Purdue Basketball: Isaac Haas NBA Draft Stock Update

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Purdue Center Isaac Haas terrorized the Illinois Fighting Illini last night in the same manner Jaws, the villain in many James Bond movies terrorized 007. While Jaws destroyed plenty of Bond’s allies, he never got the better of Bond himself. Haas, on the other hand, ultimately had his way on the Illini and imposed his will throughout the game, showcasing the skill set and potential that will excite NBA scouts.

“It was definitely surprising that they didn’t double-team me as much as I was expecting them to, but when I’m left one-on-one on the block, coach always tells Biggie and I to score it,” said Isaac Haas of his breakout performance.

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Indiana Basketball Has Trumpian Relationship with the Media

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The Indiana basketball community would be much better served if the spirit of this quote, from James Madison, was actually present within it-

“To the press alone, checkered as it is with abuses, the world is indebted for all the triumphs which have been gained by reason and humanity over error and oppression.”

Last week, we published a piece calling out this year’s edition of Indiana basketball for being extremely under-achieving, given the tremendous amount of talent that they possess. We referred to Indiana basketball Coach Tom Crean as the hoops version of Ron Zook, an elite recruiter who can’t ever seem to maximize that talent.

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Chicago State Basketball Coach Very Optimistic About School’s Big Picture

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As we approach the end of pre-conference season, most college basketball teams will be focused on getting resume wins and winning their respective conferences once league play begins. For the Chicago State basketball program, it’s a win to just keep playing. “Survive and advance” is a mantra of the NCAA Tournament, but the ideal applies to Chicago State basketball, not just on the team level, but the program level.

That’s because Chicago State basketball is dealing with massive issues, long term, on the university level.

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Chicago State Coach Tracy Dildy Says Northwestern in B1G Top Five

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Chicago State Basketball Coach Tracy Dildy is very high on Northwestern this year.

I cannot stress that enough. To say he’s optimistic about the Northwestern Wildcats prospects during the 2016-17 season would be a tremendous understatement.

“This is clearly a NCAA Tournament team,” Dildy said after CSU lost at Northwestern 68-64. “When they get their injured guys back, they’re probably going to be a top one or two team in the Big Ten…Right now they’re one of the top five or six teams in the Big Ten.”

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College Basketball Shouldn’t Begin Until January

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In negotiation, it’s called the “door in the face” technique.

Your initial pitch is far out, because you’re content to settle later somewhere in the middle with the opposition. Thus we make our pitch that college basketball should not commence until after the New Year.

Maybe that’s seems preposterous to you? Ok, how about we just shorten the season some and commence the campaign a bit later?

Approach this idea with an open mind.

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J.J., Derek and T.J. Watt: Wisconsin Football Surpass Duke Hoops’ Plumlees

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Wake Forest F John Collins a NBA Draft First Round Prospect

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Raise a glass to Wake Forest Forward John Collins, a dominant college big with some solid NBA Draft stock. John Collins is not to be confused with the cocktail of the same name invented in London back in the 1860s; or the more popular drink known as a Tom Collins for that matter.

The sophomore big man is getting some love as a NBA Draft first round prospect.

“I can see that.” Northwestern basketball Coach Chris Collins responded when we brought this topic up.

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Purdue-Villanova Basketball Game Was More Entertaining than Most in November

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Like every other sport and/or league, NCAA Division I college basketball is a world of haves and have nots. Unlike other sports and leagues, the gap between the elites and the also-rans is wider than you can ever imagine. Even though it’s only November, top tier college basketball is still top tier college basketball.

Your defending national championships, the #4 Villanova basketball team, pulled out an exciting, fun to watch 79-76 win tonight at #15 Purdue.

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B1G Basketball Power Rankings: Every Team as a Past or Present Presidential Candidate

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It’s November 8th B1G basketball fans! Huzzah, if you’re reading this it means that we actually made it through the strangest, ugliest and most low brow election cycle in the history of our glorious democracy. Election Day fell on the latest possible day that it possibly could, and that’s unfortunate, given how one poll showed that 13% of respondents preferred a meteor hitting the Earth to Hillary Clinton versus Donald Trump.

Hey, it’s all over tomorrow and then we can all move on to other past times like college hoops, which tips off its season on Friday.

Viva la Revolucion!

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Nebraska Basketball Mired in Mediocrity (Big Ten Preview)

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In losing their top two scorers from a year ago, the Nebraska basketball program figures to once again struggle in the Big Ten. [Read more…]

Rutgers Basketball has Steep Hill to Climb Under Steve Pikiell (Big Ten Preview)

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Steve Pikiell takes over a Rutgers basketball program that has won just three Big Ten games since joining the conference two years ago. [Read more…]

Kansas Basketball: 2016-17 Jayhawks Season Preview

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Twelve straight regular season conference championships for the Kansas basketball program… And despite losing five key contributors, the Jayhawks are once again the team to beat in the Big 12. [Read more…]