Northwestern Football Game Preview vs Indiana Hoosiers


Dear future Northwestern football opponents, you may want to reconsider scheduling them for Homecoming. NU has ruined opponents’ homecomings in back-to-back weeks. First it was the Iowa Hawkeyes, then came the bye week. (We wrote more about this homecoming angle more at this link)

Last week it was the Michigan State Spartans. In both contests, the Northwestern football team came in as heavy underdogs. This week, NU are slight favorites for their very own homecoming game, this one against the Indiana Hoosiers, who are a much better team than you probably think they are.

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Dan Feeney to Continue Indiana Hoosiers Sleeper NFL Draft Pick Tradition


No one ever thinks of Indiana as a football school. Why would you? The gridiron Hoosiers haven’t been relevant for a long time and in Bloomington, IN it’s basketball 12t, 2nd, 3rd, 4th…..24/7/365. However, IUFB is making its presence felt in the NFL Draft in recent years.

Offensive Guard Dan Feeney is set to continue that tradition next April. The tough versatile tactician can play numerous spots along the offensive line and that greatly augments his NFL Draft stock.

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All B1G Teams as Simpsons characters: Michigan Wolverines =Mr. Burns


Today kicks off B1G Media Days and your Michigan Wolverines are now deemed the league favorite. Actually, some sports books have ascribed UM the National Championship favorite. Ok, that’s a bit presumptive! Yes, we know that the media fawns over Jim Harbaugh more than they fawn over any other individual, but I still don’t know how we really got here on that one.

Of course, I also have no idea how a casino magnate with three wives and a disturbing tendency to publicly lust over his own daughter became the Presidential nominee of the political party dominated by the religious right, as 2016 is truly bizarro world.

How did we get here? The last time the Michigan Wolverines were last nationally relevant in 2006 and their most recent title came in 1997.

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Donald Trump Makes Awkward Gene Keady Reference in Stump Speech


Speaking in Cleveland today, Donald Trump covered a litany of topics, first and foremost his much discussed and hyper analyzed Republican National Convention Acceptance speech from last night. Trump then shifted gears to his notorious feud with Texas Senator Ted Cruz before discussing his running mate, Indiana Governor Mike Pence.

The Republican nominee then described why he loves the state of Indiana and this included mentioning a cadre of coaches with elite won-loss records.

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College Football Award Watch Lists: Just Please Stop Already!

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Yesterday kicked off, as the great Elvis Costello sang, “the other side of summer.” That’s because Tuesday July 5th initiated the evil scourge that is College Football Award Watch List Season. These pointless press releases are sent out as breaking “news.”

Not only does the journalist receive the email blasts from the award and college football organization themselves, every single school sends out their own individual email blast themselves. Now you cannot blame the SIDs for this. It’s not their fault and don’t shoot the messenger.

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Bilas Analyzes Yogi Ferrell, Troy Williams’ NBA Draft Stock


It’s Draft Day! Jay Bilas was on a media call yesterday, and here’s what he had to say about where the two former Indiana Hoosiers might end up. Bilas sized up the IU duo of Troy Williams and Yogi Ferrell. He sees Williams going in the late second round and Ferrell not getting drafted at all. For what it’s worth, we do not have Ferrell or Williams in our NBA mock draft.

Transcript via ESPN Media Zone. 

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Mark Cuban Politically Inspired By Donald Trump’s Rise

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Dallas Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban is apparently gearing up for the start of a political career. Cuban went on NBC News “Meet the Press” with Chuck Todd today and talked politics. In getting his name out there, in the political arena, it’s a huge hint that he’s planning to make a move into that field.

Mark Cuban would certainly be a non-traditional kind of candidate, and he says that Donald Trump, with how far he’s come already, has certainly opened the door to such genres of politicians.

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A.J. Hammons a Mid-First Rounder Says Fran Frischilla


The much discussed, and very often scrutinized, Purdue Boilermakers Center A.J. Hammons will finally be drafted into the NBA in a little over a month. A four year guy, this seems like it’s been a very long time coming as there was chatter the last two seasons about whether or not Hammons would or should make an early entry into the professional ranks.

ESPN College Hoops and International Draft expert Fran Fraschilla discussed the 2016 NBA Draft on a media conference call, and he was asked about a handful of prospects from the state of Indiana.

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Chicago Bears Draft 4th Round Running Back: Meet Jordan Howard


The Indiana Hoosiers are obviously a basketball school, not football. However, IU does have a very explosive offense and they’re quite apt at producing NFL talent at the offensive skill positions, especially at running back.

The Chicago Bears selected Indiana running back Jordan Howard in the fifth round (150th overall pick) of the 2016 NFL Draft on Saturday afternoon at the Auditorium Theater of Roosevelt University in Chicago. Along with Tevin Coleman, who was drafted in the third round by the Atlanta Falcons in 2015, this is the first time since 1990-92 (Anthony Thompson, Ernie Thompson and Vaughn Dunbar) Indiana running backs have been taken in consecutive drafts.

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Early 2016-17 Big Ten Basketball Power Rankings


Looking at the very early Big Ten basketball power rankings for next year, MSU is the unquestioned. David Kmiecik, via his top 25 for next season, which you can view here, collaborated with Paul M. Banks on this listing. Dave did the entries for the nationally ranked Big Ten basketball teams, and Banks had to do the teams that aren’t as good. (of course! always!)

Enjoy! We also linked the three early season previews that we already did for three Big Ten basketball teams.

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2016-17 preseason Top 25 college basketball rankings

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Yes, I know the college basketball season is just ending but it is still the perfect time to reveal my insanely early 2016-17 Top 25 college basketball rankings.  There are still a ton of x-factors as guys are deciding on whether or not they are going to enter the NBA Draft, players are transferring, and a few McDonald’s All-Americans have yet to make their college decision so consider these rankings a rough draft and expect an update in a couple of weeks.

Here is a list of which players have already announced they are transferring and where. Here’s a list of underclassman who have declared for the draft.

Leave a comment below if you think a team is too high, too low, not getting enough respect, or otherwise have an issue with something.

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FINAL 2016 NCAA Tournament Bracketology

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Happy Selection Sunday.  Here is a pre-season NCAA Tournament Bracketology.   You will notice on the Bracket Matrix grades that The Sports Bank’s bracketology has been more accurate than ESPN’s Joe Lunardi five of the past six years. [Read more…]