Last week, while most people were waiting by their chimneys for a jolly old fat guy, true Hoopheads were hoping their favorite team would get a visit from the Jigsaw Man. Unlike you-know-who, the Jigsaw Man is lean and mean, but his gifts keep on giving right through the Final Four.
Regular visitors to this space know all about the Jigsaw Man. His job is to figure out what is the biggest hole on your favorite team, then scour the nation in search of the perfect piece with which to plug it. The Jigsaw Man is not the master of the obvious. Instead of procuring first team All-Americans, he plucks obscure guys whose talents warrant greater attention.
Having made his list and checked it twice, the Jigsaw Man has once again shored up deficiencies of 12 of the nation's most prominent programs. If your team was among the lucky dozen, there is no need to thank him. Just know that while you were humming Christmas carols around your tree, the Jigsaw Man was in his hoops-addled workshop puzzling away, making sure your holiday dreams came true.
Presenting, the 12 teams of Jigsaw: