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Andrew Wiggins’ winter break is already better than yours, in the following ways: 1. He saw the “Yeezus” show in Toronto Sunday night, and 2. He met Kanye West backstage after the show -- and posed for a photo with the man himself so good it might have to become my new iPhone wallpaper. It’s the stuff Tumblrs are made of. It’s that awesome.
The 2012-13 season was a profoundly weird one in Tallahassee, and not just because the Seminoles were so mediocre. No, it was the way in which FSU was mediocre, how after years of singular defensive dominance Leonard Hamilton’s team was suddenly more permissive than NJIT. (No offense to NJIT … but that’s insane.) That aberrant FSU edition is gone in 2013-14; as Rush the Court details Monday, the Seminoles (ranked No. 7 in AdjD to date) are back to their old defensive ways.
This week’s new AP top 25 is a rather tepid affair: The top eight teams held the same spots as last week. (Rightfully so.)
A Sea of Blue charts Kentucky’s defensive performance against Belmont and finds a UK team that is still playing just meh basketball on its own end. The best solution I can see is to keep scoring 1.29 points per possession ever game. It’s just that easy!
Whatever’s ailing the Maryland Terrapins on the court -- the subject of this morning’s Game Plan, in case you missed it -- bears no relation to their holiday cheer off it. Via College Basketball Talk and CSN Baltimore’s Dan Martin comes a rather excellent holiday greeting card the Terrapins recorded in the form of a horribly butchered, collectively “sung” edition of “Jingle Bell Rock.” The outtakes, which begin after 90 seconds of what can best be described as pained wailing, are the best part. In other words: This is the “Rush Hour 2” of Christmas Jumbotron videos. Merry Christmas.