B1G Basketball power rankings: Black Wednesday edition


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“Wisconsin should be the pick of the litter, they have everybody back from a Final Four team, but two through ten, you’re going to be able to flip coins,” said the dean of B1G coaches, Michigan State’s Tom Izzo.

Yeah, pretty much! So let’s go make the argument for each one, 2-10.

As well as 11-14 too.

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Illini hoops: 2nd best “NBA factory” in the Big 10


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Illini Hoops is the second best program in the Big Ten and tied for 15th best overall when it comes to producing quality NBA players. The Illini are tied with Oregon and Georgia Tech in that 15th slot. Ohio State is the Big Ten’s best, and 11th overall (tied with Syracuse). UCLA, as we’ve detailed here, is the best overall.

Note: this is similar to another study that ran in the Wall Street Journal, which found Illinois to be the number one school in the nation when it comes to NFL starters per win ratios. That is Illini football was the program most embodying a successful NFL farm system, despite not winning with it all talent.

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Will Washington and Jay Gruden part ways in the offseason?


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Lots of conflict and turmoil in Washington right now; and we’re not just talking about the acrimony between the legislative and executive branches of government. Will Jay Gruden return to coach the team next year? It appears that Robert Griffin III is on his way out, (as we’ve chronicled). So what about Gruden? The NFL punditocracy speaks.

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Arsenal FC transfer rumors: Schar, Dybala, Moutinho


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Here are the latest Arsenal FC transfer rumor stories that have been circulating in the Twitterverse, blogopshere and media world.

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Man United news and notes: Falcao, Rojo, De Gea, Nani


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Here are the latest Manchester United stories that have been circulating in the Twitterverse, blogopshere and media world. Welcome to another edition of Man United news and notes. We begin with Radamel Falcao

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Manchester United get big Xherdan Shaqiri boost


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Xherdan Shaqiri is having trouble fitting in at Bayern Munich, but he will be be on the move away from Allianz Arena during the January transfer window.  Shaqiri has been told he can leave Bayern Munich this winter, according to the Bundesliga club’s honorary president Franz Beckenbauer. This is a huge boost to all the clubs that have been interested in the Swiss international, including Manchester United, Liverpool and Napoli.

 

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Tottenham transfer rumors: Lennon, Shaqiri, Icardi


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Here are the latest Tottenham transfer rumor stories that have been circulating in the Twitterverse, blogopshere and media world.

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Man United news: Luke Shaw, Jonny Evans injury updates


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Here are the latest Manchester United news stories that have been circulating in the Twitterverse, blogopshere and media world. Unfortunately, this focuses on more injuries in the back line. The health crisis in defene continues. It’s like a game of whack-a-mole, when one returns to action, another goes down. Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo are still sidelined with shin and shoulder injuries. And now this:

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Chelsea FC transfer rumors: Messi, Cech, Moutinho


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Here are the latest Chelsea transfer rumor stories that have been circulating in the Twitterverse, blogopshere and media world. We start with some gossip about Lionel Messi. True or not, it certainly dwarfs all the other Chelsea transfer rumors you’ll hear. After all, it’s Lionel Messi, all the other gossip is secondary and minor in comparison.

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Man United transfer rumors: Moutinho, Dybala, Robben


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Here are the latest Man United transfer rumor stories that have been circulating in the Twitterverse, blogopshere and media world. We start with some gossip about Arjen Robben.

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Man United news and notes: Van Persie, Herrera, Wilson


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Here are the latest Manchester United news stories that have been circulating in the Twitterverse, blogopshere and media world. Welcome to another edition of Man United news and notes.

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Robert Griffin III: his days are numbered in Washington


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Robert Griffin III is probably done in D.C. Yes, the RG3 era in Washington seems to be coming to a close come the end of the season. All the NFL experts and pundits are piling on with this opinion, take a look.

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