About two weeks ago, I announced that 2013-14 will be the final season for Mile High Mids (and @MileHighMids) as a separate entitiy. Starting in 2014-15, any blogging and tweeting that I do about college basketball will be folded back in with my regular Brendan Loy Tumblr and Twitter.
So, this blog’s fourth and final season — #MHM4, in Mid-Majority lingo — is drawing to a close. But has it already ended, in terms of me (and the Brothers #BALLZ) attending games? Was Northern Colorado’s 80-66 loss to EWU on February 27 (see below) the final in-person contest in Mile High Mids history?
That depends on what happens in the Summit League tournament on Sunday and Monday.
I won’t be going to Ogden to watch Northern Colorado in the Big Sky tournament — for that matter, it’s an open question whether the once-league-leading, now-sliding Bears will themselves be going — and it’s highly unlikely that I would follow UNC to the Big Dance, if they were to somehow win the Big Sky title on Weber State’s home floor. Indeed, with my mom scheduled to fly into Denver for a visit during the opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament, there’s virtually zero chance that I, personally, will be “going dancing,” regardless of what DU or UNC does. Which means there’s only one remaining chance for Mile High Mids to cover a game in person: it comes down to whether I make a road trip to South Dakota next week.
If #4-seeded Denver can defeat the semi-homestanding #5 seed, South Dakota, in the Summit quarterfinals on Sunday (5pm MST tip), then turn around and, 24 hours later, upset #1-seed North Dakota State on Monday (another 5pm tip), I intend to hit the road for Sioux Falls Monday night, weather- and wife-permitting. The weather looks good enough, and I’m pretty sure Becky is resigned to the idea of me going, barring something unforeseen. So, it’s basically all up to the Pios.
What are the chances they’ll do it? Ken Pomeroy put a number on it this morning: he gives Denver a 21.7% chance of reaching the Summit League title game. (If they get there, KenPom’s robots see the Pios as having almost exactly a 50/50 shot at winning: he gives them an 10.8% chance of capturing the conference tourney championship & NCAA autobid.)
[NOTE: Numbers have been updated to reflect Pomeroy’s correction of a rare math error that I discovered, shattering my belief system in the process. :)]
What are the odds I’ll at least have to pack my bags and get ready for a possible trip? In other words, what are the chances DU will beat USD on Sunday and reach the Monday-evening semifinals, which would set up a 2012 redux scenario for me, with the necessity of packing for a trip I might not take?
The odds are 65.6%, according to Pomeroy’s Log5. So we’re talking about an almost 2-in-3 chance of having to pack, but a barely 1-in-5 chance of actually getting to make the trip (and a barely 1-in-10 chance of ultimate triumph).
But whatever. I believe the trip will happen. I believe Mile High Mids hasn’t ended with a loss yet.
I… I believe… I believe that we…
In the final season of the Mid-Majority, why not a 40-0 Wichita State team lifting a national championship trophy? —
—Ray Curren, The Mid-Majority, 2/25/2014
(And why not indeed? Dream big, Shockers.)
Regarding my (possible) travel plans for two weeks from tonight…
Just got approved for a @summitchamps media credential & booked a room at @HICityCentre Sioux Falls. Now it’s all up to @DU_MHoops. #GoPios— Mile High Mids (@MileHighMids)February 24, 2014
If DU makes Summit semis, I’ll pack my bags for a #roadtrip. If they *win* in the semis, I’ll hit the road. If they lose: unpack & stay home— Mile High Mids (@MileHighMids)February 24, 2014
Long-time readers will remember I had a similar plan — except that it involved a refundable airline ticket, instead of a contingent 10-hour road trip — two years ago (and two conferences ago), in 2012, when the destination was Hot Springs, Arkansas instead of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
With any luck, 24 hours from now, I’ll be 2 hrs into a flight from Denver to Little Rock. Just need 1 more @DU_MHoops win to make it happen.— Mile High Mids (@MileHighMids) March 5, 2012
Preliminary packing for a trip I may or may not make. Not overconfidence; just limited time tomorrow if DU wins. @800GP http://t.co/kktEWDs9— Mile High Mids (@MileHighMids) March 5, 2012
That trip came agonizingly close to happening, but didn’t quite:
See also here.
Hopefully, in this final year of Mile High Mids, my travel plans won’t end in a loss. Or in a blizzard:
This also assumes no blizzard between Denver & Sioux Falls 3/10-12, so I’ll start bugging @coloradowx & @BrendansWeather about that soon. :)— Mile High Mids (@MileHighMids)February 24, 2014
Go Pios! And Go High Pressure!
The Denver Pioneers are still mathematically alive for the Summit League championship, but the odds are distinctly against them. First of all, the Pios would need to win out — a tall order, as they finish up with the toughest road trip on the league schedule, at the Dakota States (South and North) this Thursday and Saturday. Ken Pomeroy gives the Pios at 36% chance at SDSU and a 23% chance against NDSU. Their odds of winning both? Just 8%. And that’s not all. Denver would also need unlikely “help” in the form of South Dakota knocking off North Dakota State in Fargo on Thursday, which KenPom says has just an 11% chance of happening. Put it all together, and there’s approximately a 1 percent chance of Denver winning the Summit League regular season title.
Far more likely, though, is the following favorable scenario: Denver ends up with a #2 or #3 seed, behind #1 North Dakota State. South Dakota State falls to #4; South Dakota gets the #5 seed. This would put all three Dakota schools on the opposite side of the bracket from Denver. That’s highly significant, because the Summit League tournament is in Sioux Falls, and thus the “Dakotas Three” have something of a home-court advantage. With all due respect to IPFW, the opportunity to reach the championship game without playing a single Dakota school would be a major blessing. (I would expect IPFW fans to feel the same way, with all due respect to Denver.)
While last year’s quarterfinal loss to Texas State — to say nothing of the recent terrible, horrible, no-good, very-bad day at IUPUI that prompted the hashtag #MitchHyderSuicideWatch — proves that nothing is guaranteed, I gotta say: I really, really like the idea of an all-Indiana/Illinois path to the Summit title game.
So, what’s needed to make that happen, and how likely is it? It begins with a win at South Dakota State on Thursday (36% chance). Then, the following two pieces need to fall into place:
Put it all together, and there’s a 74% chance both of those pieces will fall into place. In other words, if Denver wins at SDSU, they will probably get a Dakota-free path to the Summit League title game.
A loss at South Dakota State, on the other hand, means a high probability of excessive exposure to the “Dakotas Three” in the tourney. If Denver loses at SDSU but wins at NDSU, the Pios would be either the #3 seed with SDSU as the #2 (if IPFW loses at least 1 of its final 2), or the #4 seed (if IPFW wins out). If Denver loses both games, the Pios would be no better than the #4 seed, and could even slip to the #5 seed if South Dakota wins out. Yikes.
(Many of these scenarios involve potential tiebreakers between some combination of SDSU, Denver, IPFW and USD at 9-5 or 8-6. I’m 95% sure I’m doing the math right, but feel free to check my work. Current standings here.)
Either way, this would be very bad news in terms of avoiding the Dakotas in the Summit tourney. As the #3 seed with SDSU as the #2, Denver would face a tough semifinal matchup against the Jackrabbits in Sioux Falls if they get by (most likely) Western Illinois in the quarterfinals. Even worse, if they end up as the #4 (or #5) seed, DU would potentially face all three Dakota schools in Sioux Falls: USD in the quarterfinals, NDSU in the semis, and, if they pull the upset there, probably SDSU in the final. Not an easy road, by any stretch of the imagination.
If the Pioneers want to avoid facing that gauntlet of quasi-road games in the single-elimination Summit League tournament, they will need to pull off one of the biggest road wins in Joe Scott’s tenure as head coach, and beat South Dakota State on its home floor this Thursday.
Denver defeated Nebraska-Omaha, 72-60 on Saturday, behind a double-double by Chris Udofia.
It was Senior Night for Udofia (above left), Charles Webb (above right) and Griffin McKenzie, as this was their final game at Magness Arena (barring an unlikely home game in the NIT, CBI or CIT). It was also Senior Night for Mile High Mids and the Brotherz Ballz, in a manner of speaking.
Below are a few photo-tweets from Saturday. Then, after the jump, you can view the full Storify archive of my live-tweeting of the game.
Here are @DU_MHoops’ 3 seniors @dofboyfresh34, @CharlesWebb22 & @griffmckenzie on #SeniorNight.pic.twitter.com/lcaK24sTQR— Mile High Mids (@MileHighMids)February 23, 2014
Pre-game @DU_MHoops Senior Night photo: @DUCoachScott and @dofboyfresh34 share a #SeniorNightManHug. pic.twitter.com/lOMGnm989y— Mile High Mids (@MileHighMids)February 23, 2014
Pre-game @DU_MHoops Senior Night photo: @CharlesWebb22 bows his head during the national anthem. pic.twitter.com/pj7GzdUzq1— Mile High Mids (@MileHighMids)February 23, 2014
#OMGDUNX RT @rsgarica1: @DU_MHoops Had a great time at the DU game last night! pic.twitter.com/Dc2PutlQxs— Mile High Mids (@MileHighMids)February 23, 2014
5-foot-4 senior @CharlesWebb22’s @DU_MHoops teammates try to will his shot to fall on Senior Night. It just missed. pic.twitter.com/ZUBR0vnqlb— Mile High Mids (@MileHighMids)February 23, 2014
PHOTO: @DU_MHoops senior captain Chris Udofia (@dofboyfresh34) gets hugs as he subs out for the final time at Magness pic.twitter.com/NbgpGrUy92— Mile High Mids (@MileHighMids)February 23, 2014
Again: after the jump, my full Storify live-tweeting archive from Saturday.
I just tweeted this out, and I figure I should post it here too:
#ANNOUNCEMENT: Just as it is the final season of the @midmajority, this will also be the final season of @MileHighMids as a separate entity.— Mile High Mids (@MileHighMids) February 21, 2014
Details after the jump on what exactly this means.
Magness Arena played host to a statistically remarkable game last night, as hyper-efficient offense masked an exceptionally slow pace, creating a surprisingly high-scoring and exciting “Slow Bowl" between Denver and Western Illinois, with the Pioneers pulling away late to win 75-67.
Out of more than 8,000 games between Division I opponents this season, it was one of the 30 slowest-paced, and also one of the 5 most offensively efficient on both sides of the ball.
Possession-based geekery aside, the big story was senior superstar Chris Udofia, who was dominant in his penultimate home game* as a Pioneer. (Senior Night is tomorrow at 6pm vs. Nebraska-Omaha.)
Udofia gave one of his best performances of the season, throwing down some memorable dunks — including one that I labeled on #OMGALLCAPSTHUNDERDUNKNADO — and finishing with 21 points (on 8-of-9 shooting), 8 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 blocks.
Meanwhile, Udofia’s partner in crime, junior Brett Olson, struggled for much of the game, scoring just 8 points — but he hit two enormous three-pointers (a.k.a. #superhoops) in the last five minutes to help the Pios reclaim the lead and then put away the pesky Leathernecks.
Here’s @Brett_Olson23’s 3-pointer tying it at 60-60 with 4:51 left. @DU_MHoops never trailed again. #superhoop pic.twitter.com/8s4pMDe2VF— Mile High Mids (@MileHighMids)February 21, 2014
VIDEO: #WIUMBB pulls within 3 of @DU_MHoops late, then @Brett_Olson23 hits pivotal #superhoop #dagger: http://t.co/raeKzG33bA #TMMX #GoPios— Mile High Mids (@MileHighMids)February 21, 2014
Now, back to the possession-based geekery. :)
Last season, the Pioneers were the second-slowest team in Division I, according to Ken Pomeroy; the Leathernecks were the slowest. (Hence Andy Glockner labeling their game the “Slow Bowl.”) This season, the Pios are again the second-slowest, ranked #350 out of 351 in terms of tempo, while the Leathernecks have gotten slightly faster, but are still in the bottom 25 for pace, ranked #330 out of 351.
So, a slow-paced game was to be expected — but the teams exceeded themselves, managing just 52 possessions, well below their already low averages (59 and 63 possession per game, respectively). According to BBState, those 52 possessions made it one of the 27 slowest-paced contests of the entire season, between any two Division I opponents. Only 18 games all year (out of 8,731) have had fewer possessions.
Yet the game didn’t feel slow, thanks to the eruption of offensive efficiency. Denver’s 1.446 PPP was the 28th-most efficient offensive performance by any team this season, again out of those 8,731 games between Division I opponents.
And WIU’s offense was humming too. The Leathernecks had 1.260 PPP, a season-high for the team. That made the game even more remarkable in terms of combined offensive efficiency. Averaging together the PPP of the winning and losing team, this was the 5th-most efficient offensive game on both sides of the ball, out of those 8,731 contests to date. The Top 5 list goes like this:
1/9/2014: Belmont 107 (1.507 PPP), Southeast Missouri 94 (1.297 PPP) - 1.402 combined PPP
11/24/2013: Duke 91 (1.416 PPP), Vermont 90 (1.386 PPP) - 1.401 combined PPP
1/18/2014: Northern Iowa 94 (1.418 PPP), Missouri State 89 (1.327 PPP) - 1.373 combined PPP
2/19/2014: Buffalo 96 (1.400 PPP), Akron 90 (1.341 PPP) - 1.371 combined PPP
2/20/2014: Denver 75 (1.446 PPP), Western Illinois 67 (1.260 PPP) - 1.353 combined PPP
For those who don’t care about possession-based stats, you can look at this way: Denver shot 66% from the field, its best shooting performance of the season. WIU shot 54%, its best of the season.
Anyway, below are some more photos, and then after the jump, my Storify live-tweeting archive of the game.
*It’s Udofia’s penultimate home game unless Denver goes to the NIT (or CBI or CIT) and hosts a game.
This is the tenth and final season of The Mid-Majority, which means that, come March, a small but passionate community of basketball nerds — many of them confusing their non-TMM Twitter followers with talk of “superhoops” and “omgdunx” and horchata and #BALLZ — will come together (#AOUEOU!) to fervently root for all the mid-majors in the NCAA Touranment field, dreaming the impossible dream that someone, anyone, from the ranks of the “Other 24” will be able to achieve the ultimate epic happy ending to the TMM Decade: ending it with a win.
“It always ends in a loss" has become a Mid-Majority mantra — much to the chagrin of site founder Kyle Whelliston, but I’m afraid that genie ain’t going back in the bottle — and, for the nine seasons of the site’s existence, it’s always been true. At some point, whether in the Sweet 16 or the Elite 8 or the Final Four or even the national title game, the last mid-major standing goes down to defeat, and it ends in a loss.
In recent years, though, members of the Mid-Majority community have dared to imagine that perhaps this immutable law isn’t so immutable. What if… perhaps… it doesn’t have to end in a loss? Ever since it almost went in for Gordon Hayward and Butler in 2010, we’ve wondered: could this be the year when it ends in a win? The year when a mid-major team wins the national championship?
Well, 2014 is our last chance. It’s now or never. Either the decade-long “Mid-Majority Era” will end without ever having a season “end in a win”… or else the Mid-Majority itself will end with a win. That, of course, would be such an unimaginably awesome poetic flourish, it would make my Twitter timeline explode with joy, make grown men cry, and make the entire thing feel like, well, #fate.
(Side note: I can imagine “Wichita Fate” — or rather, the hashtag #WichitaFate — becoming a thing among TMMers if the Shockers make it to the final weekend. Especially if they’re still undefeated.)
Anyway, while listening to a college basketball podcast talking about those undefeated, #5-ranked, defending national semifinalist Shockers — who would seem, on the surface, to be TMM’s last best hope — I got to wondering: who are the contenders, really, to make this happen? Which of “our teams” have a legitimate chance to end it with a win?
I wanted to answer this question with some objective data — Ken Pomeroy FTW! — and some historical perspective. So, I used the Internet Archive to look up where the previous five mid-major Final Four teams in the Mid-Majority Era were ranked by KenPom as of mid-January. I figured that would be a reasonable proxy for figuring out a realistic range of current contenders. The answer:
George Mason, 2006: #35 (January 16)
Butler, 2010: #32 (January 17)
Butler, 2011: #44 (January 15)
VCU, 2011: #89 (January 15)
Wichita State, 2013: #26 (January 20)
VCU, obviously, is an outlier. The Rams were barely on anyone’s radar, controversially sneaking into the Dance as one of the last four at-large teams (beating out “snubbed” Colorado, among others), then going “First Four to Final Four” in a run that nobody, except maybe @VCUPav, saw coming.
The others, though, were all ranked reasonably high as of mid-January. #44 or better, to be exact. So, on the assumption that past is prologue (and Pomeroy is Truth), let’s see which mid-majors are currently in the KenPom Top 44, and let’s anoint them as our primary contenders to make it “end in a win.” They are:
#14 Wichita State
#24 Saint Louis
#43 Louisiana Tech*
Nine companions. So be it. You shall be Fellowship of the Mids!
* = These teams have been “realigned” to conferences above the erstwhile Red Line, but they “count” under Mid-Majority Season X rules: “the red line is dead… [TMM] will be bringing you news about all the teams that have been covered here the previous nine years.”
** = These teams were Red Line “exceptions” in some previous TMM season, but they were covered by TMM in other seasons, so again, they “count” under Season X rules.
Admittedly, #44 feels like a somewhat arbitrary place to stop. If we want to expand the list to include the entire Top 50, that would add three more:
#45 Green Bay
#48 George Washington
So, in all, that’s a dozen teams who would seem to be the primary mid-major contenders to — knock on wood, dare to dream — cut down the nets on April 7, and end The Mid-Majority with a win.
(I should add that BYU is #50, but I don’t believe the Cougars “count,” even under Season X rules. Although they’re in the WCC, I don’t think BYU was covered in any prior TMM season, having been a Mountain West team for most of the decade, then an “exception” in later years. Somebody correct me if I’m wrong on that.)
[UPDATE: I have been duly corrected. BYU was covered in Season 9. So I guess that makes the Cougars the thirteenth member of our company. Um, #PANIC?! Where’s Bilbo Baggins when we need him?]
If we want to expand the list further, to include teams ranked as low as VCU at this point in 2011 (#89), it gets a lot longer, obviously, expanding from 12 teams to 33 total:
#54 St. Mary’s
#57 New Mexico State (INCREDIBLY LARGE MAN!)
#58 Boise State*
#59 Southern Miss*
#61 Indiana State (a.k.a. #TreeFever)
#71 Stephen F. Austin
#73 Northern Iowa
#75 UC-Santa Barbara
#76 St. Joseph’s
#77 St. Bonaventure
#79 La Salle
#81 Cleveland State
#85 Utah State*
#86 Butler* (yup, despite being 0-5 in the Big East, they’re higher than VCU at this point in 2011)
#89 North Dakota State (Summit League Represent!)
* = Again, these teams “count” under Mid-Majority Season X rules despite being in conferences presently above the erstwhile Red Line.
I’m not really buying a lot of those teams as legit contenders to win six (or seven) games in the tournament… but then, I didn’t buy VCU in 2011 either, so you never know.
Anyway, there you have it. Those are your contenders. Let’s do this, people. #AOUEOU
I apologize that this blog has been so quiet since mid-December. I’ve still been tweeting up a storm on Twitter at @MileHighMids, including live-tweeting Air Force’s upset of Utah State on New Year’s Day — which I attended with Mid-Majority #TMMX lead writer Ray Curren, and of course Golden Bally — and Northern Colorado’s awesome blowout of Weber State on January 9. But with the holidays, and then a busy couple of weeks at work, I haven’t had time for full-fledged blog posts.
In the four weeks since I last blogged here — about Denver’s 90(!) to 62 rout of Belmont in the December 17 G! O! T! N!, which, coming on the heels of big wins over Wyoming and at Colorado State, seemed to suggest that Joe Scott’s team had finally put things together — the Pioneers have gone 2-4. They romped over two sub-300 teams in Alcorn State and St. Francis (Pa.), but lost at home to UC Irvine (a Top 100-ish team and a Big West contender, but still an opponent Denver should have beaten at Magness), and on the road in heartbreakers to UTEP (in double-overtime), St. Joseph’s, and finally, RPI #210 South Dakota in a disastrous Summit League road start that has Ken Pomeroy now projecting a mere 8-6 league record and third-place tie for the Pios, who were once considered co-favorites in their new conference alongside North Dakota State. Ouch.
(Full projection: North Dakota State 10-4, Fort Wayne 9-5, Denver and Nebraska-Omaha 8-6, South Dakota State 7-7, South Dakota and Western Illinois 6-8, and IUPUI 2-12.)
On the bright side, the Pioneers got to meet Golden Bally during Ray Curren’s visit:
Good night from Denver. Chris Udofia wanted to know if Bally was related to the other Ballies around Magness: #TMMX pic.twitter.com/dEKVl9NFes— The Mid-Majority (@midmajority)January 1, 2014
Northern Colorado didn’t get a visit from Curren, alas. But the Bears may be the Centennial State’s best Big Dance hope at this point (especially with the devastating injury to the star player of local non-mid Colorado). UNC, whose stunner at Kansas State on opening night is still the best win among any of the five “Mile High Mids” teams, has been soaring over the last several weeks. The Bears lost 72-59 at Wyoming on December 22, but they’ve won four straight since then — which also happens to mean they’re 4-0 in Big Sky play, and the clear favorites in that league at this early date.
I should note that UNC’s four wins have all been at home — meaning 10 of their next 16 will be on the road — and Pomeroy’s robots don’t think they’ll exactly cruise through the conference schedule. The Bears are projected to go 15-5, beating out 14-6 Weber by just one game. But hey, that’d be enough to get the conference tournament back in Greeley. Keep your calendars clear on the Ides of March!
(FWIW, KenPom has Eastern Washington and Northern Arizona at 12-8; Montana, Montana State and Idaho State at 11-9; North Dakota at 9-11; Portland State at 8-12; Sacramento State at 7-13; and finally Southern Utah, currently ranked as the worst team in Division I with a .0210 pythagorean winning percentage — just behind Grambling State’s .0231; the third-worst team, Cornell, has a comparatively huge .0810 — at 1-19.)
For the Front Range’s Mountain West teams, it’s been a mixed bag. Colorado State is 2-2 in the league (11-6 overall, KenPom #128, RPI #154), with losses to San Diego State (home) and New Mexico (road) and wins over San Jose State (road) and Fresno State (home). The Rams still have yet to beat anyone truly of note all season, with their only KenPom Top 150 wins being over New Mexico State and Northern Colorado, both at Moby Arena, both in November.
Air Force is also 2-2 in MWC play (8-7 overall, KenPom #232, RPI #228), having followed up the big Utah State upset with a surprising road win at, to be fair, a surprisingly mediocre UNLV team, but having then lost at Fresno State and at home vs. San Diego State.
Finally, Wyoming is 1-2 in the MWC (10-6 overall, KenPom #90, RPI #88), with losses to Nevada (road) and New Mexico (home, in OT) but a big win at Boise State.
(KenPom projects the Cowboys to go 10-8 in league play, the Rams 8-10, and the Falcons 6-12. San Diego State is projected to win the league at 15-3, followed by 13-5 New Mexico, 11-7 Boise, 10-8 Nevada and Wyoming, 9-9 Utah State, 8-10 CSU and UNLV, 6-12 Air Force and Fresno, and 4-14 San Jose State.)
I will probably be at the IUPUI game with my 6-year-old on Saturday. It’s also conceivable I’ll attend the second half of Denver-Fort Wayne tomorrow (leaving after putting the girls at bed, arriving hopefully around halftime), but as of now, I doubt it.
Above: Denver’s Dom Samac (24), Brett Olson (23), Chris Udofia (34), Cam Griffin (30) and Marcus Byrd (35) cheer on their teammates late Tuesday, as bench players wrap up the rout.
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Is this real life?
Did the slow-tempo, low-scoring, Princeton-offense-playing Denver Pioneers really drop 90 points just now on respected mid-major foe Belmont, destroying the Bruins by 28 at Magness Arena?
Is there really now a “transitive property” equation whereby Denver > Belmont > North Carolina > Louisville, Kentucky & Michigan State?
Did DU, which was ranked as low as #180 in the country by KenPom after losing to a sub-200 Pepperdine team less than three weeks ago, and which came within a split second of a catastrophic home loss to sub-250 Southern U. of the SWAC two weeks ago, and which was itself a sub-250 RPI team just last week, really just jump all the way to the cusp of the Top 100?
And did Chris Udofia really do this…
…causing Drick Bernstine to react like this…
…thus creating a #DrickFace meme boomlet on Twitter?
@MileHighMids @dofboyfresh34 @AndyGlockner @DU_MHoops 😂😂😂😂 @TheDrickula32 face— 0⃣ Royce O’Neale 0⃣ (@BucketsONeale00)
Look at Drick Bernstine’s face on the bench when Udofia punches it. Lol— Andy Glockner (@AndyGlockner)
Look at guy’s face on bench. MT @MileHighMids: Here’s Udofia (@dofboyfresh34) dunk that had @AndyGlockner hooting. pic.twitter.com/hCc3FSJu7P— Steve Moore (@Smoore1117)
Photo of the night. MT @MileHighMids: .@DU_MHoops bench reax to Udofia dunk: Bernstine (@TheDrickula32) face http://t.co/otUGW4pxgY— Andy Glockner (@AndyGlockner)
While @AndyGlockner and I giggle like little girls at #DunkPhotos and #DrickFace, the game continues. @DU_MHoops up 79-57 with 5:03 left.— Mile High Mids (@MileHighMids)
Little does Drick Bernstine know, as he shoots FTs, that he’s in the process right now of becoming a meme. #DrickFace pic.twitter.com/RWJKDPyp4f— Mile High Mids (@MileHighMids)
@MileHighMids I think #DrickFace needs to react to the Mega Millions tonight.— D. Sean (@RealDSean)
Mile High Bally does his best #DrickFace impression. (Hand model @AndyGlockner with the assist.) pic.twitter.com/aENnS3aNnX— Mile High Mids (@MileHighMids)
Signing off from Magness Arena. May you all experience #drickface for something you do tonight!— Andy Glockner (@AndyGlockner)
Yup. It all really happened. Remarkable.
I should add that Udofia’s dunk got noticed nationally:
@MileHighMids You made Night Court! http://t.co/gLAMVEcTlY (cc @MattNorlander)— Andy Glockner (@AndyGlockner)
.@DU_MHoops' @dofboyfresh34 gets some national love for that dunk. In CBS @EyeOnCBB, by @MattNorlander: http://t.co/uoaHblcXiA (scroll down)— Mile High Mids (@MileHighMids)
Here’s the link.
What a game. What a night. What a Game! Of! The! Night!
The Ballys were certainly thrilled:
Anyway, that’s all I have time to post for now. I’ll try to add a Storify later.