Season 9

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Finding Heart in San Francisco

The best laid schemes o' mice an' men/ Gang aft a-gley, [often go awry] - To a Mouse, Robert Burns Sometimes you have to change your needs and trust in someone else. Over the last few months, I've been in a transitional period during which I truly learned the personal impact of inaction and inertia. Through...

Growing Up in March

"By 'guts', I mean grace under pressure." - Ernest Hemingway SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - When it comes to March, there is a big difference between playing the role of the young underdog as opposed to being handed the role of the favorite. It takes a marvelous actor to be able to play both in back-to-back seasons,...

A Quiet Buzzer-Beater

One of the things I've noticed about the games that I've been to this season that is many of them have not been very competitive. Part of this is simply the teams that I'm watching. While there have been a couple of exceptions, many of the teams that I'm watching are between two teams that are on opposite ends...

Momo and the Trash Can

"Time crumbles things. Everything is forgotten under the lapse of time." - Aristotle SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - In the days of yore, back when people didn't habitually reach into their pockets and pull out an object that they stared at for hours a day, we would have wondered what the hell Momo Jones was doing...

Baby Steps

Last year at the Horizon League quarterfinals, also held in Valparaiso at the Athletics Recreation Center (ARC), 3 seed Detroit ambushed 6 seed Youngstown State from the opening tip, and the Penguins never seriously threatened. 5 seed Butler buried 4 seed Milwaukee decisively in the 2nd half. In both cases,...

The Beginning of Madness

This was a very entertaining game, much more entertaining than last year's 4-5 game. In fact both quarterfinal games this year were much more exciting than last year. For the 2nd year in a row, the 5 seed has more fan support than the 4 seed. UIC brought a healthy contingent of students along with their pep...

Reigning In The Titans

Wright State is the most deliberate, disciplined team in the Horizon League. Detroit is the most athletic, fast-paced team in the Horizon League. Doug Anderson's dunks have been all over Sports Center for 2 seasons now. These two styles go together like oil and water. Something had to give. Would Detroit force...

OH. MY. GOD.

I was this close. This close to returning to St. Louis today and getting some much needed breathing room in my vacation balance account. This close to witnessing first-hand the first ever 1 seed semifinal loss since the Horizon League switched to its current "Protect the top seeds" format. This close to seeing...

Uglifying Things

"No object is so beautiful that, under certain conditions, it will not look ugly."- Oscar Wilde SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - After finally enduring the wait outside so they could "clean" MassMutual Arena (my forgotten program was still sitting where I left it), they allowed us back in just 10 minutes prior to the...

MAAC After Dark with Patsos

"I have always a sacred veneration for someone I observe to be a little out of repair in his person, as supposing him either a poet or a philosopher." - Jonathan Swift SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - There are certain situations in life that we just know intuitively are dangerous for us. Wise people do what they can...

It Now Gets Serious

We are finally in the homestretch of the season. After an up and down start to the season, we know who the contenders are in the Big South. At least we think we know, anyway. The Big South North Division has looked shaky most of the season, with High Point in first. In the Big South South Division, there are...

Camry or Laury for MVP?

"For believe me: the secret for harvesting from existence the greatest fruitfulness and greatest enjoyment is to live dangerously."- Friedrich Nietzsche SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - One the first Tweets from the Hickory Picket Fences account last fall was a picture of my car. "Might be the biggest key to the Picket...

Transitions and Growth

growth (n.) - development from a lower or simpler form to a higher or more complex form; evolution If we are to accept the above as a reasonable definition of the word, then how should we feel about growth? Should we celebrate growth in others or should we resent it? When given an opportunity for growth...

Incorrect Confirmation Bias

"Of all the causes which conspire to blind Man's erring judgment, and misguide the mind; What the weak head with strongest bias rules, Is pride, never-failing vice of fools."- Alexander Pope SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Bias is everywhere in our world whether we are aware of it or not. Sometimes, it's nice to be...

Sy Leads on Senior Night

The final game of the regular season in Las Cruces brought the Mavericks of the University of Texas at Arlington to visit. This was the thirteenth meeting between New Mexico State and UTA in men's basketball and the second as members of the WAC. Since UTA is moving to the Sun Belt next year, it is unlikely that...

From the Minors to Senior Day

As is a tradition every year, the final home game of the season for every team is devoted to honoring their seniors. Before the game (or after, as is the case in some schools, like Indiana), the team's seniors are called out one by one, typically escorted by their parents, and receive an ovation and a memento...

What If?

Last year, my favorite baseball team, the Cleveland Indians, ran a season-long campaign in an attempt to get people into the ballpark called "What If." It was an attempt to promote the history of the team. The only problem is that when you think about teams with a rich tradition of success in major league baseball,...

Talent is the Divider

"Talent is the divider."- Gary Palladino SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Gary Palladino began his coaching career like so many others we know in Our Game, only it was the 1970s, and there was no Mid-majority and college basketball was in its pre-Magic and Bird era. That doesn't mean there still weren't young coaches...

WAC 1st Round: Then There Were Nine

With ten schools In the WAC for this year, the tournament starts with first round games on Tuesday among those teams at the bottom of the standings. The first contest, matched the seventh seed, Texas State (10-20 overall, 5-12 WAC), against tenth-seed Seattle (8-21, 3-15 WAC). Texas State swept the team's closely...

From Slow to Fast

The VMI Keydets are always among the bigger attractions in the Big South. Not necessarily because they are good (although VMI is usually better than they are given credit for), but how they play Our Game. Keydet coach Duggar Baucom tends to emphasize a game focused on offense and often a high tempo game. The...

WAC 1st Round: It Ended for SJSU

It has been a long season for both teams in this game between the eight-seeded San Jose State Spartans (9-19 overall, 3-14 WAC) and the ninth-seeded UTSA Roadrunners (8-21 overall, also 3-14 WAC). The Spartans have struggled through several player suspensions. James Kinney, leading scorer for SJSU in fourteen...

On to the Next One

Can you imagine the excitement that can be generated from a Thursday mid-afternoon game at a neutral site? After sitting through one, I'd give it a less than hearty endorsement. Nevertheless, the schedule dictated that Butler and Dayton would square off here in Brooklyn among a largely empty house. Even...

The Final Meltdown

Thursday's initial opening round game between 8 seed Richmond and 9 seed Charlotte seemed to be a fairly routine clash of styles. In the basketball equivalence of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Sprat, Richmond would take no inside shots, and Charlotte would take none from outside. Richmond knocked down four trifectas...

Prolonging the Madness

In the Horizon League, March is truly maddening. And the madness only increases with each win. If you are the 1 seed and graduating 6 seniors, 5 of whom start and the other who plays a key role, the spectre of a loss looms large, bringing with it that dreaded R word (rebuilding). It may take a while to scale...

The Butler Bad Boys?

Heading into Butler's quarterfinal matchup against LaSalle, I had a relatively high (for me) comfort level about this game. I didn't attribute this to any particular overconfidence on my part, especially since LaSalle had won the prior meeting between the teams, but there's a certain stigma when you play the...

The One with the 13-0 Run

Saint Louis University has been the class of the Atlantic-10 Conference this season. They have ridiculous balance and good depth, so while no particular individual may scare you significantly coming into a game, they have six or seven guys who are more than capable of being the star on any given night. Combine...

WAC Qtr: Mullings Leads Aggies to Victory

In the first quarterfinal of this year's WAC men's basketball tournament, the third-seeded New Mexico State Aggies played the sixth-seed, the Idaho Vandals. New Mexico State and Idaho are the only two schools that were in the WAC last year that will return next year, so this matchup is what passes for continuity...

Drexel Pressures, Mason Survives (This Time)

This was supposed to be Drexel's year. A year removed from a heartbreaking snub by the NCAA selection committee, the Dragons were poised and expected to dominate the new-look Colonial. Guard Frantz Massenat was the conference's preseason player of the year, the team's core players were all returning, VCU had...

A Wild Finish for an Uninterested Crowd

The middle game of the Saturday CAA quarterfinals began as the quietest. George Mason fans had traveled well for the opening game of the tournament, and a solid number remained for this one. James Madison was also well represented, as a number of Dukes fans trickled into the Richmond Coliseum prior to their...

WAC Semi: Aggies Return to the Final

Game 7, the first semifinal, of the WAC tournament pitted third seed New Mexico State, a 65-49 winner against Idaho in the tournament's quarterfinals, against seventh seed Texas State. Texas State began the tournament with a defeat of Seattle, 68-56, in Tuesday's first round; their quarterfinal was a big upset,...

BasementBuster

As most on here are aware, BracketBuster weekend is going away. BracketBuster weekend started mainly as a way to help get mid-majors better opponents to boost their RPI when they otherwise might not get a chance during conference play. Oh, and also to as Kyle put it, feed the "content monster". But today that...

For Old Time's Sake

"The past is never dead. It's not even past."- William Faulkner BROOKLYN, N.Y. - I was somewhat surprised to see George Washington with the biggest student section of the four at the evening session of the first round on Thursday, especially because I had seen Saint Joseph's at the Palestra a couple of months...

Workmanlike Billikens

"I like boring things."- Andy Warhol BROOKLYN, N.Y. - Look, I understand my job here is to try to make every game I attend as interesting as possible, but it's also to be honest to you. That's hopefully where my credibility and reliability come from; you as the reader can trust me to bring you the best stories...

Jealousy and Envy

"Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves."- Philippians 2:3 BROOKLYN, N.Y. - No matter your beliefs, there's a reason why jealousy is mentioned so many times in The Bible, and why envy made the cut to be included in the seven cardinal or deadly sins,...

The Billiken Hat Trick

Butler got its third shot at Saint Louis this season in the A-10 semifinal. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, the Billikens were determined to be their "local rival," so that they were the one team that Butler played twice in conference play. Gee, thanks a lot! Saint Louis blasted Butler at their place, and...

The First Thursday in March, Part 2

Exactly one year ago, Drake and Bradley faced each other in the play-in round of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament. These play-in games always occur on Thursday night. More precisely, they occur on the first Thursday of every March, since that's when the league holds Arch Madness. Last year, I wrote this...

Barry Hinson, The Madman

One of the most rewarding parts about traveling the country for the Mid-Majority is the opportunity to see teams on multiple occasions. I envy my teammate, Ray Curren, for the amount of basketball games he's seen this season. I haven't approached his record, but I've been to several different venues in the Midwest....

See Ya Later, Creighton

Creighton is so greedy. In a sport that pays its coaches millions and millions of dollars and agrees to enormously expensive television deals with giant conglomerates and networks, it's so greedy for Creighton University to want to make money and move to a better league. It's so greedy for them to do what's best...

Watch Out For Troy Taylor

Troy Taylor is six feet tall. "But probably not even that," the Evansville fan behind press row says to me. "He's about 5-11 and a half." He is a foot shorter than his rebounding average. Think about that for a second. Let's give him the benefit of the doubt and call him 6'0''. He averages 7.0 rebounds per game...

Chaz Williams Off-Broadway

"Even the smallest person can change the course of the future." - J.R.R. Tolkien BROOKLYN, N.Y. - This fact was either disturbing or enlightening, or maybe a combination of both depending on your perspective, heading into Friday night's final Atlantic-10 quarterfinal between Temple and UMass. The two teams...

Success and Perspective

"Or watch the things you gave your life to broken;And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools." - If, Rudyard Kipling BROOKLYN, N.Y. - Because you get oblivious to such things in March, I was totally unaware New York City was having its St. Patrick's Day parade on Saturday instead of Sunday this year...

Settling for the Three and Coming Up Short

The final opening round game of the A-10 tournament featured 6 seed Massachusetts and 11 seed George Washington. While fatigue was starting to set in by this point, I was interested to see a matchup of teams that I'd not previously seen in person. Much like the Richmond-Charlotte game to begin the day, this...

Things That Do Not Happen

Top-seeded teams in a conference semifinal do not enter the first media timeout without recording a point. Top-seeded teams in a conference semifinal do not enter the second media timeout without recording a point. Top-seeded teams in a conference semifinal do not trail 13-0. Top-seeded teams in a conference...

Seniors Power JMU Past William & Mary

The CAA Saturday quarterfinal night session revived some of the fan-based intensity of the opener after a somewhat uninspired supporting crowd in the intermediate contest. With the tournament in its final year in Richmond and two teams from Virginia in action, that was no surprise. And despite William &...

Uh Huh, Indeed

Prior to this season, I have not attended many Charlotte basketball games. This game against Temple would be my sixth time at Halton Arena this season. I have enjoyed going to Charlotte this season as a way to acquaint myself with a higher mid-major program in the region. Charlotte's student section is probably...

Motivation and Adrenaline vs. Fatigue

"A man can be destroyed, but not defeated."- Ernest Hemingway BROOKLYN, N.Y. - Although as we've established, the crowd was not going to be on their side against the VCU traveling circus, you had to figure that UMass was the more motivated squad in Saturday's second semifinal. Their upset of Temple had allowed...

Reflection and Anticipation

"When it's time to die, let us not discover that we have never lived."- Henry David Thoreau BROOKLYN, N.Y. - For most of us, reflection is not a large part of our daily lives. We have a list of things in our brain that we feel we have to accomplish, and we mentally cross them off when they are completed:...

Looking Ahead

One of the unusual aspects of Navy's Senior Night activities was that there were no senior basketball players to be honored. Each of the team's three senior student mangers were honored prior to the game, walking onto the floor with their parents, and being given a basketball by coach Ed DeChellis. It is safe...

Completing My Own 800 Games Project

After two days off from my last game at Charlotte, I was glad to be back at a basketball game at Coastal Carolina on Wednesday. It was a game I was really looking forward to, and not because it was Senior Night for Coastal Carolina. Nor was the reason for my interest in this game being because Winthrop and...

An International Experience

One of the great things about living in our nation's capital is that it allows you meet from all over the world. It seems like no one that lives here was born and raised here, and it makes for some interesting discussions. I've met people from China, Taiwan, France England, and Turkey while living here. Meeting...

A Stitch in Time

"Our stitching and unstitching has been naught."William Butler Yeats WEST HARTFORD, Conn. - This season marked the first time that Hartford advanced to postseason play, while the University of Connecticut - which plays most of its games just a couple of miles down the road at the XL Center - did not. In fact,...

The End of an Era for Temple Basketball

In the A-10 tournament's fourth quarterfinal, the Temple Owls opened up against UMass. Coach Fran Dunphy's team had a fairly good conference season, finishing in a three-way tie for third place, and entering the tournament as the 3 seed due to their win over league champion Saint Louis. During their conference...

Bottoming Out

When I looked at my schedule for this late season Thursday game, I saw that my expectation was to head to a basketball game between The Citadel and Furman. This was a matchup I was not particularly thrilled to see. Like with going to seven games at Presbyterian this year, I have also been to McAlister Field...

WAC Qtr: Joel Wright Carries Bobcats On

Game four of the WAC tournament matched the seventh-seeded Texas State Bobcats (10-21 overall, 7-11 WAC), 68-56 winners on Tuesday against Seattle, with the second-seeded Denver Pioneers (21-8, 16-2), WAC co-champions of the regular season. Denver won both regular season matchups fairly easily, in early January...

WAC Qtr: A Shooting Guard Named Kannon

The third game of Thursday matched top seed and regular season co-champion Louisiana Tech with the Roadrunners of the University of Texas at San Antonio. Louisiana Tech (26-5, 16-2 WAC) had won both season contests with UTSA (8-21, 3-14 WAC): in mid-January, the Bulldogs won 73-71 in San Antonio; the return...

WAC Qtr: The (Kevin) Butler Did It

It has been a disappointing season for both of the teams in the fourth quarterfinal game of the WAC tournament. Utah State's WAC leadership had been derailed by health issues. Forward Danny Berger collapsed and was resuscitated by the training staff in December; he seems to be returning to health and may be...

WAC Semi: Gruszecki Superhoops to the Final

The second Friday semifinal of the WAC tournament matched two schools in their first seasons in the WAC, coming from the Southland. Fourth seeded UT-Arlington (18-12, 11-7 WAC) faced ninth-seeded UTSA (10-21, 3-14). The Mavericks advanced to this game with a Thursday 83-78 win over Utah State; the Roadrunners...

The Power of Belief

The hallmark of Tommy Amaker's teams at Harvard has been repetition. From the high pick and roll offense of Jeremy Lin to the 4 out, 1 in motion offense of the recent teams, Amaker has picked one basic offensive philosophy and stuck with it, no matter what. The Crimson have essentially run five offensive sets...

The (Non-)Tarnished Season

"Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it."- Dalai Lama AMHERST, Mass. - There is no truth to the rumor that I agreed to cover the UMass-Stony Brook NIT for Big Apple Buckets just to see how tall Chaz Williams actually is. I mean, I'm 5-foot-8, and completely convinced I have a couple...

The Mountain (More Than) High Enough

The UMass Minutemen entered the second A-10 semifinal with a chance to make a strong case for an NCAA tournament bid. Entering this game with a 21-10 overall record, and wins in five of their past six games, a UMass win over VCU might be enough to attract the attention of the selection committee. Junior point...

Trying to Stay Faithful and Positive Here

High Point is my school, always will be my school. Nine years ago, I chose to go to High Point over Coastal Carolina. As I have mentioned before, my reasoning was that North Carolina seemed to provide more opportunity for new experiences than Conway would have. Coastal's reputation was a school where people went...

The Billikens Win The War

Game 11 of the Atlantic 10 tournament was the championship game between the league's two best teams. Last month, in its Chaifetz Arena, Saint Louis had defeated VCU handily, keyed by a 21-1 first half run that left little doubt as to the ultimate result. In this rematch at the Barclays Center, the Rams were...

WAC Final: Freshman Bhullar Leads Aggies

Following a Friday of upsets in the WAC Tournament, the championship game matched the third-seeded New Mexico State Aggies (23-10, 14-4 WAC) and the fourth-seeded University of Texas at Arlington Mavericks (19-12, 11-7 WAC). The regular season games between these teams were the first of the conference season...

Welcome to Myrtle Beach.... I mean Conway!

After nine years of the Big South having a conference tournament in the format of the higher seeds hosting (which varied year by year in how that was implemented exactly), the conference decided to go with the method Kyle prefers and having one neutral site venue. Well, not quite a neutral site. It would be...

Revenge of the Lancers!

After years of being disrespected as an independent and shunned even by the Big South, Longwood was now finally in a conference tournament. This game would mark the first time the Lancers were finally in a Division I postseason. The last time Longwood played in a conference tournament was ten years ago, when...

Finally Getting A Shot

Like Longwood in the last game, Presbyterian entered this game against Campbell as big underdogs. Presbyterian like Longwood finished last in the conference with a 4-12 Big South record. PC was only technically better because they beat the Lancers in Farmville. But unlike Longwood, PC has received much better...

Inside The Mind of Gregg Marshall

Gregg Marshall appears to keep himself in reasonable physical shape. He is not overweight at all. In fact, he looks like he could play a pick-up game against his managers and not be absolutely terrible at basketball. However, I have a major concern about his health. Marshall has a drinking problem, but not the...

Stoic No More

A few days before Thanksgiving, right in the midst of ESPN's Feast Week, I turned on the television to watch a basketball game. Typical me. Ignoring family members to watch a bunch of college kids dribbling a basketball and aimlessly throwing it toward a net. On this particular afternoon, I was watching a bunch...

Giving Up? Try Again

"You've already quit," Greg Lansing tells his Indiana State team in the first half. I think the score was 29-11. Or something to that nature. Top-seeded Creighton, which lost to the Sycamores by double digits earlier in the year, was throwing down the hammer in this Missouri Valley semifinal game. The Bluejays...

Men Can Cry

I don't necessarily love post-game press conferences. They're tedious, boring and usually filled with questions that have no relevance on the game. But they are a requirement in my line of work as a journalist, so I attend them. The worst press conferences are during tournament settings with the losing team....

The End of an Era

I hate nostalgia. It is the most powerful human emotion, but I hate it. It is the only emotion capable of connecting you to your past, but I hate it. Nostalgia makes me sad, because it makes me remember that nothing is ever the same and that time cannot stop, reverse or fast-forward. There's no such thing as...

The Bright Lights Of The NCAA Tournament

The NCAA Tournament can make you famous. It made Bryce Drew into a folk hero. It probably made Stephen Curry millions of dollars in NBA Draft money. For the first time all season, March Madness combines Our Game with The Game, catapulting mid-major stars onto the national scene in front of viewers across the...

The Life He's Chosen

I knew exactly what I was going to write for this recap. I'd had 39 minutes and 32 seconds of game time to figure it out, and it was going to be a deep, thoughtful piece on Bob McKillop's lifestyle choice to stay at Davidson and why he's the pinnacle of American happiness. His Davidson team had pulled away from...

Dunk City and Belief

"We are the music makers. And we are the dreamers of dreams."- Willy Wonka PHILADELPHIA - It always ends in a loss. Those words are gospel around here, drummed into our consciousness for most of the last decade. It is our masochistic creed, a prophecy that comes to its proper fruition every March (and thanks...

A Host You Should Not Fear

A month ago, the challenge was to write about a team that could unexpectedly "shock the world" and win the conference tournament. Coastal Carolina had won homecourt advantage throughout the conference tournament because of its partnership with the website of the Myrtle Beach Area Convention & Visitors Bureau,...

Dwayne Evans Too Much for the Aggies

I was sure at the end of my nineteen-game week in Las Vegas (the WCC final, all 18 M/W WAC tournament games) that my season was over. I was so tired that I slept the entire trip on the plane home, through the St. Patrick's Day party at my spouse's college roommate's home, and through the family birthday dinner...

Coach and Team

The last remaining coach below the Red Line in the NCAA Tournament is Gregg Marshall of Wichita State. Six years ago, Marshall was coaching at Winthrop where he led the Eagles to the Big South's lone Round of 32 appearance. In this quarterfinal game, it would be Pat Kelsey instead coaching Winthrop against...

Delay of a Good Game

As I mentioned in my previous recap, Matt Cayuela was not too happy about watching Winthrop and Charleston Southern combine for 101 points. I told him that this next game between VMI and Longwood should be more to his liking, and he agreed. Both teams were well known for offense more so than defense. In the...

Conference Rivals From Another Conference

Back when I was at High Point, I really did not think of Gardner-Webb and Campbell much. High Point sometimes played them out of conference, but mostly away from men's basketball and its guarantee game slate. And that is because Campbell and Gardner-Webb were both in the Atlantic Sun at that time. And now they...

Life Goes On Without Us

"Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them."- George Eliot PHILADELPHIA - Don't get me wrong, we all love the NCAA tournament, but one of the drawbacks about the format is the extreme condensed version of it all. With 64 teams beginning play on Thursday, 48 of them would be gone by Sunday...

Great Action

College basketball is a sport which is filled with sadness by the teams that lose to end their seasons. 343 teams (sometimes less if a team wins its final game and misses the conference tournament) end their seasons with a loss. Four teams end their seasons with wins, the winners of the NCAA, NIT, CBI and CIT...

An Unfair Fight

I was not very confident going into this Big South quarterfinal on High Point's chances against Liberty. High Point had won the North Division and six more games in conference play than the Flames had. But that had largely come from John Brown, which High Point did not have. Of course, my main worry of seeing...

Until the End

We always tell ourselves "It always ends in a loss." And while that has always been the case, I found myself sitting in my chair as the seconds ticked by thinking "Why tonight? !" Why did I feel this way so strongly with this particular team. I never got this emotional even when Butler came within less than...

Overcoming the Burden of History

Charleston Southern entered this game as the favorite, 12-4 in the Big South against an 8-8 squad from VMI. But as I mentioned in their last game, this is a new position for Charleston Southern. When you talk about places in Hoops Nation that have had a lot of struggling, CSU has to be near the top of the list....

Empire

I really do not like talking about controversial subjects. But with Liberty University making a deep run in this year's Big South Tournament, it is hard to try and avoid controversy. And that is because Liberty University is a school all about controversy. Liberty University was founded as Lynchburg Baptist...

Grizzlies Overwhelmed by Orangemen

Going to the NCAA tournament is an interesting process. Within an hour or so of the selections and seeding being announced, each school's designated contact is called by the NCAA's travel agency about plans for reaching the first game. Generally, school contingents arrive two days before their first contest....

Dotson Leads Ducks to the Sweet Sixteen

In the round of 32 in San Jose, the first game of the afternoon matched fourth-seeded Saint Louis University with the (underseeded? ) twelfth-seeded University of Oregon. The Billikens (28-6) reached this game by defeating WAC Champion New Mexico State 64-44 on Thursday; they had won their prior five games...

This Time of Year

I have been a reader of this website regular since Season 4 after being in and out of the first three seasons on here. The reason I became a dedicated reader is because Kyle Whelliston connected to me more than any other sports writer. His experience was going to the same games I did, literally going to six...

A Championship in Pictures

After spending the last week watching Liberty win both the Big South women's and men's titles, I wanted a break from watching the conquest by an empire. So I decided to spend a lot more money and make the trip to Asheville and the Southern Conference Tournament, our oldest conference tournament. Neither Davidson...

Hanging On

After the last loss at Davidson, College of Charleston fans were heartbroken. They were not going back to the NCAA Tournament. But C of C did get a consolation prize: a trip to the CBI! The CBI is the College Basketball Invitational, run by the Gazelle Group which an independent organization dedicated to creating...

By George, UConn is Dead

There's some irony in the timing of writing this, and a stiff reminder at how while we never change, the world around us most certainly does not. I'm an unapologetic hater of the University of Connecticut men's basketball program. As I relayed in a trip to neither beautiful nor historic Storrs earlier this...

Butler and Us

While mid-majors are making the Final Four more in the past, it still has not been that common. George Mason in 2006 (written about by Raymond Curren) was the first true mid-major in the modern era of college basketball to make the Final Four. Butler also made it of course in 2010 and 2011, VCU did in 2011 as...

Rte. 139 - End of the Line

"Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told, 'I'm with you kid. Let's go.' "- Maya Angelou PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Game 139. End of the line. It was a fitting conclusion to a season that raced along faster than I ever imagined it would. Working on a couple of hours of sleep, going to an arena above the Red Line,...

Donning the Black and Gold

When George Mason announced its move to the Atlantic 10, I tweeted that I hoped the A-10 community was as good as the CAA community. The Colonial fanbase's Twitter contingent has had a number of great moments over the years, but one sticks out in particular: #3bids4CAA. The term's origins are cloudy, but the...

So We Meet Again

Whenever I watch Kent State and Akron play on television, one thing the announcers always mention is how close the two schools are. Depending on the announcer, I've heard 14, 11, and 12. When I went to Google Maps, I discovered that depending on the route, the schools are either 14, 11, or 12 miles apart, depending...

Memories

Over the past two seasons, my opinion on ghostbracket games has changed. Initially, and before I began writing for this site, I was in favor of tournaments such as the CBI and CIT. I felt that they rewarded teams for a successful season, gave teams extra practices to give younger players more experience, and...

Epilogue, The Ninth: Only Love Can Break Your Heart

I. Bucharest, Romania - February 9, 2013 Admission was free. I didn't think I'd have to squeeze into a first-row baseline corner a full half-hour beforehand, though. This was a country with a basketball legacy summed up in a single gentle-giant folk hero, one who wore his freakish height on his jersey during...

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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.