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Benjamin Miraski

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Writer, stat junkie

Managing Editor for Mid-Major Madness, the SBNation mid-major college basketball site. Contributor at Hustle Belt, the SBNation MAC site.

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Grambling Fires Joseph Price

Grambling head coach Joseph Price was caught in a change at the top of the University. The move leaves a struggling, but improving team without a top man just days prior to important recruiting periods.

Wojcik Under Investigation for Verbal Abuse

Charleston coach Doug Wojcik is under investigation for allegedly verbally abusing his players. School administrators have yet to take any action against the coach and have not commented on this incident.

NBA Draft: Early Heads Home to Knicks

Cleanthony Early is headed home to the New York Knicks after being selected with the 34th pick in the NBA Draft. The Wichita State star should be a steal this late for Phil Jackson.

Payton Goes 10 to Sixers, Traded to Magic

Elfrid Payton was picked No. 10 in the NBA Draft by Philadelphia and then sent to Orlando. The former Ragin Cajun will immediately be able to contribute in an athletic backcourt with former Indiana star Victor Oladipo.

2014 NBA Draft Live Thread

The 2014 NBA Draft isn't packed with mid-major candidates that will make an impact at the next level, but could someone surprise the crowd when their name is called? Stay tuned with us.

Delaware Says Sayonara to Jarvis Threatt

Jarvis Threatt got his third strike this year at Delaware and as a result has been dismissed from the basketball team. The loss leaves Monte Ross' team looking for a lot of answers in 2014-15.

Could Bryn Forbes Be Headed North?

Cleveland State's Bryn Forbes has asked permission to speak with Michigan State about a possible transfer. If things go well, the Vikings could be without a likely all-conference player next season and fall back into the pack in the Horizon League.

Eight Teams Hit with APR Bans for Next Season

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Eight teams were hit with postseason bans for next season, and some just avoided penalties thanks to a couple of exceptions. Who will and won't be dancing come March of 2015? We have the list.

Draft Profile: Green Bay's Alec Brown

Alec Brown entered the year as one of the top draft prospects from outside the major conferences. Did the Green Bay big man show enough in his senior season to overcome doubts about his strength and rebounding?

NBA Draft: Mid-Major Big Board

With the 2014 NBA Draft looming, what are the mid-major names that we might hope to hear? The list is short for sure. But can the rest of the talent find its way into a tryout and steal a roster spot? We detail the Big Board.

Zoltar Speaks: Horizon League

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It is never too early to make predictions... or is it? We attempt to gaze into the hazy future and determine what will happen in the Horizon League next season. Can Green Bay repeat in the regular season without Alec Brown or is a new team rising?

RJ Hunter is Excited About His New Teammate

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Georgia State sophomore R.J. Hunter's text about Kevin Ware's transfer: "It's time to get things going down here. It's going to be crazy."

— Jake Fischer (@JakeLFischer) April 12, 2014

Kevin Ware Headed to Georgia State

Former Louisville guard Kevin Ware will transfer to Georgia State. If he is eligible to play next year because of a medical redshirt, the Panthers will once again be the favorites in the Sun Belt.

The Winthrop Mascot Has Always Been a Little Creepy

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I am not sure that this is as creepy as the Tyler Haws puppet, but maybe it is. Even back in the 1980s, the Winthrop mascot, Big Stuff, was less than friendly looking.

For your #GnGFriday enjoyment, a flashback to @WUBigStuff in the #1980s... #WUalumni pic.twitter.com/KQKZXZKcTy

— Winthrop Alumni (@winthropalumni) April 11, 2014

This is a Real Thing Apparently

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Idea: Ty & Little Ty mock dunk contestants at Boomshakalaka RT @BYUroc Coming Fall of 2014. @tyhaws3 & little Ty Haws pic.twitter.com/3LGye7Wb5i

— Loyal Cougars (@LoyalCougars) April 10, 2014

Milwaukee Banned From Postseason

Milwaukee's four-year APR score fell below the new threshold of 930 and the Panthers will be banned from the Horizon League Tournament and postseason play.

Longwood Unveils New Logo

Longwood has modernized its logo, making it darker and a little more menacing. Overall a nice effort as the latest in the rebranding trend.

Coaching Carousel 2014: All the Mid-Major Changes

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Who is on the way out and who is taking their place? We have the full list of coaching changes in a neat little table for you to keep track.

Siena Takes Home Trophy as CBI Champs

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Siena used a perfect first half to build a lead that Fresno State's cold shooting just couldn't overcome. And this championship is going to go a long way to building up this team next season.

CBI Finals Game 3: Fresno St. Holds Edge vs. Siena

Siena's run to the Championship Series of the CBI has to have a lot of people scratching their heads. The Saints just don't seem to have the numbers to be here. Can Fresno State prove itself to be the better team in the decisive game three?

Grounded

The Dayton Flyers were finally less that exacting against an opponent in this NCAA Tournament. They picked the wrong team against to let their flaws show through.

Dayton Flyers Elite Eight Open Thread

Come join in the discussion of the Dayton Flyers as they take on Florida with a chance to get to the Final Four.

Dayton Assistant Tommy Ostrom Key to Florida, Dayton Success

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You might not know who Tommy Ostrom is, but he was key to Florida winning the 2006 NCAA title and he has been instrumental in getting Dayton to the Elite Eight against those Gators.

Sports Illustrated's Pete Thamel did a great story highlighting one of the unknown forces behind this Dayton team's rise.

Lines and Odds for Dayton Flyers Saturday Night

Do you need a way to make Saturday night's game a little more exciting? We have the updated lines and odds for the Dayton Flyers in Saturday night's Elite 8 game against Florida.

A Dayton Alum Waxes Poetic About Being a Flyer

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This was handed on by a friend who went to the University of Dayton. She said this captures what it feels like to be a Dayton Flyer during this run, and in life in general.

Give a read.

Get to Know Florida With Alligator Army

How can Dayton get ahead in the Elite 8 against Florida? By knowing their opponent really well. No one knows the Florida Gators better than Alligator Army so we sat down with Andy Hutchins to get the inside scoop.

Dayton Faces Tough Test in Florida Gators

Dayton has won in every way you could imagine during the NCAA Tournament to reach the Elite 8. But have they finally run into an opponent that has no weakness?

Scouting Session: Friday Sweet 16 Open Thread

Where can you go to chat about all the games Friday night? Why, right here at Mid-Major Madness. After all, we need to scout potential opponents for the Dayton Flyers if they win Saturday night.

Murray State is Having a Recognition Problem

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Racers advance to CIT Final Four! #RacerNation @rfoley55 @MurrayKentucky @murraystateuniv @RacerDave23 @MKYproblems pic.twitter.com/nYQYTHwB1L

— Amy Pulpaneck (@amy_pulpaneck) March 28, 2014

If you didn't know, Murray State is in the Final Four for the CIT. But people in Kentucky have seemingly forgot about that given that Louisville and Kentucky meet tonight in the Sweet 16.

We still love you Murray State.

UNDENIABLE!

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Your Dayton Daily News front page this morning. The web headline might have won overall though: "Tree Down, Three to Go!"

(via the Newseum)

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