Category MMBOW

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MMBOW #15 - Jerelle Benimon - Towson

The Colonial regular season is all wrapped up and while Towson didn't win the league (Delaware did at 14-2, The Tigers finished 13-3), perhaps a Mid-Major Baller of the Week title will serve as a nice consolation prize before the conference tournament.  Senior Forward Jerrelle Benimon did his part to help...

MMBOW #14 - Chris Udofia, Denver

The great Mid-Majority fan Paul Hampson (@ThisLeadenPaul) dropped a tweet to the @midmajority this afternoon suggesting Chris Udofia as Mid-Major Baller of the Week and after some research it has been rubber stamped. Udofia becomes the 14th MMBOW for the #TMMX season. Udofia's best game of the week came on Thursday...

MMBOW #14 - Doug McDermott - Creighton

Let's go ahead and call this a Mid-Major Baller of the Week and Mid-Major career achievement award. As you may have heard Doug McDermott passed Mid-Major legend Larry Bird on the career points list and is now 13th in NCAA history with 2,863 points. This is the part of the post where you might say Creighton is...

MMBOW #13 - Davon Usher, Delaware

Out in the Colonial Delaware is running away from the pack. The Blue Hens are 10-0 in the CAA and in the midst of a 12-game winning streak. Those numbers almost came crashing to a halt last Wednesday, but Delaware guard Davon Usher came to the rescue. For a great week and one of the better single game performances...

MMBOW #12 - Maurice Ndour, Ohio

For this weeks installment in the Mid-Major Baller of the Week we take time to honor a player who stepped up his game in a week that his team so desperately needed it. Ohio forward Maurice Ndour put together his best game and week of the season in Bobcat wins over Central Michigan and Toledo and for that is the...

MMBOW #11 Jacob Parker, Stephen F. Austin

Out in the Southland, Stephen F. Austin is threatening to run away and hide from the rest of the competition. The Lumberjacks have won 15 straight games, last falling before Thanksgiving. Not only is SFA undefeated in conference play at 7-0, they have won the last five league games all away from home. With the...

MMBOW #10 - Mitch Bruneel, Utah Valley

As we have talked about in this space before, TMM has always been a celebration of the wonderful basketball that goes unnoticed by most. With that in mind it is only fitting to give out the occasional Mid-Major Baller of the Week to a player that isn't necessarily a star on his own team labors in the smallest...

MMBOW #9 Karvel Anderson, Robert Morris

One of the best things about conference play starting on this side of hoops nation is that it allows teams to check the guarantee games and losses and start a new season. A season where the odds are more even and a bid to the NCAA Tournament still in view as long as conference season goes well. This weeks Mid-Major...

MMBOW #8: Willis Hall, College of Charleston

Conference season is right around the corner, but as the final throws of the preseason finish up Willis Hall of College of Charleston put together one of the best performances of the season. For that and a stellar all-around week Hall is the eighth Mid-Major Baller of the Week for the TMMX season.  Over the...

MMBOW #7: Anthony Drmic, Boise State

Boise State is an interesting case study for the definition of midmajor. The Broncos no longer play in a TMM conference, but the basketball team has long been the forgotten son. While the school and football team looked for big TV money in the Big East the basketball team was shopped around many ill-fitting conferences....

MMBOW #6: Aaric Murray, Texas Southern

There is always a unique story about how a player arrives at a school. Sometimes it's the hometown team they grew up playing for, sometimes it's the only school that wanted them and sometimes it's a long complicated tale. That's the case with Texas Southern center Aaric Murray who spent two years at La Salle...

MMBOW #5: Brad Waldow, Saint Mary's College

In the 10 years of this website Saint Mary's has been one of the proudest carriers of the mid-major banner.  Moraga has been home to Omar Samhan, Patty Mills, Matthew Dellavedova and the beautiful game. That was all supposed to change this year. SMC was smacked with the ever ominous and vague 'failure...

MMBOW #4: Alan Williams, USCB

The MMBOW title has been rotating its way around the Midwest and East Coast, but this week it's a time for a little left coast love. UCSB's Alan 'Big Sauce' Williams is the fourth Mid-Major Baller of the Week for the TMMX.Williams has been the motor for UCSB early in the season. With the big man in the lineup...

MMBOW #3: Austin Tillotson, Colgate

Plenty of good performances over the holiday weekend to consider, but let's focus in on a perfect game for the Mid-Major Baller of the Week #3. Last Tuesday Colgate sophomore guard Austin Tillotson scored 12 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists in a 98-86 win over Tulane on the road. That's a...

MMBOW #2: D.J. Balentine, Evansville

Evansville was a bit of an afterthought in the Missouri Valley Conference race and was picked to finish in the middle of the pack behind the usual suspects of Wichita State and Indiana State.  The consensus was the Aces lost four starters and would be hard pressed to repeat their 21 victories from last...

MMBOW #1: Dyami Starks, Bryant

There are a lot of things that go into a good basketball player, but nothing quite grabs the eye like a pile of points. That's why Bryant Bulldog guard Dyami Starks is the first Mid-Majority Baller of the Week for season 10. Starks led the Bulldogs to wins over Dartmouth and Vermont last week and put the ball...

MMBOW #12: Ryan Thompson, Rider

Rider figured to be one of the teams that would step up challenge Siena's two-year stranglehold on the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference -- heck, a single first-place vote for the Broncs was what kept the Saints from being a full-consensus top pick on media day back in October. And Rider, not Siena...

MMBOW #17: Kevin Anderson, Richmond

With our final weekly award of the season, we celebrate the work of a young Spider who used a two-game stretch to strike a little bit of arachnophobia into the hearts of Atlantic 14 opponents heading into the league's elimination event. Kevin Anderson of Richmond is our seventeenth, and final, Mid-M...

MMBOW #16: Adnan Hodzic, Lipscomb

Our first conference tourney will be the Atlantic Sun event in Nashville, a league we took you behind the scenes for last year. This year's seen a fantastic race between three strong teams: three-time champs Belmont, revenge-minded Jacksonville, and an ETSU squad that hasn't quite made it over the t...

MMBOW #15: Gordon Hayward, Butler

Slumdog Millionaire (a film we saw in Indianapolis hours after penning this paper plane), was easy enough to predict as a Best Picture winner, although others of these supposed lead-pipe locks would have lost you your mortgage money. And so it is with predicting the machinations of another academy. ...

MMBOW #14: Artsiom Parakhouski, Radford

If you've been watching the Big South standings (and if you haven't, please write us a 2,000-word essay why not), you may be wondering what this "Radford" is, why it's won 13 of 15 league games, and how you can get some for yourself. The Highlanders are on a seven-game streak and now lead the BSC by...

MMBOW #13: Lester Hudson, Tennessee-Martin

Sure, we have our favorites. There are players who we enjoy watching endlessly, the mid-major stars who have stood in this space for the past five years and have gone on to great and lucrative levels. The next one in that class could be the 6-2 senior guard from a little school in the Tennessee back...

MMBOW #12: Ryan Toolson, Utah Valley

The picture on the left does not depict the hot club dance move or the new way the kids these days are expressing their excitement, it's just a snapshot of the most pure and perfect shooting mechanics in Division I right now. (And as you can see in the background, it's making the girly-girls go craz...

MMBOW #11: Ben Woodside, North Dakota State

There was that 51-minute, 60-point effort against Stephen F. Austin that earned him MMBOW honors back in December, which would have earned wider play had his team actually won the game. No matter about that, because ever since the North Dakota Bison have entered the Badlands Conference schedule, the...

MMBOW #10: Lester Hudson, Tennessee-Martin

There's certainly precedent for being chosen multiple times in a season... back when we did this five times a week (hoo boy, Tuesdays were tough), Nick "Big Freak" Fazekas of Nevada was a regular attendee of our daily TMM party. And truthfully, there really weren't any mid-major players who had as g...

MMBOW #9: Josh Akognon, Cal State Fullerton

Before the 2007-08 season, Josh Akognon transferred from Washington State to Cal State Fullerton with two years of eligibility remaining -- his point production doubled, and he set school single-season records for 3-point field goals and free throw percentage. That's an indication that maybe he wasn...

MMBOW #8: Lester Hudson, Tennessee-Martin

He was a breakout superstar from 2007-08 who came out of nowhere to lead a perennial OVC flounder to a salmon-jump in the standings. He was a juco transfer who learned how to study and landed at Tennessee-Martin, and nearly left after a year in the wake of an impressive showing at pre-Draft camp. In...

MMBOW #7: Jeremiah Dominguez, Portland State

The holidays wiped out half the week's schedule (in a good way, of course), but some players made the most of the four-day week. And just to be clear, a shortened week does not mean that the award is less than 100 percent full strength, the same way that some fans tried to undercut the importance of...

MMBOW #6: James Feldeine, Quinnipiac

One of the great things about TMM -- okay, maybe it's the only good thing about any of this -- is that we get to introduce you to players those other websites don't have time for. Like this 6-4 NYC product who turned in two of the most efficient performances in mid-majordom last week, work that went...

MMBOW #5: Ben Woodside, North Dakota State

Usually, this feature is reserved for players at our level who a.) have great performances in games that matter and b.) win. But sometimes we have to make an exception, or one-and-a-half. Ben Woodside of North Dakota State is our fifth Mid-Majority Baller of the Week for the 2008-09 season. On Frida...

MMBOW #4: Michael Bramos, Miami (Oh.)

The Mid-Majority tries to keep it fresh, mix it up, to stay frisky and funky in a world full of stale coach-speak and paint-by-numbers analysis. But this time, it's impossible. For one of the very few times in this site's obscure history, we are recycling a subject line letter-for-letter. For the se...

MMBOW #3: Eric Maynor, Virginia Commonwealth

Most fans know him for "the Dagger" against Duke two seasons ago, but he's been making opponents say "dang" for the better part of three years. Over the past seven days, he put together one of the most impressive three-game stretches seen in Hoops Nation so far this season. Eric Maynor is our third ...

MMBOW #2: Stephen Curry, Davidson

I have a real treat for you today. I want to introduce you to this special, special player I've discovered. His name's Curry, as in hot like. He's got a regular-looking first name -- Stephen -- but it's pronounced all weird, like STEFF-in. His dad played in the NBA. Nothing about this guy is regular...

MMBOW #17: Arizona Reid, High Point

The really good players are the ones who can lift their teams up when it counts, who deliver in the clutch, who take it upon themselves to lift their team out of a funk. And the very funky-haired Arizona Reid of High Point is our seventeenth Mid-Majority Baller Of The Week. Mr. Reid, who was named ...

MMBOW #16: Marqus Blakely, Vermont

There were a lot of great performances over BracketBuster weekend -- Alex Franklin's monster 30-and-18 for Siena in a blowout at Boise State, Kent State Golden Flash Al Fisher's 28 points in a big win at Saint Mary's, Josh Young's 25 points and clutch 8-for-8 free throwing for Drake in their nationa...

MMBOW #15: Shane Dansby, Belmont

The two-time Atlantic Sun champion Belmont Bruins were a bit undersold last summer, as they lost two 6-10 seniors who earned the lion's share of the team's rebounds last season. The Bruins have suffered a bit on the boards, but they're getting a lot of them from a player that last year would have s...

MMBOW #14: Tremaine Townsend, Cal State Northridge

There's no doubt that Cal State Northridge, a school with just two winning seasons since joining the Big West in 2001, has gone from pity-party to postseason candidate in short order. At 16-6 overall and 8-2 in the conference, the first-place Matadors are on track for their first Big West men's bask...

MMBOW #13: Bo McCalebb, New Orleans

New Orleans made a big splash early, with headline-grabbing nonconference wins over N.C. State and Colorado. Sun Belt play has been less than kind, though. A recent three-game losing streak has put the Privateers in a 5-6 hole, far behind streaking Western Kentucky and South Alabama. But they might ...

MMBOW #12: Paul Stoll, Texas-Pan American

We're in Texas, so it's only fair that we shine the spotlight on some Lone Star hoops. Because of Texas-Pan American's longstanding independent status and virtual unlikelihood of making the NCAA Tournament, you don't hear much about them in the mainstream press... and with the 15th smallest athletic...

MMBOW #11: Dre Smith, George Mason

A 6-0, 185-lb. junior point guard from Houston, Texas had the shooting night of his life -- or most people's lives -- on Saturday. In a 96-75 blowout of James Madison, George Mason's Dre Smith scored a career-high 34 points on astonishing 11-of-12 shooting. But, as you might have heard already, 10 o...

MMBOW #10: Arizona "AZ" Reid, High Point

Our most recent MMBOW has the distinction of being the only Division I player named after a state of the union -- the 11 Washingtons don't count -- and one of a very select few players in history with a nickname derived from a U.S. Postal Service abbreviation. Arizona "AZ" Reid is our tenth Mid-Majo...

MMBOW #9: Brian Lillis, Albany

After Albany was thrashed by Virginia in a 2007 NCAA Tournament first-round game that was a viable athletic contest for about 20 seconds, those of us in attendance on the "little guy" side did a lot of wondering aloud about the future of the Great Danes afterwards. This was a school that quickly asc...

MMBOW #8: Peyton Stovall, Ball State

We're not worried about Dayton's Brian Roberts getting recognition anymore, so we're going to go deeper than his dominant 31-point performance in an upset win over Pitt. Much deeper. Peyton Stovall, star guard for the Ball State Cardinals, is our eighth Mid-Majority Baller of the Week. On New Year'...

MMBOW #7: Jaycee Carroll, Utah State

After a slow beginning to the 2007-08 season, the Utah State Aggies are now 9-5 with a four-game winning streak, and a lot of that has to do with their star guard. The All-American senior spent a lot of time in head coach Stew Morrill's office during the 3-4 start, trying to figure out how to turn t...

MMBOW #6: Samuel Haanpaa, Valparaiso

This was a close one... we had one major-beating, hyper-efficient performance by a Sun Belt baller with Demetric Bennett's 34-point, 14-for-19 performance in South Alabama's 71-67 win over Mississippi State. But he was edged out by two great performances by a hot Horizon League shooter. Samuel Haanp...

MMBOW #5: Dane Brumagin, Missouri-Kansas City

The Missouri-Kansas City Kangaroos (3-7, 0-2 SL) are off to a tough start in Badlands Conference play, dropping their first couple of games on the road. But that shouldn't detract from a week by a player whose team just hasn't caught up with his greatness yet. For scoring 75 points in two league aw...

MMBOW #4: Michael Bramos, Miami (Oh.)

Michael Bramos of Miami (Oh.) was Michigan's Mr. Basketball runner-up coming out of high school, and he's spent most of his college career as a solid, dependable yet overlooked third option -- he's that guy out on the floor who plays 35 minutes but usually puts up more intangibles and Charlie Points...

MMBOW #3: Jason Thompson, Rider

The Rider Broncs went 1-2 over the weekend at the Old Spice Classic in Orlando, but one of the top stories coming from that tourney was the performance of a certain 6-11 center, number 1 in maroon and a likely NBA pick. Fresh off a nationally televised showcase that lasted all weekend long, Jason Th...

MMBOW #2: Josh Akognon, Cal State Fullerton

There were plenty of deserving candidates in the season's second week, lots of big-time performances by big-time players on teams in the lower 22 conferences. But we're going to use this space this time to recognize the efforts of a little guy from a little conference that gets little exposure back ...

MMBOW #1: Kyle Hines, North Carolina-Greensboro

One of the most common e-mails I received last year was the repeated question about where the Mid-Majority Baller of the Specified-Time-Period went. I can't even remember why I took a year off from doing it, it was always such a fun part of every Monday. It had become such an honor that school SID's...

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