Season 8

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Unpatriotic: Crusaders Down American 59-52

In a very unpatriotic performance, the Holy Cross Crusaders were able to repel the American University forces and withstand a furious second half charge to emerge victorious 59-52. The day of the epic collision between HC's Class Agent Appreciation Day and Mid Majority's ALL CAPS DAY was ruled by the home team....

BUILDING FROM THE BOTTOM UP

The second game of my ALLCAPSDAY experience was the battle between the Northern Illinois Huskies and the hometown Akron Zips. Looking at the archives from this year, it looks like the Huskies have only been recapped once. Let's dig a little deeper into the Huskies' problematic season. Mark Montgomery was announced...

The Power of Narratives

Princeton basketball. The name instantly conjures up visions of backdoor cuts, low-scoring games and teams that won with ruthless execution rather than talent. Our consumption of sports is built on narratives. A large portion of the time, the narrative is constructed of falsehoods or exaggerations. The narrative...

WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN

"A safe but sometimes chilly way of recalling the past is to force open a crammed drawer. If you are searching for anything in particular you don't find it, but something falls out at the back that is often more interesting." - James Barrie For some reason when I tell people that I'm a season-ticket holder...

Insane in the Spokane

The mood was electric. The crowd was ready to jump out of their seats at even the slightest development, led by the large and vocal student section that occupied the lower half of t...

THE BATTLE OF I-75

ALLCAPSDAY gave me motivation to take a little road trip to Bowling Green, Ohio. I had never before been to Bowling Green, and this visit introduced me to the Bowling Green-Toledo rivalry, with the two teams separated by a 25-mile stretch of Interstate 75 in Northwestern Ohio. I also had a chance to see BG's...

EVEN TERMS: AMERICAN AT HOLY CROSS

I am a Holy Cross graduate and a Worcester native. I have skipped all of my reunions. But I have attended games in the Hart Center since it opened in 1975 when I was seven. I come back for the solace of the building and because my father is waiting with an extra ticket. I had not seen the Crusaders in the second...

A Return to the Scene of the Crime

March 12, 2008 will always be a day I will never forget. It was a day where four friends and I excitedly marched into the Pitt Center, ready to witness the&nbs...;

A Different Texas Homecoming

It wasn't until my freshman year in high school that Irealized what a big deal homecoming was in Texas. In the Lone Star state, everyhigh school girl has to have a mum to wear on a homecoming Friday, a construct of varying lengths attached to the front of a shirt or top. It features a silkflower in the middle...

Why Am I Doing This?

It was another bad night at the Chiles Center for Pilot fans. This time they were beaten by Loyola Marymount 76-62 on a night when Portland allowed the Lions to shoot 51% from the field and 53% from superhoop range. At least the turnovers were down, but the Pilots haven't been able have a good enough game in enough...

ON LOSING

Coming into this game at Charleston Southern, High Point was 10-15 and 6-9 in Big South play. That is not too bad of a record, and some of the schools in Our Game would be much improved to have a record such as that. But it also isn't a record that most fans would get excited about. This is not new territory for...

IT'S LATE, IT'S TATE, IT'S GREAT!

"A DAY MAY COME WHEN CAPS LOCK FAILS, WHEN WE FORSAKE OUR SHIFT KEY AND BREAK ALL BONDS OF CAPITALIZATION. BUT IT IS NOT THIS DAY! #ALLCAPSDAY" -- me, paraphrasing A...

YOU THINK YOU KNOW....

"I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance," - Socrates, 400 B.C. There used to be a show on MTV -- back when I used to watch MTV -- called Diary, that began "You think you know, but you have no idea." As much as I hated to admit it, it wasn't half bad, although I'm 99 percent sure I said goodbye to some...

Charleston Bound, Thinking on Bobby Cremins

When you turn off I-95 in South Carolina and head east on I-26 towards Charleston, you find yourself in a part of the country where you cannot tell if you are isolated or insulated, going back in time or finding land that will stand the test of time as is, with no intrusions or distractions or trappings of modernity....

ALLCAPSDAY IN THE A-FUN

IN LOOKING FOR AN ALLCAPSDAY DOUBLEHEADER IN THE CAROLINAS, I HAD SEVERAL OPTIONS TO GO WITH. I COULD HAVE GONE TO CHARLOTTE, BUT I HAD ALREADY BEEN THERE. THERE WAS ALSO CCU AT WINTHROP GAME, BUT WITH IT BEING 4 P.M., IT DIDN'T LEAVE MUCH TIME TO GET TO ANOTHER GAME. THERE WERE THE THREE GAMES IN CHARLESTON,...

COMMITMENT

AFTER LEAVING USC-UPSTATE I HAD A FEW HOURS TO BLOW BEFORE I MADE THE SHORT RIDE TO CLINTON. PRESBYTERIAN WAS HOSTING LIBERTY, BUT THE GAME WASN'T UNTIL 7PM SO I PULLED IN TO A LOCAL BUFFALO WILD WINGS. I'M ALWAYS A FAN OF B-DUBS SINCE THEY WILL PUT ANY GAME ON FOR YOU, HAVE WI-FI, AND HAVE PRETTY DECENT FOOD...

CLOSE ENCOUNTER

This Saturday was a very exciting day to be a college basketball fan in the Lowcountry, as I said in the first recap. I got to pick up Clyde the Cougar during the Davidson/Charleston game, and I was one of the leaders of the Maroon Mayhem student section for the College of Charleston. It was also a great game....

Stranger in a Familiar Land

The last time I made a trip to Burr Gymnasium, I pointed out how much of a spartan experience taking in a Howard basketball game was. No tickets, no in-game entertainment, no frills. Fast-forward almost exactly two months later, and the experience could not have been any more different. The key difference,...

Almost gave another one away!

For some odd reason, this game between the Titans of Detroit Mercy and the Phoenix of Green Bay had a weird vibe to it. I couldn't quite put my finger on it. Maybe it was the fact that UDM has won 5 out of their last 6 games now? Maybe it was the noticeable absence of the UDM dance team? Maybe it was the surprisingly...

SEMO, SIUE, AND RAISINS IN MY TOAST

I actually wasn't supposed to be at this game, but once again my employers surprised me. They changed my schedule in order for me to cover the above-the-red-line game 120 miles west of St. Louis, which delighted me, as it still is my alma mater, and I like to see them play. But doing the math in my head -- 12:30...

WELCOME TO THE WHITE HOUSE

When I heard that Temple's game Saturday night was going to be a white-out, I was even more excited than I thought possible for the game, which already had everything going for it. Saturday night. 9pm (a recipe for disaster on any college campus). ESPN2. First place in the Atlantic 10 on the line. The opponent...

Love and Basketball

When you think of Valentine's Day, you don't think about spending it at a basketball game. But when your six year old son would be despondent if he couldn't go to a Hofstra game, you adjust your plans accordingly. Thus for the first time since the 2001-02 season, my wife, Michelle went to a Hofstra game along...

Are My Thoughts Really That Important? (ALLCAPSGAME)

On Thursday, three days before the Loyola-UIC Crosstown Classic, Brian Sisson, the Loyola University Ticket Manager, called me at work and asked me how my new seats were treating me. I'm always happy to hear from Brian but I wasn't expecting his call and I paused for second before answering. This year has seen...

Kimbel's Swan Song to the Big South

Walking into Kimbel Arena I was amazed at how fast the season has gone by. Coastal Carolina still had a home Bracketbusters matchup on Saturday, but this w...

TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS

After seeing two exciting games on Saturday afternoon, featuring two of our local teams, The Citadel and Georgia Southern beckoned for me. CofC beat conference leader Davidson, while High Point nearly came back from a 13-point deficit in the last 5 minutes and had two chances to win the game but lost to Charleston...

AVOIDING THE FINAL BUZZER

I'M JUST GOING TO COME OUT AND SAY IT. THE ONLY REASON TO ATTEND SATURDAY'S GAME AT MILLETT HALL WAS TO WRITE A RECAP FOR ALL CAPS DAY. BOTH TEAMS WERE SOLIDLY IN THE BOTTOM HALF OF THE MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE. MIAMI ENTERED THE CONTEST AT 7-15, 3-7 IN THE MAC. CENTRAL MICHIGAN WAS EVEN WORSE AT 7-16 AND 2-8...

Hugging Your Enemy

There are not usually too many games to select from on Tuesday, but tonight the Big South was active with everybody but Campbell playing. The closest game available to me was at Charleston Southern, who would host Gardner-Webb. But while I have had more positive experiences at Charleston Southern than Winthrop,...

Time to Start Believing

The first time I saw UNC Greensboro was a few weeks ago when they won a buzzer beater against Samford. I went into that game with no knowledge of what the Spartans were all about. I came away with a little bit of an understanding of who they were as a team, but figured they were just on a lucky streak. Well much...

Succeeding In Poverty

"Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you're doing the impossible." - St. Francis of Assisi You get the feeling that St. Francis of Assisi would like this group of Terriers that bear his name on the front of their jerseys (Brooklyn chapter). Once upon a time, Francis started...

Wrighteous Victory

I believe that we will win. It's fun to say. It's more fun to chant with your entire student section. It's a great slogan for The Mid-Majority. It's become a recognized rallying cry for the college basketball underdog. But how often do we really, truly, believe it for every second of a game, no matter who the...

On Reading Personalized Sweater Vests

Just a couple weeks ago in Boca Raton, the WKUHilltoppers were playing one of their best games of the season. They ledpre-season Sun Belt fave FAU by nine points at the under-four-minute mediatimeout. HarperMania was beginning to swell, as the Tops had dispatched WestDivision leader UALR by double digits just...

Hope Peeks Its Head Out, But Hides in the End

There was a unique male at the Montana State University men's basketball game Wednesday night. No, it wasn't MSU football head coach Rob Ash, or any of the football players who came to be honored at halftime. Ash has been to basketball games before, as have his football players -- they usually sit behind the visitors...

Sympathy

As a fan, and especially as a student, I'm supposed to want my school to crush the opposition. I'm supposed to talk crap and make fun of the cheap suit the opposing coach is wearing. I'm supposed let the opposing player know what a crappy town he goes to school in. Yet, when North Texas played Louisiana-Monroe...

#ALLCAPSDAY COMES TO THE HORNETS' NEST

I must confess that I never attended a school below the Red Line (choosing to go to an overrated Pac-12 school instead), so I long ago adopted my father s alma mater, the University of ...

Opportunity: Northern NM at NMSU 2/14/2012

As New Mexico State starts its final home stand of the season, I spent some time thinking about how I became a devout follower of college basketball, and the Aggies in particular. Much of that is due to my constant companion at NMSU events over the years, my mother, who is now 85 years old. In the Pan American...

Remember Kent State in the Elite Eight?

It feels like a long time ago, especially since it predates The Mid-Majority and BracketBusters. Indeed it's fascinating to realize this year marks the 10th anniversary of Kent State's run to the Elite Eight. It also feels like a long time ago because it simply isn't a popular topic on campus anymore. This year's...

The Inevitable

I'm afraid we have reached that time. It's the part of the story when you realize the pages in your left hand far outnumber the pages in your right hand, when the narrative is coming into clear focus and you understand just how this thing is probably going to wrap up. There are plenty of teams still with much...

The Legend of Charlie Coles

The normal retirement age in the United States is around 65. Most people are ready to end their working life at this age, if not earlier. They can look forward to vacations in Florida, cruises to Alaska, and following their favorite soap opera. Americans over the age of 55 start counting down the days, months,...

Let's Go Peay - Story of the Slogan Ban

Disclaimer: I have no proof other than hearsay that the following story is true. In fact, it may be entirely false, but makes for a fun story, nonetheless. The portion regarding...

BG Finds Hot Shooting a Miracle Cure

Hot shooting will cure anything. It is like basketball's miracle drug: you cannot beat a team that does not miss shots. As Coach Orr has pointed out, though I have not heard him say it in a long time, you can't let your shooting percentage determine your winning percentage. In other words, you won't shoot like...

Your Ticket to Hinkle Fieldhouse

By April of 2005, my sixteen year-old daughter had nearly completed her first round of college visits. On a whim, I suggested that she visit Butler University before narrowing her list to a few finalists. Since it was a smaller school than those she'd seen previously, and since it put an emphasis on internships,...

BracketBuster Win Gives Hope for Hofstra

Over the past several years, I have been a supporter of the BracketBuster series. Yes, it's been mostly a marketing tool for the World Wide Leader to say that they give the mid-major teams a needed spotlight during the season. But some spotlight is better than no spotlight at all, which was the case for mid-major...

A Dreary Senior Day

Saturday was a gloomy day in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex, as a constant, cold rain fell upon the area from around noon until late evening. It was perhaps fitting that North...

Buzzer Bludgeoned

Last week, "my team," the WKU Hilltoppers, traveled to Sun Belt leader Middle Tennessee for a Thursday night tilt. We have family in Murfreesboro, Tenn., including cousins of my children. My five-year-old son was exceedingly sad that the late tip time, combined with a 1.5-hour drive and it being a school night,...

IN THE DISTRICT, THE RED LINE IS A BUS LINE

The subway is the glamour boy of public transit. New York's subway, Boston's T, and the Metro here in the greater Washington area are all, to varying degrees, well-known and reasonably easy to use for tourists and newcomers. There are maps with color-coded lines, and you don't really have to look at a timetable...

BracketBusters: Drake at NMSU 2/18/12

Before the BracketBusters pairings came out on January 30, New Mexico State knew it was possible that it would be one of the 26 teams selected to play on national television, but not confident that it would. However, only 20 members of the field were ranked in the top 100 of the RPI, and NMSU was one of them (ranked...

Fighting to the Finish

The BracketBusters is a concept introduced by ESPN that takes mid-majors out-of-conference and introduces them to a mid-major of similar stature in another conference. Much on this site has been written about this annual weekend in February event, some negative and some positive. A lot of the focus is put on the...

It Ends in a Loss for Kimbel

Saturday really spoke a lot about Coastal Carolina and what the true rooting interests are for the school. The Chanticleer basketball team is coming off of two 28-win seasons, and despite not being as good as those teams, this season's team is still solid with Red Line Upsets over Clemson and LSU. Saturday would...

Unlucky Thirteen

Last Sunday, I made the short drive north to Baltimore, MD, home of the UMBC Retrievers. I had first heard of UMBC back in the 2007-2008 season. While flipping through the different games on a Saturday afternoon, I came across an Ohio State game, playing a school that at the time I had never heard of (I was not...

Kelvin Martin Night

As I made my way down to Charleston Southern to see them host Wofford I was wondering how the Buccaneers would do on their Senior Night. I had just watched Coastal Carolina put up a lackluster performance for their seniors, and I was at Presbyterian on their Senior Night and it didn't end well for them either...

A Rivalry Renewed on the Hardwood

While most of the mid-major world was involved with Brackbuster Saturday, the Lehigh Mountain Hawks hosted their rival Lafayette in Patriot League action. Given some of the match-ups that were selected, I was quite happy to take the trip to the Lehigh Valley to take in this matchup. This rivalry has its roots...

Having a Rooting Interest

The vast majority of the games that I have covered for the 800 games project have been games where I am simply a neutral observer, and had no rooting interest in the game. The only exception to this was the Kent State-Cleveland State game I attended back in November. I don't mind this, mainly because I love watching...

Control

On my own personal sportz-related crimes-against-English scale, on which the offenses range from "just trite" to "utterly senseless and inane," the one I heard most about Penn coming into Friday's game against Cornell fell pretty far towards the life imprisonment end: they "controlled their own destiny" in the...

My Personal Hell

Last week, before taking in Howard's game against Bethune-Cookman, I had tweeted that I was taking in the "most lovingly disorganized sporting event there is." If you've been following along with some of the other recaps that have come out of Howard home games, you probably have some idea of what I'm talking...

One More Saturday Night

At this time of year, the factoid closest to the front of most people's minds about the Ivy League is the lack of a conference tournament. (Indeed, I wrote about this yesterday.) This state of affairs is a matter of frequent controversy among fans, though I admit to being pretty ambivalent about the whole thing....

On Planning

Less than a week into the season, I began to make plans for attending my first games of the season. So I sent Kyle a message using The Form to get my Bally Club password that I had forgotten from when the Bally Club message board was first started. Kyle got back to me fairly quickly, which was good because at...

Driveway Basketball: Bucknell at Holy Cross

Ian and I came once again to the Hart Center in Worcester, Mass., on top of the hill where it always feels four or five degrees colder than the rest of the city. We walked past the statue of Bob Cousy to see Holy Cross host Bucknell. Ian limped slightly (and sometimes tragically), having fallen that morning while...

The Final Stretch

This is it, the final week of regular season games. I can't believe how fast the season has zoomed by. While some of you will have next week to close out the regular season, I usually have been going to Big South, SoCon, and some CAA games. All of those conferences close out this Saturday with conference tournaments...

5 Bucks For a Final Four Team? I'll Take It

With only a few days left in the regular season, I was excited that I was going to get a chance to see VCU play. Everyone knows what they were able to accomplish las...

Priorities

Before leaving for the Citadel for their game with Appalachian State, I figured I could catch a baseball game first. I went to a junior college game at USC Sumter, where I help out with social media for the school. When I got to the ballpark three miles from my house, I found the press box dismantled. It was an...

The Walk-On and the Real No. 1 Fan

"The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of 60 minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is." - C. S. LewisIt was 60 degrees in southern Connecticut on Thursday which, if we didn't know before, let us know that spring is on the way (I even got to go out and hit some tennis balls today,...

The More Things Change...

It all was so familiar, but it was all so different at the same time. There's still a McDonald's under the El, but there's now tiered seating and chair backs. There's also some exciting basketball. I left Chicago to move to New York City and head back closer to home last September. One of the things I knew I...

Legacy: Bucknell at Holy Cross

Legacy legacy / leg-uh-see noun, plural -cies. 1. Law. a gift of property, especially personal property, as money, by will; a bequest. 2. anything handed down from the past, as from an ancestor or predecessor: the legacy of ancient Rome. 3. an applicant to or student at a school that was attended by his or...

WKU 'Denvers' Arkansas State

Those who have read my recaps this season know that the WKU Hilltoppers have been in the throes of HarperMania for the last few weeks. The interim coach took over a 5-11 team that proceeded to lose its next three games, thus completing a 1-8 stretch during midseason. Since then, the once 5-14 Hilltoppers are 5-4...

I Should Have Come Here Earlier

I'm surprised it has taken as long as it has for me to see aCollege of Charleston game in Charleston. I've been to Charleston several timesthis season to see The Citadel and Charleston Southern and I was already in theTD Arena this season for the Charleston Classic. Since Joe Wright has beendoing a great job...

When Nobody Cares Who Gets the Credit

Sometimes, it takes an outsider to provide a new perspective on this game we love. I've seen, either in person or from afar, every game Harvard has played this season. I've seen the Crimson triumphant in the Bahamas, laid low by a zone at Rose Hill, conquer the mighty Palestra and fall at Jadwin. In some ways,...

Farewell Party

Senior night can be an evening with a very unusual vibe. For teams like Butler who choose to honor their seniors after the game, there's a strange pressure throughout the night to avoid losing the game and ruining the festivities. Fortunately for the home team, there was little drama of that sort here against...

How We Used To Live

CHICAGO -- The truest of all the true things written about The Palestra, The Mid-Majority's true and ancestral haunted home, is this: "It's a basketball echo chamber where every sound is amplified, where 100 people sound like a thousand, where a thousand sound like 10,000, and where 10,000 sound like nothing...

The Tall and Short of it

The Bowling Green Falcons invaded James A. Rhodes Arena on Wednesday night in another pivotal Mid-American Conference showdown. The Zips came in hot, riding an 8-game conference winning streak and sitting comfortably atop the MAC table. The Falcons were doing their best to stay up with the top four teams in the...

Division I's Biggest Turnaround Continues

When even the one-handed Kevin Laue scores on you, you know things aren't going your way. That's the position Canisius was in on Friday night when Laue's layup late in the second hal...

For JU and UNF, It Ends How It Began

A warm day in Jacksonville, a day that only Floridians could fathom as a typical winter day, ended with the River City Rumble, the regular-season finale between the Opsreys of North Florida and the Dolphins of Jacksonville University. The two teams began their conference schedule playing against each other on...

Glory: A Battle of Attrition

Georgia Southern and the College of Charleston are two universities which are somewhat alike. Both are large state-run campuses that have over 10,000 students, Georgia Southern now over 20,000 students as of this school year. The similarities pretty much stop there. CofC is the public university which has developed...

What the Hell's a Jasper?

What the hell s a Jasper? Actually, to do that justice you have to say it in chant form: What - the - hell s a Jas perrrr? When I was eight years old, that was the funnie...

Blurring the Line

I haven't been a member of a sports team since fifth grade basketball. Being born into a family of diminutive stature and still smaller athletic talent isn't really conducive to lifelong organized sport. In high school, the realization dawned on me that one of my sports goals was to make a career of sports and...

Horns, Hoops and First Place on the Line

Last night was the second day of my four day weekend of hoops. Thursday night, I was at St Joseph's in Patchogue where unfortunately the number one seeded Eagles were shot down by the Purchase Panthers in a Division-III Skyline Conference Tournament game. Then yesterday, my older son Matthew and I made the familiar...

The Last Stand of the Tigers

Watching the Princeton-Harvard game last night, I couldn't help but be reminded of one of my favorite movies, Die Hard. At the end of Die Hard, after our hero John McClane has against all odds beaten the gangsters and saved his wife, one last terrorist, one we had left for dead, bursts out of the Nakatomi Plaza...

Life in the Shadowlands

Rider was the one school I absolutely wanted to visit for the 800 Games Project. They're relatively close to me (a fifty-minute ride in light traffic, on my side of the Delaware River) and I've been on Rider repeatedly during the last decade through my involvement with American Legion Jersey Boys State. Rider...

A Capital Victory for Bucknell

Sometimes business travel comes at inopportune times for those of us heavily dependent on basketball schedules to arrange our winter evenings. This season, I have been away from Las Cruces, N.M., on business and missed two New Mexico State home games: the Southern game in December and the Hawai'i game Thursday...

Made in Vermont

This may come as a bit of a shock to most readers, but the State of Vermont is NOT known for producing an abundance of Division 1 men's basketball players on a yearly basis. You can count on one hand (and I mean that literally) the number of Vermont high-schoolers who are deemed worthy of being offered a D-1 basketball...

Hurt and Heart Are Only Two Letters Apart

This game will hurt you. We all know this; the inevitability of heartbreak is a mantra of this site, and a central organizing principle of Our Game. But heartbreak comes in many forms. There are many different ways in which this game can, and will, hurt you. It can hurt you with the humiliation of a blowout....

City Rivalry, Part Two

The College of Charleston and The Citadel have had a very good rivalry ever since they became schools. The College has grown into one of the most important schools in South Carolina in the last few decades, while The Citadel has been one of only two original members of the Southern Conference, along with Furman,...

Did It End In a Loss?

On the court, the Pilots' home season did end in a loss to St. Mary's. The Gaels showed why they are nationally ranked and no worse than WCC regular season co-champions, outright champions if ...

A Senior Day to Remember at Hofstra

Senior starters Mike Moore, Nathaniel Lester and Dwan McMillan were all given a special ceremony by Hofstra University before their last home game as members of the Pride. All three have been significant contributors this season. Moore, the leading scorer in the CAA, and Lester, the eighth leading scorer in...

Diddle Over Middle

As I wrote in ahead of this game in my last recap, the buzz around this event was gigantic on the campus of WKU and it would not disappoint in any respect. High stakes: check. Full arena: check. Bitter rivals: check. Tournament-feel hoops: check. Fans got it all on Saturday night in WKU's Diddle Arena. Mighty...

Dead Team Walking

"I am but a shape that stands here, A pulseless mould, A pale past picture, screening Ashes gone cold." - Thomas Hardy, the Dead Man Walking The St. Francis of Pennsylvania basketball team had the chance to accomplish a rare feat Saturday afternoon against Sacred Heart. They had a chance to end their season...

From Purgatory Swamp to Sunset Lake

Although my heart would be in Boston with the Penn Quakers on Saturday night for their critical game against Harvard, the rest of me was obligated to be in Washington, D.C. But I couldn't leave this weekend empty-handed, 800GP-speaking -- time is too short for that. After realizing I wouldn't have time to make...

Spartan Day

USC Upstate is a fifth-year Division I school that will be heading to its first-ever Atlantic Sun tournament this year. As a transitional school, the Spartans struggled. In the previous four years, Upstate went 27-92. This is fairly typical for a school coming out of Division II, especially one with poor facilities....

Seawolves Get a #1 Seed in America East

Day Four of our four day weekend of hoops concluded on Sunday with a tripleheader. First, it was Maine vs. Stony Brook, then a St. Peter's - Iona double feature; the women's game followed by the men's game. And it was Senior Day for all three home teams. I picked up my older son Matthew from baseball camp, then...

On Unexpected Joy

I've been thinking a good deal about the comments made in the past week by one of this site's most important figures over the last eight years, Jim Larranaga. "This year, looking at their non-conference performance, it would appear to me that those [NCAA Tournament] spots should be reserved for the high-majors,...

Phoenix Torch Spartans

Coming into the final weekend of the regular season I was looking into how I could pull off another Saturday doubleheader. The previous 5 Saturdays I was able to make it to at least two games, so I was hoping to do the same for the final push to 800 games. The possibilities were there to do it, especially up...

Gaston Runs Amok on the Explorers

As Day Three of our Four Day Weekend of Hoops started, my older son Matthew and I took the familiar trip over the Whitestone Bridge to the Hutch to Pelham Parkway to head to the campus of Fordham. Unlike the night before, there were no crazy drivers on the Whitestone looking to start a NASCAR wreck. So, it was...

The Feast Before the Advent

On a quiet Sunday in New Jersey, another small pilgrimage was made. When I arrived, the chapel was already quite full, the congregation fervent. A torrent of warm humid air hit me as I opened the door. There was really no other place I'd rather be than here with the other zealots. Pilgrimage would be an apropos...

The Main Event

After the game at USC Upstate ended, I had one more game on Saturday. Wofford, the more established mid-major of Spartanburg, was playing just two miles south of Upstate. My original plan at the beginning of the season was to see Upstate play in the afternoon, and then make it to Columbia around 6 PM in plenty...

Schadenfreudely Delight

Despite Connecticut being among the smallest of our nation's united states geographically, there's no easy way to get from Fairfield to New Britain, meaning it was an hour drive (I'm sure some of you in other regions of the country just cringed, sorry). Time to catch up on the audio book of Ben Franklin I had...

One More Chance to Try to Save Their Soul

When I really got hooked into the Mid-Majority community three years ago, I resolved to go to at least one college arena every year that I had never been to and normally wouldn't have a good reason to go to. At the beginning of this season, I had pinpointed a weekend where Morehead State and Eastern Kentucky...

First Night of Fortnight

With the Big South tournament startingChampionship Fortnight, I knew I had to get to one of the first-round games. I'd been covering the Big South the entire year, and while thewinner may be destined for the Play-In Game in Dayton, I've really become quitea fan of the conference. The conference has a good variety...

On the Brink of Purity

"When arrogance appears, disgrace follows, But wisdom is with those who are unassuming." - Proverbs 11.2; from Kethuvim One rainy Friday evening, in a cozy gymnasium in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a significant and noble affair was playing its course. The Tigers of Princeton University had travelled northward to...

Senior Day White Out

My last game of the regular season took me back to Northwest DC, where the American University Eagles were taking on Lafayette in their season finale. It's hard for me to believe that the regular season is over, and championship fortnight is upon us, but alas, here we are. Less than 48 hours earlier, the Eagles...

No Justice, No Peace

"Injustice, if it is on a large enough scale, is stronger, freer, and more masterly than justice." -Thrasymachus (Plato's Republic) Part of the fun for me this season with the Mid-Majority is being a neutral, not having a dog (or a cat, chanticleer, or paladin) in the fight. The perspective of not being wholly...

Bring it On

It still feels strange. Butler comes to the Athletics Recreation Center (ARC) to close out the season. That much is not strange, it happened in 2010. But what still feels strange is that this time it is Valpo who has the #1 seed all wrapped up (in fact they have sole possession of the regular season title wrapped...

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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.