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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.

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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

PHOTO: Ohio State’s new LeBron James shoe display

during the College Football Playoff National Championship Game at AT&T Stadium on January 12, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.
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Ohio State has capitalized on its close relationship with NBA superstar LeBron James over the years and now has a new shoe display that should come in handy during recruiting.

The Buckeyes put out a tweet late this week with the display, calling themselves “THE LeBron school.” While this is something small, recruits like that the Buckeyes are tied into the best player in the world and it’s cool to them that Ohio State gets some exclusive gear.

Rutgers hoping new duo can bring a spark

of the Ohio State Buckeyes against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights during their Big Ten conference game at Rutgers Athletic Center on February 8, 2015 in Piscataway, New Jersey.
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Rutgers has struggled to achieve success on the floor the last few years and head coach Eddie Jordan is hoping that some talented newcomers can help start a turnaround. With the start of practice, local media saw some of the Scarlet Knights’ early practice and Jerry Carino of the Asbury Park Press noted that the duo of freshman point guard Corey Sanders and junior college forward Deshawn Freeman were getting a lot of burn together.

With both incoming players being four-star prospects, it’s hardly a surprise that Jordan would see what the two were capable of. According to Carino, it meant a lot of Sanders driving and forcing the defense to collapse before finding Freeman.

“It seems like coach always has us on the same team,” Freeman said to Carino. “Ever since we’ve gotten here, he’s trying to get us to play together.”

Carino also notes that since Rutgers is deeper, longer and more athletic in general this season, the team could do more with a pressing defense to help create turnovers.

While Rutgers still faces an uphill climb in the Big Ten, they at least have some exciting pieces that will be in place for a few seasons.