Volume 5

Kyle Whelliston November 1, 2008  5
The Big Picture

First in a series of nine daily essays leading up to the 2008-09 college basketball season. It's not supposed to work out for the best, and the system is designed to anticipate failure. On March 21 in Birmingham, the four lower seeds wore their extra digits like anchors, eliminated one after another...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston November 2, 2008  7
Goliath

Second in a series of nine daily essays leading up to the 2008-09 college basketball season. This being the first Sunday of The Mid-Majority's Season 5 (and a Daylight Savings-adjusted morning upon which thousands of churchgoers will miss their services), it's as good a time as any for a Bible story...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston November 3, 2008  4
Conduit

Third in a series of nine daily essays leading up to the 2008-09 college basketball season. New technology always takes time to find its proper place, to soak into the mainstream. Over three centuries passed before the printing press changed from a luxury item for the powerful into a tool of the pe...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston November 4, 2008  5
Ambition

Fourth in a series of nine daily essays leading up to the 2008-09 college basketball season. If you're just now dropping by and don't know what this is all about, this site is all about going to mid-major college basketball games. A lot of them. I attended 117 total games last year, and I've been to...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston November 5, 2008  4
Bias

Fifth in a series of nine daily essays leading up to the 2008-09 college basketball season. In case you haven't heard, our great nation recently concluded a long and protracted and polarizing popularity contest that decided, among other things, our heads of state and guiding ideologies for the fore...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston November 6, 2008  5
Packer

Sixth in a series of nine daily essays leading up to the 2008-09 college basketball season. Here in early November, we're still at least a month away from the non-stop barrage of "Year In Review" specials, all those tidy bow-snapping recaps that attempt to impose order on a loosely-joined, selectiv...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston November 7, 2008  6
Sportsguy

Seventh in a series of nine daily essays leading up to the 2008-09 college basketball season. For a nation that takes its freedom so seriously, we sure are confused about it. Our society is rigidly segmented and specialized, everyone must find their place. From parental career projections to colleg...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston November 8, 2008  6
Book

Eighth in a series of nine daily essays leading up to the 2008-09 college basketball season.Since the invention of the printing press and discovery of binding, it's been the dream of everyone who strings words together to write a book. A longform work of 80 or 100 thousand words that can be touched,...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston November 9, 2008  5
Next

Ninth in a series of nine daily essays leading up to the 2008-09 college basketball season. I have no Wikipedia entry of my own, not even a stub. If I understand the process correctly, you have to be either rich or a character on The Simpsons to get one of those. Being neither, and therefore not su...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston November 9, 2008 
Bally's Summer Vacation

It's been a long seven months. ...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston November 11, 2008  3
Good Morning Hoops Nation: November 11

DURHAM, N.C. -- So this is how it began. No, the picture above is not of Cameron Indoor Stadium hours before the first game, this was the first game. The 2008-09 season tipped off in relative silence, televised subregionally, radio only. The first 40 minutes of college basketball's new year were pl...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston November 12, 2008  2
Good Morning Hoops Nation: November 12

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- When I switched on the local TV this morning, there was a reel of clips from a Murray State exhibition game, the Racers were beating up on Bethel College. In the inbox, news that Stephen Curry had lit up the scoreboard for 41 points... iin a non-counter against Lenoir-Rhyne (ei...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston November 13, 2008  5
Good Morning Hoops Nation: November 13

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- It's a day with no games (at least none to attend), and one for catching up on e-mail, writing stories, plugging leaks over at Basketball State and picking up roadtrip supplies at Wal-Mart. It's also probably best that there's a breather after last night's Lazarus act by Southern...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston November 14, 2008  4
Good Morning Hoops Nation: November 14

PEORIA, Ill. -- Remember back when you were a kid, it was a hot summer day out in your backyard... you had your 1980's NBA-style short-shorts on with no shirt, just hanging out in the grass your daddy just mowed fresh that morning. Not a care in the world. Then you got really thirsty, and you were t...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston November 17, 2008  4
Good Morning Hoops Nation: November 17

PITTSBURGH -- When something like this happens, when 111-103 happens, when a little military school from western Virginia marches into venerable old Rupp Arena and runs the home team off its own floor, it's never about the victor. That's just the way these things work. The tale, as it's commonly bei...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston November 17, 2008  1
Game! Of! The! Night! 11/17/2008: Maryland-Baltimore County at Morgan State

Maryland-Baltimore County at Morgan StateHill Field House - Baltimore, MD7:00 PM EST The Beltway area enjoyed a mid-major hoops renaissance last season. UMBC won the America East for the first time ever, American claimed the Patriot League title after years of being defined by its runner-up finish...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston November 18, 2008  2
Good Morning Hoops Nation: November 18

PHILADELPHIA -- Drexel hosts Penn today at 10 a.m. as part of ESPN's Mega Mammoth Opening Day Explosion. This'll be the last morning game we attend, at least until the next NAIA tournament or summer AAU spectacubash. For that reason, we'll be short with this (MMBOW and G!O!T!N! will be forthcoming l...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston November 18, 2008  1
Game! Of! The! Night! 11/18/2008: Nevada at San Diego

Nevada at San DiegoJenny Craig Pavilion - San Diego, CA10:00 PM EST The Western Athletic and West Coast took completely different paths last season -- the WAC, a perennial multi-bid league despite its allocation of most of its resources to football, languished in the 20's of the RPI scale and sque...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston November 19, 2008  4
Good Morning Hoops Nation: November 19

PHILADELPHIA -- This blog has been involved in several pet causes... heck, this entire thing is a pet cause. But TMM is getting involved in a new charitable campaign that strikes to the heart of what's important in Our Game. This is all about getting Drexel students to adopt proper rollout procedure...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston November 19, 2008  1
Game! Of! The! Night! 11/19/2008: Charlotte at Appalachian State

Charlotte at Appalachian State Holmes Center - Boone, NC 7:00 PM EST Tonight in the rarified air of Boone, two very good teams that were out in the cold when the Big Ball started this past March. Charlotte won 20 games and mounted a run to the semifinals of the Atlantic 14 conference, where it los...