Big Ten Basketball: 17 worst losses this Pre-Conference season


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“Our effort was not up to standard tonight which i take very personally,” said Northwestern Coach Chris Collins after losing at home by 13 to a middle tier MAC team.

“I can’t explain it. If I had an answer for it I would tell you guys. We got out-everythinged,” he continued.

“We didn’t give them any resistance to start the game.”

Collins and the Wildcats getting dominated at home by Central Michigan is troubling, but it’s just one of many very bad losses that Big Ten basketball has suffered this non-conference season. Let’s break it down.

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B1G Basketball power rankings: the “we apologize” edition


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There are certain B1G basketball teams that owe an apology right now. Sure, one team nationally ranked in the preseason losing to a low-major that you’ve never heard of is excusable although unexpected. Upsets happen. However, two preseason AP top 25 teams losing to low-majors on two separate occasions? That’s kind of embarrassing. Plus the B1G hasn’t had a whole lot of signature wins to really counter-act those ugly losses.

Hey, at least they won the challenge versus the ACC

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2015 NCAA Tournament Bracketology


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It is tip-off week for the 2014-15 college basketball season.  Here is an extremely early projection of the 2015 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 four of the past five years.

UPDATED: 10/10/14
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Tom Crean: his seven worst media gaffes at Indiana


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These are trying times for everybody in Bloomington, Indiana. Especially so for Tom Crean, Indiana basketball coach (but Crean isn’t going anywhere due to the tremendous size of his buyout and Brad Stevens is not coming any time soon either so discard those rumors). You can understand why Crean isn’t interested in talking to the media right now as IU is a program in crisis.

However, Tom Crean is not interested in speaking to the media even in times good. If actions speak louder than words than Crean truly hates/disrespects/misunderstands the media on a level unparalleled.

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PHOTO: mother of Troy Williams goes on NSFW rant against Hoosiers fans


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These are tumultuous times for the Indiana Hoosiers basketball program. Already predicted to finish in the Big Ten’s second division this season; a host of off-the-court issues flared up this week. IU is now truly a program in crisis. Troy Williams is one of the few bright spots as he’s got real NBA potential (as we’ve chronicled). If the mother of Troy Williams made a NBA mock draft, she’d certainly have her son in the lottery.

At least given the the way she brought up her son’s NBA draft stock on her Instagram account. For what it’s worth, here’s our latest mock draft, and you can see where we have Troy Williams.

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Brad Stevens is NOT replacing Tom Crean anytime soon


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Tom Crean was on the hot seat even before all the off-the-court incidents occurred within Indiana basketball the past few days. Five players on the current Hoosiers roster have been cited for alcohol or drug violations. Four different players in the past nine months alone. It certainly looks, from an outsider’s point of view that Tom Crean does not have any control over his program at all.

These Indiana Hoosiers, with the season ready to tip off in just 11 days, are showcasing the same tumult as the IU program in the final days of Kelvin Sampson- chaos reigned.

Don’t think Tom Crean is going anywhere though. His lucrative contract, with it’s absurdly high buyout clauses, will keep him in Bloomington for a at least a couple years.

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Your 2014 Washington Redskins season preview


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Former Pittsburgh Steelers and Washington Redskins Wide Receiver Antwaan Randle El, the only WR ever to throw a touchdown pass in a Super Bowl actually, gave a speech tonight at an Indiana University booster/alumni event. It was a private event held at Joe’s on Weed Street in Chicago.

At the event, I had an exclusive with Antwaan Randle El, where we talked Washington football team, the name change debate, and previewed the upcoming NFL season for both of Randle El’s former teams.

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Ohio State once again Big Ten favorite, MSU not far behind


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Big Ten Media Days start tomorrow, as the season is now a month and change away.  The league actually does it much later than the other power conferences, so if you think this is too early, than you must really think the other leagues are insanely early. Over the weekend, the Big Ten released its preseason poll, and the usual favorite in Columbus, is once again expected to win it all. However, Michigan State is right up there as well. 

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2015 NBA Mock Draft (6/30/14)


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Now that the 2014 NBA Draft is in the books, draft nets like myself can look ahead to next year’s class.  Here is The Sports Bank’s extremely premature 2015 NBA Mock Draft where team needs and outstanding trades have NOT been taken into account.  Click on the player’s name for an in-depth draft profile.  By the way, The Sports Bank had the most accurate NBA Mock Draft in both 2011 and 2012 along with the second most accurate mock in 2013.

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The World Cup Sweet 16 and their college hoops doppelgangers


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It’s down to 16 teams; single game elimination in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Just like in March madness, it’s “survive and advance” time. So I decided to match each country with their corresponding college basketball program. If you’re a college hoops fan, but still need a rooting interest in the World Cup, this will help you pick a team.

I’m still not sure how much Americans have embraced soccer; as of yet. I do know they’ve embraced skipping work to go drink and watch sports during the day.

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2014 NBA Mock Draft- First Round FINAL


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HAPPY NBA DRAFT DAY!

Here is The Sports Bank’s 2014 NBA Mock Draft where team needs and outstanding trades have been taken into account.  The draft order is based on the final standings since the NBA Draft Lottery doesn’t take place until May 20th.  Click on the player’s name for an in-depth draft profile.  By the way, The Sports Bank had the most accurate NBA Mock Draft in both 2011 and 2012 along with the second most accurate mock in 2013.

So without further ado, here is our FINAL 2014 NBA mock draft.  UPDATED: 6:00 PM CST

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2014 NBA Mock Draft- 2nd round


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Here is the second round of The Sports Bank’s 2014 NBA Mock Draft where team needs and outstanding trades have been taken into account.  By the way, The Sports Bank had the most accurate NBA Mock Draft in both 2011 and 2012 along with the second most accurate mock in 2013.

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