The Morning Mix

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An absolute must-read from Inside Milwaukee magazine. It’s a fantastic article about Marquette’s Buzz Williams, who is by far the most interesting coach in college basketball

Seth Davis’ Hoop Thoughts, a weekly must-read

– The suspension of Alabama forward Tony Mitchell will last until the end of the season

– Depending on where you get your information from, Jim Calhoun may or may not be on the sidelines for the Huskie’s game against Syracuse on Saturday

– A Cincinnati football recruit was ejected from a high school playoff game in Pennsylvania for throwing a punch at an opposing player

– After a come-from-behind victory against Villanova on Saturday, Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey had this to say about his team “Collectively, we’re kind of a Jeremy Lamb”

– It was reported on Sunday that Maryland is going to refuse to schedule all future athletic events with Georgetown until the Hoyas agree to play in basketball. Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon supports the idea of playing Georgetown

– Gary Parrish’s Poll Attacks. Eamonn Brennan’s Poll Thoughts

Raphielle Johnson provides a good-read on the success of Cal State-Fullerton. The Titans have relied heavily on transfers this season and have won eight out of their last nine games

– Mississippi State head coach Rick Stansbury took a shot at Kentucky’s Twany Beckham, a former-bulldog.  But Stansbury then said that his comments were taken out of context and even called Beckham to explain his remarks. Regardless, this is rather  poor timing. Mississippi State has dropped three in a row and hosts the No. 1 Wildcats tonight and the Bulldogs may be without Renardo Sidney

– Dave Hess does a great job explaining the battle between stat geeks and the media when discussing the tournament selection process

– Referee Karl Hess has been reprimanded by the ACC for ejecting former-North Carolina State stars Tom Gugliotta and Chris Corchiani from Saturday’s game. What is a “reprimand” you ask? Nothing more than a public scolding. This is simply not enough

– Illinois head coach Bruce Weber has insisted that his team isn’t going to feel sorry for themselves anymore. That probably means we won’t see Meyers Leonard crying from on the sidelines anymore

– Speaking of Illinois, Joe Lunardi doesn’t think they will, or should, make the NCAA Tournament (Insiders Only)

North Florida’s Parker Smith went off last night for 46 points on 13-20 shooting including 11-17 from behind the arc

– Considering the amount of turnover this year in Knoxville, is an NIT bid for the Volunteers really that bad?

– Mike Krzyzewski got a chance to meet his hockey counter-part, Boston College head coach Jerry York, who just won the 900th game of his career in the Beanpot over Boston U

– Rush The Court published a series of “Mount Rushmore” posts for Pac-12,ACC,  and college basketball in general

– Florida guard Mike Rosario is expected to return to action on Tuesday against Auburn. The Rutgers-transfer has missed the past three games due to a hip-pointer

– Highly touted recruit Nerlens Noel has not been officially reclassified yet, but the announcement should be coming shortly

– If UCLA has any desire to make a late-season run and win the Pac-12 Tournament, they will need Lazeric Jones to get going

– In case you weren’t already aware, the Summit League is home to five of the top scorers in the country

– All Bo Ryan does is win. But how “sexy” would an “All-Bo Ryan Team” be?

– I think the headline speaks for itself – “Three reasons why Sean Miller would make a good president

This is hilarious. Washington State’s Reggie Moore is a world-class starer

– Now this is what I call dedication

– Denard Robinson should never ever quit his day job

– I’m offended that somebody found this offensive

VIDEO: UConn’s Kwintin Williams would win the NBA dunk contest

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Think that’s too strong?

Look at this dunk:

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He also did this over the summer:

Williams is a 6-foot-7, 215 pound JuCo transfer that should provide UConn with some minutes in the frontcourt this season.

LSU officially announces addition of Kavell Bigby-Williams

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LSU has announced the addition of Oregon transfer Kavell Bigby-Williams, a 6-foot-11 junior that was the National Junior College Player of the Year as a sophomore.

Bigby-Williams, who is a native of London, averaged 3.0 points and 2.8 boards last season as the Ducks reached the Final Four, but he played the majority of the season while under investigation for an alleged sexual assault that occurred while he was at Gillette College in Wyoming.

The local County Attorney declined to charge Bigby-Williams with a crime, and Gillette College police consider the case closed.

“The university conducted a responsible and comprehensive review before approving the transfer,” a release posted on LSU’s Athletics site read, “including close coordination with Title IX officials, multiple discussions with Gillette and Oregon officials and a thorough examination of available public records.”

LSU head coach Will Wade was quoted in that release as well: “This is an issue we all take seriously and we made absolutely sure we did our due diligence before considering moving forward. Kavell understands that and has made clear to me that he’s going to repay our confidence by representing LSU with his very best on and off the court.”

Report: Four-star Mamaou Doucoure has reclassified, enrolled at Rutgers

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Rutgers has made a potentially significant addition to their 2017 recruiting class, as four-star big man Mamadou Doucoure appears to have reclassified.

According to the Asbury Park Press, Doucoure has already enrolled in classes at Rutgers, citing a search of the university’s online database. The 6-foot-9 Doucoure was initially a member of the Class of 2017 before reclassifying to 2018, although there have been rumors that he has been trying to enroll this year.

It’s not yet clear if Doucoure will be eligible to play this season — he has not even been added to Rutgers’ roster online — but if he’s eligible, he should be able to provide rotation minutes for the Scarlet Knights.

Even if he’s not cleared to play this season, his addition matters. He’ll be able to workout with and develop in a Big Ten locker room before getting cleared to play alongside a massive 2018 recruiting class that already includes four-stars Mac McClung and Montez Mathis along with three-star prospect Ron Harper Jr.

Options drying up for top ten prospect Mitchell Robinson

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It’s looking less and less likely that we’ll see Mitchell Robinson on a college campus this season.

Robinson, if you’ve forgotten, committed to and signed with Western Kentucky, enrolling at the school and practicing with the team over the summer. But he left Bowling Green after two weeks and has received a release to transfer out of the program.

And that’s where the difficultly here lies.

He’s a transfer, which means that, as a top ten prospect and a likely one-and-done player, he will be redshirting the only year that he is on campus unless the NCAA would provide him with a waiver, which is unlikely. After Robinson left WKU, three schools have emerged as potential landing spots: LSU, Kansas and New Orleans. LSU ended their recruitment two weeks ago. Over the weekend, Kansas head coach essentially confirmed that Robinson will not be a Jayhawks.

“I would think that we probably won’t sign anybody,” Self told the Kansas City Star.

That leaves New Orleans, his hometown school, or overseas, which is a rumor that has followed Robinson since the spring. The other option? Sitting out and training for a year, which FanRag Sports reported on Sunday is a possibility.

However you slice it, Robinson’s one-and-done year has turned into a mess. He’s still likely to end up as a first round pick — seven-footers that can do the things he does defensively don’t grow on trees — but I can’t imagine that teams are going to be clamoring to use a lottery pick on a player that just spent a year sitting out.

VIDEO: Texas freshman Jericho Sims catches nasty alley-oop

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Texas is in Australia for their team’s summer trip, and Jericho Sims gave Longhorn fans a glimpse of why they may not miss Jarrett Allen’s athleticism all that much this season.