Season 9

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Completing the Palmetto State Checklist

In the past two seasons, I have seen 10 of the 12 Division I schools in South Carolina. The only schools I had yet to see were South Carolina and South Carolina State. The main reason I had yet to go to any Gamecock games is because Ian McCormick has had all of their home games against teams below the Red Line...

My Own Milestone

Saturday's game between The Citadel and Western Carolina would not be just another game for me and it was not because it was a conference game. It would be my 100th game contributing for The Mid-Majority. It may have not been in a whole season, but I have gotten to that number nonetheless. It still amazes...

Just a Basketball Coach

"For many men, the acquisition of wealth does not end their troubles, it only changes them." - Seneca HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - Ron Hunter is a basketball coach. Most of the time. That's why we like him so much. Hunter stayed at IUPUI for 17 seasons, guiding the Jaguars through the transition from NAIA school to Division...

The Perfect Storm

I like to take my Dad to home games that I make the trip for, but he's in his 80s and doesn't move very well. Fortunately, Valpo has a small section behind the Valpo basket for wheelchair and similarly disabled clientele, so I was able to take my Dad to this game and he had a heck of a time. Fortunately,...

Magic Mike Debuts in Farmville

The Campbell Camels have become fairly familiar to the Longwood faithful over the course of the Division I era. Campbell has been one of the rare Big South teams that had no problem scheduling the Lancers when they were a DI Independent. The two squads had met six times with both teams winning three games before...

Where's The Gym?

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - You try not to assume things in life, but if you're anything like me, you do anyway. Maybe you don't. Maybe it's a character flaw. I should get proper directions to arenas I've never been to before, but I usually just assume that the basketball arena would be somewhere on the campus. Or,...

Any Given Day

The Samford Bulldogs romped into downtown Charleston on Wednesday night, getting ready for their weekend in Charleston, which will most likely be their last as a member of the SoCon. They practiced on the TD Arena court after busing from Birmingham, a seven-hour trip. The Bulldogs are a very young team. Samford's...

Tensions

One of the big problems of being attached to a team is that it can sometimes be tough to watch them play. That is especially true if your team happens to be prone to losing. It is an often irrational fear that goes through my head in worrying about High Point losing. "What if we keep losing? " "What if we lose...

Everything You Know is Wrong

When word got out last season that Butler would be playing a home-and-home series with Vanderbilt starting in 2012, I knew that it would be a must go road trip if I could make it. Having seen Vanderbilt's Memorial Gymnasium on television, I knew it was one of the most unique venues in college basketball. Add...

Have Yourself A Merry Little Tournament

After three games earlier in the weekend, it was time to crown yet another multi-team event champion. This would be my third MTE final; the others had previously been in the All-Military Classic at The Citadel and the Charleston Classic at the College of Charleston. But while multi-team events never seem that...

The Flu at High Noon

(To anyone reading this from my place of employment, I swear this is the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help me God.) (Or if there are any relatives of Cambodian Khmer warriors out there, I agree to this as well.) WEST HARTFORD, Conn. - I felt slightly ill for a couple of days leading...

Are You Not Entertained?

"Life is a journey, not a destination." - Ralph Waldo Emerson NEW BRITAIN, Conn. - I really have no idea where Sacred Heart and Central Connecticut are going to finish this season. Chances are, neither will make it onto the national radar in the next couple of months. I could go into their flaws at...

Haiku Recap

There are games to write about in breathless prose and there are games to write about in a series of haikus. As the prescient reader will have already guessed, this is the latter: Tennessee State U Western Nashville, Tennessee Twelfth month, twenty-first Arriving early Sitting in the car reading King's...

The Night McDermott Went Crazy

You know those nights when you glance up at the scoreboard, notice somebody's scored an absurd amount of points and then ask the dude next to you, "when the hell did he score all those points? " Friday night was not one of those nights. Doug McDermott had 11 points at halftime, right on pace for his 22.6 average....

Dr. Brett and His Pupils

"Baseball is ninety percent mental, and the rest is physical." - Yogi Berra BETHLEHEM, Pa. - C.J. McCollum was not walking through the Stabler Arena door Saturday afternoon for Lehigh's Saturday afternoon Patriot League opener against Holy Cross. Well, yea, he did walk through the door. But he was on crutches,...

Beatdown

This season, the College of Charleston have been in a lot of very close games. Except for about 3 or 4 games (the opening win over Towson, the blowout loss to Louisville, and a couple of others), CofC has been in the game in the final minutes, as their average margin has been around a point and a half a game....

Frustration Boiling Over

The beautiful thing about mid-major college basketball is that everyone starts the season with excitement and hope. You get to see how new pieces will begin to come together and everyone feels as if they have a shot heading into conference play. In their first year of conference play things were increasingly...

Empower the Youth

"Too hyped to do school work so I will keep reading the nonsense on Sudanese diaspora list serve." Not your usual college-athlete-Twitter-feed fare. "In my opinion - in the end - the university will have benefited more from having him than he will from having attended Penn." Not your usual coach-speak. "In...

Just A Little Patience

"Genius is eternal patience." - Michelangelo LEWISBURG, Pa. - It's not exactly Murray, Ky., but Lewisburg does not rank among the top metropolitan areas in America. Or the Northeast. Or Pennsylvania. In a previous life, I's be much more inclined to get off the exit for Interstate 80 and go north to Williamsport,...

Finally Here

This non-conference season has seen its fair share of highlights with some great games and a good amount of Red Line Upsets. The good moments are what really stick with us the most, but in reality they can come few and far between. The amount of RLUs is just over 16 percent this year, so like it is with every...

Starting the New Year Right

New Year's Day for the most part is not very friendly to Our Game. It's not quite like December 24 through December 26, which has almost no games. But just like Christmas is dominated by the NBA (a tradition that is fairly new), New Year's Day is dominated by college football being played at neutral sites in...

Bleaching a Black Heart

"Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you." ― Friedrich Nietzsche BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - It's much easier to ridicule than to praise, especially from the distance of a keyboard...

Visiting Sacred Grounds

What new can be said about an arena so mystical, it is called a cathedral; so important it inspired a book and documentary; and so influential it is emulated hundreds of miles away? This was the challenge facing me in recapping my first game at the Palestra, and the answer is: nothing, or at least nothing that...

It's About Team

Once I became a team captain for the Hopping Cats, one of the first things I had to figure out was who to take as my fantasy player. Unlike in the past where we had guys celebrated on this site like Stephen "Flash" Curry and Lester "Done Ruthless" Hudson, there was no name that jumped out at me. There are plenty...

Love Your Team, But...

STONY BROOK, N.Y. - I don't often like making blanket statements with absolutely no empirical data to back it up, which probably disqualifies me from many government jobs and positions on television. However, Long Island traffic is the absolute worst. I've lived in Dallas, and that could be tough. New York...

Being Distracted

College basketball is a game which is followed all throughout the nation. The sport is one which is popular in many facets. In the mid-major realm, the Missouri Valley Conference schools are probably the most popular. Their games air on television; several schools average over 10,000 per game; several schools...

Making the Right Choice

My original plan for the first Saturday of 2013 was to see High Point play at Winthrop before seeing Presbyterian later that evening. But yet it seemed tempting to go back to the Colonial Life Arena and see my other school South Carolina play instead. The Gamecocks were playing a mid-major team I have followed...

Finally Getting Something to Play For

After High Point's big win at Winthrop, I was not yet done with Big South basketball for the day. I would head to Winthrop's old travel partner Presbyterian for another Big South showdown between the new North and South divisions. While Presbyterian and Winthrop are not too far apart in South Carolina, the...

A Near Black-Line Upset

I try not to attend games when a team below the black-line is playing. My experience with these games is that they typically are blowouts, and that outside of getting to see the end of the bench play, there is not much excitement. However, I did not want to pass up the opportunity to go to a game at the MAC...

University of Massachusetts, Please

The road to Oxford, Ohio has many different routes, none of which are ideal. Each path is more or less equidistant from my residence in Dayton, but the time varies wildly. Instead of a rigorous plan of action, the GPS acts as more of a guide, illuminating a potential path that will be entirely rewritten by an...

An Under-Appreciated Rivalry

The College of Charleston and The Citadel are two schools which are both icons in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. There are huge differences between them, which are especially prevalent when you see the two school's campuses. The Citadel's campus is large, open, and fits the military school's profile. The...

College Kids These Days

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - Like a lot of the conferences in Our Game, the MAAC does what it can to promote itself, and so unfortunately, when someone like ESPN tells them to jump, they just respond "standing or broad, sir? ". And so, here I was at the Hynes Athletic Center for a 9 p.m. Friday night tip-off that...

Big South Virginia Road Trip

Trying to figure out where I want to travel to on any given Saturday during hoops season can be tricky. Since I have the weekends off, I have the flexibility to go wherever I please. When Coastal Carolina has a home game it usually means I will not be traveling too far away since I will have to fit in a game...

Searching for Something Bigger

On the second stop of my Big South Virginia trip, I headed to Lynchburg, Virginia to see Liberty face off against Coastal Carolina. I had some intrigue seeing Liberty since it is no secret that the school not only wants to be out of the Big South, but make a move to the FBS ranks in football as well. The Flames...

The Distaff Side at New Mexico State

Women's basketball is recognizable to followers of the men's game as mostly the same game, but there are significant differences. The pace is somewhat different; since the players are not usually as quick, the ball seems to move much more slowly up and around the court. However, the shot clock is only 30 seconds,...

A Blast of Unexpected Nostalgia

Photo - Portland State athletics The frigid bike ride to Portland State's gym made me nostalgic. Not for my recently concluded college career - oh no, Not as a player...are you kidding? ! But for high school basketball in my hometown. Because although my hometown is just 6,000 people strong, our gym seats more...

Murfreesboro Not So Rockin' Eve

When I decided to go to the Butler-Vanderbilt game, I knew that I wanted to check out at least one more game during the trip. I really wanted to check out Belmont, but they didn't have a game at home during the time I was down there. Tennessee State had a game, but it was at the same time as the Butler game....

A Respite from Conference Play

Monday's matchup between the Houston Baptist Huskies and the UTEP Miners was my fourth visit to the Don Haskins Center this season. I previously saw the Miners take down Oral Roberts, New Mexico State and Idaho, the latter two of which were pretty close games. As someone who sees a lot of games in a single arena,...

In Celebration of Doug McDermott

The gentleman doth protest too much, methinks. In a recent essay, The Hopping Cats captain, Ian McCormick, provided a two paragraph justification for his selection of USC Upstate's Torrey Craig as the second overall pick in the TMM9 fantasy player draft. As a Ballyfest Destiny member who definitely was stunned...

No Frills Basketball

8 days ago, Reggie Arceneaux was the hero in Wright State's win at Loyola. Valpo just two days ago erased a 22-point early 2nd half lead at the home of the preseason pick for 2nd place, Detroit. WSU was picked to finish 9th (last) in the preseason poll, but while Detroit inflicted its heart-felt revenge on the...

I Saw Them (Maybe) When

Here on this side of the Red Line there's not many chances to see one of the top 10 teams in the nation, much less in your home arena. Gonzaga comes to Portland every season and it's sold out every season, but this time the Bulldogs were ranked 8th in the polls. Now I'm one of those fans who thinks the polls...

Sometimes It's Your Day

"Stay in school and use your brain. Be a doctor, be a lawyer, carry a leather briefcase. Forget about sports as a profession." - Apollo Creed PHILADELPHIA - The Broad Street Bullies was one of the great nicknames in all of sports history, just as the building they played in - The Spectrum - was a legendary...

One Big Reason to Attend

For some, it may be hard to find a reason to go see Old Dominion against UNC-Wilmington. Both schools are ineligible for the Colonial Athletic Association tournament with UNCW banned for APR reasons and ODU not allowed because of their impending move to Conference USA. Even if both teams were eligible, they...

Can't Get There From Here

LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. - Here's an interesting geographical fact about Rider University. It is about a half-mile from Interstate 95. My house in New Haven is a couple of miles from I-95 as well. Yet you can't take I-95 directly from New Haven to Lawrenceville, N.J. The bizarre quirk has to do with the privatized...

The Forgotten

People seem to forget that Charlotte is in the Atlantic 10. While most of the conference's power is in the northeast, Charlotte sits in the south quietly going about their business. I became familiar with Charlotte (or UNC Charlotte back in the day) as a kid because they matched up annually with VCU in the...

Front Row Patsos

"The same is who you are and where you come from. The same will always find you, no matter how far you run, however long you think you can last. The patterns that define you are inescapable and will outlast the temporarily different. Even through resolutions and diets, third weddings and fifth religious choices,...

The Day ESPN Came To Town

There was a great deal of excitement this past summer around the Butler community when rumors started to fly that ESPN's College GameDay was considering a visit to Hinkle Fieldhouse for the upcoming basketball season. When it was confirmed that they'd be doing so for the Gonzaga game on January 19, that particular...

In the Shadow of Our Game

Like South Carolina had a month prior, the South Carolina State Bulldogs were also holding a women's/men's doubleheader at 5:30 P.M. at the SHM Memorial Center. But this time it was like most other occasions where the women play before the men. During MEAC play, nearly all conference games have the women playing...

A Tale of Two LUs

I ventured out Tuesday on a familiar trip, but a trip I had not taken in quite some time. Liberty University and Longwood University have a basketball rivalry dating back to the late '70s but the two schools, which are 50 miles apart, had not clashed in nearly five years. In 2008, Liberty decided to abruptly...

Whose Win Streak Continues?

The primary rivalries, at least to the fan base, of the New Mexico State University Aggies (for today, let's call them the Crimson Aggies) are with the New Mexico Lobos and the UTEP Miners. By far the nearest other Division I schools, it is only natural that these would remain important, despite sixty years...

Portland's History On the Other Side

Sometimes it appears men's and women's basketball operate in completely different worlds. No doubt many readers of this site only see passing glimpses of women's basketball when coming for the second, men's game of a doubleheader, or flipping through television channels looking for a game. In my case, however,...

Yes, I Love Women's Basketball

So when I found out this week's challenge was about women's basketball I was thrilled. Totally and absolutely thrilled. You see I'm that guy in your group of friends who actually loves watching women's basketball. I know... I know... you're confused. I'm being honest with you. I really truly do enjoy it. I always...

Winning Positions

In recent seasons, Wofford has been better at basketball than Appalachian State. As I wrote about last year, Appalachian State has been a school mostly focused on football. The basketball team has struggled most of the year, having lost by over 20 at home to High Point. The Mountaineers did come within five...

From Frantz to Calvin

"You may never know what becomes of your actions, but if you do nothing, there will be no results." - Gandhi HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - One of the things that made the Mid-majority is the fact that at its core, it was always about going to the games. In 2013, that may seem like a superfluous concept, and in most of...

He Of Few Shots

"I've seen you guys can shoot, but there's more to the game than shooting." - Norman Dale FAIRFIELD, Conn. - Michael Carter-Williams, D.J. Cooper, Jason Brickman, Larry Drew II, Phil Gaetano. As of the writing of this, those are the top five in the nation in assists. If you watch a lot of college basketball,...

The Shotmakers

My eleven year-old Ian and I immediately recognize Fairfield's Marcus Gilbert when he ambles to the half court line in Hynes Athletic Center in New Rochelle, New York for the opening tip against Iona. The spider-like limbs and thin mustache can belong to no one else. But we don't trust our eyes. We've never seen...

Questions and Answers

When I first moved to Annapolis, I decided I needed to take up a water sport - sailing, boating, and the like are big here, but I was interested in something else: rowing. I found out that during the summer, the U.S. Naval Academy offers a week-long camp for women of all ages to be coached by Navy rowing coaches,...

Black and Blue

It's hard not to become a rival with a school that is a mere ten or fifteen minutes away and its certainly something the University of Richmond and VCU haven't avoided. The two schools are nine miles apart but couldn't be more different. While Richmond has a picturesque suburban campus with just over 4,000 students...

Military Appreciation Night

Coming off Thursday's victory over Utah State, Saturday finds the New Mexico State Aggies facing the San Jose State Spartans. The Spartans, joining the Blue Aggies in moving from the WAC to the Mountain West next year, are the WAC opponent that New Mexico State Aggies' have played the second most to Utah State....

Why Go to a Basketball Game?

As anybody is aware from having read my recaps on here before, I like going to basketball games. And I know other people on here like going to basketball games as well. In fact, some people go to more basketball games than I do. Matt Cayuela went to ten more mid-major basketball games than I did last year during...

They Come From the Land of the Ice and Snow

When you arrive on the campus of Northern Kentucky University, you notice that it doesn't have a lot of personality. There's a reason why; it hasn't been there long enough to develop one. NKU wasn't an independent university until 1968, and has only been on its current site since 1972. Most of the buildings...

More of the Same

I like simple things. But while I am content getting a basketball experience that is both cheap and easy, I also like a variety of different basketball experiences. And the same holds true for a lot of what I like to do, and I know others probably have similar motives. TMMer Matt Cayuela has a website dedicated...

Rebuilding Project: Complete

I recently decided to rank the 25 best college basketball games I've ever attended in person throughout my lifetime. If your first reaction to that statement is, "that's weird," then you're wrong. It's awesome. I've been thinking lately how fortunate I've been over the past several years to attend some pretty...

The Day Nate Wolters Came To Town

When Nate Wolters is playing within a 150-mile radius of your home, you drop everything and go. - Daniel Spewak After confirming that "The Jungle," IUPUI's on-campus home for basketball and volleyball was 115 miles away from my home, I did indeed drop everything and go. As jungles are concerned, this one...

Crosstown Showdown

I am sure a good majority of the students disagree with me on this, but I am glad winter break is over. Gyms with low turnouts and no bands or excitement are done with, as we are now well into the conference season. What better way to kickstart the last portion of the regular season than with a rivalry game?...

A One-Possession Game

Thursday's Portland Pilots game against the San Francisco Dons came down to the final shot. USF's Cole Dickerson hit a three with 0.1 second left to give the Dons a 75-72 win in a finish that would have been thrilling if you were a USF or neutral fan, and devastating for Pilot fans. From scanning the box scores...

A Surprise Battle for First Place

For the Towson University Tigers, there was nowhere to go but up. Between December 29, 2010, and January 28 2012, the Tigers lost all 41 games that they played. Last year, their win against UNC-Wilmington was their only victory of the year, as they lost all other 31 games that they played. Then over the summer,...

Mountain Hawks Escape

Coming into this year, expectations were high for the Lehigh Mountain Hawks. Last year, they upset Bucknell on the road to win their second Patriot League championship, and followed it up with an upset over Duke in the NCAA Tournament. While their journey in a third round loss to Xavier, it was definitely a...

Shattered Dreams

"I'm sick of following my dreams. I'm just going to ask them where they're going and hook up with them later." - Mitch Hedberg CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - If you take it on its face, there was no good rhyme or reason why Dartmouth was in the position it was Saturday afternoon against Harvard at Lavietes Pavilion....

A Final Chapter

The College of Charleston and The Citadel have been rivals in the Southern Conference for fourteen years. The two schools have been intertwined with each other for a much longer period, but the rivalry ramped up in 1999 when the College of Charleston joined the SoCon. Before that, The Citadel and the College...

Catering to the Mothership

When Coastal Carolina's schedule was released, I noticed one oddity in the middle of the conference season. CCU's home game against VMI was scheduled for 11 a.m.. I figured this was some sort of mistake, since noon is usually the earliest start time outside of that early season college hoops marathon or occasionally...

Bucs Stay Undefeated In League Play

After watching the leaders of the Big South North Division, VMI, lose to Coastal Carolina, I was on my way to see the leaders of the South Division, Charleston Southern. The Bucs would be facing a cross-divisional opponent in High Point. With the Keydets loss, Charleston Southern was the last team left in the...

Whose Streak Continues? Part Two

Wednesday night's game featuring a visit from the Denver Pioneers to the Pan American Center in Las Cruces to face the New Mexico State Aggies was one of the more important games of the week in the WAC. The Pioneers (before this game 11-7 overall, 7-1 in WAC games) and Aggies (12-8, 6-2) were playing for second...

150 Miles to Fairfield

FAIRFIELD, Conn. - The plan was simple enough Saturday, in fact it gave me a couple of hours to wander around Boston. The Harvard-Dartmouth game was at 2 p.m., Northeastern was playing George Mason at 7. I knew Harvard well enough to find a decent parking spot, knew the T (subway) well enough to get from place...

A Two Minute Miracle

For 38 minutes on Saturday, the Dartmouth Big Green thoroughly and comprehensively outplayed Harvard on the road at Lavietes Pavilion. To put that accomplishment in context, you need to know a bit about Dartmouth basketball. To say the Big Green have struggled recently would be an understatement. Dartmouth has...

Doing Work

Most of the writers for this season's Game go simply as fans and pay for their own tickets. They may follow one team predominantly, or take advantage of the many colleges in their area to see as many games and teams as they can. I sometimes wish I lived in an area with more mid-majors, but on the whole I have...

Our Game Up Close

I arrived at Charleston Southern's CSU Field House just prior to 6 PM. Unlike when I went to see College of Charleston play Old Dominion a month prior, I knew that the game was not until 7:30, and the arena would not open until 6:30 P.M. I considered eating at either the Arby's or Wendy's down the street from...

Blackout Fail

"In this world, you get what you pay for." - Kurt Vonnegut ALBANY, N.Y. - I have no general disdain for free stuff, even though free food tends to curtail any diet plan I try to introduce. But I generally don't go too far out of my way when the siren call of "while supplies last" or "no purchase necessary"...

They've Got Bulldog Skin

I've seen many games inside UD Arena. It was often the host of the sectional that my high school played in. I've also witnessed several Dayton and NCAA tournament games inside the venue as well. The one thing I hadn't seen is my college alma mater, Butler, play there. For a few years in the late 80s and the...

Straddling the Red Line

"I'd like to live as a poor man with lots of money." - Pablo Picasso KINGSTON, R.I. - Danny Hurley hasn't had a heck of a lot to smile about in his inaugural season at the University of Rhode Island. Taking over in late March, he pretty much had to play the hand he was dealt this season as far as personnel,...

Where's the Bottom?

When I think things are going bad with Longwood basketball I just try to think back to 2004-05, my freshman year on campus when my Lancers went 1-30 with their only win coming against Howard. Since then, Longwood only has one winning season under their belt, but things always seemed to be more or less competitive....

A Losing Streak?

One of my favorite movie quotes comes from Major League and legendary manager Lou Brown: "OK, we won a game yesterday. If we win today, it's called 'two in a row'. And if we win again tomorrow, it's called a 'winning streak'...IT HAS HAPPENED BEFORE!" It has been quite some time since VCU fans had experienced...

Few of My Favorite Things

"No matter how dreary and gray our homes are, we people of flesh and blood would rather live there than in any other country, be it ever so beautiful. There is no place like home." - L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz BROOKLYN, N.Y. - Perhaps nothing can encapsulate the St. Francis Brooklyn experience...

A Good Value

Any Saturday afternoon in the Lowcountry, even during the winter, is one where you can attend many different events. You can go walking on the Ravenel Bridge, the tallest cable-stayed bridge in North America. You can go fishing. You can get on the boat and travel throughout Charleston Harbor and the beautiful...

The Rio Grande Rivalry: A Brief History

The Game's challenge number eight could not have come at a more opportune time. Over the past couple of weeks, New Mexico State head coach Marvin Menzies has added his voice to a statement that New Mexico head coach Steve Alford has made several times: playing the Rio Grande Rivalry game once a year is enough....

Basketball Too Early

When planning my Saturday, I was looking for two games to go to. High Point was playing at Charleston Southern, the closest my Panthers would be to where I live during the season. But Charleston Southern plays at 5:30 PM, which is a pretty odd start time even for a weekend game. There would be no chance of...

Just a Plain Old Bad Day

After my previous game at Coastal Carolina, I would make the long drive down the South Carolina coast to see High Point play at Charleston Southern. I would of course not be the only person doing that, as Matt Cayuela would be making the same trip as well. Due to the early start of the Coastal game, there was...

Bubble Benefits

James Madison and Old Dominion are not, in the strictest sense, rivals. Virginia's most prominent and most vitriolic sub-Red Line rivalry is ODU-VCU, and JMU has a less-celebrated rivalry with George Mason. But intrastate programs are natural foes nonetheless, and matchups between Virginia teams tend to get...

Rotnei's Return

January's schedule provided Butler with an unusual opportunity to become almost a temporarily adopted member of the famed Philadelphia Big 5. After a win over Penn at Hinkle on the 2nd, a road win over Saint Joseph's on the 9th, and a road loss at LaSalle on the 23rd that broke the Bulldogs' 13-game winning...

Once You Find It...

"Example is leadership." - Albert Schweitzer BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - As January turns into February, the games sometimes have a tendency to blend together, especially when it's a Friday night and I'm in a huge rush to make it on time. In the pre-TMM days, Fridays were designated for my high school games (if...

Talented, Prolific, Exciting. Vulnerable.

Noon on a Sunday seemed like a rather unfortunate time for Iona and Loyola, two of the MAAC powerhouses, to square off. Despite the time, there was a decent crowd filing in when we arrived, including a fair number of traveling Iona fans. Some of the people sitting around me were locals, including a few who...

The Hurley Bowl

I was fortunate enough to have tickets to this week's big game, featuring the two brothers who are following the coaching legacy started by their father, one a veritable coaching lifer, the other a former star player who came into coaching after a high-profile playing career. Yes, I was able to witness the...

The MEAC Neighborhood

"The best way to solve any problem is to remove its cause." - Martin Luther King, Jr. BALTIMORE - If you're doing any kind of comprehensive tour of the Mid-majority, you have to see a game in the MEAC and the SWAC. This is not negotiable. First and foremost, because they exist. But second, because of how...

The Thrill of Victory

CATONSVILLE, Md. - Coaches often get credit for designing brilliant plays that win games, but - especially when time is limited - they all seem to pretty much follow the same 'outline, whether you're Brad Stevens or Maryland-Baltimore County's Aki Thomas. Of course, unlike Stevens, Thomas likely never expected...

Best Seat in the House

"Young people need models, not critics." - John Wooden WEST POINT, N.Y. - Proportion and inverse are mathematical concepts, but they can be twisted and bastardized to work in psychology. For instance, our willingness to accomplish a task is directly proportional to our motivation to get said task done....

This is not Savannah State

So said, St. Louis' own Bob Ramsey, who ritually announces a Billiken 3 with "BANG!" As I pulled out of the parking garage next to Chaifetz Arena, Ramsey wanted to make sure SLU fans knew that this was no cupcake win. Either that, or he was just so blown away by what he had seen that his Hype-O-Meter went haywire....

Trying to Rent a New Home

Once upon a time, I used to see UNC Greensboro play at home quite regularly. In my senior year at High Point, I saw six UNCG home games. I had one project in a Sociology class that required me to do an observational study of people off the HPU campus, so I decided to pick UNC Greensboro home games as a place...

This is not Butler

So might have said Bob Ramsey after this one. Or not; I didn't listen to much of the post-game show. I hadn't planned to go to this game, but a friend of mine had an extra ticket at half-price through something called "Living Social", so I jumped at the chance. He brought his two young boys along and several...

Chasing the Dream

On this Monday, January 21, there were very few games across Hoops Nation. Sure, Ray Curren was able to find Fairfield playing a Metro Atlantic game this day. But most games today were at one of the HBCUs in either the MEAC or SWAC. So the only option for me on this day was to go see South Carolina State play...

New and Different Experience

It has been a shame that I had taken so long to go to South Carolina State to see the Bulldogs play. There have been many contributing factors to not going to Orangeburg the past two seasons. Mainly, the Bulldogs have not been very good, even by MEAC standards. They had not won a league game in the past two seasons....

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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.