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The NFL referees are back,  but The Morning Mix never left. Remember that.

– In an effort to make their Midnight Madness seem more “hip” and/or “cool”, Syracuse has decided against having Tone Loc for a second straight year. Instead, former-guard Scoop Jardine will M.C. the event, along with his girlfriend the daughter of Michael Jordan

– More Midnight Madness intel: George Washington and UConn

Rappelling down the face of a rock is scary business. Normally, I have no business discussing it. But Rutgers Mike Rice is going to give it “the ol’ college try”. He’s a better man than I’ll ever be

– Umm, this is the main issue I’ve had with aircraft carrier games the entire time

What should we expect from the Big East in 2012-2013? That’s a very good question

– Anybody else looking forward to the bi-annual Xavier/Butler title that’s just beyond the horizon? Remember when the #Expansionocalypse big-wigs were talking about so-called “new rivalries”? I think this is what they had in mind

– Since we’re on the subject of Butler, here’s a team preview for the 2012-2013 Bulldogs squad

– More Butler: Regardless or “irregardless” of the outcome, Butler will not be taking over for Duke’s 2010 national championship title

– Michigan State is going to be “a force to be reckoned with“? C”mon Izzo. That’s a tad strong even for your taste

– It’s only Wednesday, but I’m pretty confident that the Montana Grizzlies have had the worst.week.ever

– BYU-transfer Damarcus Harrison has been granted a waiver by the NCAA that makes him immediately eligible to play for the Clemson Tigers

– In case you missed it from earlier on Tuesday, Nebraska AD (and famous football coach) Tom Osborne announced his retirement, effective in January

– Reggie Cameron, an elite shooter out of Hudson Catholic (NJ) has committed to Georgetown and should fit into JTIII’s offensive system rather well

– Interested in trying out for the Detroit men’s basketball team? Here’s your chance

– If your fantasy football league gets points for offensive rebounds or eFG%, this link is for you


And we end today’s edition of The Morning Mix with the following:


You gotta just trust me on this one.

Remember, if you find an article that is worthy of being in The Morning Mix, be sure to use the #ReadoftheDay hashtag on Twitter. 

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

My college coach would make us turn in our scouting report before each game out of fear of espionage. Players at Duke are getting IPads. The world is a scary, scary place

No. 25 Texas A&M outlasts No. 10 Gonzaga

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No. 25 Texas A&M made a statement on Turkey Day, as they knocked off No. 10 Gonzaga 62-61 in the semifinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis.

Danuel House led the way with 19 points for the Aggies while Tony Trocha-Morales finished with 14 points as Texas A&M picked up the win despite the fact that they did not score for the final eight minutes of the game.

Billy Kennedy’s club looked the part of an SEC contender, playing tough defense and keeping Gonzaga’s massive and talented front line in check. Perhaps most impressive was that they were able to hang on despite blowing a lead late in the second half, and that they did it with their defense. Gonzaga can score. They have big bodies inside and shooters to surround them, but Domantas Sabonis struggled with foul struggle throughout the game while Kyle Wiltjer did not score in the final 12 minutes.

Kentucky, at this point, is the clear-cut favorite in the SEC, and while Vanderbilt looked really good in Maui this week, A&M looks like they’re going to end up giving the Commodores a run for their money for second-best in the league.

On the other hand, this loss wasn’t a total disaster for the Zags. They had the final possession with a chance to be a good team on a day when Domantas Sabonis was rendered completely ineffective. And, more importantly, point guard Josh Perkins was terrific. He did have a late turnover, but he scored all 15 of his points in the second half as he helped keep the Zags within striking distance.

Texas A&M will play the winner of Syracuse and No. 18 UConn for the title.

PREGAME SHOOTAROUND: Thanksgiving Day Edition!

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GAME OF THE NIGHT: Syracuse vs. No. 18 UConn, 3:30 p.m.

For the first time since the Orange departed the Big East, the two former rivals will square off. Today’s battle will take place at the Battle 4 Atlantis, as the Orange knocked off Charlotte yesterday and the Huskies dispatched Michigan. To get ready for this battle, I’d suggest ready through the conversation @NoEscalators had with himself last night.

THIS ONE’S GOOD, TOO: No. 25 Texas A&M vs. No. 10 Gonzaga, 1:00 p.m.

The other semifinal in the Battle 4 Atlantis could end up being just as good, as the Aggies — who might be the second best team in the SEC — square off with a Gonzaga team that has one of the best front lines in the country. This will be a good test to figure out just how good both of these teams are.


1. No. 20 Wichita State vs. USC, 2:00 p.m.: The Shockers will be without Fred VanVleet for this event. It will also be a chance for us to gauge just how good this 4-0 USC team is.

2. No. 23 Xavier vs. Alabama, 12:00 p.m: The Musketeers should have no problems dispatching Alabama.

3. No. 8 Villanova vs. Stanford, 4:30 p.m.: The Wildcats are, once again, as good as any team in the country. Josh Hart might be the nation’s most underrated star.

4. No. 14 Cal vs. San Diego State, 12:00 a.m.: Tyrone Wallace and company have been awesome this season. They get their first real test of the season tonight.

5. Providence vs. Evansville, 7:00 p.m.: Evansville is one of the nation’s best mid-majors, good enough to give the likes of Wichita State and Northern Iowa a fight in the Missouri Valley. And Providence? They got a kid named Kris Dunn. Heard of him?


  • No. 3 Michigan State vs. Boston College, 6:30 p.m.
  • No. 11 Arizona vs. Santa Clara, 11:30 p.m.
  • No. 17 Notre Dame vs. Monmouth, 6:30 p.m.