Afternoon Links: Jabari Parker, dessert chef

March, 4, 2014
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  • Jabari Parker isn't just an immensely talented basketball player. He's also a specialty dessert chef. This weekend, he made a metric ton of his trademark "Jabari Bars" -- which look like marshmallow, cocoa, peanut-butter, cereal and a Homer Simpson-sized portion of butter, though Parker won't reveal the recipe -- to Duke students camped out in Krzyzewskiville tents. As someone who can't cook anything besides scrambled eggs and grilled sandwiches, I am insanely impressed by Parker's skills in the kitchen. "If these hit the market, and I get famous off this, then I'm afraid I'll have to leave college early," Parker tells Duke Blue Planet's camera-person. Well played, Jabari. Well played.
  • "Meet Junior Ianotto, the Stony Brook basketball super fan with a face of gold." Sold.
  • Inside the Hall scored a two-part interview with former star Cody Zeller, in which he reflects at length about his career at Indiana, his former teammates playing professionally, and this season's Hoosiers team.
  • Ken Pomeroy's Horizon League tournament preview manages to question Green Bay's at-large status and mock the soft bubble talk in the matter of a couple hilarious paragraphs: "Green Bay’s ranked 51st in my system, and they must be pretty decent in the RPI because they are at-large worthy in most brackets posted at Bracket Matrix. That’s also because Green Bay beat Virginia and that is their meal ticket right now. That game happened to be at the Resch Center this season. What if it was at Charlottesville? They probably would have lost. And nobody would be saying Green Bay is an at-large. Yet they would be the exact same team. The tournament selection process hurts my head. Maybe Green Bay is in today, but what if it lost on its home-floor? I don’t know. It seems like you can’t rule the Phoenix out in that case, but they’re far from automatic, so there’s probably just a low chance of this becoming a two-bid league. But you never know. I hear this is the weakest bubble since the last time the bubble was weak. Remember that year with the strong bubble? It was that time UNC went 25-2 and was kept out in favor of 28-1 Kentucky, who snuck in with the 12-seed. There were 42 unbeaten teams that year. Lucky for Green Bay, this is not that season."
  • CBS's Gary Parrish manages to quantify (with odds) a theme that has gradually emerged in recent weeks: There is virtually no separation among the top 16 teams in the country, and that is going to the make the NCAA tournament a ton of fun.

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