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.)
Coaches who follow us: What's your favorite cartoon?— Mid-Major Madness (@mid_madness) July 10, 2017
A good chart showing transfers across collegiate divisions
While 135 D1 transfers will play at D2 institutions next season, 8 D2 transfers moved up to D1. pic.twitter.com/bamITYQsFa— Verbal Commits D2 (@VerbalCommitsD2) July 9, 2017
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
Glad to have these two locked up in Houston for many years to come! pic.twitter.com/4zEp6t87jW— Rice Basketball (@RiceBasketball) July 9, 2017
Tai Young had all of the scoops on Sunday
Former Stephen F. Austin G Isaiah Traylor is transferring to the University of North Alabama— Tai Young (@TaiYoungVC) July 9, 2017
Former Cal State Fullerton F Tim Myles in transferring to Houston Baptist— Tai Young (@TaiYoungVC) July 9, 2017
Former Radford G Christian Lutete is transferring to UMass-Lowell— Tai Young (@TaiYoungVC) July 9, 2017
Former Maryland Eastern Shore G Michael Chambers is transferring to the University of Pikeville— Tai Young (@TaiYoungVC) July 9, 2017
Former South Alabama C Nikola Marijan is transferring to Tampa University— Tai Young (@TaiYoungVC) July 9, 2017
IUPUI F/C Giovanni Fraser (FR) is leaving the program. https://t.co/r3S0twz35t— Verbal Commits (@VerbalCommits) July 9, 2017