Season 9

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X-Major

One of the great old debates on this website has been: "What is a mid-major? " It is also the question Kyle hates the most. But on a website dedicated to mid-major basketball, it ultimately has to be answered. That is why we have what we call the Red Line. The Red Line has not always existed on this website,...

Stalking Black Bears

"Be civil to all; sociable to many; familiar to few." - Benjamin Franklin BOSTON - When making a schedule for TMM Season 9 way back in October, there wasn't much thought paid to the road team. One of the primary goals was to see as many venues as possible, and that meant I couldn't really be too picky...

A Safe, Non-Combustible, Fierce Rivalry For T

Last year I wrote about Valpo's current rivalry with Milwaukee, and I alluded to a potential budding rivalry with Detroit from last year's Horizon League championship game. Both last year and this year, I've written about Valpo's reviving rivalry with Oakland. But there was another rivalry Valpo had in the old...

Playing Without a Star

I usually look forward to going to see the Campbell Camels play at home. I am a big fan of the Gore Arena as it is probably one of my favorite arenas I have been to. I like the bowl design with just enough seats for it not to be too small, while not being cavernous. The parking is plentiful and the ticket and...

The One-Mile Walk

"I father, I Brooklyn Dodger themI Jack, I Rob, I sinAwww man, I'm Jackie RobinsonExcept when I run base, I dodge the penLucky me, lucky we, they didn't get meNow when I bring the Nets I'm the Black Branch RickyFrom Brooklyn corners, burnin branches of stickySpread love, Biggie, Brooklyn, hippie"- Jay Z, Brooklyn...

Gone But Still Here

"Everyone must leave something behind when he dies, my grandfather said. A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shoes made. Or a garden planted. Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when people look at that tree or that flower...

Participation

College basketball is a game that is one of the best in sports for the fans. The fans, especially at the mid-major level, are closer to the fans than in most other sports. They can be a part of the game by yelling chants, being close enough to the crowd that they can bother the opposing team, and they can influence...

Not (Really) That Bad

Initially, I had planned on this final Saturday of January attending a South Carolina basketball game against Arkansas, and then going from there to see Wofford play College of Charleston. But the last time I saw South Carolina, they lost at home to a bad Auburn team. Why would I want to continue to watch that?...

A Little Discipline

"It is felt that a disciplined mind leads to happiness and an undisciplined mind leads to suffering." - Dalai Lama NEW BRITAIN, Conn. - Perhaps because he saw me popping up everywhere he went like a unwanted nuisance, John Templon of Big Apple Buckets asked me earlier in the season to do a guest column...

First Impressions

I have to admit, at this point in the season it's not as easy to get excited for a Pilot game. I'm more nervous than anything. If they're playing someone good like Gonzaga or Saint Mary's I worry about how badly they're going to get blown out. If it's a team at the bottom of the standings, like Loyola Marymount,...

The Streaky Shooter Delivers

After a string of three straight Saturday sellouts at Hinkle Fieldhouse (Gonzaga, Temple, Rhode Island), the Bulldogs hosted St. Bonaventure this past Wednesday night, and attendance at the old barn was at about two-thirds capacity as a result. The resultant relatively low energy level in the building gave...

My Trip to Annapolis

One of my favorite trips to make in the Washington, D.C. area is Annapolis, Md., home of the United States Naval Academy. The campus is one of the prettiest I've seen, and it always makes for a great visit. There are many differences between a visit here and almost every other college campus. First, the students...

The Nate Wolters Show

awesome (adj.) - inspiring an overwhelming feeling of reverence, admiration, or fear; causing or inducing awe. Early February always has been the most challenging part of the season for me as an occasional chronicler of Our Game. The freshness of a new season and the intrigue of certain non-conference matchups...

Blizzard!

"a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain." - Ecclesiastes 3:6-7 NEW YORK - Whenever there is a snowstorm, or in this case a blizzard, one of the things to do in New Haven was always...

Putting La Salle on the Map

"In all things, I adore the will of God in my regard." - Jean Baptiste de la Salle PHILADELPHIA - "I don't know La Salle." "You don't know La Salle University? It's a big college, they actually have a pretty good basketball team, north part of Philly? Someone must have had to go there at some point?...

Two Teams Going in Different Directions

The game between Stony Brook and Maryland-Baltimore County (UMBC) featured two teams that have gone in opposite directions in recent years. Back in 2008, the Retrievers were champions of the America East Conference, the only time in school history they've been to the NCAA Tournament. However, things it rock bottom...

Standing in Silence

As was the case last year with the 800 Games Project, one of the trips that I wanted to make was to Lehigh University. The prospect of the Mountain Hawks hosting a game against rival Lafayette made the game even more exciting, as did their win in their previous game at Bucknell, giving them sole possession of...

Renaissance Team

Going into this game at South Carolina State in Orangeburg, Savannah State was 10-9 and 4-1 in the MEAC. The Tigers were third in the MEAC out of 13 teams, which is not too bad. But Savannah State entered with higher expectations. The Tigers were the preseason favorites in the MEAC, after finishing last season...

Brothers in Arms

Upon the fields of friendly strife, are sown the seeds that, upon other fields, on other days, will bear the fruits of victory. -Douglas MacArthur, USMA Class of 1903It's a brisk Sunday afternoon in West Point, NY, but it's like a sauna inside Christl Arena. Despite it being a holiday weekend on campus, the...

Red Panda at the Palestra

"Make happy those who are near, and those who are far will come." - Chinese Proverb PHILADELPHIA - I could sit here and talk to you about Penn basketball and their remarkable second half against Brown Saturday night at the Palestra, outscoring the Bears by 25 points in the final 22 minutes on the way to...

They're Not as Good as They Once Was

I had yet to visit Oxford, Ohio or Miami University yet this season. That may not seem strange, except that Miami is the closest Division I school from my home. I'm not the only one that has struggled to find a reason to attend a Miami basketball game this season. Millett Hall was only seeing an average of...

One of Those Days

"We can't run from who we are. Our destiny chooses us." - Professor Petrovsky, Rounders FAIRFIELD, Conn. - We live for the amazing, the unexpected, the moments that defy explanation. When we finally see them, we just look on in wonder and amazement. But that wonder and amazement isn't necessarily in a positive...

School Night

During the Monday holiday, my eleven year-old Ian and I are watching the Knicks on television when we see the ad for that night's Fairfield-Loyola game. The spot features Fairfield players dunking, although the moves do not happen in game situations; the empty blue seats of the Webster Bank Arena show prominently...

Staying in Conway

Sometimes things do not work out as planned. I had a big plan at the beginning of the season to try to get to close to 70 games this season and mapped out an ambitious schedule months in advance. Unfortunately, lack of sufficient funds has caused me to curb much of my travel. Until that glorious tax return money...

Homecoming

Homecoming has been a part of sports for over a century. Homecoming began in 1909 at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, who had the first homecoming mixed with a football game. Homecoming is a tradition at thousands of colleges and high schools around the world. It is usually filled with pageantry, with parades,...

An Unlikely Rivalry

Our challenge this past week was to write about a rivalry. I have written pretty extensively on rivalries before, with certain rivalries High Point has had as well as rivalries in the Charleston area. I felt that there really was not much more in the way of rivalries I could write about among those I had seen...

Great Expectations

"When one's expectations are reduced to zero, one really appreciates everything one does have." - Stephen Hawking BOSTON - Like pretty much everything in life, dealing with expectations means a balancing act, the scales needing to be constantly moved and pushed into the correct place to deal with the situation...

Back To Normal

After their win against Loyola Marymount it seemed as if the Pilots might have turned things around. They had shot the ball well, especially from superhoop range. They also got a good game from starting center Thomas van der Mars when another inside player to complement Ryan Nicholas had been lacking most of...

Bravery, Prudence, or Both?

"Bravery never goes out of fashion." - William Makepeace Thackeray HAMDEN, Conn. - Velton Jones came out with the rest of the Robert Morris team for warm-ups, but not in the same garb as the rest of the squad. While his teammates went through the layup lines and jump shots, Jones - dressed in a sweatshirt...

Picture Recap!

The Big South leading Charleston Southern Buccaneers had another big game against the Gardner-Webb Runnin' Bulldogs. Charleston Southern was the last team in the Big South to be undefeated, having won all seven games in conference to start. But to keep ahead of defending champion UNC Asheville, the Bucs would...

The Broadcaster and The Beast

After Thursday night's special performance, I decided to make a return trip to IPFW on Saturday night to see the Mastodons host the North Dakota State Bison. Actually, it wasn't quite a return trip, as the Memorial Coliseum (home to The Nate Wolters Show) was booked Saturday with both a high school wrestling...

Come for the Food, Leave Before the Win

As I have mentioned before, The Citadel is not a big basketball school. Part of the appeal in coming to a game at the Citadel is that McAlister Field House is a wide open building with lots of space. You can just sit atop the general admission bleachers at mid-court, and watch a basketball game to yourself...

Hope Extinguished Again

"Lord save us all from a hope tree that has lost the faculty of putting out blossoms." - Mark Twain NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The tough or impossible thing, depending on your perspective, about trying to project where a Mid-majority basketball team is going to finish the season, is often exposure. Granted, it's...

Days Like This

When you don't need to worry, there'll be days like this When no one's in a hurry, there'll be days like this When all the parts of the puzzle start to look like they fit Then I must remember there'll be days like this Van Morrison - Days Like This Butler returned home after a shaky weekend trip to George...

Just Another Ivy Saturday Night

It is often difficult for college basketball fans who do not follow the Ivy League to understand the profound swings that race their way up and down the Eastern seaboard on cold winter Fridays and Saturdays. For every other college basketball league, the regular season is important, but there is always the safety...

Control of #ALLCAPSGAME

"Life is to be lived, not controlled; and humanity is won by continuing to play in the face of certain defeat." - Ralph Ellison CHICAGO - No one likes to cede control. Think of a facet of your life, maybe the place you work, or even something you're going to do today. Control is paramount to your success,...

Deja Vu at VU

I'm here to make a shameful confession as a Butler fan. I miss the Horizon League. While I do enjoy building potential rivalries with new teams in the Atlantic 10, the current sixteen team league allows for a home-and-home series with only one conference opponent. In some respects, it feels like playing an...

Area Code Rivalry

Last March, after the Horizon League championship game, this happened: Yesterday, during ESPN's Rivalry Week, the team celebrated brashly by denizens of the 313 area code returned to the scene of the crime and were greeted with this: Detroit-Valpo has developed into something that lends itself to easy stereotypes...

The Villains Win Again

"The more successful the villain, the more successful the picture." - Alfred Hitchcock VALPARAISO, Ind. - Back in the glorious 1980s, 10-year-old me despised the Iron Sheik. When the Sheik would come to the ring and demand everyone stand and be quiet for Nikolai Volkoff's rendition of the Soviet national...

Success in Various Forms

"Successful people and successful teams are able to do difficult things." That quote was one I heard from Lehigh coach Brett Reed while driving back from their loss at Stabler Arena to Lafayette. He gave credit to someone, but I couldn't catch who it was. Nevertheless, I think it can be applied to both teams...

The Misfire

Johan calls to say he has to get out of the house. He plans to drop in on the game between Hartford University and Boston University in West Hartford. "It's basketball alumni day," Johan says, "and Vin Baker will be there." Baker is the local phenom from nearby Old Saybrook, a one-time Celtic, Sonic, and Buck,...

Those Darn Kids

Kids these days. The worst, right? No respect for authority. No maturity. Always need something handed to them, don't know the meaning of hard work, never had to fight for anything in their lives. They play too many video games. They don't read enough books. They are too overweight. They don't vote. They watch...

Valley Virgin No More

"Loss of virginity is rational increase; and there was never virgin got till virginity was first lost." - Shakespeare, All's Well That Ends Well NORMAL, Ill. - I was set to lose my Valley virginity Sunday night as I traveled south from Chicago to central Illinois. As you'd expect, I was very excited, but...

Crossroads of America

"Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here." - Max Ehrmann, Desiderata TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - There were two times that Terre Haute was the center was at the center of the American consciousness...

Homecoming Hoopla

In two of my three previous visits this season to Halton Arena I had not bought tickets until the day of the game. But as this game approached between Charlotte and UMass, I looked at ticket availability again. UMass has not had the success that they once had with John Calipari in the 1990s, but they are still...

Rick Byrd's Alternate Universe

"Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be." - Abraham Lincoln CHARLESTON, Ill. - In an alternate universe where the Mid-majority is king - and not the evil one where we root for the biggest schools with the humongous athletic budgets - Rick Byrd would be a Hall of Famer and household name....

A Youthful Surprise

This was never supposed to be Boston University's year. The Terriers lost what were widely considered to be their two best players, swingman Darryl Partin (to graduation) and center Jake O'Brien (to transfer) from last year's squad. The Terriers also graduated two other starters, leaving juniors Dom Morris and...

The Eye of the Tiger

It's the eye of the tiger, it's the thrill of the fight Risin' up to the challenge of our rival And the last known survivor stalks his prey in the night And he's watchin' us all with the eye of the tiger At the second media timeout of Butler's home game against Duquesne, with the Bulldogs leading 13-9, the...

A New Addition

For deciding where my night cap should be this Saturday night, the choice was clear. Gardner-Webb is a fairly long drive for me compared to where I usually go, at three hours away. But Boiling Springs is just over an hour west of Charlotte, where I had been earlier in the afternoon. And I would get to see Longwood...

From Worst to First

The question posed was "Why are they more than their previously maligned parts? ", but the first thing that pops into my head when I watch Bryant this season is, "What happened last year? " The Bulldogs suffered through the pains of restricting to Division I and pulled a coup when they grabbed Tim O'Shea to...

Peers and Seers

Predictions are an integral part of any sport, but seem to be even more present in the world of college basketball. Every single season culminates in a billion-dollar monthlong prediction party, and the extended offseason of about thirty weeks affords more than enough time for amateur and professional seers alike...

Last of the Independents

"I have lived to see the last warrior in the wise race of the Mohicans." - Tamenund, The Last of the Mohicans (James Fenimore Cooper) BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - There was a time when independents roamed the college basketball landscape, happily feeding off the crumbs of the conferences, some of whom did so extremely...

Outclassed

The College of Charleston and Davidson College have been two of the biggest basketball rivals in the Southeast for many seasons. The two schools are complete opposites of one another. Davidson is a private school north of Charlotte, NC, along Lake Norman, that is known for its academics (and its basketball team)....

Another Tough Loss for the Vandals

Prior to Idaho joining the Big West, there had only been one basketball game between New Mexico State and the Vandals, an 81-69 Aggie victory in the 1964 Anaconda, Montana, tournament. Since then, the teams have met 24 times. The Aggies won six of eight contests while both were members of the Big West, and sixteen...

Living Forever, Temporarily

INDIANAPOLIS - The biggest dilemma in writing, no matter what the genre, often doesn't come down to what to include, but what to omit. Wonderful scribes sometimes get bogged down in detail, leaving their audience moving one way than another, never quite wrapping the seemingly wonderful details into a cogent...

Another Escape by the Aggies

The Seattle University basketball program was once one of the nation's premier teams. Led by Elgin Baylor, the Chieftains reached the 1958 Final Four, defeating 1 Kansas State before losing to Kentucky in the national final. Seattle gave up its independent status in 1971, joining the West Coast Athletic Conference....

Unacceptable

I had seen this before from the IPFW Mastodons. In a home game against a top-tier Summit League opponent, the Mastodons get off to an early lead, sustain that lead for a considerable period of time, gradually lose the lead, then fall behind and never get back up on top again. I saw that pattern in their loss...

Havoc Quelled

Butler and VCU both home games for the A-10 school that plays in the metropolitan area where I live? I'm there, looking to see how these Final Four combatants from 2 years ago will fair. The Butler game turned out to be one-sided, but I was still pumped to see how HAVOC would fare at Chaifetz Arena. Interestingly...

Rematch at Hinkle

After the beat-down I witnessed at Chaifetz Arena 3 weeks ago, I was hoping to see a much better game tonight in the rematch. I regret that I failed to give myself plenty of time to get there. I had meant to give myself an extra hour, in case there were traffic problems, but once I hit the road, I realized I...

Same Matchup, Different Result

After five days without seeing any mid-major basketball, it was finally time to get back to seeing more of Our Game. I had last been to a game at Gardner-Webb on Saturday, and it was now Thursday. I had only had a SEC women's game and a local high school doubleheader to get my basketball fix earlier in the...

Doesn't Matter What I Think

"People don't always get what they deserve in this world." - Lemony Snicket FAIRFIELD, Conn. - When last we left our heroes from Sacred Heart, Fate was shining upon them as the Pioneers were tied atop the Northeast Conference. I wondered if Fate could hold out for a few more weeks and maybe keep them...

Ivy Leaguers Can Talk Trash

"Don't live up to your stereotypes." - Sherman Alexie NEW HAVEN, Conn. - In general, stereotyping is easy. And most people love to do things the easy way. It takes time to break down a group of people or things and understand that -even in groups you think might not be very diverse - there is plenty...

Blown Out

I hope for big things making the drive to New Haven with a carload of fifth grade boys to see Yale host Columbia. My son Ian's friend Desmond is turning eleven. In the back seats the five boys talk about the NBA all-star weekend. They play a simple memory game, taking turns naming a current NBA player as quickly...

The Fond Farewell

"There's no real bracket busting in it... It's an extra game on your schedule" -- Billy Donlan, Wright State coach won't miss BracketBusters event I agree, though there was nothing wrong with the concept. The 4-letter network dreamed it up as a way of giving mid-majors a chance to impress the NCAA Tournament...

Your Day, Tony Johnson

"The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it." - Richard Bach EASTON, Pa. - I didn't learn much Calculus from my high school teacher, but he did say something that has stuck with me in the two decades since: "No matter how good you think you are at something, there's always someone somewhere better....

Folks is Folks

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - The "forgotten borough" is an often tongue-in-cheek way for New Yorkers to refer to Staten Island, by far the least populated of the five City boroughs, and also by far the toughest to get to from Manhattan (or Connecticut, for that matter). Staten Island is the only borough that the...

Wired Up

"Hermits have no peer pressure." - Steven Wright NEW BRITAIN, Conn. - Complaining about the weather in the Northeast seems like a chronic obsession for some, but the blizzard that hit Connecticut two weeks ago was awful. Where I live, a ridiculous 40 inches of snow fell, schools were cancelled for a week,...

Pilots Win With Offense This Time

It doesn't take very long to tell the Pilots have struggled to score the past couple of seasons. In fact, when they were mired in a six-game losing streak in the middle of the WCC season I was not alone in thinking the offense had actually gotten worse over the course of the season. Portland may have surpassed...

Quality Over Quantity

My original plan for this Saturday was to see two games, which the other leaders on this site like Raymond Curren and Matt Cayuela have also usually tried to do on Saturdays. The plan was to see Davidson play Appalachian State at 4, and then hopefully make it to the UNC Charlotte campus by 6:30 to see Charlotte...

Always Another Season

Every season ends, but they all end differently. In 2011-12 I couldn't wait for the Portland Pilots' season to be over. After seeing too many games in which they were overmatched and inexperienced I was tired and ready to wait for next year. This season, however, after a 1-8 start in WCC play, the Pilots had...

A Visit I Should Have Made Before

The 26 closest Division I schools to me are in this order from nearest to furthest based on miles away as the crow flies: South Carolina, South Carolina State, Charleston Southern, Winthrop, Coastal Carolina, The Citadel, College of Charleston, Presbyterian, Charlotte, Davidson, Wofford, USC Upstate, Gardner-Webb,...

Yeah. It's Worth It

The commitment and dedication it takes to be a Division I college athlete is insane. Not only do you have to manage a full-time class load of 15-18 credit hours each semester, you have 20 hours of practices and games each week during the season, and that doesn't account for any travel time. Even in the "offseason,"...

Memories

"You can't get there from here" -- Richard L. Harlan, TV voice of the Valparaiso Crusaders, 1946-2012 Out in the middle of nowhere in the western part of the state of Illinois is the city of Macomb, home of the Western Illinois Leathernecks, the last remaining charter member of the Mid-Continent Conference/Summit...

Trying to Stand Out

Charleston is one of the biggest towns for tourism in the nation. Tourism gets very slow during the winter months in Charleston. December after Christmas and January is a very slow time. You can walk King Street through downtown Charleston on a weekday morning and only see a few people around. The restaurants...

Boring Game, Boring Recap

Usually, I always try to find an interesting topic to talk about in my recap. If you have read any of my recaps before, you know that they sometimes can focus very little on the actual game. Take my last recap, for example. I talked about how big it was for me to finally get to a North Carolina A&T game....

Plan C

When I was planning out my schedule for this season, one of the trips I had wanted to make was to West Point, to see an Army basketball game. I've enjoyed my trips to Annapolis and the Naval Academy, and wanted to see West Point as well. I picked out a game, when they were playing Bucknell, and planned to make...

Recognizing Talent

"People always clap for the wrong things." - J.D. Salinger WEST POINT, N.Y. - It was the end of my high school soccer practice one day last fall when one of my players asked to talk to me after practice. If you've been around enough, you start to understand that "Can I talk to you? " usually has a negative...

Every Game Has a Story

"What's normal anyways? " - Forrest Gump's mother NEW BRITAIN, Conn. - My original schedule from way back in November had the Central Connecticut-St. Francis Pennsylvania game - a concoction and confluence of directions and names you might only get in the NEC - slated for Thursday night, with the original...

It's Bruin Time

For BracketBuster Saturday, I wasn't too intrigued with any of the matchmaking done to my local teams, so I decided to make a little weekend road trip. The two games that appeared to be most interesting were to be found five to six hours to the south of me; I passed up one last chance to see Nate Wolters,...

Dawgs Chasing Cars

As the end of February approached, we finally reached the first conference home game on the schedule that all Butler fans had circled - the rematch against Saint Louis. The Bulldogs were embarrassed by the Billikens in late January, and this game would allow them the opportunity to avenge that loss and to draw...

No Regrets

"Of all the words of mice and men, the saddest ones are, 'It might have been'." - Kurt Vonnegut PRINCETON, N.J. - About a month ago, I mentioned one of my regrets for the season was not seeing a game in Jadwin Gym. Screw that. It took four hours to get there on a Friday afternoon, but with Princeton...

Soldiering On

"That's the shock: All cliches are true. The years really do speed by. Life really is as short as they tell you it is. And there really is a God - so do I buy that one? If all the other cliches are true..." - David Bowie BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Just because you know something is coming doesn't make it any more...

THE ALL CAPS RECAP!

IT WAS NOT UNTIL I ARRIVED AT USC UPSTATE THAT I REMEMBERED WHAT DAY IT WAS. IT WAS THE ALL IMPORTANT #ALLCAPSDAY! I FIRST REMEMBERED WHAT DAY IT WAS WHEN I SAW RAYMOND CURREN TWEET IN ALL CAPS. AND RAY WAS IN THE BEST SPOT OF THEM ALL FOR ALL CAPS DAY, AT A LOYOLA GAME IN CHICAGO WITH OUR WEBSITE'S FOUNDER...

Clinching A Crown

The college basketball season is one which goes through many twists and turns during a regular season. Conferences can change with one game or one moment. The regular season conference schedule is important for most teams. It tests your mettle in a 14-20 game schedule, and whoever is the winner of the conference...

Safe Inside

As I mentioned in my last recap, during the game between USC Upstate and Kennesaw State game it snowed. While I was watching basketball, two inches of snow fell on the ground in Spartanburg. I know Ray Curren is going to be amused by this coming from a place that had several cancellations due to three feet of...

Laying Eggs

"You know, Hobbes, some days even my lucky rocket ship underpants don't help." - Calvin POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - You've probably heard it more times than you can count from a coach whose team had just laid a giant, foul smelling egg on the court behind him. "We had no heart tonight." "We just couldn't find the...

Fans, Zone D & Aronis Superhoops: Aggies Win!

New Mexico State believes their all-time record before the second game this season against UTEP is Aggies 103, Miners 100. The Miners believe the long rivalry is tied at 102 games each. Whichever is correct, a question I may try to tackle over the summer, the Aggie-Miner rivalry, begun in 1915 between two schools...

A Gloomy Day

The month of February was the wettest February in Charleston history. After just over a third of an inch of rain in the month of January, with an 80 degree day, we had over ten inches of rain in the month of February. This Saturday afternoon was another one of those gloomy days that everyone endures at some...

A Senior White-Out

The College of Charleston has two traditions which have been a part of the program for many seasons. Almost every program does a Senior Night or a Senior Day promotion. This promotion has gotten more ink lately after Indiana did Senior Night festivities after a loss to Ohio State, in a 9pm game. Tom Crean didn't...

The Madness of the Horizon League

The Horizon League was formed on June 4, 2001, as part of a rebranding strategy by the Midwestern Collegiate Conference. In part, the MCC had become somewhat annoyed by being confused with its nearby little brother, the Mid-Continent Conference, and so its leadership group told themselves that it was time to...

The Battle for the Alumni Trophy

One of the games that I was looking forward to attending this season was the Army-Navy game. This is a rivalry that traditionally gets attention when the two schools are playing in football. However, any time these schools play each other it's a big deal. I can't think of any other university where the students...

Goodbye, NEC, For Now

"Not all of us can do great things. But all of us can do small things with great love." - Mother Teresa BROOKLYN, N.Y. - I'm partial to neutral-site conference tournaments, whether it be high school or college, really. Having all the teams you regularly play and know in one place leads to an interesting party...

Route 301

I'm probably only as dedicated a Penn fan as I am because of Route 301. The option of driving that stretch of road to Wilmington instead of I-95 is one of the things that has contributed most to my willingness to continually make the 2-hour drive back and forth to Philadelphia for Penn games (especially on...

Stevens and the Bulldogs: One Night Only

AMHERST, Mass. - They came in out of the snow by the hundreds and thousands. The students filled their allotted seats and spilled over into other sections of the Mullins Center nearly an hour before tip-off. The building, which is rarely full these days for much of anything these days, almost got there, despite...

The Rare Ivy League Conference Tournament

If you've read my writing, you may have guessed that my main area of conference expertise is the Ivy League. The Ancient Eight does not have a conference tournament, preferring to send the winner of their true round-robin conference schedule to the NCAA's. On rare occasions, however, when there is a tie for...

MAC Madness

Growing up in Cleveland, Ohio, the conference tournament that I paid the most attention to was the Mid-American Conference Tournament. In 2000, the decision was made to move the tournament from its previous location at the SeaGate Convention Center in Toledo, Oh to Gund Arena (now named Quicken Loans Arena) in...

Anything Can Happen in the MAAC

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - If I try to sell you on the merits of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, I probably wouldn't start with the actual venue. While just a couple of blocks from the Naismith Hall of Fame, the MassMutual Center is a decaying relic much better suited for hockey than basketball. Springfield...

One More Day

"Do not go gentle into that good night" - Dylan Thomas SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - It's hard to put a positive spin on a 7-23 season, even harder to do so when your team used to be the dominant team in your conference in the not so distant past. Siena won the MAAC three straight times from 2008-2010, winning NCAA...

Pioneers Nail Down the Two-Seed

This weekend's INCREDIBLY LARGE GAME in the WAC was the second meeting of the year between the second- and third-place teams in the standings, the Denver Pioneers (18-8 overall, 13-2 in the WAC) and the New Mexico State Aggies (19-9, 12-3). Denver had won its prior seven games, including five away from home,...

Another Streak Ends in Las Cruces

What a season for the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs! Coming into the final weekend of the regular season, they had twenty-six wins, having won all fourteen home games and the last eighteen contests consecutively, the nation's longest active streak. Although two of their three losses (at Texas A&M, Northwestern...

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