Volume 2

Kyle Whelliston November 1, 2005  3
The Mid-Majority vs. Restatements of Theme

This is 1 in a series of 10 early-season essays.The ball makes no secret of itself; to grasp full control requires both hands. The primary instrument of our game announces its presence loudly - to maneuver the ball across the playfield is to print it repeatedly against the wood court with typewriter...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston November 3, 2005  4
The Mid-Majority vs. Success

This is 2 in a series of 10 early-season essays.I think we can all agree that progress is a good thing: forward is preferable to back, and up is a hell of a lot better than down. Progress is all about development, advancement, evolution. If you examine our history as a planet, you'll notice that a...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston November 4, 2005  4
The Mid-Majority vs. Total Chaos

This is 3 in a series of 10 early-season essays.In 1891, as James Naismith considered the equation of ball and hoop, a French physicist named Henri Poincaré was contemplating a similar issue involving roundish objects. Kepler's laws of planetary motion had only dealt with the orbit of one pla...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston November 7, 2005  4
The Mid-Majority vs. Quality

This is 4 in a series of 10 early-season essays.With five seconds remaining in overtime, the home team was down by a single point. A packed and sweltering arena roared. The wise old coach, a veteran of these tense situations, quickly drew up a play during the final timeout and sent his charges back ...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston November 14, 2005  3
The Mid-Majority vs. Hoop Operas

This is 5 in a series of 10 early-season essays.It was a dark and stormy night. The villain, sweater-vested and scowling, paced the floor. Boo! Hiss! the audience cried. But just then, the mood was leavened by a comic-relief appearance of the drunk clown, teetering and leering at girls half his age ...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston November 17, 2005  4
The Mid-Majority vs. The Age Limit

This is 6 in a series of 10 early-season essays.There are 4,484 young men currently playing Division I college basketball for 334 schools. These players come of all shapes, sizes and ability levels. Some are thin, some are fat, some think they'll wear a draft-night hat. Some are far and some are nea...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston November 18, 2005 
MMBOD Nov 17: Ryan Bright - Sam Houston State

There will be plenty of time to discuss Drexel's ascension to The Garden, but this mop-headed Texan has been the mid-major revelation of the P-nutty PNIT. Last night, without much support, he kept a poor man's Princeton hang in with MMBOD runner-up Bashir Mason and a much more athletic Drexel squad....                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston November 18, 2005 
Game! Of! The! Night! Nov 18: Canisius at Buffalo

Happy new season! In amidst tonight's sea of 25-point blowouts, made-for-TV dramas and vague semi-regional rivalries: an intriguing MAC-MAAC city game. Mid-American finalist Buffalo moves forward without league POY Turner Battle, and desperately needs a heart transplant. Early donor pick: last year'...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston November 18, 2005  4
The Mid-Majority vs. Guarantee Games

This is 7 in a series of 10 early-season essays.Karl Marx was a smart guy, he had some revolutionary ideas about class struggle and stuff. But even though the East German city named in his honor would field a dominant women's team named the Karl-Marx Stadt Chem Cats, the father of modern communism d...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston November 19, 2005 
MMBOD Nov 18: Matt Webster - Evansville

When you're playing an inexperienced team that still thinks "winning basketball" involves fouling a lot to get the ball back, make them pay for their youthful ignorance. Purple Ace upperclassman Matt Webster sank all 14 of his attempts from the line, and matched a career high in points with 24, as E...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston November 19, 2005 
Game! Of! The! Night! Nov 19: Utah State at Oral Roberts

OK, we have our first game with intriguing March implications, so the season can start now. Oral Roberts begins their campaign to end the Curse Of Pierre Dukes, named after the Oakland last-second hero who ended their Tournament dreams in the 2005 Mid-Con tourney - these Eagles will storm the confer...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston November 20, 2005 
MMBOD Nov 19: Darren Fells - California-Irvine

Even the young'uns in Irvine remember a time when the Big West was basically them and Utah State, when Pacific was just a blip. But the glory days are becoming smaller in the rear-view, and after a freak injury to star guard Jeff Gloger over the summer, there was no joy in 'Eaterville. Add in a 79-5...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston November 20, 2005 
Game! Of! The! Night! Nov 20: Princeton at Lehigh

The thrilling 1996 Tournament upset is etched in your memory, sure - the game in which Princeton used the backdoor to topple UCLA. But do you recall the setup - the neutral-site playoff win against Penn? The teams met halfway at Lehigh, and battled into overtime. Afterwards, Pete Carrill wrote "I ...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston November 21, 2005 
MMBOD Nov 20: Belton Rivers - Tennessee Tech

It's odd for a team from the Pac 10 to make an appearance against an OVC team in a small Tennessee town, in a Mystery, Alaska sort of way, but the movie ending - a solid thwacking by the home club - is a seemingly improbable plot indeed. The Golden Eagles of TTU - still reeling from the coach Mike ...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston November 21, 2005 
Game! Of! The! Night! Nov 21: Dayton at Miami (Oh.)

"Feast Week" is great and all, but there's too much poi and squid for my tastes. Instead, why don't you come on down to the Old Country Buffet of mid-major hoops?Scheduled league season is six weeks away, but the Miami Valley Conference is in full swing. Tonight we have two squads trying to find ou...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston November 21, 2005  2
Square 101

Game 101: at Harvard 65, Vermont 57 Saturday, November 19, 2005 Lavietes Pavilion - Cambridge, MA In one single second of eternity, our planet spins billions of times around its sun, water and earth crash into eachother for territorial control, civilizations rise and fall. Same could be said for on...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston November 22, 2005 
MMBOD Nov 21: Kibwe Trim - Sacred Heart

How bad is Sacred Heart? Since joining the RPI-challenged and very triangular NEC back in 1999, they haven't even made the eight-team conference tourney. But last night at Albany, New England's favorite guarantee-game punchline snuck by a program tabbed by some national (cough) pundits to make a big...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston November 22, 2005 
Game! Of! The! Night! Nov 22: Creighton at George Mason

George Mason's psychic RPI (PRPI?) has doubled in the 10 idle days since their Coaches vs. Cancer adventure in Winston-Salem. Before coming up just short in overtime against formerly nationally-rankedWake Forest, they surgically dismantledCalifornia-Irvine. UCI, as you might remember, went on to thr...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston November 23, 2005 
Game! Of! The! Night! Nov 23: Northern Iowa at Western Michigan

If last night's G!O!T!N! pounding of George Mason by Creighton was a miniature MVC-CAA Challenge, tonight the Valley turns its attention to throwing down with the MAC. Northern Iowa, led by Wooden award candidate Ben Jacobson, is a near-unanimous pick to come out ahead in a two- (or three-) bid tuss...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston November 23, 2005 
MMBOD Nov 22: Chris McNaughton - Bucknell

Sure, cute-n-furry Jack White and his buddies had their fun last night in Hawaii. But they're power-conference imposters. The real small-town feel-good story is Bucknell, who continues to topple national powers. Last night, the team with eight scholarships went into Syracuse and came out with a guar...