Season 8

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The Power of Success

Two years ago, as a freshman, I made the trek across a frozen Charles River to Lavietes Pavillion for my first Harvard basketball game. On that blustery December night, the Crimson beat Rice by 21 points to move to 6-1 on the young season. The game was a blip on the radar around campus. That night, the student...

Sophomore Slump? Burton Leads Nevada to Big Win

For a Nevada program that has struggled to find an identity since all-everything forward Nick Fazekas departed Reno in March of 2007, Friday night might have been their biggest win since the Fazekas era came to an end. Since this was my first time attending a game at Lawlor Events Center since they played top-ranked...

If You Can't Put the Ball Through the Rim, Nothing Else Matters

Thursday night --  Sunday, on my wacky work schedule -- and I was off to my second game of the season, part of my quest to visit all seven schools in my new home state of...

Bowling Green Versus Bowling Green

The city of Bowling Green is the state of Kentucky's third largest city. It serves as the home of Western Kentucky University and Corvettes (all made here), while serving as the chief destination for Mammoth Cave National Park tourists when they get a hankering for Cracker Barrel or Olive Garden. So, when conversing...

Iona at Niagara 12/4/2011

Iona College's Michael Glover slips a screen takes a pass, drives to the tin and forces a foul seconds into his Gaels' match-up Sunday afternoon at Niagara University's Gallagher Center. The Purple Eagles seem to be taken by surprise by the intensity and speed of the game and their challengers, just as I was almost...

Fairfield at Canisius 12/4/2011

Thirty seconds into the game, a thunderous one-handed put back dunk by the Fairfield Stags' seven-footer Ryan Olander portends great things for this game Sunday at Canisius College's Koessler Athletic Centre. The 1,011 expectant fans are making an inordinate amount of noise, way in excess of what you'd predict...

Lumberjacks in the Desert

The last two years that Northern Arizona made the four hour trip south to McKale Center, Cameron Jones put up career numbers against the Wildcats and came oh so close to pulling off the Red Line Upset. With Jones gone, how would NAU fare this year? Last year, this yearly meeting of the two schools took place...

Texas Christian at Evansville 12/3/2011

Challenge. It's a word thrown about in college sports as a result of two leagues above the red line playing one another in a series of games that were made for TV. It has become all the rage for those leagues that just can't get stop themselves from expanding all to try to get a bigger piece of the pie. Tonight's...

Double The Pleasure

College basketball is a funny game sometimes. That's what makes it what it is. Anything can happen any time. Presbyterian came back from 15 down to beat Cincinnati. Every team has a shock to their system. Comebacks occur at almost any point. Games can mean anything. The College of Charleston was a heavy favorite...

A Lesson in Phonetics

The chore of recollecting the Sunday afternoon clash between the visiting Black Bears of Orono, Maine, and the hosting Rams of Kingston, Rhode Island, could plausibly be condensed into a single quote, taken from a fellow witness, who implicitly granted permission to make his opinion of the affair known: "You...

Yale at Sacred Heart 12/5/2011

"You gotta play hurt," as Den Jenkins semi-famously titled his book two decades ago. Of course, Jenkins wrote it as fiction and largely lampooned sports journalism, but I digress. At about 6 p.m. on Monday evening, I was hurting. My head felt like it weighed 100 pounds, I couldn't breathe out of my nose, I'd...

Antagonist

The first time I went to The Citadel and McAlister Field House was a very memorable experience that I soon forgot. I know that may not make much sense, but let me explain. It was two years ago almost to the day when I made the trip down to McAlister to watch Michigan State take on The Citadel. The place was...

Utah Valley at Utah State 12/6/2011

Cracked and crooked but not broken. During the Utah State athletic department's campaign to make a significant raise to student fees a couple years ago, I kept hearing the phrase, "Athletics are the front porch to the university," over and over again. Basically, this catchphrase indicates that significant national...

What's Luck Got to Do With It?

Sports Illustrated's Andy Glockner wrote a piece earlier this summer about Division I basketball's "unluckiest" team, Holy Cross. The crown of unluckiest was granted to the Cru...

George Mason at Towson 12/3/2011

Last Saturday, I headed up to Towson, Maryland to watch the Tigers open up CAA conference play against George Mason (my apologies for this being late, I'm glad there is no set deadline). There was quite a buzz on the Towson University campus that night. Unfortunately for the Tigers basketball team, it had nothing...

Malone at Bowling Green 12/7/2011 Falcons do expected, Crush Malone

The Falcons brought in their one annual guaranteed-win cupcake last night -- the Malone Pioneers -- and for the Falcons it was a welcome respite from being the cupcake (see upcoming Michigan State game) to devouring the cupcake. I lived in Ohio for more than 30 years. I had never heard of Malone College (or University)...

When It Rains, It Pours

To do this recap appropriately, I feel I should start with something of a confession. I am, first and foremost, a fan of a team that sits firmly above the red line, the Maryland...

Pack the Mac?

"Pack the Mac." This is the new slogan for The Citadel basketball team when they play at McAlister Field House. They've tried to get fans into the arena for many years now, and this year they have some new gimmicks. The arena has added some new touches this year, into one of the oldest arenas in the Southeast....

The age-old story of brothers on opposite sides

Am I my brother's keeper? According to the Old Testament, it was the question Cain asked the Lord after the Lord inquired as to Abel's whereabouts. Cain, as we find out, murdered his brother and showed no concern over it when queried. The story is related in churches and synagogues across the United States,...

Excitement Gone Awry: Denver Falls to Iona in OT

Excitement. It's the lifeblood of college basketball. It's what a rabid fan base brings to a program. It's what cheerleaders and pep bands are charged with generating. It's why the third Thursday and Friday in March are unofficial national holidays. It's what sets Our Game apart from its boring, corporatized...

College Hoops Again Provide a Welcome Respite

Watching live college basketball games, something I absolutely love, has been an outlet for me since I really started following Hofstra in the early 2000's. Previously, I had enjoyed college hoops for years and I attended many games at Madison Square Garden. But when I truly became a fan of college basketball,...

We Are the E

The E is what makes it different. The E sets it apart from its older sibling. Some even say the E makes it better. But as advertisements in the St. Louis area like to ask: What does the E equal? In 1957, the E stood for essential. As the Illinois communities east of St. Louis - locally referred to as the "Metro...

The Big South-SoCon Rivalry

When I woke up Tuesday morning, I glanced through the lines on each college basketball game posted. I saw that Vegas had posted some lines on some mid-major games, and looked to see the line of the game I was going to tonight. Then I realized that while SoCon games are usually posted, there would be no line on...

Elon at North Carolina-Greensboro 12/5/2011

On Monday night local rivals UNCG and Elon faced off in the Greensboro Coliseum. This was the third Southern Conference game for UNCG early in the season as the large Southern Conference slate causes teams to have several early-season conference games. UNCG found themselves before this game sitting at 0-2 after...

In Honor of Toughness

TGHT - "The Game Honors Toughness". This has been one of the core tenets of Brad Stevens' program at Butler University, and was referenced frequently as the Bulldogs progressed through the NCAA tournament field in March of 2010. Throughout the past few years, the post-game comments of opposing coaches often have...

The White Buffalo

About nine months ago, during spring break from my senior year, my roommate and I decided to do something adventurous. Well, adventurous on a budget. While other classmates headed for Cancun or Florida, we decided to load up in an old hatchback and make a trip to Tupelo, Miss. from Nashville. On the way down,...

Vanderbilt at Davidson 12/7/2011

It rained all day Wednesday throughout North Carolina. I have to admit, the only reason I ended up making the drive from Greensboro to Davidson, N.C. was because I had purchased my tickets ahead of time. The dreary weather had provided resistance, but I decided to make the trip so as not to waste my hard-earned...

Surprise, Surprise

College basketball has its fair share of surprises. Usually they don't happen until the buzzer-beaters and Cinderella stories of March. But occasionally, something will happen during a game, even as subtle as a player coming off the bench, that will surprise everyone. Eli Holman had been "granted a leave of absence"...

The Oasis in a Mid-Major Desert

Oklahoma is not Mid-Major friendly. Oral Roberts is our only Other 24 team, as a member of the Summit/Badlands/Mid-Con. I'm originally from Texas, and have lived in Maryland, and both states were very mid-friendly. On the other hand, Oklahoma is all about being above the Red Line. The University of Oklahoma, somehow...

Don't Give Up the Ship

As a junior here at Dayton, I had not yet had the ability to see a nationally-ranked opponent visit UD Arena. And goodness, it was a treat. For starters, former UD standout Anthony Grant ca...

That Defining Moment

It happened right in front of me. The famous Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges once wrote that there is "a single moment--the moment when a man knows forever more who he is." While smaller in scope than what Borges imagined, most basketball games, too, have one moment that define them, a moment we often cannot...

You Can't Win if You Don't Score

I slipped out of work a little early this afternoon and hopped in the car with my fiance to make the two-hour, 45-minute drive up I-44 from Tulsa, Okla., to Springfield, Mo., to the campus...

I Can't Hate Toledo

Hi, I'm Craig, and I'm an addict. I've spent the last two years trainspotting college basketball. I spent every red cent and waking moment of my collegiate money and time last year on ...

You're Scared to Make This a Conference Game

I am going to try my best to follow Rule 7 of the 800 Game Project, but when Temple beats Villanova by 11, it's hard not walk out of the arena with a big grin on your face.This game was not ...

The Long Road to Redemption

When you're the Howard Bison, opportunities for large-scale success don't exactly come around all that often. That's why it has to be absolutely maddening that the Bison squandered the opportunity they had in their laps this afternoon at the Verizon Center against (really) big brother Georgetown. You see, in...

Lafayette at Penn State 12/7/2011

Penn State hosted Lafayette on Wednesday night in a game that featured a pregame snow squall, Jim Burr and one team shooting ice cold. Would we be in for a red-line upset? Last year, I started writing stadium and arena reviews. My first basketball review was at Lafayette where SID Philip LaBella was gracious...

The Slide Continues

Two weeks ago, I was heading home from Kingston, R.I. I had just watched Hofstra beat Cleveland State 63-53 in what basically amounted to a rock fight at the Legends Classic subregional at URI. It was a gutty, winning performance by a Pride team that took the Vikings best punch in the mouth and came back with...

Lillard Breezes in 31: So Utah @ Weber State

Life as a mid-major sometimes means taking a licking a time or two. Weber State returned home to Ogden after taking such a beating. Sure, it was technically at the hands of a fellow mid-major in BYU, but it had all the dressings of a mid-major running into a power above the Red Line. BYU moved below the Red...

Crawl Before You Walk, Walk Before You Run

Regardless of what the final score might turn out to be, a minor milestone was sure to be achieved in the King Rice Era at Monmouth University Saturday night: Rice's Hawks would finally host their first home game of the 2011-12 campaign. The sight of the Multipurpose Activity Center had to be welcome for a Monmouth...

The Other Kind of Guarantee Game

Over the years on this site and also in an article for ESPN, Kyle has written about how mid-majors put up with "guarantee games." The mid-major travels to a major conference school, and gets a guaranteed paycheck that makes men's basketball a source of revenue at their school. But in return, the mid-major plays...

Moving in Different Directions

Just walking into Draddy Gymnasium, you knew that this game was different. For one, there were students in the stands. A lot of students. And they were all wearing white. Usually the Jasper Jungle has a few hardy souls that have come to root on Manhattan, but tonight it was full. (We'll ignore the fact that Jaspers,...

Welcome Back Camels

While perusing the schedule this year, I was trying to find an opportunity to get to see two games in one day that weren't too far apart. I came across December 10th and found the perfect opportunity, with the first game being an early tip-off between Campbell and Methodis,t and a night time tip-off with Charlotte...

This Is Why We Fight

"Come the war, come the avarice/ Come the war, come hell/ This is why, why we fight, why we lie awake/ And this is why, this is why we fight." -- The Decemberists, "This is Why We Fight"On ...

It's Not Easy Being Winless

I remember my first coaching victory well. A decade ago as a recent college graduate, there was an ad in the local paper for a volunteer to coach in the local middle school league.It soun...

Transitions

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Bryant University occupies the strange NCAA purgatory between Division I and Division II. It has been going through the transitional process since 2007, when it accepted an invitation to the Northeast Conference. Since 2008-09, the team has played a full Division I schedule, and since 2009-10...

Battle for the Hornet's Nest Trophy

After watching Campbell easily take out Methodist, I jumped into the car and headed to the main event of my evening. I had to travel across North Carolina to Charlotte's game against Davidson in ...

The Early Bird Makes You Squirm

It is often said that the early bird gets the worm. There is something clearly advantageous about getting the jump on your competition, both in Our Game and in almost every other facet of life. That clearly manifested itself in today's game. First off, today was the first time that whichever students got to the...

Karmic Rewards

Karma - The cosmic principle according to which each person is rewarded or punished in one incarnation according to that person's deeds in the previous incarnation.Whether you believe in karma or not, life sometimes does have a funny way of working out. A little less than a month ago it seemed like Columbia's...

You Can Stand Us Up at the Gates of the Big East, But We Won't Back Down

Sometimes, the business side of Our Game is enough to make one start questioning why you even love it to begin with. The recent shuffling of conferences has changed the outlook of the sport....

There Can Be Only One

The Highlands of Scotland is an historic region, and somewhat logical when you look at Scotland on a map. It's the north part of the country, and who would call the southern portion of the country the highlands? (Well, aside from most of the Southern United States, who consider the South to be its own entity....

Harvard at Connecticut 12/8/2011

STORRS, Conn. -- Lots of story lines coming into this one. Harvard was in the Top 25 in both major polls for the first time in school history, and were the first Ivy League squad to be ranked there in over a decade. UConn is the defending national champion, the second slayer of the Bulldogs. Harvard and UConn...

Ohio at Portland 12/10/2011

This is an unusual season at Portland. Since coach Eric Reveno arrived for the 2006-07 season, the Pilots have improved dramatically. In each of his first two seasons, they won 9 games. As his recruits matured, the win totals went to 19, 21 and 20 in the past three seasons, respectively. It's been pretty clear...

Mascot Basketball Cannot Overcome Growing Pains, Triple-Double

"Our frustration is greater when we have much and want more than when we have nothing and want some. We are less dissatisfied when we lack many things than when we seem to lack but one thing." - Eric HofferOver the last few seasons, Portland has been exciting and beaten opponents through superhoops, skillful passes,...

Hoops on a Shoestring

The start of my trip tonight to Burr Gymnasium threw me for a bit of a loop. My first stop upon arriving at a new venue is, predictably, to head to the box office to pick up my ticket. There was just one problem -- I couldn't find one. After wandering around outside in the cold for about 10 minutes, I went...

Transitions

Presbyterian College has only 1,133 students. Yet after years of being a Division II school, it chose to abandon its rivalries in the South Atlantic Conference and join Division I. At the time, only Centenary was a smaller Division I school. With the Gents' move to Division III this year, the Blue Hose now have...

Virginia Wise at Winthrop 12/11/2011

My third game in two days took me to Rock Hill, S.C., to check out the Winthrop Eagles take on Division 3 school Virginia-Wise. It was a short drive from Charlotte to Rock Hill, with the two cities neighboring each other along the North and South Carolina border. I had plenty of time to blow before gametime, so...

Home for the Holidays

I hadn't been home to Michigan in a little over three years. I felt a bit bad about it, but it wasn't as if my family didn't enjoy coming down to Myrtle Beach to visit instead. I asked my mom if she just wanted to buy me a ticket to come up for a Christmas as my present. While it wouldn't be over Christmas time...

The Colorado Mid-Major State Championship Game

Tweetup! @TennisTarkheena, a DU fan in Greeley, meets the #BrotherzBallz, Mile High Bally and DU Bally. * * * * * The Denver Pioneers and I had a lot in common Wednesday night in Greeley. We both fully intended to show up for the first half against the Northern Colorado Bears. We both failed to do so. But...

Bringing in the Big Boys

In most games between the mid-major and major conference school, the mid-major plays at the major conference school. This happens for a variety of reasons. First, as has been discussed here before, the mid-major is accepting a guarantee game where they go on the road and likely lose for a paycheck. Also the arena...

Green Eggs and Frank (by Craig Hanford)

When I committed to the 800 Games Project, I knew that I'd want to document at least one game of my local mid-major, the IPFW Mastodons. Beginning just their eleventh season in Division I, I believe that IPFW is building a quality program, and should be very competitive in the Summit League this season. In scanning...

Tonight! One Night Only

Welcome to Dayton. Situated in southwestern Ohio approximately an hour north of Cincinnati, Dayton is known primarily as a city of inventors and innovators. James Ritty, a local saloonkeeper, invented the cash register here in 1879. Charles F. Kettering invented the electric car starter here in 1911. Both of their...

The Ballad of Isiah Thomas

If there's a more inappropriate coaching fit in college basketball -- hell, maybe all of college sports -- than Isiah Thomas at Florida International, I'd love for somebody to mention it. I don't believe for a second that it exists. It's been a long, strange road for Isiah, who turned a legendary professional...

What Do You Mean, That's Not Steve Perry?

If I may indulge my inner hipster for just a moment, allow me to say that I liked the band Journey before liking Journey became cool. I'm not old enough to say I was there from the very...

The Road-Weary Nomads of College Basketball

Poor Arkansas-Pine Bluff. The Golden Lions have logged more miles on the road than your favorite band. They probably have more hotel reward points than actual points this season. They have been on a long and arduous adventure, but when you're in the Southwestern Athletic Conference, this is all too much the norm....

Maroon Mayhem

College basketball is a game where there is a big difference in between the largest schools, mid-majors and tiny schools in the smallest D-1 conferences. This can be offset, by one of several factors. These factors include: shooting three-pointers, how you play on a certain night, and the loudness of your fans....

When it is Time to Upgrade

For a school established relatively recently, Coastal Carolina has a very successful mid-major program. Coastal benefits from being located nine miles from South Carolina's tourist capital in Myrtle Beach, and is the only college basketball team in the fast-growing Myrtle Beach metro area. The Chanticleers went...

Same Guy, Different Shirt

"Loyalty to any one sports team is pretty hard to justify. Because the players are always changing. ... You're actually rooting for the clothes when you get right down to it. You are standing, and cheering, and yelling for your clothes to beat the clothes from another city. Fans will be so in love with a player,...

#omgnodunx

The dunk, the slam, the flush, the rim-rattler. These are all staples of Hoops Nation vernacular -- and nothing can get a crowd going like a well-timed #omgdunx. That is, unless you're at Belmont. Legendary Belmont coach Rick Byrd is not a fan of dunks -- not in practice, not in games, not ever. And I guess...

Blurring the Line

Taking in a George Washington Colonials game at the Smith Center is nothing like I remember it. Part of that is obvious. Back in February of 2008, George Washington announced a $43 million upgrade to the Smith Center, and Thursday night's game against Bradley was my first chance to see everything that had been...

College Basketball in the Eyes of a Child

With the eyes of a childYou must come out and seeThat your world's spinning 'roundAnd through life you will beA small partOf a hopeOf a loveThat existsIn the eyes of a child you will see "Eyes of a Child" by the Moody BluesMy life forever changed on July 26, 2005. My first child, my older son Matthew, was born....

A Red Line Upset for the Whole Family

Three nights after putting my daughters to bed early and racing to Greeley for the second half of Denver-Northern Colorado, I took a different tack Saturday for the Denver-Boise State game at Magness Arena: I brought the family with me. Instead of planning to take my usual seat on press row, I decided that...

One City, and Three Schools Miles Apart

Charleston is South Carolina's second-largest city, with 120,000 in the city and 650,000 in the metro area. It also has three Division I schools, all of whom are mid-majors. The most established of these is the Citadel, a military school with a rich history. But the Bulldogs face difficulties recruiting to a military...

Double Duty

Videographer. Photographer. Photojournalist. "Hey, Camera Guy!" I've answered to all of these. According to my current employer, my job title is Cameraperson. I work at a television station, and I go out to where the news is happening and get the video of that news which runs on your local newscast. You name...

My Trip Above the Red Line

Usually, I don't attend live games when a team is above the red line. I've grown to prefer the smaller setting that many of Our Team's gyms have. Part of this is because there were no major schools near where I grew up, and therefore, if I wanted to watch Division One basketball, I needed to do so in such a setting....

Montana at Portland 12/17/2011

At first glance it would appear Portland suffered another loss to a team that was much better than them, this time to Montana by a score of 80-65. Watching the game I certainly felt this way. A look at the statistics revealed the game was more competitive than it seemed, though. In the first half the two teams...

Always Expect the Unexpected

If you tried to come up with story ideas prior to Saturday's game at Millett Hall between Miami University (don't call the school Miami of Ohio, unless you want to be beaten with a stick) and Belmont, you were wasting your time. Belmont was the presumptive favorite, heading into the contest as one of the sexy...

'UMBC3K' and 'The Real Housewives of New Jersey Mid-Major Basketball'

There are two reasons you might "just hope for a good game" when you watch any sporting event: you're not emotionally invested in either team, or you're invested in both teams....

Jumping into a Zips Win

As I began to prepare to research Akron's opponent, the Florida A&M Rattlers of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, I thought about what I already knew about this university located in Tallahassee, Florida. I had recently heard about a terrible and deadly hazing incident that happened to a band member there...

Neutral Games Can Be Exciting When

"Certain rhythms just have certain moods." - Dennis BrownStill possessing nervous energy after my last final, I hopped on the 44 bus to make the short journey to the Portland State campus. Not wanting to leave anything to chance, I arrived several hours before tip to explore and take in the environment before...

A Rivalry Renewed

They say it can't be a rivalry if one team wins all the games. I think that's hogwash. The Golden Grizzlies of Oakland University (Rochester, Michigan, not Oakland, California) joined the Mid-Continent Conference for the 1999-2000 season as they transitioned from Division II to Division I. The one team in the...

Mount Saint Mary's at Penn State 12/18/2011

Mount Saint Mary's came into the Bryce Jordan Center to play Penn State, looking to improve on their 1-8 record and hand the Nittany Lions their third straight Red L...

Alabama A&M; at Michigan 12/17/2011

For as long I can remember, I have never liked the Michigan Wolverines. When I was 6 or 7 years old, my favorite color was green, so I became a fan of Michigan State. Growing up I was in the minority through grade school and middle school. Most of rural Michigan are MSU fans, while the more suburban areas, which...

Big Wins and Bigger Revelations

I'm not sure if Michigan State realizes the importance of this series. For the Spartans, playing Bowling Green likely means teeing off against an overmatched MAC squad, and we did nothing to alter that perception last year after taking a six-point deficit into halftime and leaving the Breslin Center with a 35-point...

Why?

I have seen a lot of discussion over the past week or so about the increasing number of games between Division I schools and schools belonging to Division II, Division III and the NAIA. Division I rules allow a maximum of four such games in a season, but why do Division II schools make it on Division I schedules?...

A Stroll Through the City of Brotherly Love

The seemingly never-ending waves of frigid winds bombarded me. The icy fingers of Lady Winter perpetually continued to gently move across my severely chapped hands and determined face. Yet, ...

They Play Basketball at These Schools Too

With my sister recently moving outside of metro Detroit to Lambertville, Michigan near the Ohio border I knew this would be a good opportunity to make the 8 mile trip down to Toledo when I went up there to visit. When I checked out the schedule I was not too excited when I saw the only game I could get to was...

Belmont at Marshall 12/19/2011

I finally had a chance to leave Happy Valley and see some mid-major basketball with neither team being Penn State. It's about a seven-hour drive from State College, Pa., to Huntington, W.Va., so I stopped last night just outside Pittsburgh to visit the in-laws on the way. From the in-laws, it was a four-hour...

Portland State at Oregon State 12/18/2011

Before I discovered this site three seasons ago I didn't think much of PSU basketball and just focused on my team, Portland. Now I support both my local mid-majors, so when I discovered I might be able to catch them at Oregon State's Gill Coliseum, a place I had wanted to visit, and I could write a recap about...

Great Escape

All teams have their games that they sleepwalk through, and they believe that a win will just come easy to them. Teams, often when a lesser game is sandwiched between two big ones, forget how important the game in between is. For the College of Charleston, this was true. The Cougars had just beaten Tennessee,...

Cash Only

It was a rainy and cold night in Tulsa, Okla., and despite the fact that I live about six blocks from the Reynolds Center on the campus of the University of Tulsa, I decided to drive to see if I could get a closer parking spot and not have to walk as far in the rain. After a few minutes of driving around the neighborhood,...

It May Be Cliche But ... It's The Little Things

Too often, sports are said to be about the little things. Coaches accurately yet tiredly point to the little things as the difference between victory and defeat on any given night. If w...

A Game Happens Deep in the Woods, and Nobody's There to Watch

Writer's note: This post is the first of six to be written about the Global Sports Hoops Showcase tournament. If there's a basketball game, and there's nobody to watch it, did ...

The Annual Unofficial MAC-Horizon Challenge

The Penguins from Youngstown State visited the James A. Rhodes Arena Monday as they continued their swing through MAC competition. After losing to Buffalo (80-74) and Toledo (86-76), the Penguins were looking for the third time to be the charm against Akron. When the officiating crew came out during warm-ups,...

The Southern Illinois Showdown Throwdown!

This was a game I had been looking forward to for a while: The C vs The E, Little Sister vs Big Brother, the matchup to show which SIU reigned as the dominant basketball force in the southern tier of the Land of Lincoln. As we've discussed before, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville started as a satellite...

My House, Portland State Catch Fire in Eugene

Portland State came down to Eugene for an interstate "rivalry" game last Monday that isn't much of a rivalry. I was originally going to write about how nobody wanted to be here except my buddy who turned 21 that day. Then this happened. Tuesday afternoon, my fan in my bathroom caught on fire after I took a...

This Is Not A Drill

When I looked at New Mexico's schedule for December, I had little expectation that I would be able to attend a Tuesday night tussle between the home Lobos and Montana State. In fact, I was hopeful that I'd be able to go to the next New Mexico home game, where the Lobos would face off against one of my favorite...

Worst. Game. Ever.

Writer's note: This is the second game of six from the Global Sports Hoops Showcase to be covered for @800GP. Here's a link to game one. I just sat through the worst basketball game I've ever covered. Worst. Game. Ever. And the worst part is that there's no reason for it to have happened in the first place....

The Chuck: Where All the Pieces Matter

Intentions can be a heavy burden. I attended this game with a sense that I would attend a reasonably exciting inter-regional game between teams below the Red Line who have had some success in recent years, but are in no danger of being booted above the Red Line. I figured for my recap I could find some tenuous...

One Night Only

In my review of a Michigan game a few days ago, I went over just how I became a Michigan State fan. This left me in a bit of a situation on Monday night, when I got tickets for Missouri-Kansas City's visit to MSU -- I've been a Spartan fan my whole life, but had never actually been to the Breslin Center. So I...

That New Car Shine

I arrived at North Texas' Tuesday night game against Grambling the same way I have for many a game over my time at the university, by taking exit 466B off of Interstate 35E to get to The Super Pit, which the Mean Green call home. This game, however, was one I anticipated as more than just a December contest against...

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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.