Adreian Payne’s NBA career finally begins with Timberwolves


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The best thing that happened to Adreian Payne, NBA career wise, was getting traded away from the Atlanta Hawks and to the Minnesota Timberwolves. He wasn’t going to get much playing time with the Eastern Conference’s first place team; who have now pretty much solidified the #1 seed in the East.

Payne was drafted 15th overall by Atlanta, but never broke into their rotation; hence he was traded to the T’Wolves for a lottery-protected first round pick.

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Tum Tum, Smotherman, Melo and the rest of the B1G “All Name Team”


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Michigan State has a new starting point guard named Lourawls Nairn.  Make that Lourawls “Tum Tum” Nairn Jr. He’s just a freshman right now, and Travis Trice still essentially has the gig for the rest of this season. In time though, Nairn could be special, like a Kalin Lucas or a Keith Appling. Tum Tum was ranked Rivals.com’s #61 overall prospect nationally in the Class of 2014.

We’ve profiled Tum Tum, including an explanation of his name, here. After all, it is his name that is the story in A Block here.

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Tom Izzo calls out the national perception of the Big 10


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“I’m getting a little tired of hearing in the networks about the Big Ten. Our league should be given a little more credit,” Tom Izzo declared in the opening statement of his postgame press conference last night.

His Michigan State Spartans had just emerged victorious at Illinois 60-53 in a game that was described by Illini coach John Groce as “a heavyweight boxing match.”

Groce used a great euphemism for a game that was horribly officiated, low scoring, and also drifted along at a glacial pace.

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Michigan State’s Trae Waynes is this NFL Draft’s top CB


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Michigan State corner Trae Waynes is another member of the “no fly zone,” (the original no fly zone, remember that the Arizona Cardinals took the name from the MSU Spartans, who had it first) will join former Jim Thorpe award winner Darquezze Denard by becoming a first round NFL draft pick.

NFL Network Analyst Mike Mayock, on media conference call this week to preview this week’s NFL Scouting Combine.

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Michigan St’s Lourawls Tum Tum Nairn: next great PG??


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You’ll never find, as long as you search, a name in sports as unique as Lourawls Tum Tum Nairn Jr.

The freshman point guard is indeed a natural man. He’s now officially dropped the Lourawls part of his name, and goes by just Tum Tum Nairn Jr. (at least for basketball purposes) Which means I no longer have to force any more obvious Lou Rawls puns into this.

That’s good because I really didn’t have a clue on how to relate “Lady Love” and theme songs to “Garfield” holiday specials to college basketball.

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Michigan State basketball: filling out a #10 seed profile


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When it comes to Michigan State basketball, only March matters.

Tom Izzo’s program has supplanted Indiana as the brand name traditional power of the Big Ten. Therefore, the Spartans usually carry the flag for the league once the NCAA Tournament starts. In East Lansing, it’s simply when the real season begins.

The second weekend of the NCAA Tournament is just a natural part of the Michigan State basketball schedule.

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Michigan St. and Michigan set for Cold War III in Chicago


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Bitter rivals Michigan State and Michigan met for the first time outdoors on October 6, 2001. Spartan Stadium set a then-world record for the largest crowd at an ice hockey game with 74,544. The 3-3 tie saw the college football stadium filled to 103.4% capacity.

“That’s the one that started it all off,” said Drew Russell, Vice President of Properties for InterSport this week.

InterSport, a 29-year-old sports and entertainment marketing company based in Chicago, is holding the third iteration of the Cold War this weekend.

“Michigan St. Athletic Director Mark Hollis, a lot of people call him a mad scientist, I call him a visionary. He developed that concept and it’s obviously taken off since then,” Russell continued.

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Eight Michigan State football players who will get drafted


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NFL Draft guru Mel Kiper Jr did an ESPN conference call with the nation’s media and the one college program that kept coming up was…Miami? Notre Dame? USC?

Nope.

Someone from the SEC?

No, it was a Big Ten program.

Ohio State? Michigan?

Neither, it was Michigan State football actually. Yes, the Spartans are loaded with prospects; for both the 2015 NFL Draft and 2016 NFL Draft.

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2016 NBA Mock Draft (1/8/15)


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Here is The Sports Bank’s extremely early 2016 NBA Mock Draft.  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 FIRST ROUND OF OUR 2015 NBA MOCK DRAFT.

Be sure to check out our 2015 NFL mock draft as well.

And our 2016 NFL mock draft.

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2015 NBA Mock Draft-First Round (1/6/15)


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Here is The Sports Bank’s 2015 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.

Be sure to check out our 2015 NFL mock draft as well.

And our 2016 NFL mock draft.

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2015 NBA Mock Draft-Second Round (1/6/15)


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Here is the second round of The Sports Bank’s 2015 NBA Mock Draft where team needs and outstanding trades 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…]

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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