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‘Twas the night before mid-major Christmas...

On Portland! On Monmouth! On Harvard and Princeton!

NCAA Basketball: Boston College at Providence Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the Nation
Mid-majors were brimming with unbridled elation
The banners were hung in the rafters with care,
In hopes that some more soon would be there

The players were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of upsets danced in their heads
And mamma in her jersey, and I in my cap,
Had just settled down for a long winter’s nap

When out on the hardwood there arose such a racket
Please Oh mid-majors! Please don’t bust my bracket!

The A-10 is stacked, and can’t be defeated,
And come March they hope to be fairly seeded,
Winning records for all, with the exception of one,
As the Saint Louis Billikens are having less fun

The WCC is Gonzaga’s domain,
With their 12 and 0 start they continue their reign,
But watch out for the Gaels from the town of Moraga,
Who wish to begin their own epic saga

Valpo and Oakland are the Horizon League’s best,
As they all fight for clout in the mighty midwest
Oakland beat Georgia behind thirty from Walker,
And Isaiah Brock is a dangerous shot blocker

In CAA hoops, the talent is thinner,
But with a close eye, you can see a sure winner
While UNC Wilmington is on the rise,
James Madison nears its impending demise

The MAC and the WAC and so many more,
As all the mid-majors look to settle the score,
Mountain West, Ivy League, there’re too many to name,
But a certain few will bring themselves fame

There are so many teams I’m unable to mention,
And their importance in March is beyond comprehension

Down through the chimney and under the tree,
There sits a mid-major especially for me

Maybe it’s Davidson, or Wichita State,
Whoever it is, their hoops are first-rate,

But I’ll have to wait until Christmas morning,
Mid-majors are real, so heed my forewarning,

If you don’t take them seriously, your bracket will fail,
When a team like New Mexico, eventually prevails

I hoot and I holler and shout to the sky,
And cheer on the mid-majors as their fiercest ally

Now Dayton, Now Valpo, Now Fort Wayne, and Richmond!
On Portland, on Monmouth, on Harvard, and Princeton!

To the top of the rankings! To the top of the earth!
Now win away! Win away! For that at-large berth!