Season 9

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Hearts of Lions

Anyone who's read this site knows that we don't put much stock in the old saw that "sports are an escape from real life." On the contrary: sports are played, coached, and officiated by real people. Fans experience real joy and real despair. And the ugly business of sports is suffused with real money serving real...

Unbeaten and Unknown

In many respects, though it was a full quarter-century before the creation of midmajority.com, the 1978-79 college basketball season would have to be considered the season of the mid-majority. That year's Final Four included three outstanding teams that I believe the Mid-Majority Institute of Basketball Research...

Family Matters

The wheels began to come off with a four-point play. As Penn's Eric Osmundson rose up for a three pointer on the right wing, Princeton's Andre Logan came charging into his chest. The ball swished through the net. The packed Palestra crowd erupted. The seemingly insurmountable Princeton lead that had been as much...

Love Your Team, Accept Your Life

No one really knows how the word "team" broke into American business jargon. I have my theories. I have long believed that it all started with an article in an in-flight magazine on the NY- Washington shuttle. If we scratched a little bit deeper, I think we'd find that it was written by a freelancer who was long...

Believing in Teamwork

"Upon the fields of friendly strife are sown the seeds that, upon other fields, on other days, will bear the fruits of victory." - Douglas MacArthurI'm not quite sure what a mid-life crisis feels like, but it's entirely possible I was in the middle of one driving up the windy roads that lead to West Point last...

I Let My Teammates Down

CHICAGO, Nov. 5 - In January 2006, I had the opportunity to spend a Sunday hanging out with Southern Illinois equipment manager Alvy Armstrong. These were the types of days I appreciated most when I was on the road, killing myself slowly by zipping from game to game: meeting people whose names were generally unknown,...

Trust

All I needed was some gas. After aimlessly weaving through one-way streets in downtown Omaha in desperate search of an on-ramp to the freeway, I finally hopped on the interstate-- in the wrong direction, of course. It took about a half-hour, but I eventually navigated the city's ridiculously confusing highway...

The Hawkdacity of Hope

For #TMM8, my first game was at Chase Family Arena and featured the Hartford Hawks. So it was only appropriate that the start of #TMM9 would have me begin with the Hawks once again. I remember the somewhat apathetic crowd -- officially 980 -- that watched that game in January. Hartford was in the midst of...

Field Trip Energy

On a day featuring aircraft carriers, Germany, new Brooklyn arenas, and 15 of the AP Top 25, college basketball threw open the gym doors right here in Ypsilanti, Michigan. I arrived at the Convocation Center at 11:45am Eastern Standard Time, primed and ready for the official start to the 2012-13 season. Yesterday,...

What's Our Score? Double Yours!

"What's our score? DOUBLE YOURS"... That was a cheer we used to shout during high school basketball games. Usually it was used in the first half when you might find your school up twenty-four to twelve or something along those lines. Tonight, the University of Richmond found the rare opportunity to be participating...

So You're Saying There's a Chance

Seven months ago, Missouri got Norfolked. Southern Illinois-Edwardsville only wishes it could one day have that chance. Saturday was a historic day, although not a soul among the 10,000 strong at Mizzou Arena had any idea why. For the first time in school history, the Cougars played a Division I basketball game...

Onions, Or Lack Thereof

"Hope springs eternal in the human breast; Man never Is, but always To be blest: The soul, uneasy and confin'd from home, Rests and expatiates in a life to come."- Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - Alexander Pope, like some of his 18th century contemporaries, probably had more faith in...

Anatomy of a Comeback

Based on a poll of the coaches, the second game of the Connecticut 6, the Yale Bulldogs versus the Sacred Heart Pioneers, was supposed to be the best matchup of the day. In the first half, the coaches appeared to be very wrong. After trading the lead for the first 10 minutes, the Bulldogs went on a 24-9 run...

Teamwork is Sacrifice, and Sacrifice is Hard

It's hard to get past the fact that until this year I had never even heard of USC Upstate. A brief scan of their website suggests that they were Division II until a few years ago, and the name suggests they belong to the fraternity of schools living in the shadow of a power conference school whose name they share...

Cougars In Sync In Opener

College basketball is a sport which can unite universities, no matter who is playing. Unlike college football, where FCS teams and FBS teams have huge gaps between each other, even within their divisions (look at the difference between say Davidson in football, compared to Appalachian State a few dozen miles...

Starting Anew

Just as the first Tuesday of November holds special meaning as the climax of political campaigning, the second Friday of November each year holds special meaning in Our Game as the start of the season. While the offseason may have been better for certain teams than for others, nothing has been done to affect...

All In

Friday was a pretty big day for the phrase "all in," if a phrase can have a big day. As I was speeding away from Washington, D.C. to make the 7pm tip at the Palestra, Beltway types I'd left behind were all abuzz about the author of a biography by that name, and its subject, whose relationship apparently made...

Anticipation, Excitement, Exuberance

I often tend to think about things well in advance of them happening, almost to a fault. I can even remember when I started to get excited about TMM9. It was when TMM8 wasn't even over yet. It was February 1st when the details of the upcoming season were revealed. At first, I had a bunch of questions which went...

The Big Year

"In some alternate universe, a much better version of The Big Year exists, one that embraces the essential, insular weirdness and romantic fanaticism of the birding community it chronicles." - Kimberley Jones, Austin Chronicle WEST HARTFORD, Conn. - Comcast was pissing me off last spring. I try to be pretty...

A Team Above the Line Worth Rooting For

I have long been a fan of the service academies. It could be football or basketball, but as a kid I would always root for them. With several members of my extended family having served in them, it was easy to become a fan. As I got older, I still cheered them on as I more and more realized the disadvantages they...

Familiar Faces

In the first game of the All Military Classic, I was glad that I was able to see two service academies play that I would probably never see play again in Army and Air Force. The problem was that I was not able to recognize too much from either team since they were both new to me. That would not be the case...

Free Falling

Some of our favorite mid-major teams do very well. Some struggle. In Our Game, there are a wide variety of teams in their fortunes both as a school and as an athletic program. There are schools like some of the better teams in the Atlantic 10 and Missouri Valley that live just as well as some above the Red Line....

Growing Up

When I signed up for a Season 9 Membership this year I was faced with the decision of what the heck to put for a name on my shirt. I could go with my name, but that seemed too simple. I tried to think of something clever but didn't come up with much for a while. I seriously worried that I wouldn't be able to...

First Impressions Don't Mean Much

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. - Kyle Vinales drilled a three-pointer and had a few words for the Fairfield bench on the way back down the court, beating his chest and pointing toward the Central Connecticut student section. It was three minutes into the season. Needless to say, Vinales will be an interesting figure...

Inevitabilities In The Preseason NIT

Neutral site games might work for schools with enormous alumni and fan bases like Kentucky, Kansas, and Michigan State, but the draw tends to evaporate when you move below the Red Line. Exempt event subregionals are often a massive pity party for schools that all got thrashed by a major conference opponent. "Oh,...

Let's Welcome Mr. Jones To The Clan

"How did it get so late so soon? " - Dr. Seuss HAMDEN, Conn. - For whatever reason, I've found a niche in coaching younger kids, 9-11 year-olds. It's fun, there's not much pressure to win, and they always come ready to be active and learn. But then they usually move on to other coaches as I get the next...

The Long and Winding Road

Perhaps the greatest thing about the start of basketball season is the freshness to everything. Before the tip off, everybody has a chance. New players bring promise. New coaches bring potential greatness. Last year is over. It's done. Old news. Players have moved on: been traded (transferred), graduated or...

Education

I wasn't entirely sure how involved I was going to be with #TMM9, especially after I heard about the team format that would be used. I wanted to contribute, but I didn't want to be the dead weight that held anyone back. A few serendipitous things came together, though, to persuade me to join in for another go-around...

Military Schools of Different Styles

College basketball's opening weekend happens to fall on Veteran's Day Weekend. Many of the promotions schools are doing have a military theme. Michigan State and UConn entertained military personnel at Ramstein Air Base in Germany whom otherwise might not get a chance to see college basketball live in person...

Taking a Field Trip

AMHERST, Mass. - I don't deal well with traffic, which is to say that I don't deal with it at all, so most days I'm posthumously pleased that my job starts as early as it does (and therefore gets out early comparatively as well). With a 10 a.m. tipoff and about a 90-minute drive for a very intriguing Harvard-UMass...

A Window Into The Past

STORRS, Conn. - There was a time when I was a huge fan of the University of Connecticut and its basketball team. As a wee lad in the early 1980s, I took a couple of trips to Greer Field House to see guys like Corny Thompson and Earl Kelley battle in a new conference called the Big East that had a few games...

A MTE Championship Game!

After the consolation game of the All-Military Classic, it was time to crown a champion. The visiting U.S. Air Force Academy would take on host Citadel, with the winner being crowned All-Military Classic champions as possibly the best military school at basketball in the country (although Navy might argue that...

Breaking a Routine

In years past, Sundays in the fall were a very basic routine for me. I'd wake up and turn on whatever NFL pregame show that was airing three or four hours before the first kickoff. By the time noon hit, I would start to get ready for the day before heading out to one of the numerous sports bars in the area to...

INCREDIBLY LARGE MAN

New Mexico State redshirt freshman Sim Bhullar is an INCREDIBLY LARGE MAN. He is 7 feet, 5 inches, and 360 pounds of Indian-Canadian basketball behemoth. The INCREDIBLY LARGE MAN has INCREDIBLY LARGE DREAMS, once telling the New York Times that he wants to play in the NBA. The INCREDIBLY LARGE MAN also...

Black and Yellow: An Unlikely Rivalry?

How do two schools over 1,200 miles apart develop a rivalry? Sure you don't see it happen very often, especially on the mid-major level, but it has seemingly become so between two teams that don the black and yellow. The Wichita State Wheat Shockers and the VCU Rams first crossed paths for the first time in about...

The Renewal of the Dream

For me, a few hours ago, this campaign came to an end. For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy - August 12, 1980 Kennedy's words marked the end of his presidential aspirations, but they...

The Lone Gaucho

Fresh on the minds of the crowd filing into Redbird Arena was the end of last season. The Redbirds had come up just short of an NCAA berth by losing in overtime to Creighton in the Missouri Valley Championship. Then their coach, Tim Jankovich, left to be the heir apparent at Southern Methodist. Dan Muller, the...

Explaining the Unexplainable

It was around 11:30 p.m. when I pulled into the parking lot of a local bar in North Myrtle Beach. I had made the two- and-a-half hour drive home from a game and had seen my friend Rob's car in the parking lot, so I figured I'd stop in to say hi. I was not even in the door and I could hear his distinguishable laugh...

The View from Sixty Seasons

When the first TMM9 challenge of the season was issued, after checking to see if it connected strongly for any of my teammates, I thought about who I knew that would have thoughts about the beginning of the basketball season that someone else might want to read. After a little thought, and a quick phone call,...

Trash Talk, The Organic Variety

WORCESTER, Mass. - Even though he went to a couple of prep schools and now plies his trade pretty darn close to the Terrestrial Middle of Nowhere, surely Maine sophomore Xavier Pollard heard his share of trash talk on the basketball court growing up in the Bronx. After all, it was modern philosopher Bobby Bonilla...

Playing for Respect

Tonight would be the home opener for the South Carolina State Bulldogs against the Kennesaw State Owls. The Bulldogs came in trying to still shake off a very bad end to last season. Kennesaw State has also struggled in the Atlantic Sun since joining Division I. Last season when these teams met in Kennesaw, the...

Unconditional Love For Our Game

courtesy Quinnipiac athletics The Quinnipiac that existed when Bill Mecca came aboard in 1978 is, quite simply, unrecognizable from the one that exists today. In 34 years, the name has changed from Quinnipiac College to University, and it has gone from a tiny local school to one that draws students from...

Unforgettable

This essay is not about the University of Kentucky Wildcats. Having grown up in the Commonwealth, I can tell you that in many parts of that state, the above sentence is almost a logical impossibility if you're writing about basketball. In the parts of Kentucky where most teams below the Red Line play, it can...

When Our Game Became His

For Rockne Andrew Roll, basketball was always an afterthought. Despite his prodigious height - he's 6-foot-5 now - his youth league experience nearly ruined the sport for him entirely, thanks to a combination of "bad coaches and jackass teammates." "People always asked me if I played basketball," Rockne says....

The Marathon Day

This was not the first basketball game I watched on Tuesday. It was the tenth. After the conclusion of -- prepare yourself -- West Virginia/Gonzaga, Davidson/New Mexico, Houston Baptist/Hawaii, Stony Brook/Rider, Northern Illinois/Valparaiso, Harvard/Massachusetts, Temple/Kent State, Detroit/St. John's and Butler/Xavier,...

A Community Connector

In every recap, all of us and each of us try to capture an experience that might not receive much attention outside the city limits. Some of us are or were lucky to cover those experiences on behalf of our alma maters. Joe Davis, the men's basketball beat reporter for the State Hornet, Sac State's student...

Score One for the Old Men

"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream another dream."- C.S. Lewis NEW BRITAIN, Conn. - For better or for worse, there are more Mike Martins than Howie Dickenmans in Our Game these days. Martin, who was in just his second game as a head coach Thursday night, took the seemingly newly developed...

In Which a Rhino Defeats the Bengals

My first game of Season 9's Game was between the Portland Pilots and Idaho State Bengals at Portland's Chiles Center. This was a game between two teams who were somewhat unknown quantities going into this season. For Idaho State, this was because there was so much new about them. They start 2012-13 with Bill Evans,...

The Building Blocks

First things first, I'm a very proud Longwood alum. I graduated Longwood in 2008 which means I got to campus just in time in 2004-05 to be a part of Longwood's first season with a Division I schedule. How'd that year go? Lets just say this... 1-31 is not very fun. Over the years I've seen both good and bad teams...

Exactly As Scripted

I love coming to Ann Arbor, but I can't stand parking in it. Crisler Arena, home of the Michigan Wolverines basketball team, is located right next to Michigan Stadium, the largest stadium in the world. On football game day, you can stuff your car across the street from the Big House on the campus golf course for...

Familiar Face, Brand New Place

It had been nearly three years since I last watched Jio Fontan suit up for a college basketball game. Tuesday's game was 2,800 miles and three long seasons away from the 17 point performance I saw Fontan put up in one of the few wins during his brief but torturous stint as the point guard at Fordham University....

In Search of Nate Wolters

"I don't believe in fate."- John Wooden HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - For one of the very few times in my life, I had to disagree with Mr. Wooden Friday night. But I can understand why those involved in Our Game don't put much stock in something that's very difficult to see and even more complicated to define. And so...

What Are We Doing at a Casino?

UNCASVILLE, Conn. - Sometimes in life, you take a look around and things just don't make a whole lot of sense. Seeing Loyola of Maryland and Jimmy Patsos and Norfolk St. together warming up for a game on a Saturday morning in a near-empty cavernous arena in my home state of Connecticut did not really compute....

Double Feature

For this Tuesday night at Furman, you could buy a ticket for both a women's basketball game and a men's basketball game for $10. That is a pretty good deal, since a doubleheader at the Citadel cost $20 last week. At some mid-majors like College of Charleston, a single game almost always costs more than that...

Talking Trash

I don't often feel the urge to punch people in the face. In fact, I actively pride myself in being the kind of mild-mannered person who never lets anything irritate him. Never too happy, never too sad, never too high, never too low, I let most anything roll off my shoulders. On Saturday, I wanted to punch a lot...

Going In Blind

UNCASVILLE, Conn. - Being at a casino and all, I decided to play a little internal challenge with Game 2 of the tripleheader (there were actually four games Saturday, but we don't care much about Seton Hall-Washington in these parts) between Albany and Missouri-Kansas City. Normally, I would at least do a smidge...

Austin Peay Feeling Blue

Coming off a loss to Gardner-Webb, the DePaul Blue Demons looked like a team that was determined the shake its recent history and return to its days of playing competitive basketball in Chicago, er, I mean Rosemont. Meanwhile, the Governors of Austin Peay were coming off a loss of their own, a 20 point drubbing...

The Very Best That It Can Be

A business meeting in Houston gave me an opportunity to attend a game far from my Indiana home. Checking the Basketball State maps a couple of weeks in advance, I determined that the Louisiana-Lafayette at Texas Southern game would fit nicely into my schedule, and made plans to check it out. Not knowing much about...

Hall of Famer and Sons

UNCASVILLE, Conn. - Given the choice of going back to the casino before the next contest or talking to Bob Hurley, well, that's not a very hard choice, is it? Hurley was in attendance primarily to see his sons Danny and Bobby coach Rhode Island against fourth-ranked Ohio State, but was also inducted into the...

A Changing of The Guard

In the middle of the second half on Friday night, Harvard's freshman point guard Siyani Chambers did something he had not done for the last 76 minutes of the Crimson's game time: he sat down. Chambers deserved the rest. The diminutive guard had orchestrated Harvard's evisceration of the visiting Manhattan...

A Long Way For a Let Down

The first game of the Charleston Classic at 12:30 P.M. is a bit of a challenge to get to. It's in the middle of the work and school day in downtown Charleston next to the College of Charleston campus, so getting into TD Arena can be difficult. I tried to minimize my stops getting to the arena because of this,...

Doin' Work, Without Fanfare

UNCASVILLE, Conn. - It was 10:45 a.m. on a Sunday, but the casino never sleeps, so the bells and whistles still greeted my sleepy body as I returned to the Mohegan Sun Arena. Somewhere to my left and right, people were winning and losing thousands of dollars, but I still thought this greeting from the security...

Taking a Closer Look

"The answer is that we are not helpless in the face of our first impressions. They may bubble up from the unconscious - from behind a locked door inside of our brain - but just because something is outside of awareness doesn't mean it's outside of control." - Malcolm Gladwell, "Blink" UNCASVILLE, Conn. - Psychologists...

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UNCASVILLE, Conn. - At the end of a long weekend, I either misread or didn't bother to look at the schedule of Sunday's games to see that the championship game of the Naismith Bracket of the Hall of Fame Tournament (see: major schools) was going to take place before the consolation. Which meant I had to sit...

Guarantee Game; Expected Result

After a loss at Oregon State to open the season and the Wounded Warrior Classic, New Mexico State hosted the Southeastern Louisiana Lions of the Southland Conference. This was the Aggies' home opener, against a school they had only faced once before, in 1997. The Lions came to Las Cruces after opening the season...

This Rivalry Goes To 11

Since around this time last year, Butler fans and Xavier fans knew that their teams would meet on November 13, 2012 at 4 p.m. in Cintas Center. Both schools had agreed to play a home-and-home series as part of ESPN's Tip-Off Hoops Marathon, continuing a recently-renewed rivalry from the old Midwestern Collegiate...

Last Minute Game Audible

When I made the commitment to join a team for TMM9, I wanted to make sure I could get to as many games as I could, but not to the point where it would become too much of a strain on other things in my life, with my job being one of them. Being a nine-to-fiver, it makes it easy to be able to catch games after I...

Fast Pace, Slim Margin

"Take time for all things: great haste makes great waste."- Ben Franklin Life without a conference is not always easy. Since moving above the Black Line before the 2007-2008 season, the Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners have lived up to the perceived speed of their moniker, traveling 64,483 miles, over two...

"That's Not An Upset!"

After three games earlier in the day, it was finally time for the 8 PM nightcap of the day with Murray State taking on Auburn. Of the four games on the first day of the Charleston Classic, this was the one I was looking forward to the most. Initially Southern Illinois was going to be in the tournament instead,...

THE BATTLE OF 33RD STREET

Since this game happened, I've been trying to figure out the best way to convey how much fun it was to be in the Palestra on Saturday afternoon watching Penn and Drexel battle it out for bragging rights over ... a few blocks in West Philadelphia (as you may know, the two universities essentially share a border...

Was it the Tryptophan?

I decided to head to what I like to call the "City Morgue" tonight to catch Richmond taking on Wofford. I certainly wasn't expecting much, the Spiders were coming off a loss to Minnesota but they had destroyed Liberty, UNCW, and Hampton at home. UofR is about 5 minutes max from my house, I used to ride my bike...

Whose Ball Is It? Miner Ball!

Since the NMSU Aggies did not start the season on the opening Friday of the season, I found myself making the relatively short trip to the nearest game. I had not been in the Don Haskins Center at UTEP since before it got that name; it was previously known by the colorless name "Special Events Center." Built...

Not Again...

Every team has suffered injuries of some sort. No matter if you play 4th grade basketball where the score often doesn't hit 20 or on the NBA champion Miami Heat, if you play basketball, you have suffered a problem of some sort, either on or off the court. Every college basketball team has had injuries which have...

Our Game Writes Its Own Narrative, Thank You.

Our game writes its own narrative, if we can stand to get out of the way long enough to let it. Long before I usually wake up on a weekday, much less eat breakfast, Valpo and Northern Illinois (brief conference rivals once upon a time) wiped the cobwebs from their eyes and played a little 5 on 5 for an ESPN audience...

Getting Sucked In

To start the second game of the Charleston Classic, we had two above the Red Line schools going up against each other. While it was not Our Game, it was a relaxing start to the afternoon with Colorado edging out Baylor in a game between two teams that used to face each other in the Big 12. But while it was just...

Global Sports Classic, Not Global Nor Classic

In my second helping of the Global Sports Classic, or as I will refer to it through the end of next week, the American Basketball Random Game Staging, I watched UNLV defeat Jacksonville State 77-58. The Runnin' Rebels have the fortunate honor to host every game of their participation in this storied and prized...

What a Difference Four Days Makes

The early non-conference season brings all kinds of different match-ups. There are schools playing guarantee games, going to multi-team events, playing against in state rivals, playing teams they have never played before, you name it. When I go through and decide which of these games I will be seeing on a given...

Thank You, CSM Burnett

BROOKLYN, N.Y. - The much maligned and scrutinized Shabazz Muhammed scored 21 points as UCLA held off Georgia, 60-56, Tuesday night at the brand spanking new Barclays Center. Muhammed - projected as the top pick in next year's NBA draft - has had more words written about him, more stories telling us how good...

When Did Elon Relocate to Hawaii?

I think it is safe to say that the amount of preseason tournaments is getting a bit out of hand. Everyone seems to know that they are mainly a way to schedule more games and an attempt to make as much money as possible for anyone involved. Although the latter part seems to be questionable considering how obscure...

I Can Hear You

My second game of the day would have me seeing the Florida Atlantic Owls face off against the Coppin State Eagles. I knew that this game would be sparsely attended seeing that it was part of the Maui Invitational Mainland Regional hosted by Elon. The Elon Alumni Gym is not that big to begin with, and after the...

What Comes After Success?

BRONX, N.Y. - I was left with a travel dilemma again Wednesday. I wanted to write up the recap of the game I attended Tuesday, but didn't want to get caught in New York traffic on the busiest day of year heading to Manhattan College. The answer, as it was the week before in Massachusetts: the public library,...

Not a Big Rivalry, Still a Big Win

To the casual observer it might appear Portland-Portland State could be the big rivalry for bragging rights in the Rose City. I wish it was this way. I wish there was a purple half and a green half of Portland, and a city full of loyal fans would eagerly await each matchup. I wish Portland's Chiles Center and...

Different Feelings

Charleston is one of the best towns for basketball in the Southeast. Three local mid-majors, Charleston Southern, The Citadel, and the College of Charleston, provide for a very good brand of basketball from November to March each year. Since 2008, the Charleston Classic has been a part of the Charleston sports...

Who We Are

Hello there, anonymous internet surfer. Congratulations on discovering this website! This is a website about college basketball. Real college basketball. So if you were looking for something else that has to do with being middle or being a majority, you are in the wrong place. If you are looking for a website...

Puerto Rico - Isla del Encanto

BAYAMON, Puerto Rico - The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico is a place that is incredibly hard to explain. This island is home to almost 4 million people, has a higher population density than India, has over 500 years of "Euro-American" history, and humans have inhabited it and its surrounding islands for approximately...

Trying To Ditch Predictions

I really wish I could go into every basketball arena with a blank slate. I try to do it a lot of times, but I always have this preconceived notion that I know how a game, or a player, or a team, is about to perform. It would be bliss if I could just watch the game as it unfolds and enjoy it instead of in the back...

Cougars Avoid a Home Court Sweep

After a busy Friday and Saturday of four games in three locations, I had thoughts about taking Sunday off to rest up. Then I saw I would not have as many opportunities to get to go to games after this Thanksgiving Weekend. I figured I had better get to as many games as I could before the schedules started thinning...

Flyer Fanatics Go Home Happy

Once the College of Charleston game against Boston College ended with the hometown Cougar getting a Red Line Upset, the TD Arena turned into a human traffic jam. You had the Charleston fans walking up the aisles, not wanting to stick around for the second game of the afternoon and the Dayton Flyer fans that were...

The Game vs. Our Game

After two Red Line Upsets in the previous games, the last game of the second day of the Charleston Classic would feature Auburn against College of Charleston. Auburn had been routed in a RLU against Murray State the previous day, while College of Charleston had not been competitive the previous day against St....

Welcome to The Mid-Majority!

Welcome to The Mid-Majority! You've entered a community of creative individuals who have come together to celebrate the greatest game ever invented. Here at this site, we view the sport of college basketball a bit differently than the rest. Some would say that our focus is too narrow, but our concentration...

A Tune-up for Both Teams

Thanksgiving eve brought the second-ever matchup between the Northern New Mexico Eagles and the New Mexico State Aggies. Northern New Mexico College took the "Junior" out of its name only seven years ago. This is the fourth year of their men's basketball program, and the second year that the Eagles have competed...

Row, Danny, Row

KINGSTON, R.I. - After a quick stop at Mystic Aquarium, somewhere I hadn't been in two decades, I arrived at the University of Rhode Island campus to find it absolutely deserted. One of the fun things about traveling to college basketball games for me is to check out the different campuses: some small, others...

Being Remembered, By Those Who Matter

"The years teach much which the days never knew."- Ralph Waldo Emerson EASTON, Pa. - Somehow Jim Finnen had never heard of Joe Arnone until Saturday. And that's a shame. As I took my seat at the Kirby Sports Center Saturday afternoon, the voice and - let's be honest - age of the public address announcer immediately...

The New Nostalgia

Wright State is a bit of a challenged university. It has only been an independent institution for 45 years, it was a branch campus of Ohio State and Miami University until it became autonomous in 1967. WSU is generally viewed as inferior to its Division I neighbor, The University of Dayton, or other nearby universities...

The Wish is In

I don't know why my 11 year-old son Ian was willing to ride along with me into Harlem to see two teams predicted to finish in the middle of the pack in their respective leagues, but I'm glad he was. I know what motivated me: a wish for diversion. With days getting darker and temperatures colder, I needed the excitement...

Anger Issues

I have many faults. I eat popcorn at an extraordinarily alarming rate, I easily forget things, and I haven't been inside a library in at least 18 months. I procrastinate. I have two speeding tickets to my name. I have eight times as many parking tickets. Most are unpaid and will probably lead to a short prison...

The Showdown, The Throwdown

(Photo courtesy BND.com - ZIA NIZAMI) We knew coming into this game there would be tension. Here we had two schools separated by just 100 miles of Illinois prairie and two letters. One program is starting a rise from the lowest they've ever been. They had heard and read the talk; "Southern Illinois basketball...

We Are .... The Mid-Majority

"I hope you would root for who we are, not for who we are not."- Norman Dale There are plenty of websites that can tell you who leads the nation in scoring, what kind of efficiency the starting five of Kentucky has, or even what top eighth-grade recruits North Carolina might be bringing in. This isn't it. Yes,...

Apathy, Boredom, Melancholy

Throughout the season, I am sure all of us have particular games that we look forward to if we are fans of teams either above or below the Red Line. It could be the anticipation of the season opener just to get the season started. There are also those big rivalry games that we love and crave. There are conference...

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