2018 NBA Mock Draft 5-23-18

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Welcome to our fourth version of our 2018 NBA Mock Draft. It’s the first edition post lottery. For more on a given prospect, click his name where hyper-linked, and that will take you to an in-depth feature piece on said player. Team needs were sometimes, but not always taken into account, and the order was derived from Tankathon, who we linked here.

You may not agree with the picks in this 2018 NBA mock draft, and yes, somebody will get left out, but you can air your grievances in the comments section. Just keep it all above board.

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Isaac Haas Accused of Knowingly Spreading STDs; Sued for $1M

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If you’ve ever had a detailed conversation with Isaac Haas, then you would agree that he is essentially the last person you would expect to be implicated in a story like this. The 7’2″ former Purdue Boilermakers center is being sued for $1,000,000 in civil court by his former sexual partner, Alyssa Chambers. The suit, filed yesterday, accuses Haas of lying about his having contracted sexually transmitted diseases, and therefore knowingly infecting others.

Isaac Haas has yet to comment publicly on these allegations. Purdue University and Purdue basketball coach Matt Painter declined the opportunity to comment publicly.

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Time for Purdue Basketball to Finally Make Another Deep Tourney Run

Grab your high octane energy drinks Purdue basketball fans, because you’ll have to stay up late if you want to see the Boilermakers clinch their first Elite 8 since 2000. The #2 seeded Boilers tip off at 9:57 EST in Boston on Friday against the #3 seed Texas Tech Red Raiders, meaning the game likely won’t end until after 12:30 a.m. the next day.

No, we have no clue what the sports television network-industrial complex is thinking with this ridiculous schedule either. All we can say is that Boston is known for tea parties and tea has a lot of caffeine, which will be needed to stay up till the end of this one.

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Picking the Purdue Boilermakers in Your Bracket: Why and Why Not

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Are you toying with the idea of picking this Purdue basketball team to win it all in your bracket pool? Well, wagering on March Madness is certainly one of the greatest games of chance that a person can play. Entering a NCAA Tournament pool is like going to a casino with no deposit free spins, you just don’t know if the ball will bounce your way, and if luck will be on your side or not.

There is a strong case both for and against betting on Purdue, and we’ll explore each side of the coin here. After all: “The test of a firstrate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald.

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#9 Purdue Boilermakers: What to Watch at Illinois Thursday

While the Purdue Boilermakers have tumbled down the national rankings and seen their B1G title hopes all but dashed, they still have a ton to play for at Illinois tomorrow night. The Boilermakers can still grab a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, but only if they close out the regular season by winning their last two.

If Purdue suffers a loss to either of the two teams (at the 12th place Illini Thursday night, towards the bottom of a very VERY soft B1G, their #1 seed hopes will likely be all but dashed. That said, there’s even more on the line, for both sides. Let’s run through all of that:

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Michigan State Spartans, Villanova Wildcats Co-NCAA Tournament Favorites

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Your Michigan State Spartans, along with the Villanova Wildcats, are co-favorites to win it all according to the sports books. You know the saying in East Lansing, Michigan: “January, February, Izzo.” Now while Michigan State is dominant in March, the last weekend of the NCAA Tournament is in April, which has been the cruelest month to the Spartans.

Since their most recent national title in 2000, the Michigan State Spartans have been back to Final Four five times (2001, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2015), and they have only reached the title game in one of those five trips. MSU’s record is 1-5 on the April weekend of the big dance since the glorious night they cut down the nets after beating Florida in 2000.

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Purdue Basketball Case for a NCAA Tournament #1 Seed

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While this Purdue basketball team ended up losing the only B1G conference game that will end up having major national significant this season, the Boilermakers are still in great shape for a #1 seed. Michigan State actually needed that game a lot more than the Boilers did, and it was a hotly contested battle that went down to the final seconds.

In the NCAA’s “what the bracket would be if it started today?” reveal yesterday, MSU was only a #3 (here’s an in-depth look at their resume) and Purdue was still a #1. That tells you where things stand right now, but where are they going? Let’s take a look at Purdue’s resume, and then figure out what they need to do still in order to cling to that #1 seed.

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Carsen Edwards: Purdue SG Rising as Fast as Anybody this Season

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Purdue shooting guard Carsen Edwards was certainly seen as a high-level talent entering this season, but very few could have seen a development of this magnitude coming. He’s rising as fast and as high as any college basketball who made “the leap” this season.

Edwards was the only B1G player named as a finalist for the Jerry West Award (nation’s best shooting guard). The sophomore is a strong front-runner for all-conference first team. A 6-foot, 1-inch guard from Atascocita, Texas, Carsen Edwards was also named a top-20 finalist for the Wooden Award, which is the basketball Heisman (well, it shares that status with the Naismith Award). It’s quite an accomplishment when you realize Edwards wasn’t on the preseason top-20 list for the West Award.

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B1G Hoops El Clasico: Indiana Hoosiers vs Purdue Boilermakers

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(Editor’s note: re-posting this from last year, in honor of the Purdue Boilermakers 74-67 win at the Indiana Hoosiers today, the only meeting of the year between these two)

While there is no rivalry in B1G basketball as high stakes and as passionate as El Clasico, the Purdue Boilermakers and Indiana Hoosiers bloodfeud can come close at times. The two teams quite often have not just regional relevance, but national. In a given year, we often see one of the two teams influencing the NCAA Championship odds here as February turns to March. The NCAA Tournament is so close now that you can almost taste it.

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Forwards Vince Edwards and Keita Bates-Diop in Fierce B1G POY Race

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At this point it’s a two horse race for the B1G Player of the Year between Vince Edwards of the #3 Purdue Boilermakers and Keita Bates-Diop of #22 Ohio State. They are both the alpha dog on the two teams that have most pleasantly surprised in the league this season. Even in the off-night he had tonight at Northwestern, Bates-Diop still almost had a double double.

His 10 points and eight rebounds effort ended a stretch which saw him become the first Ohio State player to score at least 25 points in three straight games since Michael Redd in 1998.

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Purdue Basketball: Best Team in the B1G By a Very Wide Margin

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Just a few days ago, this 2017-18 Purdue basketball team was #1 in the Sagarin ratings. This weekend, the Boilermakers ascended to #2 KenPom, as they’re the only team to have a both a top 10 ranked offense and a top 10 ranked defense. They spent this was week ranked #4 in the country and by the time you read this they could be #3.

Purdue is also the only team in the nation yet to have lost on American soil this season. When you look at all the superlatives, coupled with the severe deterioration of the B1G this season, it’s a given to say that they are the best team in the conference right now; and by a very healthy margin. 

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Michigan State Basketball Rules the B1G, Purdue is Solid, the Rest is Meh

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This current Michigan State basketball team is the class of the B1G, and there is a substantial drop-off below the Spartans. The Purdue Boilermakers were able to shake off a couple bad performances in the Bahamas over Thanksgiving weekend, and now they look very solid.

Then, once again, there’s a massive drop-off to the rest of the league. It’s MSU, Purdue and then just a bunch of guys. Some of those guys are better than the others, but there is no squad that is must see other than the Purdue and Michigan State basketball teams.

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