2014 NCAA Tournament Bracketology (3/10/14)


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Selection Sunday is just six days away.  Here is a projection of the 2014 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 three of the past four years.  Be sure to check back at The Sports Bank throughout the college basketball season for daily updates this week.

UPDATED: 3/10/14

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Fran McCaffery on Hawkeyes Tourney profile: “I’m not Joe Lunardi”


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Fran McCaffery and his #24 Iowa Hawkeyes are likely in the NCAA Tournament. They will fall out of the polls, deservedly, after losing a Senior Night game in which they were favored by 12. But I still think they’re good to go dancing even if they get knocked out of the first round of the Big Ten Tournament this week.

The Hawkeyes lost in dramatic fashion to an Illinois Fighting Illini team that has been playing very well down the stretch, winning four of their last five. Jon Ekey, or “3Key,” broke their hearts with a last second triple. And in the postgame media session, Fran McCaffery got a NCAA Tourney bubble question.

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2014 NBA Mock Draft- Second Round (3/5/14)


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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 NOT been taken into account with this second round.  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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2015 NBA Mock Draft (2/6/14)


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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.

Click here for The Sports Bank’s 2014 NBA Mock Draft.

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Fran McCaffery tried to get President Obama to play hoops with him


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Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery is having a good time right now. His team plays a fun to watch brand of basketball that’s earned them the #12 spot in the AP poll. They beat the Illini in their building for the first time since 1999 Saturday night. And Fran McCaffery’s work has caught the attention of POTUS.

McCaffery has become friends with Oregon State Coach Craig Robinson — the brother of First Lady Michelle Obama — and was interested in inviting President Barack Obama to play basketball in Iowa in 2012.

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Hawkeyes Roy Devyn Marble has serious NBA potential


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Roy Lane Marble’s son, Roy Devyn Marble, is currently a member of the Iowa HawkeyeS basketball team. Roy Devyn Marble and his father were the first father-son duo in Big Ten history to each score 1,000 points. It also looks like Roy Devyn Marble will be following in his father’s footsteps to the NBA. Let’s just hope for his sake, that he’s better in the league than his dad was.

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President Obama wanted to watch Michigan St-Iowa before SOTU Address


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Before his State of the Union Address on Tuesday night, President Obama wanted to take in some college basketball. To calm down before giving his high profile speech, Barack Obama wanted to watch ESPN, so he could see the Michigan State Spartans take on the Iowa Hawkeyes in a battle of top 15 teams. His staffers shot it down, instead of watching UI vs MSU, they took control of the television and told the most powerful man in the world to watch C-SPAN instead,

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Iowa Hawkeyes winning big with White Collar Basketball


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The #15 Iowa Hawkeyes have the fifth best scoring offense in the nation, and tops in the Big Ten. They’ve scored at least 82 points in every game except four. You might not think of the Iowa Hawkeyes (16-4, 5-2) as a glitz and glamor college basketball program, but they have three Final Fours in their history, and are playing some fun to watch high-scoring basketball today. So what makes the team in Iowa City, Iowa “white collar basketball?”

Well, what makes all those “blue collar” basketball players and “blue collar” basketball teams, as so many idiots in the mainstream media ascribe them, blue collar?

Nothing.

White collar people work just as many 50 and 60 work weeks as blue collar people do. So when you hear someone use the “blue collar” cliche, or “lunch pail,” you know immediately to tune out anything else they say because it’s worthless. So I’m striking back at all these unoriginal commentators by talking “white collar basketball”, and the Iowa Hawkeyes (RPI 21) are the perfect team.

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Big Ten basketball postseason projections 1-6-14


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Note: projections will not include my predictions for the Big Ten basketball tournament, nor any March Madness predictions.

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Johnson-Koulianos to expose Iowa Hawkeyes in book, UI responds


Derrell Johnson-Koulianos is arguably the greatest wide receiver in Iowa Hawkeyes history. He’s first on the UI all-time list in receptions and 2nd in receiving yards. He also once had high NFL Draft potential. Then came all the arrest, and six drug charges. DJK now alleges he was defamed by Iowa Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz and plans to write a book about his experience at the school.

He played with the Iowa Hawkeyes from 2006-2010, and was kicked off the team before bowl game his senior season. Johnson-Koulianos posted some comments Tuesday on Twitter alleging that Ferentz discouraged NFL teams from pursuing him in the 2011 draft.

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2013 Big Ten/ACC Challenge Preview and Predictions


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The two-day Big Ten/ACC Challenge tips off Tuesday evening. With Syracuse, Pitt, and Notre Dame joining the ACC, that conference is trying to stake its claim as the best in the country. Last year, the challenge finished in a 6-6 tie but here are my predictions for the 2013 Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

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Wisconsin guts out a tough 28-9 road win at Iowa


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There was no Chris Borland, no Jared Abbrederis in the second half and no electricity from Melvin Gordon for the Wisconsin Badgers; no problem as the Badgers gut out a 28-9 win over the Hawkeyes at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa.

Wisconsin retains the Heartland Trophy and continues an effort to improve their reputation among the voters in the polls.

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