Don't worry: There are plenty of examples of real mid-majors that don't require the scare quotes: Louisiana Tech is playing top-20 defense as a new C-USA member, and Southern Miss might be even better; Green Bay is shredding the Horizon League; Stephen F. Austin is fighting back the occasional defensive yawn against Southland opponents; and even Harvard, despite last week's loss at Florida Atlantic, looks like a near-lock to scare first-round tournament opponents again this March. These are the easy examples, the teams whose leagues are below the mid-major threshold no matter what threshold you actually apply.
The Heatles: Miami Heat players sing for charity--On The List Blog
Other highlights of the night:Getting to know CSU MBB...Devon Long--csuvikings.com
Shane Battier opened with the Backstreet’s Boy’s “I Want It That Way.” He was joined onstage by Greg Oden and a silly Jeong.
The headturner award belongs to James Jones’ solo performance. Complete with props, he belted out Sisqo’s “The Thong Song.” Like a scene out of a Vevo video, Jones, who wore a silver wig, tore off his pants and stripped down to a pair of slinky tights. Earlier in the evening, he got busy onstage with Norris Cole for a rendition of Jay-Z and Justin Timberlakes’ “Holy Grail.” All jokes aside, Jones can sing, and boy, Cole can rap.
Vikings Play Final Nonconference Game at Eastern Illinois--csuvikings.com
Women's Basketball Earns 76-66 Victory At Valparaiso--csuvikings.com
Dana Altman’s Ducks Stop the Bleeding on Sunday--Rush The Court
Ducks optimistic after Washington trip--The Register-Guard
“It feels good we finally put 40 minutes together,” senior guard Jason Calliste said. “We didn’t just play 20 minutes or 25 or 30.”Titans Host UIC on Wednesday on WADL--detroittitans.com
Calliste said the Ducks were confident they could get back to the form that helped them start the season with 13 consecutive wins.
“We never lost confidence,” he said. “Guys were mad or whatever, but it’s part of the game. It sucks that it took five losses for us to realize we’ve got to put 40 minutes together instead of 35.”
Calliste led the Ducks with 20 points against WSU on 8-for-10 shooting, including 4-for-6 on three-pointers. He has scored in double digits in four straight games off the bench and averaged 15 points per game during that stretch.
Sign Up Now For National Girls and Women in Sports Day--detroittitans.com
Greg Kampe with Jon LeCrone--Golden Grizzlies All-Access
PHOTOS: Oakland beats UIC on Homecoming--Grizzlies Den
VIDEO: Duke Mondy buzzer-beater vs. UIC--Grizzlies Den
POSTGAME VIDEO: Oakland coach Greg Kampe after win over UIC--Grizzlies Den
OU'S FELDER NAMED HORIZON LEAGUE FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK--ougrizzlies.com
OAKLAND'S ANDERSON WINS HORIZON LEAGUE FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK--ougrizzlies.com
Flames Seek Five Straight Wins Wednesday at Milwaukee--uicflames.com
UWGB basketball notebook: Brown's prognosis good after initial tests, Wardle says--Green Bay Press Gazette
Sykes Wins Player of the Week Honors; Sets and Ties League Records--GreenBayPhoenix.com
Kaili Lukan Tabbed Horizon League Player of the Week--GreenBayPhoenix.com
Next Episode of "The Kyle Rechlicz Show" on TWC SportsChannel--Panther Blog Zone
Transition game: Wood moves up to a new team--Kokomo Tribune
Women’s basketball: Valparaiso loses another tough one--The Post-Tribune
Cleveland State’s 3-point barrage sinks Valparaiso--The NWI Times
Vikings Launch Three-Ball Attack in 76-66 Win over Valpo--valpoathletics.com
YSU using upgrades to lure recruits--Youngstown Vindicator
CSU Closes Road Trip by Topping Valpo--Horizon League Network