|Coaches wore sneakers for cancer awareness over the weekend. Calipari is raising more money. (via eBay)|
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Around the World
There are concerns that North Korea famine conditions are so bad in some parts that people are resorting to cannibalism. || LL Cool J rapping, in Maine, in 1985, in a sparse gym, as a 17-year-old, was one of the fun walks I took on the Web on Monday. || Comforting that some believe the Tappan Zee Bridge is on the verge of disaster. || For the indie rock/My Morning Jacket fans who love the Wakeup Call, did you listen to NPR's stream of Jim James' solo record yet? Thoughts? Tweet at me. || A man, who was sent to prison almost a decade before everyday Internet was a part of American life, writes about adjusting to the world as a free man in 2013.
- Reason to believe Michigan State is still among the three best Big Ten teams, and can win the league, even though it lost to Indiana Sunday.
- As we informed you Monday, turns out that Akron will not be allowed to have Twitter handles on the backs of its jerseys. That's fine. Whatever. But the jersey issue itself in college hoops is a problem, and when it comes to these name controversies, there's an easy -- and most likely fun -- solution that can be applied.
- John Calipari is auctioning shoes he wore over the weekend, and the proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society. The bidding closes Saturday.
- Heck of a fact here. Michigan's more-than-20-year gap between nabbing the top spot in the AP poll isn't the longest drought. It isn't even in the top five.
- Good storytelling here on how two Baylor Bears have grown so connected to each other's professional and personal lives.
- The time has come for NIT bracketology.
- An informative read by Dan Hanner on Louisville and Minnesota's slumps, and why he's not worried (I am more skeptical of him and the numbers); and how three teams have noticeably been dampened by injuries.
- Noncollege, but funny video of a coach going by instinct in the middle of a game.
- Meet the small-college player who is playing this season in memory of his father, who suddenly died of the summer.
- Former Butler guard Ronald Nored is already living his dream of being a coach. I said it when he was still playing: The guy will be a head coach in Division I by the time he's 32.
- Gordon Gee, you're so busted and fraudy.
- The Big East-SEC Challenge is history.
- Let's go further into the ugliness that's arisen with Maryland and the ACC's breakup.
- The EGOT is invading college hoops! I loved this premise by Corey Schmidt.
- Lost Letterman writes on the ways that college basketball needs to improve the Final Four by emulating the Super Bowl.
- Solomon Hill is a name climbing draft boards, it seems.
- I know he's so far removed from college, but I don't care. J.J. Redick, what were you doing at a Bieber concert?
Moving Pictures and Music
»» Well, well. It's our own Gregg Doyel showing off some interviewing skills (you're supposed to put the microphone underneath the chin of the interviewee when they're talking, Gregg) and displaying his free-throw shooting. He lost, but we didn't get to see any misses.
Is Cake supposed to be one of those bands I'm supposed to enjoy until about my sophomore year of college and then move on from? Yeah, whatever. These dudes still find time on my iPod. Stoner skapop is a genre that needs a revival, I tell you. And your hoops-related random Cake fact: The trumpet player in this band is one of Jay Bilas' close friends from way back in the day.
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