The Morning Mix

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Billy Clyde Gilispie is no longer the head coach at Texas Tech. How can I put this without being too harsh? Good riddance. Guys like BCG don’t deserve the privilege of working in a leadership position. He’s bad for the game. Good Riddance.

Billy Gillespie resigned from Texas Tech. This may have been the smartest move of Billy Clyde’s notorious career

– Where does Texas Tech go from here? Andy Katz tries to figure it out, and provides a couple of interesting suggestions: Former New Mexico State coach/NBA player/T-NBC actor Reggie Theus, and former-Nebraska coach Doc Sadler, who is now an assistant under Bill Self at Kansas

– Dana O’Neil provides a great-take on the ending to BCG’s reign at Texas Tech

– John Calipari spilled the beans on how he’s able to get the top recruits to come to Kentucky, and surprisingly enough, it’s rather quite simple. Calipari just happens to execute it perfectly

– Kentucky”s freshman phenom Nerlens Noel nearly took a spill at the Big Blue Madness camp-out

– It appears as those Detroit’s star guard Ray MacCallum is writing for the school newspaper. Give it a read

– Mike Rice is the most entertaining coach in the country that doesn’t get enough credit. He’s raising money by rappelling down the surface of a 490-foot building. Need I say more?

– OF COURSE I’ll go golfing with Providence head coach Ed Cooley!!!

– Former-Gonzaga forward Micah Downs will be attending Boston Celtics training camp. Random, I know, right? But this does provide the opportunity to fill you in on the where-a-bouts of other famous Zags

– For those of you who care about this sort of thing, The ACC has released their full composite schedule for the 2012-2013 season

The same thing goes for the Horizon League. You’ll have ample opportunity to get to know the rest of the league now that Butler has moved to the Atlantic-10

POSTERIZED: Cal’s Jaylen Brown has his dunk contest entry

California's Jaylen Brown lays up a shot against Oregon State in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Berkeley, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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Cal picked up a big win over Oregon State in Haas Pavilion on Saturday night, and the exclamation point was this emphatic dunk from Jaylen Brown:

Niang, Morris lead No. 14 Iowa State past No. 24 Texas

Iowa State forward Georges Niang drives past Texas guard Tevin Mack, left, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
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After falling at Texas Tech for the second straight season midweek, No. 14 Iowa State needed to bounce back with No. 24 Texas visiting Hilton Coliseum. The return of Jameel McKay, who was suspended for two games, certainly helped the Cyclones and the play of Georges Niang and Monte Morris was key as well. But the biggest difference on this night was the fact that Iowa State was able to limit the effectiveness of Texas point guard Isaiah Taylor.

 

Taylor scored just nine points on 3-for-14 shooting from the field, and with Morris and Niang scoring 24 points apiece the Cyclones won by the final score of 85-75.

Taylor had multiple opportunities to make plays around the basket thanks to his ability to beat defenders off the bounce, but he struggled to finish. Add in a 0-for-4 night from three, and Texas’ most dangerous offensive option was unable to duplicate his performance in the first meeting between the two teams. In Texas’ 94-91 overtime win over the Cyclones January 12, Taylor scored 28 points and dished out six assists with just one turnover, shooting 11-for-17 from the field.

Four Longhorns finished in double figures, with Tevin Mack and Javan Felix scoring 18 apiece, but with Morris decisively winning the point guard matchup Texas was unable to pick up the win on the road.

For Iowa State the aforementioned tandem of Morris and Niang performed as they did in the first meeting, which should come as no surprise. What helped them, especially when it came to Texas attacking the basket, was the presence of McKay. McKay finished the game with eight points, seven rebounds and four blocks in 22 minutes of action, and to have their best interior defender back on the floor certainly helped the Cyclones on this night.

With their lack of depth Iowa State’s margin for error is small, especially when it comes to foul trouble, injuries and disciplinary reasons. Even with Texas’ size advantage Iowa State outscored them in the paint 48-34, and McKay’s defensive ability factored into that. The Cyclones can put points on the board with the best of them, but at some point they’ll need to string together stops as the games get even bigger.

Iowa State managed to do that down the stretch, with Morris and Niang running the show offensively. And that’s a good formula to be able to rely upon as the season approaches its most important month.