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The Morning MIx

Nov 2, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

A bunch of teams held preseason tune-up exhibition games last night. Not too many stories to come out of the games, so will skip over the recaps and reports. Actually there is one story. The Toilet Paper game took place last night. But that’s about it. (Somewhere Matt Norlander is getting all giddy about writing his annual “Silent Night game” post)

- Well, maybe I lied. Oklahoma State center Michael Cobbins got injured during the Cowboys Thursday night exhibition game, and Bradley guard Anthony Fields broke his hand at practice on Thursday and will be out 4-6 weeks

- Washington State has suspended Oregon-transfer Brett Kingma indefinitely for his marijuana-related arrest. I don’t want to sound harsh, but WAZZU may have themselves a marijuana problem. Reggie Moore got busted last year, and both DeAngelo Casto and Klay Thompson the season before that. Ken Bone says the policies are changing. I hope he’s right

- Glad to see Stan Van Gundy is getting some air time. He’s never not entertaining

- A nice-read from Jerry Corino on what head coaches Mike Rice and Kevin Dillard are doing to prepare their teams in the wake of Hurricane Sandy’s destruction

- I like Andy Katz’s most recent post about Anthony Davis’ NBA debut. But I don’t necessarily like what he is suggesting. While Anthony Davis did improve greatly in his one season at Kentucky, I don’t that alone justifies the need for mandatory college experience before entering the NBA draft

- Both D-I programs in Milwaukee should see an increase in production thanks to some talented transfers

- Ryan Fagan does Frank Martin’s scowl justice  (I just wish he used a different picture. I’m certain he could have found a better picture Martin’s legendary glare. The dress shirt is pretty awesome though)

- Fresno State got some horrible news yesterday as Robert Upshaw, the Bulldogs top-freshman and potentially the best player in their program will miss the first four weeks of the season with a lower leg injury

- Iowa State will be without senior Chris Babb for the Cyclone’s first three games. The guard will miss the team’s lone exhibition game and the first two games of the regular season

- Take note of this hoop-junkies: St. Bonaventure’s is providing free live streams of all the Bonnies’ home games this season

- Rush The Court provides an excellent glimpse at the best non-conference road games featuring ACC teams

- John Templon and the Big Apple Buckets crew are churning out a bunch of good stuff. First up we got an analysis of the KenPom ratings given out to the NYC-area programs. Next up is a nice evaluation form some coaches on the toughest places to play in the MAAC. The third and final link from Big Apple Buckets is the third installment of their #ReadoftheDay series: State of the Mid-Major. Make Sure you check it out

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