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The Morning Mix

Oct 19, 2012, 8:00 AM EST

- It looks like College of Charleston will be leaving the SoCon in order to join the CAA. Davidson on the other hand will not be leaving. Jeff Eisenberg explains why both schools got it right. This is your #ReadoftheDay

- Just go read the latest from Glen Logan at A Sea of Blue. His articles are always worth your time

- This post on why North Carolina has to spend an extra $120,000 on a trip out west tells a lot about the NCAA’s lack of continuity and consistency

- We will find out on Friday if Minnesota star Trevor Mbakwe will have to serve any jail time for violating probationary terms. The situation is rather confusing, but it’s entirely possible that the Gophers star forward receives some jail time for his past discretions.  He violated terms of a restraining order and violated terms of his probation by getting a DUI

- Seth Davis explains why it’s possible for Ohio State to achieve great success this season despite the “rebuilding mode” label

- Yesterday Kansas officials endorsed a major building project that includes the construction of a museum which will serve as the home to James Naismith’s “Original Rules of Basketball”

- Well this is interesting: the Big East is in ongoing television negotiations with both CBS and ESPN. The Big East has called ESPN for much of the conference’s existence. It would be a huge coup if CBS could pull away the Big East from ESPN, regardless if the conference  hits a decline due to the departure of Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Syracuse and West Virginia

- Former-Pittsburgh star Ashton Gibbs predicts that his Alma mater will make the Final Four this year. Who am I to disagree with Ashton Gibbs? Well, nobody, but let’s be frank: Pittsburgh has struggled in post-season play with far more talented lineups than what Jamie Dixon will field in 2012-13. Sure, you can blame Scottie Reynolds for their failure to make the 2009 Final Four, but it’s the harsh reality. Could Pitt make the Final Four this year? It’s certainly possible.  But are they a team we should pencil in before the season begins?  Absolutely not

- “Russdiculous”, the Rick Pitino-owned horse named after Cardinal guard Russ Smith, will make its debut this weekend at Santa Anita Park

- Georgia? Relevant in basketball? I’ll have to see it to believe it. Gary Parrish believes it could happen

- Oklahoma State guard Brian Williams is expected to miss some significant time due to what head coach Travis Ford called a “pretty serious wrist injury”

- UMass head coach Derek Kellog has agreed to a three-year extension with the school

- Chris Burrows of Horizon League Hoops provides a great statistical breakdown of the 50 most efficient scorers in the Horizon League

- Four-star class of 2013 forward Jonathan Williams III verbally committed to Missouri yesterday, choosing the Tigers over Georgetown, Memphis and Michigan State

- Duquesne-transfer T.J. McConell isn’t happy that he has to sit out a season, but is glad to be a part of the Arizona Wildcats program

- I love Matt Norlander’s writing, I really do.  But I could pick out every single one of his articles from a blind lineup based solely on article titles. OF COURSE the title for his Mid-American Conference preview features a musical play on words. That’s such a Norlander thing to do

- While Senior Khalif Wyatt will gain the most spotlight for the Temple Owls this season, sophomores Anthony Lee and Will Cummings should be able to step up and provide quality support this season

- A nice little rapid reaction piece to the Big Sky announcing it’s preseason polls

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