HOT: Marcus Paige

The sophomore guard had 21 points in the second half of North Carolina's 82--77 win over Kentucky, the Heels' third high-profile scalp (Michigan State and Louisville) this year.

HOT: Humbug? Nah

Former Bears LB Brian Urlacher will tread the boards in a local production of A Christmas Carol alongside an Illinois teen to raise money for Make-a-Wish.

HOT: Keenan Reynolds

The Navy soph set a single-season record for rushing TDs by a QB (29) with three in a 34--7 win over Army.

NOT: L.A. Story

Kobe looked like the Kobe of old (21 points, seven boards and eight assists) in a win over Charlotte, but rumors that the Lakers are trying to offload struggling Pau Gasol (a woeful 41.8% from the floor) won't go away.

NOT: Sagging Sixers

Coach Brett Brown's bunch started fast, but with rookie Michael Carter-Williams out with an infection, Philly has dropped 10 of 11.