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The Morning Mix

Mar 23, 2012, 8:00 AM EST

- How many times on Friday will we read some of sort variation of the following: Is Louisville this year’s UConn?

- An awesome list of the 21 most interesting Final Four fields in tournament history

- According to Forbes Magazine, John Calipari is the most overpaid coach in college basketball

- Six, count ‘em SIX players have decided to transfer from San Francisco. That must be some sort of record

- Ohio guard D.J Cooper took back what he said last week about Tennessee and Baylor contacting him after his freshman year. Wait, what? He released a statement indicating he was lying? Or is he just covering up? The post-game press conference following the Ohio-UNC game tonight should be

- Speaking of Ohio-UNC, you should probably get to know Stillman White and Justin Watts, who look to fill in for Kendall Marshall as UNC’s point guard

- Michigan State was the first No.1-seed to get bounced from the tournament. Was this the biggest upset loss of  Tom Izzo’s career?

- It was reported yesterday that Minnesota forward Trevor Mbakwe was granted a sixth year of eligibility. But the report has yet to be confirmed. Mbawke’s season ended abruptly when he tore his ACL back in November

- A look at the top NBA prospect from each Sweet-16 team

- Creighton star Doug McDermott will return to school for his Junior season

- Duke junior forward Mason Plumlee will forgo his senior year in order to enter the NBA draft. If Austin Rivers decides to leave early too, Duke could be in a lot of trouble next year

- Andy Katz is reporting that Memphis guard Will Barton will leave the school in order to enter the NBA draft. Barton finished the season on a hot streak, and looks to cash in while his stock is high.

- Yet another Wake Forest player has decided to transfer. Last week it was Tony Chennault, and this week it’s sophomore center Carson Desrosiers. Next week could be Anthony Fields

- Northwestern head coach Bill Carmody will return for next season. The coach is a perennial member of the coaching hot seat, but another tournament snub didn’t deter the school from bringing him back

- Oregon head coach Dana Altman will not pursue any job openings, specifically the Nebraska one. Before arriving in Eugene, Altman spent seven seasons as head coach at Creighton

- Jonathan Givony provides a must-read article on everything you need to know about “testing the waters in 2012″

- Villanova guard Maalik Wayns is not going to test the NBA draft waters. He is going to navigate them at full-steam. The junior will not be returning to the Main-Line for his final season

- Charlotte 49er’s guard Jamar Briscoe has decided to leave the program and will transfer to a different school

-  It is being reported that J’Covan Brown, the leading scorer for the Texas Longhorns, will leave school in order to enter the NBA draft. Along with Myck Kabongo, the Longhorns will lose their two best scoring threats to the NBA draft

- Iowa State freshman Tavon Sledge has decided to transfer in hopes of getting more playing time

- Just to be clear, Alex Oriakhi’s decision to transfer from UConn had nothing to do with Jim Calhoun

- Speaking of Oriakhi, there was speculation that Alex may look at Vanderbilt as a potential landing spot. However this would not be possible because the SEC does not allow players with one year of eligibility left to join teams if they are immediately able to participate

- Back in February, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist stated that he was staying at Kentucky for his sophomore season. But on Thursday, reports surfaced that he would enter the NBA draft at the end of the season. But since then has released a statement that hasn’t exactly refuted the report but hasn’t backed up the statement he made in February

- Old Dominion’s Kent Bazemore, the 2012 CAA Defensive Player of the Year, was arrested just minutes before the tip-off of his team’s CITgame on Wednesday. The arrest was stemming from a DUI arrest last summer

- An awesome infographic on how fans consume March Madness

- Shabazz Muhammad will finally make his college decision on April 11th, the first day of the spring signing period

- Dan Harrell, the legendary custodian who presides over The Palestra, is set to retire after 23 years of service. While this might be seen as a goofy headline, know that Harrell is the primary caretaker for the most historical basketball court in the country. that’s nothing to scoff at

- What is the better championship bet: Kentucky or the field?

- Gatorade announced their high school Player of the Year awards for each state

- Marquette might have lost, but Darius Johnson-Odom hit a shot that will never be duplicated again