Maryland Terrapins basketball: not that special after all


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In their first season in the Big Ten, the Maryland Terrapins have turned out to be the real deal pretty good, I’ve always referred to the Maryland Terrapins as “ACC Illinois Fighting Illini,” in both sports. They even had relatively the same decline at the same time in hoops.

Both Maryland and Illinois had that one exceptional once in a life time season (2002 for the Terps, 2005 for the Illini)

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Jim Boeheim gets CRANKIER and CRANKIER every season


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Syracuse Coach Jim Boeheim is a lot like myself- he looks for things to complain about. We find fault with life just for the sake of having something to complain about. In the run-up to last year’s draft, Boeheim made some remarks about his players’ NBA Draft stock that rubbed certain people the wrong way.

Jim Boeheim advocating that his own players (Tyler Ennis and Jerami Grant) stay in school instead of declaring for the draft looked like he was putting the Syracuse program’s interests above the interests of his individual players. However, his players were not offended by it, and that’s what counts.

They appreciated Boeheim’s brutal honesty.

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Bill Walton exposes College Football Playoff conspiracy, ogles UCLA Dance Team


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 ESPN Game Analyst and UCLA alum Bill Walton reminded us just how stellar the UCLA dance team truly is last night while calling UCLA’s home 2OT win over Stanford. The appearance of the UCLA dance team prompted Walton to make a comment that was very….”Late night with Bill Walton” you might say.

UCLA DANCERS

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2016 NBA Mock Draft (1/8/15)


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Here is The Sports Bank’s extremely early 2016 NBA Mock Draft.  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.

CLICK HERE FOR THE FIRST ROUND OF OUR 2015 NBA MOCK DRAFT.

Be sure to check out our 2015 NFL mock draft as well.

And our 2016 NFL mock draft.

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2015 NBA Mock Draft-First Round (1/6/15)


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Here is The Sports Bank’s 2015 NBA Mock Draft where team needs and outstanding trades have been taken into account.  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.

Be sure to check out our 2015 NFL mock draft as well.

And our 2016 NFL mock draft.

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2015 NBA Mock Draft-Second Round (1/6/15)


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Here is the second round of The Sports Bank’s 2015 NBA Mock Draft where team needs and outstanding trades have NOT been taken into account.  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…]

Kentucky vs. Louisville: rivalry t-shirt wars (photos)


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Don’t think Louisville vs. Kentucky is a hard-core rivalry? Check out the Final Four smack-talking t-shirts after the jump. This is NASTY. Brutal, like Duke vs. North Carolina.

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UCLA C Kevon Looney: consensus NBA lottery pick


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UCLA Center Kevon Looney seems to be a consensus NBA Draft lottery pick in 2015, but where does he fit in? Pretty much everyone’s NBA mock draft has Jahlil Okafor #1, Emmanuel Mudiay #2, Karl Anthony-Towns #3, and then a mis of Stanley Johnson, Myles Turner and Willie Cauley-Stein somewhere in that top ten mix.

However, Looney in the top five? The people close to Kentucky Coach John Calipari seem to think so.

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George W. Bush experiences UIC basketball in person


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Former U.S. President George W. Bush got to watch UIC basketball in person during the same exact week that torture dominated the headlines. Specifically, the torture carried out during the Bush 43 administration. So I guess it’s fitting that Bush 43 got to witness UIC Flames basketball first hand. Watching them is an unpleasant experience.

W. was at sold out Moody Coliseum in Dallas as team that doesn’t get Ws very often got man-hanlded by the home side, SMU.

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Big Ten Basketball: 17 worst losses this Pre-Conference season


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“Our effort was not up to standard tonight which i take very personally,” said Northwestern Coach Chris Collins after losing at home by 13 to a middle tier MAC team.

“I can’t explain it. If I had an answer for it I would tell you guys. We got out-everythinged,” he continued.

“We didn’t give them any resistance to start the game.”

Collins and the Wildcats getting dominated at home by Central Michigan is troubling, but it’s just one of many very bad losses that Big Ten basketball has suffered this non-conference season. Let’s break it down.

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B1G Basketball power rankings: the “we apologize” edition


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There are certain B1G basketball teams that owe an apology right now. Sure, one team nationally ranked in the preseason losing to a low-major that you’ve never heard of is excusable although unexpected. Upsets happen. However, two preseason AP top 25 teams losing to low-majors on two separate occasions? That’s kind of embarrassing. Plus the B1G hasn’t had a whole lot of signature wins to really counter-act those ugly losses.

Hey, at least they won the challenge versus the ACC

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Let’s drop the “why don’t top Chicago players stay home to play college hoops?” narrative


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The local media has really beat a dead horse with the “why don’t local players stay home” story line, and it’s time for us to move us past it. Re-hashing it gets us nowhere, and the only way it changes is if the Illini morph into a program on the level of Kentucky, Duke, Kansas, Michigan State, UCLA, North Carolina etc. The Illini are not a blue blood program, so for them to miss out on McDonald’s All-Americans is not something extraordinary. The blue bloods recruit nationally so they take the top 1% of talent from everyone’s base.

Just like Hollywood takes the top 1% most attractive women from everyone’s base to work in show business.

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