Here is the second round of The Sports Bank’s 2014 NBA Mock Draft where team needs and outstanding trades have NOT been taken into account with this second round. 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.
Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid, or Jabari Parker. Who will be the first pick in the 2014 NBA Draft? It’s an ongoing debate that will continue up to draft night on June 26th.
Here is The Sports Bank’s 2014 NBA Mock Draft where team needs and outstanding trades have 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. [Read more...]
It’s never too early to start thinking ahead. Here is an early projection of the 2014 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 three of the past four years. Be sure to check back at The Sports Bank throughout the college basketball season for weekly updates.
Note: projections will not include my predictions for the Big Ten basketball tournament, nor any March Madness predictions.
Michigan Wolverines point guard Trey Burke swept all the college basketball national player of the year awards last year. He led UM to the national title game where they came close, but fell to the Louisville Cardinals. Burke would later become the ninth overall player taken in the NBA Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves before being dealt to the Utah Jazz.
Mitch McGary seems to think Trey Burke was a bit of a ball hog last season.
With Michigan State’s victory over Ohio State in the Big Ten championship game, the Spartans clinched a berth in the Rose Bowl for the first time since 1988; a game MSU won 20-17 over USC. For the Big Ten, it meant only it’s third Rose Bowl victory in the last 15 years; going 2-12 from 1974 to 1987.
The years that followed, however, the Big Ten experienced a great amount of success from 1989-2000 going 8-4 over the Pac-10 (now 12) in the Rose Bowl.
Now the Big Ten, not just Michigan State, is praying for history to repeat itself.
Seven Big Ten schools were selected for bowl competition on Sunday night, including two with BCS berths. Big Ten Champion Michigan State will represent the conference in the historic 100th edition of the Rose Bowl Game presented and Ohio State is headed to the Orange Bowl. In addition, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska and Wisconsin collected bids to postseason contests.
Michigan State has a tenacious defense taking to the gridiron this fall. And the leader of that fearsome defense is OLB Max Bullough; who blood is as green and white as it gets. He’s a third-generation Spartan, following in the footsteps of his grandfather Hank (guard, 1952-54) and father Shane (linebacker, 1983-86) who played football at Michigan State.
Bullough has the word “SPARTAN” tattoed on one arm, “PRIDE” on the other. And having all that inks means he’ll fit in quite well in the NFL; where players really love themselves some tattoos. Max Bullough is rated as one of the top Outside Linebacker Prospects in next May’s NFL Draft class.
This B1G title game is as good as it gets. You have national college football implications on the line. BCS National title hopes and Rose Bowl determination is at stake. So as much flak and critique as the B1G receives, and it’s well deserved at times, you can’t ask for a bigger and better B1G title game than #2 Ohio State vs #10 Michigan State. And really how weak is the B1G? Yes, it’s far below the SEC and the Pac 12, but it’s no worse than the ACC or Big 12. It’s not that bad.
ESPN College GameDay, the iconic college football pregame show, will make its final regular-season stop from the site of the B1G Title game, so what does that tell you? They choose the B1G Title game over the SEC and Pac12 counterparts. Michigan State finished with a perfect conference mark for the first time since their famous season of 1966. The Buckeyes are on a school record 24 game winning streak, tied for the fourth-longest winning streak in Big Ten history.
Marquette vs. Wisconsin is one of the best non-conference rivalries in all of college basketball. For the 119th time in program history, the Badgers and Golden Eagles will square off for in-state bragging rights. Marquette has struggled a bit out of the gates this season with a 5-3 record but has won the past two meetings against Wisconsin. Meanwhile, the 9-0 Badgers have one of the most impressive early season resumes having already beat St. John’s, Florida, St. Louis, West Virginia, and Virginia.
The Sports Bank’s resident Marquette expert David Kay and Wisconsin guru Nick Grays break down Saturday’s battle at the Kohl Center.
The Ohio State Buckeyes are in the midst of a record-setting consecutive winning streak, currently at 23 games. However, unless either Alabama or Florida State get upset, they appear to be on the outside, looking in’ as it relates to having any chance to play for the BCS National Championship.
Were it any other conference, save for possibly the Big 12 conference, such a run of perfection would be the ultimate ‘no-brainer’ as to their participation in the championship game. However, there is one thing that limits them from such a quest:
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.