Posts Tagged ‘23 Signs You Went To A Mid-Major College


3.15.15 … NCAA Selection Day … Let’s Dance … Let the Madness Begin … We are always reaching for heaven … And I don’t know if you realize this but Davidson is a mid-major … And Yes, It’s a Great Day to be a Wildcat!!

Davidson College Basketball … Let the Madness Begin … The Ides of March ain’t so bad … Here is my recap, for what it’s worth …


For the first time in school history, Davidson has received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament as the Wildcats will be the South Region’s 10th seed and take on seventh-seeded Iowa Friday in Seattle, Wash.

Game times for the second round will be announced later this evening.

via Davidson College – ‘Cats Receive First At-Large Bid; Play Iowa Friday.

Ok, those of you who are both Duke and Davidson fans … Are you truly a Wildcat? … LET’S DANCE …


3.14.15 A10 Round 2 (Semifinal) … Not so pretty … So, it’s still a great day to be a wildcat … let’s see what happens when the 36 at-large bids are named tomorrow on Selection Sunday (and this is the first time this Wildcat fan has ever wondered, dreamed, when we had lost our automatic bid  …

A10 Round 2: Saturday, March 14, 1:30 PM, Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York

VCU Rams (25-9) v. Davidson Wildcats (25-6)

93 – 73


The Time is Now

But the response was magical …

Thanks to Davidson men’s basketball and Coach McKillop for a wild ride — we’re proud of you! ‪#‎CatsAreWild‬

And Chuck Culpeper with the Washington Post posted on FaceBook …

Davidson men’s basketball coach Bob McKillop, closing his remarks after a loss today in Brooklyn, as a fantastic 24-7 season figures to continue in the NCAA Tournament: “I always have this expectation: We will have the beautiful team that plays the beautiful game and has a beautiful season. We have fallen short from that. But Browning said it best: ‘A man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for.’ We are always reaching for heaven.” Not to say I loved a college coach quoting Browning or closing with such a statement or anything, but I just hope Davidson wins every single game for the remainder of all time.

And then on Saturday, 3.14.15, in the NYT …

But when Tim Chartier, a professor in Davidson’s mathematics and computer science department, approached the coaching staff with an idea, there was uncertainty that the unorthodox partnership would pan out.

Chartier and his students presented a way to show the efficiency of every five-man lineup that Davidson used in games. As Chartier explained, a player may not produce individual statistics that indicate he is making an important contribution on the court, but by looking at the players in a group, their role becomes clearer.

“It kind of blew us away,” Matt McKillop said, “and when they explained the way we could look at lineups and see how we were most efficient offensively and defensively, it really opened our eyes up to the possibility.”

Today, Bob McKillop considers Chartier and his group an integral part of the staff.

“I think it’s a great statement about our college community, everyone feels they’re on the team,” he said. “There’s a sense, when Davidson does well, everyone in Davidson does well.”

Chartier’s group also provided the coaches with “heat maps” that show a player’s shooting efficiency from certain areas on the floor. Without high-tech cameras, Davidson math students watch games on television or from the sidelines and estimate the locations.

Students also provide the coaching staff with scouting reports on the next opponent, which are ready almost immediately after each game.

The math department’s work with the basketball team has gained recognition outside of Davidson. Miles Abbett and Ford Higgins, two managers for last season’s basketball team who were influential in introducing analytics to the Wildcats, now work for N.B.A. teams: Abbett for the Chicago Bulls and Higgins for the Philadelphia 76ers.

via Davidson Math Students Lend a Hand to Basketball Team –

3.13.15  A10 Round 1: 

Round 1 : Friday, March 13, 12:00 PM, Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York

Davidson Wildcats (24-6) v. La Salle Explorers  (17-16)

67- 66 Final

I walked in right after the game ended.   I missed a very tough game. But again … It’s a great day to be a Wildcat!!  And I see this from KCK:

Commentator- “at no point in time did McKillop seem disheveled.” Today or ever.







And I loved finding this …

Watch a courtside Vine of Davidson’s buzzer-beater in the Atlantic-10 Tournament –

Davidson had won nine games in a row entering their Atlantic-10 Tournament matchup with La Salle, but the Wildcats came out flat and found themselves down as much as 18 points in the first half. Jack Gibbs (22 points) and Tyler Kalinowski (18 points) powered Davidson’s second half comeback. In the final 20 minutes, the Wildcats only made two field goals that weren’t from three-point range.

After forcing a late La Salle miss, Davidson got one last chance down a point. Kalinowski drove the ball and finished at the basket as the final buzzer sounded. Our own Rodger Sherman was courtside and captured the shot …

via Watch a courtside Vine of Davidson’s buzzer-beater in the Atlantic-10 Tournament –

And this went up on Sports Illustrated’s website before the Round 1 Game:

When Bob McKillop took over at Davidson in 1989, he kept a copy of Sports Illustrated in his office to show recruits. Former Davidson star Mike Maloy landed on the Sports Illustrated cover in 1968 with two other players under the headline: “Challenge to UCLA.” To McKillop, the SI cover represented Davidson’s past under Lefty Driesell—reaching the Elite Eight twice—and potential for the future. His willful naiveté to college basketball’s hierarchy allowed his cover-story ideals to overshadow his school’s small-school budget. “He’s a dreamer,” said Matt Doherty, who coached with him the first three years at Davidson. “He was talking in our first year to alumni about being ranked in the Top 20 and playing games in Madison Square Garden that mattered. He’s not afraid to dream and face his dreams.”

McKillop’s inaugural Atlantic 10 season at Davidson outpaced the expectations of even the most wide-eyed dreamer. Despite being chosen No. 12 of 14 teams in the Atlantic 10 media poll and last place by The Sporting News, the Wildcats won the regular season league title. Davidson arrived in the Atlantic 10 from the Southern Conference, which had a conference RPI of 30 last season and rivalries with Western Carolina and Wofford. It upgraded to a No. 7 conference RPI, added VCU and Dayton as foils and still managed to win the league. “I think it’s the most compelling story in all of college basketball,” said recruiting analyst Tom Konchalski, who has known McKillop for decades. “They were picked dead last and ended up in living first.”

via Bob McKillop’s coaching drives the thrilling Davidson Wildcats – College Basketball –

Before the A10 Tournament in Brooklyn ..

But even if they lose early in the tournament, most college basketball experts believe the Wildcats (23-6) have already had a good enough season to make the 68-team NCAA field when it is announced Sunday. They do not have a Stephen Curry this time around. But they do have three guards who can score and a coach considered by Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski and many others in the field to be one of the best in the game – even though McKillop never left tiny Davidson for greener pastures.

Davidson guards who combine to average 46 points per game and co-captain the team. “That’s what we do, because that makes it a lot harder to guard.”

So Davidson players – especially Gibbs, Brian Sullivan and Atlantic 10 Player of the Year Tyler Kalinoski – make decisions based on what they see. They freelance inside McKillop’s system. McKillop establishes the principles and then lets the players decide how best to play with them. It has worked just as well in the A-10 this season as it did against smaller, less athletic Southern Conference players for decades.

Confidence and humility

McKillop knows that this isn’t Davidson’s first run at major basketball success. Lefty Driesell had a top 10 team at Davidson in the late 1960s. McKillop has kept a copy of a 1968 Sports Illustrated in his office for the last 20 years that featured former Davidson star Mike Maloy on the cover.

“Davidson was in the national rankings, OK?” said McKillop, thumbing through the magazine. His own team is ranked No. 24 this week by the Associated Press – its first ranking since the 2008-09 season when Curry was still playing. “This is a reminder to me that Davidson accomplished excellence well before I got here.”

It is happening again, with McKillop’s masterpiece about to take the stage in New York. He has tried to prepare his players all season for this moment, including with a speech he gave them in January.

“In January, we met in our film room,” McKillop said. “There’s a big floor lamp, and I picked it up and stuck it near a guy’s face and said, ‘That’s a spotlight.’ I left it there for a minute and said, ‘How’s it feel?’ He said, ‘Pretty hot.’

“Then I said, ‘Well, let’s move the spotlight around.’ I waved it around the room. Now it’s not so hot. Everyone’s in the spotlight, for a little bit. I told them that’s what basketball is. And that’s what life is. You need the confidence to hold the spotlight. But you need the humility to spread the spotlight around.”

So where did he get that idea?

“Oh, I stole it from somebody, I’m sure,” McKillop said. “I’m dumb as dirt.”

We all know that’s not true. McKillop was smart enough to find his “Camelot” at Davidson and then to keep his castle there. Now he is about to bring his small-town show back on the road to his big hometown.

“I always likened us to being an off-Broadway production when we were in the Southern Conference,” McKillop said. “And now, finally, we are on Broadway.”

via Davidson basketball: Bob McKillop’s masterpiece | The Charlotte Observer The Charlotte Observer.

Coach of the Year A!0

On Thursday, 3.12.15, I mentioned that my hairdresser who grew up in Cornelius in the 60shad a neighbor with a dog named FredBarryDickDonTerry.  Well, after this season, and if I get a new dog (and I’m not planning on it), I’m naming him TylerJackBrianJordanPeyton.  

And I don’t know if you realize this but Davidson is a mid-major …  Maybe it’s good I transferred from UNC to Davidson. I just can’t hate a rival team the way UNC fans hate Duke. My personality is definitely suited to the fan realm of the mid-majors.

12. And no one ever confused your gymnasium with an arena.

13.. It could be mistaken for a large high school’s

20. You love the first week of March Madness. (Not a feeling exclusive to mid-major fans.)

via 2.21.14 … 23 Signs You Went To A Mid-Major College … | Dennard’s Clipping Service.


2.21.14 … 23 Signs You Went To A Mid-Major College …

23 Signs You Went To A Mid-Major College, UNC v. Duke, ACC Basketball, Davidson basketball, Tobacco Road:  Maybe it’s good I transferred from UNC to Davidson. I just can’t hate a rival team the way UNC fans hate Duke. My personality is definitely suited to the fan realm of the mid-majors. That said, go HEELS. (and the HEELs won.)

12. And no one ever confused your gymnasium with an arena.

13.. It could be mistaken for a large high school’s

20. You love the first week of March Madness. (Not a feeling exclusive to mid-major fans.)

via 23 Signs You Went To A Mid-Major College.

And then there is the sport that built the ACC’s identity and remains in its DNA: basketball. It is not the best league in America this season, but it has deftly commandeered the spotlight and become the must-watch conference in February. To date the ACC has been home to:

• The Game of the Year: Syracuse’s overtime victory over Duke on Feb. 1 before an on-campus record crowd of 35,446 at the Carrier Dome.

• The Shot of the Year: Syracuse freshman Tyler Ennis’ 35-footer as time expired to beat Pittsburgh on Feb. 12.

• The Freshman of the Year: In the so-called Year of the Freshman, it is Duke’s Jabari Parker.

• The Upset of the Year: Boston College, which entered the game 6-19, shocked the No. 1-ranked Orange 62-59 in OT Wednesday night. That result might have taken some luster off the Syracuse-Duke rematch set for Saturday in Cameron Indoor Stadium, but it still had fans riveted to the TV over a game nobody was talking about when it started.

“We’ve landed in a really good place,” Swofford told Yahoo Sports on Thursday.

Swofford’s emergence at the top of the commissioner power rankings is not quite as surprising as BC beating Syracuse in the Carrier Dome. But it is unexpected.

via A ‘ninja’ is the key to the ACC becoming the hottest league in the land – Yahoo Sports.

man’s best friend, LOL, For Dog lovers …

Sherlock,  Reichenbach Falls, Doctor Who: A great mash-up!!

19 Truly Charming Places To See Before You Die, bucket list:   I just added 19 towns to my bucket list … not good. Bibury England …

Bibury England: This old village is known for both its honey-colored stone cottages with steeply pitched roofs as well as for being the filming location for movies like Bridget Jones’ Diary. It’s been called “the most beautiful village in England.”

via 19 Truly Charming Places To See Before You Die.

Eight Most Overlooked Foodie Towns in the South,  Greenville SC, Asheville NC, Decatur GA, foodie towns, Bourbon & Boots:  All look worthy of my time.  I love good local restaurants.  Anybody care to join me?

3. Greenville, S.C.

Last year, Esquire wondered if Greenville, S.C., would be the “next big food city of the South.” The city is in a fast-growing rivalry with Charleston for the title, but Greenville has “more than 110 restaurants, overwhelmingly locally owned, and excellent” within a mile-and-a-half of the quaint downtown area.

Suggestions: Roost, The Green Room, Nose Dive or The Lazy Goat.

4. Asheville, N.C.

It’s always the college towns. Right? The town is one-part academic, one-part performance art and two dashes of wacky. Like most college towns, it has a youthful, energetic vibe which typically manifests in creative food menus and chefs just on the verge of acclaim. It’s home to 2012 James Beard Award Rising Star Chef of the Year semi-finalist Katie Button as well as chocolatiers serving drinkable ganache.

Suggestions: Knife & Fork, French Broad Chocolates, Curate Tapas Bar

5. Decatur, Ga.

Two years ago, this oft-overlooked Georgia city was gaining notoriety for its inventive dining options nestled in a safe, walkable community atmosphere. Today a diverse cuisine is available at a variety of price points as well as placing a value on local, sustainable food sourcing.

Suggestions: Cakes & Ale, Leon’s, Cafe Lily, Iberian Pig, No. 246

via Eight Most Overlooked Foodie Towns in the South – Bourbon & Boots.

NBC’s ‘Secret’ Starbucks, 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics,  lockdown,  I pet everyone is really peeved with the WSJ for this story.

“The same guards that won’t let people in now won’t let Starbucks out,” one person with access to the coffee said, declining to be identified for fear of retribution.

That new policy also ended a smuggling operation wherein some NBC employees had been serving as Starbucks mules for friends and acquaintances at the Games. Why not share the java, after all, since the drinks—served round the clock—cost “customers” nothing? And with the nearest Starbucks branch in Russia more than 350 miles by car, Sochi is a kind of Siberia for Starbucks addicts.

But recently, according to one person with access to the coffee, someone trying to leave the NBC offices with a Starbucks cup was told by a guard: “No gifts. No gifts. Pour it out or go back and drink it.”

The person said that he and his colleagues were told that NBC was working on getting new, unbranded cups to allow employees to travel more freely with their elite coffee. Sure enough, according a number of people, new generic cups had shown up by Wednesday: an orange-and-brown variant with arguably less cachet.

via NBC’s ‘Secret’ Starbucks Goes on Lockdown –

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