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Wakeup Call: Christmas break basketball myths

Posted on: December 28, 2011 8:53 am
 


By Matt Norlander


Happy to be back in the routine of the Wakeup Call after a few days off. We've got a worthy batch of links to share, so let's ...

Man inherits Pearl Jam-signed guitar from deceased brother. Guitar gets stolen. Pearl Jam sends man another guitar. // The future of Internet monitoring seems scary but inevitable. // My two youngest brothers live together. I bought them a ping pong table for Christmas and have forwarded them the best table tennis shots of the year. // MY HEART, IT'S IN A PUDDLE ON THE FLOOR ...

★ What was the college basketball play of 2011? A very tough vote.

★ I and others believe that teams don't play as well from about Dec. 20 to the 27 because of natural distraction. John Ezekowitz went to the facts and disproved that. Still, if I were a coach I wouldn't schedule in theat eight-day time frame because I wouldn't want to chance it.

★ The fellas behind the best non-mainstream sports blog are prepping for an epic road trip. You know their stuff -- toss a few quarters their way and help make a great college basketball project come true.

★ Georgetown has a significantly better chance at winning the Big East than UConn. Do you believe that?

★ The Christmas weekend lends itself to a good story or two falling through the cracks. I did my best to keep tabs on all of them. This is one of the best stories of the month.

★ Almost did a standalone post on this story yesterday. Jim O'Brien slinging it at the D-III level and loving life.

★ I slipped up as well by picking Georgia State to finish 11th in the CAA. Panthers are playing quite well and could be a factor in that league.

★ Dion Waiters will retweet almost anything you say about him. Andre Drummond at UConn is like this as well.

★ Again, this is the place for all your critical Big Sky information.

Few pieces will better inform you on the critical, essential differences between stats and eye test, why both are necessary and how both so easily muddy debate and conversation.

★ Darnell Dodson: fairing well in his new home.

★ How college basketball went all NBA last night.

★ More on the death of Mac Irvin, a power player and positively influential figure in prep basketball.

★ Which teams are getting what odds in Vegas right now?

► Kemba Walker's been lost to the NBA now, but I can't not show this video. Great stuff. Kemba remains a class act and genuine article.



♬ We're back on schedule with a band/artist recommendation daily. Let's go with Muse, an amazing live band with a few reliable/predictable tricks up its sleeve but is still kickass nonetheless. This is one outside the Muse formula in that it's early work (2002) and pretty hard compared to what the guys are composing these days. Warning: This will bump your speakers, so check that volume.



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