game in the country, one of the most ancient and storied rivalries in Hoops Nation. A lot on the line, too. Princeton wins to force an Ivy playoff against Harvard at Yale on Saturday. The final college game for five Quaker seniors, the first class since the Jack McCloskey...

Tourney Central 3/10/2011 (Day 10)

Congratulations to Northern Colorado, who just needed seven years to go from new Division I independent to the NCAA tournament as members of the Big Sky -- the Bears overcame the conference champions from Montana for the title. Back east, Long Island won the Northeast Conference championship in an overtime thriller...

Game 7-080: Northeast Championship

A classic championship game in the Northeast Conference, as Long Island defeated two-time defending champions Robert Morris in overtime. LIU would be one of the greatest programs in the history of college basketball in an alternate timeline. And that it was a team entirely made up of players from outside the...

Tourney Central 3/11/2011 (Day 11)

There were no championship games on the tenth day of Championship Fortnight, but there was a full set of seed upsets that transformed brackets. The biggest one came in Conference USA, where No. 8 East Carolina stunned regular season champions UAB in overtime. It was a day for luck No. 7 seeds. Texas-San Antonio...

Mid-Majority Chat Block, Episode 717

Mid-Majority Chat Block, Episode 717 It's been a crazy week: storming the court, driving through a snowstorm, and seeing lots and lots of games up close. We are half-alive and fully excited about being in Atlantic City this weekend for the grand finale of Championship Fortnight, and to see the Atlantic One crowned....

Game 7-081/082/083/084: Mid-American Quarterfinals

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Tourney Central 3/12/2011 (Day 12)

A hearty 'Ray' for Bucknell, winners of the Patriot League for the first time since the mid-decade golden years. It was the beginning of the final chapter of Championship Fortnight 2011, a weekend that will conclude all remaining business before Selection Sunday. There are no fewer than 10 games on Saturday with...

Game 7-085/086: Atlantic 14 Quarterfinals

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Game 7-087/088: Atlantic 14 Semifinals

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Tourney Central 3/13/2011 (Day 13)

On the penultimate day of Championship Fortnight, more hoisted nets, climbed ladders, cut nets and commemorative ballcaps than on any other day of the year. Congratulations to the winners of automatic bids in ten conferences on Saturday. Utah State backed up its regular season championship with a tourney title....

Champions Of Hoops Nation 2011

If college basketball has taught us anything, it's that there's nothing that becomes irrelevant more suddenly than Championship Fortnight. Once the NCAA Tournament bracket is released, the previous two weeks slip into history... very quickly. But one thing that has to be remembered: the teams that won these tourneys...

Game 7-089: Atlantic 14 Championship

After ten days, six leagues, 21 games, over 2,000 miles and two all-night drives, Championship Fortnight is at an end for us. It all culminates in the Atlantic 14 title game, and Spider destiny. Butt thieves, halftime Atlantic City style, why we don't hate Joe Lunardi, cake, rocking the all-tourney team vote,...

As-You-Go Bracket, As-You-Go! (clap, clap)

DAYTON -- So let's get the so-called expertise out of the way first. Utah State and Belmont are way underseeded, as in "duh." Saint Mary's and Harvard would have been given at-large bids if the selection committee was made up of poets. But that's not the way it works. The reasons for all of the above can be...

Game 7-090: NCAA First Four, Game 1

It's a day of first firsts. The first day of the 2011 NCAA Tournament, the first night of the 68-team future, the first First Four, the first this. This now is not like the past 10 years of the Play-In Game, when tickets were ten bucks and fathers could afford to bring their sons out to the arena. The First...

Game 7-091: NCAA First Four, Game 2

During a blowout, you need blowout material. In this case, a lot of talk about formal wear, Doctor Who and the All-Bowtie Team would have to suffice. Meanwhile, on the floor, UAB took a long and hard road to make it to the NCAA Tournament, overcoming past mistakes and a badly-timed loss to qualify for one of...

Game 7-092: NCAA First Four, Game 3

It's the second day of the inaugural First Four, and the kind of matchup Dayton is used to: between a SWAC No. 4 seed and a Southland No. 7. Bally lands the greatest temp job in the world: guarding Gus Johnson's gametime snacks. (He's a big fan of Whoppers... count it!) An unconscious performance by a man who...

Game 7-093: NCAA First Four, Game 4

All in for VCU. It's the NCAA Tournament, and it's the return of eight versus five. As for 11 and 12 seeds playing in to the Big Bracket, we now have two games' worth of visual evidence, and it takes a lot of BLAPP to get through these games. Also: Google searches for "orange basketball doll" skyrocket, Bally...

The NCAA Tournament Diff: Round of 64 Day 1

CLEVELAND -- We'd be remiss if we didn't give you The Diff. Especially considering where we are this weekend! We do this every season during the NCAA Tournament: We sidestep the boilerplate game previews and give you the only numbers that really matter. For the games involving teams in Other 25 conferences,...

Loss and Delay

CLEVELAND -- Good morning. As usual at the NCAA Tournament, I am surrounded by people typing. I know exactly what they're typing about, because I get to read it, all of it, within hours of the moment when they hit "send." I also get to hear them talk with each other about what they're going to write, bouncing...

The NCAA Tournament Diff: Round of 64 Day 2

CLEVELAND -- Something's missing at the Q this weekend. "The Diff," the "statistic" from the Gund Arena days that tells viewers the difference between the number of points the two teams have scored in plus/minus format, was blacked out on the hardwired media room scoreboard by the NCAA. It was removed from the...

Game 7-094: NCAA Round of 64, East Region 8/9

Getty Images> TMM360 Mason never wore white during the 2006 run. They also didn't awesome have glowing Kryptonite Nikes. They certainly weren't mercurial like this, didn't trade offense for defense like this. They didn't make a habit of tuning out Coach L when things aren't going well, or act vulnerable to...

Game 7-095: NCAA Round of 64, East Region 1/16

While the teams in this Tournament dream of replicating the feat that the Harvard women's team once pulled off, we're not getting any closer to seeing one of the 60th through 68th teams take out one of the top four. Until then, anyone who uses the word "parity" in the context of men's college basketball will...

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One Beautiful Season

1BS weaved the history of mid-major college basketball together with stories from the 2009-10 season, culminating in Butler's epic run to the National Championship game. Now it's available as a free download: PDF in the original 592-page book layout with all photos and graphics, or ePub format for electronic reading devices.