The Morning Mix

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– This is the most bizarre hoops-related story you will read all day. I’m just going to leave it at that

– If that wasn’t bizarre enough for you, then this should do the trick

– William Buford may turn out to be the wildcard in the Buckeye’s Final Four chances

– As Pat Forde explains, the Louisville-Kentucky game is more than just a game. This isn’t your normal Final Four match-up, and it;s not even your normal non-conference rivalry

– An opposing assistant coach provides what may be the best way to control or contain Kentucky

– Ryan Fagan explains why the improvement of Gorgui Dieng is nothing to scoff at

– The Big Lead breaks down which six potential NBA defections could have the biggest impact on the 2012-2013 season

– Marc Isenberg provides a great-read on the pros and cons of going pro

– Georgetown junior Hollis Thompson will forgo his senior year in order to declare for the NBA draft. the 6-9 combo forward tested the waters last season, and will hit it full steam ahead this time around

Eamonn Brennan wrote an absolutely fantastic post on why and how the Illinois coaching search has turned into such a debacle

– Former-Virginia  guard K.T. Harrell has decided to trasnfer to Auburn. The former top-50 recruit will be a nice addition for Tony Barbee’s squad

– Hawaii junior forward Joston Thomas announced yesterday that he will leave school in order to pursue a career in professional basketball

– Virginia Tech junior J.T. Thompson will not return to Blacksburg for his senior season in order to transfer to a school closer to his daughter in the Charlotte area

– Bruce Weber was rumored to be the favorite to become the next head coach at Southern Illinois, but it seems now that former-Missouri State head coach Barry Hinson will be hired instead 

– back-up guard Alex Dragicevich has decided to transfer out of Notre Dame. He started 10 games and averaged 20.5 minutes a game this season, and scored 6.6 points a game

– Neither Virginia Tech’s Seth Greenberg or Marquette’s Buzz Williams is interested in taking the head coaching gig at SMU

Kansas City and Saint Louis could become future hosts of the SEC tournament

– Josh Pastner has agreed to a one-year extension with Memphis University. The Tigers struggled early in the season, but came on strong late, before getting upset by Saint Louis in the second round of the NCAA Tournament

– Villanova junior Maurice Cheek is rumored to be heavily considering leaving school in order to enter the NBA draft

– UConn center Alex Oriakhi has been granted his release by the university. North Carolina and Kentucky look to be the early favorites, but because of the SEC law prohibiting schools from allowing instant-transfers with only one year of eligibility left to participate, Oriakhi won’t be heading to a school in the deep south

– The Cincinnati basketball program might not be “back” per se, but Mick Cronin has certainly revitalized it

– Preteen Kansas superfan hasn’t taken off his Jayhawks jersey since the first day of March Madness

Cat invades basketball game. Hilarity ensues.