March is right around the corner which means it is time to catch up on all the mid-majors to know heading into tournament season. This mid-major season has been so different due to the pandemic's effect on scheduling and skewing the metrics used to rank them against each other as well as compared to power schools.
Aside from a few exceptions, most mid-majors haven't played a lot against power conference schools. COVID protocols have also forced pauses in several schools' seasons and have caused havoc on the schedule. For instance, Richmond was off for nearly three weeks with virus issues and had to schedule Division III St. Mary's College of Maryland just to knock the rust off before a big game against VCU. Many of the smaller schools have played a conference schedule where they play the same team in the same arena two days in a row. That actually helps these schools come tournament time as they'll be accustomed to playing games after a quick turnaround.
Oh, and the Ivy League postponed their entire season, so we won't have the threat of the Ivy Upset this year in the tournament. Some schools decided against having a season while others, like Howard, cut their season short before it ended.
Kudos to all who have managed to navigate to the end of this season ... and respect to those who have found a way to find success despite all of the obstacles faced in a wild 2020-2021 season.
With the prospect of a mid-major school possibly being the favorite to win the entire tournament and the lack of an audience present during March Madness, this could be a crazy tournament for the little guys. So here are some mid-majors to know as we move down the stretch.