Season 8

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Nearing the End

According to the Official 800GP Statistics, we are just over 70 percent through the season. But for many of us, the season is much closer to being over. Today's game in Orangeburg between South Carolina State and North Carolina Central is the final regular-season game I will attend for the 2011-12 season. Many...

Iona Drubs St. Peter's Twice

After we watched Stony Brook win the America East Regular Season Championship, my older son Matthew and I exited Pritchard Gym while the players were still hoisting the America East Regular Seaso...

The Unexpected Villain

Every story needs a villain. It's good to have someone to root against. As a fan below the red line, one of the great things about conference play is getting to know - and dislike - the opposing players. In the 24 smaller conferences - where there are no "one and done" players and few early departures - getting...

Hard to Stay Dry in Portland

I may be in the minority here, but when I come to Portland, Oregon, I want it to rain. I've seen it both ways, and the Rose City is breathtakingly gorgeous when it's sunny, too. The skies turn a crisp shade of clean, bright blue. The hills around the city shine a brilliant jade green even in the heart of winter,...

Kent State at Bowling Green 2/25/2012

A night like this, of course, is what keeps us coming back. When, after weeks of up and down play, win at home, lose on the road, when after all that your team comes onto the floor and out of nowhere plays their best game of the season (or maybe second best) and pulls of a huge, emphatic win over one of the conference's...

Thousands: San Jose State at NMSU 2/25/2012

A little more than 6,000 fans came out for New Mexico State's senior night game against San Jose State. The three seniors were honored after the game with video highlights, the presentation of framed jerseys and opportunities to take the microphone and thank the fans who have supported them for four years. This...

The Joy of Halftime Adjustments

I entered Hinkle Fieldhouse to find a nearly funeral atmosphere Tuesday night for the first round of the Horizon League tournament, or as it now seems to be known, the Horizon League Tournament Sponsored By Walt Disney Studios' Epic Film "John Carter" ("HLTSBWDSEFJC"). Butler was hosting rival Wright State, but...

I Could've Kissed The Ticket Girl

Loyola Marymount is difficult to get to from Long Beach, Calif. I should rephrase that. If you re a tourist from the Midwest who has to rely on the miracle of public transportation...

What a Long, Strange Trip It's Been

"Lately it occurs to meWhat a long, strange trip it's been."-The Grateful Dead, "Truckin'"If a conference tournament is being played at campus sites, and games aren't close to sold out, doesn't ...

A Lesson in Economics by @zbloxham

"Sit down Zach, and let me give you a lesson on economics." This quote, which is entirely made up, is the best way I can describe my adventures in the service of the "Other 24" on Tuesday night. Making the trek from Spokane to Missoula and back again to witness the Big Sky clash between my beloved Weber State...

When Senior Night Really is Senior Night

I couldn't help myself. I really, really couldn't help myself. I first got an up-close, live glimpse of Northern Arizona interim head coach Dave Brown a few minutes before tip-off of what would become NAU's 16th consecutive loss, a new school record, as MSU honored its two seniors by snapping an eight-game...

BG sweeps Coles (evil Genius), RedHawks

For the first time in 10 years, the Bowling Green Falcons completed a sweep over the Miami Redhawks last night. Along the way, they defeated the evil genius, Coach Charlie Coles, for perhaps the final time. A nice crowd of 2,566 watched the game--BG is slowly growing a fan base at the Stroh. The win will not,...

Big South Quarters Game 1 - VMI vs CCU

It would have been convenient for me if the Big SouthTournament had ended up being in Conway for the third straight year. There wouldhave been no travel, and I could have avoided getting a hotel room. Part of methough wanted the tourney to be held elsewhere since it would become a mini-vacation for me. Once UNC-Asheville...

Navy at Bucknell 2/29/2012

It's been a few weeks since I've been to a mid-majority game and I needed to get my fix. So, when I saw a tweet mentioning that Bucknell was hosting Navy in a first round Patriot League game I decided to make the trip. Bucknell is a team that has been the cream of the Patriot league for a few years now, earning...

Big South Quarters Game 2 - WU vs CU

After the pasting VMI put on Coastal Carolina, I wasn't in the best spirits. I like VMI and how they play and it is fun to watch them torch teams, but not so fun when you have a rooting interest in the team that is getting crushed. The season was over for the Chanticleers, but there was plenty of tournament left...

Big South Quarters Game 3 - HP vs UNCA

After the first session of the Big South Quarterfinals, I had some time on my hands before the evening session. I had yet to check in to the hotel I was staying at, so I figured I would get that done in the meantime. I could have taken the highways to get to the Holiday Inn, but I wanted to scope out downtown...

Zombie Duck Nation

Writer's note: This is the fourth game of six from the Global Sports Hoops Showcase to be covered for @800GP. Here's a link to game one, game two and game three. Because this game was the second game of the day at Matthew Knight Arena, it didn't start with a rendition of the National Anthem (or the Star-Spangled...

A game so bad it took two months to process

Writer's note: This is the final 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, game four and game five. I've been sitting on this one for a while. My bad. There's good games, there's bad games, and then there's games where your retinas...

Big South Quarters Game 4 - LU vs CSU

With three straight blowout victories in the Big South Quarterfinals I was hoping that I would at least get to see one game that stayed relatively close until the final minutes. The last game of the night was the 4 vs 5 matchup between Charleston Southern and Liberty. Once Kimmel Arena cleared out after UNCA...

Forever Arlington

I've lived in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area for about 12 years now, around half my life, and I'd never really given Arlington a whole lot of real thought. To me, for many years, Arlington was just the place that had Six Flags Over Texas and Rangers Ballpark in Arlington (and now, Cowboys Stadium). To this day, I can...

There's Always Next Year

It doesn t have to end tonight. That s what I kept thinking to myself as I walked into the Pope Center in Brooklyn Heights to see St. Francis (NY) host Quinnipiac in the NEC Qua...

Diehard Night

"I hope you would support who were are, not who we are not." -Coach Norman Dale The confluence of events that led me to the Ryan Center in Kingston, R.I., Wednesday night are vast and would take far too long to detail here. Ignoring the incidents that even led me here to the Mid-Majority back in the fall, it...

Big South Semis Game 1 - VMI vs Winthrop

Wednesday was a long day, it started early for me with the long trip to Asheville, and then there were four games to watch in the Big South Quarterfinals. They weren't the best games I've ever seen, but it was the first time I had been to a tournament, so it was a new experience. The next task in the morning was...

Big South Semis Game 2 - CSU vs UNCA

The second game of the Big South semifinals was the main event for many of the Asheville faithful. The beginning of the previous game between VMI and Winthrop had very few neutral fans, but the crowd got gradually larger and larger as the game went on. Most of the fans were there to see UNCA take on Charleston...

That Magical Chance

Coming into the Big South tournament, VMI was 8-10 in the conference and 14-15 overall. The Keydets finished seventh out of 11 teams in the Big South. But VMI still had something to play for. If VMI could start an 11-game winning streak Monday night against Radford, they would be the national champions of college...

Goodbye Frankie, I'll See You On the Other Side

I love unexpected pleasant surprises. St. Francis' story this year was certainly one of them. It was a year that was supposed to be a rebuilding year, with a young team. Fast fowa...

Home Again, Home Again

Forgive my touristy nature, but the first thing I did upon arriving in Seattle was to go up in the Space Needle. I mean, I did have time to kill before heading to Key Arena, just a few hundred feet away, for a game. And, I can now say I've been in two of the tallest structures in America, the other being the...

It's Been a Long Season

I feel kind of bad that I don t have the time to write a proper obituary on that which was Southern Illinois 2011-12 season. But maybe it s better that way. Maybe it s better to ju...

Can't Dig Out of a Hole

Just as Southern Illinois had the honor of being the team I followed most this season, Drake had the distinction of being the only Missouri Valley team I did not get to see in person during the regular...

Persistence

Winthrop has not had a great season. They have a losing record overall and in conference, which is somewhat rare for them in recent years. They finished behind five other teams in the conference, and tied with VMI, Presbyterian, and High Point. But the Eagles got lucky with the tiebreaker. Presbyterian of course...

Clash of the Dangerous on a Neutral Court

With apologies to my team, who secured the 1 seed by a 2 game margin and earned the right to host the 2nd and 3rd rounds of the Horizon League tournament in my home town of Valparaiso at the Athletics Recreation Center (ARC), I still miss those extended weekends in Kansas City or Tulsa spending 50 bucks to watch...

Death

Going into Asheville, I had a bad feeling that this would be the night. This would be the night High Point would lose, and that magical chance would be gone. A loss tonight, and there would be no national championship. For that matter, there would be no NCAA Tournament. Nor would there be a ghost bracket tournament,...

MAAC #1 - Rage Against the Dying of the Light

Though wise men at their end know dark is right, Because their words had forked no lightning they Do not go gentle into that good night. Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright ...

CAA Tournament - Panthers Make a Statement

I always love this time of year. March Madness has been embedded in my soul for easily over 25 years. My favorite part of March Madness is going to a conference tournament. In my younger college days and mid twenties, I went to a Power Six New York City based tournament that can not be named on the Mid-Majority...

MAAC #2 - Scouting With Our Friends

"The readiness is all." - Hamlet When you get a No. 7 seed against a No. 10 seed, tip-off isn't until 9:45 p.m., and the two teams in question come from six hours away (and that's at warp speed on I-90), it's going to be a sparse crowd. Full credit to the smattering of Canisius students who made their voices...

Assert Your Dominance

As I made my way into downtown St. Louis, I was met with the spectrum of team colors slowly making their way into a building usually reserved for just blue. Golds and reds, purples and blues all crossed Clark Avenue in front of me and walked into the Scottrade. It was Valley Friday in St. Louis, and when the sun...

Homecoming... and Going.

People never realize how long and horizontally-encompassing the state of Tennessee is. From East to West, Tennessee's length is nearly as long as Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi combined. Thus, the first time I found myself on a bus from Belmont to ETSU, I fought boredom for nearly five hours -- and lost. After...

Dance, Dance, Revolution

Earlier this season, we discussed the Interlude, the dance craze started by three Northern Iowa students which quickly swept through campus, becoming a UNI tradition as well as an internet sensation. Since my piece on the Interlude was published, the dance received approval from the highest ranks of our nation....

The End

All good things come to an end, and on Wednesday night, my 800 games project journey did so, as I made one last trip to American University to see the Patriot League Tournament Quarterfinal between the host Eagles and Army. Barring any ghostbracket games coming to the DC area, this game will be my last write-up,...

March of the Penguins? Not this Year.

The Horizon League tournament entered the quarterfinal round on Friday night, with the first game featuring Detroit against Youngstown State. One of the more controversial aspects of the HL tournament, but one in which I think they do it right, is the double-bye that is awarded to the league's top two teams....

Beauty in the Eyes of Some Beholders

As has been widely discussed, Butler has had some recent success in the month of March. However, as CBS-proclaimed college basketball "expert" Charles Barkley might say, "Gordon Hayward (or does he say 'Haywood'? ), Shelvin Mack, and Matt Howard ain't walkin' through that door this year". Therefore, this young...

While It Lasts

Heading into Dayton's showdown with the UMass Minutemen, I think it is fair to say that no one really knew what to expect from the Flyers. On the one hand, Dayton had played at an extremely high level for their past four games, pulling out 3 victories and losing a very tight game down in Cincy at the Cintas Center,...

The Akron Advantage

By now, most fans of mid-major basketball probably know how intense Kent State and Akron's rivalry is. At least one of the two schools has reached the MAC championship game in each of the past six seasons. ESPN2 has televised three of their last four meetings. Last year's conference championship ended in a skirmish...

Missed Opportunities

I apologize for getting this recap up so late. It wasn't until yesterday until I had totally gotten over the outcome of this game, which you'll see why in my next post. As an unabashed Akron fan and Northeastern Ohio sports fan, losing big games just becomes the norm. The only true national success that The University...

Oh What a Night

Since Jody Michael has already recapped this game (and did a great job), I won't go too much into the details. I'll simply give you an Akron fan's experience of the wondrous occasion that was claiming the outright Mid-American Conference Championship. The day of the Kent State game is truly that: an entire day....

Whose House Is This Anyway?

For tonight's second game, the Milwaukee Panthers take on the Butler Bulldogs. The Panthers are the higher seed (4 vs. 5), but you would never know it looking at the fan sections. Not only are there lots more Butler fans in the house than Milwaukee fans, but according to a friend of mine who is a Panther fan,...

WHEW . . .

As of a week ago, my family and I did not intend to attend the America East conference tournament in Hartford. My wife and I are loyal Vermont Catamount fans and, either by extension or brainwashing, our two kids are now forced to be likewise. Ever since we've had kids, we've resisted the urge to attend the annual...

Row 4

The large endzone scoreboard reads 3:33 until game time as I enter Strahan Coliseum for the first time. I'm disoriented by the horseshoe shape of the arena, but simultaneously struck, as the scoreboard clearly states, that I'll be watching "Bobcats" face off against "Bearkats". There's poetry beneath the red line,...

Rise and Fall

One of the benefits of having the Missouri Valley tournament here in St. Louis is that I feel like I have a role as an ambassador of my fair city for those who are here from the various Valley towns. I've helped people find their way around the Scottrade Center. I advised a couple from Illinois State on the neighborhood...

The Thing Runs Itself

My MVC mole friend paid me another visit in the sparsely populated upper deck during the second half of the last game of the night. He has paid me regular visits during the tournament, providing me with game stats and rosters, a whole stack of media guides I'll probably never read, insider dish from the inner...

You Would Rather Play Us, Right?

The line for tickets stretched outside the door of the Scottrade Center, most of them clad in gold. The Wichita State fan base had grown again, this time taking up almost the entire west end of the arena and a decent portion of those in the upper deck, where I was sitting. The pregame introductions now came with...

Just a Little Glory

It seems like a pretty standard line in a play-by-play scoring account when you first look at it: 02:34 GOOD! 3 PTR by Dorwart, Matthew 96-66 Dorwart had checked into the game with 3:04 left, his Creighton team holding a comfortable 93-66 lead. After the top seed of the tournament, Wichita State, had been dispatched...

When You Know the End is Near

When you have been driving for five and half hours since 2:00 AM, and you only had a few hours of sleep before that, you wonder how you will stay awake for basically eight plus hours of basketball. The amazing thing is that if you get a small nap and really put your mind to it, you can make that happen. Plus...

Missed Free Throws and Heartbreak in Richmond

In the last game of the first round on Friday night, Georgia State absolutely hammered Hofstra in the largest margin of victory ever in the CAA Tournament. Having witnessed the carnage in person, I honestly thought the Panthers were just at the beginning of making a serious statement in the CAA Tournament....

SoCon First Round Game 1 - ASU vs CofC

My main reason for being in Asheville was the Big South Tournament, since it had been the conference I had followed the most during the year. I also have seen a fair share of Southern Conference games this year, and it just so happened that there was a day off between the semifinals and finals of the Big South...

Hope and the Highlanders

If nothing else, my memories of Senior Day 2012 at NJIT should be a lot more positive than the ones I have from the last Highlanders senior day I attended. That senior day was in 2008, the year that the Highlanders went on to post the worst record in the history of Division I basketball. I had kept an eye on...

No Distractions

"This team has a chance to do something special. No distractions. I mean it guys. Don't let your girlfriend, don't let your dad who loves you be a distraction these next two weeks." Long Beach State head coach Dan Monson said [pretty close to] these words at practice on Friday, February 24th, the day before a...

SoCon 1st Round Game 2 - Citadel vs WCU

After watching Appalachian St. eliminate College of Charleston,I decided I wanted to get some food before the next game between The Citadeland Western Carolina. I was sitting on the far side of arena from the entranceand was disappointed to see that the concessions weren't open on my side of thearena. I had to...

SoCon 1st Round Game 3 - FU vs SU

After the first session of the First Round of the SoCon Tournament ended I couldn't get out of the Asheville Civic Center soon enough. While my main reason for being in Asheville was all the basketball games I'd be attending, there was another part of Asheville that I wanted to see. The two hour break between...

Being All That You Can Be?

The first of Saturday's semi-final games featured two teams seemingly moving in opposite directions. The Detroit Titans entered with wins in eight of its last nine games, while the Cleveland State Vikings had lost five of its last seven. However, CSU did win two games last week to secure the 2 seed and a double...

SoCon 1st Round Game 4 - UTC vs GSU

Coming into my tenth game in three days I was really hoping to see a close game. In the previous nine games I had seen, the total margin of victory was 152 points. Granted, all of them weren't snoozers, but I had only seen one game that was decided by less than double digits and that was the previous game between...

Mitt Romney, Butterfly King

"Daddy, is it time to go to the basketball game yet? " That was my daughters' refrain all last weekend. No matter how many times I told them we'd leave after lunch on Sunday, my daughters Loyette, 4, and Loyacita, 2 1/2 (not their real names), wanted constant updates on whether basketball time had finally arrived....

Sitting with the Enemy

The second semi-final of the Horizon League tournament featured the regular season champion Valparaiso Crusaders hosting the Butler Bulldogs. Butler advanced to this round with impressive wins over Wright State and Milwaukee, and we Butler supporters hoped that they'd be able to carry that momentum to an upset...

A Fitting End

On Friday night I had visions of grandeur for my plans on Saturday. I was going to go the Big South Championship game at noon and had several options with what to do on the rest of my day. I could have bolted from Kimmel Arena and get to the Civic Center to see the second game of first session of the SoCon quarterfinals....

A Case For The Double Bye

The Horizon League first semifinal contest marks the end of neutral court basketball this weekend. The most-talented team (3 Detroit) takes on the most physical team (2 Cleveland State). The issue for the Titans has been playing with discipline, but other than a late season loss at Cleveland State (where they...

Make It Count

This, of course, is the one game this weekend where court neutrality has been thrown out the window. The 1 seed is tasked with defending their home court on national TV. This is another one of those defining moments. The trash talking, posturing, and prognosticating are over. It is time to toss the ball in the...

As Usual, Havoc Prevails

Coach Bill Coen had a huge task before him on Saturday evening. His Northeastern team was playing VCU in the Richmond Coliseum in a "neutral" site game. But as most people who follow the CAA know, that's about as neutral as Rush Limbaugh being a moderator in a Planned Parenthood debate. Still, the man whose...

Effort and Heart Are Not Enough for Towson

In the second game of the afternoon session of the CAA Tournament, Delaware took on Towson. The game seemed like a foregone conclusion as the Tigers had one win all season. But they had played the Blue Hens close in both of their games. When Defiantly Dutch and I came back from the UNCW - James Madison post...

The Battle of the Bricks

Every once in a while, something happens that reminds you that we take this game too seriously. Friday night was one of those times. The second leg of the Battle of the Bricks, the rivalry between Miami University and Ohio University, was supposed to be played on Friday night. However, an outbreak of tornadoes...

The Bus to a Thriller

For the last few years, North Texas Athletics has furnished a bus to the Sun Belt tournament in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Each day the Mean Green play in the conference tourna...

Same Arena, Different Game

In one week I saw two distinctly different Portland State men's basketball teams. On February 28 I went to their final Big Sky Conference game, against Northern Colorado. As Donovan Potts recounted so well this was a tight, back-and-forth affair that ended with PSU's Charles Odum making a pair of critical free...

Towson Covered

As I was looking at Friday's matchups for the first round of the CAA Tournament, Towson v. Delaware looked least compelling on paper. Mainly because Towson had not looked much like a D-I team this season, but also, the first day of the CAA Tournament has not drawn particularly well, especially when two former...

Not with a bang, but with a whimper

The men's basketball team completed their arc with a loss last night, perhaps the worst loss of the season. RPI wise, it was our worst loss of the season. Add in that CMU's star, Trey Zeigler, shot 1-11 and had three points, and you'd definitely think you'd be winning that game. CMU knocked the Falcons from the...

I Hate the Three!

The 3-point game has changed everything, at every level, and it's strictly a matter of taste whether you believe this is a good thing. I do not. I think the 3-point shot has distorted the game, making something that really shouldn't be that important a tremendously vital part of the game. Really. Why should a...

The All Day Basketball Experience

After High Point's final loss at UNC Asheville, it was time for one more game, the fourth of the day. Charleston Southern would play Liberty, and it would be a good way to relax at a basketball game I cared less about. After High Point's final losses when I was a student, I did not get this opportunity. We just...

Brown at Pennsylvania 3/2/2012

By the time I had a chance to write about the game that took place on Friday night, Brown coach Jesse Agel had already lost his job. Brown certainly came into the Palestra looking overmatched. They were 2-10 in the conference. Their pace earned the coveted "excruciating" designation from Basketball State. Even...

The 14-Game Tournament

Let's get this out of the way right up front: personally, I think the Ivy League has got it right in how it selects its NCAA tournament representative. To me, the goal should be to send the team to the tournament that has the best chance of winning once it gets there, and in this league (especially since conference...

The Game's The Thing, America East

The America East conference can t thank the Binghamton men s basketball program for much in last couple of seasons. By now, most of you know the scandal that has pretty much crippled the Be...

MAAC #3: Destination Springfield

Welcome to Springfield: No, not that Springfield. Springfield, Massachusetts. Other than being the birthplace of basketball, Springfield, Mass. was a curious choice for the MAAC Tournament. Traditionally, the MAAC Tournament is held in a large arena, but with at least one "host" team, whether it be in Albany...

MAAC #4: Marist Doesn't Have a Machado Gear

There was a slight break between games, so I got to check out the MAAC's version of the FanFest, which was significantly better than America East, primarily because going to it was a strictly volunta...

Civic Center Duty

For the first time in 17 years, the Southern Conference Tournament would be held at the Asheville Civic Center. Or at least that is the historic name of the building. In order to get the tournament back, the City of Asheville had to upgrade the building and sold the naming rights of a city-owned facility to U.S....

Portland State vs. Weber State 3/6/2012

Tournament play is always foreboding. With so much on the line, it is no wonder that the emotion level is raised to the brink of insanity. The conference tournament is a special form of psychological warfare. There are no surprises between the contenders. In the Big Sky, each of the semifinalists had seen each...

Eastern Washington at Montana 3/6/2012

The analogy of a "Heavyweight Fight" is so overused in the world of sports journalism. It simply is a lazy habit for sports writers who have no desire to think anew. Call me lazy, but I think the Big Sky semifinal between Montana and Eastern Washington fits the bill. Montana was surely the favorite, but Eastern...

The Rollercoaster Slows to a Halt

A few times over the course ofMonday night's game, the student section at Eastern Michigan's Convocation Center sat down as a group and acted asif they were riding a rollercoaster. Inunison they waved their arms over their heads, to the left, then to the right,then straight up, and SCREAMED. If yousquinted hard...

A Tradition of Excellence

The last time I saw Elon play Davidson, the game was played at Elon's small gym in 2008. After having dinner at High Point, I left to get to Elon early for a good seat for the 9 p.m. regionally televised game. Elon students also arrived early, hoping to see up and coming star Stephen Curry from Davidson. Kyle...

Same As It Ever Was

You may ask yourself, how did we get here? Well, the results of Saturday's George Washington-Dayton game, along with other results around the Atlantic 10 Saturday, led to the exact same matchup being played three days later in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Championship. Had George Washington realized after...

Racing to Halftime

At 2:11 am on Wednesday morning, the North Texas student bus arrived in Denton after the Mean Green's 74-70 loss to Western Kentucky in the Sun Belt title game in Hot Springs, Arkansas. After giving one of my fellow students a ride back to his apartment, I was able to go to bed just after 3. I had planned for...

When Losing a Game Isn't Everything

William Mosley s college career ended Wednesday afternoon at the Merrell Center in the quarterfinals of the Southland tournament. It s been a decorated career for the 6-7 center, as only four me...

Ugly, but Effective Win for the Huskies

In the First Round of the CAA Tournament, often you get games that are not aesthically pleasing and are often downright rockfights. Such was the case in the first game of the Friday evening session between 10 seeded William and Mary and 7 seeded Northeastern. In the first five minutes, the Huskies went out to...

Of Bill Murray and William Faulkner

The trip was one part Groundhog's Day, one part William Faulkner. For the second time in a week, I traveled the 200 miles spanning Spokane, Wash., and Missoula, Mont. The first trip, as noted here on The Mid Majority, was the Big Sky season finale between my beloved alma mater Weber State and its evil rival Montana....

CAA Final: Drexel vs VCU + STOLEN TIGERBALLZ!

The CAA final between the Drexel Dragons and the Virginia Commonwealth Rams was game one of my six games in 28 hours journey. Since I was headed to Winston-Salem the next day, I stayed about 15 minutes to the south right on Interstate 95. I splurged on a hotel room, something I don't normally do, spending $40...

MEAC marathon: Game 1 of 5

After watching a good CAA final in Richmond on Monday night, I drove to Winston-Salem for the first round of the MEAC tournament. Some have asked why. Well, two reasons. One is just because it was a chance to catch five games in one day. Two is just to help the 800 games project. Sure, five games in one venue...

MEAC marathon: Game 2 of 5

The second game started pretty much right on schedule around 1:30pm. The Aggies of NC A&T jumped out to a quick 13-7 lead before Howard found their rhythm and came back for a 19-13 lead. As the half played out, I noticed that Howard had trouble every time the Aggies pressured the player who was trying to inbound...

MEAC marathon: Game 4 of 5

Game four started and I moved a bit trying to get a few good game photos. Thankfully only a few hundred fans were at the game so it was easy to get close to where I wanted. Even better was the guy in front of me was a fan shooting photos with the same camera as me, and he talked to me for a few minutes and he...

MEAC marathon: Game 3 of 5

I wrapped up the second game story just as game three was tipping off between the North Carolina Central University Eagles and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks. Unfortunately unlike the previous two games this one did not come down to the final minute. In fact, it did not have much suspense at all,...

MEAC marathon Game 5 of 5 The Lemon-Lime Game

Game five started and the first thing I could think of is it looked like the game should have been presented by 7up. In some strange uniform selection process, both teams came out in single color uniforms. The Florida A&M Rattlers were wearing green while the Coppin State Eagles wore yellow with a small amount...

WAC Quarterfinal: Idaho v Hawai'i

Welcome to sunny Las Vegas, where it is a balmy 63 degrees for Thursday s first game of the WAC tournament between the third seeded Idaho Vandals and the sixth seeded Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors. Of cours...

A Texas-Sized Blowout

I consider myself one of the most on-time people you will ever meet, and I can probably count on just a few hands the number of times I have been late for anything in my life. This is especially the case for sporting events, where I feel that you gain so much more by being there from the word go. Being painstakingly...

Missed Expectations

Coming into the season, it appeared as if UT-San Antonio had all the pieces in place to make a repeat run for the Southland title. While point guard Devin Gibson graduated from last year's team that won an NCAA Tournament game, the last two Southland Conference Freshmen of the Year, Melvin Johnson and Jeromie...

WAC Quarterfinal: NM State v Fresno State

Welcome back to the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas for the second quarterfinal of the WAC Tournament. At the tip, it was still 63 degrees in Las Vegas for the matchup between the second seeded New Mexico State Aggies and the seventh seeded Fresno State Bulldogs. From the Orleans sports book, the Aggies were favored...

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