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The N.I.T. Finals are set as Baylor and Iowa won their semifinals and advanced to the championship game. In other news, Rutgers head coach Mike Rice is on the brink of being fired, thanks to the public release of video footage revealing the coach’s appalling behavior towards his team at practice.

Also, I should point out that now that it’s April, you can expect a majority of The Morning Mix to feature Coaching Carousel and NBA Draft news. I recommend bookmarking these two pages because even T.M.M. isn’t capable of keeping up with all the moving and shaking.

let’s hit the links.

Read of the Day:
Andy Staples, as he is to do, provides the best read on the Mike Rice situation at Rutgers. Read it. (Sports Illustrated)
 
 
Observations & Insight:
– Mark Gottfried has already lost three players this offseason, and will lose two more to graduation. He is likely to be on the hot seat next year, but his large buyout might help to cool it off. (The Big Lead)

– East Carolina won the C.I.T. last night on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from Akeem Richmond. (Mid-Major Madness)

– Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban would consider drafting Brittney Griner. (ESPN)

– Syracuse’s Rakeem Christmas is becoming BFFs with Jimmy Fallon. (Syracuse Post-Standard)

– Earlier this week Archie Goodwin announced that he was leaving Kentucky for the NBA. It’s taken less than four days for Goodwin to begin the great paper chase. (AllkyHoops.com)

– Is the Selection Committee’s decision to stop using the S-curve the reason this seasons brackets were so screwy? (Busting Brackets)

– You may think that Andy Enfield is just the next in a long line of coaches to jump ship after immediate tournament success, but the list isn’t as big as you would think. (The Big Lead)

– Ray Allen had some strong words for Mike Rice. (USA Today)
 
 
Hoops Housekeeping:
– Two pieces of Pitt Panthers news. First, freshman center Stephen Adams announced that he’s going pro. Second, Trey Zeigler, who already transferred from Central Michigan, has decided to transfer again. (Sports Illustrated)

– Kansas freshman Rio Adams, famous for the picture you see above, has decided to transfer out of Lawrence. (Kansas City Star)

– Alex Poythress is returning to Kentucky for his sophomore season. The Wildcats should be scary good next season. (Fox Sports)

– Regardless of what happens in Atlanta, Michigan’s Mitch McGary will return to Ann Arbor for his sophomore year. (Sports Illustrated)

– Four players, including leading scorer Josh Davis, have decided to transfer out of Tulane. (New Orleans Times-Picayune)

– Siena made one of the better coaching moves of the off-season, hiring Jimmy Patsos away from Loyola (Md.). (Keepin’ Track of the MAAC)

– Longtime UNC-Asheville head coach Eddie Biedenbach resigned yesterday and will join UNC-Wilmington as an assistant coach. (Asheville Citizen-Times)

– Iowa State self-reported several “inadvertant” violations to the NCAA yesterday. (ESPN)

– James Madison forward Andrey Semenov has been granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA. (JMU Sports Blog)
 
 
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NEW PODCAST: Pac-12 hoops, Purdue and Kansas wins, Denzel vs. Buddy … and beer!

Andy Enfield
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It’s Wednesday, which means it’s time for me to be joined by a guest on the podcast and today, it was Jeff Eisenberg of Yahoo Sports.

Jeff is a west coast guy, so we spent some time talking about Pac-12 hoops and USC vs. Oregon. We also got into Kansas-West Virginia, Purdue’s win over Michigan State and Denzel Valentine vs. Buddy Hield.

And like me, Jeff is a bit of a beer snob, so we did have a chance to chat about some of our favorites early on. At this point, I should be sponsored by Bell’s.

Anyway, you can listen to the podcast by clicking “play” on the Soundcloud player embedded below. Or you can do so through either iTunes or Stitcher if you so choose. Thanks for listening!

VIDEO: Kentucky’s ‘Dancing Guy’ has scary fall while carrying girl

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Kentucky’s ‘Dancing Guy’ has turned into a fan favorite at Rupp Arena.

Every home game, during one of the TV timeouts in the second half, ‘Mony Mony’ will come on, Dancing Guy will hop into the aisle and he’ll break it down like only a middle-aged white guy from Kentucky can.

As you can see, it didn’t quite go all that well for Dancing Guy on Tuesday night, as he tried to do a rail slide while holding a young, female fan and completely ate it.

Here’s another angle of the fall:

It looks much scarier that it actually was, as all reports indicate that everyone made it through the fall healthy.