The Morning Mix

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– Andy GlocknerBrendan PruntyDan Wolken and Eamonn Brennan provide the bubble watches for us today

– Kentucky is clearly a favorite to win the National Championship. But what about New Mexico? What about Michigan? What about Wichita State? All three of those teams are part of Luke Winn’s “Magical Eight”

Dana O’Neil tells us about the teams that “answered the bell” last night

– Filling your monthly quota of “College Basketball Music Videos” in one day: Bellarmine – We’re Back (Virtual Linsanity)  Kansas – Runner Up (Awful, just awful), Syracuse – We need a new rap song (You might, but we don’t)

Can anybody make sense of the South Florida Bulls? Are they a tournament team? Conventional wisdom says “no”, but conventional wisdom is so 2006

– John Gasaway details the life and times of the RPI

A solid cheat sheet if your are behind schedule on the bubble

– Yahoo Sports’ Mike Huguenin is All About The Big Ten

A historical look at the rivalry between Temple and LaSalle

– Did you know that South Dakota State’s Nate Wolters leads the country in points-per-steal?

– This seems like a bizarre time to debate about the top-16 teams in NCAA basketball history

Jason King searches for “the next Butler”. After Creighton, Long Beach State and Murray State, who ya got?

The dangers of auto-pilot: America East-leading Vermont lost to winless-Binghamton last night

– Florida forward Will Yeguete is out indefinitely after breaking his left foot in the Gators’ Tuesday night victory over Auburn. Pat Forde believes that the injury to Yeguete will hurt Florida’s chances at sustaining a long March run

– North Carolina State head coach Mark Gottfried blasted referee Karl Hess for his egregious ejection of two NC-State alums on Saturday. Those same alums,  Tom Gugliotta and Chris Corchiani were back at the RBC Arena last night as part of the school’s honorary recognition of the 1989 Wolfpack team. In the game itself, NC-State lost to North Carolina 86-74

A good-read from the New York Times on Siena’s O.D. Anosike, who leads the country in rebounding

– The critics are wondering if maybe Syracuse should switch from zone to man-to-man defense. Do we really need to ask you what you think Jim Boeheim’s response is going to be?

– The Loyola Greyhounds are going to be a dangerous assignment for any team when the MAAC Tournament rolls around

– Is Pittsburgh the most disappointing team of the 2011-2012 season?

– Speaking of Pitt, it’s time we show them some love. This article from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Tray Woodall is a must-read

– Hey, Missouri/Kansas, are you listening? Xavier and Cincinnati plan on keeping their rivalry afloat, and they actually came to blows. Why are you guys calling it quits again?

– St. John’s head coach Steve Lavin plans on returning to the sidelines next season after battling prostate cancer for much of 2011-2012

– After watching Oregon and Maryland screw up uniforms forever, it should become abundantly clear why college basketball teams are going with “platinum jerseys”

– The reason Notre Dame’s Jack Cooley has emerged as such a viable low-post threat? Cutting back in the video games

– Finally, Norfolk State’s Kyle O’Quinn receives some recognition from the media

– Former-George Mason coach Jim Larranaga puts the CAA “on blast”

– I guess “Spoon” is Kentuckian for “People I don’t like”

– In case you didn’t know, Iona’s Scott Machado became the MAAC’s all-time leader in assists over the weekend

– You don’t know anything about the Great West Conference. No worries. That’s why we keep John Templon around

– Central Florida has announced it’s self-imposed sanctions stemming from the Ken Caldwell fiasco

– File this under the “You Just Hate To See That Happen” category: Broadcaster falls off his stool before Xavier/Dayton game

– Colorado State’s court-storming might have been questionable, but their execution wasn’t. Seton Hall’s execution, on the other hand, was well, non-existent

– Speaking of Seton Hall, not very many teams outside the top-5 were going to beat Jordan Theodore & Co last night

–  A look at Hinkle Fieldhouse through the eyes of Butler’s Blue II

– Speaking of Butlerm former-bulldogs coach Todd Lickliter wants to be a head coach again

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.