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The Morning Mix

Feb 15, 2012, 8:05 AM EST

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- Matt Norlander provides a whimsical recap of his first visit to the Palestra. If you are a fan of fantastic game atmospheres and historic venues, this is a must-read

- I don’t always read bubble watches, but when I do, I read Andy Glockner’s

- The MWC and C-USA are going to merge. Which side will reap the benefits on the hardwood? Ryan Greene provides the answer

Some great expansionocalypse candidate ideas for the new MWC/C-USA alliance

- The good people at Kentucky Sports Radio provide a rather-hilarious rendition of “An Idiots Guide to College Basketball”

- A good-read on Wisconsin’s Ryan Evans. Primarily a defensive-stopper, the senior guard is starting to put it all together during his final season

A must-read study on home court advantages in he Atlantic Coast Conference

- If you’re itching to watch some college basketball during the work day, ESPNU will be airing a live stream of Kentucky’s afternoon practice today

- Shannon Russell wrote a marvelous article about Xaiver’s Andre Walker. (Make sure you take the time to read this)

- WAC Commissioner Karl Benson is set to step down from his post in order to take the same job in the Sun Belt Conference

- Of course the Big-XII isn’t worried about the Mizzou/Texas A&M departures. Why worry at all when you get to welcome in TCU’s juggernaut hoops program?

- Speaking of TCU, senior guard Hank Thorns dropped a career-high 32 points last night as the Frogs knocked off UNLV 102-97

- It’s quite possible that Pittsburgh and Syracuse join the ACC before the ’12-’13 season

- An interesting-read on the best bench players in the Big-Ten and The ACC. Sure, these guys don’t raise a lot of eyebrows now, but were Jeff Withey and Henry Sims doing that last season?

- Jon Templon provides some fun facts about the NEC

- Florida forward Will Yeguete could sit out for another week due to a concussion he received from a nasty fall during the Tennessee game over the weekend

- Villanova guard Maalik Wayns is still questionable for tonight’s game at South Florida due to a sprained MCL

Andy Bottoms tries to break down the CAA standings. After last night’s dandy between George Mason and Virginia Commonwealth, the race is anybody’s to win

- Speaking of the CAA, what can we really expect from the new NBC Sports television deal?

- ESPN’s Robbie Pickeral provides some great knowledge about Miami’s massive center Reggie Johnson

- UConn big-man Tyler Olander is the latest Husky to lash out at fans using social media

- If I was a fan of a Pac-12 team, I’d be looking towards next season too

Starting next season, the Big Sky will hold a 7-team conference tournament that will be held at regular season champion’s home arena