Northwestern basketball needs more from JerShon Cobb


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In order for Northwestern basketball to reach the NIT, they’ll need more from JerShon Cobb. The second option behind Drew Crawford, Cobb is second on the team in scoring, and they’re the only two that average double figures for the Wildcats. NU Coach Chris Collins has said on a few occasions that his team does not have the depth of other Big Ten schools, therefore his margin of error is smaller.

JerShon Cobb needs to be on it as much as possible.

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As Drew Crawford goes, so goes Northwestern


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Retaining Drew Crawford was priority number one for Chris Collins when he began his new regime at Northwestern. You may have been wondering why Northwestern forward Drew Crawford struggled so much during his senior season. His game was off because he wasn’t healthy. Drew Crawford underwent surgery on his right shoulder after being diagnosed with having a torn labrum. He was granted a medical hardship waiver.

And the presence of Drew Crawford has made a huge impact on the 2013-14 Northwestern basketball season. Last week he was named Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week by the United States Basketball Writers Association

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2015 NBA Mock Draft (2/6/14)


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Here is The Sports Bank’s extremely premature 2015 NBA Mock Draft where team needs and outstanding trades have NOT been taken into account.  Click on the player’s name for an in-depth draft profile.  By the way, The Sports Bank had the most accurate NBA Mock Draft in both 2011 and 2012 along with the second most accurate mock in 2013.

Click here for The Sports Bank’s 2014 NBA Mock Draft.

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2014 NBA Mock Draft-Second Round (2/5/14)


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Here is the second round of The Sports Bank’s 2014 NBA Mock Draft where team needs and outstanding trades have NOT been taken into account with this second round.  By the way, The Sports Bank had the most accurate NBA Mock Draft in both 2011 and 2012 along with the second most accurate mock in 2013.

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2014 NBA Mock Draft-First Round (2/5/14)


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Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid, or Jabari Parker.  Who will be the first pick in the 2014 NBA Draft?  It’s an ongoing debate that will continue up to draft night on June 26th.

Here is The Sports Bank’s 2014 NBA Mock Draft where team needs and outstanding trades have been taken into account.  Click on the player’s name for an in-depth draft profile.  By the way, The Sports Bank had the most accurate NBA Mock Draft in both 2011 and 2012 along with the second most accurate mock in 2013. [Read more...]

Doug McDermott is POY, but he could be a lottery pick too


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You’ve heard enough about Doug McDermott being the national college basketball player of the year. Doug McDermott will win the Naismith, Wooden, etc etc. You’ve also heard the story enough about his Dad, and how McDermott the Younger changed the entry in phone for McDermott the Elder from “Dad” to “Coach.”

Yes, you’ve heard that story enough too. What about Doug McDermott the NBA Draft pick? First round? Late lottery possibly?

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NCAA responds to CAPA, college athlete union organizing


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The NCAA has responded to CAPA, Kain Colter and the unnamed Northwestern football players in support of today’s historical moment. This is the first ever union for college athletes. If you read this site and/or follow me on Twitter, you know where I stand on these issues, the NCAA, and what my reaction was when I first saw the NCAA statement.

It goes without saying. Anyways, here’s the NCAA statement:

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Chicago Bulls Tom Thibodeau named Team USA Basketball Asst


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Syracuse University coach Jim Boeheim, Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau, and New Orleans Pelicans head coach and former USA Basketball player Monty Williams were announced as USA Basketball Men’s National Team assistant coaches for 2013-16 by USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo.

Colangelo is an Illini and a South Suburbanite by the way!

Duke “not just a basketball coach, but a leader who happens to coach basketball” Mike Krzyzewski will return to lead the USA National Team program for a third quadrennium. And no, I have no clue what a quadrennium is.

“To have Tom Thibodeau join us, I think his reputation speaks for itself. He was a great assistant who has become an outstanding pro coach, and nobody wants to play the Bulls. The toughness that they show, their togetherness, their competitiveness, and the preparation that is there, that is shown by he and his staff,” Coach K. said.

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VIDEO: Gus Johnson calling Creighton Basketball 3-pt barrage


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Gus Johnson takes good things and makes them great. His level of excitement turns everything up a notch. I should make that statement about Gus Johnson in ALL CAPS, so you understand the loud volume of the situation. Gus Johnson MAKES EVERYTHING BETTER!

Like this Creighton basketball three point barrage against #4 Villanova.  The Creighton Blue Jays buried nine straight threes, and Nova Coach Jay Wright didn’t know what to do.

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Steve Lavin is having a rough conference season at St. John’s


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Steve Lavin and St. John’s fell to Providence, 84-83, in double-overtime on Thursday night to drop its fifth-straight game and move to 0-5 in Big East play. Coach Lav’s fourth season in New York has been a struggle as the Red Storm have a 9-8 overall record. Last year Lavin recorded an 8-8 record in the Big East, and advanced to the second round of the NIT.

His debut season in Queens, Steve Lavin led the Red Storm to a third place finish in conference, a 12-6 record in league play and an NCAA Tournament appearance. Right now, it doesn’t look like SJU will end up in the postseason.
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Star frosh Billy Garrett Jr. breathes new life into DePaul


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Freshman guard Billy Garrett Jr. has been a huge part of the improvement we’ve seen in DePaul Blue Demons basketball this season. They’re 2-3 in the Big East, and if you look at how they’ve been competitive in every league game this year, they might be around .500 in conference play when it’s all said and done.

Sure, that’s not the Final Four or anything, but you have to remember what DePaul has been in the Oliver Purnell era. His best year in the Big East was 3-15, so he’s obviously poised to finish much better than that in 2014. And star frosh Billy Garrett Jr. is a big reason why.

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DePaul basketball might be .500 in conference this year


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Don’t look now but DePaul basketball (10-8, 2-3) could be .500 in conference play this college basketball season. They won back to back Big East conference games for the first time since 2008 tonight.

The Blue Demons beat Steve Lavin and St. John’s (9-7, 0-4) at All State Arena. This DePaul basketball team has been in every conference game they’ve played this year. Doug McDermott and Creighton didn’t pull away until the very end. The Blue Demons were down just seven within five minutes so that final score was misleading. Yes, as of right now DePaul basketball has a 400 winning percentage in Big East play.

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