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The Morning Mix

Mar 22, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

- Myron Medcalf provides a fantastic analysis on the new era of collegiate big men, especially the ones on display in the Sweet-16

- Critically-acclaimed journalist Bob Ryan put together a fantastic (and lengthy) article on this year in New England college basketball

- If Florida beats Marquette, and Louisville beats Michigan State, the West region finals would pit former-Providence star Billy Donovan against his former-Providence coach Rick Pitino. Jeff Eisenberg wrote a compelling article on the subject matter

- Andy Glockner breaks down which Sweet-16 coaches are under the greatest amount of pressure

Here’s a rather interesting opinion from the Washington Post on late game refereeing. Should refs adjust the implementation of the rules during the final few minutes of the game? Sally Jenkins has some suggestions.

- A lengthy tournament stay can provide a lot of financial support to a mid-major program, but it still pays to be in a BCS-conference

With everybody paying attention to the status of Kendall Marshall’s right wrist, this would be the perfect time for Harrison Barnes to steal the spotlight

- Jeff Goodman provides an excellent-read on Ohio State head coach Thad Matta and the debilitating disease that he doesn’t let hinder his coaching performance

- The best individual match-up of the Sweet-16 might just be the battle on the block between Yancy Gates and Jared Sullinger

Eamonn Brennan tries to determine what the ideal Final Four team would look like

- An-awesome read from the Florida Times-Union on the tremendous leadership skills of freshman guard Bradley Beal

- A position-by-position breakdown of the Indiana-Kentucky rematch. Will the Georgia Dome play a factor in the postseason rematch?

- Iowa State star Royce White has decided to enter the NBA draft. His stock is at an all-time high, and has the talent and physical tools to become a great NBA player. The one issue that could arise is his anxiety disorder and his rather larger fear of flying, which is, as you know, the only way NBA teams travel

- It looks like Texas freshman Myck Kabongo is going to enter the NBA draft, becoming yet another Longhorn to exit Austin early in his career. Since 2003, nine underclassmen have left Texas for the NBA draft. Of those nine, seven have been guards

- Rutgers big-man Gilvydas Biruta has decided to transfer.The Lithuanian-born sophomore was plagued by consistent foul trouble throughout the season. While no potential landing spots have been announced, Rhode Island seems to be a logical fit, as Biruta played for new Rams head coach Dan Hurley in high school.

- As we mentioned yesterday, three players, including leading scorer T.J. McConnell, are transferring from Duquesne. What does McConnell’s loss mean for the Dukes? We know for a fact that McConnell will not be heading to Pittsburgh or Robert Morris. McConnell, who is one of the most unheralded guards in the country, wants to play for a bigger school

- UConn junior forward Alex Oriakhi has decided to transfer. The big-man had a difficult year due to the arrival of Andre Drummond. Because of the APR sanctions against UConn, Oriakhi would be able to play at his new school right away. This factor will make him a hot commodity on the transfer market

- Maryland got some good news yesterday. All-conference guard Terrell Stoglin announced his intentions to return to College Park for his junior season

- Michigan’s standout freshman guard Trey Burke is going to inquire about his NBA draft status. This comes just a day after it was announced that three Wolverines had decided to transfer

- Trey Zeigler’s face value is going to get him to a bigger school than he might be worthy of. The former-four star recruit decided to attend Central Michigan in order to play for his father Ernie. But when the school fired his dad last week, the shooting guard decided to transfer

- Bobby Hurley, the older brother of new Rhode Island head coach Danny Hurley, has decided to bypass the Wagner opening to follow his brother to Kingston. But, as Adam Zagoria explains, Hurley still longs to be a head coach eventually

- VCU head coach Shaka Smart has turned down Illinois’ $2.5-million offer to become the Illini’s next head coach

- Wichita State head coach Gregg Marshall has no interest in the vacancy at Nebraska. As of now, Nebraska has yet to make any formal offers

- Shaka Smart and Frank Martin will serve as guest in-studio analysts for CBS’ coverage of the NCAA tournament this weekend

- What does Missouri need to focus on in the off-season? Rock M Nation provides a detailed report

- Butler lost to Pittsburgh last night in the College Basketball Invitational. Brad Stevens hopes his team can make it back to the Big dance next year, because sitting out has been excruciatingly difficult

- A pretty-awesome story about a guy who found a basketball signed by the entire 1962 Cincinnati team that won the National Championship. Where did he find the autographed basketball? At a storage auction, of course!

- The Washington Post has selected their Elite Eight in the “Most Hate College Teams” bracket

- The TD Banknorth GArden will be the only regional site to have a unique hardwood floor. The home of the Celtics will have the NCAA tournament layout, but with its signature parquet pattern. But the various Boston championship banners belonging to the Celtics and the Bruins will not be hanging in the rafters

- Yet another reason why Marquette head coach Buzz Williams is the most interesting and entertaining coach in the country

- Bob Knight finally said the word “Kentucky”, which undoubtedly made The Big Lead very happy

- Speaking of Bobby Knight and his refusal to say the word “Kentucky”, KSR broke down how coach Knight might interact in society without using the word

- This is the greatest and most hilarious basketball flop you will ever see