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The Morning Mix

Mar 29, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

- Grantland’s Chuck Klosterman explains that if Kentucky wins the National Championship, it might be the undoing of college basketball. It’s a good-read and is well-written, but the argument at the heart of piece is kinda, well, shortsighted.

- The four participating teams in new Orleans are chalk-full of former four and five star recruits

- Gregg Doyel fears this super-mega rivalry game might just be too much for us to handle

- Andrew McCarthy wrote a fabulous article about the rambunctious nature of basketball-savvy Kentuckians in comparison to the rest of the state

There are ten things you need to do before watching the Kentucky-Louisville game this weekend

- Drew Franklin provides a list of ten things that Kentucky fans need to know about the Final Four weekend

- Speaking of the game, if you are a Wildcats fan and live in Louisville, you will not be welcomed at Zanzabar

- Rick Reilly did a solid job on his most recent column on the new perspective on life that Rick Pitino has received from his team

A pretty cool read on the history and design behind the Final Four flooring

- Kansas was not supposed to be this good. That’s partially why people are lauding the coaching efforts of Bill Self this season. But Self isn’t sure this has been the best coaching job he’s done in his career

- The USA Today put together a wealthy database of salaries for NCAA tournament coaches. Wave good-bye to your Thursday morning

- Great-read from the Indy Star on why top-tier mid majors are a better fit than most BCS-conference schools. Places like VCU and Butler expect quality hoops now, but don’t demand it. Ask somebody like Keno Davis just how much pressure there is at BCS-conference schools

- Did you know that Christian Laettner’s “shot” was made exactly 20 years ago yesterday. Most of us can’t remember what we had for dinner on Monday night, but we all can probably remember where we were when Laettner caught the ball, put it on the deck, pivoted, and sank the most famous shot in college basketball history

- The Michigan AD would prefer if the Michigan State AD didn’t tweet about Trey Burke’s NBA draft decision

- Pacific University will join the West Coast Conference beginning in 2013-2014. The school was a charter member of the WCC forty years ago

- It’s being reported that Larry Brown has emerged as a candidate for the SMU head coaching vacancy

- The Illinois coaching search is finally over. Ohio head coach John Groce will be named the new head coach of Illinois. Groce’s stock soared in March, thanks to the Bobcat’s sensational run to the Sweet-16

- Now that the Illinois vacancy has been filled, Kansas State becomes the most major program with a head coaching opening

- Danny Manning, former-Final Four hero and current Kansas assistant coach, will become the new head coach at Tulsa

- Bryce Drew was interviewed for the job at Mississippi State, but has decided to return to the sidelines at Valparaiso

- Speaking of Mississippi State, Arnett Moultrie has decided to leave school in order to enter the NBA draft. the UTEP-transfer had a sensational season and is a lock to be selected in the first round

- The list of suitors for former-UConn center Alex Oriakhi keeps growing. We can add Virginia Tech and North Carolina State to that list as well

- Memphis forward Adonis Thomas has announced his decision to return to school for his sophomore season

- A solid list of seven transfers who will make an impact no matter where they land

- Kansas State recruit Robert Upshaw will not be joining Frank Martin at South Carolina, nor will heading to “The Little Apple”

- Vermont sophomore Ryan McKeaney has decided to transfer

- North Carolina freshman James Michael McAdoo will return to Chapel Hill for his sophomore year

- A nice article from Ken Cross summing up Quincy Acy’s college career

- Numerous sources are apparently indicating that both Nerlens Noel and Shabazz Muhammad will end up at Kentucky

- Richmond head coach Chris Mooney likes the idea of VCU and George Mason joining the Atlantic-10

- Gary Williams thinks Kentucky could beat the Washington Wizards. Stan Van Gundy thinks that Williams’ statement is asinine

- Bernie Fine put his Syracuse house up for sale. Breaking news, I know….

- Ray Lewis gave Stanford a pre-game speech before their N.I.T. semifinal. Ray-Ray could fire up a recreational Ultimate Frisbee team