Tag:Wakeup Call
Posted on: February 24, 2012 8:05 am

Wakeup Call: Must-win for WVU vs. Marquette?

We've just received confirmation that, indeed, these Buffaloes fans are the reason Colorado lost at home to Stanford by 24 points last night. (US PRESSWIRE)

By Matt Norlander

I don't want to believe this is real. // Good news in that crime at public school is down nationwide. // OK WAT. // How the U.S. hid an airplane factory in World War II. Incredible. // Yyyyyuuuuppp! ...

★ It's Friday morning, which means if you still haven't read Luke Winn's Power Ratings, you're weekend's off to a bad start.

★ West Virginia faces something fairly close to a must-win against Marquette tonight.

★ Missed this from over the weekend, but apparently Jeff Bzdelik verbally went after a fan. He's since apologized.

★ How loud will Gampel get Saturday for the Syracuse game? What are the loudest games in the 22-year history of the arena?

★ The 10 biggest 3-point shots in Indiana basketball history. That's the state of Indiana, not the university. Christian Watford's shot does make the list, though.

★ In defense of Karl Hess.

★ This is some eye-opening and a bit confusing stuff from Dan Hanner about coaches and recruiting and what they do with talent. There's a list. John Calipari is at the top of it. You're going to need to read it twice.

★ And here's a reaction/response to that link above.

★ Sizing up the Atlantic 10.

★ Jason McIntyre is deperately hoping the Big Ten falls on its face in March.

★ Good way to make the weekend get here sooner. Watch the five best moments of college basketball in MSG history.

★ Dan Wetzel offers his take on Cincinnati and why the brawl didn't send this team into the spiral Xavier found itself in.

★ Trusting you scan every link I supply each day. If that's the case, the best read is saved for last. Make sure you get this into your schedule over the weekend.

► "We got a bunch of followers." Pat Knight's presser teeters on the edge of must-watch, but still, it's a good venting session.

The Fratellis are primarily known for this song. The one below, "Whistle for the Choir," is pretty much the opposite -- and better. Fun, disposable Brit pop. Nothing wrong with that.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: February 23, 2012 9:03 am

Wakeup Call: The top 200 players in the country

Harbaugh was team manager Wednesday night. (AP)
By Matt Norlander

The country's Interstate system mapped out like subways. // Funnier people seem to get further in business. // Getting a good night's sleep: unnatural? // The world was into cat videos before they were cool. No, seriously, boxing cats from 1894. // Australian outlaws from the 1920s ...

★ Value Add is a smart, reliable statistic to help quantify how good players are and what they mean to their teams. Here's Cracked Sidewalks' top 200 players in the country, according to Value Add.

★ Loved how Jim Harbaugh was chair man/team manager for brother-in-law Tom Crean at the Indiana game last night.

★ This week in stories I wish I'd discovered first, a girl was in a coma and eventually made her way back onto the basketball court.

★ Who are you going to see and hear from on the CBS side of the NCAA tournament?

★ I'd imagine a deep bone bruise is particularly aggravating. Rodney Hood is out for MSU for an undetermined amount of time due to his.

★ Fairly nasty crossover here.

★ Get a glimpse at how our sport is doing in the TV ratings as of late.

★ NCAA tournament chair Jeff Hathaway went on the Tim Brando show Wednesday. Hathaway will handle himself well once the bracket is released.

Five teams that can beat Kentucky, from Jason Lisk. Cal? Sorry, but that's a big no. The others I'm on board with.
★ A very simple way to understand and see how the Mountain West is slighted in the polls.

★ Good charts that depict just how difficult it is to advance in the tournament, and good God why you need to avoid the 8/9 game at all costs.

★ After George Mason's loss to Northeastern last night and Drexel's troubles with James Madison, I don't know, is this a multi-bid league?

Glockner waxes on Marquette. I'm starting to worry, because my heart's going with the Golden Eagles and I fear they'll break it. Team has Final Four potential and needs to be a Sweet 16 squad, minimum.

★ When I say Ohio State is really good on defense, I'm not BS'ing you. More indisputable proof.

Self-made alley-oop.

★ Credit to Dana O'Neil here for a good twist on the T-Rob story that we were all familiar with.

► OK. I've listened three times over the course of 12 hours. Can't decide if it's great or awful.

♬ This band is called Editors. How am I not to love a band like that?

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Posted on: February 22, 2012 8:45 am
Edited on: February 22, 2012 8:48 am

Wakeup Call: Seton Hall focuses on games, not GFs

Seton Hall would need an implosion to avoid the NCAAs at this point. (AP)

By Matt Norlander

Sixty livers and 30 lives. // I don't think this is allowed or possible in our physical universe. // The no-brainer headlines often make for the best ones. // Women writing in sports: we need more of it. // Why thinking about your cellphone makes you selfish ...

Very nicely presented, Eamonn Brennan, and thanks for the dose of links. We'll win this, don't worry.

★ Seton Hall -- not focusing on their girlfriends.

★ JaMychal Green will not be available for Alabama's game on Thursday. Remember, it was Tony Mitchell who was definitively sat down for the season.

★ Have you done anything this lovingly irrational when your team begins to lose? Someone make sure grandma can breathe!

★ Anthony Davis opens up with USA Today.

★ The Royce White pieces are trickling in at a steady pace. Borzello will have one up later today, too.

★ Andy Glockner is so bubbly on this Bubble Watch video that I can't not link it. He is INFORMING US!

★ Devin Thomas, a Wake Forest commit, broke the glass at a recent game. The Philadelphia Eagles' LeSean McCoy was in the house to watch. Thomas' reaction is interesting.

★ One of these eight teams will win the national title this year.

★ One of our CBS Sports Network guys handled himself amazingly well after his stool thought he was Chris Farley. One of the most brutal moments you could have on live television, and he navigated it like a pro.

★ Why Nate Wolters is the king of "take and make."

These guys are making Kansas fans look like an embarrassment.

★ With Missouri's move to the SEC, what are some of the "significant changes" fans will soon feel affected by?

★ Former NBA players takes over coaching high school team in John Wooden's hometown after 65-year-old coach is found pantless in his car with a 17-year-old girl. That's a story.

★ Blind resumes -- with KenPom stats!

► Speaking of Ken Pomeroy, he linked this on Twitter Tuesday. It's the 1983 NCAA championship season-ending montage. "One Shining Moment"? NO. It's Christopher Cross' "All Right"! Unbelievable. Some of these highlights have to be seen to get believed (gericurled Drexler is always ready to party), like the cheerleader taking a charge ... in the middle of the game? Whatever you glean from the video, I hope this song carries you up to the weekend. (Start at 41:50)

♬ I can't believe I've almost gotten to March without recommending Radiohead. Here's the thing with the 'Head. They're incredibly diverse, but the reason most people who choose not to get into them is because they think it's all bloopy-blippy-bop-bop stuff. Way off. Look no further than The Bends, my favorite album, one that's, damn, almost 17 years old. Radiohead's good, and legendary, because they're career has in some ways paralleled the currents of mainstream music -- without every classifying in that solar system.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: February 21, 2012 8:57 am

Wakeup Call: Debating the final two No. 1 seeds

Great work by ESPN to get this shot last night. This was after Napier's ridiculous 3 fell through. (Mocksession.com)

By Matt Norlander

Slick newspaper design is a passion of mine. Here are what's considered the five best in the world. // Physical history gets the digital touch. Ten amazing letters from United States Presidents. // If you like The Simpsons, you can't not read this. // And the best cameos in Simpsons history ...

★ “I think that there’s too much sugar in the world and not enough salt." Read the story of Buzz Williams.

★ The best part of messageboards (can't believe I just wrote that) is the memes. Kansas fans went wild on Steve Moore.

★ The Summit League's diamonds.

Big week for Temple, even if it doesn't seem like it from the outside.

★ Dan Wolken opines on the long-term problems that could be facing UConn.
★ Michigan State's defense is a lot of fun to watch this season. Why?

★ Staying with the Spartans, some more perspective on Draymond Green's ridiculous season.

★ If the Big East tournament started today ...

★ Immediate reaction to BracketBusters and a check-in on how it didn't immediately affect seeding in prognostications. Long-term, by Selection Sunday, will there be impact?

★ The chase for the final two No. 1 seeds is great and up in the air, but I think Missouri's almost definitely got that third top line locked up.

★ The player I talked to who's had the 10th point three straight years at Taylor University's Silent Night was chosen for the same award as Andrew Luck.

★ This is how Vegas sees the differences between the top 20 teams in the country.

★ Wherein Seth Davis takes up on behalf of the RPI, unfortunately. Smart guy; don't get why he's antediluvian when it comes to this.

★ As for the RPI, listen to this takedown of the system by Scott Van Pelt.

★ Rhode Island is the worst state in college basketball.

★ I don't know John Shurna too well -- I've only met him once -- but from all I've seen and heard, this column nails who the kid is.

► Take a time lapse through Hinkle.

♬ No band rec today. Instead, let's look at a cover. What makes covers worthwhile? The twist on the tune's original recording, of course. When an artist can pay tribute to another by making a song their own, that's when a cover's at its best. And this is a cover of a cover. Cornell's one of the 10 best -- in terms of control and range and power -- voices in the history of rock, by the way.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: February 20, 2012 8:41 am

Wakeup Call: We've now reached prove-it time

JayVaughn Pinkston, in one play, reenacts Villanova's season. (US PRESSWIRE)
By Matt Norlander

Not surprising that kids aren't sleeping as much these days as they used to. // Ah, that's a shame. // This is one of the best inter-sport tributes I've ever seen. // Cheetah and dog: best buds. // If Ron Paul intrigues you, the profile you've been waiting to be written now exists ...

Parrish perfectly captured what Murray State is right now and what they'll likely remember this year to be decades down the road.

★ Hilarious. After Tom Gugliotta and Chris Corchiani were thrown out of the game Saturday, N.C. State will honor their 1989 ACC title team this week.

★ You might've forgotten it, but Notre Dame had no business coming back and beating Villanova Saturday.

★ Which program got the 20 wins for the first time in its Division I history Sunday?

★ Another first impression on mock selection from Monday podcast guest John Gasaway.

★ More mock stuff. This entry from Eric Crawford is really good, and it takes me to task!

★ A bunch of geeks decided to mimic the mock process and make their own bracket. They claim it's superior. Mmmhmmmm.

★ Ryan Fagan's take on Wichita State is accurate. Shockers have second-weekend potential, clearly.

Stem cell treatment leads to Manhattan player getting back on the court. Interesting.

★ Very nice profile on Pitt's Tray Woodall, who's experiencing something of a lost season.

★ Will this get the Georgetown-Maryland basketball rivalry renewed and on its feet again?

★ Confirming what was suspected: Steve Lavin can't envision how he'll return to coaching before next season.

★ Mike Tomlin acting like a prick at the Kentucky game over the weekend.

► These kind of dunks are more common at the next level. A rare Auburn highlight!

♬ After he had a pretty regrettable two-day stint of being in charge of the Wakeup Call, I've kicked Borzello to the curb and am returning the daily music recommendations to something much less seizure-inducing We're nearing prove-it time in hoops, and where do we see this proving done? On the television. So much symmetry here. Television's "Marquee Moon" was one of the best albums of the 1970s.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: February 17, 2012 9:03 am

Wakeup Call: It's BracketBusters weekend!

Florida State's Michael Snaer releases the game-winning 3-pointer against Virginia Tech. (US Presswire)

By Jeff Borzello

I’m back on duty for the Wakeup Call, but this is my last day for a while. I don’t have any meme-like links for you guys, but I sincerely hope this Kim Kardashian/Jeremy Lin stuff isn’t true. She and Carmelo Anthony are the only people who can stop Super Lintendo.

- First of all, thoughts and prayers go out to the family of New York Times reporter Anthony Shadid, who died from an asthma attack in Syria on Thursday. He won two Pulitzer Prizes and was one of the best foreign correspondents of his generation. Here’s his obituary from the Washington Post, where he wrote for many years.

- Here was my reaction to the Bracket Busters when they were first announced; I broke down the top games, worst draws and all the noteworthy storylines. It works as a preview too.

- This one ended after Goodman posted Night Court: BYU’s Matt Carlino hit a baseline shot with 21 seconds left to beat San Francisco, 85-84.

- In a major Pac-12 bubble battle, California outscored Oregon 21-10 down the stretch to pull out a three-point win.

- VCU is still an at-large long shot, but a win over Northern Iowa on Friday night would provide a nice boost heading into the final weeks.

- After Ole Miss’ loss to Vanderbilt, teammates Jelan Kendrick and Reggie Buckner had to be separated in the tunnel. Kendrick had issues with this at Memphis.

- Reggie Johnson and Durand Scott each tweaked a knee against North Carolina on Wednesday, and underwent MRIs on Thursday.

- Chehales Tapscott is an awesome name by itself. Throw in the fact that his middle name is Centurion, and the Portland State guard takes it to a new level.

- John Ezekowitz looks at the top teams from this season and finds their best comparisons from past seasons.

- Illinois head coach Bruce Weber apologized on Thursday for the comments he made after the Fighting Illini’s loss to Purdue.

- Tennessee suspended forward Kenny Hall indefinitely for “conduct detrimental to the team.”

- This is from a couple of days ago, but Anthony Davis has closed the gap between he and Thomas Robinson in the Player of the Year straw poll. Jared Sullinger, Doug McDermott and Draymond Green round out the top five.

- “Go ahead and boo Verdell Jones. It’s not like he hasn’t heard it before. Tell the Indiana senior guard that he stinks, that he’s a human turnover, that he belongs at some backwater college far removed from the Big Ten spotlight. He thrives on it.”

- Kentucky is now a 2:1 bet to win the national championship.

- This is college football-related, but Sally Jenkins going HAM on Maryland football coach Randy Edsall was unbelievable. 

- Bill Plaschke parachutes in and writes that Josh Smith has been a disappointment and will make an effort to get better for next season. We’ve heard this routine from Smith before.

Wake Forest signee Devin Thomas breaks a backboard after an alley-oop. Impressive. 

Continuing the house music tradition of the past day, we’re going with “So Much Love” by Fedde Le Grand. It’s a good song – and the drop at 2:19 is sick – but this is more for the video. If you watch this and don’t immediately get in the mood to party, you’re nuts. Happy weekend. 

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Posted on: February 16, 2012 9:01 am
Edited on: February 16, 2012 11:26 am

Wakeup Call: You have a substitute teacher

Tennessee reacting to the news that I'm running the Wakeup Call for two days. And its win over Arkansas. (US Presswire)

By Jeff Borzello

With Matt Norlander in Indianapolis for a few days at the NCAA Mock Selection Committee ordeal, I’m taking over the Wakeup Call today and tomorrow. I’ll admit in advance that I don’t hunt for links as well as Norlander, and you won’t see any of his rock videos at the bottom of this post. Maybe house music anthems, but no rock. 

For tomorrow, feel free to send any links to me via Twitter (@jeffborzello) or email (jeff.borzello@cbsi.com).

- Uh oh, where have we seen this before from Saint Mary’s? Last year. The door is now open for Gonzaga to potentially continue The Streak.

- Might do a full post on this later, but attendance in the ACC is down across the board, and the Wall Street Journal attributes it to four things.

- Virginia Tech is apparently holding out for the NIT; its AD said the Hokies won’t play in the CBI or CIT.

- Oral Roberts and Murray State clinched regular-season titles in the Summit and Ohio Valley, respectively.

- The Big Sky will have 11 teams next season. This year, six teams make the conference tournament. Next season, they’re going with seven teams.

- This has to be the best photo we’ve seen in college basketball this season, right? Seriously, click on it, it's absolutely hilarious.

- Minnesota’s inability to get over the hump against the better teams it’s played will haunt the Gophers come Selection Sunday.

- Ryan Greene covers UNLV for a living, so he seems like a reliable source to break down the MWC/CUSA merger from a basketball standpoint.

- Speaking of Greene, he looks at why UNLV forward Mike Moser isn't getting more publicity for Player of the Year honors. Goodman is quoted, so you can skip over his parts.

- Loyola (Md.) was by itself atop the MAAC just four days ago. Now, the Greyhounds have a slim chance of winning the league after losing to Marist by 17 on Wednesday night.

- The potential for a buzzing college basketball program at Miami was evident on Wednesday against North Carolina, but there’s still room to grow.

- Could Michigan be a sleeper in the Big Ten title race?           

- In honor of Norlander being in Bloomington last night, here’s one man’s list of which 10 jersey numbers he would retire in Indiana history.

Self alley-oops are fun. Ask Hampton's Darrion Pellum.

As always, we need some music to finish things off. And as I said, we’re going to bro out early and often now that I’m in charge of the Wakeup Call (for two days). If you're new to the house music game, Avicii always gets you going.

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Category: NCAAB
Posted on: February 15, 2012 6:51 am

Wakeup Call: CAA chase is getting really good

George Mason won a thriller Tuesday night. (US PRESSWIRE)

By Matt Norlander

The infographic proposal that you probably already saw on Facebook. // Bob Ryan retiring from the Boston Globe later this year. I've long admired his writing. // I'm flying today and saving this for the plane ride, but I already know it's going to be worth linking. Tom Lake on Wes Leonard, the high school kid who died a year ago after hitting the game-winning shot ...

★ One heck of a win by George Mason over VCU last night. The CAA, as you'll see linked below, is getting quite good.

★ This research by Duke Hoop Blog is among the best, most thorough number-crunching pieces I've seen this season. You owe them your click here.

★ Solid, easily digestible breakout-player evaluation and explanation from future podcast guest Dan Hanner.

★ The CAA race has become very exciting and up for grabs with good teams. I once thought this was a one-bid league but am now pretty certain it'll squeeze two into the field.
★ Bad news for UConn and Jim Calhoun when George Blaney says the coach is still in even more pain as before.

★ More UConn links. Calling out your fans almost never works and is almost never a good thing for a player to do.

★ This one-month-until-the-tournament column from Jason King turned me on almost as much as my lover last night.

★ You know how I linked that Lake post above on good faith? The same can be said for Gasaway's Tuesday Truths. See the patterns emerge.

★ Interesting reminder that the state of Illinois has been abysmal for the past five years when it comes to the NCAA tournament. Some cheating accusations in the article, too.

Forde Minutes should be a four-month-long column, Pat.

★ I'm frequently fascinated and intrigued when really strong writers drive by our sport and give commentary or tell stories. Here's Charlie Pierce on Murray State.

★ A different kind of take on Murray State. A take on how we, the media, see Murray State. How we write and respond to them without regard to probability and go off assumption.

★ What a sad, sad, sad storming of the floor by TCU after its win over UNLV last night.
★ The best college basketball player in Philadelphia will not be going to the NCAA tournament this season.

► The Basketball Jones guys do continually entertaining and excellent work. This latest sketch is terrific and impossible not to laugh at.

♬ The day after Valentine's Day -- we'll go something scorned and angry. Foxy Shazam is a punky, narrow, new-age version of Queen. This front man's vocals are pretty ridiculous. Yes, he sounds like a woman, but those are unstoppable pipes.

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