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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Top five Illini football coaching candidates


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Beyond Ws and Ls, Q Rating is a severe issue for Illini football. As awful as Tim Beckman’s 10-24 (2-23 versus the Power 5) record is on the field…take a second to think about the program’s non-existent brand awareness.

Nationally, the Fighting illini do not even register. In their biggest stronghold (Chicago), Illini football is way down in the pecking order. The next hire needs to win games first and foremost, but he also needs to win hearts and minds- immediately!

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Tom Izzo puts Michigan State recruiting back where it belongs 


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Tom Izzo has seen his recruiting classes lately ranked a little lower than usual lately. They  haven’t been bad, they’ve just been lower rated than what’s expected in East Lansing. Well, that changed this national signing day as Izzo hauled in a blue chip class.

Here’s how the Big Ten was represented in the recruiting rankings according to 24/7 Sports:  Ohio State #7, Illinois #8 (in depth on this class here), Michigan State #11, Nebraska #23, Wisconsin #30, Penn State #31, Minnesota #36 (in depth on this class here), Northwestern #43 (in depth on this class here) and Indiana #49. Rivals had OSU #8, MSU #12 and the Illini #16 in their top 25.

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Next four Final Four (2017-21) sites revealed


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CBS Sports Network revealed the next four future Final Four sites on their show “Inside College Basketball.”  Scott Barnes, chair of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee, joins host Dana Jacobson, analyst Mateen Cleaves and Gary Parrish.

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Comprehensive 2015 Michigan State basketball season preview


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With the college basketball season tipping off next Friday, this is your Michigan State basketball “starting five,” the five biggest things you need to know/the five most pressing questions.

As it’s the preseason, there are no “knowns.” There are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say there are things that we now know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we do not know we don’t know. Sorry for getting Donald Rumsfeldian on you, here’s your Michigan State basketball starting five.

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Tom Izzo previews the B1G basketball season


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Michigan State’s Tom Izzo and Mark Dantonio were voted the nation’s number 1 coaching combo in a recent poll; up from #7 last year. Yes, in the two college sports that people care about, you can’t find a better one-two punch then H to tha Izzo and MD. However, there was once a time in Spartan lore when both Tom Izzo and Nick Saban were coaching in East Lansing, Michigan.

The overlap period was 1995-1999, and you’d be hard pressed to find a better pair in modern college sports history than Izzo and Saban. The two remain close friends today.

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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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2015 NBA Mock Draft-First Round (10/30/14)


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Here is The Sports Bank’s 2015 NBA Mock Draft where team needs have NOT 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. [Read more…]

2015 NBA Mock Draft-Second Round (10/30/14)


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Here is The Sports Bank’s 2015 NBA Mock Draft where team needs have NOT 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. [Read more…]

Brady Hoke apologizes for “stake” incident at Michigan St


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Michigan Wolverines Coach Brady Hoke acknowledged and apologized for the “stake” incident yesterday. First a little backstory. Some angry Mark Dantonio quotes from his presser yesterday about it:

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VIDEO: Upset Mark Dantonio calls out Michigan program


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Michigan State had just beaten Michigan by the widest margin ever at home. The Spartans scored more on the Wolverines than they every have at Spartan Stadium. Still head coach Mark Dantonio was even more  non-smiling than usual. In his post-game press conference, Dantonio explained why his team scored in the final minute despite holding a 17-point lead and went on a rant about all of the “little brother stuff” that Michigan has been talking recently.

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PHOTO: MSU fans fly airplane banner encouraging Brady Hoke


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Michigan State is 6-1 versus Michigan ever since former Wolverines star tailback Mike Hart made him infamous and over-played “little brother” comments. Today, Hart, one of the greatest rushers in UM history is a running backs coach at Western Michigan while the current Michigan Coach, Brady Hoke, is a proverbial dead man walking.

Hoke finally got a “vote of confidence,” some “support” if you will today.

It came in a snarky sarcastic form.
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