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The Morning Mix

- William Buford’s buzzer-beating shot against Michigan State forced a three-way split of the Big-Ten Championship. The Buckeyes might not have been as dominant as we expected them to be this year, but they are still a legitimate final-4 contender. As if losing on a buzzer-beater on Senior Day isn’t enough, the Spartans also lost Branden Dawson to a torn ACL. He is done for the year, and the Spartan’s Final-4 chances just took a major hit

- A phenomenal-read from Eric Prisbell on why it might be time to say “goodbye” to the RPI

- Man, this is just awful: The twin infant sons of Northwestern State’s star center William Mosley died on Saturday night after being hospitalized for respiratory issues.

- David Whitley provides a great-read on how John Calipari is maximizing the system that’s been put in place

- Speaking of Kentucky, ESPN has provided the Wildcats with daily motivation thanks to their non-stop airing of the Christian Watford buzzer-beater

- Last thing about Kentucky: Mike Bianchi called Kentucky “A glorified AAU squad”. That won’t sit well with Big Blue Nation. But I refuse to believe that this is because “he wanted pagviews”. Yes it’s true, having a strong opinion about Kentucky will get you a lot of traffic. But as of late, one of the main responses from fans and the media is that “people who attack Kentucky only do it because they want attention.” Isn’t it possible for somebody to have an issue with Kentucky without hidden agenda? I think it is, but not very many other people do.

- Rhode Island fired head coach Jim Baron yesterday after a dismal 7-24 season. Jim’s son Billy is a sophomore on the team and averaged 13ppg. it is unclear if Billy will leave with his father. But Baron wasn’t the only coach fired over the weekend. Canisius head coach Tom Parrotta was fired after his team went 5-24 this season

- Iona lost to Fairfield in a stunning MAAC semifinal upset. following the game, Gael’s head coach Tim Cluess addressed the fact that his team isn’t going to make the tournament, even though eight or nine teams from the Big East will

- It is entirely possible that the Pac-12 only gets one bid to the NCAA Tournament