Category Archives: Mid-Majors

Other 5 brief hoops

AAC-  SMU beat Michigan but  can’t play in the post-season. Cincy looks sharp and has big intra-city contest against Xavier today. Houston finally played a decent team Rhode Island and lost.

CUSA: Disappointed that UTEP (BTW< MWC recruiting them) lost to Texas – Arlington.  Louisiana Tech faces Ol Miss this week. They lost to Memphis earlier this season so the jury is out.

MAC: Bowling Green and NIU are shining early but I’m intrigued by Akron with the solid trio of Forsythe, Jackson , & McAdams.

MWC .UNLV Rebels lost a tough one to Wichita St (MVC)  , but Van Vleeet was solid.

SunBelt: Props again to TX-ARL and still like Ark LR when conference play starts.

Other5= AAC,CUSA, MAC,MWC,& SUNBELT

week 15 title games

CUSA: Marshall La Tech

 

Butler did a nice job filling in for the injured Devan Johnson in the tough loss to WKU to end  their undefeated season but Cato threw 4 Ints.. LT is coming off a rout  of Rice and Sokol is a hot QB. Marshall will re-group and edge LT 40-39.  Game site has not been determined.

MAC :  Bowling Green vs NIU @Ford Field in Detroit.

I’ve been going against NIU a lot this season so now I’ll reverse course. Hare will run and pass NIU over BG- 30-20. NIU Dwill be able to contain BG QB Knapke.

 

dec 6  review

BG hung around for  the first 30 minutes  but was squashed 51-17 by the Hare /Stingly combo  C. Stingily (NIU) – 15 CAR, 116 YDS, 2 TD   D. Hare (NIU) – 218 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

 

Cato and crew toughed it out in a nice comeback win 26-23 over LT

week 14 , pick 3

 

MAC West  battle for first. I’ll go with W. Mich Terrell/Franklin QB /RB combo to edge the NIU Hare Stingly combo.

Sunbelt: Ga Southern will rebound from Navy thumping  and beat ULM. Breida will have a big rushing day against ULM

CUSA: Can the improving Marshall D stop the high flying Doughty train of WKU? Very tough call but I’ll say MU 35 WKU 34

 

Nov 27: still time to vote in the poll. NIU/WMU kicks off 11AM  Friday

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Nov 29

ofer 2.  needed to nearly double the point total  on the CUSA game. Doughty outdueled Cato.

Hare’s feet made the difference as NIU scored 24 unanswered points in a 31-21 W over WMU

 

Nov 30

GASU 22 ULM 16  saved me from 0fer3, and  captured the Sun Belt Conference title with an undefeated, 8-0 conference record.

week 13 pick 3

MAC Tuesday but I’ll go with a Saturday game. Shootout time : WMU steals won on the road

W Michigan Leaders

Passing: Terrell – 193-277, 2668 yds, 19 tds

Cent Michigan Leaders

Passing: Rush – 191-293, 2416 yds, 18 tds

Sunbelt

I’ll roll the dice and go with App St over ULL .  Lamb /Cox outduels Broadway/McGuire

CUSA

UAB  keeps it close  but the Cato/DJ show  ekes out a close win.

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Nov 23 review:

3 for 3. Winner’s stud players in bold

App St 35  ULL 16: Cox 152 yds , 2 tds rushing
WM 32  CM 20: Terrell 222yds, 2 tds passing
Marshall  23  UAB 18: MU scores a DTD

ODU upset of LT makes the LT/Rice game next week decisive for the  CUSAW

week 12 another 3

 

Early MAC week

I’m going with an old standby. Hare in the air and Stingly on the ground will earn NIU the home winagainst a solid rushing Toledo squad.

Sunbelt

I’ll go with the App St  Lamb/Cox show  in a road win at Ark St, but Knighten will toss enough TDs to keep it close

CUSA

The Rice Owls need a road win badly at Marshall, but Cato’s Kids are too potent even w/o Devan Johnson

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11/12/14

NIU 27 Tol 24 : Stingly  2 TDs, Hare 1Td – got this one right.

11/16/14

Devan J returns and MU rolls over Rice-got this one

Nailed the App St game:  APP 327 Ark st 32

Passing: T. Lamb (APP) – 255 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: M. Cox (APP) – 40 CAR, 229 YDS, 2 TD

3-0 for the week

Week 11, pick 3

 

Tuesday & wednesday MAC games

Knapke’s arm will lead Bowling Green in a road win over Akron

Sunbelt- I’ll go with Texas St upsetting the league leader Georgia Southern. Brieda has rushed for 1100 yards for GS, but I’ll go with Bobcats backfield combo, Franks & Lowe.

CUSA- Sokol  has tossed for 2300 yards and Louisiana Tech is on a four game winning streak, but I’ll go with UAB  at home. Jordan Howard has been a stellar RB for the Blazers.

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11/5/14

Knapke was just ok (170 YDS, 1 TD) but BG won easily 27 -10

11/9/14

GAS got a 100yd pick 6 late in the 3Q which provided the cushion to syrvive a 15-0 TXST 4Q. Close but no cigar

 

Jordan Howard (UAB) was a beast again 148 yds, 1TD for UAB. but Ltech was too much  in the end. LT 40 UAB 24.

The MAC game saved me from an 0fer

CUSA 2014/15 hoops preview and weekly updates

Some CUSA fans thought that the addition of Old Dominion last season would help them get more than one NCAA dance ticket. It didn’t as USM &  Louisiana Tech became just the third and fourth teams in NCAA Basketball history to miss the NCAA Tournament with 27 wins. Tulsa won the CUSAT and took the lone Dance ticket. IMO, the CUSA  rarely gets judged more on it’s weak history than on  it’s improving  quality of teams

1. UTEP Miners : Lew Stallworth, the point guard recruit, from Los Angeles is getting a lot of hype| and could  bolster  big man Vince Huter

2. UAB Blazers | Big time recruit William Lee will be make the Blazers even tougher under the boards.

3. Old Dominion Monarchs | Jeff Jones is a decent coach and has brought in some JC transfers to bolster the Bacate & Batten show.

4. Charlotte 49ers | Pierre Henry & the Niners  could surprise some teams.

5. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs | Appelby and Hamnilton are a strong backcourt but  not enough to prevent a small descent.

6. Western Kentucky Hilltoppers | Brandon Price and crew will be in the middle of the pack in their first CUSA season

7.Southern Miss Golden Eagles– Eagles lost some starters and new Coach Sadler will be be re-building

8. Marshall Thundering Herd : Is Nikolic from Serbia part of a successful Dantoni plan?

9. Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders | Raiders lost their biggest contributors from last season.

10. Florida Atlantic Owls | They’ll miss  Bertone, last season’s leading scorer.

11North Texas Mean Green |

12. Florida International Golden Panthers |

13. UTSA Roadrunners |

14. Rice Owls

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New- Western Kentucky

Departed – Tulsa, Tulane and East Carolina

Four new head coaches Dan D’Antoni (Marshall) and Michael Curry (FAU) — joining veteran Doc Sadler (Southern Miss) replacing Tyndall who went to Tennessee,  and rookie Mike Rhoades (Rice) in the league.

 

12/18/14- ODU has 2 nice OOC wins over LSU and VCU

 

1/5/15- ODU  edges Charlotte and stays hot going into  CUSA play

1/17/15

LA Tech and WKU are 4-0 and sit atop the CUSA. Side note :

http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/eye-on-college-basketball/24966347/kentucky-ends-talks-with-utep-for-anniversary-game-in-2016

Kentucky reportedly “backed out” of talks to play a game against UTEP in 2016, one which Miners coach Tim Floyd had intended to make a celebration for the 50th anniversary of Kentucky and Texas Western’s 1966 NCAA title game.

1/25/15: MU 78 utep 71. WKU 83 UTSA 74

Impressed with Marshalls front court, particularly R. Taylor 17 Pts, 10 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 St yesterday,  getting their first CUSA win this season  . UTSA gave WKU a fight early but lost. Here’s where I stand with a little more than a month to go.

On the left my prognostications. Nailed NT, way off on WKU.

1. UTEP Miners : Western Kentucky
2. UAB Blazers |  Louisiana Tech
3. Old Dominion Monarchs |  UAB
4. Charlotte| Middle Tennessee
5. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs | Old Dominion
6. Western Kentucky Hilltoppers |  UTEP
7.Southern Miss Golden Eagles- UT San Antonio
8. Marshall Thundering Herd :  Rice
9. Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders |  Florida International
10. Florida Atlantic Owls |  Charlotte
11North Texas Mean Green | North Texas
12. Florida International Golden Panthers | Florida Atlantic
13. UTSA Roadrunners | Southern Miss
14. Rice Owls Marshall

2/15/15

Big win for Marshall yesterday-Loop was great, and they’ve made serious progress since my Jan 25 th post. UTEP has moved to 2nd. In () is  my pre-season prediction. really got Charlotte wrong, so far.

La. Tech(5) 11-2 20-6
UTEP(1) 10-3 18-7
Western Ky.(6) 9-3 16-8
UAB(2) 9-4 13-13
Old Dominion(3) 7-5 18-6
UT-San Antonio(13) 7-6 13-11
Rice(14) 6-6 9-15
Middle Tenn.(9) 6-7 13-13
FIU(12) 5-7 12-13
North Texas(11) 5-7 11-13
Marshall(8) 5-7 9-16
Charlotte(4) 4-8 11-14
So. Miss(7) 2-11 7-17
FAU(10) 1-11