The Morning Mix

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– The Carrier Classic will be back next year, it just won’t be in San Diego. That’s a shame, because the climate and beautiful  dusk sunset provided for a fantastic and unique environment

– I don’t usually read bubble breakdowns, but when I do, I read Andy Glockner’s

– Marquette-transfer Jerron Maymon has become the most consistent play for the Tennessee Volunteers. Cuonzo Martin’s squad is progressing very nicely in year one, and should be much improved come next year

– Baylor has been written off as being one of the elite teams. That being said, they will be an interesting team to keep track of over the course of the next few weeks

– The importance of Xavier’s Kenny Frease is often swept under the door. When he plays aggressive and assertive, as he did much of last season, the Musketeers are a significantly better team

– John Calipari takes to his personal website in order to dispel the “Great Myth of Kentucky”

– Are you opinionated? Rush The Court certainly is. They break down what they love and what they hate from this past week in college hoops

– Butler began it’s march towards a third straight National Championship appearance with a victory over Wright State. Prior to the game, Ronald Nored was named as the Horizon League’s Defensive Player of the Year. He became the first player in conference history to win the award twice

– Maize’n’Brew provides some fantastic statistical analysis of the Wolverines’ 3-point dependency

– Oregon’s Garrett Sim is embracing his role as “the bad guy”. The senior guard got caught in a slight altercation with Oregon State’s Jared Cunningham, and Beaver fans didn’t hold back

– The reigning and defending National Champions are now firmly entrenched on the bubble after losing to Providence last night

Jeff Eisenberg makes a side-by-side comparison of the two leading candidates for the national PoY award

– George Dohrmann, the author of “Play Their Hearts Out” and a key contributor to the Ohio State scandal reports, is working on an expose on UCLA basketball. This is not good news for the Bruins. Not good news at all.

– Miami continues to make headlines. Reggie Johnson was reinstated by the NCAA after being ruled ineligible last Sunday, and head coach Jim Larranaga questioned the resumes of some mid-major bubble teams

– Ken Pomeroy is keeping a running tab of the teams that still have a chance at winning a regular season championship

– Only a Northwestern blog would keep a running list of teams still in play to make the NCAA Tournament for the very first time

– This shouldn’t come as a huge surprise, but attendance numbers are way down in the ACC this season.

– Big Apple Buckets provides a prediction for the America East Tournament

– Ryan Divish put together a great article on the top candidates for the Pac-12 Coach of the Year award

– If you want a “one-stop-shop” for tournament primers, you should read Myron Medcalf’s work

– More Myron Medcalf awesomeness: Ten of the best game-changing seniors

A team-by-team preview of the West Coast Conference Tournament

– Ten years ago (and close to 100lbs ago) Michael Sweetney was an All-American power forward at Georgetown.  This is not what former-All-Americans are supposed to look like

Some great video from the Kansas locker room following the Jayhawks’  championship-clinching win over Oklahoma State

The funniest .gif you’ll see all day, featuring Tyshawn Taylor’s mom

Louisville backcourt struggles in first scrimmage

Quentin Snider, Jerian Grant
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While a few teams did manage to hold special events for the official start of practice this weekend, most simply went about their business with drills and conditioning. One team that was the exception to all of this was Louisville, which held the first of its two intersquad scrimmages on Saturday. The Cardinals had a head start of sorts on the season, as they played six exhibition games in Puerto Rico this summer.

One hope heading into Saturday’s scrimmage was that guards Trey Lewis and Quentin Snider would have better chemistry than they did in Puerto Rico. But according to Jeff Greer of the Louisville Courier-Journal, that remains a work in progress for the Cleveland State transfer (Lewis) and rising sophomore (Snider).

They struggled in Puerto Rico, and they struggled again in Saturday’s Red-White scrimmage, the first public intrasquad practice since August. They played one half of the game together, paired with the presumed starting lineup with Mangok Mathiang out with an eye injury, a group that also included Damion Lee, Jaylen Johnson and Chinanu Onuaku.

That team lost the first half by 13 points to a younger group of Louisville players, and Lewis and Snider combined for eight points on 3-of-12 shooting, five turnovers, five steals, four assists and three rebounds.

“I thought (Snider) and (Lewis) did not play well together,” U of L coach Rick Pitino said. “They’ve got to get used to that. Neither guy made other guys better. That’s what they need to learn to do.”

As Greer also noted in his story the Cardinals have in recent years employed backcourt tandems in which both guards are capable of making plays for themselves and others. On the 2013 national champion team Peyton Siva and Russ Smith led the way, with Smith being joined by Terry Rozier or Chris Jones the following season and Rozier/Jones being the grouping last season before the latter was dismissed from the team.

Once Jones was dismissed Snider saw more time on the court, and his development was one of the keys for a Louisville team that fell one win short of the Final Four. Louisville needs him to take another step forward heading into the 2015-16 season, because even with Lewis’ experience at the Division I level Snider has more experience playing in Pitino’s system.

But while Saturday’s scrimmage didn’t go as well as anyone involved hoped, there’s still plenty of time for Louisville to work out the kinks before they open the season November 13 against Samford.

Knee injury sidelines Memphis assistant

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With practices beginning this weekend, not only are players looking to avoid the injury bug but their coaches are as well. And in the case of Memphis, the Tigers won’t have one of their assistants on the court for a little while due to a knee injury.

Assistant coach Damon Stoudamire, who returned to Josh Pastner’s staff this summer after a two-year stint at Arizona, suffered the injury during a recent workout according to L. Jason Smith of the Memphis Commercial-Appeal. And Stoudamire will require surgery, which will put him on the shelf for a little bit.

“He was working out himself and I think he thought he was in his rookie year,” Pastner said. “We think he’s got a torn meniscus, which will require surgery and put him out for a couple of days.”

Stoudamire isn’t the only assistant coach working through pain either. Syracuse’s Mike Hopkins, who is also Jim Boeheim’s heir apparent as head coach, suffered a neck injury body surfing during a family vacation last month. Hopkins spent some time in a neck brace while putting players through workouts as a result of the injury.

As for the Tigers, they’ll have a mixture of experience on the perimeter and youth in the front court as they look to get back to the NCAA tournament after missing out last season. Among the newcomers are talented forwards Dedric and K.J. Lawson, with experienced guards such as Kedren Johnson, Trahson Burrell and Ricky Tarrant (grad transfer from Alabama) expected to be key contributors on the perimeter.