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3/19/2008 05:41:00 AM

Day 8: En Route To Omaha; The SI Library

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BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- This is the day it really begins. A 6 a.m. flight to Omaha (via Detroit) awaits, so this is the final hometown dispatch before I officially hit the road for the NCAA tournament. Mount St. Mary's emerged from the play-in game more than eight hours ago, and open practices will be held today for the Thursday-Saturday sites. Mostly these are just shoot-arounds and dunk-fests, since coaches aren't going to give their game plans away in public -- but I'm a little jaded at this point. The first time I went to the NCAAs, as a fan in 1994, I forced my dad to spend six hours in the stands at Weber State watching those things.

• If you do one thing today, join the Tourney Blog pool. We were up to 5,030 members as of last night -- a number that's completely stunning to me, since we had only 644 last year. Converting it to Facebook has really paid off ... even if there has been some grumbling amongst the old folks. (Once you're signed up for the SI Bracket Challenge application on Facebook, there should be an invitation to join the Blog Pool on the home page.)

• To leave you with some decent reading in the meantime, I compiled "The 2007-08 SI Library": a compilation of links to all the college hoops feature stories that have appeared in the magazine this season. Below, sandwiched between images of the regional covers for our tourney issue and the regional covers for our preview issue, is some excellent work. Study up until I check back in later on Wednesday.

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March 18: Cut From The Same Cloth: John Thompson III (by Alex Wolff)

March 18: Does Size Matter in the NCAA Tournament? (by Grant Wahl)

March 12: Going Gaga for Gody: Notre Dame's Luke Harangody (by Luke Winn)

March 4: March Madman: North Carolina's Tyler Hansbrough (by Grant Wahl)

Feb. 26: Fan Abuse in College Hoops: How much is too much? (by Grant Wahl)

Feb. 20: Twins Peaking: Stanford's 7-foot Lopez brothers (by Kelli Anderson)

Feb. 12: Fast and Furious: Memphis' Dribble-Drive Motion (by Grant Wahl)

Feb. 5: A Time To Heal: Kansas' Darnell Jackson (by Luke Winn)

Jan. 29: Good News Bears: Scott Drew & Baylor's Revival (by Kelli Anderson)

Jan. 22: Down Underdogs: St. Mary's Patty Mills and Vandy's A.J. Ogilvy (by Kelli Anderson)

Jan. 17: The Life And Times Of Rick Majerus (by S.L. Price)

Jan. 9: B-Easy Does It: K-State's Michael Beasley (by Grant Wahl)

Dec. 24: Escape From Jonestown: San Diego's Rob Jones (by Gary Smith)

Nov. 13: A Fight Between Friends: Kevin Love & O.J. Mayo (by Grant Wahl)

Oct. 9: Bruce Pearl Makes Tennessee Relevant Again (by Grant Wahl)

Our preview-issue covers, from October:


• Finally, for for your music fix ... The tourney playlist, curated by the folks at the peerless music blog Gorilla vs. Bear, rolls on, one free mp3 at a time:

Day 8's track is Grizzly Bear's On a Neck, On a Spit. One more pick from a Brooklyn band before we skip town.

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