Strong Hatred of Grayson Allen is Great, Healthy For College Hoops

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Grayson Allen is exactly what this college basketball season needs to try and solve the biggest issue that it faces until March- apathy.

Most people don’t really check in on college hoops until late winter, early spring, so a lightning rod is needed to get people excited.

Enter Grayson Allen, who is absolutely perfect for this role in every sense imaginable. If you are Duke fan, you should LOVE him. He is everything you can want in a player on your side. If you’re a fan of any other team, you should HATE him- that’s normal and healthy.

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ESPN Promotion of College Football Playoff Rankings is Very Obnoxious

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There are three things to remember every single Tuesday night when ESPN releases the updated College Football Playoff Rankings.

First, this endeavor only merits a tweet and press release, not an entire television show. Maybe you could stretch this out into a two or three minute desk segment, but that’s really pushing it.

Secondly, all the controversies, real as well as the contrived debates created and then amplified by ESPN, will sort themselves out in the end. There’s no real reason to care all that strongly about the rankings until the last week of the season or conference championship weekend.

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Duke Basketball Has Lottery Level Trio in Marvin Bagley III, Wendell Carter Jr., Trevon Duval

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When Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski refers to you as “our most talented player,” as he did tonight, you know that you’re special. Coach K. said this of Marvin Bagley III following his side’s 88-81 win over #2 Michigan State in Chicago.

The top ranked Blue Devils lost Bagley after just ten minutes, to what Krzyzewski said was an eye scratch.

The eye became very red, but it doesn’t appear to be a long term, substantial injury. Coach K. said that Bagley was taken out of the game mostly as a precaution, and that he believed he’ll be fine tomorrow.

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#1 Duke Basketball: Champions Classic Preview vs #2 Michigan State

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There is no such thing as Game of the Century type deal in college basketball, like there is in college football, and even if there were, it certainly wouldn’t be in early November. However, #1 Duke basketball vs #2 Michigan State Tuesday night comes close. No offense to the mighty squads at Elon (97-68 W) and Utah Valley (99-69), but the regular season actually begins now.

Here are three major storylines to watch in the Champions Classic at The House that Michael Built for Duke basketball fans.

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2018 NBA Mock Draft 11-6-17

Welcome to version 1.0 of our 2018 NBA Mock Draft. It’s never too early. For more on a given prospect, click his name where hyper-linked. That will take you to an in-depth feature piece on said player. Team needs were not taken into account, and the order was randomized for this 2018 NBA mock draft.

Enjoy! For our NFL mock draft link go here.

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ESPN College Gameday: How it Went From Transcendent to Unwatchable

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To pinpoint what’s so wrong with ESPN College Gameday in 2017, there are a couple different places from which you can start. You can begin with ESPN’s horrible bungling of the Jemele Hill and Robert Lee situations, and go from there. The same principle, that of “let’s try to never hurt anyone’s feelings ever, no matter what the cost, because hurt feelings means upset sponsors” applies across the board.

ESPN should have never apologized for what Jemele Hill said about Donald Trump.

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Athletic vs Academic Scholarships for Student-Athletes

There is confusion on how academic scholarships and athletic scholarships work. For example, if an NCAA Division II institution offers you a partial scholarship you can still use academic aid to cover your tuition. About 2 percent of high school athletes are awarded some form of athletics scholarship to compete in college.

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Five Star Big Man Mo Bamba Picks Texas Over Kentucky, Duke and Michigan

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It’s official, Mo Bamba has selected the University of Texas. The five star big man picked the Longhorns over Duke, Kentucky and Michigan.

We now update our story on Bamba from March 28th, from McDonald’s All-American Game Media Day, in which we indicated that Texas was indeed the front-runner.

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NBA Mock Draft Second Round 5/16/17

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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. Also, if you’re into NBA Draft Lottery conspiracy theories, you’ll want to read the feature piece linked here.

(Updated: 5/15/17)

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NBA Mock Draft First Round 5/16/17

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

(Updated: 5/15/17) Also, if you’re into NBA Draft Lottery conspiracy theories, you’ll want to read the feature piece linked here.

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ESPN 30 for 30: Top 20 of All Time List

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Rating the best films in the ESPN 30 for 30 series is a highly debatable endeavor, as there are so many great documentaries to choose from. Click the title where highlighted for a review/feature on that specific film.

A year ago, I would have told you that there’s Hillsborough, the college football docs, and then there’s everything else. Still true, except now there’s Laettner, which towers above everything else.

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Kevin Knox to Kentucky Seems Very Unlikely, Despite BBN Cookies Reward

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It’s going to take a lot more than BBN (Big Blue Nation) cookies to land 5-star uncommitted prospect Kevin Knox. The blue chip small forward from Tampa has narrowed his choices down to three schools, and they’re the bluest of college basketball’s blue bloods.

According to 247Sports, Knox’s top three are Duke, Kentucky and North Carolina, with the Blue Devils an overwhelming favorite. The Crystal Ball Prediction matrix, read into this what you will, shows Duke at 84%, UK 11% and Carolina 5%.

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