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Morning Coffee: Rick Byrd, Wichita State, and a MAAC Transfer

Who said it was a slow week? There is plenty to talk about from the mid-major ranks from last night!

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Exams are slowing down the college basketball slate this week but there is still plenty to talk about in the mid-major ranks from last night.

- The game I had the pleasure of watch last night was Belmont hosting a hot Evansville squad. Craig Bradshaw didn't play, which really put a damper on this one, but the biggest surprise of the night came from Belmont coach Rick Byrd. As I outlined in my recap of the Purple Aces 65-62 win, the biggest moment in the game was when Byrd got a technical for jawing with the officials with just about two minutes left in the game. It wasn't the reason the Bruins lost, leave that to their abysmal shooting, but it certainly plummeted the win probability for the home squad.

- It happened again... Sure Eastern Michigan is a lot better than NJIT but it was still a big win in Ann Arbor last night for the Eagles. Our friends at Hustle Belt have the full, emotional recap here of the 45-42 win for EMU. The win for EMU was the first over Michigan in 17 years and was even a bit more surprising for me because you would've thought Michigan would come out really motivated for this one.

- Wichita State took care of business against Seton Hall last night in a 77-68 home win for the Shockers. Ben Miraski outlines some potential concerns for the Shockers based on his observations from last night.

- Hartford's Mark Nwakamma may have had the performance of the night with 29 points and 2 rebound last night. The Hawks got an impressive 79-61 win over Holy Cross and our own Steph Crandall was there to cover it.

- Louisiana-Monroe's Tyler Ongwae also had a very impressive night as the Warhawks took down Northwestern State 82-74. The Kenyan senior posted 19 points, 10 rebounds, and 9 assists in the ULM win. Could we not get this guy a triple-double?

- The was a nice little mid-major battle last night between Saint Louis and South Dakota State. The Billikens seemingly lost the game in the final minutes and Charles Bowles covered the good one in St. Louis.

- Speaking of NJIT, the Highlanders kept it rolling last night with another quality win over St. Francis Brooklyn 68-65 at home. The Highlanders are still only 3-4 on the season but obviously they are going undefeated the rest of the way.

- I have to give a shout out to Navy who beat VMI 84-66 last night. It's really a game I would usually glaze over but who holds the Keydets to just 66 points?!?!?

- A little bit of news out of the MAAC yesterday as Siena sophomore Michael Wolfe announced he was transferring. The 6'9 Wolfe hasn't played this year yet and played sparingly a year ago. He's one of those recruits that followed Jimmy Patsos from Loyola to Siena and it sounds like he's looking to get a little closer to home.