The Morning Mix

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– Matt Norlander provides a whimsical recap of his first visit to the Palestra. If you are a fan of fantastic game atmospheres and historic venues, this is a must-read

– I don’t always read bubble watches, but when I do, I read Andy Glockner’s

– The MWC and C-USA are going to merge. Which side will reap the benefits on the hardwood? Ryan Greene provides the answer

– Some great expansionocalypse candidate ideas for the new MWC/C-USA alliance

– The good people at Kentucky Sports Radio provide a rather-hilarious rendition of “An Idiots Guide to College Basketball”

– A good-read on Wisconsin’s Ryan Evans. Primarily a defensive-stopper, the senior guard is starting to put it all together during his final season

– A must-read study on home court advantages in he Atlantic Coast Conference

– If you’re itching to watch some college basketball during the work day, ESPNU will be airing a live stream of Kentucky’s afternoon practice today

– Shannon Russell wrote a marvelous article about Xaiver’s Andre Walker. (Make sure you take the time to read this)

– WAC Commissioner Karl Benson is set to step down from his post in order to take the same job in the Sun Belt Conference

– Of course the Big-XII isn’t worried about the Mizzou/Texas A&M departures. Why worry at all when you get to welcome in TCU’s juggernaut hoops program?

– Speaking of TCU, senior guard Hank Thorns dropped a career-high 32 points last night as the Frogs knocked off UNLV 102-97

– It’s quite possible that Pittsburgh and Syracuse join the ACC before the ’12-’13 season

– An interesting-read on the best bench players in the Big-Ten and The ACC. Sure, these guys don’t raise a lot of eyebrows now, but were Jeff Withey and Henry Sims doing that last season?

– Jon Templon provides some fun facts about the NEC

– Florida forward Will Yeguete could sit out for another week due to a concussion he received from a nasty fall during the Tennessee game over the weekend

– Villanova guard Maalik Wayns is still questionable for tonight’s game at South Florida due to a sprained MCL

– Andy Bottoms tries to break down the CAA standings. After last night’s dandy between George Mason and Virginia Commonwealth, the race is anybody’s to win

– Speaking of the CAA, what can we really expect from the new NBC Sports television deal?

– ESPN’s Robbie Pickeral provides some great knowledge about Miami’s massive center Reggie Johnson

– UConn big-man Tyler Olander is the latest Husky to lash out at fans using social media

– If I was a fan of a Pac-12 team, I’d be looking towards next season too

– Starting next season, the Big Sky will hold a 7-team conference tournament that will be held at regular season champion’s home arena

VIDEO: Zion Williamson throws down a vicious putback

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Zion Williamson made another highlight-reel play on Saturday outside of Atlanta as he threw down a vicious putback dunk at the Best of the South.

The five-star prospect has returned from a minor knee injury this spring to look like his old self in July as he’s entertained packed gyms of fans and college coaches the last two weeks.

The Class of 2018 star is currently regarded as the No. 3 overall prospect in the latest Rivals.com national rankings.

(h/t: Courtside Films)

Five-star 2018 point guard Darius Garland cuts list to six schools

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Five-star Class of 2018 point guard Darius Garland revealed the final six schools that he’s considering on Friday.

The N0. 12 overall prospect in the Class of 2018, according to Rivals, the 6-foot-0 Garland is one of the top floor generals in the nation as he is still considering Duke, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, UCLA and Vanderbilt.

A native of Nashville, Garland is a potentially elite perimeter threat at the college level as he’s one of the more deadly three-point marksmen in the nation.

Garland spent this spring and summer playing with Bradley Beal Elite in the Nike EYBL as he averaged 16.8 points and 4.8 assists per game in the league this spring.

VIDEO: Kentucky’s John Calipari participates in the #DriveByDunkChallenge

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The #DriveByDunkChallenge is sweeping the nation on social media this summer.

Rules to participate are pretty simple:

  1. Drive around in your vehicle.
  2. Find a basketball hoop (or a basketball ring if you’re Ted Cruz) on a random driveway.
  3. Run out of your car and dunk on that random hoop while a friend films.
  4. Run back to your car and drive away.

Let Anthony Davis show you how it works:

Pretty simple, right?

The #DriveByDunkChallenge isn’t raising money or awareness for ALS like the #IceBucketChallenge did three years ago, but it’s something harmless and fun to do to pass the time during the dog days of summer.

Sensing an opportunity to join an Internet craze, while also following in the footsteps of his former player Kentucky star, Wildcats head coach John Calipari got involved with his own dunk late Friday night.

And his video is much funnier than I thought it would be.

While most #DriveByDunkChallenge videos are done by healthy and spry teenagers who are cruising neighborhoods during the day, Calipari, and his hip replacement, got in on the fun with a late-night dunk.

I love that Calipari ditched the ball behind his back while running back to the car after the dunk.

Most people who participate in the challenge usually have their own ball and keep it with them through completion. But Calipari either picked up a random ball in the driveway or just he lost the handle with his own ball and had a turnover.

The next time Calipari goes hard on one of his point guards for losing control and playing too fast, remember this moment.

Creighton’s Khyri Thomas posterizes defender

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Creighton rising junior wing Khyri Thomas, like several of his teammates, are taking part in the Omaha Summer League this offseason.

On Thursday night, the 6-foot-3, 205-lb. Thomas eviscerated a defender with a one-handed posterization.

Thomas is coming off a breakout sophomore campaign for the Bluejays. He started all 35 games, averaging 12.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.5 steals per game. Aside from the increase in offensive production, Thomas served as one of the top defenders in the Big East. He shared the Big East Defensive Player of the Year Award with Villanova’s Josh Hart and Mikal Bridges.

Zion Williamson throws down 360 windmill dunk

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Zion Williamson added another jaw-dropping dunk in the layup lines on the first night of the second live evaluation period.

Williamson and his SC Supreme team took on Each 1 Teach 1 at the Hoopseen Best of the South at the LakePoint Sporting Community in greater Atlanta.

The 6-foot-7 power forward threw down a 360 windmill dunk during his pregame routines.

Each 1 Teach 1 would pick up a 70-67 victory over SC Supreme. Williamson would end with a monster stat line of 37 points and seven rebounds.