MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- Well, that concludes the first full week of the 2007-08 college basketball season. Just so you know how things will work from here on out, no Boubacars on Saturdays or Sundays, one catch-all G!O!T!N! for all three days, and Bally will show up sometime over the weekend.
Mickell Gladness, Alabama A&M. Friend of the site Eric "Extra P." Angevine nominates the current world leader in Spalding sandwiches, who's averaged a total of 8.7 blocks per game over his first three contests. That's blocks, not rebounds. The 6-11 senior has 10.3 of those. Since Gardner-Webb put in a gutsy yet doomed performance last night versus Connecticut, this is my contribution to keeping Runnin' Bulldog Fever going in a posthumous fashion... when I was chatting up G-Webb coach Rick Scruggs for an article the other day, we were talking about how great the Kentucky win was -- but he quickly pointed out that the Coaches vs. Cancer opening-round game, a 69-55 decision over the squad out of the SWAC.
"We were just happy to beat A&M," he said. "Going against a big guy like that really prepared us for the kind of talented size we went up against the next night."
So all you Gardner-Webb fans, you can send your appreciative holiday cards to Mickell care of Alabama A&M at P.O. Box 1357 Normal, AL 35762.
Bubblevision. This one's left over from earlier this week, but I hope this isn't a new nationwide trend or anything. During a timeout at the Preseason NIT they brought in one of those fisheye lenses left over from a Hype Williams video shoot, and started using it on the crowd.
I've been debating for a few days whether or not to post these, but it's only fair that you all have nightmares too. Happy weekend!
The Middle Tennessee State band. Last night kicked off the first-ever First Shot Exempt Tournament, and for those of us who can't get enough WAC-on-A-Sun-on-Sun Belt-on-SoCon action, it's a dream come true... three days of pre-scheduled doubleheaders amongst four teams. Unfortunately, most of the metro Nashville area apparently can get enough, because the place was virtually empty. And this was Middle Tennessee State's home opener. All those late-evening shoppers at the local WalMart missed a great game, with San Jose State nipping the hosts 78-77.
The lack of Blue Raider fever didn't stop the MTSU band from showing up and pretending it was a football game. They took over the floor at halftime, and kicked out the jams to a small but appreciative audience (they do a killer "Word Up"). And now, please enjoy the spectacle of an arena where there are more college band members on the floor than fans in the stands.