Is there a worse time of year in the sporting calendar than late July? Let me answer that for you.
No, there isn’t. Late July sucks.
The sports news cycle has dwindled down to post-ASG baseball (not great), NFL training camp hype (even worse), or whatever the hell Skip Bayless is ranting about these days (probably the worst). The only real college basketball fix right now is learning about your favorite team’s schedule, or that solid new recruit they picked up.
Nonetheless, the college basketball content mill must keep turning, so we turned to our loyal Twitter following for another edition of the mailbag. I won’t lie folks, there’s not much to talk about right now. But we love you and always appreciate your input, so here are our answers to your questions.
On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being full bore linear panic, how worried should Marquette be about Vermont?— Anonymous Eagle (@AnonymousEagle) July 25, 2017
At least a five or six. Vermont, as it showed last year, plays a style that can give high-major teams problems. The Catamounts take care of the ball, play sound defense, and return a lot of core pieces from a team that won 29 games last year. This will be a good test for Marquette, and it’s a game that it “should” win, but don’t be surprised if Vermont walks away with a W.
Why did my wife leave me?— Russell Steinberg (@Russ_Steinberg) July 25, 2017
Sorry Russ, your wife only dates guys that are under 6’8”.
Being an SFA homer, in July I believe they will waltz through the Southland. But when real life happens will I be humbled?— Melvin Bryan (@mbryan75949) July 25, 2017
Stephen F. Austin will definitely be right there in contention for the Southland title. The Lumberjacks bring back some solid talent, and the team should improve in Kyle Keller’s second year. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi should be solid again, and New Orleans can be right there as well. I think your conference champion is one of those three.
Why do does Mid-Major Madness still cover the Mountain West and Atlantic 10, but not the American Athletic?— Jay S (@LoboFanSauce) July 25, 2017
They send us goodie baskets at the beginning of each season. The AAC stole Wichita State from us, so we’re mad at them. Also the AAC is definitively better than both of those conferences and is not a mid-major.
Will you still love me even though I'm not technically a mid major fan anymore— shark week disliker (@CowlonFullerton) July 25, 2017
What we had was real. There was a genuine connection. We had some high highs together, and some low lows. We laughed together. We cried together. And you just up and left us for someone with more money. Why did you do that to us, shark week disliker? Why?!
Will the mid major teams not investing resources into bball (practice facilities etc..) start falling behind those that did?— UmassFan33 (@umassfan33) July 25, 2017
The general thinking would be yes. Those who invest the resources into college basketball are going to be the ones who reap the benefits. I think that we’re going to get to a point where a lot of schools start to weigh the feasibility of maintaining a Division I program. We’re already seeing that with Savannah State.
What are your favorite college basketball sites (besides MMM obviously)? Any good place to track transfers?— Uncle Leo (@UncleLeo17) July 26, 2017
Who said midmajormadness.com is my favorite college basketball site? As far as tracking transfers, Verbal Commits is the best resource around for keeping with all roster transactions and whatnot. A few other good sites: KenPom (duh), hoop-math, and all of our fellow SB Nation sites do a good job too. There’s plenty of good content out there that isn’t from one of the main networks like ESPN or CBS.
Loyola MD 2018 NCAA champions right?— Happening Hoops (@happeninghoops) July 26, 2017
I’m not saying to bet your mortgage on it, but it wouldn’t hurt to clear a little bit of wall space to hang up some memorabilia.
Biggest surprise team in the Horizon?— Veezy Venom (@ctownforever) July 26, 2017
Youngstown State, IUPUI [ducks], and UIC would be my dark horse contenders behind Oakland and Northern Kentucky.
Tristan, we’re all starting to worry about you.