Pac-12 Basketball Preview: #6 Stanford Cardinal


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The Sports Bank’s college basketball season previews undergo a facelift this season. Rather than counting down the top 111 teams in 111 days, we will go conference-by-conference, breaking down each team beginning with the Pac-12.

Coming off their Sweet 16 appearance, the Stanford Cardinal return three starters and bring in McDonald’s All-American, Reid Travis. Johnny Dawkins does have holes to fill on his bench though and that will be the biggest factor in Stanford’s chances of returning to the NCAA Tournament. [Read more...]

Pac-12 Basketball Preview: #7 Washington Huskies


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The Sports Bank’s college basketball season previews undergo a facelift this season. Rather than counting down the top 111 teams in 111 days, we will go conference-by-conference, breaking down each team beginning with the Pac-12.

Mired in mediocrity the past two seasons, it should be more of the same for the Washington Huskies who will look to replace leading scorer, C.J. Wilcox. [Read more...]

Pac-12 Basketball Preview: #8 Oregon Ducks


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The Sports Bank’s college basketball season previews undergo a facelift this season. Rather than counting down the top 111 teams in 111 days, we will go conference-by-conference, breaking down each team beginning with the Pac-12.

As if losing five key players from last season wasn’t enough, the Oregon Ducks were forced to dismiss three key players stemming from an off-the-court incident. As a result, Dana Altman loses ten guys from a year ago and enters the upcoming season with only nine, maybe just eight scholarship players. [Read more...]

Pac-12 Basketball Preview: #9 Arizona State Sun Devils


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The Sports Bank’s college basketball season previews undergo a facelift this season. Rather than counting down the top 111 teams in 111 days, we will go conference-by-conference, breaking down each team beginning with the Pac-12.

In losing Jahii Carson, Jermaine Marshall, and Jordan Bachynski; the Arizona State Sun Devils have some major holes to fill from last year’s NCAA Tournament team. As a result, Herb Sendek’s squad figures to fall in the Pac-12 standings. [Read more...]

Pac-12 Basketball Preview: #10 Washington State Cougars


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The Sports Bank’s college basketball season previews undergo a facelift this season. Rather than counting down the top 111 teams in 111 days, we will go conference-by-conference, breaking down each team beginning with the Pac-12.

Ernie Kent wasn’t exactly a sexy hire for the Washington State Cougars this off-season but does bring a level of familiarity to the Pac-12 stemming from his days at Oregon. He faces the challenge of what Ken Bone couldn’t do during his five years at Wazzu; return the Cougars to a high level of play like they experienced during the Tony Bennett era. [Read more...]

Pac-12 Basketball Preview: #11 USC Trojans


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The Sports Bank’s college basketball season previews undergo a facelift this season. Rather than counting down the top 111 teams in 111 days, we will go conference-by-conference, breaking down each team beginning with the Pac-12.

As expected, Andy Enfield’s first season as USC Trojans head coach was rough. While USC loses their top four scorers from a year ago, Enfield brings in a solid recruiting class and a pair of transfers who will try to help the Trojans make their way up the Pac-12 standings. [Read more...]

Pac-12 Basketball Preview: #12 Oregon State Beavers


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The Sports Bank’s college basketball season previews undergo a facelift this season. Rather than counting down the top 111 teams in 111 days, we will go conference-by-conference, breaking down each team beginning with the Pac-12.

Hail to the new Chief in Corvallis. President Obama’s brother-in-law, Craig Robinson was fired at Oregon State after six underwhelming seasons and replaced by Montana’s Wayne Tinkle. Thanks to some family ties, Tinkle has already hit the recruiting trail hard but this year’s Oregon State Beavers team will struggle mightily as they must replace their top five scorers. [Read more...]

Wojo has Marquette future looking incredibly bright


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The 2014-15 season is going to be a struggle for the Marquette Golden Eagles and first year head coach, Steve Wojciechowski. Likely even more of a struggle than a year ago when MU missed out on the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2005.

It appears as if next season will only be a bump in the road though as Wojo and his staff have hit the recruiting trail hard, already landing three top 100 commitments for the 2015 class including 6’5 wing Haanif Cheatham who last week chose Marquette over Georgetown and California. [Read more...]

Raptors re-signing Kyle Lowry headlines day two of NBA free agency


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Day two of the free agency saw Carmelo Anthony visiting both the Rockets and Mavericks, Pau Gasol getting serious interest from the Thunder, and the Cavs reportedly weighing a max offer to Jazz restricted free agent Gordon Hayward.  The biggest actual contract agreement came when Kyle Lowry decided to stay with the Toronto Raptors rather than sign elsewhere.  Here’s a recap of Wednesday’s signings. [Read more...]

NBA Free Agency Recap (7/2/14): Irving, Gortat re-sign


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The calendar flipped to July and the NBA free agency period began.  All eyes are on the prized possessions like LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, and seeing what happens with the Big 3 in Miami.  Teams cannot officially sign players until July 10th but contracts can be negotiated and agreed upon until then.  Here’s a recap of day one of the NBA free agency period with the headline deal being Kyrie Irving signing a max contract with the Cavs. [Read more...]

2015 NBA Mock Draft (6/30/14)


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Now that the 2014 NBA Draft is in the books, draft nets like myself can look ahead to next year’s class.  Here is The Sports Bank’s extremely premature 2015 NBA Mock Draft where team needs and outstanding trades have NOT been taken into account.  Click on the player’s name for an in-depth draft profile.  By the way, The Sports Bank had the most accurate NBA Mock Draft in both 2011 and 2012 along with the second most accurate mock in 2013.

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2014 NBA Draft Grades: Western Conference


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Eastern Conference teams had their first four picks in the 2014 NBA Draft and in my opinion, did a better job of drafting than the Western Conference teams.  The clearcut winner out of the west was the Los Angeles Lakers.  Here are my 2014 NBA Draft grades for the Western Conference.  Check out my Eastern Conference NBA Draft grades as well. [Read more...]