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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Purdue Basketball Will Carry the B1G Flag Come March Madness

With both of the B1G’s banner basketball programs (from a traditional sense) down this season, someone else needs to step up this March Madness. This Purdue basketball team has the best chance of rising to that occasion.

Indiana, the league’s most storied program to Gen-Xers and everyone older, is way down this season, especially so by their very lofty standards.

Unless they pull off a miracle B1G Tournament run, they’re not dancing this year.

Michigan State, the B1G juggernaut to Millenials and younger, is substantially down from their usual high standard of quality. The Spartans are a bubble team, and not many really expect them to do a whole lot in the big dance next month, should they qualify.

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Michigan State Basketball: Update on Eron Harris Knee Injury

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It’s been a very rough season for Michigan State basketball, and today it only got worse.

Injury was added to insult as redshirt senior guard Eron Harris went down midway through the second half of another blowout road loss. MSU fell 80-63 at #16 Purdue in a game that wasn’t as ugly as the rout at Michigan, but it wasn’t that much prettier either.

Take a look at the Harris play, which resulted in what Michigan State basketball personnel officially called a “right knee injury,” before the game had concluded.

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Michigan State Basketball: Win at Purdue Badly Needed for Tourney Resume

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This is not your older brother’s Michigan State basketball team. It’s not even your upperclassman’s Michigan State basketball team. The Spartans are almost never traditionally a bubble team, so this season does feel a bit bizarre.

This past Saturday brought us the first early bracket reveal (of the top 16 seeds anyway) in history and the B1G was a major talking point. That’s because no one in the league had a top four seed in any region. That’s where we stand right now and if that holds until Selection Sunday, it would be the first time it has happened since 2003.

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Purdue Basketball: Strongest Postseason Resume in the B1G

There’s a reason many, if not most, Big Ten power rankings have the Boilermakers at #1.

Your 2016-17 Purdue basketball team currently has the highest RPI of any B1G team at #18. While Wisconsin is ahead of them in the AP poll (Badgers are #11 while the Boilers are #16), Purdue has a much more impressive resume for the NCAA Tournament committee.

Purdue is ahead of Wisconsin in the Sagarin #11 vs #13, and in KenPom (#11 vs #15). This past Saturday brought us the first early bracket reveal (of the top 16 seeds anyway) in history and the B1G was a major talking point.

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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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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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Purdue PF Caleb Swanigan Will Win B1G Player of the Year

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Purdue Boilermakers power forward Caleb Swanigan plays his home games at the address 900 John Wooden Drive.

Depending on what Mackey Arena entrance he takes on a given day, he might pass the John Wooden statue. Thus it’s only fitting that he could also take home the Wooden Award this April. The Wooden and the Naismith awards are the two honors going to the nation’s best overall college basketball player. The only major difference between the two “Hoops Heisman Trophies” is who votes on them.

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Five Most Popular Purdue Basketball Stories of 2016

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The #15 ranked Purdue basketball team heads down I-65 for a quick road trip to battle #21 Notre Dame in the sixth annual Crossroads Classic tomorrow. It marks the first time in the six-year history of the event that all four teams (#18 Butler vs #9 Indiana is the other clash) enter as nationally-ranked squads. 

Purdue basketball is looking for its first victory in the event, posting an 0-3 record against Butler and an 0-2 mark against Notre Dame thus far. However, we’re  looking slightly back instead of forward as we figured a big event like this, as the year winds down, was the perfect time to recap our five most popular Purdue basketball stories of 2016.

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College Basketball Shouldn’t Begin Until January

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In negotiation, it’s called the “door in the face” technique.

Your initial pitch is far out, because you’re content to settle later somewhere in the middle with the opposition. Thus we make our pitch that college basketball should not commence until after the New Year.

Maybe that’s seems preposterous to you? Ok, how about we just shorten the season some and commence the campaign a bit later?

Approach this idea with an open mind.

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