Season 9

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An Improvement, Yet Still Short

This matchup between Boston University and Coastal Carolina was an interesting game to go to. Not because I expected it to be a good game since BU had crushed the Chants by 30 the previous week. But there was an appeal of seeing an America East team that will be leaving for the Patriot League next year. The Terriers...

The Little Guy

I am not a little guy. The last time I visited the doctor, I measured at right around six feet tall, or at least close enough that I have no moral problem rounding up to this threshold at every possible opportunity. I may have technically checked in at about 5-foot-11 and three quarters, but even that number places...

No Chance, But Who Cares?

"Hit me with it! I've come a long way to see you, Mary. The least you can do is level with me. What are my chances? " "Not good." "You mean, not good like one out of a hundred? " Mary: I'd say more like one out of a million." "So you're telling me there's a chance." - Lloyd and Mary in Dumb & Dumber...

Just My Luck

I do look forward to every game I attend no matter how dire the matchup may be. There are instances where finding motivation to make the long drives to some of these games is hard to drum up though. When a team is facing a non-DI school, it is hard to come up with reasons, especially when it is over winter break...

The Turning Point

Living in basketball-crazed Dayton, Ohio has some significant perks, not the least of which is a steady stream of hoops to enjoy between sub-Red Line schools Dayton and Wright State. For the most part, Dayton is below the Red Line in name only, which has both benefits and drawbacks. One of my favorite parts...

The Talent (Not Geographic) Gap

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - I've tried to avoid lower division teams in my travels thus far. I've got nothing against the little guys, and Black Line upsets are always fun, but: a) I want to see as many Division I schools as many times as possible before the season is done, and b) I like to see competitive games if...

The Storm Before the Storm

I was pretty lucky growing up. I hit the dad and grandpa lottery. My dad is a golf professional, so free golf never hurts. My grandpa (my mom's dad) ran a golf shop in town just about five minutes away from my dad's course. What does this have to do with anything regarding basketball? Both always had a lot...

Tourney Time In Portland

Monday's game between Portland and Cal State-Bakersfield was part of the Las Vegas Classic. That's what I found out from consulting the Pilots' website. If I didn't follow Pilot basketball so closely I would have thought it was just another non-conference game. There were no special announcements, no tournament...

Trying to Find the Appeal Here

Last year, the South Carolina Gamecocks ranked 45th of 345 Division I basketball teams with 8,868 fans per game. Considering the quality of the team, that is actually pretty amazing. It is especially amazing when most Gamecock fans do not care about basketball until the football team plays their bowl game, at...

The Washington Generals Had a Better Chance

With the number of games dwindling as the holidays approached, I didn't have many choices locally that fit into my schedule. I hadn't attended a Cincinnati game yet, and the number of opportunities to do so in a game that would count were running out. Plus, last year I witnessed a Red Line Upset when Presbyterian...

Bumbling Big South

It was not until a few years ago that I had become a fan of the Big South conference. When I first moved to South Carolina nearly eight years ago, it was all about Winthrop. While relatively far away in Rock Hill, the school would get some local coverage in Myrtle Beach especially around March. My interest...

Holiday Bargains

If you are a mid-major fan out there and have always wanted to check out a school but never had an opportunity, this might be the best time of the year to do so. With the students gone on winter break, every university is trying to fill their respective arenas and gyms the best they can. You can find discounted...

For Princeton, Size Matters

Watch the Princeton Tigers go through layup lines, and not much stands out. The team is fairly homogenous; the uniforms and shoes are all the same (no headbands or accoutrements here), and even the players' haircuts are uniform. Get them on the court against another team, however, and you see what is easy to...

Good Guys

The Fairfield-Drexel game begins with a moment of silence for the victims of the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, twenty-five miles up the road. Earlier in the day, my eleven year-old son's game also started with a moment of silence; Ian and his fifth grade teammates stood awkwardly in their baggy uniforms....

Who Can Stop the Bleeding?

If you looked at a schedule at the beginning of the season and saw that Old Dominion was facing the College of Charleston, you would probably think that it would be a very quality mid-major matchup. On one side you had Old Dominion, who has made postseason appearances in the past eight seasons and has had great...

Jesse Morgan Is On Fire!

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit." - Aristotle AMHERST, Mass.- Jesse Morgan went just 1-for-9 from the field, scoring only three points as UMass...

My Private Idaho

To me, the true spirit of what we do here at Midmajority is; exploring the strange, unfamiliar and sometimes forgotten corners of the Men's Division I College Basketball landscape. Some schools play in obscurity because they are hard to get to, others play second fiddle to a bigger, more established rival. If...

My Private Idaho

To me, the true spirit of what we do here at Midmajority is; exploring the strange, unfamiliar and sometimes forgotten corners of the Men's Division I College Basketball landscape. Some schools play in obscurity because they are hard to get to, others play second fiddle to a bigger, more established rival. If...

Assessing Our Own Importance

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. - Everything seemed to fit together perfectly Friday night for me. For some reason, Central Connecticut moved its game with Northeastern to an 8 p.m. tip, so I was able to get to coach a full soccer practice, and - because it was on the way to New Britain - still make it to CCSU in plenty...

Everybody is a Winner!

I went into Friday night's game at VCU not expecting much of anything. I knew my Lancers were going to get blown out, but it is still always cool to see Longwood in my hometown. We had a great pregame event for Longwood fans, alumni, and students at a bar not too far from the Siegel Center named Home Team....

Ospreys' Migration Heads To Portland

It sometimes doesn't seem like it, but Portland is pretty well off as mid-majors go. Sure, they historically lose a lot more than they win, but last season notwithstanding Eric Reveno has the program headed in the right direction. They're in the WCC and will always have to deal with Gonzaga, St. Mary's, and until...

Technical Fail

I was excited for this game in Spartanburg between UT San Antonio and USC Upstate to start a full day of college basketball in the Piedmont region of the Carolinas. This would not be a mismatch game against a non-Division I team like with Presbyterian and Toccoa Falls. Nor would this game be a boring game at...

Unexpected Beatdown

Coastal Carolina has done a good job in recent years of getting big name opponents to come to Conway. They rarely have scheduled the dreaded guarantee games with teams above the Red Line under the Cliff Ellis era. There was a scheduling agreement with LSU two years ago where the Tigers were supposed to open...

Not Perfect, Still Awesome

"Have no fear of perfection. You'll never reach it." - Salvador Dali NEW YORK- We always want everything to be flawless in our lives. At least that's what we strive for. Whether it's a Thanksgiving dinner, a presentation to our co-workers, or a family...

Unavoidably Detained

"I was unavoidably detained." - Carl Spackler BROOKLYN, N.Y. - I was in the bathroom. My first game of the day at Madison Square Garden had gone a little late, and I had to say goodbye to my triumphant Temple alum friend. That didn't leave me much time to catch the 3 train downtown, across to Brooklyn...

Escape to Section 26

BROOKLYN, N.Y. - Between the first and second games of the Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational, I committed two egregious violations that went undetected by the Barclays Center staff. Or maybe, they were just being sympathetic. First, being very hungry on my Saturday odyssey in the City, I ate some smuggled...

Business As Usual In the Woods

I love living in the city of Portland and the state of Oregon, but one thing I wish we had more of was Division I basketball. Like most areas in the western half of the country people and schools are more spread out here. I go to almost every Portland game and a fair number of Portland State games, but watching...

Trying to be Different

After the previous game at USC Upstate went longer than expected due to technical problems, I then headed to Gardner-Webb. This was a game that I looked forward to as well since it featured the Runnin' Bulldogs of Gardner-Webb, a team that had played surprisingly well compared to the rest of the Big South so far....

A Great Beginning

One of the cool things about living in Virginia is the number of quality and unique college basketball programs. You have schools ranging from the ACC all the way down to one of the best programs in DIII hoops (Virginia Wesleyan). As a Division I fan its upsetting that some of the best in the state stray away...

Sounds of (Virtual) Silence

BROOKLYN, N.Y. - I figured that the finale of the Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational would draw the biggest crowd Saturday night: LIU Brooklyn was literally a block away and Seton Hall is considered a New York-metro team, playing just a few miles away in New Jersey. That would be incorrect, unfortunately....

Ballyfest Destiny Holiday Video Tour

Happy Holidays from Ballyfest Destiny! Welcome to our Holiday Video Tour! We'll start with a moment honoring those recently, senselessly lost in Newtown, Connecticut, courtesy of NBC and Saturday Night Live. Next, we bring you a few minutes below the Black Line with Taylor University's "Silent Night."...

Mid-Majority Christmas List (Chipmunks Style)

"Christmas, Christmas time is here Time for toys, time for cheer We've been good but we can't last Hurry Christmas, hurry fast Want a plane that loops the loop Me, I want a hula hoop We can hardly stand the waitPlease, Christmas, don't be late" - Alvin and the Chipmunks, "Christmas Don't be Late"Christmas, Christmas...

Business Not As Usual In Downtown Portland

After coming home from my first game of the day, I rested a while, then headed downtown to see Portland State and Weber State in the first weekend of Big Sky Conference action. One of the nice things about the PSU campus is that it's close to my house, the parking meters turn off at 7:00, a half hour before...

Avoiding a Black Line Trap

The challenge for this past week had been to come up with our favorite trap game. Yet in my travels of college basketball, I really do not have a trap game that would work that well. Most Red Line Upsets I can remember have actually come in November. The only RLU I have been to that was a classic trap game was...

Twelve Days of Upsets

I'm not the biggest fan of Christmas music in general, but any song that has been covered by both The Muppets (RIP John Denver) and the guys from Strange Brew has a special place in my heart. Of course, the biggest holiday in Our Game doesn't begin for a couple more months, but with a few days off this holiday...

A Growing Rivalry

The rivalry between the College of Charleston and Coastal Carolina University has grown into a very interesting series. The two schools are like each other in many ways. CofC is the fast-growing state university for the Charleston area; while Coastal Carolina is the fast-growing state university for the Myrtle...

Trying to Find the Simple Things in Sports

It was a late May evening in Columbia, South Carolina when I pulled up to Capital City Stadium for an amateur baseball contest. Capital City Stadium is an old deteriorating park that few people come to anymore. But when I pulled in towards the parking lot on Assembly Street more than 30 minutes before game time,...

The State Championship

The inaugural Governor's Holiday Hoops Classic at the Richmond Coliseum had started off with a bang after George Mason's Sherrod Wright hit a buzzer beater to take down the Richmond Spiders. With a party going down in the GMU section, I headed down to the Coliseum bar for the 30 minute or so intermission between...

A Hat Tip to Colt Ryan (and Other Legends)

Saturday was "Hoosier Hysteria Day at Hinkle", honoring the legacy of Indiana High School Basketball, particularly those events held at the old fieldhouse. When Butler Fieldhouse was built in 1928, it was partially funded by the Indiana High School Athletic Association to serve as the home site for the state...

Holiday Moment in Berkeley

Though the other offerings for this challenge have been mostly festive, the following is a more sober story that stemmed from my visit to the Bay Area in early December. Hopefully the visual aids can provide some of the festive mood the words lack. Out of the songs popular this time of year, "The Little Drummer...

Cookies for Santa

Rare is the holiday cookie that can truly survive in the wilds of the non-December baking schedule. You wouldn't eat a gingerbread man in July, right? However, I've got one that will be right at home in March: the TMM cookie. The particulars of the cookie dough itself, I leave to the discretion of the baker....

Long Drives and Hard Lessons Part 1

A 7-hour Saturday round trip to Springfield, arriving home at 1 am, resting up on Sunday, driving 10.5 hours to Rochester, Michigan for another game on Monday, 4 hour drive to Valpo to sleep over at my Dad's house, early morning drive back to St. Louis on Tuesday - this may be the closest I ever come to what...

Always Fun To Be Close To The Court And Stuff

Basketball in southeastern Michigan is a rich and diversified affair. A fan can enjoy small or large school basketball featuring teams from the Big Ten, Horizon, MAC, and Summit League, all of which call the area home. Frequently, I enjoy this hoops cornucopia with my eleven-year-old half-brother Aaron, an...

Not Quite As Advertised

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - Just as I was with C.J. McCollum earlier in the season, again last Sunday I was put in the role of salesman, only this time I thought it might be a tougher sell. My friend, the Temple alum whom I'd witnessed the upset with the day before was still in town, and I gave what I thought was...

Round One of the Rio Grande Rivalry

Round one of the Rio Grande Rivalry between the New Mexico Lobos and the New Mexico State Aggies this year was held at University Arena in Albuquerque, also known as the Pit. The two teams play an annual home-and-home series despite not being in the same conference since the Lobos abandoned the Border Conference...

The Rio Grande Rivalry Continues

The Rio Grande Rivalry measures the competition between New Mexico State and New Mexico in the fourteen sports they sponsor in common. Points are assigned to each sport and divided among the contests between the two schools. In basketball, both men's and women's, as well as baseball and softball, there are always...

Don't Go Changin', Big Red

"For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong."- H.L. Mencken BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - E, S, P, and N are not four letters we like to use in sequence around these parts, and most of the time with good reason. However, as much as people try to make everything into absolutes,...

More and Less to Play For

UNC Wilmington not too long ago was the pride of the Colonial. The Seahawks in the early 2000s made the NCAA Tournament multiple times, winning four CAA Tournaments in seven years under coaches Jerry Wainwright and Brad Brownell. In Wainwright's last season in 2002, UNCW won its only NCAA Tournament game in its...

We See You, Utah Valley

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - As a true college basketball aficionado, there is nothing quite like the neutral site, early game of a tournament. Friday's Austin Peay-Utah Valley contest in the Dr. Pepper Classic likely being the final one for me this season (until conference tournament play, of course, but that's a...

Want You, Coocoo, Caanan-Ball!

There is one band from Dayton that has received a cult following and has become a bit of a muse in the Mid-Majority, that band being Robert Pollard and Guided By Voices of course. But GBV wasn't the only band to emerge from the Dayton music scene. Funk legends The Ohio Players came out of Dayton in the 70s....

Not a Top 10 Attitude

"I guess it's not too bad that High Point lost dad. Those three dunks John Brown had were worth the price of admission," is what I heard a boy exclaim to his father as fans were leaving the Millis Center. All I could do was smirk and shake my head as the father did not have a response for his son. The fascination...

John Brown's Body

"John Brown's body lies a-mouldering in the grave; (3X) His soul's marching on! Glory, glory, hallelujah! Glory, glory, hallelujah! Glory, glory, hallelujah! his soul's marching on! He's gone to be a soldier in the army of the Lord! (3X) His soul's marching on! (Chorus) John Brown's knapsack is strapped...

Long Drives and Hard Lessons (Part 2)

I left St. Louis at 7am early Monday morning. Ten and a half hours later, via Indianapolis, Toledo, and Detroit, I wound up on the Campus of Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan a half hour before tip time. Fortunately there was enough light on campus to illuminate the signs pointing to the O'Rena. I found...

Better Scheduling, Same Play

When I was at High Point, we rarely ever played a decent team out of conference at home. Nobody could be drawn to the Millis Center that often aside from the Big South teams that had to play here and non-Division I teams. Of the 22 non-conference home games High Point played when I was a student, 12 were against...

Cougars Learning From Mistakes

Usually when I go to see a game, I have to do a little bit of research to try to familiarize myself with the opponents. In the early season, there are new players and non-conference games with teams I do not normally get a chance to see on a regular basis. This would not be a problem for me when I traveled down...

So Close, But Yet So Far

Richmond, Virginia, has grown into a sort of hub for mid-major basketball. You have solid programs in VCU and the University of Richmond, and the CAA tournament is held in town annually (not for long though). But this year it seems as if there has been an influx of quality programs visiting town. VCU has notable...

How to Kill Time

I hadn't planned on heading to Mr. Jefferson's university for a Sunday afternoon basketball matinee, but with my Redskins being flexed to primetime I figured the short trip would be a nice escape. Not to talk about football, but I knew if I stayed home I would've just sat on the couch and watched the NFC North...

When A Plan Comes Together (Or Not)

One of the reasons to watch sports is that every so often you get a surprised by a result. Sometimes it's a pleasant surprise, sometimes it isn't. For Portland fans last night's 56-52 loss to Texas-Pan American was definitely a surprise in the latter category. UTPA was 6-8 going into the game and had only one...

Welcome to Murray, Kentucky

"Reality leaves a lot to the imagination." - John Lennon MURRAY, Ky. - Thinking that a Murray State-Valparaiso game may warrant some attention, I tried to grab a ticket before leaving on my journey/vacation last week. I couldn't find a great way to order them online, so I called the Murray State...

Young Teams Battle before Conference Play

Today's matchup between Missouri State and New Mexico State is only the second time the two schools have met on the hardwood. On December 12, 1950, the New Mexico A&M Aggies visited Springfield and were defeated by the Southwest Missouri State College Bears, 64-54. Although the Aggies were once members of...

The Choice and The Bond

"But, you know, I feel more fellowship with the defeated than with saints. Heroism and sanctity don't really appeal to me, I imagine. What interests me is being a man." - Albert Camus NASHVILLE, Tenn. - I was left with a choice for the nightcap on Saturday. Coming from Murray State, there were only two...

Renovation, Revelation, Resurrection

"More than anything, the old arena felt like a home," my friend Drew said. He was referring to SIU Arena at Southern Illinois, his alma mater and site of some of his favorite memories. "The smell of popcorn was always strong," Drew recalled. "Lining up outside hours before the game to get in, walking up the...

FREE Basketball!

A lot of people hear the name Farmville and think of the popular Facebook game. I often get a chuckle when people ask where Longwood is and I respond "Farmville." Farmville is an old school, southern town of just under 7,000 people. There is basically one street of importance, Main Street, and there is significant...

End of the Year, End Of Part One

Back in the first season of this site a wise man named Kyle laid out the arc of the college basketball season. Early-season opponents give way to more important conference games, then the tournaments where it will, sooner or later, end in a loss. Today the first, non-conference portion of my Game ended at Gill...

Coming and Going

After having not attended College of Charleston's Black Line Trap Game against Anderson five days earlier, I decided to head down to Charleston to see how College of Charleston would respond against Old Dominion. Before the season started, this was expected to be a big game during the Holiday Break. College...

Missing Rick Majerus

The only physical reminder of the late Rick Majerus sits high atop the rafters at Chaifetz Arena, a simple, blue-and-white banner commemorating his 517 career victories. There is nothing glamorous about it. It sums up Majerus' contributions to college basketball from a purely utilitarian perspective: He won...

My Hero, In Front of Me

As a teenager, I read only one genre. Sports. No Harry Potter. No Lord of the Rings. If I was going to read something, it was going to be real, dammit, not a story about magicians or hobbits. My favorite book of all-time is "Season on the Brink" by John Feinstein, detailing Bobby Knight's 1985-86 Indiana basketball...

When The Tables Are Turned

"Money may talk, but it still hasn't learned to speak Cherokee." - Jay Red Eagle ASHEVILLE, N.C. - We don't often think of fairness as a subjective, fluid commodity in life. From the time of Socrates on down, fairness and justice have been staples on how civilized humans lead a good and virtuous life. Yet...

Next Play

"A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing." - George Bernard Shaw CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Everyone makes mistakes. We inherently know this. We're incessantly having it drilled into our heads, even more so if you happen to be an athlete. However, it's...

The Squirrel Said So

BRONX, N.Y. - Sometimes when you're in a rut, you just need something small to make you smile. After driving 12 hours back to New York between New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, I barely had time to stop to grab a bagel before heading up to Draddy Gym for a fairly interesting contest between struggling Manhattan...

Rock Star as Team Leader

A member of the Hickory Picket Fences team also attended this game. At first I thought he was here to see their fantasy player Isaiah Canaan rack up points for them. When he stopped by my seat at halftime, he informed me I was mistaken. But still, there will be dueling game recaps, so, as far as TMM9 is concerned,...

Undercard

This Wednesday before Christmas, the University of South Carolina hosted a men's/women's doubleheader. I have written on here about the premise of these doubleheaders before. And this game had a lot of similarities with other double features I have seen before. One team got a 5 PM start, before most fans on...

Reverse Homecoming

When Chris Mooney came to the University of Richmond in 2005, I wasn't quite sure what to think. Mooney was replacing the ever popular Jerry Wainwright who was highly successful at UNCW; he then took the Spiders to two postseason berths in his three-year tenure. Mooney and Wainwright couldn't be more different...

Avoiding the Obvious

"You know, I could always go down and get post-game sound from SIUE and SLU." I had thrown it out there just as a suggestion, an effort to stave off boredom or keep myself from a worse fate. With a light snow continuing to fall around St. Louis, it was only a matter of time before those in charge of determining...

In Defense of #superhoops

"Whoso would be a man must be a non-conformist." - Ralph Waldo Emerson WEST HARTFORD, Conn. - It's actually surprising it doesn't happen more often to me, especially in a fairly densely populated state like Connecticut. Unfortunately, real life got in the way (first day back to school after vacation), so...

The Chair

Every winter I tell my girlfriend Jaclyn to pick a road trip destination, and I'll pick the accompanying basketball games. This winter trip is my basketball rejuvenation of sorts, providing a welcome relief from my usual Midwestern haunts. Last year we witnessed games at Richmond, Virginia, and VMI. This year's...

Is It Conference Season Yet?

I do not know about you, but I am ready for conference season to begin. There have been a few early-season conference games as some conferences have already started to crank up conference play. That is not the case yet for the Big South though. Once Longwood joined this season, the Big South created a two-division...

How big is your ocean?

Loyola and Valpo were prognosticated differently in the preseason. Valpo was picked by some to win the conference, Loyola maybe middle of the pack at best, if not lower. Both Loyola and UIC had surprisingly good non-conference performance. If preseason predictions are definitive, we naturally discount such...

The Sleepwalk

My eleven year-old Ian and I wake early enough on New Year's Day to walk the hundreds of steps at Manhattan College, up past the banners of priests in front of O'Malley library, up through the tight quadrangle, to reach Draddy Gymnasium. We find general admission seats under the basket in the second row. When...

From John Wooden to Nate Wolters

Nothing screams "I'm a sophisticated person!" like appreciating an old building. We all love old buildings. When we walk through the doors of old buildings, we romanticize them, perch them on a heavenly pedestal and long nostalgically for the good 'ole days, back when things were pure and right. Back when the...

Potential

"Potential = Ain't worth shit yet." - Anson Dorrance, coach of 22-time national champion North Carolina women's soccer team HAMDEN, Conn. - We know about the infamous eye test, but I call it the "biddy basketball test". Sometimes it's simple to tell who will be the favorite in a youth game just be watching...

Saturday in the Bay Pt. 2: Humility in Haas

"Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things - air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky - all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of...

So This is Conference Play

When I chose to go to Longwood in 2004, I certainly thought that I'd get to see the Lancers play a conference game before I graduated. Man was I wrong...because of a "political" spat between the Longwood president and the Winthrop president, it took awhile and a presidential change to get Longwood into their...

A Quaker Goes to Hinkle

It's a little strange to plan a basketball trip for a game that you don't even know will happen, but such is the lot of the pilgrim, I guess. When it was announced last March that Butler and Penn would play a ghostbracket game in the Palestra (which gave rise to one of my favorite 800GP essays), I heard lots...

I'm Ready, Coach

"Inside of every problem lies an opportunity." - Robert Kiyosaki HAMDEN, Conn. - Quinnipiac freshman James Ford, Jr. probably prepared for Saturday's game with Long Island like he did for every other one this season, complete with an elbow sleeve with a pad on his right arm. But in 11 of the Bobcats' first...

Watching Duke at the Right Price

Trying to get a ticket to a Duke home game is not the easiest thing in the world to do. If you have plenty of disposable income, you can spend a few hundred dollars for a ticket through a third-party ticket service to see the Blue Devils pound on a non-conference opponent. I lucked out several years ago when...

Holiday Travels

During the Holidays, there are not many games to go to. Out of all 52 weeks in the calendar year, the week from December 22 through December 28 is the emptiest stretch of the sports calendar for me. A big reason for this personally is because I am traveling with family, and that reduces chances to see sports....

Cold Weather Outside; Hot Shooting Inside

For 2012-13, the University of Texas at San Antonio joins the Western Athletic Conference for its only season, having already joined Conference USA for next year. Tonight is the first of the Roadrunners' nine WAC road games, visiting New Mexico State. The first week of WAC play went poorly for both teams: UTSA...

Hello again, Hoops Nation

For last year's words belong to last year's language And next year's words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning. ~ T.S. Elliot, "Little Gidding"Hello again, Hoops Nation! My words last appeared on this site over a year ago. After a few months of watching the action from the sidelines,...

Don't Need No Stinkin' Gators

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - There are no Gators that are native to Connecticut, and as a Nutmegger, I like it that way. Unfortunately, there were a few Gators that invaded New Haven on Sunday night, big blue ones, a breed I'm told runs rampant in the swamps of northern Florida. They brought with them an entourage,...

The Antitype

Growing up in Indiana, it was an annual ritual to try to identify, whether by reading magazines or newspapers or by listening to some wise old sage, The Next Great One. The Next Great One referred to the state's next great high school basketball star. While the talents of relative giants and freakish athletes...

Not Tonight, Bobcats!

"Southwest Texas State Normal School opened its doors in 1903. Over the years, the Legislature broadened the institution's scope and changed its name in succession, to Normal College, Teachers College, College, University, and in 2003 to Texas State University-San Marcos." (TSU website) Texas State moves this...

The Agony

I had to hustle back to Richmond from Farmville to check out mid-major greatness C.J. McCollum and the Lehigh Mountain Hawks take on VCU for a 5PM tip in Richmond. I knew there was a possibility that I wouldn't make it, but who could pass up a game like this? I thought I'd see a good game, but not such a heart-wrenching...

Thanks For Coming To Martin

Calling the University of Tennessee at Martin "off the beaten path" is being a bit generous. The next D-I university "within a two-hour drive in any direction" of Martin is Murray State, still over an hour away. Going to Martin means going purposefully, as Pierce Greenberg did in #TMM8, and as my girlfriend...

A Game We Only Care About

I was in a hurry to make it to Chattanooga's McKenzie Arena. Not because I was running late, as I got to my motel more than two hours before the 4:30 tip-off of the first game of the Dr. Pepper Classic. And it was not because I expected tickets to be difficult to get, with McKenzie Arena being the largest arena...

The Curious Case of Coach Sless

"If you expect nothing from anybody, you're never disappointed." Sylvia Plath - The Bell Jar In the second of its two post-New Year, pre-Atlantic 10 contests, Butler hosted the Privateers of New Orleans. New Orleans was fresh off a 51-point loss at Mississippi State less than 48 hours before this game, so...

Rooting Way Away From Home

After the last game between Austin Peay and Utah Valley ended, more fans arrived for the game between High Point and Chattanooga. There still were not many fans for this game either though. Official attendance was 2,568, and there really were not that many there. Or maybe it just looked like there were very...

What If God Was One Of Us

If there's one thing Missourians hate more than the stigma of leading the nation in meth labs per square mile, it's the Kansas Jayhawks. And if there's one thing Missourians love more than arguing among themselves about whether St. Louis or Kansas City is better, it's seeing the Kansas Jayhawks lose to a 14 seed...

Hanging On

The College of Charleston has been a team with extreme highs and lows this year. You never know what to expect from them from night to night. They are perfect on the road this year at 5-0, including tough wins at Vermont and Baylor. However, CofC has lost four games at home. Each has been more and more perplexing....

Distinct Differences

Saturday nights in the Lowcountry are very busy ones. You can go to the movies; you can go to the local bar to enjoy some grub; if the Stingrays (our local hockey team) is home, you can enjoy a game for a cheap price; or you can go out on the town. Earlier Saturday, I was at the Furman/College of Charleston game...

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One Beautiful Season

1BS weaved the history of mid-major college basketball together with stories from the 2009-10 season, culminating in Butler's epic run to the National Championship game. Now it's available as a free download: PDF in the original 592-page book layout with all photos and graphics, or ePub format for electronic reading devices.