March 20, 2007 |
This may seem more like kremlinology than bracketology. Nevertheless, the first weekend of the NCAA tournament seemed awfully tidy to these suspicious eyes. The obligatory media angle of the moment seems to be this: The 2007 edition of March Madness has no Cinderella story, no gutty little mid-major David slaying a powerful Goliath, no . . . well, fill in the tournament cliché of your choice here. Evidently, it took just one weekend - just 48 games played in eight arenas - for everyone's memory of Selection Sunday to be wiped clean.
March 17, 2002 |
Creighton basketball coach Dana Altman is a realist about where his college stands in the minds of all those potential recruits who are making AAU trips to Las Vegas and Orlando as soon as they hit puberty. "They're not standing in line to come to Omaha," he said yesterday. Yet right now, some of the loosest college basketball players in America attend college in places like Omaha, in the heart of "mid-major" country. In the second round of the NCAA Midwest Regional today at the United Center, 12th-seeded Creighton, in its fourth straight NCAA tournament out of the Missouri Valley Conference, will face fourth-seeded Illinois, which began the year in the top five in the polls.
March 22, 2005 |
No one is quite certain who coined the phrase "mid-major" in describing out-of-the-way schools and conferences. The term has come to refer to smaller programs that have a flash impact in the NCAA tournament - teams such as Gonzaga, Kent State, Cleveland State and Coppin State. Sometimes, these little guys make a run, as Gonzaga did in the late 1990s. Gonzaga is thought of as a major player these days. Most mid-major schools suffer from an embarrassment of non-riches: smaller, often rural campuses with limited facilities and budgets to attract major talent.
January 14, 1993 |
Zeffy Penn, a 6-5 swing forward who is spending a postgraduate year at Maine Central Institute in Pittsfield, Maine, has verbally committed to Villanova, giving the Wildcats a second recruit to go with blue-chip guard Alvin Williams, of Germantown Academy. Penn, who played last season for Bishop McDevitt in Harrisburg, is averaging 18 points and seven rebounds for that national prep school power. He had some interest from mid-major schools like Monmouth, Iona and Boston University last year.
December 6, 2010
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Temple won't know the full impact of a result like this until a fateful Sunday night in March. The power brokers of NCAA Division I basketball won't eliminate a mid-major from championship consideration the way the Bowl Championship Series all but shuts out football programs from non-BCS conferences. Still make no mistake; mid-majors generally end up on the wrong side of the benefit of the doubt on Selection Sunday. If there is a borderline call between a mid-major and a power conference school, the ACC, Big East, Big 12, Pac 10 or Southeastern Conference usually will come out with an additional bid. So yes, Temple's 64-61 victory over the University of Maryland last night in the BB&T Classic at the Verizon Center was a little more than just an early season test.
March 2, 2001 |
Hey, Jay Wright. You've just coached Hofstra to its second straight America East regular-season title, ending the season with a national-best 15-game winning streak. What are you going to do next? We're going to the America East tournament to try to win it so we can get an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, Wright might respond, trying to sound excited. Wright, 39 and a Philadelphia area native, is not one to bemoan the way things are when you coach at a mid-major school.
January 10, 2009 |
The days of sneaking up on opponents are over. Brett Roseboro was once an unheralded post player for the Quakertown boys' basketball team. Now, he's the answer to this trivia question: Who's the first Panther to sign a Division I scholarship in at least 26 seasons? With that comes attention. Make that double- and triple-team attention on the basketball court. "Now we have to deal with the fact that he is being hunted every night that we play," Quakertown coach Kevin Keeler said.
March 8, 2012 |
Drexel and other bubble teams nationwide nervously stood by Wednesday as the NCAA Division I Basketball Committee - made up of the people who will be selecting, seeding, and bracketing 68 teams for the NCAA tournament - began its work Wednesday in Indianapolis. While he doesn't comment specifically on individual teams, former Connecticut athletic director Jeff Hathaway, chairman of the committee, gave the Dragons and their fans some reasons for hope - and some reasons to feel a bit discouraged - on a conference call with reporters.
March 19, 2011 |
How 'bout them Bulldogs? It's a legitimate question every year when the NCAA Tournament gets under way, and there's two Bulldogs who are spoken of that way almost every March. Butler and Gonzaga . . . Gonzaga and Butler. Both play in Southeast Region games today, Gonzaga against BYU and Butler with Pittsburgh. "There are certain programs that maybe they play in a mid-major so-called conference, but they've been doing it long enough that they aren't really a mid-major team," Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon said.
March 18, 2001 |
The NCAA basketball tournament selection committee, which often specializes in looking foolish, apparently outdid itself this season, loading the field with a kennel full of teams that have great pedigrees, but plenty of fleas, too. Nowhere was this more apparent during the first round of play than in The Pyramid, a somewhat tacky homage to the ancient tombs of Eygpt. With the flat Mississippi serving as a handy River Styx, teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference, Big Twelve and Pac-10 were poled into the nether regions, eliminated by underdogs from the West Coast Conference, Missouri Valley Conference and Western Athletic Conference.