ARLINGTON, Tex. -- It's true what they say, everything's bigger in Texas. The hats, the Cadillacs, the stars at night, people's butts, the food. I went into a convenience store this morning and saw an 84-ounce fountain soda for sale, I couldn't even get my hand around it much less fit it in a cupholder. Texas-sized.
The Mid-Majority is a little bigger now, both in Texas and everywhere else. After some server slowdowns-slash-growing pains (and we thank you for your patience), we've got some new stuff to share with you.Tempo-Free Aerials:
We love Wonk's
aerial views of his favorite conference (and now the ACC), but everyone else has been missing out on the fun. Now you can see an aerial view of any
conference, along with breakdowns of conference-only and overall efficiency numbers, as well as a thumbnail view of each team's last performance. Here are some interesting ones: Missouri Valley
, Big South
, America East
.More Scandalous Cheatsheets:
Nobody else on the web puts so much team information into such a small space, now we have more information in a slightly bigger space. On our conference cheatsheets (a Patriotic example here
), you can now see conference-only stats broken out, as well as a bunch of other stuff that wasn't there before (like defensive numbers and stuff), all laid out in an easy-to-follow grid. It's even available on the game preview pages
. And remember, if you don't know what the acronym means, check the bottom of the page.2005-06 Budget Numbers:
One of the most popular things to link to on TMM is the budget numbers. Everybody loves 'em! Now, to reflect the Office of Postsecondary Education's
recently released 2005-06 report for Equity in Athletics, all numbers on the site have been updated for last season. Check out overall athletic expenses
, men's basketball breakouts
, even an updated grid of cost per win
for the 2005-06 season.
If any or all of this isn't useless to you, then don't say thanks and/or don't donate. Nobody's holding a gun to your head! Apathy is easy, and it's got a lot of people a lot of places. Others of you have excuses, like "I already donated." For the other .00001% of you, you know where the PayPal link is.Conference Shootaround!
For all you bracket-watchers: there were wins for top seeds in the America East
(11-2 Albany *
), Big South
(10-0 Winthrop *
) and Mid-American
(9-1 Akron *
). Davidson won its 20th overall the other night, positively mooshing Chattanooga 87-57
; the Wildcats are 12-1 in the SoCon
Barring a breakout by Northern Iowa, Bradley or Wichita State (all three lost in recent Missouri Valley
action), it's time to steel for a Three-Bid Valley, and the onslaught of moronic commentary that will suggest the league is "down" this year, an interesting idea when you consider that the worst two teams are just a game below .500 overall. Your likely NCAA squads are co-leaders Southern Illinois and Creighton at 11-3; SIU beat Bradley last night 70-60
to pick up its 20th overall win of the year, and the Bluejays took care of Evansville at home, 79-74
. And of course there's Missouri State, which looks ready to shed last year's RPI-based snub with 18 overall wins and the four-game streak that has put it back in the conversation...Big Sky
action: pick-to-click Weber State still leads at 9-4, even though the Wildcats absorbed an 89-74
loss at Eastern Washington last night; man-child Rodney Stuckey
dropped a big 34 on 10-for-19 shooting and helped key a second-half comeback. League champs Montana are starting to pick things back up, beating a surprisingly underwhelming Sacramento State squad
... In a busy night for the Colonial's
second division (most of the top dogs play this evening), Old Dominion ran its win streak to eight with a 68-55
breezeby at Georgia State. The Monarchs host league-leading Virginia Commonwealth on Saturday, the last team it lost to... Wright State, at the moment, has more Horizon League
wins than nationally-ranked Butler, 11 to 10. The Raiders blitzed Illinois-Chicago 74-64
last night; UIC has dropped seven straight...
Three-way tie in the "mac" with two A's; in the Metro Atlantic
, Marist, Manhattan and Loyola (Md.) are all 9-4. The Jaspers joined the party with a 58-51
win against Saint Peter's the other night. Now that Iona has won a game
(notice how we didn't go as crazy about it when it happened -- Ruland is having a tough enough year, leave him alone), SPC is officially the worst team in the league. The Peacocks have lost 15 in a row... Quick shoutout for my game last night: in the Southland
, Stephen F. Austin (8-3) broke a two-game slide and beat the Central Arkansas Bears 60-54
; UCA has both shot-blocking expert Durrell Nevels
(four last night, 74 on the year) as well as a fantastic band that does a mean "Dream On."K-Dub's Krazy Fact Of the Day!
My friend and colleague Chris Dortch, a man who watches more basketball than I do, recently asked if referees are calling more fouls this year
. It sure seems like it, with all the clutching and grabbing going on, and the zebras attempting to maintain vigilant control of it all.
Well, let's run the numbers! In the 3,643 games during the 2005-06 season that occurred before February 7, 2006, there were 130,468 personal fouls called. That's 35.813 fouls per game. Now, this year, we've had 3,992 games played, the increase attributable to the increase in November/December games, and the handful of new D1 teams. That's also resulted in an uptick in the number of fouls called: 143,301 total. Do the math, and that's 35.897 fpg.
So yes, there are more fouls being called: .084 more per game, to be exact. But all those hundreds of thousands of whistles... it's enough to give you a headache just thinking about it. If the ref blows the whistle for a second on average (an unscientific guess based on observation), stringing all that sound end-to-end would amount to 39.8 hours of shrill shrieks. Considering the two-hour length of an average game, that's nearly 20 contests' worth of consecutive ear-pain. Ouch.
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