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The Morning Mix

Mar 19, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

- The big news of the day is that UNC point guard Kendall Marshall fractured his wrist in the Tar Heels victory over Creighton on Sunday. He plans on having surgery today, but his status for Friday is still unknown. But even if he play at less than 100%, it gives UNC the best chance to win. If Marshall can’t play, who is going to fill in? Do you even know who the back-up is?

- The game against Creighton was riddled with physical play. Grant Gibbs drew a technical foul on John Henson, and played the role of a pro wrestling “heel” very nicely. Greg Echinique threw a massive forearm shiver at Tyler Zeller that went unnoticed

- The Creighton-UNC game got started later than expected because the driver of Creighton’s team bus suffered a heart attack on the way to the arena

- So who was the biggest winner from the first weekend? The state of Ohio

- If this video doesn’t make you appreciate Draymond Green as a person, player and teammate, I have nothing else to say to you

- But if you still aren’t conviced, read this great piece from Jeff Goodman. Day-Day is a one-of-a-kind player and person

- The Baylor Bears are the western-most team remaining in the tournament. There are no Mountain or Pacific time zone teams remainingin

- Clark Kellogg, the lead color commentator for CBS’ tournament coverage, was calling the Xavier-Lehigh game when he found out that his son Nick, a guard for the Ohio Bobcats, would be moving on to the Sweet-16. One of the best moments of the tournament thus far. Kellogg won’t ask to cover his son’s region. I don’t think we could have said the same thing about Craig James

Ohio is the last of the little guys to remain standing in the tournament. The No.13-seed Bobcats are the first MAC team to reach the Sweet-16 since Kent State in 2002. The Golden Flashes head coach at the time was Stan Heath, who is the current head coach at South Florida, the team Ohio beat to make the Sweet-16. The Bobcats become the first No.13-seed to make the Sweet-16 since Bradley in 2006

- Speaking of Ohio, Pete Thamel wrote a great article on D.J. Cooper and the recruitment of his services that took place following his freshman season

- Vanderbilt was bounced from the tournament on Saturday, but not before Jeffery Taylor made his “one shining moment”

- Kenny Frease had a monster-game for Xavier last night, and is the main reason the Musketeers are heading to the Sweet-16. If Frease had been able to play like this all season, we probably wouldn’t be as shocked to see the X-Men in the Sweet-16 as we are

- What is next for Duke? Austin Rivers and Mason Plumlee could bolt to the NBA, and the first round loss to Lehigh isn’t going to go away any time soon

- Georgetown heads home after yet another early season tournament loss, and it’s all thanks to NC-State. The Wolfpack have gone from the last team unveiled to the Sweet-16

- Nine teams lost to double-digit seeds this week during the second round of the NCAA tournament

- Florida steamrolled tournament darlings Norfolk State, but can the Gators handle Marquette? They certainly think so. But what’s next for Norfolk State? Next to the Ohio Bobcats, they are the darlings of the 2012 tournament

- Kentucky’s dominant win over Iowa State ensured the Wildcats a rematch with the Hoosiers.

- Ashley Judd stole Terrence Jone’s cell phone following the Wildcats’ victory over Iowa State. But fear not, she left a hand-written apology letter

- Not too many ESPN bracketeers correctly picked all 16 Sweet-16 combatants

- The creepiest picture of the entire tournament

- A great-read on why transfers are a (unfortunate) part of the rebuilding process

- As if we didn’t already know that Jim Boeheim was a sourpuss. Apparently he was quoted this weekend as saying that he’s never really enjoyed coaching

- St. John’s Moe Harkless, the Big East Freshman of the Year, is scheduled to declare for the NBA draft tomorrow afternoon

- Sensational super-senior Nerlens Noel has trimed his list to three schools: Syracuse, Georgetown and Kentucky

- An essay from a struggling Georgia Tech fan. Give him some love, that program is going through some dark times right now

 

Troy Machir is the managing editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @TroyMachir.

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