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The Morning Mix

Mar 15, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

Today is the day. This is our Superbowl. Embrace it. Enjoy it. Bracket Challenge or no Bracket Challenge, this is the best day of the year.

- Gene Wojciechowski wrote a phenomenal piece on “The Kentucky Way” and how we perceive its effectiveness

- As Steve Rushin points out, it’s not just the action on the court that makes March Madness great, it’s the sights and sounds of the environment

- Fifth grader gets sent to principal’s office for running a bracket pool. We live in a such a soft world. I was bracketeering the preseason N.I.T. as early as the grade

- Michael Rosenberg breaks down a host of different storylines that could make March Madness even more compelling

- Dana O’Neil predicts the fortune of every team in the tournament

- Rush The Court makes five bold tournament predictions

- Apparently, these are the seven best bracket tips for the casual fan

- Apparently Brent Kulwiki knows exactly how to win the Bracket Challenge you are participating in

- I’ve often felt that we should keep track of people’s prognostications more often, especially, say, meteorologists

- A handful of NFL players have made their bracket picks. Texans’ running back Ben Tate thinks Loyola is going to shock the world. Ballsy pick, but I like it

- Five Vegas trends to keep track up

- Now this is my kind of bracket challenge: Cheerleader edition

- Is mometnum really that big of a deal when it comes to March Madness longevity?

- So, Jakarr Sampson has recommitted to St. John’s. Does anybody know why he decommitted in the first place?

- A nice-read on VCU’s Juvonte Reddic, who remains the calm inside the havoc

- With every passing day of March Madness, the Circle of March gets smaller and smaller

- According to Notre Dame coach Mike Brey, the other conferences were not happy that the Big East got nine teams in to the tournament

- As Jon Rothstein would say: So much Danny Ferry in Ryan Kelly….. Seriously, Kelly is pretty vital to Duke’s post-season success

- The only remaining member of Harvard’s last NCAA tournament team will be on hand for the Crimson’s second round game against Vanderbilt

- Iowa State superstar Royce White is afraid of flying. So naturally, he’s decided to drive to Louisville for the Cyclone’s second round matchup with UConn

- The Crosstown Brawl didn’t impact the Bearcat’s season as much as we think it did, but it wasn’t exactly a non-event either.

- With Mike D’Anotni resigning as head coach of the Knicks, John Calipari has jumped to the top of the list of potential replacements. Except coach Cal isn’t leaving Kentucky.  But UConn coach Jim Calhoun could see Calipari leaving Kentucky for the NBA. Where does coach Cal rank among the best coaches never to win a National Championship

- Central Michigan has fired head coach Ernie Zeigler, whose son Trey, plays for the team. With his father out as head coach, a hot recuriting battle could ensue for Trey’s services

- Durand Scott has been reinstated at Miami, but must sit out five games and will have to repay the monetary value of the benefits in the form of a charitable donation

- Villanova guard Maalik Wayns will test the NBA draft waters. it makes sense, his stock won’t get any higher next year, and the Wildcats were pretty bad this past season

- I’ve been to LIU-Brooklyn’s gym, and they could definitely use a much larger gym. Looks like they might just get one

- You don’t need to be a fan of UCLA to get behind this cause