Season 9

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Welcome to the Mid-Majority

Dear Hoops Fan, I love sports hype. And if you are riding the web looking for information about college basketball, you probably love the hype too. Your browser beats a well-worn path to the usual suspects, where the game we follow is packaged by corporate partners that want us to live in a televised fantasy....

You Get to Decide

In his commencement speech at Kenyon College, the late writer David Foster Wallace put forth the theory that the true value of a college education is that it teaches you how to exercise the most basic freedom of all: the freedom to "consciously decide what has meaning and what doesn't." Wallace gives examples...

Him to Me to Us

Photo via biggreenalertblog.blogspot.com This site started as his story, became about all of us and each of us but now has become about our teamwork. Here are some of the things we have learned (thanks to the authors and photographers): Come the First of November, everyone is eligible for a title It's okay...

Had Us At Unfinished Business, C.J.

FAIRFIELD, Conn. - You had me at "unfinished business", C.J. McCollum. Actually, you probably had me at Lehigh beating Duke in the NCAA Tournament, but close enough. Conventional wisdom had McCollum going pro after his stellar junior campaign. McCollum had 30 points in Lehigh's upset, the second No. 15 over...

Welcome, We Are With You

College basketball. You can't find it in the dictionary, but you can find it in Wikipedia: "College basketball is the USA basketball competitive governance structure established by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)." That might be what it is, but it's not totally accurate and certainly not...

Mismatched at Home

Most early season games in college basketball often run into problems of lacking parity or a good basketball atmosphere. Our mid-majors most often play guarantee games at this year, either on the road above the Red Line or against teams below the Black Line at home. Then we also have the Charleston Classic and...

Home Is Where The Start Is

When I found out I had the day off work for Portland's home opener against Idaho State, I figured I would make a night of it instead of just coming and going as quickly as possible. Instead of driving, I rode my bike across North Portland, taking in the beautiful nighttime views off the Bluffs on my way to...

Chasing Football

Charlotte has been one of the more underrated mid-major programs of the last 40 years in college basketball. In a 29 year span from 1977 through 2005, the 49ers made it to the NCAA Tournament. They made the Final Four in 1977 in only the 12th season of the basketball program's existence. The Niners also had...

Coach Pitino Comes to Conway

When you are a season ticket holder for a team below the Red Line, you try to find the positives when the school is making its schedule. If you are lucky, you will be able to see a team from above the Red Line visit, but a lot of times there are those games that do not seem to have any positives. What I am intrigued...

Proud To Be A Tree

I arrived in Terre Haute under the inky blackness of November night. Having spent 14 of my previous 24 hours driving and 5 of those 24 inside the University of Michigan's Crisler Center, it seemed fitting to round out my day at a basketball arena after a long journey. Visiting schools for the first time is always...

RIP, Kelsey Crooks

The day after Thanksgiving, New Mexico State basketball fans saw the first round games of the women's Hotel Encanto Classic. In the first, the Anteaters of the University of California at Irvine nipped the Drake Bulldogs 69-64; the second saw the NMSU Aggies defeat the George Mason Patriots 55-52. The third game...

Continuing the Tradition

The final day of the Charleston Classic started at high noon on a Sunday. The first game would feature the home team in the tournament, College of Charleston, taking on Boston College of the ACC. This was not the game that the home fans wanted to be seeing their team play in. The first game on the final day...

The Road Not Taken For A While

"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,I took the one less traveled by,And that has made all the difference."- The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost ALBANY, N.Y. - "The Road Not Taken" is one of the most misinterpreted pieces of American literature. The obvious takeaway for the reader is to blaze a new trail, to...

Not So Fast!

From time to time, I've tried my hand at coaching soccer. I even coached a girls varsity high school team for one season when the school was desperate for a coach. My career high school record as a coach is 5-10, although our team did reach the sectional final though a somewhat kind draw. As a soccer coach,...

They Can't All Be Classics

We all have our reasons on why we go to countless games every year. For some of us, we only go to a handful of games, while others try to go to as many games as possible. It could be for job related reasons that we venture out to distant locations; but in the end aren't we all just looking to be entertained?...

See The Duke Slayer For Just $1

HAMDEN, Conn. - The text message went out to several of my friends at exactly 7:25 a.m. Tuesday morning. It read as follows: "Future possible lottery pick and Duke slayer C.J. McCollum at Quinnipiac tonight if you're interested". I quickly got a couple of RSVPs back, one of which didn't understand that it was...

Early Season Grind

The fans from Dayton would get one last chance to see their Flyers play in Charleston. The multi-team event allows for their crazy fans to see their team play three teams in one weekend. And if you are even crazier like me, you can see even more teams and more games during one big weekend! There is one off day...

Billy Graham Has The Best Seat In The House

I'm notorious for remaining silent during games I attend by myself, but as I approached this particular gentleman I felt compelled to talk to him. Thirty minutes until game time and with literal thousands of empty seats in the arena, I found my seat directly next to his. How could I possibly avoid socializing?...

Better Than It Looked

If you were to just see the score of the Pilots' game last night against Division III Lewis and Clark you might think Portland barely avoided the dreaded Black Line Upset with a 78-73 win. While it's true the score was close the Pilots have a lot of positives to look at after the game. First, a little about Lewis...

So Where's the Other Team?

If you watch college basketball long enough then you eventually come across some strange things. One time I was at a Virginia-Georgia Tech game and the buzzer got stuck for five minutes. Sometimes I wake up in a cold sweat with that buzzer still echoing through University Hall and, yes, my ears are likely permanently...

Casual Viewpoints

After pulling off Red Line Upsets over Auburn and St. John's, the Murray State Racers would earn their way to the Charleston Classic final and play on ESPN2. In a tournament owned by ESPN, this would be the first and only game of the tournament that would be televised on basic cable. All other games were either...

Rebirth of the Cool

One of these things, as they say, is not like the others. The Penn Quakers huddled up late in the second half of last night's game against the Binghamton Bearcats, a team they were expected to defeat handily. The standout shoes in question belong to the guy who called the huddle, Penn guard Miles Cartwright....

MAAC Early Bird Special

"I think we consider too much the good luck of the early bird and not enough the bad luck of the early worm." - Franklin D. Roosevelt NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - At the risk of being unpopular, what is the purpose of the non-conference college basketball season at the mid-major level? You need some practice to...

Get Some Mid-Majority Christmas Bling!

Hey! You! It's only 26 days until Christmas! Do you have that special gift picked out for that RedHawk fan in your life? Well, look no further! Take a look at this beauty! That's right, it's a Miami RedHawk Flip Flop Charm Bracelet! What better way to express you love and honor for Miami than with this rhinestone...

Market Street Battle

On Wednesday, I decided to make my first long midweek trip of the season when I picked the city rivalry game between UNC-Greensboro and North Carolina A&T. I originally had hopes of going to another city rivalry between Charleston and Charleston Southern, but tickets to that game sold out in a matter of minutes....

Holiday Jungle Hats For Sale!

Oh, the weather up North is becoming frightful! And, as Mama used to say, most of your body heat escapes from your head. Fight off the effects of Old Man Winter with a gift from the Capital City of Hoops Nation - an IUPUI Adidas Knit Hat, With Tassels. This colorful and stylish hat has long been commonly...

The Holy Grail of Gift-Giving

We truly live in a golden age of shopping. Anyone with a credit card and a public library nearby can basically get anything they want, delivered right to their door. (Unfortunately, for me this has translated into buying chocolate bars in bulk.) Which means we live in a dark age of gift giving - if your intended...

The Infant Shirt from the Infants of TMM!

Have a new addition to your family? Then make sure they are outfitted with apparel from the newest member of our TMM family, the Northern Kentucky University Norse! The Norse is the most recent of a number of schools jumping from Division II to join the Atlantic Sun. So doesn't it make perfect sense to set...

Come On Down To The EWU Surplus Store

Come on down to the Eastern Washington University Surplus Store this year for all you Holiday shopping needs! Bring the kids, ample parking available. We are conveniently located on the only road in Cheney Washington with stores! Do you hate waiting for things to burn? Who has time these days? Maybe you should...

Can't Go Wrong With Spirit Fingers

We all want to get that original holiday gift, don't we? Another season goes by, you give the same types of gifts to the same people and you never actually see them again. We here at the Mid-majority have a solution to your problem. Global warming may be creeping slowly north, but it may take a while to get...

Growing Up and Growing Older

After returning from a fairly successful trip to the Maui Invitational, Butler hosted Division III foe Hanover College Tuesday night. This matchup was scheduled late in the summer after Butler's rather abrupt shift from the Horizon League to the Atlantic 10 Conference. By that time, the Dawgs already had set their...

A Different View

After having taken trips of about two hours each way per day for the previous four days to see a whopping 14 college basketball games, it was finally time to take a day off. And by day off, I mean going only 45 minutes to see only one game. This game would be at South Carolina, a SEC school that is the closest...

Traveling

My family decides to break up a 400 mile post-Thanksgiving drive from Virginia to Connecticut with a stop in Easton, Pennsylvania to see Princeton play at Lafayette. This is how we make the decision: I convince Ian, my eleven year-old son and usual game companion, who persuades his mother, who talks our daughter...

They Aren't Very Good

"They aren't very good, you know." "I'm sorry? " "Eastern Kentucky. They aren't very good." The man repeated himself slowly and returned to pecking away at the hotel computer. He was right. The Colonels entered the Comfort Suites Invitational ranked 289th in the Pomeroys. In fact, the tournament participants...

You, Me and Rick

CHICAGO, December 2 -- The World Wide Web in 2004 was a far different world than the one we know now, but it held an eye-glint reflection of things to come. Real-time conversations among strangers were only possible in "Java applets," the term "sports blog" hadn't been coined yet, and "meme" was still a word found...

Basketball at the Right Price

My initial plan for the Tuesday before Thanksgiving was to see Coastal Carolina play Johnson & Wales. That game was already going to be covered on here by Matt Cayuela, a Coastal season ticket holder. Looking at the lineup for games on November 20, this was a selection that did not quite make sense. There...

How to Stop the Swiss

December 1 was a day I had marked off on my calendar for quite some time. First off, who doesn't like it when the calendar turns to December? College basketball continues to heat up, the holidays are here... I mean who isn't happy? I was excited about Saturday because it would be my first MidMajority doubleheader...

A Hidden Rivalry

Timing was working out well for my first MidMajority doubleheader. I left Farmville just before 4 o'clock and I'd have just enough time to grab a beer with my dad at a local bar by University of Richmond's campus. My wife tagged along for the Longwood game, but certainly wasn't going to pull the doubleheader....

Slowing It Down A Little

"Beware the barrenness of a busy life." - Socrates NEW YORK- Somewhere outside the Prada store on 5th Avenue and 59th Street, it hit me. Call it a mini-epiphany. I was running, attempting to race to a train I was late for, or at least one I thought I was going to miss. But in front of me, all I saw was humanity,...

The Other Side

There are not usually many college basketball games played on the day before Thanksgiving. But on this Wednesday before Thanksgiving, there would be a game near me with South Carolina taking on Elon. This was not however really much of a guarantee game, despite the conference affiliations of the schools involved...

Bonus Coverage

My favorite part of NFL Sundays happens when the scheduled game ends. Greg Gumbel appears on screen and informs the viewing audience too poor to afford Sunday Ticket (like me) that CBS is about to take you to a magical place known as "bonus coverage". Without delay, we are all whisked away to five free minutes...

Not What I Was Expecting

I was pretty excited on my drive up to Greensboro Saturday afternoon. I would be pulling another double-header when that night I would go over to see Elon and Charleston play. It was the first game of the day that I was most excited for though. Two MEAC rivals would be squaring off when North Carolina A&T...

Early SoCon Cliffhanger

My second game of the day would take me out of Greensboro and a short drive over to Elon. The Phoenix would be taking on the Charleston Cougars in an early SoCon tilt. The problem for me was getting out of Greensboro. I had just watched North Carolina Central beat North Carolina A&T in a game that went to...

A Sad Ending to Rivalry Day

What constitutes a rivalry? Usually two teams need to be in the same general geographic area to fuel a rivalry, and they need to play each other on a regular basis in order to keep it relevant. Most good rivalries also have a long history of competition, and there is usually a good degree of animosity built...

Life is in Charge

Today's game takes place under the shadow of death. Last night, as I waited to place my dinner order with 20-30 Valpo alumni from the St. Louis area in a private room at Joe Buck's Restaurant just a stone's throw from that ballpark where they play baseball in front of the so-called "Greatest fans in baseball",...

Trying to Belong Here

For the past few years for Thanksgiving I have visited family in Durham, North Carolina. I wanted to get to at least one basketball game when there, possibly two. But on Thanksgiving weekend, you have to coordinate family activities with others. So my uncle was able to pick out a sporting event the whole family...

The Ballad of Mo Cassara

"We have to distrust each other. It's our only defense against betrayal." - Tennesee Williams HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - With his team struggling against Wagner's pressure and trailing for the first time in the second half Tuesday night, Hofstra coach Mo Cassara looked down his bench for a possible solution to the...

With Feeling This Time

The Chiles Center on the campus of the University of Portland is, based on what I've seen on this site, very nice as mid-major arenas go. It's got a good size capacity (about 5000), but it's not too big like the Rose Garden or even Memorial Coliseum, the current and former arenas of the NBA's Trailblazers. The...

Ouch!

The College of Charleston prides itself on testing themselves during the non-conference portion of the season. They are not afraid to play a variety of high-profile teams in a given year and they often knock off several of those opponents above the Red Line. In recent years, they have knocked off South Carolina,...

Conference NYC Green

I was a geography minor in college, and I can tell east from west, north from south. I didn't take too many math classes, but most days I can count to 10 or 12. Bigger is not always better, so it's time to rethink where we're going. So I've combined two passions of mine to form the brand new Green Apple Conference....

Feeling Red

It has been a long break between me writing recaps so far. After the Charleston Classic finished up on November 20, my team, the College of Charleston went on a road trip. This was a very hard stretch for the Cougars. After 3 games in the Charleston Classic, the Cougs were lucky to be 2-2. The second win was by...

Aggies-Miners Game One: This is Always a War

I know of no other non-conference rivalries that regularly play two annual games, home-and-home, besides the ones between New Mexico State University and the University of New Mexico, and between New Mexico State and the University of Texas at El Paso. Tonight begins the "Battle of I-10," named for the cross-country...

Final Games Before the Break

With the end of semester approaching and exams on the horizon for most schools, it is becoming the part of the season that I dread. The games over Winter break can be some good match-ups, but the usual atmosphere is really diminished. Students are away from campus, you will be lucky to get a pep band or even a...

The Football Free South Conference!

The main driving factor behind conference realignment is football. Football is what allows the schools above the Red Line to generate a revenue stream that Hoops Nation cannot match, thus allowing our schools below the Red Line to never be a threat. My alma mater High Point does not have football. Football is...

Frank Feels A Pain

Saturday's schedule gave me a good opportunity to attend a Mid-Majority doubleheader, with the nightcap featuring the Miami Red Hawks and the IPFW Mastodons. I was interested to see Miami and their new coach John Cooper, who came to Oxford after a successful three-season stint at Tennessee State. When the highly...

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

Dear Virginia, Hi there. I'm Jen. You don't know me, but you will. Here's what you need to know right now: I'm about to help you right a terrible wrong. Look, I grew up in that Commonwealth due west (no, not that one, the one you had to give up way back in 1792). And I went to school in that state directly...

Back to the Future - The NCC Rises Again

*Pardon me while I live out a fantasy of mine. Being the new commissioner of the new... North Central Conference. All the following stuff is sadly probably not quite realistic... but one can dream.* When I found out the Summit League was falling apart I was quite excited. The Summit League had a great history...

TMM (The Mighty Midwest)

You can tell a lot about a college sports fan by the perspective they hold on conference realignment. As with many bad situations, a person usually falls into one of three camps: OPTIMISTIC The conference realignment optimist thinks keeping track of the constant shuffling is a headache, but is excited about...

When Good Guys Go Bad

How corrupt this game is above the Red Line. Right? Less than two days after the dismissal of star point guard Michael Dixon, Missouri used a guarantee game against Appalachian State to take out its anger. Senior forward Laurence Bowers had as many points at halftime as the entire Mountaineers' squad (21-21),...

The Hyphen League

The late Jim Valvano once said that you should beware of any team with a hyphen in its name during the NCAA tournament. There are a ton of potential great basketball programs out there which are state schools that live in the shadow of their better known, longer standing, and better funded campuses. It's time...

Put Him In, Coach. Please?

FAIRFIELD, Conn. - We all love it when a plan comes together. Everything just falls into place, and it's just magic from the beginning to the end. You all know that feeling, right? Didn't quite work that way Wednesday night as I made my way down to the Pitt Center for a seemingly unremarkable matchup between...

Terriers Get the Sweep

It is not often when two teams play back-to-back games against each other in college basketball. If it were to happen, it would usually be when conference teams play the last regular season game against each other and also happen to play each other in the first round of the conference tournament. Having a home-and-home...

Super Guarantee Game

After a 0-6 start to the season, Presbyterian was looking to find somebody they could beat. The Blue Hose had lost those six games by an average of 28 points. And while most of those games so far have been guarantee games, they also lost badly on a neutral floor to Cornell and Florida A&M. Presbyterian...

Mr. Obnoxious vs. Mr. Annoying

PROVIDENCE, R.I.- After paying $10 to give my car a rest at the Dunkin' Donuts Center, I could obviously use a lark, and the sight of the University of Rhode Island cheerleaders following me out of the parking lot certainly did the trick. Like a bad Saved By the Bell knockoff, they jogged through the tunnels...

The 2012 Causeway Classic: Why is He Open?

College basketball has plenty of classic rivalries based on proximity like the Battle of the Boulevard. Sac State and UC Davis are separated by the Yolo Causeway, which serves mostly as a floodplain. Sac State started as Sacramento State College in 1947 to help soldiers utilizing the GI Bill. In 1955, the...

Coasting to the Red Line Upset

December 1 was another busy sports day for Las Crucens, but much of it came to us on the radio. In the afternoon, the Las Cruces High Bulldogs won their state semifinal football game at Albuquerque's Wilson Stadium, defeating the Eldorado Eagles. NMSU Aggie football traveled to San Marcos, Texas, for the (presumably)...

Everything Happens for a Reason

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - When it was told to me that my JV coaching contract was not going to be renewed last spring, it hurt, not going to lie. It was a part-time gig, and it was probably a net loss financially because of the time put in, but it was still tough. You become attached to people, routines, other coaches;...

Baby, Baby

I am 44, and I haven't held a baby in a long time. But Johan puts his youngest daughter in my arms after we've finished eating on Raymond Avenue so he can bring the car around. The calmest little child. Her quiet, brown-eyed stare follows her father out of the restaurant. I, of course, am antsy. We are going to...

Me, Mikey, and Brian Voelkel

"Ah, you have no idea of the magnitude of this thing. If she is allowed to infiltrate this world, then George Costanza as you know him, Ceases to Exist! You see, right now, I have Relationship George, but there is also Independent George. That's the George you know, the George you grew up with -- Movie...

Changing Plans

On Wednesday, November 28, my original plan was to see College of Charleston play Charleston Southern. This was also Matt Cayuela's original plan as well. But I knew that one potential problem might be that the game was at Charleston Southern, the first time the CSU-C of C rivalry has been hosted at Charleston...

Hard To Break

It was over a month ago, but it seemed like yesterday...I sat in bed watching television... warm, cozy. Flipping across the channels I came across a marathon of the reality series Doomsday Preppers. I watched a few episodes out of morbid curiosity easily poking holes in my head at the rationale of some of the...

A Winter of Despair?

"In short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only."- Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities BRONX, N.Y. - It was Chamber of Commerce weather Sunday afternoon in Riverdale,...

Outsider

A week after Thanksgiving, I would head back to North Carolina for another basketball game. This would be my 36th basketball game attended of the season at all levels, and my 24th mid-major basketball game of the season. And this was all before the month of November came to a close. It's a great activity to...

$8? Well Worth it!

I've seen Longwood play plenty of big schools before. You always know that the game will likely end in a total dismantling, but there is always hope that you may just see a miracle take place. The Lancers have been a nomadic tribe in their time as independent, collecting paychecks from anyone who would have them....

The North Florida Ospreys check in at home

It may seem impossible to simultaneously be in the largest city in the contiguous United States and be in a place that makes you feel you are in the middle of nowhere. However, once you realize that in the case of Jacksonville, Florida, "largest" refers to area, the notion becomes plausible. Once upon a time,...

Hoops From The Hinterlands

I have always been fascinated by places in America where life is different from the reality that I know and live. Last year I attended my first Big Sky Conference Men's Basketball game at the University of Montana. Though my time there was brief it inspired me to further explore the area. I am not sure why I...

Fighting for Glory

During the fundraising drive for this website back in October, Kyle retweeted a tweet from TMMer Craig Caswell: "I knew Norfolk State before they were cool. Join the @midmajority for #TMM9". And as somebody who was watched MEAC basketball in person the past few years that was a tweet I could relate to. This...

Standing in Brooklyn

"I'm standing in Brooklyn just waiting for something to happen. I can't help but look thinking that everyone doesn't get it." - Fun., One Foot BROOKLYN, N.Y. - Would you believe I heard that song for the first time on the train heading down to New York City on Tuesday afternoon? I made the point last time...

Exclusive: The Curtain Speaks to TMM

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - One of the surprising breakout stars of TMM Season 8 was the Webster Bank Arena black curtain. It is just so ostentatiously huge and intimidating that people gravitated to it and couldn't stop staring. Every time I mentioned The Curtain, people wanted to know more about it. Unfortunately...

When in Athens...

In the middle of Nashville's Centennial Park, a green space among the growing expanse of asphalt, unending traffic, and chain stores that is the West End, stands a slice of antiquity in a modern world. It is a full-scale replica of the Greek Parthenon, the crown jewel of the Acropolis and the pride of the Athens...

The Rose Hill Storm

The 2010-11 Fordham Men's Basketball season went poorly. Poor may actually be too positive an adjective to describe the product put out by the Rams that year. It was Head Coach Tom Pecora's first season at Rose Hill after being hired away from Hofstra, where he had led the Pride to several strong seasons but...

Staying Unbeaten

Everyone loves the aura a team has when it is undefeated. It does not matter what the level of competition is, there is always that great feeling when seeing a 0 in the loss column of your favorite squad. Sloppy play and flaws could be running amuck on a team, but that can all be silenced by a perfect record....

A Charleston Surprise (or two!)

The Citadel's basketball program has gone through many interesting periods in its history. The program under former head coach Pat Dennis was one that played sometimes as many as four non Division I opponents in a year. The lowest point in its history was in the 2003-04 season. The Dogs played Emmanuel, a NAIA...

A Rare Sight Below the Line

You can group non-conference games below the Red Line into three common groups: The game against a non-D1, a mid-major visiting a school above the Red Line, or two mid-majors playing each other. A fourth type of game is the most uncommon. This is the game in which a team from above the Red Line goes on the...

Impromptu TMM Meetup

Meeting someone over the internet is nothing new these days. Ten or 15 years ago it could almost be thought of as taboo or scandalous in some circles, but with the invention of social media it has become essentially commonplace. I have run into several people who have followed me first on Twitter. Most of...

Old Mecklenburg Rivalry

In the most populated county of the Carolinas in Mecklenburg County, there are two Division I schools: Davidson and Charlotte. With the local professional sports teams struggling, the basketball teams are the biggest things going in Charlotte area sports. And that is why I expected it to be a hot ticket when the...

Admiral Ackbar vs. the Princeton Tigers

It's a classic set up: in and among the exams, holiday travel, and holiday eating, major conference teams want to keep things moving before they transition into conference play. So they schedule a guarantee game at home. We'll take just one example: on December 30, 2011, the Princeton Tigers traveled to Tallahassee...

It Just Didn't Matter

Admittedly, my memories of the events of December 29, 2001 are a bit vague. Part of that is the lapse of time and part of it is the fact that I did not actually attend the final of the Hoosier Classic at Conseco Fieldhouse between host Indiana and Butler. I can't remember why I didn't go to the game. The game...

A Broadcaster's Nightmare

As I said earlier this year, I hate playing non-Division I teams! As I'm sure many have gathered this year, the Big South is certainly having a down year with a slew of young teams. I did the math and fifty-eight percent of the wins from the Big South teams this year have come against non-DI schools. You read...

Diamonds Are Forever

In a recent essay on this site, I wondered how rivalries were determined, and fretted a bit that there didn't seem to be as many obvious rivalries as there once were. We see some stories of clear rivalries described here, such as the Battle of the Boulevard and some of the Big Five matchups in Philadelphia, in...

From Newtown to West Point

"Life is short, Break the Rules. Forgive quickly, Kiss SLOWLY. Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably And never regret ANYTHING That makes you smile." - Mark TwainWEST POINT, N.Y.- One of the reasons West Point and Marist were two of my favorite places to go last season was...

Out Sightseeing

I believe in a certain kind of sports traveler's karma. Getting yourself to a specific location at a specific time requires that all axes align properly in fabric of space-time. For those Cartesianally inclined it means the x-axis, y-axis and z-axis have all intersected at some locus called the game. You dig?...

Another Last Minute Decision in El Paso

My third visit this season to the Don Haskins Center in El Paso saw the host UTEP Miners play the Idaho Vandals for only the third time in history. In late December 1975, the Miners and Vandals played two consecutive nights in El Paso, the Miners winning both. In 1985, eight year Miner assistant Tim Floyd left...

We Never Change, But...

"Where the vale of Onondaga Meets the eastern sky Proudly stands our Alma Mater On her hilltop high. Flag we love! Orange! Float for aye- Old Syracuse, o'er thee, Loyal be thy sons and daughters To thy memory." - Syracuse University Alma Mater SYRACUSE, N.Y. - We never change, of course, but that doesn't mean...

Hidden Talent

The afternoon begins well for Robert Covington. His first three-pointer swishes. His second one does, too. Before the first media timeout, Robert Covington looks like the best player on the floor. He is 6-foot-9 and physically imposing, even from the top row of Mizzou Arena. Very few fans know much about Covington,...

Family Affair

His name is Snoop, but you only know that because a strong feminine voice behind you is screaming it on every possession. Stay with him, Snoop! Watch weakside, Snoop! There you go, Snoop! It's OK, Snoop! When she's not yelling, the woman is explaining Snoop's life story. His brother, Skyler, has a two-year-old...

Hiding From the Fallout

"Thus, what is one man's safety is another man's destruction." - Daniel Defoe NEWARK, N.J.- Let the record show that if Thursday, Dec. 13 was the day that the college sports bubble finally burst, that I was nowhere near it. In fact, I was about as far away from the epicenter as humanly possible. I heard...

Life Below the Black Line

We see them on our favorite team's schedule, usually as exhibition games in the weeks before the games actually count, occasionally during the non-conference schedule itself. Some of us don't really like playing those games: "Another non-D1? Boring!" Sometimes we don't like these games because the Division I...

Stunning Turn of Events

The College of Charleston has been playing basketball for most of the last century. Along with the city of Charleston, the university has grown. So has their basketball program. Back in the 1970s and 1980s, they spent their time in the NAIA. In the NAIA, they played in District 6 mostly.This consisted of most...

A Matter of Perspective

BROOKLYN, N.Y. - What are theories if we don't attempt to put them into practice? I somewhat haphazardly wrote about a hypothetical Green Apple conference that would include all the New York City teams. However, even in the three weeks since I wrote it, it seems less far-fetched. Who knows where the conference...

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David & Goliath: A Love Story

A new underdog book about disadvantage, survival, justice and probabilities by Kyle Whelliston, coming late 2019 Q2.