B1G Hoops El Clasico: Indiana Hoosiers vs Purdue Boilermakers

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El Clasico is the name given to the rivalry between Real Madrid and Barcelona; the two sides that traditionally rule La Liga, Spain’s top futbol/football/soccer division. In recent years, Atletico Madrid have risen up and inserted themselves into the conversation, essentially breaking up the usual duopoly.

The first meeting, in Barcelona on December 3rd, ended in a 1-1 draw. The next edition, in Madrid, will be on April 23rd. Real are currently top of the table, with Barca just point behind them. Sevilla, another Spanish club consistently relevant near the top, are just three points out of first place.

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Kentucky Basketball: Malik Monk NBA Draft Stock Report

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As Jamal Murray left early for the NBA last year, 5-star blue chip prospect Malik Monk took his place in Lexington. It’s truly  “succeed and proceed,” followed by “reloading, not rebuilding.”

Kentucky is a de facto NBDL franchise and I mean that as a compliment; I always have. Being the first and foremost NBA Developmental Program is the defining characteristic of Coach John Calipari’s recruiting pitch. We’ve been saying it for years- Coach Cal is a social trail blazer in that regard.

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Kentucky Basketball: Bam Adebayo NBA Draft Stock Report

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Kentucky is a de facto NBDL franchise and I mean that as a compliment; I always have. Being the first and foremost NBA Developmental Program is the defining characteristic of Coach John Calipari’s recruiting pitch. We’ve been saying it for years- Coach Cal is a social trail blazer in that regard.

He’s developed a system that both a.) works for everyone involved

b.) flies in the face of the NCAA’s hypocritical, broken system. It makes Calipari and the Kentucky a lightning rod for criticism, but you know who else is extremely polarizing?

Everyone who’s ever challenged the establishment and first brought change to the status quo.

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Kentucky Basketball: De’Aaron Fox NBA Draft Stock Report

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Kentucky is a de facto NBDL franchise and I mean that as a compliment; I always have. Being the first and foremost NBA Developmental Program is the defining characteristic of Coach John Calipari’s recruiting pitch. We’ve been saying it for years- Coach Cal is a social trail blazer in that regard.

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Grayson Allen Vilification Could Impact NBA Draft Stock

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In 1945, F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote in Notebook E, “Show me a hero and I’ll write you a tragedy.” In some ways that applies to Duke Blue Devils Junior Shooting Guard Grayson Allen.

One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter is a phrase popularized by the James Bond movie franchise, but it was first written by Gerald Seymour in his 1975 book Harry’s Game. The expression certainly applies to the media coverage of Grayson Allen.

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Purdue Basketball: Caleb Swanigan NBA Draft Stock Update

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Purdue Boilermakers Power Forward Caleb Swanigan came to West Lafayette with much fanfare and this season you’re seeing exactly why.

The former McDonald’s All-American and blue chip 5-star prospect from Ft. Wayne Indiana is our pick to win B1G Player of the Year. Biggie Swanigan has been dominant with a capital D.

He figures prominently in the discussion of national player of the year award candidates.

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Purdue Basketball: Isaac Haas NBA Draft Stock Update

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Purdue Center Isaac Haas terrorized the Illinois Fighting Illini last night in the same manner Jaws, the villain in many James Bond movies terrorized 007. While Jaws destroyed plenty of Bond’s allies, he never got the better of Bond himself. Haas, on the other hand, ultimately had his way on the Illini and imposed his will throughout the game, showcasing the skill set and potential that will excite NBA scouts.

“It was definitely surprising that they didn’t double-team me as much as I was expecting them to, but when I’m left one-on-one on the block, coach always tells Biggie and I to score it,” said Isaac Haas of his breakout performance.

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Indiana Basketball Has Trumpian Relationship with the Media

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The Indiana basketball community would be much better served if the spirit of this quote, from James Madison, was actually present within it-

“To the press alone, checkered as it is with abuses, the world is indebted for all the triumphs which have been gained by reason and humanity over error and oppression.”

Last week, we published a piece calling out this year’s edition of Indiana basketball for being extremely under-achieving, given the tremendous amount of talent that they possess. We referred to Indiana basketball Coach Tom Crean as the hoops version of Ron Zook, an elite recruiter who can’t ever seem to maximize that talent.

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Coach K. Should Have Suspended Grayson Allen a Bit Longer

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The very polarizing Grayson Allen is yet another villain in a long line of Duke Blue Devils superstars that dates back to Christian Laettner. Some even feel that Allen may have surpassed Laettner as the biggest Duke villain of all time, but that’s largely a product of our social media driven culture and the short term attention spans that accompany it. Allen is one of the most discussed topics in sports, as the term Grayson Allen is very often top ten trending nationally on Twitter whenever he plays. 

Whether you love him or hate him, you’re likely to have an opinion on him, and he’s extremely valuable to Duke. They would barely be a top 15 team without him. Duke are currently ranked #8 in the polls having begun the season in the top overall slot. We’ve seen in recent weeks what the Blue Devils are, and what they are not when Allen is missing.

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Can Connor Cook be the Oakland Raiders Savior?

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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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Win or Lose, Ohio State Has Already Restored the B1G

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Editor’s note: this Ohio State and B1G essay is by guest contributor Hans Hetrick

Let us revel in the 2016 Ohio State Michigan game one more time before the bowl season plays out.

This year’s version of The Game, a rivalry that badly needed a classic game, deserves another tribute. The annual post-Thanksgiving matchup between the Wolverines and the Buckeyes gave us a game to be truly thankful for, a rollercoaster ride of great defense, missed field goals, a last second game-tying, field goal, two overtimes, controversial officiating, an unusually animated Urban Meyer, and a mercurial Jim Harbaugh turned up to eleven.

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Brent Musburger Nails It Regarding New Year’s Eve College Football

Legendary broadcaster Brent Musburger doesn’t just “get it.” He absolutely knocked it out of the park on this one. Once again this year, College Football is trying desperately to claim New Year’s Eve as it’s day, by holding the Final Four playoff games on December 31st.

Once again, it’s not going happen, and the ratings will tank, like they did last year. It’s just not happening, as Musburger pointed out, and why. In the 2017-18 bowl cycle, the semifinals will shift to January 1st (Sugar Bowl and Rose Bowl).

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