The Morning Mix

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Throughout the month of October, CollegeBasketballTalk will be rolling out our previews for the 2012-2013 season. Check back at 9 a.m. and just after lunch every day, Monday-Friday, for a new preview item.

To browse through the preview posts we’ve already published, click here. To look at the rest of The Lists we’ve published, click here. For a schedule of our previews for the month, click here.

– These Mid-Major Top-15 power rankings for the upcoming season come to you from CBT’s very own Rob Dauster

The NCAA is investigating the relationship between LeBron James’ agent and Texas guard Myck Kabongo

– According to the Detroit News, top-5 class of 2013 guard/forward combo Jame Young is going to select Kentucky over Michigan State

– Gangham Style has invaded college basketball. You just had to know this was going to happen

– The NCAA sure does have some goofy rules. Did you know that coaches are forbidden from using Instagram?

– Rush The Court provides a great-read the great lengths the Western athletic Conference has gone to in order to stay afloat

– I love the direction the Indiana Hoosiers have gone in terms of their Hoosier Hysteria: ESPN anchor Sage Steele will emcee event

– Syracuse chose to go in a different direction, will have Scoop Jardine and Michael Jordan’s daughter has event hosts

– Wisconsin all-purpose forward Mike Bruesewitz will miss 4-6 weeks due to a laceration he sustained while trying to dive for a loose ball during practice. Apparently the accident was pretty grisly 

– A lot of pundits think the Iowa Hawkeyes could make some real noise this year as a sleeper team. The same can be said about the team’s leading scorer Roy Devyn Marble

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

Illinois’ injury woes continue as starting center needs knee surgery

George Niang,Abdel Nader,Mike Thorne, Jr.
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Illinois suffered another blow in what has already turned out to be a brutal season.

Mike Thorne is expected to miss the rest of the season after tearing his meniscus. He reportedly underwent surgery on Monday to repair the injury.

Thorne, a transfer from Charlotte, was starting at center for the Illini and doing a good job of it as well. He was averaging 13.4 points and 8.4 boards, although Illinois has started off the season 3-4.

The reason for that slow start has mainly been those injuries. Tracy Abrams is already out for the season after tearing his achilles, and the Illini training room looked like a M.A.S.H. unit. Kendrick Nunn just returned two games ago from surgery to repair a torn thumb ligament. LeRon Black is still getting back to speed after offseason knee surgery. Jaylon Tate is back after dislocating a finger. Jalen Coleman-Lands was slowed by a stress fracture.

John Groce entered this season on the hot seat, and dealing with all of these injuries certainly isn’t helping his cause.

NEW PODCAST: Recapping Feast Week

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We talk about a lot of stuff of the podcast today, mainly because a lot of stuff happened since we last spoke with you all.

For starters, we need to discuss the ‘realness’ of Syracuse and Xavier. Are they both truly top 15 teams, or do they just have top 15 resumes? We also dive into Chris Mack’s epic troll-job of Dayton at the Advocare Invitational final.

Other topics we touched on: Whether or not Scott is ever going to apologize to Wayne Selden, Wichita State’s tournament hopes, Texas A&M and whether we’d take Ben Simmons, Kris Dunn or Denzel Valentine today.

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