2014 NCAA Tournament Bracketology “what ifs”


Selection Sunday is six days away. For college basketball nuts, you can’t spend more than 18.3 seconds on the internet without looking at someone’s bracketology (speaking of which, check out The Sports Bank’s latest bracketology.) Unless you’re one of the gifted who can think in terms of brackets, regions and at-large bids, the bracketology is only a tool for a snapshot of the current state. Those fancy looking graphics don’t take into consideration the scenarios of an early exit in the conference tournament, a miracle run to the conference tournament championship game, or even the dreaded out of the tournament team stealing the automatic bid.

The Sports Bank’s David Kay and Peter Christian have you covered. Peter is going to pose some poignant “What Ifs” to world renowned bracketologist David who will explain the repercussions of that “what if.”

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2014 NCAA Tournament Bracketology (3/10/14)


Selection Sunday is just six days away.  Here is a 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 daily updates this week.

UPDATED: 3/10/14

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2014 Big East Tournament Preview and Predictions

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The Big East Tournament has produced some of the most memorable games in recent college basketball history. With a new-look conference though, the 2014 Big East Tournament lacks the headliners of year’s past. Only Villanova and Creighton are NCAA Tournament locks so there are numerous teams desperate for a win in hopes of padding their resume and improving their chances of getting into the tourney. Here is a preview and my predictions for the 2014 Big East Tournament. All games will air on Fox Sports 1.

Click here for The Sports Bank’s Bracketology.

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2014 NBA Mock Draft- First Round (3/5/14)

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Andrew WigginsJoel 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.

So without further ado, here is our 2014 NBA mock draft.

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2014 NBA Mock Draft- Second Round (3/5/14)

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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.

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States of Illinois and Indiana to be shut out of NCAA Tournament


Illinois is a state that’s certainly synonymous with the great sport of basketball. Say that you’re from Chicago when traveling abroad, and the first thing people will say is Michael Jordan. Which replaced Al Capone. Before the 1990s, people on planet Earth first associated gangsterdom with the second city. Now it’s the Chicago Bulls.

The state of Indiana is right up there with North Carolina, Kentucky and Kansas as places where hoops rules. Yes, even in this great nation where the NFL slaughters everything, roundball comes first these specific states.

Yet this March will be the first instance in my lifetime where both the Land of Lincoln and the Crossroads of America are shut out of the NCAA Tournament. I turn 36 on Thursday. It’s been 42 years since this last occurred.


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Steve Lavin has St. John’s back in NCAA at-large berth contention

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Steve Lavin has turned the SJU basketball 2013-14 season right around.

Back on January 17th, Steve Lavin and St. John’s were in very dire straits. As I wrote on January 17th, they were having a very tough season. They had just fallen to Providence, 84-83, in double-overtime, which was their fifth-straight loss. The Johnnies were 0-5 in Big East play with an embarrassing loss at DePaul (RPI 116) on their resume.

A month ago, it looked like St. John’s was destined for no postseason, and maybe NIT at best.

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2013 NBA Draft re-do

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It is an annual tradition here during the NBA All-Star break to re-do the NBA Draft lottery from the previous year.  The Sports Bank’s NBA Draft Nerd, David Kay and Peter Christian will alternate re-drafting the first round of the 2013 NBA Draft taking into account what they know about the rookies based off their performances so far this season (and there’s not much to be impressed about.)  They will factor in how each team’s roster looked at the time of the draft and give their reasons as to why the selection would be made while adding some witty banter along the way.

Check out The Sports Bank’s 2014 NBA Mock Draft.

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Your DePaul, Cleveland Melvin News Update


DePaul Senior Cleveland Melvin went out in the worst possible way. He was the Big East rookie of the year as a freshman, and had a decent shot of finishing up second to Mark Acguirre as DPU’s second leading scorer. Instead he’s kicked out of school and off the team? Maybe he left by his own accord? We still don’t know. DePaul’s communications about Cleveland Melvin were, quoting Fletch

“we’re in a bit of grey area. How grey? Charcoal.”


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NU’s Jim Phillips is outperforming UI’s Mike Thomas right now


You have to appreciate the job Jim Phillips, Northwestern Vice President for Athletics and Recreation is doing right now in Evanston. Certainly so when compared against his counter-part in Champaign, University of Illinois Athletic Director Mike Thomas.

The juxtaposition of the two ADs is long overdue, especially in wake of Thomas experiencing a Lane Kiffin or George W. Bush style failing upward.

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Ok St’s Marcus Smart hurts his NBA Draft stock with fan altercation


Marcus Smart is getting a lot of Metta World Peace comparisons tonight. With past temper tantrums and inconsistent play, at first glance it appears that the worst enemy of Marcus Smart is in fact, likely NBA lottery pick Marcus Smart. But when you consider all the facts of what happened tonight, you may think we all were too quick in our rush to judgment on him.

In the final moments of Oklahoma State’s 65-61 upset loss at Texas Tech, the Oklahoma State sophomore guard went flying into the stands after making a big block that could have potentially saved his team’s chances.

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