Big Ten Media Days start tomorrow, as the season is now a month and change away. The league actually does it much later than the other power conferences, so if you think this is too early, than you must really think the other leagues are insanely early. Over the weekend, the Big Ten released its preseason poll, and the usual favorite in Columbus, is once again expected to win it all. However, Michigan State is right up there as well.Follow paulmbanks
Michigan State football returned to national prominence in 2013. The Spartans are now back to what they were in the Duffy Daugherty era. Almost. MSU went 13-1, 8-0 in conference and own the Big Ten title and the Rose Bowl. College Football Playoff berth is the next goal for Michigan State football, and it won’t be easy given all the talent that graduated on defense.Follow paulmbanks
Now that the 2014 NBA Draft is in the books, draft nets like myself can look ahead to next year’s class. 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.Follow paulmbanks
It’s down to 16 teams; single game elimination in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Just like in March madness, it’s “survive and advance” time. So I decided to match each country with their corresponding college basketball program. If you’re a college hoops fan, but still need a rooting interest in the World Cup, this will help you pick a team.
I’m still not sure how much Americans have embraced soccer; as of yet. I do know they’ve embraced skipping work to go drink and watch sports during the day.Follow paulmbanks
HAPPY NBA DRAFT DAY!
Here is The Sports Bank’s 2014 NBA Mock Draft where team needs and outstanding trades have been taken into account. The draft order is based on the final standings since the NBA Draft Lottery doesn’t take place until May 20th. 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 FINAL 2014 NBA mock draft. UPDATED: 6:00 PM CSTFollow paulmbanks
Here is the second round of The Sports Bank’s 2014 NBA Mock Draft where team needs and outstanding trades have 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.Follow paulmbanks
Three games into his freshman season, Michigan State freshman shooting guard Gary Harris suffered a shoulder injury that lingered throughout the year and hampered his performance. He still had a very productive season, finishing second on the Spartans in scoring and winning the Big Ten Freshman of the Year award.
A year removed from that injury and back to 100%, Harris is ready for a breakout sophomore campaign and is a huge reason why Sparty made the Elite Eight.Follow paulmbanks
The Michigan State Spartans replaced their all-everything Draymond Green in forward Adreian Payne, who’s looking like a NBA first round pick on Thursday night. Like Green, he’s a big that can do it all inside and out, throw it down, or shoot from the outside.
Another parallel between this year and last is Adreian Payne previously not on NBA scout radar developing some serious NBA draft stock. Draymond Green did the same exact thing last year.Follow paulmbanks
The best teams should get the most coverage; in a perfect sporting world. Almost all the teams on this list do get some coverage. Most of them sell tickets to their games, and have a decent sized fanbase. Only one team, the program in the #1 slot, is a program that nobody cares about. Even though that program is solid and consistent.
The market is saturated- that’s what all these teams have in common. For a whole host of different reasons. Basically, there is really no demand for any more coverage. Current supply is excess. The LA Kings, like the other seven teams on this list, would deserve the coverage they receive, maybe even more (they’re that good)…..if all media outlets were non-profit; serving the public interest only.
We’ll look at why these teams are all great, and the reasons why you just don’t click on stories about them. We’ll explain why
a.) more people should care about these teams and/or
b.) why those that do care, don’t read.Follow paulmbanks
College basketball transfers are becoming a growing trend. Here is a list of players from the marquee conferences who are transferring out of their respective programs after this past season and a list of college basketball transfers who will be eligible to play at their new school for the 2014-15 season. Bookmark this page as we will continue to update the list as the off-season progresses.
UPDATED: 6/3/14Follow paulmbanks
Now that we know which college basketball players have declared for the NBA Draft and top 2014 recruit Myles Turner has made his college decision, it is time to update my insanely early 2014-15 Top 25 college basketball rankings. Here is a list of which players have already announced they are transferring and entering the draft. Leave a comment below if you think a team is too high, too low, not getting enough respect, or if you notice an error in a projected roster. (Click here to see how my 2013-14 way too early preseason college basketball rankings turned out.)
Allow me to present to you my way too early 2014-2015 preseason Top 25 college basketball rankings. (Check out The Sports Bank’s 2015 NCAA Tournament Bracketology.)Follow paulmbanks