2017 NFL mock draft 5-20-16


A 2017 NFL mock draft? Yes, a 2017 mock. It’s never too early. However, it is still extremely early, thus the order was randomized and team needs were very lightly taken into account here, and in some cases not at all. The Sports Bank is the only independently owned, mom and pop on the internet with a mock draft for the top four American professional sports leagues. Be sure to check out our 2017 NFL mock draft, 2016 NBA mock draft, 2016 MLB mock draft and 2016 NHL mock draft.

Enjoy the 2017 NFL mock draft, some player descriptions were filled in, others will be completed as we go along.

[Read more…]

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.

[Read more…]

Virginia Basketball Preview: Sweet 16 vs Iowa St. Cyclones


The last time Chicago hosted a NCAA Regional Final we were treated to astonished/happy/excited March Madness Bill Murray the Illinois Fighting Illini fan. Over the weekend we saw despondent March Madness Murray, the Xavier fan. Perhaps that meme will put the stale “Crying Jordan” meme out to pasture now.

It’s all come full circle Virginia basketball fans: Bill Murray at March Madness, Chicago hosting an Elite 8 game, a team in blue and orange favored to cut down the nets and head to the Final Four.

[Read more…]

Iowa’s Jarrod Uthoff: B1G Player of the Year Favorite


Jarrod Uthoff, he who boasts numbers that read as such- 18.4 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 1.2 APG, is your favorite in the Big Ten Player of the Year race. The Iowa forward is the front-runner, with Maryland’s Melo Trimble and Indiana’s Yogi Ferrell right up there with him. Michigan State’s Denzel Valentine is a long shot, as the missed time due to injury and the Spartans pedestrian conference record hold him back.

[Read more…]

Iowa Basketball mirroring football team, building #1 seed resume

Iowa Hawkeyes kirk ferentz

Iowa basketball is following the lead of Iowa football this season: winning big, surpassing expectations, and doing it all very much under the radar. Both the football and basketball Hawkeyes have shocked prognosticators everywhere by winning with a certain unexpected Gestalt.

America has slept/is sleeping on both teams too. Nationally, word association with Iowa in 2015-16 has been “caucus” more than “college athletics.” This despite the Iowa caucus actually being much ado about nothing. (Hey, the votes don’t actually count for anything at all, people. The caucus is just media generated drivel)

[Read more…]

Rose Bowl Preview: #5 Iowa football vs #6 Stanford Cardinal


For both this Iowa football team and the Stanford Cardinal, oh what might have been this year. Had the Hawkeyes closed the deal against the Spartans in Indianapolis…Had Stanford scheduled a nobody instead of visiting Northwestern in the opener….Well, what’s done is done.

No playoff for the once 12-0 Hawkeyes, or the Cardinal, Pac-12 in general. You can’t argue with a better consolation prize than this- the Grand Daddy of them all.

[Read more…]

#4 Iowa Football vs #5 Michigan St: “Elite 8” Game Preview


The Big Ten title game this year is a literally a play-in to the college football playoff. Winner is in the top four and headed to the sport’s “champions league.” Since it’s a Final Four in the #CFBPlayoff, this game is a de facto “Elite 8” match-up. So instead of “March Madness” we have “December Delirium.” It’s also a chance for Iowa football to prove all the naysayers wrong.

Anyone who says “Iowa football is the worst 12-0 team ever” will either eat crow or receive validation very late Saturday night.

[Read more…]

Iowa Hawkeyes “most overrated” team in CFB Playoff says Pollack

Iowa Hawkeyes kirk ferentz

With the first college football playoff rankings of 2015 released tonight, it’s even more grist for the Iowa Hawkeyes are overrated” mill. If you want to rage against the Iowa Hawkeyes are #9 machine, then you’ve got plenty of supporters for this argument.

If you haven’t seen the “tell your kids about an undefeated Iowa Hawkeyes football team” PSA parody, then go here to this link. As soon as you’re done reading this. Seriously, it’s HILARIOUS.

[Read more…]

Undefeated Iowa Hawkeyes parodied hilariously in PSA video

iowa HAWKEYES basketball

The Iowa Hawkeyes are quite possibly the quietest and most overlooked undefeated power conference college football team ever. There’s good reason for that as most experts picked them to finish fourth or fifth in an uninspiring Big Ten West division this preseason. Although the Iowa Hawkeyes can’t officially clinch a berth in the Big Ten title game for a few weeks yet, their blowout over Northwestern gave them the inside track toward reaching Indianapolis.

[Read more…]

Iowa Hawkeyes destroy NU; earn inside track to B1G Title game

iowa HAWKEYES basketball

For all intents and purposes, we can now say congratulations to the Iowa Hawkeyes on claiming the Big Ten West Division today. Although the Iowa football team can’t officially clinch a berth in the Big Ten title game for a few weeks yet, today’s blowout over Northwestern gave them the inside track toward reaching Indianapolis.

The Iowa Hawkeyes will not likely again be underdogs or even a “pick’em” (as they were today) again this regular season. By absolutely obliterating the #20 Northwestern Wildcats 40-10 today, the division is now Iowa’s to lose.

[Read more…]

#17 Iowa Football game preview: week 7 at #20 Northwestern


Iowa football is 6-0 for the first time since 2009. That season they started 9-0, and what team was the first to knock them off? That’s right- Northwestern, this week’s opponent. That game marked the first meaningful action that we ever really saw of former Wildcats QB Dan Persa, as the NU QB1 at the time Mike Kafka was knocked out with an injury.

Persa would go on to be a very elite quarterback himself until injuring his achilles in 2010 at home versus….yes, Iowa.

[Read more…]

#22 Iowa Football vs Illinois game preview, prediction

miss iowa aly olson

The Illinois Fighting Illini (4-1, 1-0) will look for their fourth-straight B1G win this Saturday, when they travel to Iowa City to face a 22nd ranked Iowa football (5-0, 1-0) team that is right up there with Northwestern as everybody’s sexy pick to win the Big Ten West. The two preseason division favorites, Nebraska and Wisconsin, are very vulnerable right now.

So if this Iowa Football team doesn’t get caught looking too far ahead to their trip to Northwestern next week, we could have a quasi-Big Ten West championship game in Ryan Field on October 17th.

[Read more…]