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.
Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid, or Jabari Parker. Who will be the first pick in the 2014 NBA Draft? It’s an ongoing debate that will continue up to draft night on June 26th.
Here is The Sports Bank’s 2014 NBA Mock Draft where team needs and outstanding trades have 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. [Read more...]
It’s never too early to start thinking ahead. Here is an early 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 weekly updates.
How can one possibly expect Andrew Wiggins to pretend to be a college student for a year? And why would you want to? Andrew Wiggins apparently has a 10-year, $180 million shoe contract with Adidas.
The Deseret News writes:
This week is the first week in my life that I’ve really paid attention to college sports recruiting. It’s the first week that I focused my site on college basketball recruiting. It’s far from my specialty. It’s just not my thing. And don’t get me started on preps. I don’t pay attention to preps at all. Before the announcements of Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones I said I was sick of all this stuff, and ready for all this silliness to get over with.
Cliff Alexander is rated the #3 prospect in all of college basketball. As the big man from Curie high school in Chicago was telling the world where he was going to take his talents on television, he first picked up an Illini hat and said, “After careful consideration, I have decided to continue my education at the University of… Kansas.”
We’ll just ignore the fact that the school he chose is actually called Kansas University..
…and not University of Kansas. Also, the only school he had left among his final four to pick from that is named “University of…..is University of Illinois!
So clearly this was a calculated tease on the part of Cliff Alexander.
#4 Duke versus #5 Kansas AND #1 Kentucky against #2 Michigan State? In the same venue? No wonder there were approximately 384,571 NBA scouts at the United Center Tuesday night for the Champions Classic. In total there were about thirteen possible 2014 NBA Draft lottery picks playing in the two games. No, seriously.
Here is a breakdown of who stood out and who struggled in Kansas’ victory against Duke, and how that might help or hurt their draft status early in this season. Click here for my analysis of the prospects in the Kentucky/Michigan State game and here’s a look at my very early 2014 NBA Mock Draft.
I knew the Duke Blue Devils would get the prime time slot in the Champions Classic. Even though the better game in the double header is the opening act #1 Kentucky Wildcats match-up with the #2 Michigan State Spartans. (preview of that one here) At the 2010 Elite 8, after the Spartans clinched a trip to the Final Four, I had my picture taken with MSU Motion (the one I run all the time). One of the cheerleaders asked me what time the State game was going to be. I said “we’ll be the opening act, Duke will be the headliner game.” Sure enough i was right. MSU-Butler was the early one with Duke Blue Devils vs West Virginia the headline act.
Here in 2013, Duke vs Kansas has more cachet. Even though the first game is the earliest #1 vs #2 have ever met in a college basketball season and the first time #1 versus #2 have met since 2008.
ESPN College Gameday, the basketball version, is coming to the United Center, home of the Chicago Bulls Tuesday night. It’s in advance of the Champions Classic double-header featuring #1 Kentucky vs #2 Michigan State and #4 Duke vs. #5 Kansas. It’s basically a Final Four “on paper,” if all the seeds held, according to college basketball preseason polls.
Kentucky and Michigan State is the first 1-2 matchup of Associated Press ranked teams since Feb. 23, 2008 (Memphis vs. Tennessee) and it would be the earliest ever meeting between teams ranked in the top 2.
Or it’s like a hoops version of the BCS just five days after the season tips off.
ESPN College Gameday is nowhere near as popular in the hoops form as it is in basketball form. That’s because the football version is probably the best thing that ESPN does overall from an original programming standpoint. The primary reason people watch sports networks is for broadcasts of games, not original programming. And ESPN College Gameday football has been around a lot longer than the basketball version.
Chris Collins returns home this college basketball season to take over a program with literally no NCAA Tournament history. He comes from a program that’s been as rich as any in the nation the past 30 years or so. The Duke Blue Devils are college basketball blue blood; both literally and figuratively. Northwestern is not. Collins takes over a program that is projected to finish anywhere from 9th to 11th in the Big Ten; depending on which hoops expert or pundit you’re talking to. No one really thinks the Wildcats will make a run at the big dance this year, so we’ll likely be spared the “will they or won’t they go dancing?” storyline that was exhausted by local and national media 2009-2012. Since half the local and national sports media are Northwestern graduates, the storyline got way overblown. Everyone loves the Chris Collins hire; they just don’t think there’s enough talent in Evanston right now to make a run. [Read more...]
Welcome to The Sports Bank’s fourth annual college basketball season preview series where we break 111 teams in the 111 days leading up to the opening tip-off of the 2013-2014 season. We will rank the 84 power conference teams (including the new Big East and American Athletic Conferences) and top 27 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order. We’ll break down rosters, transfers, incoming freshmen, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.
How can the Kansas Jayhawks lose all five starters from last season and still be ranked this high? Thanks to the addition of insanely hyped freshman Andrew Wiggins and a loaded recruiting class, Bill Self’s team is in line for their 10th straight Big 12 Championship and are yet again a legit Final Four contender.
Chris Collins takes over a Northwestern team based in Evanston, IL. It’s just a 45 minute drive from the United Center, home of the Chicago Bulls. A week from tonight, it’s also home to the third annual Champions Classic, a college basketball event that makes the college hoops pre-conference much more exciting. It features Duke, the former team of Chris Collins, along with Kansas, Kentucky and Michigan State each season.
However, per NCAA rule, Chris Collins can’t go see his former team, the Duke Blue Devils play live in person. Even though, it’s super-convenient. Well, technically he can see them as Duke is facing Kansas. But if they were facing MSU, NCAA by-laws would prevent him from attending.
So if Chris Collins wants to go see Coach K. and all his old friends from Durham, take on the Jayhawks, he better not be a second early!
His eyes may catch a minute or two of the Spartans game!
Avert your gaze!