Archives for March 2014

Early ’14-’15 Illini basketball season preview part 2: BACKCOURT

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When previewing the Illini basketball team for next season, (Yes, it’s not even April and we’re on to part two of our series (here’s part one Illini basketball recruiting) you’ll see there’s an excess of wing players and swingmen. You have a lot of 2s and 3s, but not a whole lot of traditional 1s and 5s. It’s difficult to designate a bunch of guys as “guards” and “forwards.”

Even more difficult, constructing the potential depth chart that John Groce will use. But we’ll dive right in.

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Very confident David Moyes makes bold statement about his job security

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I guess David Moyes really got a boost from the home win over Aston Villa. Or perhaps he’s buoyed by seeing the Old Trafford faithful support him, instead of the airplane that carried a message protesting his performance and calling for his ouster.

Whatever the reason, David Moyes made some bold statements about his future. He’s quite confident in his future at Manchester United.

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Christian Laettner talks 1 and done, O’Bannon, CAPA and more: EXCLUSIVE AUDIO

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Christian Laettner is my first guest as The Sports Bank podcast returns!

I can’t think of a better guest to initiate the revival of the TSB podcast then the man who hit the most iconic shot in college basketball history. 22 years and three days ago, the Dukie of all Dukies hit a game-winning shot against the Kentucky Wildcats team in what many consider to be the greatest college basketball game of all time.

BREAKING: Jabari Parker very likely returning for his sophomore season

Christian Laettner’s buzzer-beating jump shot against Kentucky in the East Regional Final in 1992 is one of the most memorable moments in sports history.

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Kentucky Wildcats: de facto D-League team indirectly exposing NCAA hypocrisy

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If you need a rooting interest in the Final Four, consider the Kentucky Wildcats, a de facto NBDL franchise based in Lexington. I know what you’re saying how can you root for a team that is polarizing in Coach Cal and UK?

Well, their de facto D-League franchise winning the whole thing for the second time in two years would further expose the hypocrisy of the NCAA cartel.

John Calipari is the only man who’s been able to make “one-and-done” work so far in March when it counts, and this team is the one-iest and done-iest that college basketball has ever seen. The McDonald’s All-American Game is the NBA Developmental League for Kentucky basketball, like UK hoops is a NBDL team.

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MSU basketball: ’13-’14 review and early ’14-’15 preview

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We’ll always have the Rose Bowl. My advice to MSU basketball fans is to 1.) start drinking heavily, but I know you guys, so I now you’re already doing that. I don’t need to say it. and….2.) listen to Whitney Houston’s “Didn’t we almost have it all” on repeat.

“The ride with you was worth the fall, Tom Izzo.”

What makes yesterday’s upset loss to #7 seeded UConn so especially painful is that you and I know the team takes a step back next year. Gary Harris will almost certainly declare for the NBA Draft. Adriean Payne and Keith Appling are gone, and it’s all on Branden Dawson and Denzel Valentine. And that’s just not enough.

So let’s do MSU basketball 2013-14 season preview and 2014-15 MSU basketball season preview at the same time.

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5 non-NCAA Tournament teams likely to dance next year

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SMU had their bubble burst and just missed out on the 2014 NCAA Tournament.  That won’t be the case next season as the Mustangs return a ton of talent and should get to the Big Dance.  Here are five teams that didn’t earn a berth in the NCAA Tournament this season but should be dancing next year.

Here are five NCAA Tournament teams likely to regress next season.

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5 NCAA Tournament teams likely to regress next season

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College basketball teams are experiencing more year-by-year turnover than ever before due to graduation, players leaving early for the NBA Draft (click here for a list of 2014 NBA Draft early entries), and transfers galore (click here for an up-to-date list of college basketball transfers.)   Here are five teams who made the 2014 NCAA Tournament this season but will likely take a step back next year and probably miss out on the NCAA Tournament.

Here are five teams who missed the tourney this year but should be dancing in 2014-15.

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Man United after Cesc Fabregas again, offering £41m bid

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Cesc Fabregas. Yes, you’ve heard this story before. Cesc Fabregas has been a Manchester United target before. He’s been linked to the club in rumors and gossip many a time in many a transfer rumors column.

Well, remember that £200 million war chest David Moyes is supposed to get to work with this summer?

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2014 Chicago Cubs Opening Day Roster released

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The Chicago Cubs Opening Day roster has been set. We’re just hours away from the 2014 season opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. And as you know the Cubs made that one huge off-season acquisition that made national headlines. It was a publicity splash when they introduced…..Clark the Bear.

Yes, Clark the mascot. I guess you understand why the sports books have the Cubs as the second least likely MLB team to win the World Series.

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2014 NBA Draft stock report: Sweet 16 and Elite 8 edition

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Every NCAA Tournament, college basketball players are put on a huge platform and under the microscope by NBA general managers and scouts. Some players see their NBA Draft stock soar through the roof in a few games while others drastically hurt their future draft spot. Here are some players who have both helped and hurt their NBA Draft stock during this weekend’s Sweet 16 and Elite 8 games.

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Michigan State fans: DON’T BURN THINGS IN THE STREET!

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This is a memo to Michigan State fans, Michigan State University, Michigan State alums and Michigan State students. Y’all need to come together and stop this DUMB “tradition.” Burning things in the street after losing a college basketball game is classless and reflects POORLY on MSU. And this is a Spartan (sort of, I’m an Illini first and foremost) talking. I did my first semester of graduate school at Michigan State, and that happened to be spring 2000, the same exact semester the Spartans won it all.

The Big Ten has not won a national title since, and a small group of Michigan State “fans” have acted like IDIOTS just about every year when MSU gets eliminated from the NCAA Tournament. Following last Marcht’s 71-61 loss to the Duke Blue Devils, at least seven couch fires were reported in East Lansing. This also happened in February after Michigan State lost to the Indiana Hoosiers. And this “ritual” goes back to 1999 when MSU was eliminated by Duke (the more things change, the more they stay the same) in the Final Four.

Congratulations cadre of Michigan State morons, you’ve done the impossible: made Duke more likable.

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Tracy Wolfson talks infamous Bo Ryan interview (exclusive)

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The Tracy Wolfson halftime interview of Wisconsin Badgers Coach Bo Ryan at the 2013 Big Ten Tournament final was certainly something. The video went viral and made every sports blog possible. Why? Well, I included video and a transcript below so you can see why.

I also had an exclusive with Tracy Wolfson yesterday where I asked her about the infamous interview and what happened when she encountered Ryan this year.

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