During a winter that's been abnormally cold and rough for most of the country, it's good to know that college basketball is still a source of warmth and comfort.
The 2013-14 season, although affected at times by winter weather, has for the most part gone off without a hitch. The normally dependable college game has provided those most impacted by the cold with a welcome distraction, and not just in the form of great games and outstanding performances.
There have also been plenty of feel-good stories that can be looked at as beacons of hope and promise, kind of like the first bloom on a tree that's previously stood bare and desolate during the long winter months.
Here's our look at the stories that, like a nice cup of cocoa, have the capability to warm you from the inside.