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Rise And Fire - Big 12 Basketball Morning Link Dump for 8/5/2011

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Leaving port on the date of the Mayflower's first attempt to reach North America on this date in 1620, we set sail around the web to find interesting information on each Big 12 basketball team.
Check these links, then come back each day for updated information. If you have any links of interest, post them in the comments section or send them to me for inclusion tomorrow.

IOWA ST. CYCLONES
cyclones.com - Italy Trip Less Than A Week Away For The Cyclones

KANSAS ST. WILDCATS
ESPN (Dana O'Neil) - Bracket reveal: Diamond Head Classic

MISSOURI TIGERS
mutigers.com - Denmon, Team USA Heading To China
mutigers.com - Mizzou, Notre Dame Meet In KC
ESPN (Eamonn Brennan) - Bracket reveal: CBE Classic

Matchup I can't wait to see: Missouri-Notre Dame. I overuse the word fascinating -- or maybe I'm just easily fascinated -- but Missouri's transition from the Mike Anderson era to the Frank Haith regime promises to be legitimately, well, fascinating. Haith inherits five starters from a team that went 23-11 and would, were it not for the sudden coaching change, be many observers' odds-on favorite to win the Big 12.

TEXAS LONGHORNS
texassports.com - Championship Round pairings announced for 2011 TicketCity Legends Classic

TEXAS A&M AGGIES
ESPN - Semifinals set for 2K Sports Classic

Texas A&M will face Mississippi State and Arizona will play St. John's in the semifinals of the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer.

TEXAS TECH RED RAIDERS
ESPN (Andy Katz) - Bracket reveal: Old Spice Classic
texastech.com - Jeff Kidder Joins Red Raider Coaching Staff

OTHER BIG 12 BASKETBALL NEWS
CONFERENCE SCHEDULES!!!!! - Big 12 | Baylor | Iowa State | Kansas | K-State | Mizzou | Oklahoma | Ok State | Texas | Texas A&M | Texas Tech

OTHER BASKETBALL NEWS
Blogging The Bracket - From San Juan to Honolulu, It's Early Season Event Bracket Time!
CBS Sports - How rampant is illegal contact in the summer?

RANDOM NEWS
Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan, Jack White and Norah Jones Record Unheard Hank Williams Songs
The Onion - Obama Turns 50 Despite Republican Opposition
Slate - Plenty of Good Seats Still Available.

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