2013 Big Ten/ACC Challenge Preview and Predictions


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The two-day Big Ten/ACC Challenge tips off Tuesday evening. With Syracuse, Pitt, and Notre Dame joining the ACC, that conference is trying to stake its claim as the best in the country. Last year, the challenge finished in a 6-6 tie but here are my predictions for the 2013 Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

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2013 Wooden Legacy Preview and Predictions


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Feast Week continues Thursday when The Wooden Legacy (aka the tournament formerly known as the Anaheim Classic) tips off on the west coast. The field features a pair of Big East teams in Marquette and Creighton along with unbeaten Arizona State and the always dangerous San Diego State. Here is my preview and predictions for the 2013 Wooden Legacy.

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2013 Maui Invitational Preview and Predictions


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Forget about Thanksgiving, it is college basketball’s Feast Week! The usual headliner of the week is the Maui Invitational which tips off Monday afternoon and features Top 25 teams Syracuse, Gonzaga, and Baylor. It should be a competitive tournament as all seven Division One teams in the field have yet to lose a game this season. Here are my preview and predictions for the 2013 Maui Invitational.

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2013 Puerto Rico Tip-Off Preview and Predictions


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Even though Thanksgiving isn’t until next week, the holiday tournament season is among us.  The Puerto Rico Tip-Off starts Thursday and with top 25 caliber teams Michigan, VCU, and Georgetown, it is a competitive field.  Here is a preview of the three-day event and my predictions.

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2014 NBA Draft Stock Report: Michigan State vs. Kentucky


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#1 Kentucky versus #2 Michigan State AND #4 Duke against #5 Kansas?  In the same venue?  No wonder there were approximately 384,571 NBA scouts at the United Center Tuesday night for the Champions Classic.  In total there were about thirteen possible 2014 NBA Draft lottery picks playing in the two games.  No, seriously.

Here is a breakdown of who stood out and who struggled in Michigan State’s 78-74 victory against Kentucky, and how that might help or hurt their draft status early in this season.  Click here for my analysis of the prospects in the Duke/Kansas game and here’s a look at my very early 2014 NBA Mock Draft.

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2014 NBA Draft Stock Report: Duke vs. Kansas


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#4 Duke versus #5 Kansas AND #1 Kentucky against #2 Michigan State?  In the same venue?  No wonder there were approximately 384,571 NBA scouts at the United Center Tuesday night for the Champions Classic.  In total there were about thirteen possible 2014 NBA Draft lottery picks playing in the two games.  No, seriously.

Here is a breakdown of who stood out and who struggled in Kansas’ victory against Duke, and how that might help or hurt their draft status early in this season.  Click here for my analysis of the prospects in the Kentucky/Michigan State game and here’s a look at my very early 2014 NBA Mock Draft.

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Finally healthy, Michigan State’s Gary Harris poised for breakout year


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Three games into his freshman season, Michigan State freshman shooting guard Gary Harris suffered a shoulder injury that lingered throughout the year and hampered his performance.  He still had a very productive season, finishing second on the Spartans in scoring and winning the Big Ten Freshman of the Year award.

A year removed from that injury and back to 100%, Harris is ready for a breakout sophomore campaign and is a huge reason why Sparty is a Final Four contender.

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#1 Kentucky Wildcats: College Basketball 111 in 111


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HAPPY COLLEGE BASKETBALL TIP-OFF DAY!  I did it, by the way!  111 team previews in 111 days.  The Sports Bank’s fourth annual college basketball season preview series where we break 111 teams in the 111 days leading up to the opening tip-off of the 2013-2014 season in now complete.  I ranked the 84 power conference teams (including the new Big East and American Athletic Conferences) and top 27 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order, breaking down rosters, transfers, incoming freshmen, non-conference schedules, and a player to watch for each team.

With arguably the best recruiting class of all-time and potentially nine future NBA first round picks, it’s obvious why the Kentucky Wildcats are the #1 ranked team in pretty much every preseason poll or prediction that has been released this Fall.

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#2 Michigan State Spartans: College Basketball 111 in 111


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Welcome to The Sports Bank’s fourth annual college basketball season preview series where we break 111 teams in the 111 days leading up to the opening tip-off of the 2013-2014 season.  We will rank the 84 power conference teams (including the new Big East and American Athletic Conferences) and top 27 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters, transfers, incoming freshmen, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

With only one player gone from a year ago, it is easy to see why the Michigan State Spartans are one of the top ranked teams heading into this season.  If everything goes as expected, Tom Izzo should earn his seventh Final Four appearance with a shot at winning it all.

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#3 Kansas Jayhawks: College Basketball 111 in 111


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Welcome to The Sports Bank’s fourth annual college basketball season preview series where we break 111 teams in the 111 days leading up to the opening tip-off of the 2013-2014 season.  We will rank the 84 power conference teams (including the new Big East and American Athletic Conferences) and top 27 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters, transfers, incoming freshmen, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

How can the Kansas Jayhawks lose all five starters from last season and still be ranked this high? Thanks to the addition of insanely hyped freshman Andrew Wiggins and a loaded recruiting class, Bill Self’s team is in line for their 10th straight Big 12 Championship and are yet again a legit Final Four contender.

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#4 Louisville Cardinals: College Basketball 111 in 111


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Welcome to The Sports Bank’s fourth annual college basketball season preview series where we break 111 teams in the 111 days leading up to the opening tip-off of the 2013-2014 season.  We will rank the 84 power conference teams (including the new Big East and American Athletic Conferences) and top 27 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters, transfers, incoming freshmen, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

The defending National Champion Louisville Cardinals make the one year jump to the American Athletic Conference before heading to the ACC next year.  Rick Pitino only loses two players from his title team but the suspension of Chane Behanan and injury to Luke Hancock leaves some concern early in the season.

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#5 Duke Blue Devils: College Basketball 111 in 111


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Welcome to The Sports Bank’s fourth annual college basketball season preview series where we break 111 teams in the 111 days leading up to the opening tip-off of the 2013-2014 season.  We will rank the 84 power conference teams (including the new Big East and American Athletic Conferences) and top 27 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters, transfers, incoming freshmen, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

The Duke Blue Devils lose three starters from a year ago but in typical program fashion, Mike Krzyzewski returns with a loaded roster led by highly recruited forward Jabari Parker.  The big difference from this season’s Duke team as opposed to year’s past is that there isn’t a whole lot of size inside.

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