Season 8

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Third Choice Is Better Than No Choice

"The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry." - Robert Burns I call it the Connecticut Triangle (feel free to give me a better moniker, that's not terribly creative). It consists of the three Northeast Conference schools in the state: Quinnipiac, Central Connecticut, and Sacred Heart, all three fairly...

Saturday Mass at Rose Hill

I always love going to early afternoon games at Rose Hill Gym. When the sun shines through the windows on the one end of the court, it feels like church to me. And well it should, since Rose Hill is on the campus of Fordham University, a Jesuit catholic school. Fordham's opponent on Saturday was Xavier, another...

Holy Cross' Offensive Explosion Too Much for Lehigh in Patriot Opener

Seven nights after the city of Worcester put together a fantastic fireworks display from the roof of the downtown parking garage, the Holy Cross basketball team put on an explosi...

Daddy Don't Live in That New York City No More

Most recent college graduates miss their days in school. The constant weekend parties, the general lack of responsibilities, and the close quarters of peers make those four (or so) years ones ...

1-13!

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. -- Winless. Coming into the fifth of January, 2012, just five of 346 division I teams could claim that dubious distinction. Another five had yet to beat another Division I team, with their only win(s) coming over lower-level opposition. Heading into their America East Conference contest with...

Clash WITH The Titans

Normally when we do these write ups, themes and bi-lines in the game have a tendency to appear on their own. These themes are what make for good writing and what make out game recaps so fun to write. How we can look for the human element and the inherent drama of sporting events and create a creative piece of...

SUNY Supremacy

The universities in the State of New York school system used to be known with their names starting with SUNY. There was SUNY Stony Brook, SUNY Albany and SUNY Binghamton, to name a few. They are officially known as the State University of New York at Stony Brook, the State University of New York at Albany and...

The Big South Goes to the Wire Again

I really had no idea what to expect going into Saturday's Big South conference game between Coastal Carolina and Charleston Southern. Within the past week, I had seen a CCU team that had squeaked a game out against conference foe High Point on the road and had a close loss to in overtime against Campbell. Charleston...

Mid-Major Elitism

On Sunday morning, I woke up at 9 a.m. and headed nearly four hours north to Elon. Normally I would try to stay closer to home, even settling for a women's game or a non-Division I game. But there were absolutely no basketball games in the state of South Carolina, so I decided to head to North Carolina. My initial...

Back Home To Somewhere New

In November, I decided to take a Friday to Monday trip to Charleston to surprise my grandmother for her 80th birthday. After finalizing all the necessary travel arrangements, I knew that I had to make plans to see a game when in town. Usually when I visit Charleston, it's during the summer or spring, well after...

Ghosts of Days Gone By

"Do you feel the same For what was remained Yesterday is gone, we can't go back again Do you ever cry for the ghost of days gone by" -Alter Bridge Time can be a funny thing as it pertains to memory, sometimes embellishing, sometimes erasing, sometimes just adjusting facts in a way that you want to recall them....

Standing Out

I remember a Saturday Night Live clip several years ago that I found to be very interesting. It was not one of their regular sketches, but rather a camera that panned the crowd at Madison Square Garden at a New York Knicks Game. The name of the segment was "Spot the Black People at the Knicks Game!" The camera...

Resilience in TempoFest 2011

As someone coming from a non-military family, I was a bit in awe when my girlfriend and I arrived at VMI on New Year's Eve. To call the Virginia Military Institute your nontraditional college would be a bit of an understatement. Cadets stay in prison-style barracks instead of posh student housing. They sleep on...

Neither Better Nor Worse, Just Different

Before leaving for the Hornet's Nest, I was able to enjoy a home cooked dinner with the family, one of the last few since classes resume for me next week. The night's offering: meatloaf! Because I wanted to arrive early, I had to enjoy the bounty piping hot instead of lukewarm. The newest iteration of the meatloaf...

Domo Arigato DoMo

After a week and a half of holiday vacation and three basketball games in three different cities, I'm finally back home in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Although I enjoyed every bit of my vacation (except the few parts where I had to deal with work issues), it's good to be back home and get a chance to once again see the Oral...

The Palace Below the Red Line

On the edge of the Saint Louis University campus sits a palace. A basketball team plays in this palace, which cost $80 million to build and has promotional signs for season tickets plastered all over it. Once you pass the Market Street exit on Interstate 64 (or, as the locals call it, "Highway 40"), the palace's...

A Season Is Not Determined By Luck

Over the years, I can tell you there is luck involved in college basketball. I have seen several miracle half court shots go in. Many times have I seen a buzzer beater to win a game. There are strange bounces and questionable last-second calls that have decided games. And often I have seen as much bad luck as...

Manhattan at Iona: Jaspers Storm Back and Win at Buzzer 1/12/2012

Iona is the MAAC's cream of the crop; the best team the conference has seen since the 2008-09 Siena squad that nearly reached the Sweet 16. The Gaels are aware of their talent, and their swagger was abundant during Thursday night's warmups, when seemingly every player wearing white and maroon threw down a windmill...

Escaping Reality

Far too many people take sports (and in turn college basketball) far too seriously. I appreciate passionate fans, I really do, in fact I consider myself one of them. But it seems like we've forgotten what sports are supposed to be and that is an escape. Sports are supposed to serve as an escape from reality for...

The Energizer Bunny powers Georgia State

I am firmly convinced that there is no better way to spend a Saturday night than watching a good ol' Colonial Athletic Association rock fight--especially when undisputed possession of first place and long winning streaks on both sides are at stake. However, fans of the Association could not have anticipated even...

WAC Play in Las Cruces Begins: Utah State at New Mexico State 1/12/2012

Conference play in the WAC started last weekend, and the race appears to be wide open. Before the season, WAC coaches picked Nevada to win, followed by New Mexico State and Utah State. WAC media (I believe the WAC is the only conference that conducts two separate preseason polls) picked Utah State, followed by...

Manhattan at Iona 1/12/2012

Entering last night's game with Manhattan, Iona had been on a serious roll since their loss at Hofstra at the end of December. The Gaels won three straight conference games by a combined total of 72 points. And I had seen two of the wins in person, the 95-59 dismantling of Siena at Madison Square Garden and...

Western Kentucky at North Texas 1/12/2012

On Wednesday evening, I received mail from "TMM Basketball Partners." Based on Kyle's retweets from the previous 48 hours, I knew exactly what was in the package. I clawed open the plastic envelope and immediately delved into Hard Promises. The first order of business I had upon seeing how the book was structured...

Recurring Theme for CCU

I hadn't been to a game in 5 days and other than over Christmas, where game selection was limited, this was my longest stretch between games. It was going to be slow week and a half or so travelwise since I was only going to catch 2 Coastal Carolina home games on Thursday and Saturday. This 800GP experience...

The Unforgiving Minute

If you can fill the unforgiving minuteWith sixty seconds' worth of distance run,Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,And -- which is more -- you'll be a Man, my son! -Rudyard Kipling When I was in college, and later as a young 20-something, I developed a reputation with my parents for frenetic overscheduling...

When We Stormed

After my last year in high school, it finally looked like the Big South would change. Gregg Marshall's Winthrop teams, which had dominated the conference for so long, had finally been overcome by the rest of the conference. After losing at the buzzer in the 2003 Big South Tournament semifinals, the Eagles would...

Upset

The election in South Carolina has been filled with many plot twists and turns. With the College of Charleston being the center of the election cycle in our state, a "Huckabee" forum, CNN showing all its live shows the day before the primary from the college, a still CNN camera inside the Cistern (the center...

Remember

"So, why are you taking notes? " The first time I heard it was last month in Moraga, Calif., while watching St. Mary's dismantle Jackson State. It was from a middle-aged man seated just to my right, the one who had just berated the poor young lady usher for making him and his wife take the long way to his seat...

Checking Out the Other Side of Town

For the past two-and-a-half seasons, with the exception of NCAA tournament games, the only place where I have attended basketball games was Old Dominion's Ted Constant Convocation Center. While the Ted is a fine place to see a game, it lacks the charm and history of some of the smaller, older venues of our game....

In the MAAC, It's Never Over Till It's Over

A few days ago I was looking at the empty Friday the 13th on my calendar. I said to myself there has to be a Division I game that I can attend that evening. Then I looked at ESPN's e...

Holy Cross at American 1/14/2012

Conference play has always been much more exciting for me than non-conference games. It always seems to me like the games mean so much more when January rolls around and, consequently, are much more competitive. Nowhere is this truer than in the Patriot League, where conference tournament games are played on...

No Love Lost

We all know the big rivalries in sports -- Duke-North Carolina, Ohio State-Michigan, USC-UCLA, etc. However, there are also some schools that are not main rivals, but whenever the two get together it truly feels like a rivalry. Akron's main rival is Kent State, and Ohio's main rival is Miami University. Whenever...

A Rough Day For All Saints 1/14/2012

Anyone who told me I was an idiot for skipping the Saints' game on Saturday is the real idiot. Because I saw the Saints. However, they weren't the Saints who lost to the 49ers in the NFL playoffs. Instead, 1,275 people and I succumbed to the lure of a MAAC basketball game between the Saints of Siena and the...

Escape from Levien

For those who have not been to a Columbia Basketball game, the experience is slightly maddening. Levien Gymnasium is a high school gym, which in itself, is not the problem. Rather, it is tucked underground between a new engineering building and the outdated student fitness center with little to no lobby or concourse...

Milestones: 400, 500, 1000, 3-0; Idaho at New Mexico State 1/14/2012

As the Eight-Hundred Game Project reaches its halfway point, today in Las Cruces was a day of milestones in other ways. This afternoon, I attended a memorial service for Dick Waugh. Dick was the associate director of the NMSU Computer Center for many years, some of which I spent working for him, more in a programming...

Barbecue and VCU in Newark

Over the years, I have been fortunate to go to many college basketball venues. Some, such as Webster Arena in Bridgeport, Conn., aren't conducive to college basketball games, especially when there are only 2,000 people in the stands. Others, such as Acierno Arena at the Bob Carpenter Center on the campus of...

It's Good To Be Back

Christmas Break. In college basketball, this is the time when road wins become slightly more attainable because the students have been sent home to detox from the copious amounts of crap food...

Trying Something New

When I first heard about the 800 Games Project I knew I wanted to do my part. I figured I could add a good amount of games being a CCU season ticket holder. Once the season started I found myself looking around to see what colleges were within a reasonable distance and started making my way to those games. I even...

Iona Gets Back in the New York Groove

I took my ten year-old son Ian for our first live look at Iona this season. On the coldest day in January, we made the walk along North Avenue past the Mirage Diner to the Hynes Athletic Center on the Iona campus. The Gaels, taking the floor for the first time since their buzzer beating loss to Manhattan on Thursday,...

Legends

If you spend any amount of time around the world of sports, you're bound to bump into a legend or two. One of the legends I've been fortunate enough to cross paths with celebrated a milestone on Saturday night when New Mexico State hosted Idaho in a WAC game. Jack Nixon, New Mexico State's men's basketball (and...

Our Rich Friends Below the Red Line

My head understands why the University of Massachusetts (and the rest of the Atlantic-14, sans Xavier) is below the Red Line, but when you're used to the low-income housing of the NE...

Doubleheader Day in New Rochelle

The Hynes Center hosted a doubleheader on Sunday. The women's game was first at 1:00 P.M., followed by the men's game at 3:30 P.M.. Both conference games were important. The women's game between Manhattan and Iona was for third place in the conference and to stay above a .500 conference record. The men's game...

Major Boredom and General Apathy

In a number of our recent recaps, writers have echoed a common refrain: The students are finally back! After those sometimes eerily quiet winter break games where you could count, if not on one hand at least by hand, the number of people in the stands, it's finally time to get back to the raucous environments...

Searching for Rocky

"We get to take a bus and THEN a train!" That's my pro tip on getting a 3-year-old interested in going to his first basketball game. With 30 minutes to get from Flatbush to Brooklyn Heights and a bracingly cold day, Sidney and I hopped on the dollar van for the ride to the train. You don't get a much better...

On Skyrim & Self-Contained Worlds

So I've been playing a lot of Skyrim lately. For the uninitiated, Skyrim is a video game that allows the player to take the role of an adventurer who becomes the savior of the virtu...

Thinking About MLK On MLK Day

After three hours of early-morning basketball practice (watching so much mid-major basketball has led me to put in about 40 new plays, at least two of which have actually worked), I had a rare winter's day off Monday thanks to Martin Luther King Day. I could have cleaned the house, the car, my clothes, or even...

For an Old Friend

If you had made me guess which of my friends would have been most likely to join me for a game during the 800 Games Project, my died-in-the-wool Ohio State Buckeye fan of a co-worker probably would have been very low on my list of guesses. But there I was on Saturday, sitting in the stands at Bender Arena with...

Another Seawolves Home Game, Another Seawolves Win

Often one of the key ingredients to a team's successful season is the ability to win at home. Seven times this season, Stony Brook has hosted a game in Pritchard Gym and seven times this season, Stony Brook has won that home game. The Seawolves were looking for nine wins at home in a row dating back to last...

Rivalry and Baseball (mixed)

The College of Charleston had one of their toughest losses in years on Thursday night. They lost to UNCG, a team that won two games prior to this weekend. They lost by seven, and lost one of their freshman guards, Anthony Stitt for six weeks. Now, they were at 3-2 in the league, two games behind Davidson, and...

Nothing Technical About It Pt. 1: the San Francisco Road Trip

I had waited for this day for weeks: I was finally going to see a road game for my school. After making the 100-mile trip, 77 as the crow flies, I came into the city by the bay. As fun as it was to finally cross the new Bay Bridge, I quickly realized the freeway dumped me right into downtown San Francisco. I...

I'm Glad You Asked

It's walking through a neighborhood of quaint houses on a brisk January afternoon, turning the corner and coming face to face with history made of brick and glass. It's hearing the ...

The Tipping Point

As TMM8 crossed the halfway mark toward its 800-game goal, some realizations start to set in. More than anything, a familiar phrase -- "It's all downhill from here" -- echoes in my mind. Our teams have reached the heart of conference play, and the cannibalization has begun. Over the next 50-plus days, Darwinian...

What Was Old is Now New Again in the the Big South

I did not follow the Big South for the most part in its early days, being too young to remember the days before Gregg Marshall and Winthrop dominated. For that matter, few did follow the conference in its early days. The conference was created in 1983 by Baptist College (now Charleston Southern) as a vehicle to...

Humpty Dumpty Can Shoot the Ball

I was glad to make the relatively short drive to Wilmington from Conway after work on Wednesday to check out UNCW taking on James Madison. I had been to Wilmington for four games so far this season, but they were all during Thanksgiving or Christmas break so I hadn't gotten a chance to see what Trask Coliseum...

Drexel + Hofstra = Rockfight

There are few certainties in life: death, taxes and a Drexel-Hofstra rockfight. I really don't know how to describe this rivalry otherwise. The games are tough, physical and almost always closely fought. The rivalry has its roots in the America East where the teams battled it out from 1994 until 2001. In the...

Halftime notes: Idaho State at Portland State 1/16/2012

Since the Mid-Majority has made it halfway to its goal of 800 games since my last recap, and since the Idaho State at Portland State game was to have been the halfway point of my season before I added a few games (more on that later) I thought I would take some time after my recap for some halftime observations....

Overtime is a dish best served cold...

Have you ever gone to sign in to something, and catch a glimpse at the guest list, and see who is also going to be attending or is already there, and you just know you're in for one hell of a night? That's what happened last night when I went to watch my Western Michigan Broncos (8-9) travel to Ypsilanti, Michigan...

Confronting the Nostalgia Gap

Looking at potential games to attend over my winter break, I crafted a few itineraries: one kept me local for economic reasons, another would take me to Moraga, a third to San Francisco and Stockton, if there were not familial conflicts. But one game always made the list: Sac State-Idaho State. If one merely looks...

In Search of a Rival

Most worthwhile college basketball rivalries germinate on the court: two successful and/or evenly matched opponents playing each other on a regular basis where familiarity breeds contempt. Defeating your rival generates particular and peculiar pride for both players and fan bases alike. Coaches uniformly downplay...

HL Stands for Heart-attack League

If Green Bay is a team that figures out quickly how much the refs will let them get away with, Cleveland State is the team that knows how to do this AND register loud complaints when they don't get away with contact. Gary Waters is a virtuoso at working the refs. One of the disheartening things about playing Cleveland...

The band brought me my childhood

Normally, I can't stand extracurriculars at sporting events - also known as the cheerleaders, the dance squads, the promotional contests and, yes, even the bands. It's not that I don't think they aren't a valubale part of the entertainment provided at sporting events - it's just I don't believe they have anything...

A Guarantee (-d To Be Close) Game

I was a bit hesitant looking at my "I Will" checklist going into Thursday night. I had the Gardner-Webb at Winthrop game marked off. I had been to Winthrop once before this year, but that was on a weekend and I was coming back from Charlotte. This was a game in the middle of the work week, what was I thinking?...

Competition from Football

Going into Thursday's games, only three schools were left in the Big South and Southern Conference that have not been covered. The schools in the Southern Conference are Georgia Southern and UNC Asheville. For the most part, the most prominent mid-majors have all had at least one person recap them. Mid-majors...

We're Still Getting Used to This

I was there in 2005, when Saint Mary's finally beat Gonzaga to end what seemed like a lifetime of futility against the Zags. It was the Gaels' first win over a ranked team in years. The only...

San Diego at Portland 1/19/2012

It seemed as though Portland had a good chance at a win Thursday when it faced San Diego. The Pilots had won their past two WCC home games. The students would finally be back from break, giving the chance for a good atmosphere in the Chiles Center. San Diego's record was similar to the Pilots' -- 6-11 and 5-13,...

Road Advantage

As inspiring as the trip to Butler may have been, the true fun from this Hoosier State expedition was being able to share the basketball travels with three of my friends. Wes is my best friend from our college days at Missouri. Drew is the Southern Illinois grad who has already made trips with me to Memphis and...

Dirty Thirty and Seeing Double

The importance of playing on television for sub-Red Line college basketball programs can not be under-stated. The experience is relished for a plethora of reasons, but none more important than the exposure that helps to manufacture recruiting classes. At a level of intercollegiate athletics where fiscal responsibility...

Hey, I Know You

Basketball scheduling is always a tricky proposition. Coaches and athletic directors look to find a balance that keeps their team competitive, prepares their athletes for conference play and avoids excessive travel. In conference play, meeting opponents twice in a home-and-home series is the norm. The quirks...

Petty Fandom

We become fans of the teams we choose for a variety of reasons. Geography often dictates our choice, as it's much easier to follow a team you'll get to see game after game, night after night, box score after box score in the local paper. Some latch on to a winner; it's more fun to celebrate your team's success...

Service at the Cathedral

For the longest time, I had never managed seen a game at the hallowed Palestra, the Cathedral of College Basketball. It's always been a matter of finding the right situation to see a game -- Philadelphia is just far enough outside of my home base in Washington, D.C. that I can't just make a quick trip up without...

Lafayette Enforces Order at Holy Cross

If you could not make it to Worcester, Mass., for the Patriot League game between Lafayette and Holy Cross, if, say, you were in the hospital about to have your gall bladder removed, as was true for my usual companion in at the Hart Center, my father, you might call yourself lucky -- especially if you were a Holy...

Team RaySet

In previous recaps, I have referred to WKU as #TeamReset, as the administration opted to keep their beleaguered coach last Spring and "hit the reset buttonm" partially because of nine new players coming into the program. Well, that lasted about one half of a season, as former head coach Ken McDonald was let go...

The Calm Before the Storm

About two hours before Wednesday night's tip-off between 19 Creighton and Missouri State, I entered JQH Arena and saw a flash of one of my favorite scenes in the movie "Hoosiers." In preparation for the state championship, Coach Dale brings his small-town Hickory team to the luxurious Hinkle Fieldhouse in that...

Styles Make Fights

Just another conference game in the Horizon League like any other. Two .500 teams with closely matched conference records fighting in an up-and-down league where anything can happen. Unless you have an absolute stud on your team like a Norris Cole or Gordon Heyward, nobody is running away with this league! The...

Falcons lose 2nd straight heartbreaker at home...

For the second straight home game, the Falcons lost a last-second heartbreaker. It is extremely disappointing ... you turn those two around and this team is 4-1 and we're feeling really good. But those two don't turn around, they are what they are, and the team is 2-3 and only four of the last nine at home. Our...

It's Late Night With Scott Machado

A couple of days ago, when I went on Iona's web site and saw the game time for last night's home game was 10:00 P.M., I did a double take. But when you are dealing with the wonderful people in Bristol, Con...

Anomalies, oddities and free stuff (like chalupas and smacktalk)

"What in the expletivedeleted did I just do? " That was the first thought to go through my mind after pulling over to the side of the road. Less than two miles from the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse, home of the Montana State University Bobcats, there I sat. I've driven up and down South 19th Street thousands of times...

This Isn't Your Father's NEC

The Northeast Conference, otherwise known as the NEC, started as the ECAC - Metro conference in 1981. As the NEC website notes, originally the conference's goal was "to create a compet...

You Can't Go Home Again

As Kyle talked about in his essay at the beginning of Season 6 "That Teenage Feeling", college basketball is ultimately about college. As Kyle writes, it is a world where tomorrow comes later an...

Charlotte at George Washington 1/21/2012

Last night, I headed to the Foggy Bottom neighborhood of Washington to watch the George Washington Colonials take on the Charlotte 49ers. Upon entering the Charles E. Smith Center, I was blown away by how modern the arena was (the result of changes that John noted in his visit there earlier this year). There...

The Bright Side Of Life--San Francisco at Portland 1/21/2012

The Portland Pilots had another possible win slip away Saturday as they fell at home to San Francisco 73-72. Instead of feeling frustrated or depressed about another loss I actually came home upbeat and positive about the day as a whole. The Pilots couldn't handle USF's defensive adjustments that led to a...

'Fire of Fire'

Typically, I'd like to think that twenty and a trillion thoughts race through my mind on an arbitrarily-chosen day. That Saturday afternoon, which is now a mere memory in the back of my ...

New York State Of Mind - Part One

"I was sure you'd be on foot because you always say public transportation is for losers." - Marge Simpson (to Homer) The original plan, in place for a few weeks ...

New York State Of Mind - Part Two

I debated just going back to Grand Central Station and home after the conclusion of the St. Francis game. It was just about 7 p.m., and I really had no idea how long it would take or how lost I would get on the way to Columbia. But because I heard it would be a big crowd, I had already purchased the ticket, and...

Dressing Up Like the Haves

Gigantic arena with all the bells and whistles. Big time coach that once led a team to the final four. Your own ESPN commercial featuring your own mascot. The mystique of that mascot. A big metropolitan city all to yourself. Every mid-major's wet dream. Think of the recruiting advantages. Sure, the state school...

Hurry Up and Win Already

It has become somewhat of a tradition as of late for me to try to catch a double header of college basketball on Saturdays. I have done it several times so far this year and already have other trips in the works. I thought I'd be good to go on Saturday the 21st, as I already had a ticket to Coastal Carolina when...

Buccaneers Surging in Big South

I didn't think there would be any tickets available to the Winthrop at Charleston Southern game when I searched for them a few days prior. Winthrop is no longer the powerhouse they used to be, but they can still attract fans when they travel to any Big South arena. Charleston Southern has such a small arena, so...

Best Cure For a Hangover? A SoCon Buzzer Beater

I really had a busy weekend of college basketball planned. I had gone to two games on Saturday and had another planned for Sunday in Greensboro. The game was at 2pm, so I knew I wasn't going to get to sleep in until whenever I felt like I normally do on Sundays. I'd been to Greensboro before and it takes close...

A Lesson in Business

15 miles. That's all that separates Kent State University and The University of Akron. As an Akron student, one of the first things that is ingrained in you as a freshman is the intensity of the rivalry. I'm really surprised that there isn't a class that is taught at either institution about the rivalry. A good...

This Is Our* House

"This is our house." It's a common cheer in college basketball - I've heard it, or at least versions of it, in arenas all over the place. When the "house" in question is the Palestra, thou...

Worth It

Xavier and Dayton is one of the more underappreciated rivalries in our game. All of the publicity goes to Duke-Carolina, Syracuse-Connecticut, and Kentucky-Louisville or something of that ilk (all conveniently above the Red Line). But Xavier and Dayton is just as fierce. Both schools are Catholic, rather small,...

Die Early. Live Later.

The drive through western Arkansas to Conway is an impressive one. It is called the Natural State for a reason. Interstate 40 runs up and down the rolling hills of the Ozarks and is surrounded by the natural beauty of thousands of trees that line the highway. It's especially impressive in the fall when the leaves...

Not-So-Creamy Tripleheader Center

There wasn't much time for me to lick my wounds from Maryland's loss to Temple earlier in the day at the Palestra. I made a stop at Abner's in University City for a cheesesteak, then headed over for the second game of my Philly tripleheader at the Daskalakis Athletic Center, home of the Drexel Dragons. This...

On Sam Cooke and #Superhoops

Sam Cooke is my favorite musical artist of all time. While ordinarily I'd be concerned that few people reading this would know who he was, I figure if you're reading a blog on mid-major basketball recaps there's a decent chance you may be awesome enough to have come across his music before. If not, no worries,...

My Second First Trip to the Palestra

I think that the way I can best describe my Saturday at the Palestra is to say this: Seeing Maryland and Temple in the morning was my first time seeing a game at the Palestra. Seeing Penn ...

Game Four of the Tripleheader

After seeing three college basketball games in one day and consuming three cheesesteaks, a roast pork sandwich and countless one-dollar hot dogs in a 24-hour span, and sane or reasonable human being would have gone home and relaxed, detoxed and perhaps eaten a salad or something. Luckily for you, fair reader,...

Midway Towards a March to an Arch

It seems almost surreal to think we are at the midpoint of conference play in the Missouri Valley, yet on Saturday night at the Ford Center in downtown Evansville, the Purple Aces hosted Illinois State for the first rematch of the conference season. The Valley has two upper echelon teams in Creighton and Wichita...

So Long, Texas Hall

As fans, I would imagine each of us has a conception for what a venue on our side of The Line looks like. If you're a fan of the NEC, it may be a small gym tucked away on the campuses of universities in sprawling metropolises. If you're passionate about the Valley, it may be large, Midwestern arenas where Our...

No Country for Last Men Here

"I say unto you: one must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star. I say unto you: you still have chaos in yourselves. "Alas, the time is coming when man will no longer give birth to a star. Alas, the time of the most despicable man is coming, he that is no longer able to despise...

Going Up(state)

Like much of the Atlantic Sun, the history of USC Upstate is fairly brief. The school was established in the mid-1960s as USC Spartanburg, and played their first game in 1967 against against USC Florence (now Francis Marion), losing 68-52. The then-two-year school, then known as the Rifles, followed that up with...

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