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The Morning Mix

Feb 14, 2012, 8:05 AM EDT

- Seth Davis provides his weekly Hoops Thoughts, which is a weekly must-read.This week he discusses UConn’s new athletic director and a host of other interesting basketball tidbits

A fantastic statistical comparison of Steve Lavin and Ben Howland’s time at UCLA. (If you have 15 minutes to spare, I highly suggest you read this)

- The referees that worked Saturday’s game between Niagara and Rider have been suspended by the MAAC for their egregious clock error

- The NCAA is looking to streamline their rule book. Jon Solomon of the Birmingham New has some solid suggestions on how to make it more efficient

- The CAA is likely to only get one team into March Madness, but that may depend on how the conference’s teams fare in BracketBusters this week . Speaking of the CAA, they have signed a five-year media deal with NBC Sports

- The Summit League is the “Anti-Big Ten”. The conference has had more players produce 3-point performances than any other conference this season. The Big-Ten? They’ve had just two. But surprisingly enough, the SEC has had as many 30-point performances as both you and I combined

- Louisville might have lost last night, but you have to feel much better about them going forward

- Eamonn Brennan provides his weekly Poll Thoughts

- We’re all aware of the widespread mediocrity sweeping the Pac-12 landscape. But maybe, just maybe, there could be an exciting finish in store for us

- Say what you will about Jon Calipari. But there is not a coach in the country who “gets it” as much as Coach Cal does

- You probably didn’t think that Tennessee would even be near the this year, but they’ve gotten some big wins this year, and well, the Volunteers while likely be in the discussion come Selection Sunday

- NC-State is another team that is likely to be firmly planted on the bubble come Selection Sunday, but Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski likes the Wolfpack’s chances

- Oregon may be on the wrong side of the bubble now, but if they want to improve their chances, Carlos Emory is going to have to be a key contributor

- While we’re on the subject of bubble teams, we might as well show a little love to the West Virginia Mountaineers

- Remember when Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery got all pissed off and superplex’d a folding chair a few weeks back? Well, that chair is being auctioned off for $2,100

- Rush the Court’s Zach Hayes tells us about what he learned from Rivalry Week

- It looks like the MWC and C-USA will indeed merge to form a super-mid-high-major conference

- UConn has six games left on the regular season schedule. Can the Huskies solve their chemistry issues before the Big East Tournament? Speaking of UConn, both Jeremy Lamb and Andre Drummond sat out of practice on Monday due to injuries

- The key the Michigan State’s recent surge has been their stifling defense. Considering the old adage about defense and championships, and coach Izzo’s track record, this team should not be left out of the Final Four discussion

- It is likely that two of the four suspended Alabama players are allowed back on the court for tonight’s game against Florida.  Speaking of Florida, both will Yeguete and Mike Rosario will miss the game for the gators due to injuries

- Don’t look now, but Butler is making a very “Butler-like” late-season surge

- Jeff Withey had himself one helluva ball-game last night. There is no doubt that he is the most improved player in the country

- Ken Pomeroy on Murray State. Nothing more needs to be said.Just go read it.

- Video of Peyton Siva grabbing his teammate’s butt? There’s a joke about his two late-game turnovers to be found somewhere in there