The Morning Mix

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– Only somebody like Jeff Goodman  has the contacts needed in order to put together a comprehensive list of all the “secret” scrimmages taking place across the country

– Only Wisconsin forward Mike Bruesewitz would sustain a major cut while diving for a loose ball in practice. The Badgers senior detailed his bizarre practice injury

– The NEC held their conference media day yesterday, and utilized social media to it’s fullest. Here is one of the best event recaps you will find

– The bloggers at CBS put together their list of the top-50 big men in the country

– A breakdown of the preseason events that will feature Pac-12 teams, courtesy of Rush The Court

– Since Chane Behanan isn’t allowed to speak to the media throughout the entire season, his high school basketball coach is obviously the next logical choice for insight on what the Louisville forward is thinking….

– I completely support Geno Auriemma’s notion of lowering the rims for women’s hoops. Anything to increase dunkage rate is a plus. A female #POSTERIZED is still a #POSTERIZED

– Syracuse guard Trevor Cooney will miss at least one week as he recovers from a tonsillectomy. The redshirt freshman is expected to nbe the first guard off the bench for Jim Boeheim

– Best headline of the day (A damn-good article too): “Z Mason Demands Respect”. That name always demands respect

– Did you all see former-Jayhawk Thomas Robinson drop a massive preseason #POSTERIZED on new Los Angeles Laker Dwight Howard? Yeah, Bill Self is going to have trouble replacing that

Indiana was chosen as the preseason favorites to win the Big-10 Conference Championship. Shocker, I know

– I really love what College Chalktalk is doing this season. One of the ways they are stepping up their game is by adding more video content. I am a big fan of this. Viewers wants options. Providing multiple media platforms for viewers to choose from make them happy

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

Louisville’s Rick Pitino on allegations: ‘We will get through this’

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville coach Rick Pitino remains defiant that his program will survive the allegations in a book by an escort alleging that former Cardinals staffer Andre McGee hired her and other dancers to strip and have sex with recruits and players.

Pitino said Tuesday that the Cardinals “will get through this the right way.”

The coach told a packed room at a tipoff luncheon that he understands the motivation behind Katina Powell’s book “Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen,” but questions the need for the alleged activities given the talent his program has produced.

Pitino added, “We will find out the truth, whatever it may be, and those responsible will pay the price.”

Georgia Tech lands Class of 2016 guard

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Georgia Tech picked up its third Class of 2016 commitment on Tuesday as the Yellow Jackets landed a pledged from three-star guard Josh Okogie.

The 6-foot-4 guard is considered the No. 143 overall prospect in the national Class of 2016 rankings and Okogie played with a very talented Team CP3 in the Nike EYBL. In 22 games this spring and summer, Okogie averaged 10.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.6 steals per game while shooting 45 percent from the field.

Okogie joins three-star wing Christian Matthews and four-star big man Romello White in head coach Brian Gregory’s Class of 2016 at Georgia Tech. The group is definitely a solid influx of talent with some coming from successful grassroots programs.