Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Silent Majority Report No. 2 (through Nov. 18)

Dedicated to the belief that the term "mid-major" is an insult to the majority of Division I teams.

Non-BCS programs continue to make major statements when given opportunities to host the more-celebrated BCS teams.

Last Friday, Hampton knocked off visiting LSU 67-58. The Lady Pirates led by 15-20 throughout most of the final 30 minutes. Later that evening, Gonzaga also scored a 9-point home victory over the Big Ten's Wisconsin.

The following day, St. Joseph's of the Atlantic 10 shocked then-No. 5 Maryland 50-49 at Hagan Arena. And on Sunday, Dayton (Vanderbilt), South Dakota State (Nebraska), UTEP (Arizona State) and Long Beach State (Washington) all thrived in the familiar surroundings and engineered victories.

BCS programs still win the vast majority of these matchups, 70 percent (69.8, to be exact) of which have been true road games for the non-BCS team. But while non-BCS home or neutral site games make up just 30 percent of these contests, non-BCS teams have actually scored more wins in these 46 games than they have in 109 road contests.

The raw numbers (through games of Nov. 18)
Total number of BCS vs. non-BCS games: 156
Overall record: BCS 131, non-BCS 25
When non-BCS team is at home or at a neutral site: BCS 34, non-BCS 13
When non-BCS team is on the road: BCS 97, non-BCS 12

Laundry list
The non-BCS victories over BCS programs (through Nov. 18)

Nov. 9
Youngstown State (Horizon) 64, Pitt (Big East) 50 (road)
Old Dominion (CAA) 55, Virginia Tech (ACC) 35 (road)
Drexel (CAA) 60, Providence (Big East) 50 (road)
Boston University (America East) 52, Boston College (ACC) 46 (home)
Valparaiso (Horizon) 64, Indiana (Big Ten) 52 (home)
Chattanooga (Southern) 80, Tennessee (SEC) 71 (home)
Nov. 10
Dayton (Atlantic 10) 92, DePaul (Big East) 80 (road)
Nov. 11
Presbyterian (Big South) 49, Clemson (ACC) 46 (road)
Gonzaga (WCC) 63, USC (Pac-12) 52 (road)
St. Mary’s 78 (WCC), Oregon (Pac-12) 69 (road)
South Dakota State 65 (Summit), Washington State (Pac-12) 56 (neutral)
Nov. 12
Hampton (MEAC) 56, Mississippi State (SEC) 48 (road)
Cal Poly (Big West) 72, Oregon State (Pac-12) 62 (road)
Nov. 14
Temple (Atlantic 10) 54, Seton Hall (Big East) 38 (home)
Charlotte (Atlantic 10) 82, TCU (Big 12) 68 (road)
Nov. 15
New Mexico (Mountain West) 65, Texas Tech (Big 12) 61 (home)
Bradley (Missouri Valley) 83, Illinois (Big Ten) 77 (road)
Portland State (Big Sky) 87, Oregon (Pac-12) 85 (OT) (road)
Nov. 16
Hampton (MEAC) 67, LSU (SEC) 58 (home)
Gonzaga (WCC) 62, Wisconsin (Big Ten) 53 (home)
Nov. 17
St. Joseph's (Atlantic 10) 50, Maryland (ACC) 49 (home)
Nov. 18
Dayton (Atlantic 10) 71, Vanderbilt (SEC) 66 (home)
South Dakota State (Summit) 60, Nebraska (Big Ten) 55 (home)
UTEP (C-USA) 60, Arizona State (Pac-12) 54 (home)
Long Beach State (Big West) 71, Washington (Pac-12) 62 (home)
Who's hot?

A non-partisan ranking of non-BCS teams based solely on results to date:

1. Dayton (4-0) - Congrats to the Flyers for cracking the AP Top 25. Interestingly, the Flyers' toughest game to date wasn't at DePaul or against Vanderbilt but last Wednesday against visiting Toledo. Dayton had to rally from a 9-point second-half deficit before surviving 79-76. Coming up: Buffalo Friday, Eastern Illinois Saturday in the Flyers' own Marriott Classic.

2. Chattanooga (3-0) - Early success dampened by a knee injury suffered by center Faith Dupree in the Mocs' 81-48 rout of East Tennessee State. The 6-3 redshirt junior has a torn MCL and a sprain and is expected to be out 10 weeks. Coming up: Portland State Friday, St. Mary's Saturday in St. Mary's Thanksgiving Tournament.

3. Hampton (4-0) - The Lady Pirates highlighted Sunday's 87-35 rout of Chicago State with the following statistics - 21 assists, 7 turnovers. Coming up: South Carolina Thursday, DePaul Friday and Florida Gulf Coast Saturday in the Virgin Islands' Paradise Jam

4. Gonzaga (4-0) - The Zags aren't just good, they're defensively consistent. Their point totals allowed in the four victories: 53, 52, 53 and 51. Coming up: Missouri State Tuesday, Louisville or Central Florida Wednesday and an opponent to be determined Thursday in the Hardwood Tournament of Hope in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

5. Hartford (4-0) - Victories over Marist and Richmond indicate the Hawks have no intention of reprising last year's disappointing 13-loss season. Coming up: at UMass Wednesday, home vs. St. John's Sunday.

Loose change

It's way too early for this to mean a whole lot, but for what it's worth, here are the 64 Division I teams that remain unbeaten through games of Nov. 19:

America East
Hartford (4-0); New Hampshire (2-0)
N.C. State (3-0); UNC (4-0); Florida State (3-0); Virginia (3-0); Duke (2-0)
Atlantic Sun
Mercer (3-0)
Atlantic 10
Dayton (3-0); Charlotte (3-0); St. Bonaventure (3-0); Fordham (3-0)
Big East
Syracuse (3-0); Louisville (3-0); South Florida (2-0); UConn (2-0); Notre Dame (2-0)
Big Sky
Portland State (2-0); Montana State (2-0)
Big South
Campbell (3-0); Charleston Southern (2-0)
Big Ten
Minnesota (4-0); Northwestern (2-0); Purdue (2-0); Michigan State (3-0); Penn State (3-0)
Big 12
West Virginia (3-0); Oklahoma State (3-0); Kansas State (2-0); Texas (2-0); Kansas (3-0); Iowa State (2-0)
Big West
Pacific (3-0)
Old Dominion (3-0); Towson (2-0)
Conference USA
Tulane (3-0); UTEP (3-0)
Green Bay (2-0); Youngstown State (3-0)
Hampton (4-0)
Missouri Valley
Mountain West
Boise State (3-0); Wyoming (2-0); New Mexico (3-0)
Quinnipiac (2-0); St. Francis Pa (3-0); St. Francis NY (2-0)
Ohio Valley
Eastern Kentucky (3-0)
Stanford (5-0); Utah (3-0); Arizona (3-0); California (2-0); UCLA (2-0);
Colorado (2-0)
Alabama (4-0); South Carolina (4-0); Missouri (3-0); Georgia (4-0); Arkansas (3-0)
Chattanooga (3-0)
Central Arkansas (3-0)
Nebraska Omaha (2-0)
Sun Belt
South Alabama (3-0); Western Kentucky (3-0)
West Coast
Gonzaga (4-0)
Texas State (2-0)

Thanks for making it this far. Happy holidays, everybody!


  1. Gonzaga is playing in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (not "Puerto Vallarda").

  2. Thanks for setting us straight! We fixed it.