Season 8

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Vermont at Fairleigh Dickinson 12/21/2011

Outside of an NBA arena, I challenge you to find talent of this magnitude that has graced the hardwood of the same facility. Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Tracy McGrady, Stephon Marbury, Sebastian Telfair. I know there are a number of individuals left out. Point is, for about a decade and a half, the ABCD camp was...

If Three-Pointers Fall Deep in the Woods, and Nobody's There to Watch, Are They #superhoops?

Writer's note: This is the third game of six from the Global Sports Hoops Showcase to be covered for @800GP. Here's a link to game one and here's one to game two.In what ...

This is Where We Used to Live

I first visited the High Point University campus in the summer of 2003, when I was a rising senior in high school. I had been interested in the school when in December 2002 I had gotten mail from them, the first mail I received from a school above the Black Line. So after visiting Winthrop the day before, my parents...

Be Like Kyle

Last Monday on December 12, I graduated with a Master's in Public Administration at the University of South Carolina. The next day, I wrapped up my internship duties at the school's regional campus in Sumter. So I had a lot of free time over the holidays, and as I often do, I have managed to keep busy with basketball....

Until We Meet Again as Conference Foes

I made a promise to myself that I would make it to every NCAA Division-I school that was within driving distance of me. With a home base of San Jose, that means the following schools: San Jose State, Santa Clara, Stanford, Saint Mary's, Cal, Pacific, UC Davis, Sacramento State, and if I really want to push it,...

Far from Normal

If there's one gripe I can come up with about the otherwise wonderful set of games I've had the honor of attending this season, it's that few of them have been, shall we say, interesting games. Don't get me wrong, any college basketball game is interesting in its own way, if you look for it. And I have been rapt...

Wednesday Night in Las Cruces

Wednesday night's matchup between the McNeese State Cowboys and the New Mexico State Aggies was the first time the two teams had met since 1956, so there is not a lot of history to write about. The Cowboys came to Las Cruces with a 4-5 record, but three of the wins were against schools outside of Division I (the...

The Last of the Cupcakes

Who's ready for another Akron Zips game recap? Four games in seven days is tough enough for a player, much less someone trying to do a write-up for four games that were pretty much the same. I've been studying for the GMAT over my Christmas break, so these basketball games have been a nice study break for me....

ULM on the Road in Vegas 12/19/2011

Monday night, I went to a basketball game at the Thomas & Mack Center on UNLV's campus, as they played host to Louisiana Monroe. There are a few differences that were quite apparent that most who read the @midmajority would be familiar with. 1. ULM traveled light to Vegas. Their bench looked bare. Since they...

On Collective Emotion And Uncertain Outcomes

I get around quite a bit for the average college basketball fan. Last year, I managed to attend a solid 31 Division I games and this year I've already been to 21. In three years of travels, I've seen about a fifth of the teams in D-I. Despite this fact, I'd only ever seen one team from west of Iowa play before...

You Might Be At A Between-Semesters College Basketball Game!

When you have more middle school students playing at halftime at your game than college students in your cheering section...you might be at a between-semesters college basketball game! University of Detroit Mercy (5-8) vs. Alabama State (2-8) is an example of your prototypical game that occurs over Christmas...

Making the Best Out of a Bad Situation

Writer's note: This is the fifth game of six from the Global Sports Hoops Showcase to be covered for @800GP. Here's a link to game one, game two, game three and game four. Here it was, in all its glory. What was certain to be the Global Sports Hoops Showcase's most entertaining game, between Prairie View A&M;...

Making the Best Out of a Bad Situation

Writer's note: This is the fifth game of six from the Global Sports Hoops Showcase to be covered for @800GP. Here's a link to game one, game two, game three and game four. Here it was, in all its glory. What was certain to be the Global Sports Hoops Showcase's most entertaining game, between Prairie View A&M;...

Cornell at Penn State 12/21/2011

After my trip to Marshall and seeing an exciting game come down to a missed layup at the buzzer, I was excited to have a day off to spend at home. Instead, I took a slow drive back to Pennsylvania, then wound up just sleeping most of the day away at the in-laws. My wife finally got me up, and we decided to load...

Sanctuary

Eastern New Mexico Greyhounds at Long Beach State 49ers December 19, 2011 8:05pm Walter Pyramid The Rolling Stones got it right in their song Mother's Little Helper: getting old can be a drag. I'm still relatively young age-wise (28) but this is definitely not the time of year where I feel particularly sprightly....

Princeton at Siena 12/22/2011

Like most children of the Capital Region, I grew up a Siena basketball fan. I was born at a good time, coming to the age of fandom right at the beginning of five MAAC Tournament championships and NCAA Tournament bids in 12 seasons. I usually made my way to the Pepsi Arena-turned-Times Union Center, one of the...

The State of Ohio State

Last Saturday, I attended a South Carolina game against Ohio State. With both schools above the Red Line, this game did not count. Yet it had the look and feel of a mid-major against a major opponent. With South Carolina fans spoiled by football and baseball success, few chose to come to watch the lowly basketball...

We'll Lose, I Guarantee It

I sometimes find it odd that more basketball writers don't talk about the seamy side of Our Game -- but then I realize that nobody wants to talk about it. Why ruin the fun? Nobody likes to think ab...

San Francisco at Holy Cross 12/22/2011

If the 83 year old "Houdini of the Hardwood" has his hands on a smartphone, you can bet that around 9:30 Thursday night, he was texting old friend Bill Russell and poking fun at his former teammate. Thursday night at the Hart Center in Worcester, Mass., Bob Cousy's alma mater Holy Cross was able to outlast Russell's...

Colgate at Hofstra 12/22/2011

Several days after their twenty point win over Binghamton, Hofstra was looking to make it two wins in a row against Colgate. The Pride needed to get on a roll going into next week's important game against Iona, a team that many think is the best team in the local New York City area (with all apologies to Seton...

Credit Where It's Due, and A Plea to Fans

On this site, we don't like to give a lot of credit to schools above the Red Line, for reasons that have been elaborated upon over the past eight years. However, the position North Texas...

North Carolina Central vs. Prairie View 12/22/2011

After reading Kenny Ocker's recaps from the first two nights of the Global Sports Hoops Showcase, I was prepared for some basketball that was somewhat lacking in entertainment value. That was not the case in the first game of the third and final night of the event, however. North Carolina Central and Prairie View...

Emotional Investments May Fade, But Can Be Renewed

As noted from my previous reports, I am currently a student at the University of Portland. Before I invested in Portland, I made an emotional investment with the school 15 miles from my house: Sac State. Outside of sports, I had made visits to Sac State's campus for school-related reasons. As the nearest University,...

Stephen F. Austin at Oregon 12/22/2011-A Garden, Deep In the Woods

For the sixth and final game of the Global Sports Hoops Showcase, I saw the host Oregon Ducks play for the second time this season. The first was a loss last Sunday to Virginia, a team well above the Red Line, so there would be no recap for that one. Tonight's opponent, Stephen F. Austin, was most definitely below...

Palmetto State Showdown

To say that Coastal Carolina and College of Charleston are the two best teams in the state of South Carolina isn't too far of a stretch. That's the angle most of the local media had been using leading into Thursday night's matchup.The University of South Carolina seems to be having a down year while both teams...

And So This Is Christmas

Conseco Fieldhouse recently hosted the Hoosier Classic on a Saturday, pitting Butler against Purdue and Notre Dame against Indiana in front of a packed house. Yesterday, that same venue was renamed Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Just after lunch today, the first sporting event under that new name took place -- in front...

38 Down, Twelve to Go

Looking at The Mid-Majority map, I've been duly impressed by the places writers have recapped games from. Entering the evening of December 22nd, 37 states had held a NCAA game featuring at least one member of the "other" 24 conferences, and one of us had been kind enough to attend and write about it here. This,...

I Am the 83 Percent

Sometimes I hate journalism. Thursday night was one of those times. Not that what I do for my job with Stanford's Scout website is hard-hitting investigative reporting, but I'm trying to make a conscious effort to be a little more than just a cheerleader. No more "we"s and "our"s. That kind of stuff. But against...

'Twas the Game Before Christmas

'Twas the game before Christmas and through UD Arena,12,000 people were cackling, like laughing hyenas. The fans were decked in their blue and their red, Excited for a victory that la...

Cheering for the Other Side of the Line

On our way to visit my fianc'e's family in west central Arkansas, we decided to make a pit stop in Fayetteville, Arkansas to take in a basketball game. The University of Arkansas is my fianc'e's alma mater and also happens to have one of the most beautiful campuses in the United States as it sits in the hills...

Lehigh at Saint Peter's 12/28/2011

The Yanitelli Center, the facility St. Peter's College calls home, is located just off Kennedy Boulevard. The center was opened in 1975 and named for Victor Yanitelli, SJ, the scho...

Justice

Anybody who's had season tickets to any sports team has had to deal with That Guy. You know who I'm talking about. He's the fan who's in or near your section and is doing everything he can to be as vocal as possible, usually for the worse. Every call that's ever gone against That Guy's team is a result of refs...

You Read a Man's Eyes, You Read His Soul

Brad Huse doesn't look eye-to-eye with many people. For one, the Montana State head coach is roughly 6-foot-4 (cue laugh track). But he seems to avoid eye contact while ...

Forty-Five Minutes in a Sea of Red

If red is your favorite color, then last night's Cornell vs. Stony Brook contest was the game for you. You had the Big Red taking on the Seawolves, whose motto on their tickets is "Get Your Red On, It's What We Do." Needless to say, the crowd was dressed in one of the preferred colors of the holiday season....

Final Chance at a Black Line Upset

I didn't have very high expectations when I decided to check out a Charleston Southern game. I had never been to CSU, but generally everything I had heard about the place was never positive. Granted, this was usually coming from many people associated with Coastal Carolina, a main rival, but I had never heard...

A Very Different Wednesday Night in Las Cruces

Wednesday night brought the last of New Mexico State's annual home-and-home rivalry games against New Mexico and UTEP. The Aggies beat New Mexico in Albuquerque what seems like a lifetime ago (actually November 16), ending long University Arena (commonly known as the Pit) home win streaks of non-conference home...

A Family Affair

Continuing our holiday road trip, my fianc'e and I made our way to my home city, Kansas City, to visit my family. College basketball is a big part of the sports scene in Kansas City. The recently built College Basketball Hall of Fame is housed in the Sprint Center in Kansas City, and large portions of the city...

The Cost Of Swagger

I had forgotten how loud UD Arena can get. The atmosphere here is incomparable. My first-ever college basketball game was at this very place in 2002. Two things that I remember clearly from that game have not changed in the slightest in the past nine years. First, the place is loud. At multiple points in Wednesday's...

Two Coaches and the Struggle

"Go Zips!" That was the simple proclamation Akron coach Keith Dambrot made on my star Christmas present this year, a team-autographed basketball. And go the Zips have of late, winning four blowout home games between December 15th and December 21st to claw back to 7-5 after a first eight games that could best...

Not As Planned

Nothing really went to plan Thursday night, when I traveled to CCSU to take in their game against A10 foe La Salle. First on that list of things not going to plan was finding the court itself. Generally, I get directions to a school's campus, glance at the athletic website's parking recommendations, and have...

When You Say Saint Louis...

They came filing into the Jewel of Midtown slowly, each one wearing their trademark blue and white rugby shirts, carrying an instrument case in one hand and a music stand in the other. Slowly the grouping filled in: drums in front, flutes and clarinets behind them, then saxophones, trombones, then trumpets, sousaphones...

A Fresh Start With An Old Friend

Evansville hosted Southern Illinois tonight, opening conference play in The Valley while renewing a rivalry that spans decades. The Purple Aces and Salukis have quite a history against one another, especially in Evansville. Still almost five decades later, you can hear stories of the battles between these two...

Revenge is a Dish Best Served in Hempstead

Exactly a year ago, Mo Cassara's Hofstra Pride traveled to New Rochelle, NY to take on Tim Cluess' Iona Gaels. It was the first season for both as head coaches in Division I Basketball. On that night, it was all Iona, as they dominated Hofstra, winning 87-62. It was the second-worst loss of the season (next...

Where Boys Become Men, If Anyone Cares To Take Notice

Valpo and Milwaukee (sometimes known as the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, but not for this report) were charter members of the Association of Mid-Continent Universities (ACMU) in 1982. Just about the time Valpo was getting good, Milwaukee and several other members of the conference (which had since changed...

It's Just Not the Same

After spending time with family in Ohio and Illinois, it was back to the 800 Games Project on Thursday night in Evansville to see the Purple Aces face Southern Illinois. This...

A Weird Feeling

Anything can happen during any game. The College of Charleston had been on a roll. They were 10-2 on the season, only losing to UCF in the Bahamas and close to Louisville in a game they led most of the way. George Mason had already lost 4 on the season, including games to Florida Atlantic and Florida International...

Seawolves Ring in the New Year on a High Note

Last night was the second game I saw in Pritchard Gym in three days. On Wednesday, Stony Brook gave up a twenty point lead to Cornell but won in overtime 68-59. This time the defensive-minded Seawolves were hosting the Broncs of Rider. It was the last non-conference game for both teams before conference play...

Mixing A Little Basketball With A Little History

There is always a mental checklist of things whenever you're getting ready to go to a game, particularly if you're making a drive of any decent length. Directions? Check. Game time is right? Yup. Gas in the car? Taken care of. Money for tolls? Got it. One thing I was not prepared for Saturday afternoon,...

March of the Penguins

As 3,513 Cleveland State basketball fans filed into the Wolstein Center on an overcast, unseasonably moderate 40 degree afternoon for the Vikings two o'clock New Years Eve day Horizon League game against Youngstown State, I recalled a conversation which I had earlier in the day with a friend of mine. He mentioned...

The Human Triumph

I enjoy watching college basketball not just for the event itself, but also for its allegorical relationship to everyday life. The human triumphs within each game are thrilling. Not only is the last second buzzer beater fantastic, but it adds an exciting dimension when it gives a kid confidence in his ability...

Death Star Trench Run on the Kobayashi Maru

Star Trek or Star Wars? Among nerds, this is the equivalent of Coke vs. Pepsi or Edward vs. Jacob. But what's funny about science fiction (or rather fiction in general) is that the themes and plot lines of futuristic adventures in the cosmos always end up applying to real life in modern times. Western Michigan...

Bad Shots, Good Defense and Cover Music Dominate The End of Non-Conference

Like Kevin Danna mentioned in his Sac State writeup, there are a small number of schools within driving distance in Northern California. One of these is the University of the Pacific. I had a "mid-major crush" on Pacific during high school as my school's football team once played a playoff game at Pacific and...

I Do It, For the Love of the Game

On the afternoon of New Years Eve, a much-anticipated college basketball game was taking place in the state of Connecticut. The St. John's Red Storm were entering a sold-out XL Center to take on the ninth-ranked UConn Huskies. It was a Big East battle that shouldn't be missed. Meanwhile, some 30 miles south down...

No Phones in Our Game

When discussing the Red Line with "others," they often like to point out a perceived grey area in the separation. "Well, what about a team like...Marshall? You're telling me they are a major program and, say, Temple, isn't? " person remarks. Well, yes. Even though Marshall hasn't made an NCAA appearance since...

Seahawks Growing Up

The last time I had seen UNC-Wilmington they were a winless team with a bunch of underclassmen trying to find out how to play as a team. The Seahawks were battling, but couldn't put a full game together in close losses. Since then, they have picked up a few good wins including at Illinois State and Campbell. Much...

I Do It, For the Love of the Game

On the afternoon of New Years Eve, a much-anticipated college basketball game was taking place in the state of Connecticut. The St. John's Red Storm were entering a sold out XL Center to take on the ninth-ranked UConn Huskies. It was a Big East battle that shouldn't be missed. Meanwhile, some 30 miles south down...

When It All Goes Wrong

When the schedules were finally released for the season, I scanned the games I wanted to attend. I knew long weekends off work during the holidays would be a perfect time for possible road trips that weren't too far away. I saw that Coastal Carolina was facing High Point on New Year's Eve, so I knew that I definitely...

That Place By the Side of the Road

Sometime during TMM12, I will look back on this New Year's Eve affair as the game where it all went off the rails for me. The one where I got hooked on insanity. Until now, I had only recapped Akron and Kent State. No big deal. I go to UA games all the time, and despite their lowly status in Zippyland, I'll occasionally...

Avoiding Amateur Night With a Conference Clash

A lot of my friends were questioning me as to why I was driving around North Carolina watching basketball games on New Year's Eve instead of going out partying and drinking. I do run a happy-hour website for Myrtle Beach and am known to go out many nights a week, so everyone figured I'd have something big planned....

The (Entire) University of South Carolina

The University of South Carolina was founded in 1801, with one campus in Columbia. But as college education expanded in the 20th century, the USC system would expand to keep up. The first campus outside Columbia was created in 1957 in Florence, with campuses in Beaufort, Lancaster, and Conway established in 1959....

Arkansas-Pine Bluff at New Mexico State 12/31/2011

The atmosphere at Saturday's noon game between the Golden Lions of Arkansas-Pine Bluff and New Mexico State was quite different from the Aggies' Wednesday sellout against the University of New Mexico. Even by halftime, the crowd was very small and quiet. Here's the view from my seat. The Arkansas-Pine Bluff...

Say It Ain't So, Sydney

Through sheer happenstance, I was sitting about 20 feet from Princeton's Doug Davis as he hit one of the most memorable shots of the 2011 college basketball season: a buzzer-beater t...

The Green Bay Way

Like their Milwaukee neighbor, the Green Bay Phoenix were original members of the Association of Mid-Continent Universities (AMCU) with Valpo, but bolted for the Horizon League (HL) in 1994, and now they have to deal with us all over again. Unlike Milwaukee, Green Bay has owned Valpo since they were reunited...

Let Conference Season Begin

I had a hard time psyching myself up for this game. The Tribe of William & Mary and their 2-12 record traveled to the Patriot Center as 18.5-point underdogs against the George Mason Patriots. The weather in Fairfax was cold and windy. The DC metro area traffic was predictably sluggish. And my residual New...

My Mid-Major Pilgrimage

Despite living in the greater DC area, until today, I had never bothered to attend a George Mason Patriots home basketball game. It's not terribly surprising why not; my subscription to the theory that owning a car in DC is somewhat unnecessary kinda limits my travel possibilities. Most all of the District's...

Rider at Manhattan 1/2/2012

Rick Pitino, full-court pressure, 11 steals and 22 forced turnovers. Sounds a lot like a typical Louisville game. However, Pitino was the only Cardinal at Draddy Gymnasium on Monday night. With his nationally ranked squad set to battle St. John's at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday, the legendary head coach...

Not a Good Basketball Night

As has been a major topic of discussion in recent recaps, basketball games over Winter Break can be a challenge to pull off for college basketball teams. The problems exist mainly in residential students having gone home for the holidays, and fans having better things to do with their time off than go to a basketball...

The Dual Nature of Fans

At first blush, I thought I would be in for a rather enjoyable experience when I took my seat at the Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau, Mo. The fans around me streamed in slowly during the preceding women's game, chatting happily with others as they made their way to their seats. As the men's teams warmed up, the...

VCU Passes the Eye Test

"You talk about the eye test. This one doesn't pass the laugh test." By now, everyone should know the story of the 2010-11 VCU Rams. Finished fourth in the CAA, lost in the CAA Championship to Old Dominion. One of the last teams to make it into the NCAA Tournament and a member of "The First Four." And of course,...

First Foray Into the CAA

I came into my last holiday vacation day from work a bit excited for the doubleheader I was going to see in North Carolina. I was going to attend two conference games which figured to be even matchups with the first being Delaware coming down to UNC-Wilmington. It was the first CAA conference game I'd get to be...

Chanticleer and Camel OT Classic

After seeing a stellar game in Wilmington in the afternoon I jumped in the car and started my journey towards my second stop of the day at Campbell in Buies Creek, NC. The nearly two-hour drive went by as quickly as I could hope for as I spent most of the time exploring the AM dial. It's interesting what cities...

It's For The Kids

I'm going to be honest: I'm kind of a crotchety old man when it comes to my sporting events. I m a diva when it comes to seat location: as close to center court as possible, be it in the upper or ...

What's Next For Shaka of the Year 2011

With apologies to former winners Shaka Khan, Shaka Hislop, and Shaka Zulu, the runaway Shaka of the Year award for 2011 went to VCU coach Shaka Smart. This isn t the forum or time for a f...

Historical Differences

The University of South Carolina was founded in 1801 to give South Carolinians a place of publicly funded higher education. The only college in the state at this time was College of Charleston, which would remain a small private school until well into the 20th century. Of course, those who know American history...

The (Near) Upset of the Millennium

With about a minute remaining in the unexpected clash of titans that was Towson and Virginia, with the Tigers down only four in a game where they held a lead as large as eight(!), college basketball sage and personal nerd hero Ken Pomeroy tweeted the following: "Not an exaggeration to say that Towson over UVa...

Filling in the Blanks

The New Year brings new hope, new resolutions, and normally it brings a new season: the conference season. However, in the downsized Mountain West, where Utah left to climb farther away from the Red Line to the Pacific-12 and Brigham Young chased the possibility of BCS football dollars to go independent -- joining...

You Are Worthy

For many of us, particularly married thirty-somethings with no kids, the holidays mean travel. For me, that meant Waterloo, Iowa, for Christmas, and St. Petersburg, Fla., for New Year's Eve. As an added bonus to seeing family and friends, 800GP gave me another reason to be excited about getting out of the Washington,...

Sean Armand's Virtuoso Solo

Having attended many concerts at Madison Square Garden in my lifetime, there is often an opening act before the headliner. The opening act is usually not that good, but the headliner more than makes up...

Direct Your Mind to the Subway

Even as I write this, I want to re-watch the game again and figure out exactly how Duke lost. Temple is still missing two injured starters; importantly in this match-up, the Owls played without Michael Eric, a 6-foot-11, 240-pound senior. That hole at center resulted in 50 points in the paint for Buffalo two games...

Semper Fi

In 1926, Ray Hanson arrived in Macomb, Ill., as the new Athletic Director at the Western Illinois Teachers' College. Nicknamed "Rock" from his friendship with Knute Rockne, Hanson's earliest goal was to change the name of the school's athletic teams from the Howlin' Teachers to something a bit tougher. Hanson...

Jacksonville in January

Welcome to Jacksonville, home of the Jacksonville State Gamecocks. No, Jacksonville State University is not in Florida. Yes, as a matter of fact it is in Alabama. No, Jacksonville State is not a SWAC school in Mississippi. That is Jackson State. Yes, there is another Gamecocks besides South Carolina. There,...

A Midwesterner in the East Coast's Court

To finish off our whirlwind holiday tour of America, my fiance, Jessica, and I hopped on a plane and made our way to Washington, D.C., to visit a very good friend of ...

Let's Shock the World Tonight

I've never attended school above the Red Line for a single day. One of the main reasons I haven't is because I've never wanted to go to a school where nights like Wednesday aren't special.As a senio...

What a Wonderful World This Would Be

In as much as change is a constant variable in most every facet of society, the Greater Cleveland area has found a way to defy the odds and remain impervious to what may be beneficial for the greater good of certain entities that reside within its boundaries. In the very first story I posted for the 800 Games...

It's Never Too Early to Unnecessarily Panic

This year, as is its custom, the America East Conference will receive one bid to the NCAA men s basketball tournament. Most years, that invitation is more of a thanks-for-c...

Massachusetts Denies Fordham a Winning "Streak"

Gone are the days when Fordham would roll into an opponent's A-10 gym, take the floor, and get soundly beaten by 30 regardless of the opponent. Second-year coach Tom Pecora has built the Rams into a team that will be competitive with most of the teams in the conference. Massachusetts got a first-hand account of...

Good Seats Still Available

As I was driving down to North Charleston on Thursday I'figured I was in the clear and it was time for the real mid-major basketball'experience to begin. Holiday break was finally over with and while Charleston Southern has the small CSU Field House, at least the students and band would be'out and there had to...

The Life of a Road Fan

My first two games as a High Point fan were both on the road, going to see HPU play at Charleston Southern when I was in high school. I finally saw High Point play at home first at the Millis Center in February 2004, when I saw the Panthers play UNC Asheville. Over the next four years, most High Point games I...

Santa Clara at Portland 1/5/2012

The 2011 portion of the 2011-12 season couldn't have gone much worse for Portland. In non-conference games, they went a painful 3-10, with one of those wins against a D-III school. Last Wednesday, they closed out 2011 and began West Coast Conference play with a 90-51 loss at Gonzaga. The only home game they...

Finally, Home is Where the Gaels Are

Iona spent the entire month of December on the road. The Gaels went 6-2 on their road trip. They went as far west as Denver (an overtime win over the Denver Pioneers), as far north as Burlington (a win over the Vermont Catamounts) and as far south as Williamsburg (a win over the William and Mary Tribe). And...

Line-Drawing

As part of my (self-imposed) duties as custodian of the @800gp Twitter feed, I occasionally search some of the common terms that TMM readers out there might be using in tweets. One of the terms I search is "midmajority," and so as you can imagine, I see a lot of the tweets directed at Kyle. I'm not sure why, but...

Belmont at North Florida 1/2/2012

I attended the Belmont at North Florida game as the last game of my 10 sporting events in seven days road trip that took me from Michigan to Florida. The game was my third of the day and was part of a doubleheader with the women's teams from both schools playing the first game. I was excited to finally see...

A Tale of Two Universities, or Does Location Really Matter? Akron at Miami (Oh.) 1/7/2012

Oxford, Ohio, is your quintessential small college town. There are tree-lined streets and older residential homes surrounded by college dive bars, off-campus party signs attached to telephone poles, and a stereotypical brick-building campus of higher education. Miami University is located here. Miami usually has...

Somewhere Between Jersey and Delaware

Before the game, Dad and I went over to Dalessandro's in Roxborough for steaks. (That'd be cheesesteaks. Yes, with Cheese Whiz. Those of you elsewhere in the country, particularly the Northwest, please don't judge us.) With no room at the inn, we wolfed them down in the car and then drove down Henry Avenue to...

Battle of the Bulldogs, Fans

There are many college teams which have the same nicknames. The most popular nicknames are the Tigers, Bears, Wildcats, and the Bulldogs. Next year, there will be three Tigers in the SEC: LSU, Missouri, and Auburn. In the Southern Conference, there are two teams with the nickname Bulldogs. They are The Citadel...

The Fighting Who?

"We can spend our lives letting the world tell us who we are. Sane or insane. Saints or sex addicts. Heroes or victims. Letting history tell us how good or bad we are. Letting our past decide our future. Or we can decide for ourselves. And maybe it's our job to invent something better." - Chuck Palahniuk, Choke"Team...

The Smallest Arena in Division I

Coastal Carolina and its fans are used to small arenas. They play at Kimbel Arena, which seats 1,039 and sells out every game. It is hard to imagine the Chanticleers going to an arena and being in a smaller facility than their own. But that would be the case this afternoon. The Chanticleers were traveling to...

Come Into My Pretty, Pretty Pain Cave

If you ever attend a game between Wright State and Butler, you may want to bring a mouthpiece. Just in case. Last year's game at the Nutter Center seemed more like a mixed martial-arts fight than a basketball game. I coined the phrase "Octagon of Doom" to describe the game and the Horizon League title race...

The Marching Band-uh! and the Thin Black Arc

Sincere apologies to the estate of Ernest Lawrence Thayer and people who appreciate proper meter and rhymes: The outlook seemed poor for the Aggies that night A double-digit defeat would appear the newest blight 'pon a record of one win and 13 defeats. A turnover by Corbin led to more empty seats. Few left...

Pepperdine at Portland 1/7/2012

Pilot fans are, by and large, a pretty laid-back bunch by college basketball standards. They haven't gotten too worked up over the team's difficult start. They're also an intelligent group who realizes there will be growing pains this year. However, there has been one incident that has caused much angst and discord...

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