Four Leading Indiana Basketball Head Coaching Candidates

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There is an entire website devoted simply to the current amount required to buyout Indiana basketball Coach Tom Crean. As tells us, that amount is currently $4,000,000,000; and on July 1, 2017, the sum drops to $1,000,000.

The fact that a URL of this sort even exists, tells you what a strong level of discontent is present within the Hoosier nation. Today, their wish was granted, as he was officially let go. An official release has just been sent out.

Dick Vitale’s unprofessional info-mercials for Crean while he was calling the Purdue-Indiana telecast was yet another indicator (and there were many, including the whole NIT debacle) that Crean was at the end of his rope.

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#4 Purdue Basketball NCAA Tournament Game Preview vs #13 Vermont Catamounts

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Purdue basketball traveled up to Milwaukee, which is Algonquin for “the only B1G team to earn a top four pod seed this season.”

They’re facing a plucky underdog Vermont team that comes into this one riding the nation’s longest current winning streak. The Catamounts are in Milwaukee believing: We’re gonna make our dreams come true...Doin’ it our way…Nothin’s gonna turn us back now Straight ahead and on the track now We’re gonna make our dreams come true..

So go ahead and pour yourself a brew (there it is! the Milwaukee CLICHE trifecta all within the first 75 words) and enjoy our Purdue basketball NCAA Tournament game preview.

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Cuonzo Martin Goes to Mizzou, Not Illinois: Purdue Boilermakers Fan Reaction

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On Wednesday afternoon the news broke that Cuonzo Martin was resigning his position as Head Coach at California. At the same, we learned that Martin was off to coach Missouri, signing a deal reportedly worth $21 million over three years, and not Illinois. It’s the second time that Cuonzo Martin was potentially going to be an Illini, only to go elsewhere.

As a player, he was reportedly set to join Lou Henson’s program, but changed his mind after Bruce Pearl broke the coaching fraternity code, secretly taped Deon Thomas, ratted him out and landed the Illinois program on probation. Martin opted for Purdue instead, where he went on to have a very distinguished career.

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Eight ANNOYING People Who Reside In EVERY Single Bracket Pool

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Dear reader, we’ve scouted your bracket pool. We know everybody who’s in it. Because there’s at least one of these stereotypes in EVERY single bracket pool imaginable.

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Six Candidates to Eventually Succeed Coach K at Duke


Coach K is the teflon don of college basketball; the kingpin of March Madness. He’s been at Duke for close to four decades, and in that time he’s seen many, if not most of his peers deal with scandalous situations, of varying degree.

With Mike Krzyzewski though, it’s been pretty much all squeaky clean.

He’s achieved five national championships and 12 Final Fours, and it’s highly unlikely that any of them will ever get vacated. He’s the first face on this generation’s college basketball coaching Mt. Rushmore, and he’s the media darling of all media darlings.

No one has utilized the media coverage, (and Team USA basketball too) to leverage a massive competitive advantage like he has.

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FULL LIST: NCAA Tournament First Round Tip Times, Announcers, Channel Assignments

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Full listing of channel assignments, tip off times and announcer pairings for the entire first weekend of the NCAA Tournament. Enjoy!

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Biggie Swanigan Should Come Up Huge in NCAA Tournament

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This past Thursday, March 9th, was the 20th anniversary of the death of hip-hop legend Notorious B.I.G. or “Biggie Smalls.” His murder remains unsolved to this day, adding to the aura that surrounds the man who recorded the 1994 hit “Big Poppa.”

On that day, the top Twitter trending terms were dominated by phrases related to Biggie like #RIPBIG #BiggieSmallz #RIPNotorious and more. It was blast from the past that reminded us how hot ’90s nostalgia really is these days. The next morning, Biggie Swanigan and the top seeded Purdue Boilermakers opened their B1G Tournament, having earned a double bye.

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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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Seems Everyone has a “Bob Knight is a Dick” Story, So Here’s Mine


Update: On this Flashback Friday, Bob Knight told Dan Patrick in a radio interview this morning that he will never return to Indiana University. He even went so far as to say that he hopes all the administrators he had issues with are all dead.

In other words, Bob Knight comes off as a real dickhole, just as you might expect. It’s genuine, as the one time we ran into him, he was every bit a dick to us as he appears to be on television and radio. Our interview occurred in South Bend in February of 2011, and we published it then, and re-publish it again today.

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Purdue Basketball: Backcourt and Wings Not Getting Credit They Deserve

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At the beginning of the season, college basketball guru Jay Bilas did a media conference call and when Purdue came up as a discussion topic, the ESPN Analyst said he wasn’t impressed with their guards. Bilas mentioned Vince Edwards, in a positive light and when he did he said that the Boilermakers senior was not really a guard, but more of a wing/swingman.

Technically, he is a forward by classification, but he’s also a wing, so you have room for debate here if you really want it.

It set a certain tone of coverage for Purdue Basketball this season, the narrative of “it’s all about bigs,” and that we should focus on the forwards. 2016-17 Purdue basketball was not really going to be about the guards, so the narrative went, and that’s unfortunate given all the backcourt accomplished.

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Michigan State Basketball Punches Tourney Ticket; Playing for #8 vs #9 Game Now


Heading into a match-up against the league’s quasi-perennial penultimate in Penn State, Michigan State basketball was a bubble team. If the Spartans were to lose to PSU, they’d fall from around #10 seed line to #11 or #12 territory. In other words, Dayton land and nobody wants to go there.

Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo obviously did a great job motivating his team because they came out and did exactly what they needed to do, and they OBLITERATED Penn State 78-51.

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How Would Mitch Trubisky fit in with the Chicago Bears?

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Former North Carolina Quarterback Mitch Trubisky asked people to start calling him Mitchell during the Scouting Combine this past weekend. Okay, how about we call him Mitchell, but then give him a nickname, I suggest “Mitch.”

Mitchell, or well we’ll just stick with Mitch Trubisky for now, is rated the third quarterback on the board for NFL Network Draft guru Mike Mayock.

“He’s polished,” Mayock said when he met the media during the combine availability post QB workouts.

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