Here it is, the final Wakeup Call for the season. We'll have plenty of posts to make up for it going forward. Many headlines and analysis/reaction from all the craziness set to come. March is here in full, a beautiful beast. Conference tournaments get underway on Tuesday. Look out and come back very often -- every hour -- for more content.
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The Leaning House of Sochi: an unexpected construction mishap while building for the Olympics. || The world's African elephants are dwindling in population. || Scientists believe a mysterious radiation belt has "temporarily" formed around our planet. || If you're into '90s alternative music that's awesome, this mashup will probably make your week and make you feel weird about it at the same time. || The top 10 universities in the world -- according to reputation. The fact that Yale makes this list, when you consider the city of New Haven around it, is remarkable.
- Bookmark this. You're going to want to use it every day from now through the next 12 days.
- This could be a suspension that prevents one team from winning the Mountain West.
- Sean Farnham is legit, a future star in hoops broadcasting. Loved this profile piece on him by Jason Lisk.
- Credit to my dude, Jeff Eisenberg, for finding the right note in this well-done feature.
- Eamonn makes it so simple and convincing. And obviously, yes, I totally agree, dude.
- Helpful: Every team that has already been eliminated from postseason play.
- And if you're wondering which teams have never made the NCAA tournament, a handy list here.
- The noticeable absence from this year's tournament selection process.
- The master list for conference tournament games airing on ESPN.
- On a similar note, the importance of Mike Bobinski cannot be understated.
- Forgot to link this Monday. Inspiring.
- Awesome technology coming to college hoops, and I dread knowing I won't get first-hand experience with it because it probably costs like millions, yo.
- I wish we were in a place where we didn't need to track CBI and CIT bids. Let's just put those dogs down.
- With the Big East tourney comin' around the mountain, Otto Porter Facts is a good way to enhance your feed.
- I've met Ryan, and he's a really nice guy. This is a long read but an impressive account of one fan's dedication.
- Terrific story by Geoff Calkins. Really happy to share so many good links in this last Wakeup Call.
- Good observation by Mid-Major Madness on how the Big South is tweaking its bracket format to accommodate teams. Not in the good way, though.
- In light of Grambling State, the worst seasons in college hoops history. Warning: slideshow.
- If you want odds on conference tourneys about to start, go here.
- SI.com unveiled a hoops blog on Monday. This will get you giddy for the tourney ahead.
- I've known Jeremy Mauss a few years now, and he asked me to come on his podcast, so I of course obliged him. Talking Mountain West, mostly.
- The latest simulations for the CBBCL! The CBBCL, if you don't know, is the setup that mimics European soccer, the system that would actually be better than March Madness. Believe it.
- Meet the NCAA's NEW FACE OF ENFORCEMENT RARRRRR.
- The NCAA is making it totally cool/allowed for your beat writers to bomb your Twitter feed with incessant play-by-play tweets again. Oh, yay.
- I thought this was a fun idea.
- If Vegas made the seeds, New Mexico would be a No. 4.
Moving Pictures and Music
»» The Baylor men: missing the NCAA tournament. The Baylor women: Witnessing the most dominating player in the history of their sport. Brittney Griner had 50 on Tuesday night.
I promised that readers would get the final picks for music, and today's seems a fitting choice. Great band, good vibe, good message for today, the start of conference tournaments. Enjoy The Eels, and thank you, @DukeHoopBlog.
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