Checking in with 2013/14 mid-majors hoops

Yes, I know the SunBelt may only get one dance ticket, but I like learning and reviewing these three conferences football and basketball programs.

Feb1: I’ll wrap up January quickly and move on to the home stretch.

CUSA

CUSA misses Memphis and La Tech is off to a 2-0 start to fill that void. Raheem  Appleby leads the team with 16.1 PPG. Watch out for ODU, a one time stalwart CAA program.

1/19/14:Denzell Taylor’s 14 points helped  ODU comeback and beat FAU yesterday. Another surging team is Charlotte> How about that win yesterday: Terrence Williams scored twice in the final 42 seconds – including a game-winning dunk at the buzzer – as North Carolina-Charlotte slid past North Texas 76-74.

    1/21/14: USM used a rebounding edge (48-26) Sunday to give La Tech it’s first conference loss.

1/24/13: USM handles ODU and stays in a first place tie with Tulsa and La Tech. Eagles fly into ECU on Saturday and shouldn’t take the CUSA cellar dwellers lightly.

1/26/13:  USM struggled for 3/4 of the game but a late 16-1 run carried them to victory. La Tech kept pace behind McNeal & Hamilton’s scoring against Marshall.

Feb1: USM and UTEP are tied for first at 5-1, but Chad Frazier and the UAB Blazers are improving  and should handle ECU at home today.

Feb2 : Wrong about the Blazers. USM rolled the green Wave and tulsa is surging.

MAC

1/17/14- Buffalo( J.McCrea-16.8 PPG) leads the East &  W.Mich ( David Brown-18.9) leads  the West.

1/18/14: Akron is 3-0 in conference play but the Zips are sluggish today (Jan 18) on their way to losing to Toledo.

1/25/13: Zips bounced back with a nice road win at E.Mich. and vist C.Mich today. Toledo beat NIU and hosts Kent St tomorrow.

1/26/13 Akron won and I was surprised that EMU let the Ohio game get away.

1/30/14- Akron gets a 24-2 run and rolls over Ball St to keep the lead in the MAC East

2/1/14: Akron and Toledo sit atop their divisions. Today’s matchup at Ohio is the right time  for Toledo’s Justin Drummond to increase his 14 PPG .

2/2: Akron slipped and  Drummond only scored 12 ina loss to the Bobcats who got a great game from Maurice Ndour

2/5/14: Slow Tuesday night. Miami of O only scored 14 points in the second half in a loss to NIU. Each team is in the middle of the pack in their MAC divisions and will likely need to win the MACT to earn a Dance ticket.

2/6/14- Nice wins for Toledo & Akron, each 7-2 in MAC play and watch out for W. Michigan (6-3) who got 22 points from Austin Richie in a blowout of Ohio.

SunBelt

 Ga St has been slow on the gridiron, but the Panthers’ cagers are off to a 3-0 conference start. Ryan Harrow leads the squad with 18.6 PPG. GA St now 4-0.

1/19/13      GA St moves to 5-0 in conference play: R.J. Hunter scored 25 points and Manny Atkins had 22 points as Georgia State in a 99-73 win over Arkansas-Little Rock on Saturday.

1/24/13: GA ST 6-0 .  Nice stat line from R Hunter in the W over ULL (33 Pts, 7 Reb, 2 Stl, 1 Blk) and head for ULM on Saturday. Warthogs may be  feisty after losing a home game to WKU.

1/26/13: ULM Warthogs slowed down but couldn’t contain Ryan Harrow & the Ga St Panthers stretching to their team record eleventh win in a row.

2/1/14: Sunbelt leader  GA St takes on the  pesky Tx- Arlington Mavericks today. The Mavs gave second place WKU a rough time before losing Thursday night. Ga St will focus on stopping o Reger Dowell , a transfer from Ok St , who’s averaging 21 PPG.

2/2/14:  Panthers couldn’t stop Dowell but Hunter &  Devonta White each drilled last minute treys to force OT and  then a huge W over the Mavs .Meanwhile George Fant’s 21points  in a WKU win over UTSA  helped the Hilltoppers keep near Ga St in a the Sunbelt race.

2/4/14: Hunter and GA St roll S. Bama to remain undefeated (9-0) in conference play

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