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The Final Prologue

Approximately five months from now, this website will officially cease to be. Kaput. Gonzo. Curtains. Peace out Trout. ‘Til then (Delaware Fightin’ Blue) Hen.   No two ways about it, it’s sad. If you’re reading this, it’s likely that the Mid-Majority played a significant role...

Little Bits of History Repeating

Like I said: I don’t really know how I got here. That’s true in a more literal sense, too. I can’t remember where or why I first clicked on a link to the Mid-Majority, but my best guess is that it happened sometime late in Season 3. Fittingly, I was probably...

Love and Basketball

As the years go by, the memories get dimmer, but I still remember a lot about my first college basketball game. I remember attending the game with two friendly girls who lived in the apartment next door, whose names I've long forgotten. I remember not getting to the arena until almost halftime. I remember feeling...

Destiny

"A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it." - Jean de La FontaineEven in 17th-century France, the entertainment business was rarely seen as someone's "destin'e". The Renissance was coming to an end, and was starting to morph into the Enlightenment when Jean de La Fontaine was growing up...

Miracle on Eighth Avenue

It lay at the top of Red Smith's dispatch from the Polo Grounds, where a one-game playoff for the National League pennant had been decided by Bobby Thomson's iconic "Shot Heard 'Round The World." The walk-off home run had capped off the New York Giants' furious charge...

Context

One of my favorite parts of college basketball has always been the great unknown. While you may see something new at every baseball game, you rarely see the same thing twice at a college basketball game. There is always something new to discover. This season there are over 350 teams in NCAA Division-I, most of...

The Wolfie Story

STONY BROOK, N.Y. - Let's set the record straight, shall we? I don't know what you heard from your sister's cousin's friend, but Wolfie the Seawolf did not kill J.J. Jumper at the America East Tournament in 2005. In fact, according to multiple sources, the self-proclaimed Official Ambassador of NCAA Basketball...

Getting to Know: America East

Unless you have one of those complicated crime solving bulletin board- the one with strings and pictures and your gut feeling that the husband did it - you probably don't have all the new conference alignments memorized yet. To help out, here is a primer to get familiar with each of the conferences in The Mid-Majority,...

VMI and the Grind

'Always mystify, mislead, and surprise the enemy if possible.' -Stonewall JacksonLEXINGTON, Va. - Virginia Military Institute, the oldest state-supported military college in the nation, was a little more than a decade old when Thomas Jackson showed up to teach philosophy (among other things) there. Despite less...

Keeping the Faith?

'For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.' - Ephesians 2:10NEWARK, Del. - Barclay Radebaugh has a simple solution for his recent success at Charleston Southern that has seen the Buccaneers rise near the top of the Big South and be nearly...

Smartest Guys on the Court

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Four years before the Model T was introduced, administrators at MIT and Harvard decided it was high time they joined forces and became the ultimate educational Justice League. They were only a couple of miles apart, so it made perfect sense to incorporate MIT's engineering prowess into Harvard....

The Admiral and the Beaver

The second week of November is a great time to be a basketball fan. As I write this, Bally is perched behind me keeping an eye on LIU-Brooklyn's effort at an Assembly Hall upset, and this morning I brushed my teeth to the dulcet tones of Dunk City and Hartford's TV-mandated early-morning tip. This week, of course,...

Getting to Know: The Atlantic 10

Unless you have one of those complicated crime solving bulletin board- the one with strings and pictures and your gut feeling that the husband did it - you probably don't have all the new conference alignments memorized yet. To help out, here is a primer to get familiar with each of the conferences in The Mid-Majority,...

Sympathy for the Devil

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - That whistle. If you were a fan of the anyone not named Cornell in the Ivy League at the end of last decade, it probably scared the shit out of you. All of the facilities in the ancient Ivy feature some sort of ghostly echo, which allows noise to instantly carry to the furthest reaches...

MMBOW #1: Dyami Starks, Bryant

There are a lot of things that go into a good basketball player, but nothing quite grabs the eye like a pile of points. That's why Bryant Bulldog guard Dyami Starks is the first Mid-Majority Baller of the Week for season 10. Starks led the Bulldogs to wins over Dartmouth and Vermont last week and put the ball...

Second Lieutenant Ellis

WEST POINT, N.Y. -  As Army warmed up for its home opener against NJIT last Friday, Ella Ellis felt at home. He took a couple of shots to get loose, then snapped some passes off and he was in the flow. The team soon went back into the locker room and reappeared a couple minutes before tip-off. Like the...

Mid-Majority Success Stories

PHILADELPHIA- Siena freshman Lavon Long's pass sailed out of bounds for a turnover and before the ball even hit the ground, Jimmy Patsos was sprinting theatrically down the bench pointing at Brett Bisping to replace him. It was 28 seconds into the game. Less than...

Getting to Know: Atlantic Sun

WHO LEFT? Nobody! The conference known as a landing spot for D-I schools is still the same as last year. Northern Kentucky is still in the transition period and is not eligible for postseason. WHO ARE THE FAVORITES? Have you heard of Florida Gulf Coast? The 15 seed that stole the hearts of mid-major...

Persevere Like Towson

'Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.' - Winston Churchill VILLANOVA, Pa. - At this time of year, most of our Mid-Majority teams know plenty about going from failure to failure. It's never easy though, that losing thing. To the people on the outside, when a team...

Man on a Mission

There's plenty that's exceptional about Our Game, circa 2013. Advanced stats and sci-fi cameras have given us unprecedented insight into basketball's inner workings. Positional stereotypes and conventional lineup wisdom are being questioned, ever more consistently and effectively. The world outside the...

Just Call Him Mr. Mason

'Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.' - Desiderata, Max Ehrmann STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - I was asked last week by my high school calculus teacher to e-mail him a quick paragraph. It had been two decades since he was a young teacher...

MMBOW #2: D.J. Balentine, Evansville

Evansville was a bit of an afterthought in the Missouri Valley Conference race and was picked to finish in the middle of the pack behind the usual suspects of Wichita State and Indiana State.  The consensus was the Aces lost four starters and would be hard pressed to repeat their 21 victories from last...

3,700 Words About Lemons

'My better half is mad at makin' magic outta canned goods;My tax bracket status got her questionin' my manhood.' - Atmosphere, Guarantees UNCASVILLE, Conn. - It was Elbert Hubbard and not Dale Carnegie, who coined the phrase, 'When life gives you lemons, made lemonade.' Well, actually, while putting together...

Belmont, Baby, Belmont

UNCASVILLE, Conn. - More than seven hours after North Carolina had done the same, Belmont waited at mid-court Sunday to receive the Dave Gavitt Cup for winning their bracket in the Hall of Fame Tip-off. Some 10,000 people had packed Mohegan Sun Arena to see the Tar Heels take down Louisville, and the word of...

In Praise of No. 8 (And No. 7)

ESTERO, Fla. - Louisiana Tech captured the inaugural Gulf Coast Showcase Wednesday night at Germain Arena over St. Bonaventure in front of a decent crowd with some aggressive defense and timely shooting. Four other teams: UIC, Wagner, San Diego, and Southern Illinois had picked up wins on either Monday or Tuesday,...

Helping A Mid-Majority Out

ESTERO, Fla. - Brooks Downing is an unlikely candidate to be a champion of the Mid-Majority. Most of his professional career has been in as Communications Director for the University of Kentucky basketball program, dating back to the heyday of Rick Pitino in the early-to-mid 1990s. Heck, he even co-authored...

MMBOW #3: Austin Tillotson, Colgate

Plenty of good performances over the holiday weekend to consider, but let's focus in on a perfect game for the Mid-Major Baller of the Week #3. Last Tuesday Colgate sophomore guard Austin Tillotson scored 12 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists in a 98-86 win over Tulane on the road. That's a...

No Place Like Somewhere Close To Home

Wherever you may be, Thanksgiving inspires thoughts of home. For me, that's also inspired a lot of thinking about the Northern Iowa Panthers in the last week. As I've mentioned, my current home is almost as far from a mid-major school as you can get. (Casper, Wyoming, I'm pretty sure you have me beat.) Heading...

Tell Butler We Said Hi

'While they talked they remembered the years of their youth, and each thought of the other as he had been at another time.' ― John Edward Williams, Stoner LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - When I was very young and things seemed much less convoluted than they do today, two of my parents' best friends in the...

Dunk City Utopia

'A pretty face may be enough to catch a man, but it takes character and good nature to hold him.' - Sir Thomas More FORT MYERS, Fla. - We'll never know for sure, but it was likely no accident that Sir Thomas More chose the title "Utopia" for his fictitious paradise. The word, derived from Greek, has...

Getting to Know: Big Sky

ANY CHANGES? Nope. Idaho joins the fun next season. WHO ARE THE FAVORITES? It seems like the Big Sky has been a battle between Weber State and Montana for the last decade. The Grizzlies have edged out the Wildcats for the regular season title each of the last two years and then punched their ticket in front...

Learning Coachspeak

See, it's really not that hard, is it? Again: 'It's a tense environment. Obviously when you play games here in front of a packed house, it's as good as it gets in college. Me and Ed have a pretty friendly relationship. We're just trying to fire our teams up. It's a crazy atmosphere. I'm not proud of it, but...

MMBOW #4: Alan Williams, USCB

The MMBOW title has been rotating its way around the Midwest and East Coast, but this week it's a time for a little left coast love. UCSB's Alan 'Big Sauce' Williams is the fourth Mid-Major Baller of the Week for the TMMX.Williams has been the motor for UCSB early in the season. With the big man in the lineup...

Oh-for

'Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.' - A.A. Milne POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - There are officially 351 Division I men's basketball teams in America this season. Heading into last weekend's action, exactly four had yet to pick up a win: Grambling (who didn't win a game last year,...

Hustle Don't Bustle

LEWISBURG, Pa. - In a place where there is neither hustle nor bustle, at least off the court, Bucknell coach Dave Paulsen - he of the 78-25 record in his last three seasons (37-5 in the Patriot League) - sat in front of the throngs of media assigned to cover one of the most successful programs in the Mid-Majority...

Ronnie, King of the MAAC

BRONX, N.Y. - You can't really avoid Ronnie Weintraub. Once he has you in his sights and he recognizes who you are - or sometimes if there's just a glimmer of hope that he thinks he sees someone he might vaguely recollect - he will soon be up close and personal with you. In my case, as it is in many places...

Ledell & Randy & Tony & Tank

of shots -- but no one really minded, because a lot of them went in (and reliable rebounder Ronnie Grandison cleaned up the messes).  Basketball in New Orleans had been on a prolonged downswing; the Jazz decamped in 1979, and Tulane's program was decimated by a 1985 point-shaving scandal. In response, the...

Isn't NJIT So Cute?

NEWARK, N.J. - At first, being called cute can be kind of flattering. I mean, first of all, people are actually noticing you exist is nice. Some of them actually run with the cool crowd, and to even have your name mentioned there, especially in a positive light, well that's the road to the best parties, isn't...

MMBOW #5: Brad Waldow, Saint Mary's College

In the 10 years of this website Saint Mary's has been one of the proudest carriers of the mid-major banner.  Moraga has been home to Omar Samhan, Patty Mills, Matthew Dellavedova and the beautiful game. That was all supposed to change this year. SMC was smacked with the ever ominous and vague 'failure...

And So It Goes

BROOKLYN, N.Y. - Kurt Vonnegut's Tralfamadorians appeared in several of his stories, but most prominently in Slaughterhouse Five, where war veteran Billy Pilgrim invents them to deal with what we know today at Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. What's most interesting about the Tralfamadorians is their ability...

The Son Doesn't Have To Rise

BROOKLYN, N.Y. - There is nothing remarkable about Lamar head coach Pat Knight. Yes, he dresses a little more casually than most of his counterparts and he did have an epic rant a couple of years back that made its way through a news cycle or two, however, what really made it newsworthy in the first place was...

Cleaning = Winning

LOGAN, Utah - All there was left for Bob Williams to do was grab his jacket and starting walking toward Stew Morrill. It wasn't the first time Williams has had to make that walk in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, he has been the head coach at UC-Santa Barbara for 16 seasons now (to be fair, he did win in his last...

MMBOW #6: Aaric Murray, Texas Southern

There is always a unique story about how a player arrives at a school. Sometimes it's the hometown team they grew up playing for, sometimes it's the only school that wanted them and sometimes it's a long complicated tale. That's the case with Texas Southern center Aaric Murray who spent two years at La Salle...

Not understanding how sportz work

LOGAN, Utah - Kyle Boswell's favorite athlete is Reggie Miller, therefore it was fitting that the Cal-Santa Barbara senior turned in a Miller-esque performance Friday night against Utah State, magically transforming a cacophony of 10,000 screaming fans at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum into silent disbelief with...

After The Flood

From 1941-43, Fulks put together a 13.2 PPG scoring average -- pedestrian-sounding now, but incredible for a forward in that era. After an overtime loss in the NAIA Final Four, though, Fulks's Murray State career came to an end; with World War II raging, Fulks joined the Marines. He'd see plenty of basketball...

West Coast Bias

LAS VEGAS - Quick, who is the all-time leader in assists at Santa Clara? If you live on the west coast and haven't completely immersed yourself in Pac-12 basketball, you might have gotten the answer correct, and if you did, Bally congratulates you. He'd like to give you a prize, but well, money is tight this...

Leaving Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS - It may be a mile or so off The Strip and doesn't have the  name power of behemoths like a Caesar's Palace or an MGM Grand, but the Orleans Hotel and Casino has the same idea in mind: Create a resort that could pass for its own city, so that once they have you inside, there's really no reason...

MMBOW #7: Anthony Drmic, Boise State

Boise State is an interesting case study for the definition of midmajor. The Broncos no longer play in a TMM conference, but the basketball team has long been the forgotten son. While the school and football team looked for big TV money in the Big East the basketball team was shopped around many ill-fitting conferences....

Big West Siege

LOS ANGELES - The siege has gone out of fashion as a military tactic these days,  with technology and air power what it is. Vicksburg, Yorktown, all the way back to Caesar and Gaul, the siege may not be flashy on The Military Channel, but damned if wasn't effective for some of the better known names in...

Drive Away to Malibu

MALIBU, Calif. - I stood with Pepperdine coach Marty Wilson in his office after an impressive victory over San Diego in the West Coast Conference opener Saturday afternoon. It was no different than the dozens of offices I've visited already this season, kind of bland and cramped, actually, but that comes with...

Loyola Marymount Past and Present

LOS ANGELES - History is one of the most studied disciplines we have, its themes and stories permeate into almost all of life. The lessons it tries to impart by recycling stories through eras that seemingly have nothing in common is so ingrained in our consciousness that it has (somewhat ironically) become a...

Didn't They Ramble

In the early years of NCAA basketball, Our Game had its unquestioned capital in New York City. The finest players and smartest coaches came up through the five boroughs, and an NIT victory at Madison Square Garden was the pinnacle of the college sport. Capitals attract power, of course, and that means money and...

Conference Confusion

DENVER - The picture pretty much says it all. Or, more appropriately, it would had it included some kind of trophy from the University of Denver's current league: the Summit. We mostly just chuckled back at the turn of the century when Denver, transitioning to Division I, joined the Sun Belt, but perhaps that...

Body Bag For Body-bag Games

WACO, Texas - Just because you know how a story is going to end doesn't necessarily make it without merit. Heck, one of my highlights every summer is when 'Shakespeare in the Park' takes over a few blocks from my house, although a modern-type version of 'Julius Caesar' didn't really come off this past year....

MMBOW #8: Willis Hall, College of Charleston

Conference season is right around the corner, but as the final throws of the preseason finish up Willis Hall of College of Charleston put together one of the best performances of the season. For that and a stellar all-around week Hall is the eighth Mid-Major Baller of the Week for the TMMX season.  Over the...

G!O!T!N! 1/7- Saint Louis at Rhode Island

Conference season means a new start and some more consistent Game! Of! The! Nights! Let's get he party started with some A-10 action with Saint Louis visiting Rhode Island.  The Billikens were pretty dang good last year and (BREAKING!) are pretty good this year. SLU is 13-2 with close losses to Wisconsin...

G!O!T!N! 1/9 - Manhattan at Quinnipiac

It's a big early conference showdown in the MAAC in the Game of the Night. Quietly Manhattan is putting together one of the best seasons in Hoops Nation, coming into the game winners of eight straight and holding a 11-2 overall record, including a perfect 4-0 mark in conference. The Jaspers have a couple of real...

Home in Natchitoches

NATCHITOCHES, La. - You want culture shock? Forget the food or the dialect or even the customs, try being a person from the conglomerate known as the Northeast trying to escape Natchitoches with somewhere to be. The final buzzer sounded on Northwestern State's comfortable Southland Conference victory over...

Yes, Your Basketball Team is Good

STORRS, Conn. - It's become an annual tradition at this time of year where I work to bring back college freshmen to talk to the current seniors to give them some advice on what and what not to expect when they embark on their collegiate lives in a few short months. There was some irony in this year's panel...

When The Gold Dust Twins Met the Globetrotters

As Ray pointed out last week, Season X has finally bid adieu to one of the Mid-Majority's betes noires: the guarantee game, in which one of our own earns a much-needed paycheck (and a likely loss) for visiting a power-conference gym.  These guarantee games -- less charitably and more accurately 'body-bag...

MMBOW #9 Karvel Anderson, Robert Morris

One of the best things about conference play starting on this side of hoops nation is that it allows teams to check the guarantee games and losses and start a new season. A season where the odds are more even and a bid to the NCAA Tournament still in view as long as conference season goes well. This weeks Mid-Major...

G!O!T!N! 1/14 - VCU at George Washington

Richmond, Virginia and Washington, D.C.  The two cities can add a chapter to their historic rivalry with a Game! Of! The! Night! between VCU and George Washington on Tuesday night.  VCU, you may have heard, is pretty good at defense. Havoc was the hot slogan last year and despite the Rams receiving little...

Different Vermont Beat

"The gods of the valley are not the gods of the hills, and you shall understand it." - Ethan Allen BURLINGTON, Vt. - Brian Voelkel stared at the stuffed basketball we know and love so well with wonder. 'You want me to hold this while you take a picture?...

G!O!T!N! 1/15 - Buffalo at Toledo

Midweek MACtion is not just reserved for American-style football as Buffalo travels to Toledo for Wednesday's Game! Of! The! Night! Bobby Hurley is in his first season as Buffalo head coach and has the Bulls playing some excellent defense. The Bulls have the second best 3 point defense, allowing 26.2 percent to...

Eastasia vs. Oceania vs. Eurasia

BOSTON - College of Charleston coach Doug Wojcik looked at the assembled media at Northeastern's Matthews Arena and couldn't stop sneezing. 'I caught a cold since I've come up here. I blame you guys,' he said. 'All these big city media.' He was joking. I think. It was actually a mild Boston January night...

G!O!T!N! 1/16 - Northern Colorado at Montana State

It seems like it has been decades since a school not named Montana or Weber State was considered a front runner for the Big Sky championship. There will be a big game for the early Big Sky standings in Montana tonight, but it wont be in Missoula, but rather Bozeman when Northern Colorado visits Montana State for...

G!O!T!W! - Indiana State at Wichita State

Plenty of great games available this weekend, but the Game! Of! The! Weekend! happens at Koch Arena where Indiana State visits Wichita State on Saturday afternoon. Indiana State is having an incredible season, but #TreeFever has been somewhat overshadowed by the dominance of Wichita State in the conference. The...

MMBOW #10 - Mitch Bruneel, Utah Valley

As we have talked about in this space before, TMM has always been a celebration of the wonderful basketball that goes unnoticed by most. With that in mind it is only fitting to give out the occasional Mid-Major Baller of the Week to a player that isn't necessarily a star on his own team labors in the smallest...

G!O!T!N 1/21 - Milwaukee at Wright State

Out in the Horizon League things look like this at the moment: Green Bay and a battle royale for second place. That leads to a good game on Tuesday night as Milwaukee and Wright State battle for that spot right behind the Phoenix. Even though GB has beaten both of these teams already, every place is important...

Look Behind The Curtain

AKRON, Ohio - It's hard for a person with any modicum of intelligence and independent thought not to be cynical in the modern world. So many people with so many public voices, each one seemingly louder than the next. So much ignorance, lack of understanding, and an inability to even move a millimeter toward...

G!O!T!N! 1/22 Radford at Campbell

Conference season is still young, but there might not be a more wide open race than the one going on in the Big South. Four teams sit with a 3-1 record and another six are just a game back at 2-2 (only poor Longwood and Presbyterian are off the pace at 0-4). On Wednesday night all four 3-1 teams will play each...

G!O!T!N! 1/23 - Florida Gulf Coast at Mercer

You might remember the last time Florida Gulf Coast and Mercer met. It was the Atlantic Sun title game in Macon, Georgia. Mercer was hosting the conference tournament and had already won the regular season championship. The Bears were undefeated at home and presumed to be on their way to the NCAA Tournament for...

Donlon and Donlon

CLEVELAND - Bill Donlon's eyes scanned left to right as they had done thousands of times before in his coaching career. When Cleveland State would begin to run something he recognized - which was almost every possession - from hours of poring over film, he would rise up in his seat and alert his players as to...

The Crisis

'These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country, but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.' - Thomas Paine, The Crisis BRONX, N.Y. - You can call Paul Hewitt a lot...

Penn vs. Princeton: One Year, Two Rivals, Three Games

Here in the frozen Midwest, temperatures have spent more time below zero than above over the last two weeks; the rare respites on the thermometer usually just mean the clear, cold skies are replaced by another coating of slick, wet snow. Across much of Hoops Nation,the story is the same: Alberta Clippers, nor'easters,...

G!O!T!N! 1/24 - Vermont at Stony Brook

Friday night isn't traditionally a strong night in Hoops Nation, but it doesn't get much better than the American East heavyweight battle on ESPNU tonight. Both Vermont and Stony Brook sit at a perfect 5-0 in the conference standings and are heads and shoulders ahead of the rest of the league in the early running. ...

MMBOW #11 Jacob Parker, Stephen F. Austin

Out in the Southland, Stephen F. Austin is threatening to run away and hide from the rest of the competition. The Lumberjacks have won 15 straight games, last falling before Thanksgiving. Not only is SFA undefeated in conference play at 7-0, they have won the last five league games all away from home. With the...

Our Biological Clock is Ticking

HACKENSACK, N.J. - Marisa Tomei turns 50 this year. Stating that fact is not meant to denigrate Ms. Tomei in any way, shape, or form, but just to illustrate that, indeed, our biological clocks do not stop ticking for any force of nature or personal crisis. You may know that the Mid-Majority biological clock...

Sorrentine From The Parking Lot

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - T.J. Sorrentine still holds the Vermont record for #superhoops with 354, but if you're like most of America, you probably remember No. 348 most of all. March 18, 2005. A day that will live in Green Mountain lore. Vermont goes toe-to-toe with Syracuse in the NCAA Tournament, and eventually...

G!O!T!N! 1/29 - Delaware at William & Mary

The Colonial is like many of the great conferences that following the realignment storm of the last few years doesn't quite resemble the league when it was at its peak. There is still great basketball being played out in the CAA and on Wednesday night the top two teams in the league standings meet for a rematch....

G!O!T!N! 1/30 - Bryant at Robert Morris

For the last three years Long Island has been the king of the NEC. They have three straight league tournament titles and won the two out of the last three regular season titles. That changes this year as the Blackbirds are well out of the race as we close in on the midpoint of league play. The top two contenders...

Hail to the Bus Driver

SMITHFIELD, R.I. - St. Francis Brooklyn is one of five teams (along with Northwestern, Army, William and Mary, and The Citadel) to have played continuously in Division I since there was such a designation (1948) and never taste the glory of the NCAA Tournament. With Quinnipiac (and Monmouth) having exited the...

MMBOW #12 - Maurice Ndour, Ohio

For this weeks installment in the Mid-Major Baller of the Week we take time to honor a player who stepped up his game in a week that his team so desperately needed it. Ohio forward Maurice Ndour put together his best game and week of the season in Bobcat wins over Central Michigan and Toledo and for that is the...

That Was Fun

RICHMOND, Va. - About half an hour before tip-off at the Siegel Center Saturday, the Internet connection on my oversized laptop was spotty at best. For the low, low price I paid for it, the HP Vision has served its purpose well this season, but on press row, it can be a bit ostentatious, forcing me to crane...

From Philly to Farmville

FARMVILLE, Va. - If you're really bobbing and weaving traffic, you can reach Farmville in six hours from north Philadelphia. But from a cultural standpoint? You might need to call NASA. Tristan Carey was used to being hard to find, but when you score 30 points per game and find yourself on a statistical list...

G!O!T!N! - 2/5 Wichita State at Indiana State

Forgive me for being repetitive, but as you may have already heard this is a big week for Wichita State. The Shockers are 23-0 and looking down the stretch of the Missouri Valley Conference slate. This has led the national media to quickly take sides: Will the Shockers be undefeated come March? Will they lose...

The Question

HARRISONBURG, Va. - I sat in front of William & Mary coach Tony Shaver at in his postgame press conference Sunday afternoon and debated with my conscience whether to ask him 'The question'. As an interloper who doesn't see specific teams on a regular basis, you don't have the opportunity to get to know coaches...

G!O!T!N! - 2/7 Brown at Harvard

Friday nights in Hoops Nation are generally sparse with the exception of the Ivy, but the Ancient 8 have a good matchup to keep an eye on when you get tired of the Winter Olympic opening ceremonies. #2BidIvy is dead and was a pipe dream anyway so now its time to focus on the longest tournament in college hoops,...

The Dons, the Streak and the Best Ever

Here in the Mid-Majority, our definitions of success are more malleable than the usual. They're shaped according to the team and the time, and with ten seasons' understanding of the uphill nature of our battles.  For our Towsons and Centenarys and New Jersey Techs, success has sometimes meant finding a single...

February Fatigue

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - It's February, and no matter how hard I try, fatigue has started to set in on this college basketball season. You can only fib to yourself so much, you know. There are so many other things I could be doing on a Friday night than watching Monmouth and Fairfield, perhaps the two lowest teams...

MMBOW #13 - Davon Usher, Delaware

Out in the Colonial Delaware is running away from the pack. The Blue Hens are 10-0 in the CAA and in the midst of a 12-game winning streak. Those numbers almost came crashing to a halt last Wednesday, but Delaware guard Davon Usher came to the rescue. For a great week and one of the better single game performances...

The Brothers Jones

BOSTON - There are currently seven brother head coach combinations in Division I men's basketball, a record high. Two you could probably identify without much prompting: Scott and Bryce Drew (Baylor and Valparaiso, respectively) come from a noble coaching bloodline, as do Danny and Bobby Hurley (Rhode Island...

G!O!T!N! 2/12 - Coastal Carolina at VMI

A few weeks ago we profiled the Big South for a GOTN and mentioned that the no conference race is as wide open. Much to the delight of those who like a close race, nothing has changed 20 some odd days later. Seven of the 12 teams in the conference sit between 7-3 or 6-4. Any team from that group can win the league...

G!O!T!N! 2/13 - UCSB at Long Beach

For those of you out on the east coast you can get your late night college hoops munchies on with a big game in the Big West. California-Santa Barbara travels to Long Beach with a shot at leaping to the top of the table on the line. The man for the Gauchos is former MMBOW Alan Williams. Big Sauce leads the team...

Mo Bubble, Mo Problems

AMHERST, Mass. - It's been 16 years since UMass has heard its name called on Selection Sunday in March, which is quite amazing on first glance, until you realize that John Calipari had foraged the place to lead the Minutemen to the 1996 Final Four and took most of his booty with him to the NBA. Bruiser Flint...

Loss of Control

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - There are many times in life that I wish I was more adept at math. Numbers? I'm pretty good with those. But once you start throwing in variables and algorithms and derivatives, my brain rebels and wanders off into other pursuits. Had I been able to maintain a better relationship with the...

Slow and Steady

MACOMB, Ill. - After sitting through dozens of press conferences that mostly consist of cliches and spin, the honesty from Western Illinois coach Jim Molinari was quite ironic, coming from a man whose first chosen profession was practicing law. Then again, Molinari isn't exactly one for following the crowd...

MMBOW #14 - Doug McDermott - Creighton

Let's go ahead and call this a Mid-Major Baller of the Week and Mid-Major career achievement award. As you may have heard Doug McDermott passed Mid-Major legend Larry Bird on the career points list and is now 13th in NCAA history with 2,863 points. This is the part of the post where you might say Creighton is...

Cornbread, Al and Lee (Part One)

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte didn't play a single Division I basketball game until Al McGuire's second year of coaching at Marquette.  The school itself wasn't much older; it was founded in 1946, and saved from closure in 1949 by the city of Charlotte. The city operated it as a two-year...

G!O!T!N! 2/19 - American at Boston

There is a battle for the soul of the former Last Amateur Conference tonight between two teams that weren't in the conference when John Feinstein wrote his seminal mid-major book.  American isn't really that new to the Patriot League, they joined in 2001 and have been the conference representative in the...

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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.