ACC Basketball Preview: #13 Boston College Eagles


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The Sports Bank’s college basketball season previews undergo a face lift this season. Rather than counting down the top 111 teams in 111 days, we will go conference-by-conference.  I’ve already counted down the Pac-12, Big 12, SEC, and AAC, and now turn my attention to the already new-look ACC.

With Steve Donahue getting the boot, the Boston College Eagles turn to Jim Christian of Ohio to lead the program into the future. Christian has his work cut out for him though since BC is coming off their worst season since joining the ACC nearly a decade ago and loses two key contributors via transfer. [Read more...]

ACC Basketball Preview: #14 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets


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The Sports Bank’s college basketball season previews undergo a face lift this season. Rather than counting down the top 111 teams in 111 days, we will go conference-by-conference.  I’ve already counted down the Pac-12, Big 12, SEC, and AAC, and now turn my attention to the already new-look ACC.

Since being named head coach, Brian Gregory has yet to lead the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets to the NCAA Tournament. With four of their top five scorers gone from a year ago, there figures to only be more struggles this season. [Read more...]

AAC Basketball Preview: #1 UConn Huskies


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The Sports Bank’s college basketball season previews undergo a face lift this season. Rather than counting down the top 111 teams in 111 days, we will go conference-by-conference.  I’ve already counted down the Pac-12, Big 12, and SEC, and now turn my attention to the already new-look AAC.

For the second time in four years, the UConn Huskies put together a remarkable run to claim the National Championship. The graduation of Shabazz Napier is a significant loss but Kevin Ollie returns enough talent for UConn to once again be a player on the national stage. [Read more...]

ACC Basketball Preview: #15 Virginia Tech Hokies


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The Sports Bank’s college basketball season previews undergo a face lift this season. Rather than counting down the top 111 teams in 111 days, we will go conference-by-conference.  I’ve already counted down the Pac-12, Big 12, SEC, and AAC, and now turn my attention to the already new-look ACC.

One of the more surprising coaching changes of the college basketball off-season was the Virginia Tech Hokies luring Buzz Williams away from Marquette to Blacksburg. Williams has his work cut out for him though as the Hokies are almost starting from scratch. [Read more...]

Six Maryland Terrapins basketball players with AWESOME names


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God Shamgod, Paris London, and Majestic Mapp. These are all actual names of well known college basketball players. But the Maryland Terrapins trump everybody,

Exree Hipp.

That just rules, plain and simple. And ever since America was introduced to Mr. Hipp in March of 1994, it’s called extra special attention to the names on the Maryland Terrapins basketball roster. Even their program’s all-time patriarch, Lefty Driessel, has a cool name. Because “Lefty” is unique and original in basketball, whereas in baseball that name would be banal.

Here are more special names that will make you “Fear the Turtle!”

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AAC Basketball Preview: #2 SMU Mustangs


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The Sports Bank’s college basketball season previews undergo a face lift this season. Rather than counting down the top 111 teams in 111 days, we will go conference-by-conference.  I’ve already counted down the Pac-12, Big 12, and SEC, and now turn my attention to the already new-look AAC.

The SMU Mustangs controversially had their bubble burst last Selection Sunday but that shouldn’t be a concern this season. Larry Brown’s boys would have been my preseason favorite to win the AAC but losing highly touted recruit Emmanuel Mudiay, who instead chose to play professionally in China, bumps them down a spot. [Read more...]

Highlights of the Tim Miles, Nebrasketball comedy hour


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Nebraska Coach Tim Miles doesn’t do “coachspeak” all that much. He tries to shy away from cliches too. While other coaches can ramble on and on for 20 minutes, yet say nothing interesting, Miles gives you a whole week’s work of articles in about five or six minutes.

Tim Miles summed up Big Ten Media Day best:

“Today is not media day, it’s the nightmare for sports information directors.”

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AAC Basketball Preview: #3 Memphis Tigers


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The Sports Bank’s college basketball season previews undergo a face lift this season. Rather than counting down the top 111 teams in 111 days, we will go conference-by-conference.  I’ve already counted down the Pac-12, Big 12, and SEC, and now turn my attention to the already new-look AAC.

Despite a significant amount of turnover from last year’s roster, the Memphis Tigers have a talented though young team that should compete for the AAC Championship. [Read more...]

AAC Basketball Preview: #4 Temple Owls


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The Sports Bank’s college basketball season previews undergo a face lift this season. Rather than counting down the top 111 teams in 111 days, we will go conference-by-conference.  I’ve already counted down the Pac-12, Big 12, and SEC, and now turn my attention to the already new-look AAC.

The Temple Owls first season in the AAC was a train wreck as the program finished with their lowest win total since the 1975-76 season. With three key transfers joining the fray, Temple should bounce back and be knocking on the door of an NCAA Tournament berth. [Read more...]

VIDEO: MSU Spartans mascot dancing in Taylor Swift parody


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It’s a good thing my 11-year-old niece doesn’t read my site. She’s a “Swiftie” and might get upset by seeing how much I’m about to rip the music of Taylor Swift here. On the other hand, she’d probably find this parody of Taylor Swift’s “Shake it Off” as disturbing and bizarre as I do. In the video below, you’ll see several Big Ten mascots “shaking it” and “working it” and lusting after young women.

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Villanova’s Jay Wright is TOTALLY DELUSIONAL about Big East hoops


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Villanova Head Coach Jay Wright analogized Big East basketball to SEC football. Seriously, he did.

Maybe Wright should see the ESPN Films 30 for 30 “Requiem for the Big East” (review here). Or perhaps he’s seen only the beginning and middle of the documentary. The Big East is a shell of what it was once, which makes Wright’s comments below a bit absurd.

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AAC Basketball Preview: #5 Cincinnati Bearcats


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The Sports Bank’s college basketball season previews undergo a face lift this season. Rather than counting down the top 111 teams in 111 days, we will go conference-by-conference.  I’ve already counted down the Pac-12, Big 12, and SEC, and now turn my attention to the already new-look AAC.

In losing 72% of their scoring from last season including All-Conference shooting guard, Sean Kilpatrick; the Cincinnati Bearcats once must again rely on their stingy defense if they are going to make their fifth straight NCAA Tournament appearance. [Read more...]