The Morning Mix

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-Your #ReadoftheDay comes via Ken Pomeroy, the college basketball god of statistics. He drops some of the best off-season knowledge possible: the top-17 most improbably comebacks of 2011-2012 (Note: I was present for No.15 and No.12. Just sayin’)

– In case you’re in the process of getting prepped for the upcoming season (Less than 50 days till Tip-Off Madness), now is a perfect time to start getting familiar with mandatory Luke Winn readings on Friday mornings

– Mike DeCourcy provides evidence that shows recruits still want to play in the Big East

– Marcus Lee has narrowed down his college list two just two teams: California and Kentucky

Matt Norlander takes UNC to task over the school’s lack of a moral compass in distributing the blame for the school’s academic scandal

– According to this electronic bar tab, the University of Kentucky spent roughly $370,000 during the men’s basketball 2011-2012 national championship campaign

– Jeff Eisenberg is previewing the Southland Conference, which is debuting the addition of Oral Roberts, previously of the Summit League (Champions, 2011-2012)

– This isn’t new news. In fact, this is probably the first issue event-planners would have addressed when told to stage an outdoor basketball game…….Ummm….What if it rains?

– Don Amore reports that new UConn head coach Kevin Ollie is out in Chicago getting his recruiting grind on, Jabari Parker-style

– Magazine covers are still cool: Cody Zeller and Vincent Council

– More Midnight Madness details: Kansas, and Maryland

– Highly touted recruit Jordan Mickey has decided to attend Louisiana State and will play for new head coach Johnny Jones, who took over in April when Trent Johnson decided to leave for TCU

– Alabama head coach Anthony Grant asked for a raise at the end of last season, and yesterday the school announced that they would be giving it to him

– In terms of the Louisville/Kentucky rivalry, this is what we call “Rock Bottom

Oregon Cheerleaders. Need I say more?

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.

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.