Season 8

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Prologue: All of Us vs. Each of Us

CHICAGO, October 30 -- About a year ago, George Mason head coach Jim Larranaga called. "Thanks for writing that nice article about our 2006 team," went the voicemail. Five months later, on the morning of the National Championship game, over breakfast in the lobby of the downtown Hilton in Houston, I took the opportunity...

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The Journey Begins

It was a mild, but crisp November evening in New York City as I walked to the 169th Street F train station from Carnesseca Arena on Monday night. It was a brand new experience for me...

William & Mary at Saint John's 11/7/2011

Sometimes, I often don't decide to go to a college basketball game untilthe last minute.  I wasn't sure if I was going to the William and Mary vs.St John's game last night, wh...

St. John's 74 William and Mary 59

Growing up in Mid-Majordom, the first games of the year for my team were always my favorites. The pure curiosity of wondering what my team would look like after the eight-month off-s...

I Finally Found You and Then You Were Gone...

It was late season and I had been putting the finishing touches on another ambitious college basketball season. I had been criss crossing the country, sleeping in airports and truc...

Mountain Hawk Season Opener

Wednesday night I returned to St. John's for the second round of the 2k Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs Cancer. The final four teams in the "tournament" are already being adve...

Cornell at Saint Bonaventure 11/11/2011

Not even a four hour drive from Toronto through sleet and snow can dampen the excitement of opening night in an NCAA basketball arena. My buddy Jack and I enter the Reilly Centre, past the obligatory old and wise ticket-taker, to see the Bob Lanier court buzzing with activity just prior to tip-off.' Tonight'the...

LIU's Long Road

When I last saw a Long Island University game live, it was the NEC championship game at the Wellness Center in Brooklyn on March 9. 'The Blackbirds were hosting the Colonials of Robert Morris, the defending Northeast Conference champions. ' I was standing in one of the LIU student sections behind the Robert Morris...

It's Basketball Season (My Game 1)

After a long week of work, the moment I've been waiting for has arrived. I get to attend my first college basketball game of the new season. It's a different experience this year for me as the game doesn't involve my alma mater. Nonetheless, I'm still very excited. After grabbing a quick bite to eat, I make...

Lost in Transition

"Well if we take all these things and we bury them fast, And pray that they turn to seeds, to roots and then grass, It'd be all right, it's all right, it'd be easier that way. Or if the sky opened up and started pouring rain, Like it knew it was time to start things over again, It'd be all right, it's all right,...

Rhode Island at George Mason 11/11/2011

My first game of the season took me to the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia, home of the George Mason Patriots.' I wasn't planning on going to the game, in fact, I had planned to make my first game of the season this Sunday at Navy.' But, a friend invited me at the last minute, and I headed out to Fairfax to...

Covenant at Coastal Carolina 11/11/2011

For as long as I can remember I have always been a basketball fan. I will watch any'basketball be it college or pro, as I used to be a Detroit Pistons season ticket holder for 5 years when I lived in Michigan. When I moved to Myrtle Beach in 2005 I soon learned that I was in the'minority being a'NBA fan'in...

For Now, It's OK to Hope

On the first full night of the college basketball season, both Morgan State and Xavier could take the court at Cintas Center full of hope of a great season ahead.Morgan State took the cou...

Hartford at Penn State 11/12/2011

I'm pulling for Hartford. I don't care that my buddy Jack is decked out in full Nittany Lions' gear and that 4,500 vociferous PSU fans have gotten over Coach Paterno's dismissal long enough to join us at the Bryce Jordan Centre for a basketball game. Hartford's top assistant is my friend Drew Dawson. In 2006...

Bridgewater College Eagles at High Point University Panthers

Any coward can fight a battle when he's sure of winning; but give me the man who has pluck to fight when he's sure of losing. -George Eliot Nestled on a hill behind a batch of pine trees near downtown High Point North Carolina is the Millis Athletic Convocation Center. Before you enter the arena there are...

Butler at Evansville 11/12/2011

Change. Change is a constant in our game. Each season a new group of incoming freshman become the next great hope to lead the program to one shining moment come March. As those freshman mature into seniors with one last chance at glory, the revolving door of college hoops in every evolving. This sort of change...

New Mexico State at Northern Colorado 11/12/2011

The Northern Colorado basketball team that took the court against New Mexico State looked very different than the one I saw take on San Diego State at the McKale Center in the NCAA Tournament in March. Gone were seniors Devon Beitzel, Chris Kaba, Taylor Montgomery and Neal Kingman, replaced in the Bears' starting...

The Cycle of College Basketball

It happens so fast in college basketball, especially below the Red Line. One season you're up, the next you're down. Players graduate, coaches depart, the game changes. Maybe you've got Brad Stevens on your bench, so it just takes an adjustment period, but Stevens is just one man, and there is only one Butler...

Methodist at Coastal Carolina 11/12/2011

Two games in two days is a pretty rare occurrence for any college basketball team outside of these early season tournaments, but that is is what Coastal Carolina had today with Methodist University today. On the drive away from the arena last night I was listening to CCU coach Cliff Ellis on the radio post game...

Northern Iowa at Old Dominion 11/12/2011

As I raced down Interstate 64 east from Williamsburg after enjoying Old Dominion's last regular season game of that other sport that we don't talk about, I crossed what will most likely become an unfortunate new "friend" of mine as this basketball season progresses. The wonderful Hampton Roads Bridge and Tunnel...

The (Real) Battle for I-95

About six weeks ago, I watched some real, live basketball in the Palestra for the first time since that school in New Jersey knocked off the Quakers to force a rare Ivy playoff with Harvard. However it wasn't Penn, or even college kids that took the floor that night, it was the big boys of the NBA putting...

Northern Arizona at San Francisco, Hilltop Challenge

' When I found out I would be in the Bay Area for the season's opening weekend, I checked the schedules and found that four teams from our side of the Red Line would all be at one venue for the University of San Francisco's second annual Hilltop Challenge. Despite the fact that I was born in San Francisco...

Beginnings

Homecoming Day at Long Beach State provided many reasons to be excited despite the cold and drizzly weather: alumni were able to reconnect with their alma mater and with old friends from years past, two talented basketball teams from our side of the Red Line were preparing to embark on another Beautiful...

North Dakota State vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, Hilltop Challenge

In hosted events such as the Hilltop Challenge, there is always the other game , that second game that doesn tfeature the host team. Sometimes these games still ...

Penn State Altoona at Navy 11/13/2011

My second game of the weekend took me to Annapolis, Maryland, home of the United States Naval Academy. The Midshipmen were playing their home opener against the Lions of Penn State Altoona, a Division III school of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference. It was the first home game for new Navy coach Ed...

Green Bay at Duquesne 11/13/2011

Basketball has always been considered a city game. The 2011-12 Duquesne University Dukes have put an exclamation point on that statement. The team's home opener on Sunday at the A. J. Palumbo Centre would have made Pete Axthelm proud. Duquesne is located in downtown Pittsburgh and basketball fans in attendance...

Sea(hawks) Change

The last time UNC-Wilmington and Maryland met on the floor, the stakes were much higher. The Seahawks, an 11 seed in the 2003 NCAA Tournament, were drawn against the Terrapins, who were defending their national title from the year prior. Led by All-Everything guard Brett Blizzard, and a perfect 8-for-8 performance...

Northern New Mexico at Montana State 11/13/2011

You could hear it loud and clear all the way across the arena. "Let's go Bobcats!" was the chant of one little soul. It was an amazing display of courage from what looked to be a 5-year-old girl, pink pom-poms waving in the air during a timeout. It brought a smile to several people on press row and elicited...

Wins Come And Go, Camaraderie Remains

Showing up an hour and a half prior to tip-off, due to the unexpected lack of traffic en route to Hampton from Williamsburg following a Tribe football game, provided ample time to observe the activity both outside the arena as I waited for the box office to open and inside the Hampton Convocation Center until...

For Chattanooga, It Begins With A Loss, Too

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The sordid reality of mid-major college basketball was on display for all to see last night in Assembly Hall. No epic David vs. Goliath struggle, no thrilling comeback charge, no last-second heroics, no buzzer-beaters. Rather, this game between the Chattanooga Mocs and the Indiana Hoosiers...

Rider at Pittsburgh 11/13/2011

I've returned to the Petersen Events Centre where the nationally ranked Pitt Panthers are hosting another guarantee game. The last time I was here in January '08, the Lafayette Leopards were the designated victims and despite the mismatch were able to ride a first have shooting spree of 61% from beyond the arc...

Who's the man?

Paul O'Neill was at the Columbia vs. Furman game on Monday night watching his son, Aaron O'Neill; who sat on the bench for the entire game. The former Cincinnati Reds and New York Yankees outfielder collected 2,105 hits and made the All-Star team five times. He was a good player, but not an all-time great.'...

A Drummer, Hustle, and What Lies Ahead

I had never been to Loyola Marymount University before. It was a clear, warm afternoon and it felt nice to walk from where I parked to the arena. The ticket I purchased for the lower level placed me five rows up behind the Middle Tennessee State bench. By my count, there were about 25 blue-clad MTSU fans. I was...

SIU Edwardsville at Illinois 11/14/2011

Heading into SIUE's game Monday at the University of Illinois I will admit I did not have much hope for the Cougars. SIUE was sloppy in its two exhibition games, but still won each comfortably by 14 points. Illinois was a bit different from MacMurray and Blackburn. After all, this was the "House of Paign" or...

Introducing #TeamReset

Not so long ago in 2008, the WKU Hilltoppers were a NCAA Sweet 16 darling. But, after that magical run ("Ty Rogers! Does in Drake!") the Hilltoppers lost coach Darrin Horn to South Carolina as is the normal cycle at places like WKU. His replacement, Ken McDonald, raked up a pile of positive Topper capital by taking...

Nevada at UNLV 11/14/2011 - Rivalries

College sports are great for many reasons. One of them happens to be the idea of rivalry. Nobody wants to lose a basketball game. It is even worse when you lose to somebody down the road whose guts you cannot stand. Losing to your rival is like kissing your sister, while wearing that ugly sweater your grandmother...

Wake Up Call!

College basketball. This is what we all desire for. From the smallest independent program to national champions, everyone has the same desire. The desire to play on national television.' For schools like Duke and Kentucky, this is almost a given. Games against lowly opponents are aired nationally. For schools...

Quinnipiac continues its march toward the "Big Time"

It's now been 15 years since Quinnipiac first announced it was going to the promised land of Division I. That sentence looked about as out of place in 1996 as the Bobcats' new home - the $52 million TD Bank Sports Center - looks today as it rises from what was formerly a random hillside across the street from...

AOU→EOU

In the essay E Unibas Pluram, David Foster Wallace (whom you may know from his non-fiction work like Consider the Lobster or his NY Times magazine article on Roger Federer) analyzes the relationship between television and literary fiction in U.S. culture. The essay was written in the very early nineties, so the...

Any Time There's a Big 5 Game, It's Very Real

"Who are we playing tonight anyway?" My friend asked me as we made the short drive from Temple's campus in North Philadelphia to the Palestra."Penn.""Oh, so it's not a real game then?"The respons...

Belmont vs Memphis: Marathon Part 1 - Delta Blues and Joni Mitchell

"He who chooses the beginning of the road chooses the place it leads to. It is the means that determines the end." -Harry Emerson Fosdick We were up before the sun and on the road by the time the first light filtered through the low, gray sky. We drifted south through the southernmost part of Illinois and then...

Threes Go Bamforth: Utah State at Weber State

The Dee Events Center at Weber State--lovingly known as the Purple Palace for its grand assembly of purple seats--is a fond part of my childhood. On this court I played with friends in a local little league basketball championship. When Harold Arceneaux and Eddie Gill ran this town in 1999, I was a seventh grader....

Austin Peay at California 11/15/2011

Inspired by the peripatetic ways of our host, I often check out the local athletic options when I travel. On past trips to California I've checked the schedules for the likes of St Mary's, San Diego and San Francisco, but it's never quite worked out.Often, as a student, I was too busy with academics to be a serious...

St. Louis at SIU: Marathon Part 2 - You Can Go Home Again

"The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned... I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself." -Maya Angelou The last rays of daylight coming through the gray sky guided our way back over the Mississippi River and into Illinois....

Chattanooga at Butler 11/15/2011

Twice upon a time, a time not long ago, a team from below the red line made great marches throughout the NCAA Tournament. Those occasions were filled with a number of great moments for Butler fans - a tipped pass against Murray State; a favorable carom high off the rim on a three-point shot from the corner against...

Louisiana State at Coastal Carolina 11/15/2011

For quite some time, even before I moved down to the area nearly 7 years ago there was always rumblings of Coastal Carolina getting a new basketball arena. There were many false starts and lost investors until early 2010. The Student Recreation and Convocation Center that would seat around 3200 people (more than...

Radford at Penn State 11/14/2011

My second basketball game of the season was to see Radford play against Penn State. Since I live in State College it was an easy trip to make, all I had to do was make sure I was off of work when I made the schedule. Something that sounds simple but of course I forgot so I had to make some last minute calls to...

A Season in Transition

For years, Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City was one of the spiritual homes of college basketball. It hosted 3 of the first 4 Final Fours and, until recently, had hosted more tournament games than any other facility in the country. It also, until recently, was the home, of the UMKC Kangaroo basketball team,...

Lights, Camera, Action

Sometimes it's all about the little steps for a program. Take American's home opener tonight at Bender Arena, which was the first of six games to be picked up this year by the local Comcast SportsNet affiliate. The game was part of, effectively, American's first multi-game television contract with a single network....

Apparently There Are No Parking Lots in Wyoming

The absurdity of my trip to watch Northern Colorado play at Wyoming began before I had even entered the somewhat strangely-named Arena-Auditorium in Laramie. I made the trip with my brother, a current UNC student. When we pulled into what we thought was the parking lot, we were asked for a permit, which we did...

Mean and Nasty People

McAlister Field House is an old historic building on the northwest corner of the Citadel's campus. It was built in 1939, and was renovated in 1989. When inside the building, one can see the Citadel's attempt to modernize an old building. VIP luxury areas, both at the top of the arena and courtside, have been added...

Touch Gloves and Come Out Swinging

As I rode with my stepfather down I-25 toward the first installment of the Rio Grande Rivalry for 2011, there was an advertisement on the radio for an upcoming title fight between Albuquerque female boxing champion Holly Holm and European champion Anne-Sophie Mathis. Each fighter would be battling for (cue explosions)...

Indiana at Evansville 11/16/2011

There is a certain way native Hoosiers believe the game should be played. It involves a motion offense, man-to-man defense along with a team concept with the sum being greater than the individual parts. It's a philosophy handed down by longtime Indiana coach Bob Knight and can be seen in many high school gyms...

Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes - Harvard at Holy Cross 11/15/2011

College basketball fans expect change each season. Players arrive. Players leave. The competition experiences the same. The cast of heroes and villains will turnover completely every four to five years - and much more quickly than that, outside the Other 24. Below the red line, the change is generally easily...

#OMGSTUFFDUNX, and a Red Line Upset

"One does not simply walk into Magness Arena. There is a Princeton offense there that does not sleep. And the Great Scott is ever watchful." --Boromir of Gondor (paraphrased) For the Denver Pioneers, 2010-11 was supposed to be a dream season. Sure, they had lost top scorer Nate Rohnert to graduation, but...

Maine at Connecticut 11/17/2011

HARTFORD, Conn. - Until this June, I'd lived the entirety of my life in the state of Ohio (save a three month internship last summer), and have followed my alma mater, Ohio, religiously the past four years. After graduation, I relocated to Connecticut to work for the company I interned with last summer. As the...

Canisius at UNLV - It is what it is

First off, I have a little soft spot for Canisius. During my beginning undergrad career at Western Michigan University, I lived in a stinky house with four other guys and we set up a dynasty for college basketball on the Playstation 2 in the living room. We all chose random teams that were horrible. I chose Canisius...

Early Season Tournaments

Tulsa is just above the Red Line in Conference USA, which was briefly on our side of the line last season. With 3,000 students, they are the smallest school above the Red Line. The Golden Hurricane however has a very competitive athletic program, and were one of the top teams usually in the Missouri Valley through...

The Mid-Major Dream

As a High Point fan, there are unrealistic things I dream about. I would love to see at every away game hundreds of my fellow Panther fans following the team who are commited as I am. I would love to see HPU beat a team from almost all of the major conferences en route to the Final Four. We have a few loyal fans,...

The 500 Game Experience

Back in May 2007 while watching High Point play in the Big South Baseball Tournament on the campus of Winthrop, I began to think of all the sporting events I had been attending....

Tournament Dreams

Early season tournaments have been a major part of college basketball for decades, almost since the beginning of the sport. Tournaments like the Maui Invitational and the Great Alaska Shootout have been fixtures in the sport for decades. Due to the expansion of the exemptions for preseason tournaments, they have...

UNC Pembroke at North Carolina-Greensboro 11/17/2011

The Greensboro Coliseum is big. It's so big that the Coliseum staff utilizes black curtains and tarps to create a better shooting background over the empty seats during UNC-Greensboro basketball games. The building at capacity holds 23,000 people, but typically UNCG utilizes a seating format to fit in about...

There's a reason these Tigers were asked to the Spartan Invitational

I'm more likely to be in Michigan State's Breslin Center for high school basketball (state finals, a Christmas tournament or the "Izzo Shootout" team camp) than for the reaso...

Stay A Day: Akron at Valparaiso 11/18/2011

The message all week on Valparaiso's campus had been, "Stay a Day." Thanksgiving break began for students at the completion of classes on Friday, and students were encouraged to stay for Valpo's contest against Akron and begin their week-long break on Saturday. The students who did choose to stay, the student...

The Sports Arena

The Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena once occupied a solid place in the heart of this city. It came in with a bang, hosting a bantamweight boxing title match in July of 1959. A year later, it hosted the 1960 Democratic National Convention, where John F. Kennedy won the presidential nomination. Later that year,...

Long Island at Penn State 11/16/2011

Long Island came into Penn State trying to get their first win of the season after making the NCAA tournament last year. When Long Island were able to dictate play and push the pace to their style, they looked like the dominate team and took the lead on multiple occasions, but they slipped in the final few minutes...

Saint Bonaventure at Cleveland State 11/18/2011

Cleveland State basketball has been re-invented through the practice of due diligence. The transformation of a Horizon League afterthought to respected yearly contender, is due in large part to the principled ideologies and their respective systematic implementation by Head Coach Gary Waters, who began his sixth...

Spalding at Coastal Carolina 11/18/2011

Even before Coastal Carolina released its basketball schedule for this year, I already knew what was going to happen. There was most likely going to be 4 Non-Division 1 opponents on it, as that was the maximum that teams could schedule. They had done this the previous 3 years under Cliff Ellis, so why would this...

SIU Edwardsville at Illinois State 11/17/2011

I left Champaign Monday feeling pretty good about myself, about my team and life in general. I didn't really feel that way Thursday. It was a busy day for me. First, I intern at a public relations firm in downtown St. Louis and was there until about 3 p.m. Luckily, they let me out early so I could drive to Normal...

Change is in the Air

As a student at Dayton, when you buy your tickets for the season, you are also given that year's student section t-shirt. On the back of this year's are the words "New Coach. New Era. Same Flyer Faithful.", in reference to our new fearless leader, Archie Miller. In my opinion, it is the best designed shirt we've...

We Are One of the Lucky Ones

We are one of the lucky ones. This was my 131st time seeing the Dayton Flyers live and in 81 percent of those games they won and today was no different. From the opening tip, the Flyers of Dayton out played the Seahawks. Donte Morales turned the ball over on Wilmington's first possession and Dayton's Paul Williams...

Pride Hold Off Pesky Terriers

Hofstra started their season with a convincing win at home over LIU, the defending NEC champions. Then on Wednesday, they traveled to Corvalis, Oregon to play Oregon State. The game was close throughout. But in the end, the Beavers prevailed 82-72 over the Pride. Hofstra came back home today for a chance to...

De humilitate Sanctae Crucis (The Humility of the Holy Cross)

"God is like a spectator at a chariot race; He watches the action the charioteers perform, but this does not cause them." - J.E. Watts on Boethius, Introduction to 'De consolatio philosophiae.' A crisp, cool rush of wind greeted me as I descended from the bus that safely brought me to the cozy city of Worcester...

The Biggest Gamble in the Casino: Bringing Kids

The roughly four-and-a-half hour drive from Burlington, Vermont to Uncasville, Connecticut went about as smoothly as we could have hoped given that my wife and I were traveling with both our seven year-old daughter and four year-old son. Only one stop, and enough snacks and movies in the car to make it as painless...

Boom, Eagles!

The Mabee Center on the campus of Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is an interesting looking building. Its shiny gold walls and post-modern futuristic architecture is a staple of the religious university founded by evangelist Oral Roberts. The building was once the premier concert venue in the Tulsa...

Coming Together

South Carolina State University and Gardner-Webb University are two very different mid-major schools. Gardner-Webb is a predominantly white Southern Baptist school in North Carolina, and SC State is South Carolina's lone state-supported historically black college or university (HBCU). Tonight, these two schools...

Aggies-Miners Game One: This is Always a War.

There are only five other division I schools within 400 miles of Las Cruces, New Mexico. In 1951, the Border Conference moved from the newly organized College Division of the NCAA to the University Division. The schools now known as Northern Arizona, Arizona State, Arizona, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Texas-El...

View from the Student Section

My game started with a frantic run across the entire JQH Arena (Springfield, MO) concourse, running through an 11,000 seat arena is a pretty good workout. I was returning unused student tickets and didn't want to chance being late to the pre-game ring and banner ceremony that would commemorate Missouri State's...

Team RLU

SALT LAKE CITY- Since opening in 1969 the Jon M. Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City has been a friendly place for mid-majors. The building has hosted 81 NCAA tournament games including the 1979 Final Four that saw Larry Bird's Indiana State team duel Magic Johnson and Michigan State for the national title. In the...

Towson vs. Belmont 11/19/2011

Traffic is frustrating everywhere - but the steering-wheel-gripping angst is even worse in Murfreesboro, Tenn. on a Saturday afternoon. Most people are surprised to hear that, according to the latest Census, Rutherford County (where the 'Boro is located) is home to more than 260,000 residents - that's a 40 percent...

All About Evan Hymes

So it was finally here, my first college basketball game of the season. I'd watched quite a few games via the internet and the television, but there is something special about attending...

The Ugly Side of The Beautiful Game

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Savannah State Tigers came to Assembly Hall, many fouls were called, the student section was half-empty and the homestanding Indiana Hoosiers picked up an easy win, 94-65. Wait, these things have to be 400 words, right? Damn. In all seriousness, what I watched from the nosebleed seats...

Like Monks Playing Soccer

PEORIA, Ill. -- Francis Poulenc, the French composer known as well for his austere demeanor ("le moine et le voyou" literally "the monk lout"*) as his music, claimed a motivation for his masterwork "Gloria" was when he observed several Benedictine monks playing a game of soccer. The work, an interesting paradox...

Venturing Into Enemy Territory

Let's get this out of the way first: I loathe all things Kent State. I am an Akron fan (and current student) first and foremost, and making that fifteen minute drive east on Interstate 76 is something I only want to do during basketball season. When I finally get into the Memorial Athletic Convocation Center (MACC)...

We're In The Army Now ... But Not For Hoops

NEW BRITAIN, Conn.- As the public address announcer asked for a moment of reflection to "remember those serving to protect our freedoms both home and abroad", the guys in...

Miami (Oh.) at Xavier 11/18/2011

On November 18th, 2000, the Cintas Center opened on the campus of Xavier University. In front of a capacity crowd of 10,250, Xavier hosted Miami University of the Mid-American Conference as a part of a long-standing annual tradition between the two programs. Despite a sluggish start, Xavier went on to win that...

Pestilence and Sweatpants

Princeton's Jadwin Gymnasium has a colorful history. It was built in 1965 as a body shop for dented and dinged B-52s. It was named for Col. Gustavus 'Goose' Jadwin, a dutiful and charismatic midwesterner who, campus legend has it, was accurately portrayed by Slim Pickens in "Dr. Strangelove". Col. Jadwin served...

Art of Almost

"It is never too late to be what you might have been." -George EliotThis game that we love and follow will hurt us eventually each and every season; that much is a given. Why we hurt is another story altogether: many times it boils down to having become emotionally invested in the fortunes of a certain team or...

Fancy Seeing You Here - A Rivalry Renewed

From 1978 until 2008 Nebraska Omaha (UNO) and South Dakota were part of the North Central Conference and enjoyed yearly battle. The two schools made great competitors due to their proximity, just 2.5 hours apart. Over the years the two teams met in basketball 79 times with the record fittingly at 38-38-1. In 2007...

Moving Across the Line

As Kyle has written here before, much of us do not grow up mid-major people. Growing up I liked seeing mid-major games on ESPN during "Championship Week" in part to see unfamiliar teams playing in small gyms. But I chose instead to root for South Carolina of the SEC. South Carolina's campus in Columbia was the...

Washington State at Portland 11/20/2011

Basketball is always changing. For the Portland Pilots it change has taken multiple forms for the 2011-12 season. The first change actually came in 2010 when the West Coast Conference invited BYU. Their official entry in the summer of this year marked the first change in the WCC's membership since 1980. After...

A Current Questionnaire

Okay, let's get this out of the way: the Palestra is magical, historic, a fantastic place to watch basketball, etc. You do not need me to tell you this, because you are a fan of TMM and therefore you know about the ghosts, the rollouts, the soft pretzels, the charming custodians who make you want to quit your...

Tulsa vs. Saint Joseph's 11/20/2011

I woke up Sunday morning like I would any other Sunday during the NFL season. I flipped on the TV to one of the talking heads NFL preview shows. I was bored as usual with it, as even...

Belmont at Middle Tennessee 11/20/2011

"History repeats itself." According to wikianswers, this phrase comes from the sentiment of two quotes from different philosophers. The first, by Spanish philosopher George Santayana, is: "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat." Then there's "Hegel remarks somewhere that history tends to...

A New Identity and Improvements Still Leave Space for an Old Tradition

A school of roughly 3,000 undergrads (larger than recent Sweet 16 darling St. Mary's), Portland allows students like myself to interact with athletes in three different ways: in the classroom as fellow students, in the area and around campus as fellow 18-22 year olds. While certain types of bonds are formed in...

00 is the Loneliest Number

People don't just wear 00. It takes a special kind of player to don one of the least frequently worn numbers in college basketball. For Portland freshman guard Kevin Bailey, perhaps it is a metaphor -- it could be about the respect he gets as a player, his college experience, his patience on the fast break or...

Sighs Of Relief

Given the Utah State football team's history of mediocrity, normally when November rolls around Aggie fans have long forgotten the grid-iron and with good reason focused their sports obsession on the basketball court. Saturday's sporting events had a considerably different feel. With the possibility of the first...

The Right Way?

The last time I saw Binghamton basketball in action live, it was a seemingly short two and a half years ago, I was storming on our home court, celebrating a 61-51 victory over UMBC: an America East Conference Championship and a chance to play in the NCAA Tournament. Jump ahead to last Friday Night, and I hardly...

RLU - Washington at Saint Louis 11/20/2011

Like most people who follow The Mid-Majority, I love basketball. Less than some, more than others, but it is one of the few things in life that I have always instinctually loved. Like many others, I've relocated to a different city after graduating from college. Following my college basketball team of choice,...

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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.