Wakeup Call: Why Duke is already exceeding expectations

Duke getting attention for being best in the country. Will its undefeated season last through the week? (US Presswire)

Hope your extended weekend went well. Did you get all the game-watching in you wanted to? Hope so. If not, just scroll back on the blog and see what you might've missed. Let's get to linking. 

Around the World

Let's get this off to a rousing start: Woman arrested for riding manatee. || Oh, terrific -- animals are now actually dying in our oceans because of acids put there by us. || Beautiful shots/video of an eclipse over Australia. || Another ocean-related story with incredible art done. Yes, eventually New York City is screwed. || "They Cracked This 250-Year-Old Code, and Found a Secret Society Inside." That have your attention?

Layup Line

¶ Oh, things are about to get really interesting in Memphis after Josh Pastner's team left 1-2 in the Battle 4 Atlantis.

¶ The Michael Dixon story continues to be dicey, to say the least.

¶ Seth Davis had the excruitiating duty of having to go down to the Bahamas again to watch hoops and report back. Here's what he learned.

¶ Related to that, a good post on the emergence of a needed piece for the Blue Devils.

Why every college game "matters."

¶ The people over at City of Basketball Love do great work on all things Philly hoops. Give this one a morning read.

¶ Didn't realize until last night he was that close to becoming the league's all-time leading scorer.

¶ Creighton star Doug McDermott took this great and random photo while in Vegas.

¶ The college basketball video game market is officially dead. Long live Fox Sports College Hoops '99.

¶ You're gonna hear today how Jack Taylor followed up his 138-point game with a 21-point one. If you'd like to know that happened ...

Read it now or save it for later, but whatever you do, make sure you read it.

Moving Pictures and Music

»» BYU is doing everything it can to buck the odds and recruit elite 2013 prospect, and mormon, Jabari Parker. Again, I think some of this qualifies as a violation, but who knows.

Oh, man, do you need to watch this 1980 Rome concert video of the Talking Heads. Heads are one of my 20 or so favorite bands, a group that had a great heyday from the late '70s through the early '80s, but burnt out too fast.

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