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Mid-Major Minutes: Kendrick Nunn has Oakland excited, and we’ve got TBT recaps!

Kevin Pangos also turned in a quality Summer League performance!

Good morning! If you’re reading this, you’re clearly starting your day off right with an effort to better yourself by becoming more educated about the goings-on in the mid-major world.

In a landscape so dominated by the biggest schools and conferences, it’s quite hard to winnow down the information you want and need to hear about your favorite mid-major programs.

Thankfully, Mid-Major Madness is here to aggregate the news and links for you, providing you with a brand-new, daily post about the world of mid-major hoops.

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Mid-major teams in The Basketball Tournament (Mid-Major Madness)

The first day of bracket play in The Basketball Tournament was thrilling, to say the least, with three mid-major squads playing games decided in the final seconds.

The three mid-major alumni squads in action on Saturday were from Iona (Gaelnation), VCU (Ram Nation), and Blue Zoo (Middle Tennessee). The first two earned hard-fought victories, but the team full of former Blue Raiders couldn’t get it done against the Primetime Players.

Our own Austin Brown penned a more detailed recap at the link above.

Kendrick Nunn has Oakland fans excited (Detroit News)

Tony Paul of The Detroit News has an excellent story up detailing how players, coaches, and fans alike are eager for Illinois transfer Kendrick Nunn to hit the court after sitting out all of last season.

Nunn played a large role as a leader on last year’s team despite never actually playing in a game for the Oakland Grizzlies. Coach Greg Kampe told Paul:

"After we had that tough loss to Cleveland State (on Jan. 16), we were getting ready to get on the bus to go to Northern Kentucky, which was a big game for us," Kampe said. "And he sent a text to the team, right as we were getting on the bus, and I'm paraphrasing here.

"It was, 'If y'all are too scared, if you're not ready to do something, then stay home with me and don't go.'

"He timed it as we were getting on the bus. 'If you don't have the courage, then don't get on that bus.'"

Former Zags star in NBA Summer League games (Slipper Still Fits)

While seemingly everyone is preoccupied with Lonzo Ball’s Summer League foibles and his father’s fierce takes, my eyes remain firmly rested on the former Gonzaga Bulldogs who are busy playing for NBA roster spots.

One of the Zags who was busy impressing everyone watching at home and in person was Kevin Pangos. In Saturday’s game, Pangos held an admirable stat line of 8 points, 7 assists, and 7 rebounds. It was a well-rounded performance for one of Gonzaga’s best players ever.

After that was done, Zach Collins faced off against Nigel Williams-Goss, two Bulldogs who were quite critical in taking Spokane’s team to its first Final Four this past season. More information on their matchup can be found in Keith Ybanez’s piece for Slipper Still Fits.

Tweets of Interest

No coaches have answered the call. They need to. (but Will Brown liked the tweet. Come on, coach.)

A good chart showing transfers across collegiate divisions

I wear my badge as this site’s Skip Bayless as a badge of honor

Thankfully TBT is giving us something to keep up with in these slow summer months

Ivy —> NBA

This certainly is something to brag about for Connecticut’s best team

Congrats to Canada’s Darling

There’s a good amount of mid-major guys on Team Canada

The jerseys are really rolling in for Bryan

Fingers crossed that James Harden helps coach Rice on the side this summer & fall

Recruiting News

Tai Young had all of the scoops on Sunday