Season 8

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Coach's Decision

When it gets down to it, basketball is basketball. -Larry BirdI know what you're asking yourself, and the answer is yes. There is a shrine to Larry Bird at Indiana State's Hulman Cente...

Austin Peay at Bowling Green 11/21/2011

There might not be a more powerless feeling in sports than when you're team can't score points. Long scoring droughts that last forever, open looks falling off the rim, contorted shots in the key that don't even get close, careless turnovers away from the basket...it almost begins to feel like there is an invisible...

Loyola (Md.) at New Hampshire 11/20/2011

Lethargy. As I made the drive to Lundholm Gymnasium on this beautiful, unusually warm New England day, I considered the nature of a Sunday afternoon basketball game in mid-November. At my unnamed Big Ten alma mater, early season Sundays gave rise to sloppy execution, uninspired effort and modest-at-best fan enthusiasm....

The Effects of Teletubbies on Free Throw Percentage

The first question that popped into my mind as I settled into my upper balcony general admission seat to watch the Portland Pilots play host to the Washington State Cougars was, naturally, why on earth are there Teletubbies standing in front of me? Could it be that the couple of pitchers of Pabst Blue Ribbon...

Lightning Can Strike Twice as Florida Atlantic Beats Hofstra Again

It was a rainy Tuesday night in Hempstead, New York. I guess that was partly the reason for the sparse crowd at the Hofstra Mack Center. The other reason might have been that there were no classes for undergraduate students on Wednesday for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Thus the Lions Den student section...

The Brothers Hurley, Act II

"There are no second acts in American lives" -- F. Scott FitzgeraldF. Scott Fitzgerald wrote these words shortly before his death in 1940 and Americans have spent the past 70 years proving him wrong. In 1992, point guard Bobby Hurley reached the apex of a spectacular first act of his American life, leading Duke...

Youth Not Yet Served

Buzz Peterson's UNC-Wilmington squad is not quite there yet. This was evident in the Seahawks' 69-64 loss in the home opener against Marshall. UNCW's roster features eight freshmen and four sophomores, and, on this night at least, the five players on the floor were often comprised of at least four underclassmen....

Falcons Beat Depleted Titans

The men's basketball team at BG picked up its 3rd win of the season last night in the Stroh....where in fact, the Falcons are now unbeaten in three attempts. BG's 3rd D-1 win didn't come until December 30 last year. Detroit was picked to finish second-third in the Horizon League. They are, however, playing pretty...

Western Carolina at Northern Iowa 11/22/2011

On the way to the arena, I kept asking myself, "If a tree falls in the forest, and nobody is around, does it make a sound? " Over and over the question bounced around in my head. Not because I wanted or was interested in some sort of philosophical discussion or anything of that matter, but that I knew UNI had...

Marshall at North Carolina-Wilmington 11/22/2011

One of my favorite NCAA Tournament games of all time has to be from the '02 tourney in the 1st round when UNC-Wilmington knocked off USC in OT 93-89. That game and Seahawk team was led by Brett Blizzard. With the upset and such a unique last name, Blizzard, a 3 point gunner and eventual all time leading scorer...

Cameron Dollar vs. Bobby Howard: What Happens When an Independent Beats the Red Line?

The last time I remember even remotely seeing Cameron Dollar, I was 16 going on 17. It was the NCAA tournament, and Dollar and the UCLA Bruins went to the Elite Eight his senior year. Dollar had a three-year run of national title, Sweet 16 and Elite Eight runs. Yes, they went in that order, but still. Ninety percent...

A Blowout for the Whole Family

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- It's Thanksgiving week, and my mother's in town to celebrate the holiday with me. My roots as a basketball fan go back to her roots in Los Angeles -- I cut my teeth watching the Showtime Lakers, Magic and Kareem and Worthy. So it was altogether fitting that the first thing we did together...

The Perils of Crossing the Line

As I wrote previously, some of us go from mid-majors to above the Red Line. Some, like Kyle, have gone from above the Red Line to below it. And of course there are people who work in Our Game who see moving above the Red Line as a step up in their careers, most notably coaches. Darrin Horn played for Western...

The House Always Wins

UNCASVILLE, CT - It was a bit of a strange experience, knowing that I was heading to Mohegan Sun with no intent of gambling or meeting up with any friends. Living in the area, Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods have typically birthday destinations for friends who are turning or have recently turned 21. Traveling to the...

Cleveland State at Kent State 11/22/2011

On my way to visit my family for Thanksgiving, I took the opportunity to stop in Kent, Ohio for the Kent State-Cleveland State game. Going to Kent State games is always special to me, having grown up rooting for the Flashes. I have been to plenty of games in the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center (MAC),...

Showtime in Peoria

The phrase "Will it play in Peoria? " traces its roots to the days of Vaudeville. Performers believed the inhabitants of this city on the banks of the Illinois River to be the ultimate "focus group": far enough from the East Coast that most of the latest trends hadn't reached them yet but close enough to Chicago...

The Benefits of Senior Leadership

The SoCon's Wofford Terriers have earned a reputation as a dog with a lot of bite in recent years, but have struggled early in the current season having lost some major components of their repeat NCAA team from 2011 under able tutelage from Mike Young. The Bradley Braves had hosted the Terriers once before, in...

Across Boroughs and the Red Line

"I Will." Generally, this is not a difficult declaration to uphold, especially when it is made in reference to watching college basketball. However, on a night when New York ...

Kermit Washington Slept Here

There are a number of ways the Quinnpiac-American game could have felt familiar to me. I'd spent two weeks on campus in the summer of 1997, at a camp for high schoolers interested in government. Jeff Jones, who coached UVa while I was in middle school in the Commonwealth, coaches the AU Eagles; his teams taught...

Moraga Massacre Avenged, #gaeltears Shed: Denver Stuns St. Mary's

Most of my memories of the Denver Pioneers' 2010-11 season involve, as you'd expect, me at Magness Arena, watching basketball games. But one that has strangely stuck with me is the memory of si...

We're A Long Way From Where We Live But It Still Feels Like Home

This is not about existentialism. It's also not about basketball as a metaphor for whatever or the great struggle of haves versus have-nots. This is about something much simpler t...

Social Hour

While cutting through the Long Beach campus on this chilly evening I wondered to myself what kind of a crowd this game would attract. Seeing as how the first game of the season coincided with the school's homecoming festivities I wasn't surprised to see that the crowd seemed to skew old. If there was any day...

Catholic School Shootout

Before last night, the last time I saw an Iona Men's Basketball game was March 30 of this year, when the Hynes Center hosted the championship game of the CIT as Santa Clara played Iona. With the ...

I’ll Be So Pissed If We Lose

"I'll be so pissed if we lose." Those were the words of a young female photographer working for the Northern Light, the University of Alaska-Anchorage's student newspaper. UAA, a Division II school, hosts the Great Alaska Shootout, one of the longest running exempt tournaments in the country. This young lady,...

Siena at Georgia Tech 11/23/2011

My first game as a contributor to the Eight Hundred Games Project came last night when the Siena Saints visited the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. There were many choices that led to this event. The choices started months and perhaps as long as a year ago when Georgia Tech was trying to decide where to play home...

The Not-So-Beautiful Game

Game two of the Great Alaska Shootout yielded a second matchup of teams with differing resources. Both San Francisco and Dartmouth are both members of "the other 24" but Dartmouth, a member of the Ivy League, cannot offer athletic scholarships, something that members of 23 of "the other 24" can do. San Francisco...

Love and Basketball at a Football School

First, a disclaimer is called for. I am a current student at the Ohio State University (and we do indeed stick a "the" in front of the name). Still, I keep a great interest in the little guys in the tournament, which is what you do when your team loses in the NCAA tournament. (Only a few teams end their season...

Youngstown State at Penn State 11/23/2011

The Youngstown State Penguins rolled into Happy Valley the day before Thanksgiving attempting to remain unbeaten on the season. The Penguins managed to shoot over 50% from three but would it be enough to take down the Nittany Lions? Travel and parking were real easy with Penn State on Thanksgiving break, meaning...

Falcons Routed. Orr: "We Had a Lot To Do With That."

The Falcons were thumped by the George Washington Colonials last night on their own floor. GW rode 61% shooting to the 77-56 victory. The Colonials will have fond memories of the Stroh, as they are now 3-0 on that floor, sweeping through the CBE sub-regional. Coach Orr referred to it as our worst defensive game...

Life's Unexpected Pleasures

When I moved to Alaska with my wife a little over two years ago for her job I thought my days of watching Division I basketball games in person was over. I had spent the previ...

Post-Thanksgiving Blues

I've never been a fan of the game immediately following the Thanksgiving holiday, assuming it's played on campus. Yeah, I enjoy having the sports diversion as I'm still digesting the ungodly amounts of turkey, stuffing and potatoes from the night before, but it always feels like you're getting half of the experience....

Southern Mississippi vs. California-Irvine 11/24/2011

Southern Miss is the only school above The Red Line in the Great Alaska Shootout, although, has this field been assembled last year, all of the teams participating would have been below-the-red-liners. Instead, USM's presence gives the mid-majority three shots at RLUs. The first team to line up and take their...

Ohio Can't Hold On at Louisville

Numerous times, Ohio had a rebound or a loose ball that would have ended a Louisville possession. Seemingly just as many times, Ohio lost the handle.It had the lead in its paws too, and the ...

The Rhode Island Less Traveled

A few months ago, when I first started planning to see four basketball games in two days in Rhode Island, it was supposed to be my first ever road trip with just my older son, Matthew, and me. Matthew loves basketball, especially Hofstra basketball. So he was very excited about the prospect of seeing two Hofstra...

Pride Fall to the Rams

The last time I was in Rhode Island for a Hofstra basketball game was eight years ago when the Pride traveled to Providence to take on the Friars. How long ago was that? NBA player Ryan Gomes was still in college, playing for the home team. Meanwhile Loren Stokes and Carlos Rivera were freshmen playing their...

The Opener of the Hoop Group Tripleheader

I traveled to Philadelphia on Black Friday to check out the Philly Hoop Group Tripleheader. For someone who likes basketball and really doesn't care who is playing it was quite the experience. Three games between some regional teams in the home of college basketball, The Palestra. The day was a nice fall day...

California-Irvine vs. Central Michigan 11/25/2011

If not for a pair of frigid starts the UC-Irvine Anteaters might have come away with a win in the first two days of the Great Alaska Shootout. Instead, a 12-0 deficit proved to be too much to overcome on Friday against Central Michigan. It was a script that was nearly identical to their first game against Murray...

A Southwest Classic Meeting in Michigan

In a conference like the Summit League, where members come and go with much frequency, there are always fans who wonder which teams might be next to join or leave. As a result, fan message boards for schools in the Summit League commonly have threads that offer suggestions for teams that could potentially enter...

The Middle Game of the Philly Hoop Group Tripleheader

The Philly Hoop Group tournament is one of the early season exempt tournaments that have become commonplace in college basketball. However, it is a little bit different in the fact that it is put on by a group that promotes basketball all the time. The Hoop Group sponsors all sorts of youth camps, showcases and...

The Night Cap of the Philly Hoop Group Tripleheader

This was the game everyone came to see. And as the Arena started to fill up, my buddy Travis was afraid that the real ticketholder of the seats we were in (I held a ticket for this section) would eventually show up. So he had scoped out a place where some James Madison fans had been sitting in the earlier game...

Going Back in Time

It was the day after Thanksgiving, and I was in Durham, NC visiting family. My relatives would go out and hit up the bars in the area, and since I don't drink I wanted something else to do. I was considering finding a local High School American-style Football game, but then saw that North Carolina State in nearby...

Hofstra Beats Cleveland State at Its Own Game

Yesterday was an absolutely gorgeous day in Rhode Island. The temperature was around sixty degrees as I left my hotel and took the short drive down to Newport. I spent part of the morning sightseeing, first around town, then I visited the Newport Shipyard. I had never seen so many large expensive boats in one...

Five years Later Better Late than Never! Old Dominion vs. Kentucky

It's not Tom Petty but I was in a Notorious B.I.G. Mood... When I woke up this morning I wiped the coal out my eyes in Typical Notorious B.I.G. fashion. All I could think about was Season 3, November 18th, 2006! Wichita State vs George Mason: the final chapter in the Trilogy between these two teams and the Final...

Black Friday

One of the inevitabilities of watching your team play in person is that at some point you will walk away from the game disappointed. It may not happen every time. If you root for a good team it may not even that happen often. Such was the case for me on Friday night at the Great Alaska Shootout. New Mexico State...

Redemption

In the loss the previous night of the Great Alaska Shootout, New Mexico State was outworked, outhustled, outrebounded and simply outplayed. For a team who draws its energy from its leader, Wendell McKines, who prides himself on being one of the hardest workers on the court, it was a bit of a shock. Talk to any...

Davidson at UNC Wilmington 11/26/2011

I was in a good mood as I drove to Wilmington to watch UNCW vs Davidson for an afternoon tilt. I was in the middle of a 4 day weekend, it was a nice day outside and teams below the red line had been racking up the upsets. I decided to arrive to Wilmington a little bit earlier this time just so I could check out...

The Third Time's The Charm

Southern Miss was the only above-the-red-line school in the Great Alaska Shootout field and through two games, they had dodged the proverbial bullet and in doing so, made ...

A Study of Point Guards

The James A. Rhodes Arena is a great place to watch a basketball game. This is not a consensus, or even a majority, opinion. Many Akron Zips supporters curse the 5,500-seat gym commonly known as The JAR for its sightlines in some areas and its lack of suites. Simultaneously, they hope for Hephaestus, the Greek...

Princeton vs. Morehead State 11/26/2011

My travels took me to Lewisburg, PA this Saturday, site of the TicketCity Legends Classic Lewisburg Subregional. This is one of the many preseason "tournaments" that are held at the start of the season. I use the phrase "tournament" in quotation marks because many of them are not actually tournaments at all, as...

West Alabama at Bucknell 11/26/2011

The second game of the day at the Lewisburg Subregional pitted host Bucknell against the Tigers of West Alabama, out of the Division Two Gulf South Conference. It amazed me that the people at the Ticket City Legends Classic were unable to find a fourth Division One team willing to spend their Thanksgiving weekend...

Full of Surprises

As I rode the 1 train up to the Bronx to watch Manhattan play Columbia, the feature I wanted to write on Steve Masiello and the culture change that was happening formed in my head. After starting the season 3-2, the 6-25 record of a season ago was quickly becoming a distant memory. While I climbed the steps up...

A Tale of Takeovers, Part One

I wasn't exactly sure what kind of basketball game I would going to when I went to the Convocation Center to watch the non-conference game between Kennesaw State and South Carolina State. I was figuring this would be a messy game between two rebuilding programs. Boy, was I wrong about that. Here is a little background...

A Tale of Takeovers, Part Two

Because my previous game, South Carolina State at Kennesaw State, ended after two overtimes, I arrived right before halftime for the Liberty at Georgia State game. Although I had lived in Atlanta most of my life, and Georgia State used to play Belmont in the Atlantic Sun, I had never visited the Georgia State...

Mount Saint Mary's at Navy 11/27/2011

There's always something special about taking in a game at Alumni Hall on the campus of the United States Naval Academy. Not sure if it's just the fact that you know so many great me...

I Don't Know How Kyle Did It - 11/27/2011

I like going to basketball games. So much so in fact, I cause great inconvenience upon myself and wife anytime we travel to random parts of the country to see family or fri...

Fordham at Loyola (Ill.) 11/26/2011

A Thanksgiving weekend showdown between Fordham and Loyola-Chicago offered a study in similarities between the competing schools. From my seat at the press table, it was difficult to distinguish the maroon clad fans of the two urban, Jesuit institutions, as they blended together in the newly remodeled Gentile...

Let's Hear It for the Band!

Thanksgiving is an unusual part of the college calendar, which makes it an unusual part of the college basketball calendar. I suspect it's similar elsewhere, but at a small liberal ar...

The Way vs. The Hall

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- In a state that is synonymous with basketball, the Indiana Hoosiers have, for decades, been the benchmark for success. But in the last two seasons, the Butler Bulldogs have twice done something Indiana hasn't accomplished in a decade: make it to the NCAA National Championship Game. "The Way"...

Falcons Stun Owls, Reverse Fortunes From GW Game

The Falcons pulled off what might well be their biggest non-conference win of the Orr era and certainly their biggest win in the Stroh Center, as they battled a very good Temple team for 40 teams, finished on a 7-1 run and ended up with a 67-64 win over the Owls. Nothing could be a starker contrast than the difference...

Picking the Wrong Fight

In the winter of the 2005-06 season, I trudged through the snow into Georgetown University's campus, ready for a fight. It was not a game day. No one in blue and grey was anticipating bad blood. Yet, there I was, wearing a pair of Buff (think Notre Dame gold) shorts, a jersey bearing the number of then-star Pops...

Louisiana-Lafayette at Kent State 11/28/2011

Tonight s game between the Ragin Cajuns of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and the Kent State University Golden Flashes is a special opportunity ...

The Paul Westhead Invitational

Yesterday was an exasperating day. I can't get into details, but I was agitated when I got home. Thankfully, salvation was only ninety minutes away, for I had this game between LIU and Iona circled on my calendar. I knew I was going to see a game that "The Guru of Go" would truly love. Westhead is the creator...

Renfroe's Teams

Alex Renfroe never earned the national recognition of mid-major stalwarts Kyle Korver, Gordon Hayward, or Eric Maynor. But he was damn-near close. Renfroe was the guy who helped put Belmo...

You Must Fight It

I didn't expect to meet him so early in my travels. My hopes were to finally come face to face with him sometime in January, when a trip to Cedar Falls or Indianapolis loomed before me. I really hadn't anticipated him showing up in late November, just three weeks into what will be a 17 week journey through the...

North Carolina-Greensboro at North Carolina A&T; 11/28/2011

On Monday night the UNC Greensboro Spartans traveled to their home stadium to take on the North Carolina A&T; Aggies at the Greensboro Coliseum. Even though the Greensboro Coliseum is UNCG's home court, this particular game was listed as a road game for the Spartans and a home game for the Aggies. NC A&T; and...

It's Fun To Watch Basketball

Not unlike John Templon of Big Apple Buckets, I struggled with an angle for this story in the week leading up to the game. Kyle did talk about preparation, after all. Both schools are Cathol...

My Trip to Grizzly Country

Heading into the Thanksgiving weekend I knew I'd have some time to possibly explore a far away gym. Looking at the schedule the Montana vs Long Beach State match up looked very attractive. Long Beach State was coming off an impressive win against Pittsburgh and in my opinion was playing the best basketball out...

The Waiting is Easier With Soup

Previously, we discussed Resistance, the ugly voice inside everyone's head that keeps them from chasing after what they really want to do. It's the enemy of our hopes and dreams. But what I found as I rolled over the Ohio River and into Evansville five hours before tip-off was an entirely different, yet familiar...

The HBCU Struggle

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have some of the richest tradition among mid-majors. HBCUs are known for prestigious marching bands, dance teams, and step teams that originate from its Greek organizations. HBCUs provided African-American students a place to go back when most colleges would...

Just One Change...

New Mexico State and Arizona have a natural geographic rivalry that is not renewed often enough. Of Division I schools, only Arizona State and Northern Arizona are closer to Arizona; only UTEP and New Mexico are closer to NMSU. The Aggies and Wildcats match up tonight for the 100th time, Arizona holding an all-time...

I Do This for Fun, You Know?

"Would either of you be interested in participating in a halftime contest? " A young woman with a walkie-talkie leaned into our row, waiting for an answer. Friend and 800GP partner-in-crime Thomas McCaffrey beat me to the punch: "I know HE would love to." She introduced herself as Sarah, had me sign the appropriate...

Lewis and Clark at Portland 11/29/2011

I'll be honest here: Before Portland's game with the Lewis and Clark Pioneers, a Division III school on the other side of the city, I was hoping for a blowout win. It had been a rough stretch for the Pilots. They had lost four straight since opening the season with two wins. As it happened the Pilots won, but...

De caritate Sanctae Crucis (The Charity of the Holy Cross)

"If you see charity, you see the Trinity." - Augustine, De trinitate ('On the Trinity') VIII. 8. 12. If I were to use the word 'overwhelming' to describe my initial reaction to seeing, and experiencing, the cavernous and never-ending interior of the Dunkin' Donuts Center in downtown Providence that unusually...

Another Nail in Seattle U's Small College Basketball Coffin

Monday night's game between the Seattle University Redhawks and NAIA Division II Evergreen State College Geoducks was an unremarkable, dull basketball game that went pretty much how you would expec...

The Smart Take From The Strong

Growing up, easily the biggest Cinderella, the team that played the most memorable first round games in the NCAA Tournament, was always Princeton. Their most memorable game happened in 1989, when the Tigers narrowly upset top seeded Georgetown, losing by a point: 50-49. Legendary Princeton coach Pete Carrill had...

The Kids Are Alright

I've spent a good number of dreary November evenings in the Rose Hill Gym over the last four years. Here we go again. The phrase ran through my mind on repeat as I sat watching the latest version of the Fordham Rams fall behind Colgate from my seat in the Rose Hill Gym student section. I had spent my Thanksgiving...

Spectrum: Fortress Pregnable

Disclaimer:'An explanation of unusual events in The Spectrum (although also unusual, this'wasn't about the basketball played on the court) has been asked for by many'800GP readers, so I'll do my best to describe what went down. Built in'1970 and paid for by students, The Dee Glen Smith Spectrum has always been...

The Passion of the Game

Tonight was going to be a different night for me in my personal TMM8 journey. Tonight, I was going to watch my alma mater, Missouri State, play for the first time this season. I'm not going to hide that I'm an avid Missouri State fan (it's in my Twitter handle for goodness sake - @MoStateDwight), and I knew this...

Crimson As Advertised

As I settled into my usual reserved bleacher "seat" at the Roy L. Patrick Gymnasium on the campus at the University of Vermont, it occurred to me that the Catamount coaching staff(s) over the past decade simply didn't--and don't--get enough credit. How on earth do you convince a seventeen-year old with (i) reasonably...

Unexpected Chili, Expected Hoops Result

Murray State (8-0, Great Alaska Shootout Champs) and Western Kentucky (2-6, #TeamReset) have one of those special, local rivalries that rarely disappoints. Tonight's meeting was the 149th meeting between the two schools, a series in which WKU enjoys a healthy 97-52 advantage, even including tonight's loss. But,...

Nothing Gold (and Black) Can Stay

It saddens me a bit to see UMBC's basketball program going through its current state of affairs. You see, the Retrievers hold a special place in my mid-major heart. In a lot of ways, they're the team responsible for me caring anything at all about small-college basketball outside of the three weeks in March...

Virginia Military Institute at Coastal Carolina 12/1/2011

I was really looking forward to the matchup of Coastal'Carolina and VMI when the schedule was first released. While I always appreciate'slowed-down defensive basketball I'd have to say VMI is a guilty pleasure for'me. As many of you know, VMI plays at a ridiculous pace with the full court'press and tons of 3's....

The Citadel at Charleston 12/1/2011

The Citadel Bulldogs and the College of Charleston Cougars have been playing basketball for 110 years, and have been two of the biggest rivals in mid-major college basketball for years. The schools are only 2 or so miles apart, and are so close that Citadel athletic department people often eat at local restaurants...

Marist at Loyola (Md.) 12/1/2011

TheMAAC started conference play last night, and I love conference play, soit was off to Baltimore. My first game outside of the Palestra this season reminded me that taking in a game in an arena you've never beento before can feel like a great anthropological adventure. (Like at my first Navy game last season...

Wagner at Pennsylvania 11/22/2011

When Wagner visited Penn, it was a rainy Tuesday night; getting from Annapolis to Philadelphia after work for a 7 p.m. tip-off on these types of nights can be a dicey proposition. We can avoid I-95 all the way to Wilmington, but that area between Wilmington and Philly is just a killer, traffic-wise, and of course...

East Carolina at Old Dominion 11/29/2011

Old Dominion and East Carolina took'the court this past Tuesday for the fiftieth time; second most among ODU's current'non-conference opponents. (Richmond is first with the 52nd meeting'happening later this year.) However, no one really seemed to care about that semi-historical'mark. East'Carolina was a charter...

Flashes overcome M.A.C. Center miscues for Red Line Upset

Kent State's game this Saturday night was a strange experience at times, although hosting an above-the-Red Line opponent in UAB is becoming more ordinary than one might think. In the previous two seasons, South Florida, Tulsa and these same Blazers made trips to the M.A.C. Center, and the Flashes beat all three...

Who Needs Bedlam, We've got Mid Major Basketball

It's Bedlam Saturday here in Oklahoma in a state where football is king, which was obvious when I walked in to Mabee Center on the campus of Oral Roberts University. Only a few...

Restoring the Roar

You can't walk around the Towson University campus without finding a sign, a shirt, or something else asking you to "Restore the Roar." It's part of the athletic department's effort to ignite interest in athletics at a school where athletic success has generally been hard to come by. The renewed investment has...

The problem with thinking is thinking

Part of me wants to post a link to my post-game blog and be done with it. Part of me wants to copy and paste notes from it, and from my game story, and be done with it. Part of me wants to say "(expletive) it, I just won't do it." You see, I'm a professional writer. That is neither here nor there in terms of...

Similarities and Differences

When Kent State plays Akron on television, broadcasters who didn't bother to research more than four talking points to fill up timeouts like to point out the proximity of the schools - 13 driving miles - at least 38 times per game. In reality, they're a little further apart than that. Despite its physical nearness...

Walla Walla at Portland State 12/3/2011

Having read the Mid-Majority since Season 6, I've been envious of all the mid-major options available to residents in some parts of Hoops Nation. In cities like New York and Philadelphia, Kyle and 800 Games Project writers have too many mid-major games in town and not enough time to see them all. If you live in...

Back on Track

I was flying solo on my third trip of the 2011-12 season to Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion. I can't blame my two usual companions for missing this game, considering the opponent, Johnson & Wales, and the result of Northern Colorado's last game, a humiliating Black Line Upset at the hands of NAIA's Westminster,...

A Night of Hoops With Royalty

Thursday night after work, I headed to downtown Brooklyn to attend an early Northeast Conference clash between defending champ LIU Brooklyn and Wagner, who was coming into the contest with five wins paired with one loss. More importantly I would be meeting up with perhaps the two most prolific sports enthusiasts...

Sign Language

"Can U Stop Weems? You're Dreamin'!" It was the first thing I saw when I took my seat 45 minutes prior to the tipoff of this year's installment of the Mountain West / Missouri Valley Challenge between New Mexico and Missouri State: a brilliant hand-lettered sign, professionally prepared, held by a gentleman...

Humpty Causes Hofstra a Great Fall

Sometimes, there are long stretches where one team has another team's number. When Hofstra first joined the CAA in 2001, they lost their first three games in conference with James Madison and had lost four in a row overall to JMU. But starting in 2004, the Pride have gone on a twelve game winning streak vs....

Chuck

I first "met" Chuck a little over a year ago. At the time, I was working at the big-time Nashville rag, albeit in a small-time position. I was a sports clerk for the Tennessean, meaning my Friday and Tuesday nights were consumed by the constant dinging of telephone calls. Most of the time, the person on the line...

Where's Belmont's banner?

Saturday was my first doubleheader of the season. After Lipscomb beat Kennesaw State, I traveled down Belmont Boulevard for Belmont vs. Mercer. But I couldn't get something off my mind as I drove ...

Liberty at Coastal Carolina 12/3/2011

The 2011 Liberty Flames could have had brothers of two'NBA stars on their team. It was three years ago when Seth Curry, brother of Stephen'Curry, decided to leave the Flames as a freshman to go to Duke. He averaged 20 points as a freshman so one could only imagine how good he would be going into his senior year....

A Shot in the Arm

While personally I am only three games in to the 800 Games Project I feel I've gleaned a few things from the live basketball viewing experience that pixelvision couldn't have taught me from the comfort of home. First off, don't believe everything you read in your programs. I am 6'5 and I was curious to see how...

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