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  1. Grantland Archives: Murray State Primer

    Sarah Larimer

    Murray Staaaaaattteee!!!! The Racers are one of my favorite mid-majors in the Dance this year, because a beloved high school teacher went there. (I think. WHAT UP, MRS. BALDRIDGE. I REALLY ENJOYED FIRST HOUR.) The thing is, I can never pick a winner,...

    Blog | March 15, 2012
  2. Mid-Major Primer: The Harvard Crimson

    Shane Ryan

    Ivy League basketball! Always a thrill. There's no excitement quite like watching the lone team of intellectuals in the NCAA do battle in the opening round, facing some relentless Power 6 titan and seeking glorious victory using only their wits and o...

    Blog | March 07, 2012
  3. Mid-Major Primer: The Wichita State Shockers

    Shane Ryan

    With an emphatic 21-point win over indie darling Creighton on Saturday, Wichita State poked a tentative head out from the underground tunnel of mid-major anonymity. The Shockers made their first appearance in the AP Top 25 poll this week, tied for 24...

    Blog | February 15, 2012
  4. Who's That Draft Pick? Meet the Mid-Major Sleepers

    Andrew Sharp

    Every year there are a handful of awesome prospects who slip past the lottery in the NBA draft. These are the players you want your team to steal late in the first round, or somewhere in the second. We know they're out there, only nobody's sure exact...

    Blog | June 25, 2013
  5. March Madness Men of the Day

    Shane Ryan

    For our final Man of the Hour, as the early games wind to a close, we turn to a mid-major hero whom I dismissed without cause in my Midwest Region picks, but who is currently putting me to shame with a great performance against Cincinnati. He is: ...

    Blog | March 22, 2013
  6. Damian Lillard, Ray McCallum, and the Key to NBA Success for Mid-...

    Brett Koremenos

    With his University of Detroit team nursing a two-point lead in the waning moments against an upset-minded Wisconsin-Milwaukee, point guard Ray McCallum calmly held his dribble on the left wing and waited for a teammate to set a screen. As the screen...

    Blog | February 08, 2013
  7. The Weekend Baseball Top 10: Battle of the Vowels

    Shane Ryan

    Here are the most compelling matchups, stories, and personalities in Major League Baseball for the coming weekend. Fewer than 20 games left! The mid-September crunch is here, and woe to those who stumble. 10. Wait a Second ... the Phillies??...

    Blog | September 14, 2012
  8. Terry Bowden, Akron, and the plight of the mid-major college foot...

    Michael Weinreb

    The plight of the mid-major college football program.

    Story | Conversation | April 20, 2012
  9. Grantland Archives: Belmont Primer

    Sarah Larimer

    Hey, so, cool story: I picked Belmont over Georgetown. I can't really remember why, but it seems like the hot pick at the moment, right? Let's examine Shane Ryan's mid-major primer on the Belmont Bruins and learn some things, so I can try to justi...

    Blog | March 16, 2012
  10. Grantland Archives: Saint Mary's Primer

    Sarah Larimer

    WATCH OUT FOR THE AUSTRALIANS, PURDUE. That's really all I've got. For more information on the 7th-seeded Gaels of Saint Mary's, please see Shane Ryan's mid-major primer from earlier this season. Take it away, Ryan: Coming into the season, ther...

    Blog | March 16, 2012
  11. Mid-Major Primer: The VCU Rams

    Shane Ryan

    Before we begin, can we take a moment to recognize the greatness of last night's championship games? You had Saint Mary's sneaking by the Zags in what's become the best rivalry in the west, Loyola taking down Fairfield in a fourth-wheel type game tha...

    Blog | March 06, 2012
  12. Mid-Major Primer: Belmont Bruins

    Shane Ryan

    Friday, November 11, 2011. 11/11/11. The day of the wounded saints, when all eyes weep. It's a foggy night in Durham, North Carolina, but the Belmont Bruins can see through the mist. Cameron Indoor Stadium is in a state of shock and fear as the Bru-C...

    Blog | March 02, 2012
  13. Mid-Major Primer: The New Mexico Lobos

    Shane Ryan

    In mid-January, New Mexico dropped back-to-back games against San Diego State and UNLV, the two best teams in the Mountain West Conference. The losses snapped a 13-game winning streak, and relegated New Mexico to the back burner of mid-major discussi...

    Blog | February 21, 2012
  14. Mid-Major Primer: The Saint Mary's Gaels

    Shane Ryan

    Coming into the season, there were two things I vaguely remembered about Saint Mary's: 1. For whatever reason, they have a lot of players from Australia. 2. They have that scruffy guy with the scariest/greatest mouth guard in the history of the...

    Blog | February 03, 2012
  15. Mid-Major Alert: Gael Force Winds From Iona

    Jonathan Givony

    Every year a Cinderella team emerges in March and takes America by storm. Look at VCU, Butler, George Mason, Davidson, Northern Iowa, just to name a few. If you're looking for this season's Cinderella Westchester County might be a good place to st...

    Blog | January 06, 2012
  16. Mid-Major Alert: Long Beach State's Casper Ware

    Jonathan Givony

    You need to know about Casper Ware. He ticks every box imaginable for mid-major cliches. Phenomenal name-drawing memories of friendly '90s cartoon characters? Check. Alma matter straight out of a Snoop Dogg track? Check. Jimmer-esque shooting rang...

    Blog | November 18, 2011