2018 NBA Mock Draft 1-8-18

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Welcome to our 2018 NBA Mock Draft. It’s never too early.

For more on a given prospect, click his name where hyper-linked, and that will take you to an in-depth feature piece on said player. Team needs were not taken into account, and the order was taken from Tankathon, who we linked here. You may not agree with the picks in this 2018 NBA mock draft, and yes, somebody will get left out, but you can air your grievances in the comments section.

Just keep it all above board.

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Michigan State Basketball Rules the B1G, Purdue is Solid, the Rest is Meh


This current Michigan State basketball team is the class of the B1G, and there is a substantial drop-off below the Spartans. The Purdue Boilermakers were able to shake off a couple bad performances in the Bahamas over Thanksgiving weekend, and now they look very solid.

Then, once again, there’s a massive drop-off to the rest of the league. It’s MSU, Purdue and then just a bunch of guys. Some of those guys are better than the others, but there is no squad that is must see other than the Purdue and Michigan State basketball teams.

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#16 Michigan State Football: Holiday Bowl Preview vs #18 Washington State

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There is nothing Michigan State football fans love more than to get one up on Michigan, and right up there, just below that is griping about when the Wolverines undeservedly get one up on them. Hence the HILARIOUS meme below.

Of course, the Holiday Bowl is actually a better game than the Outback, and San Diego is a much, MUCH better city than Tampa Bay.

Not to mention the Spartans got matched with a superior opponent than the Wolverines did as well. Hey, the bowl selection process is a whole lot of things, but a meritocracy has never been one of them.

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Michigan St. Point Guard Cassius Winston is Brilliant Off the Court Too

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Any time you turn a Michigan State basketball game on this year, keep an eye on #5, the Spartans head-band wearing point guard named Cassius Winston. By the time his career in East Lansing is over, he might reside in the rarified air with Magic Johnson and Mateen Cleaves. MSU has an extremely storied tradition at the one- Scott Skiles, Kalin Lucas, Eric Snow, Drew Neitzel, Denzel Valentine (on occasion) to name a few.

Of course, Cleaves and Magic are on another level as they won a national title. Maybe Cassius Winston joins this elite of the elite club this April?

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Tom Izzo Happily Helps Judge Mathis Troll Ohio State (Video)


We’re used to seeing Tom Izzo angry on television. The cameras love to catch the Michigan State basketball coach fuming in the heat of battle moments. We don’t often see him smiling on TV, but he certainly is here, during Thursday’s episode of Judge Mathis. 

On the December 7th edition of the program, Tom Izzo makes a special appearance in the courtroom. Have a watch of the clip below as Mathis reveals that his daughter was a student assistant to Izzo at Michigan State, before going on to law school and becoming a lawyer.

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Jaren Jackson Jr. Gives Michigan State Basketball a Generational Talent

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One-and-done isn’t really a thing that has come to East Lansing yet. Deyonta Davis (2016) is just the second Michigan State basketball player in history to declare for the NBA Draft after just his freshman year in school. Zach Randolph was the first, and that was way back in 2001.

Be sure you keep an eye on Jaren Jackson Jr. He’s that kind of rare talent, much closer to being the finished product for the NBA than most kids who come to East Lansing.

Here’s a fun fact, he’s a almost a full year young for his class in school. He really could be a high school senior right now given his age.

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ESPN Promotion of College Football Playoff Rankings is Very Obnoxious


There are three things to remember every single Tuesday night when ESPN releases the updated College Football Playoff Rankings.

First, this endeavor only merits a tweet and press release, not an entire television show. Maybe you could stretch this out into a two or three minute desk segment, but that’s really pushing it.

Secondly, all the controversies, real as well as the contrived debates created and then amplified by ESPN, will sort themselves out in the end. There’s no real reason to care all that strongly about the rankings until the last week of the season or conference championship weekend.

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#2 Michigan State Basketball: Champions Classic Preview vs #1 Duke


Just a year ago, it was believed by most that Paradise Lost had already come to Michigan State athletics. The Golden Era of MSU sports peaked in 2015 with both Michigan State basketball and Spartans football reaching the final four. For one brief shining moment there was Camelot. Then it crashed the following season with football inexplicably going just 3-9 last season, and hoops registering only a 20-15 mark. 

By Michigan State basketball standards, not reaching the NCAA Tournament’s second weekend/double digit losses is a failure. Well, that’s ancient history in Sparta now, as both program are trending up again. (Yes, Saturday in Columbus totally SUCKED, but hey this year saw State controlling their own destiny for a B1G championship into mid November, which is all you could have asked for after last year’s 3-9)

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Brian Lewerke Breaks Michigan State Passing Records in Loss

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Michigan State quarterback Brian Lewerke made his first ever start in a 54-40 loss to Northwestern last season, a football game that was truly drunk. That 2016 contest wasn’t just drunk, it was a sailor on his first evening of shore leave style inebriated, with 28 points being scored over a five minute stretch in the third quarter.

Tonight was a wild one as well, with Northwestern outlasting #16 Michigan State 39-31 in triple overtime.

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#16 Michigan State Football Game Preview: at Northwestern Wildcats


Simply put, last year’s Northwestern vs Michigan State football game was drunk. It was extremely drunk, like an individual who gets kicked out of Rick’s American Cafe on St. Patrick’s Day. 

NU came up to East Lansing, and ruined homecoming by beating the Spartans 54-40, in a wild game that saw 28 points scored over a five minute stretch in the third quarter. Northwestern had scored just seven points against a FCS foe a month prior, but broke the Spartan Stadium record for opponent points scored.

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Notre Dame Football Game Preview: Week 4 vs Michigan State Spartans

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Time to cue up all the usual 1966 references as Spartan Stadium hosts a Michigan State versus Notre Dame football clash once again. There will be numerous allusions to their legendary meeting that November in East Lansing, which ended in a 10-10 tie. It’s considered one of the greatest and most controversial college football games of all time, as both teams finished the season ranked #1 in several polls.

The Fighting Irish head coach that storied season was Ara Parseghian, who we just last month. MSU was led back then by Duffy Daugherty.

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ESPN College Gameday: How it Went From Transcendent to Unwatchable


To pinpoint what’s so wrong with ESPN College Gameday in 2017, there are a couple different places from which you can start. You can begin with ESPN’s horrible bungling of the Jemele Hill and Robert Lee situations, and go from there. The same principle, that of “let’s try to never hurt anyone’s feelings ever, no matter what the cost, because hurt feelings means upset sponsors” applies across the board.

ESPN should have never apologized for what Jemele Hill said about Donald Trump.

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