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The Morning Mix

Jul 17, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

- Syracuse is officially leaving the Big East in 2014, and will pay $7.5-million in order to do so. For the Orange, it’s a brave, new world. What does Syracuse’s early exit mean for Pittsburgh, the other spoon-to-be Big East ex-patriot . Seton Hall blogger J.P Guerette reacts to the Orange’s early exit. Hoya  bloggers react to the removal of Orange from the Big East

- Matt Jones is the John Calipari of the Kenutcky basketball media. He’s as successful and popular as he is polarizing. He’s the perfect man to rank this list: The 12 best UK NBA players in the modern eraan “under the radar” team to watch for

- Anthony Davis’ unibrow signed with Nike

- Speaking of Kentucky and #BBN, a fan asks Marquis Teague for an RT in exchange for her son’s back tattoo. Yep. That just happened

- Butler made its mark on college hoops by participating in back-to-back national championship games. The story might have been great, but the offensive output certainly wasn’t. Which is why Butler brought in potent scorers Rotnei Clarke and Kellen Dunham

- Myron Medcalf examines the importance of team chemistry and the case of former-Duke guard Austin Rivers

- Members of the college basketball brain trust at the World Wide Leader take part in a ACC summer shootaround series

- With Reggie Johnson leading the way, the Miami Hurricanes are once again an “under the radar” potential preseason darkhorse  candidate (So.many.cliches.So.little.time)

- Former-Virginia Tech head coach Seth Greenberg is reportedly headed to ESPN

- Georgia Southern isn’t moving conferences any time soon, and voiced their allegiance to the SoCon

- SEC commissioner Mike Silve isn’t leaving any time soon

- Miek Anderson, the athletic director for the University of Maryland, insists that the rumors of his departure for Stanford are untrue

- Missouri is one of the SEC’s newest institutions. Here’s a “State of the Union” address for the Tiger’s program

- Critically acclaimed Lennox Rawlings provides a brilliant take of the North Carolina fraud case

- This isn’t hoops-related at all, but there’s not a chance in hell that Mike Francesa has the best radio show in the country (You just have to trust me on this one)

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