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

No. 14 Cal goes 0-2 in Las Vegas Invitational

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After midnight on the east coast on Thanksgiving, No. 14 Cal blew a 15 point second half lead against San Diego State, allowing the Aztecs to use a 30-6 run to put away the game and advance to the final of the Las Vegas Invitational. That’s the same San Diego State team had scored 43 points in a loss to Arkansas-Little Rock last week.

Not 24 hours later, the Golden Bears were shredded defensively by the Richmond Spiders, losing 94-90 in the consolation game of a four-team tournament they were considered to be the heavy favorite in.

It’s a disappointing two-game stretch for Cal, who entered the season as a Pac-12 favorite and had looked the part for the first four games of the season.

And the issue appears to be on the defensive end of the floor.

Richmond is a good Atlantic 10 team. Terry Allen and Marshall Wood are high-major big men, Shawn’Dre Jones is a jitterbug at the point and Chris Mooney runs a Princeton-esque system that is very difficult to prepare for without a day in-between games. So it’s not really surprising that the Spiders gave Cal a fight.

But 94 points?

On the heels of giving up 44 points in the second half against the offensively-challenged Aztecs?

That’s a problem, one that I’m sure that Cuonzo Martin is going to address this week in practice. Martin has managed to put together a roster that is build for small-ball, with four talented perimeter players surrounding a first round pick in the post. But that’s not the style that he’s known for. Martin played his college ball at Purdue in the Gene Keady days. He cut his teeth as a head coach at Missouri State in the Missouri Valley. His team’s at Tennessee were known for being tough and physical defensively.

That’s how Martin coaches, which is part of the reason Cal had such hype entering the year.

The talents of Tyrone Wallace, Jaylen Brown, Ivan Rabb, Jabari Bird and Jordan Mathews on a team with a coach that gets teams to defend the way Martin does? It’s no surprise that pundits would be optimistic.

But as of now, they have some work to do defensively if they want to live up to that hype.

Tyler Ulis injured as No. 1 Kentucky beats South Florida

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MIAMI (AP) Jamal Murray had 21 points and No. 1 Kentucky scored the final 15 points of the first half on the way to beating South Florida 84-63 in the HoopHall Miami Invitational on Friday.

Skal Labissiere added 17 points for the Wildcats (6-0), who led by as many as 31. Charles Matthews scored 11 points and Isaiah Briscoe finished with seven assists for Kentucky, now a winner of 37 consecutive regular-season games and 39 in a row against unranked opponents.

Chris Perry scored 14 points for USF (1-5), which has lost 18 consecutive games against teams ranked in the Top 25. Jaleel Cousins added 12 points on 5-for-6 shooting, and Jahmal McMurray scored 11 points for the Bulls.

Kentucky played the second half without starting guard Tyler Ulis, who departed with a right elbow injury after getting hurt while fighting for a ball loose on the floor.

Kentucky announced after the game that the injury was a hyperextension of the elbow and that he will be day-to-day.

The Bulls were within 27-21 with 6 minutes left in the first half after McMurray banked in a 3-pointer only a few feet away from where John Calipari was standing, and the look of anguish on the Kentucky coach’s face was clear.

It didn’t last long.

The Wildcats scored on seven of their next nine possessions and the game was over by halftime, Kentucky going into the break with a 42-21 lead.

It was a reunion for plenty of people on both benches. Calipari squared off with his former assistant Orlando Antigua, now in his second year leading USF. Antigua’s staff includes another former Calipari assistant in Rod Strickland, plus former Kentucky basketball staff members Mike Malone and Dominic Lombardi.

So the staffs have plenty of familiarity. On the court, there was plenty of disparity. Kentucky finished with a commanding 23-6 edge in points off turnovers and finished with 16 assists to the Bulls’ six.