|Xavier's Chris Mack comes in at No. 7 on Forbes' list of best-for-the-buck coaches. (US Presswire)|
That was some decent hoop on Tuesday night. Our expectations of so many teams remain in flux. Expectations of the Wakeup Call remain good, I hope. Here are your hump day reads.
Around the World
Wolf Man lives like a wolf. || Awesome video of a 22-year-old James Taylor covering The Beatles. || Bunch of boys have grown up to be men -- but are still playing "tag." || If there's a sinkhole sucking up a building, I'm not within 200 yards of that thing. || Meet the newest oldest living American.
- A fourth new candidate now sits atop our Player of the Year race standings.
- The NCAA has tried a few times to get this touchstone Ed O'Bannon lawsuit thrown out of court -- it has failed every time, including most recently on Tuesday.
- Some of the best team-oriented blog analysis that I've seen this season. Creative and informative. You go, Go MBlog.
- Sad news: a recent D-I player was killed due to gun violence.
- Forbes ranks the best college basketball coaches for the money that they're paid.
- The All-America athlete who's making a name on the side in college hoops.
- The Northeastern Huskies are a fledgling feel-good college basketball story.
- An NBA read, but a terrific one by my colleague, Matt Moore. Trust me, click it and see a different kind of feature writing.
- "Planting the Seeds" is a great look at projected S curves.
- I linked part one of this Tuesday morning, so here's part two from Dan Hanner. How teams have recovered -- or not -- from injury problems.
- The standard still applies. You write on Nate Wolters, I'm giving you link love.
- Duke undergrad writes on how despicable the Miami fans are, receives no sympathy in the comments section.
- Dana O'Neil writes on the state of UCLA hoops. This remains a week-by-week diagnosis.
- Kentucky role player to miss time due to back surgery.
- A damn thorough examination of why the "college hoops is down" trope is a repetitive talking point that has existed for decades.
- Yeah, so it's Larry Brown and Wale.
Moving Pictures and Music
Is it wrong that I'm starting to like The Raconteurs (that's an awesome band website) more than the White Stripes?
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