Volume 5

Kyle Whelliston November 20, 2008  1
Game! Of! The! Night! 11/20/2008: North Texas at Sam Houston State

North Texas at Sam Houston State Johnson Coliseum - Huntsville, TX 8:00 PM EST It's great to catch up with our old friends from Texas. At around this time last year, both the Mean Green and Bearkats were burrs in some Big XII saddles -- North Texas beat Oklahoma State by nine, while SHSU took out ...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston November 20, 2008  4
Good Morning Hoops Nation: November 20

NEW YORK CITY -- I didn't get a chance yesterday, but I wanted to thank all the folks who stopped by during the ESPN SportsNation chat component of the College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon. I ran the anchor leg and I held it down mid-major style for two hours, and I noticed a couple of things. First, havi...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston November 21, 2008  5
Good Morning Hoops Nation: November 21

NEW YORK CITY -- Madison Square Garden IV, indeed the fourth venue to have had this name, is a layer cake built on the corner of 7th Avenue and 33rd Street. It opened in 1968, four years before I was born. By the time I started going to games there, in the mid-1980's, its internal workings were as ...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston November 21, 2008  1
Game! Of! The! Night! 11/21/2008: Winthrop at Davidson

Winthrop at Davidson Belk Arena - Davidson, NC 7:00 PM EST It just makes sense that the two Charlotte-area schools that have defined their respective conferences, the Big South and SoCon, for the last decade would play more often. But after February's 13-point Davidson win in a Friday night Bracke...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston November 24, 2008  5
Good Morning Hoops Nation: November 24

PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- For my money, the greatest movie about rock and roll music ever made is Stop Making Sense, the 1984 Talking Heads concert film directed by Jonathan Demme. The movie strikes a very personal note for me, because I take a 40 long jacket. Manufacturers don't tend to make that size, so...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston November 24, 2008  1
Game! Of! The! Night! 11/24/2008: Miami (Oh.) at Wright State

Miami (Oh.) at Wright State Ervin J. Nutter Center - Dayton, OH 7:00 PM EST You know that phrase, "Throw out the records?" It's such a cliché that it's a Kenny Mayne cliché, which means there's no farther it can go. But in mid-major college basketball, at this point of th...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston November 24, 2008  2
MMBOW #2: Stephen Curry, Davidson

I have a real treat for you today. I want to introduce you to this special, special player I've discovered. His name's Curry, as in hot like. He's got a regular-looking first name -- Stephen -- but it's pronounced all weird, like STEFF-in. His dad played in the NBA. Nothing about this guy is regular...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston November 25, 2008  3
Good Morning Hoops Nation: November 25

PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- Tuesdays mean no lollygagging, goldbricking or hanging out in the alley. This is contest day, and we have a prize to give out: a real live stuffed Bally. And in order to keep 99.9 percent of Hoops Nation from feeling sorry for itself, we have another contest on deck. Hello, Bally ...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston November 25, 2008  1
Game! Of! The! Night! 11/25/2008: Mount St. Mary's at George Mason

Mount Saint Mary's at George Mason Patriot Center - Fairfax, VA 7:00 PM EST There's plenty of hot mid-on-mid action tonight. There's our game, for example, out in Bucknell as the Bison host Old Dominion, at which we'll all party like it's 2005. The best excuse for a city game in Boston takes place...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston November 26, 2008  2
Good Morning Hoops Nation: November 26

INDIANAPOLIS -- Lots of housekeeping today. For starters, Feast Week will only be a three-course meal here on The Mid-Majority. There will be no posts on Turkey Day or Black Friday, but we'll be camped out at the Chicago Challenge watching eight games in two days so the Twitter feed will be very act...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston November 26, 2008  1
Game! Of! The! Night! 11/26/2008: Southern Illinois at Western Kentucky

Southern Illinois at Western Kentucky E.A. Diddle Arena - Bowling Green, KY 8:00 PM EST Southern Illinois: Sweet 16, 2007. Western Kentucky: Sweet 16, 2008. A pair of programs with major March impact over the past two seasons go at it tonight in the land of Big Red. And it might be a bit much to a...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston December 1, 2008  5
Good Morning Hoops Nation: December 1

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- It's the first of December. Do you know where your college basketball team is? (Arkansas State, by the way, is here in town.) More importantly, do you know what it is? So much of this right now, at this point of the season, is involved in figuring our what is real and what is tr...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston December 1, 2008  1
Game! Of! The! Night! 12/1/2008: South Carolina-Upstate at Kennesaw State

South Carolina-Upstate at Kennesaw State (Atlantic Sun) KSU Convocation Center - Kennesaw, GA 7:30 PM EST Unless it's the absolute beginning of the season, we don't generally spotlight games involving winless teams (such as the visiting 0-4 Spartans) in the G!O!T!N!, but in a way this really is th...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston December 1, 2008  1
MMBOW #3: Eric Maynor, Virginia Commonwealth

Most fans know him for "the Dagger" against Duke two seasons ago, but he's been making opponents say "dang" for the better part of three years. Over the past seven days, he put together one of the most impressive three-game stretches seen in Hoops Nation so far this season. Eric Maynor is our third ...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston December 2, 2008  5
Good Morning Hoops Nation: December 2

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The fact is that sometimes in this business, you just have to kick a little ass. I'm really sorry when my turn comes up, it isn't in my upbringing to upbraid people. But when I announced last week's contest, I thought I could count on folks to be creative on their own. It didn't ...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston December 2, 2008  1
Game! Of! The! Night! 12/2/2008: Valparaiso at Cleveland State

Valparaiso at Cleveland State (Horizon League) H. J. Goodman Arena - Cleveland, OH 7:00 PM EST If you were to pick a better way to open the conference season (you know, by "random draw" and everything), you could do worse than the Horizon League. Tonight, the slate of parenthetical games begins wi...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston December 3, 2008  3
Good Morning Hoops Nation: December 3

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Tonight I'll be making my first visit to Missouri State's brand new JQH Arena, which was just christened within the month. I've been really excited about this for a couple weeks now, for a few reasons. I like shiny new things as much as any American, but most of all I'm curious a...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston December 4, 2008  5
Good Morning Hoops Nation: December 4

KANSAS CITY -- Later today, I'll be posting the first version of the State of the Other 22, the mid-major (and A-14) subset of the complicated ratings system I put together last year (with the help of some great coaches who helped define the important ingredients) on the Basketball State site. The r...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston December 4, 2008  1
Game! Of! The! Night! 12/4/2008: Saint Mary's at Kent State

Saint Mary's at Kent State Memorial Athletics Center - Kent, OH 7:00 PM EST It was the BracketBuster game few stayed up to watch, but its effects had a resounding impact on the way the 2008 bracket was shaped. Al Fisher (28 points) helped propel the Golden Flashes over the nationally ranked Gaels ...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston December 4, 2008  4
The State of the Other 22, Week 1

The State of College Basketball is a ratings system that uses a lot of good basketball sense, per-game team performance ratings and degradation of older results to rank the teams from No. 1 to 344 (here's the long-winded version). In its overall form, it retroactively picked three of the Final Four ...