The Morning Mix

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We here at College Basketball Talk hope all of you battling through Hurricane Sandy are safe and sound. Many of you are without power, so we are keeping it light today with Tuesday’s Morning Mix. Stay Safe.

– Mike DeCourcy updates us on the affect Hurricane Sandy is having on east coast programs like Hofstra, Villanova and VCU

– The AP released its All-American Team and the mid-majors were well represented. In fact, of the six players on the first team, only one BCS-conference was represented. Indiana’s Cody Zeller received the most votes 64/65. But what about that last voter? Is there really somebody out there who a) gets to vote for the AP All-American Team and b) Doesn’t think Cody Zeller is a preseason All-American

– Many believe that with the addition of Syracuse and Pittsburgh, the ACC will contain the best collection of college basketball programs in the country. While this might be true, Syracuse and Pittsburgh still have one season left in the Big East. So, which conference is the best right now?

– Creighton was chosen as the preseason favorite to win the Missouri Valley Conference this season

– An excellent read from The UConn Blog about why the term “In good standing” is misleading when discussing academic progress ratings

– A great Q&A session with Eastern Washington’s Colin Chiverton, who may just be the best scorer in the Big Sky Conference

– Jamal Fenton a senior reserve forward for New Mexico, has been suspended three games for an NCAA violation pertaining to illegal benefits

– Idaho State back-up guard Sherrod Baldwin was declared academically ineligible to participate during the fall semester

Clemson lands 2017 guard

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Clemson landed a quality commitment on Tuesday as Class of 2017 guard A.J. Oliver committed to the Tigers. The son of Clemson women’s head coach Audra Smith, Oliver is regarded as a three-star prospect, according to Rivals, although some others view him as a top-100 caliber player.

The 6-foot-4 Oliver attends nearby Daniel High School and should have some time to get acclimated with the players and coaches before he sets foot on campus. A versatile guard who plays hard, Oliver showed that he can make plays with the ball in his hands this summer with the Upward Stars.

Oliver is Clemson’s first commitment in the Class of 2017 and it’s a strong start for head coach Brad Brownell.

Arizona’s Tarczewski out 4-to-6 weeks

Kaleb Tarczewski, Sean Miller
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Arizona will be without senior center Kaleb Tarczewski for 4-to-6 weeks, the school announced on Tuesday. The 7-foot Tarczewski suffered a stress reaction and strained muscle to his left foot and he’ll have some time to heal before the main portion of the Pac-12 conference schedule.

The experienced Tarczewski was averaging 8.6 points and 7.2 rebounds per game before going down with injury. Without the senior in the lineup, Arizona fell to Providence in the Wooden Legacy last week. Without Tarczewski in the lineup, the Wildcats could turn to center Dusan Ristic while forward Ryan Anderson has had some solid outings this season.

Missing Tarczewski for the rest of non-conference play will hurt but he’ll get to rest and recover for the stretch run while the Wildcats can mix in some new frontcourt pieces.