Wakeup Call: The marathon is well underway

They were ready, to say the least, in Spokane last night at midnight ET. The Bulldogs rolled over West Virginia. (US Presswire)

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Around the World

The flooding of Venice. Crazy shots, but the locals seem to be taking it well. || If you closed your browser early last night, well, the Petreus sex scandal is getting weirder by the meal. || But, of course, The Onion has the right direction with Petreus. Great rib. || Really cool space porn. || And more space porn! || OK, hard to argue with the post title here.

Layup Line

¶ Two years old, but this cracks me up every time I hear it. Mike Francesa's take on ESPN's 24-hour marathon.

¶ Today's marathon schedule and 24 questions to accompany it, from Myron Medcalf.

¶ Per Dick Vitale, Ryan Harrow will not start -- or play -- at point for Kentucky Tuesday night. That changes things a bit, even knowing Jarrod Polson was a good bonus for UK against Maryland Friday night.

¶ In Vegas, they are excited and ready for their Rebels. Great work.

¶ This keeps getting worse for the NCAA, and it's only a matter of time before we all realize just how large the check is going to be.

¶ When is UCLA going to appeal the NCAA's hammer decision on Shabazz Muhammad?

¶ Kevin Ollie does not act like Jim Calhoun. How important is that for UConn?

¶ I really enjoyed this quick-read feature on Larry Eustachy in his new digs. Give it a glance.

¶ It's good to see Seth Davis back in the saddle.

¶ I do believe we're already at double-digits in transfers for the 2012-13 season. Sad. A Big East program took a defection Monday.

¶ Absolutely loved this.

¶ If you are looking for a master list of the best teams, first to worst, of every level of college basketball ... find it here.

¶ On one hand I like how the NCAA has attached itself to Dayton for the First Four, but I don't know, I'm starting to think I'd rather have it moved around to cooler venues.

¶ Non-college but still a hoop read, and a good one, on Kevin Durant.

Moving Pictures and Music

»» Jonathan Ouegnin of Mercyhurst University had a nice one on West Virginia State over the weekend. That's levitation, Holmes.

Atlanta, the ATL, is host tonight to the Champions Classic, where Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan State and Duke will play. So let's keep with the southern love and select Atlanta's own, Outkast. New season, new day. So fresh and so clean, clean.

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Matt Norlander is a national award-winning writer who has been with CBS Sports since 2010. He's in his seventh season covering college basketball for CBS, and also covers the NBA Draft, the Olympics and... Full Bio

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