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The Morning Mix

Apr 4, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

No more college basketball for another seven months. Has it sunk in yet? The game breakdowns and team story lines have been moved to the back-burner, but the off-season news cycle is always busy. The Early Entry deadline is 26 days away and the coaching carousel is always spinning. The Morning Mix will remain your daily destination for the pulse of the college basketball world during the off-season.

- Our very-own Nick Fasulo previews some of the more intriguing teams to keep an eye out for in 2012-2013

- Jeff Eisenberg ranks the eight best games of the 2011-2012 season. No complaints here, well maybe No.5, oh and the fact that we can’t run all these games back again

- Myron Medcalf provides an excellent list of his 2012 All-Tournament Team. Again, no complaints here

- This is the funniest “End-of-Season Awards” list you will read all week. It’s also surprisingly informative

- This summer’s NBA draft might be “one-and-done” because after Anthony Davis, there are a lot of good players, but no elite, great, transcendent players

- Will Kentucky repeat as National Champions? It might be tough if all five starter declare for the draft. Yes, its true, Calipari can reload in a heartbeat, but in 2012-2013 Kyle Wiltjer and Eloy Vargas figure to be the returning players with the most experience. That’s not exactly Terrence Jones, Doron Lamb and Darius Miller

- Your daily “John Calipari to the Knicks” article. But this one, written by the great Adrian Wojnarowski, has an interesting twist

- Lexington nearly went up in flames on Monday night, following the Wildcats National Championship victory. But Jayhawk fans weren”t too far behind, as 14 people were arrested in downtown Lawrence following the heartbreaking loss

- Reserve forward Griffin McKenzie has decided to transfer out of Xavier in hopes of garnering more playing time. The 6-8 sophomore played in just 11 games for the Musketeers this season

- Nebraska center Jorge Brian Diaz will not be returning to Nebraska for his senior season. the oft-injured big-man will instead return home to Puerto Rico

- Weber State’s Damian Lillard, the nation’s top scorer, is forgoing his final year of eligibility in order to enter the NBA Draft. Despite playing in the seldom-seen Big Sky Conference, Lillard is likely to be selected in the mid-to-late first round

- Washington freshman Tony Wroten Jr. has decided to leave school in order to enter the NBA draft. He is the second Husky to enter the draft this off-season, joining fellow underclassmen Terrence Ross

- Off-season arrests continue to pile up. This time, it’s Michigan State behemoth center Derrick Nix, who was arrested  on Monday night for marijuana possession and operating a vehicle in the pressence of drugs. He has been suspended from the team and his future with the program is up in the air

- Georgia State is often considered the odd man out in the CAA. GSU is located seven hours from its closest conference opponent (UNC-Wilmington) and a move to the Sun Belt Conference could be beneficial

- It was just last week that sources indicated that Georgetown would meet San Diego State in the Battle on the Midway aboard the USS Midway next season. Well it looks like the Hoya’s arch-rivals Syracuse have poached their spot on board the aircraft carrier

- With new coach Jim Baron on the way in, and a handful of transfers eligible to play next year, the Canisius Golden Griffins look to be significantly better in 2012-2013

- Word on the street is that a Lebanese basketball player dropped 113 points in a Lebanese Division-A game on Tuesday. The player, Mohammad El-Akkari — also known as Mustpha El-Akkari, played college hoops at BYU-Hawaii until 2007. BYU-Hawaii was the NCAA Division-II runners-up in 2011. They probably could have used a few of El-Akkari’s 113 points in that one

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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