Maybe I'm the only one like this, but today is very much a holiday for me. A celebration of college hoops highlighted by an all-day hardwood binge. But of course, we're a football-only zone here.
P.S. If you've been dragging your feet, there's still time to enter the Big 12 Blog's bracket pool.
That said, we've always got room for a little roundball, especially when the best basketball tournament in the world is just an hour or so from really tipping off. (Sorry, "First Four.")
So, if I'm putting together a Big 12 hoops team made solely of footballers, here's who I'm putting on it. Only players with remaining eligibility were considered.
F -- Michael Egnew, TE, Missouri
Football players don't get very tall outside of departed, 6-foot-9 Colorado lineman Nate Solder, but Egnew is one of the tallest in the league at 6-foot-6 and 240 pounds. He also played hoops in high school, so give me the big man down low.
F -- Jeff Fuller, WR, Texas A&M
Following the Egnew mold, give me the 6-foot-4 Fuller, who has established himself as the league's best jump ball receiver. I assume that carries over to jump balls at the start of a basketball game. He's a high-flyer, so look out for the alley-oop.
G -- Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor
Bears coach Scott Drew supposedly hounds Griffin about coming out for hoops, but he never has. Griffin also says he can take on women's star Brittney Griner one-on-one, but we're still waiting on the dunk contest to go down. Please let it happen. But RG3 gets the nod as the swingman on my team.
G -- Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State
Blackmon is another player who stood out in both sports in high school, and actually had offers from Colorado and Missouri to play basketball. I've heard good things about his quarterback Brandon Weeden's jump shot, but I'll take a leap of faith in Blackmon as a gunner, too. He's already one of the Big 12's best pure athletes, and the 6-foot-1, 211-pounder would probably look pretty good on the floor instead of the field. Weeden can be the sixth man, I guess.
G -- Roy Finch, RB, Oklahoma
Dare I say Finch is the Big 12's best when it comes to lateral movement? That makes for a heck of a defender for sure, and if he's got handles, a pretty great point guard. He's only 5-foot-8 and 180 pounds, but if he can knock down the occasional jumper, he'll get plenty of minutes for me. I'll make sure he knows his role is primarily a distributor, though.
That's my Cinderella squad.
Who's on your team this year?