There was a time when being the mid-major team in America was both a noteworthy title and an unwanted crown worth wearing. Teams like Butler, VCU, Wichita State, Saint Mary’s, Gonzaga and Xavier would lay waste to their opposition in a conference we’d never heard of. With gaudy win-loss totals, upset victories on their resumes of teams in major conferences and players with fun … [Read more...] about Gonzaga vs. Xavier Is The Final Battle In The Mid-Major Wars
Playing in the NCAA Tournament is about doing whatever it takes for your team to survive and advance. Ten years ago, Ohio State’s Ron Lewis did just that. The Columbus native etched his name into college basketball history with a memorable shot against Xavier—a shot that breathed life into an Ohio State team that was on the heels of an early tournament exit. The historic … [Read more...] about Ron Lewis Reminisces About Ohio State’s Comeback Vs. Xavier and the 10-Year Anniversary of “The Shot”
For nearly two decades, fans of men’s college basketball could count on the Gonzaga Bulldogs having a successful regular season, getting folks hopes up for a deep tournament run, only to shatter dreams and brackets by the end of the first weekend. A wager on the Bulldogs faltering before their ranking and record would suggest was as good as playing with house money. However, … [Read more...] about The Next Gonzaga: Which Mid-Major Is On The Path Towards Being Elite?
Continuing with our look at college basketball’s key conferences, today we look at the Big East. The Big East has lost some clout in recent years, as the new version is without major programs like Louisville, Syracuse and UConn. Villanova has dominated the reformed Big East, and its early tournament exits of 2014 and 2015 provided more fodder for critics of the league. But all … [Read more...] about College Basketball Primer: What You Need To Know About The Big East This Season
We have to start of this week’s power rankings by giving a huge shout out to Emily Van Buskirk for stepping in and handling the rankings last week. As for this week, the top remains the same despite some less than challenging opponents and a stumble from one of the teams. The top three or four teams have put enough distance between themselves and the pack that it would take a … [Read more...] about College Hoops Power Rankings Week 13: Down The Stretch