2016 NBA Mock Draft First Round (5/27/16)

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The 2016 NBA Draft Lottery went chalk Tuesday evening so the draft order is official.  Here is a look at The Sports Bank’s latest 2016 NBA Mock Draft. The Sports Bank is the only independently owned, mom and pop on the internet with a mock draft for the top four American professional sports leagues. Be sure to check out our 2017 NFL mock draft, 2016 NBA mock draft, 2016 MLB mock draft and 2016 NHL mock draft. [Read more…]

2016 NBA Mock Draft-Second Round (5/27/16)

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The 2016 NBA Draft Lottery takes place Tuesday evening so the draft order will be official then.  Here is a look at the second round of The Sports Bank’s 2016 NBA Mock Draft. [Read more…]

2016 College Basketball Transfers List

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College basketball transfers are becoming a growing trend.  Here is a list of players from the marquee conferences who are transferring out of their respective programs after this past season and a list of college basketball transfers who will be eligible to play at their new school for the 2016-17 season.  Bookmark this page as we will continue to update the list as the off-season progresses.

UPDATED: 5/16/16 [Read more…]

2016 NBA Draft Early Entrants

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The NCAA passed a new rule for the 2016 NBA Draft class that gives any early entries until ten days after the NBA Draft Combine to announce their intention to return to school, as long as they haven’t already hired an agent. This is a change from previous years in which college players had to decide if they were staying in the draft prior to the combine. Anyone who declares for the draft this year will have until May 25th to pull out and return to college. Therefore, expect to see a ton of non-seniors “test the waters” only to ultimately return to school.

Here is a list of college basketball players who have already declared for the 2016 NBA Draft.

Updated: 5/4/16 [Read more…]

2016-17 preseason Top 25 college basketball rankings

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Yes, I know the college basketball season is just ending but it is still the perfect time to reveal my insanely early 2016-17 Top 25 college basketball rankings.  There are still a ton of x-factors as guys are deciding on whether or not they are going to enter the NBA Draft, players are transferring, and a few McDonald’s All-Americans have yet to make their college decision so consider these rankings a rough draft and expect an update in a couple of weeks.

Here is a list of which players have already announced they are transferring and where. Here’s a list of underclassman who have declared for the draft.

Leave a comment below if you think a team is too high, too low, not getting enough respect, or otherwise have an issue with something.

(Click here to see how my 2015-16 way too early preseason college basketball rankings turned out.) [Read more…]

FINAL 2016 NCAA Tournament Bracketology

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Happy Selection Sunday.  Here is a pre-season NCAA Tournament Bracketology.   You will notice on the Bracket Matrix grades that The Sports Bank’s bracketology has been more accurate than ESPN’s Joe Lunardi five of the past six years. [Read more…]

Illini Fans: What Providence Basketball Brings to the Table

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With arguably the best point guard in the country, the Providence basketball team will rely heavily on Kris Dunn this season as their roster goes through a significant amount of turnover. Can Dunn’s skill and leadership lead the Friars back to the Big Dance? That’s the question. [Read more…]

Ohio State Basketball uncharacteristic underdogs this season

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With four of their top six scorers gone and seven newcomers stepping onto the floor, the Ohio State basketball program is facing a rare year of reloading. The Buckeyes were picked to finish seventh in the Big Ten and are enter the season in a strange role; as underdogs.

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Last Season: 6th, 11-7 in Big Ten, 24-11 overall
Predicted Big Ten Finish: 7th [Read more…]

Wisconsin basketball faces much turnover after Final Four runs

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After back-to-back trips to the Final Four, it appears to be the end of an era for the Wisconsin basketball program. During the summer, Bo Ryan announced his 15th season at UW would be his last though that remains somewhat uncertain as Ryan has backpedaled a bit in the past couple months. Under Ryan’s leadership, the Badgers have accomplished an incredible feat by never finishing lower than fourth place in the Big Ten. That streak is in jeopardy this season though as Wisconsin loses four starters from last year’s National Runner-Up squad. [Read more…]

Georgetown basketball ready to be nationally relevant again

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Since advancing to the Final Four in John Thompson III’s first season in 2006-07, the Georgetown basketball team has seen plenty of success, just not when it matters most. They haven’t advanced beyond the round of 32 since that magical season.

The Hoyas have a talented, albeit young roster this year, but are certainly capable of making some major noise beyond the Big East. [Read more…]

Villanova basketball to rule Big East again

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Coming off a school record 33 win season, the Villanova basketball program is the unanimous favorite to claim their third straight Big East title. [Read more…]

Highly-touted freshmen class to get Marquette basketball back on track

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As expected, year one of the Steve Wojciehowski era was rough for the transitioning Marquette basketball program as they finished tied for last place in the Big East. Wojo has hit the recruiting trail hard though and brings a top ten class to Milwaukee this season which is part of the reason Marquette is expected to have a bounce back year. [Read more…]