The Morning Mix

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The Morning Mix is going to be light today, as we’re heading down to the Bayou to cover the Final Four in New Orleans. But we’re guessing you are kinda tired of reading rehashed stories about the Kentucky-Louisville game.

– Kentucky is the best team in the country this year, and that’s a lead pipe lock. But are they one of the best teams of the past 25 years? Nope, not at all

– In Seth Davis’ most recent edition of Hoops Thoughts, he reveals the perfect game plan to beat Kentucky

– It’s common knowledge that Rick Pitino and John Calipari don’t like each other….Or…well, it used to be common knowledge. According to Pitino, he has no animosity towards Cal

– Rick Pitino just missed out on being part of this year’s Hall of Fame induction class

– A pretty cool read on the Jewish Coaches Association annual Final Four bagel brunch. Yeah, it sounds goofy, but there’s actually a lot of good stuff here

– For the second year in a row, a non-D1 dunker won the College Slam Dunk Contest. James Justice of Martin Methodist College (TN) stole the show with his 52-inch vertical and an array of aerial acrobatics

– The NCAA is looking at making some changes to it’s governance model

– Here’s a shocker: Could Doug Gottlieb, yes, THAT Doug Gottlieb, be interested in the head coaching vacancy at Kansas State?

– Former Wake Forest and Xavier assistant Pat Kelsey has been named the new head coach at Winthrop 

– Harrison Barnes, John Henson and Kendall Marshall have all decided to enter the NBA draft and will not return to Chapel Hill

– Duquesne-transfer T.J. McConnell will decide between Virginia and Arizona for his new landing spot, both schools would greatly benefit from the addition of the sophomore point guard

– Jabari Parker, the top-rated junior in the country, could still be interested in Illinois now that John Groce has been named head coach

– Richie Edwards and Hrvoje Vucic has asked to transfer out of Valparaiso

The anti-One Shining Moment (Must-watch video clip)

A Gorgui Dieng highlight reel…..edited with the soundtrack from The Lion King


Troy Machir is the managing editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @TroyMachir.

Florida Gulf Coast’s Demetris Morant out 3-4 months

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Florida Gulf Coast redshirt junior forward Demetris Morant is expected to miss the next 3-4 months after undergoing surgery last week to repair a stress fracture in his right shin, the school announced on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-9 forward averaged 4.5 points, 4.4 blocks and 1.3 blocks per game in 33 appearances (18 starts) for the Eagles during the 2014-15 season.

“This is obviously an unfortunate setback for Demetris, but it was a procedure that needed to be done,” Florida Gulf Coast head coach Dooley said in a statement. “We decided it would be best to have it completed now to hopefully get him back for A-Sun play. It’s an opportunity now for other guys to step up in his absence, and I have confidence they’ll get the job done.”

The Eagles have the top frontline in the Atlantic Sun, one that returns Marc-Eddy Norelia and Filip Cvjeticanin, a 3-point shooter who missed all of last season recovering from back surgery. VCU transfer Antravious Simmons becomes eligible in the second semester.

Florida Gulf Coast begins the 2015-16 season on Nov. 14 against Ohio.

Bill Self on Cheick Diallo: ‘It may be a couple of more weeks’

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Cheick Diallo is currently practicing with Kansas, but his eligibility still remains in question.

On Monday, Kansas head coach Bill Self appeared on “The Border Patrol” on WHB-AM 810 and was asked to update the status of his freshman big man.

“He’s been cleared to practice,” Self told hosts Steven St. John and Nate Bukaty. “(His status) is depending on what they find throughout from the information we submit to them whenever we get it all together.

“A lot of people think, ‘Well, why wouldn’t it all be together?’ Well there’s a lot of reasons why. It’s because they told us recently some things that they just wanted. Instead of just throwing it to them piece by piece, they requested we to just submit it all together, so it may be a couple of more weeks before we’re able to submit everything when you’re talking about getting information from schools in Mali and everything like that.

“But we hope in two weeks, maybe three weeks, before we have a definite answer. But right now, Cheick is like everybody else. He’s practicing.”

Diallo, a 6-foot-9 forward from Mali is allowed to practice with the Jayhawks, but has been waiting to be cleared by the NCAA Eligibility Center despite enrolling in classes over the summer and earning six credits. Self anticipated this would be a long process, but has remained confident Diallo, the top-5 recruit in Class of 2015, will eventually be cleared to play this season.

For three years, Diallo attended Our Savior New American School in Centereach, New York, which is currently under NCAA review. In September, Pitt freshman Damon Wilson, Diallo’s teammate at OSNA, was cleared to play.

Kansas opens the season on Nov. 13 against Northern Colorado.