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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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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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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2017 NFL mock draft 12-22-16

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In our 2017 NFL mock draft, we based the order on the actual current order as of December 21st, with some good help from our friends at NFL Trade Rumors.

Team needs were sometimes, but not always taken into account, as team needs are a very fluid situation. Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! Season’s Greetings, Happy Kwanza, Joyous Hannukah, Joy Noel, Make the Yuletide gay and a warm festivus for the rest of us.

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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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J.J., Derek and T.J. Watt: Wisconsin Football Surpass Duke Hoops’ Plumlees

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Jabari Parker, Joel Embiid Tweet Disgust Over Trump Electoral Victory

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In the wee hours of Wednesday morning we learned that the first black President in U.S. history will now give way to a new one who is endorsed by the Ku Klux Klan. Barack Obama’s now inevitable replacing by Donald Trump as the leader of the free world, will officially be celebrated by the KKK with a parade in North Carolina on December 3rd, according to The Hill.

The most recently updated popular vote count has Hillary Clinton ahead of Trump by about 1.8 million votes, and there are still many ballots left to be counted in heavily Democratic counties.

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Notre Dame Football: What’s the Way Forward Now?

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There will have to be some changes within the Notre Dame football team this week. There will likely be bigger changes ahead for the Notre Dame football program down in the not too distant future. The Duke Blue Devils came in to South Bend as 22 point underdogs yesterday. They left victorious; meaning it was the biggest upset, using just point spreads as your criteria, in 20 years for the the Fighting Irish.

You have to immediately wonder how much longer Notre Dame Defensive Coordinator Brian VanGorder will remain employed.

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Notre Dame Football Game Preview vs Duke Blue Devils

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In 2016, it’s College Football Playoff or bust, every season, for the sport’s blue bloods. So now that this Notre Dame football team has two losses already, what are they playing for this season? Is there still hope for a New Year’s Six Bowl? Possibly, but they’d have to go 9-0 down the stretch and hope some things fall their way in order to be in that conversation. In other words, not bloody likely.

Being an independent, Saturday’s tussle with Duke is not an ACC conference game, and therefore does not have any meaning towards determining a conference championship.

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ACC Joins NCAA in Sending Anti-Bigotry Message to North Carolina

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UPDATE: the ACC has pulled their basketball conference championship tournament out of Charlotte, North Carolina.

The ACC announced: “As members of the Atlantic Coast Conference, the ACC Council of Presidents reaffirmed our collective commitment to uphold the values of equality, diversity, inclusion and non-discrimination. Every one of our 15 universities is strongly committed to these values and therefore, we will continue to host ACC Championships at campus sites. We believe North Carolina House Bill 2 is inconsistent with these values, and as a result, we will relocate all neutral site championships for the 2016-17 academic year. All locations will be announced in the future from the conference office.”

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Duke’s Brandon Ingram Going #2 to the L.A. Lakers Will Happen

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Los Angeles Lakers fans would love to see Ben Simmons (profiled in detail here) get the opportunity to wear gold and purple, just like he did in college and high school, but it’s not going to happen. It’s been confirmed, Simmons is going first to the Philadelphia 76ers, and that means Brandon Ingram is going to Los Angeles at two.

These are the predictable picks in the NBA Draft. Then things start to actually get interesting, and the real draft begins at #3 with the Boston Celtics. 

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Frank Jackson: New Duke Blue Devils Starting Point Guard

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(Update: Frank Jackson will be Duke’s starting point guard next year, as Derryck Thornton will now be transferring out of Duke, per Jeff Goodman of ESPN)

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