2014 NCAA Tournament Bracketology “what ifs”


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Selection Sunday is six days away. For college basketball nuts, you can’t spend more than 18.3 seconds on the internet without looking at someone’s bracketology (speaking of which, check out The Sports Bank’s latest bracketology.) Unless you’re one of the gifted who can think in terms of brackets, regions and at-large bids, the bracketology is only a tool for a snapshot of the current state. Those fancy looking graphics don’t take into consideration the scenarios of an early exit in the conference tournament, a miracle run to the conference tournament championship game, or even the dreaded out of the tournament team stealing the automatic bid.

The Sports Bank’s David Kay and Peter Christian have you covered. Peter is going to pose some poignant “What Ifs” to world renowned bracketologist David who will explain the repercussions of that “what if.”

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


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Andrew WigginsJoel 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.

So without further ado, here is our 2014 NBA mock draft.

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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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Cliff Alexander’s team, ranked #2 nationally, forfeits entire season


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Cliff Alexander has accomplished a lot this season: signing a national letter of intent to the Kansas Jayhawks, a berth in the McDonald’s All-American game, being the best player on the #2 high school basketball team in the nation, earning a top 5 overall recruit ranking, replacing Eric Gordon as the public enemy #1 in Illini basketball nation (well earned with that hat switching “joke” on national signing day), defeating the #1 recruit in the nation, Duke bound Jahlil Okafor and Whitney Young for the Chicago Public League title.

Ok, scratch that last one.

Alexander’s Curie High (Chicago, IL) will be stripped of each and every victory this basketball season.

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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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2014 NBA Mock Draft-Second Round (2/5/14)


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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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2014 NBA Mock Draft-First Round (2/5/14)


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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...]

Andrew Wiggins has potential $200 million shoe deal in place


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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:

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We can all agree that we take recruiting too seriously


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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.

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GIF: Cliff Alexander picks up Illini hat before choosing Kansas


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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.

Not such a nice thing to do consider how much Illinois fans were welcoming him with open arms. Even cheering for him at two Illini home games this year.

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2014 NBA Draft Stock Report: Duke vs. Kansas


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#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.

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