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The Morning Mix

Feb 16, 2012, 8:05 AM EDT

-  Harvard’s recruiting efforts might become a bit easier now that “Linsanity” is taking over the nation

- Of course we need to know what Jim Boeheim thinks of “Linsanity”!

- Jim Calhoun will miss UConn’s next two games as he remains sidelined with lingering back issues. Associate Head Coach George Blaney gave some solid quotes following the Huskie’s 26-point win over DePaul last night

- Are the Temple Owls as good as their 20-5 record indicates?

- SMU and UAB provided what may end up being the worst basketball game of the 2011-2012 season

- Nick Baumgardner breaks down the four most important players on each of the Big Ten title contenders

- Apparently Jim Larranaga studied the art of Zen in preparation for the Hurricane’s game against North Carolina. Unfortunately, it didn’t work, as the Hurricanes fell 73-64

- NCAA Selection Committee Chair Jeff Hathaway (Former-UConn Athletic Director) discusses the consideration process for at-large teams

- Robert Burke, the head coach at Mount Saint Mary’s, has been placed on administrative leave by the university. The Mountaineers are currently 6-19 and 4-10 in NEC play

- St. John’s Athletic Director has been fired due to a misappropriation of tickets. The news of a possible ticket scandal was mentioned as early as last Friday

- A solid diary entry from VCU assistant coach Will Wade on preparing for BracketBusters and the stretch run

- Even if Kansas doesn’t end up winning the National Championship, the Jayhawks could walk away with a handful of end-of-the-year hardware

- Gerardo Suero, the Albany Danes’ leading scorer, did not play on Wednesday night due to shingles. Don’t know what shingles is? It’s like chickenpox, only more painful

- Tennessee head coach Cuonzo Martin has suspended high-flying forward Kenny Hall for “conduct detrimental to the team

- Regardless of what Penn State’s final record ends up being, this season has been a success for first-year head coach Pat Chambers. The on-court improvements will come, but he has dominated the off-court proceedings. First-off, he’s an earnest, hardworking class-act. He performed a classy-yet-entertaining salute to “JoePa”, and now, there’s video of him handing out Big Macs at McDonald’s. As the kids would say “He’s ‘Linning’ “

- Oral Roberts became the second team in the country to clinch a regular season championship thus far. The Golden Eagles defeated IPFW 75-71 to win the Summit League for their final time. They will join the Southland Conference starting in 2012-2013

- More MWC2USA Alliance updates: Charlotte and Appalachian State could become potential additions for the new super-alliance

- This is certainly an interesting take: Does North Carolina lack the ability to close-out games?

- It’s anybody’s guess as to what the final standings in the Atlantic-10 will look like

- While this might not be as awesome as “TyBrady MorningReed“, it’s still pretty good (Could I suggest, maybe, “D’Adreian PayneNix” ?)

- The recent trend of massive Non-D1 #POSTERIZED dunks continues on with Northwest Florida JuCo’s Trency Johnson

- Kentucky held an open practice and ONLY 2,000 people showed up….For a practice….in the early afternoon….on a work day….Not a game….Not a game….Not a game….We talkin’ about practice

- A sure-fire winner for “Best photo of the 2011-2012 season”