NBA Mock Draft Second Round 3/25/17

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Here is The Sports Bank’s 2017 NBA Mock Draft.  Outstanding trades have not been taken into account with the second round.

(Updated: 3/23/17)

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NBA Mock Draft First Round 3/25/17

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Here is The Sports Bank’s 2017 NBA Mock Draft.

(Updated: 3/23/17) Here is the link to the NFL mock draft

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2017 NBA Draft Early Entrants, Returning to School List

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The NCAA passed a new rule last year that gives any early entries until ten days after the 2017 NBA Draft Combine to announce their intention to return to school, as long as they haven’t already hired an agent. This is a change from previous years in which college players had to decide if they were staying in the draft prior to the combine. Therefore, expect to see a ton of non-seniors “test the waters” only to ultimately return to school.

Here is a list of college basketball players who have already declared for the 2017 NBA Draft or announced they are returning to school.

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UPDATED: 3/23/17

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Purdue Basketball: Sweet 16 Game Preview, Prediction vs Kansas Jayhawks

Purdue basketball player Spike Albrecht is 10-2 in NCAA Tournament play (5-1 at Michigan in 2012-13; 3-1 at Michigan in 2013-14; 2-0 at Purdue in 2016-17). Yes, the graduate student guard is a bit down on the depth chart.

He’s not a major minutes guy by any means. So why lead with Albrecht?

Well, he’s known for unexpectedly turning in a stellar performance, on a huge stage. He’s a guy who got it done when nobody saw it coming, and tomorrow night it’s that kind of situation for the Purdue Boilermakers.

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2017 NFL Mock Draft 3-23-17

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Time for another 2017 NFL mock draft update.

The Sports Bank is the only independently owned, mom and pop on the internet with a mock draft for the top four American professional sports leagues. Be sure to check out our 2017 NFL mock draft, 2016 NBA mock draft, 2016 MLB mock draft and 2016 NHL mock draft.

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Spike Albrecht: Purdue Boilermakers Veteran Leader and Top Soundbite

Purdue Boilermakers reserve guard Spike Albrecht may be playing his final collegiate basketball game tonight. Or his story could continue to the sweet sixteen and beyond; quite possibly to Phoenix for the Final Four and beyond. No matter where and when it finishes, it’s been a joy to watch Albecht and he’s been a part of what makes B1G hoops great.

He’s a great soundbite and a very personable sort.

Spike Albrecht first burst on to the national scene when he was with the Michigan Wolverines in 2013.

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Caleb Swanigan One of the Most Taciturn National Players of the Year Ever

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He may have the same nickname as Biggie Smalls, but Caleb Swanigan certainly does not have the ostentation of the late great hip-hip artist. Notorious B.I.G. “went from from ashy to flashy” as he liked to say. Biggie Swanigan puts the reserve in reserved.

During the Purdue Boilermakers media availability on the day in between the first and second round games, Caleb Swanigan spent the entire open locker room session on a stationary bike with his hooded sweatshirt worn tight.

How tight? He pulled the draw strings of the hood in as tightly as possible, like Kenny on “South Park.”

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Purdue Basketball Wins Nail-Biter, Edge of your Seat Thriller, a Nerve-Wracking Affair

“Unbelievable game,” said Purdue basketball coach Matt Painter as he opened his postgame press conference.

What an understatement, for an instant classic such as this.

It’s called “March Madness,” for a reason. It’s not “March meditation,” or “March chillaxing,” and Purdue’s 80-76 come from-behind NCAA Tournament round of 32 victory over Iowa State was anything but relaxing.

The Boilermakers’ held a substantial 44-31 halftime lead, and a massive 58-39 lead in the midst of the second half.  Yet down the stretch, the Boilers found themselves trailing the Cyclones 73-71. With this team, in recent years, no lead is ever truly safe until the clock says 00:00.

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Matt Painter Says Cuonzo Martin Needs Time, his Own Roster to Succeed at Mizzou

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Purdue basketball Coach Matt Painter and newly minted Missouri head coach Cuonzo Martin go way back. They played in west Lafayette together from 1991-1993. Later on, they were both back at Purdue, assistants under Gene Keady.

On Wednesday afternoon the news broke that Cuonzo Martin was resigning his position as Head Coach at California. Then we learned that Martin was off to coach Missouri, signing a deal reportedly worth $21 million over three years, and not Illinois, a school with which he had frequently been linked.

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Purdue Basketball: 80-70 Victory over Vermont Not Really as Decisive as it Appears

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before- Purdue basketball had a tremendous chance to put a huge game away, and didn’t. The #4 seeded Boilermakers had their foot squarely hovering above an opponent’s throat, but failed to apply the pressure. Their 80-70 win over the #13 seed Vermont Catamounts in the first round of the NCAA Tournament looks rather decisive at first glance, as it covered the spread (which was 8.5), but it doesn’t tell the whole story.

It was still just a two possession game with 3:26 left to play, and a seven point game with just over a minute to go.

The margin was steadily between four and seven points for nearly all of the second half as the Catamounts just wouldn’t go away. They were only down one at the 12:24 mark, and after leading for an overwhelming majority of the first half.

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Butler Coach Chris Holtmann RIPS Illinois for Firing John Groce

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You can cross Butler’s Chris Holtmann off the potential Illinois Fighting Illini coaching candidates. Not that he was ever really was in contention to begin with, but there have been a lot of know-nothing blowhards in Illini nation claiming through their “sources” that Holtmann was in the mix.

Those sad “insider” wannabes can take a seat now, upon hearing what Chris Holtmann had to say about the Illini program “they don’t care,” as he stuck up for his very close friend, the recently fired John Groce.

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Four Leading Indiana Basketball Head Coaching Candidates

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There is an entire website devoted simply to the current amount required to buyout Indiana basketball Coach Tom Crean. As tomcreanbuyout.com tells us, that amount is currently $4,000,000,000; and on July 1, 2017, the sum drops to $1,000,000.

The fact that a URL of this sort even exists, tells you what a strong level of discontent is present within the Hoosier nation. Today, their wish was granted, as he was officially let go. An official release has just been sent out.

Dick Vitale’s unprofessional info-mercials for Crean while he was calling the Purdue-Indiana telecast was yet another indicator (and there were many, including the whole NIT debacle) that Crean was at the end of his rope.

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