2017 NCAA Tournament Bracketology (Bracket Projection)

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Here is The Sports Bank’s 2017 NCAA Tournament Bracketology.  Check back for bi-weekly updates on our bracketology, which has been more accurate than Joe Lunardi’s entry.

Enjoy! If you have issues with something here, let it out in the comments section below.

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Michigan State Basketball: Update on Eron Harris Knee Injury


It’s been a very rough season for Michigan State basketball, and today it only got worse.

Injury was added to insult as redshirt senior guard Eron Harris went down midway through the second half of another blowout road loss. MSU fell 80-63 at #16 Purdue in a game that wasn’t as ugly as the rout at Michigan, but it wasn’t that much prettier either.

Take a look at the Harris play, which resulted in what Michigan State basketball personnel officially called a “right knee injury,” before the game had concluded.

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Michigan State Basketball: Win at Purdue Badly Needed for Tourney Resume


This is not your older brother’s Michigan State basketball team. It’s not even your upperclassman’s Michigan State basketball team. The Spartans are almost never traditionally a bubble team, so this season does feel a bit bizarre.

This past Saturday brought us the first early bracket reveal (of the top 16 seeds anyway) in history and the B1G was a major talking point. That’s because no one in the league had a top four seed in any region. That’s where we stand right now and if that holds until Selection Sunday, it would be the first time it has happened since 2003.

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Chicago Bulls Must Realize Where Denzel Valentine Fits, at Point Guard


NBA Draft Lottery picks are not meant to be sent back and forth between the parent club and the D-League franchise. Denzel Valentine, the 2016 College Basketball Player of the Year Award winner, does not belong at the Sears Center.

Unless suburban big box mart shopping is his thing, the 14th overall selection in the NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls should not be spending substantial time near the giant IKEA in Schaumburg, or the homogenized office parks that dominated the edge city landscape of Hoffman Estates.

Zel has fallen so far down Coach Fred Hoiberg’s rotation that the Bulls second round pick, Paul Zipser, has a much better and more defined role with the team.

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2017 NFL Mock Draft 2-14-17


Time for another 2017 NFL mock draft update, as the NFL offseason is officially here.

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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Can Connor Cook be the Oakland Raiders Savior?


In the build-up to the 2016 NFL Draft, the narrative around Michigan State Quarterback Connor Cook paralleled a story line from the Kevin Costner film “Draft Day.”

The media just would not shut up about how Cook wasn’t named a team captain at MSU, and you could almost hear Costner’s character repeatedly asking, as he did in the film about the fictional blue chip prospect, “WHY DIDN’T HIS TEAMMATES COME TO HIS BIRTHDAY PARTY?!”

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2017 NFL mock draft 12-22-16


In our 2017 NFL mock draft, we based the order on the actual current order as of December 21st, with some good help from our friends at NFL Trade Rumors.

Team needs were sometimes, but not always taken into account, as team needs are a very fluid situation. Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! Season’s Greetings, Happy Kwanza, Joyous Hannukah, Joy Noel, Make the Yuletide gay and a warm festivus for the rest of us.

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#12 Michigan State Basketball 2016-17 Season Preview


2016-17 Michigan State basketball is quite young, but that’s the wave of future in college basketball- winning primarily through a good mix of blue chip recruit freshmen complemented with a few talented veterans.

MSU, currently ranked 12th in the AP poll, has both with #TheClass, as Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo landed the best freshmen haul of his entire career for 2016-17.

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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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Maybe Michigan State Football Still Hasn’t Bottomed Out Yet


Clarence “Biggie”Munn must be rolling in his grave at what’s become of Michigan State football in 2016.

Biggie Biggie Biggie, Can’t you see, this team seemingly quit on Coach D.

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Michigan State Football vs Northwestern Game Preview, Prediction

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As Nathaniel Hawthorne famously wrote “families are always rising and falling in America.” It’s the same with B1G programs. The Golden Age of Michigan State football, and thus of MSU athletics, is over for now. Not saying it’s over for good, but it is for now and I really don’t think the Spartans have hit rock bottom yet.

I think there’s still plenty more plunging and “SPARTY NOOOOOOOO” moments to come. I think we’ll see a few in Spartan Stadium on Saturday too.

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Michigan State Football: Golden Age Over, At Least For Now

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Well, it was sure fun while it lasted- this idea that the Michigan State football program had reached “reload, not rebuild status.”

And thanks for the memories “who nationally has it better than us” memes with pictures of Michigan State football Coach Mark Dantonio and Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo. On the weekend that Michigan State basketball began practicing, we learned that the 2016 Michigan State football season was a lost cause.

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