Spike Albrecht now Michigan Wolverines’ Alpha Dog


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It’s nearly impossible to see Michigan Guard Spike Albrecht (or hear his name) and not think of his completely-out-of-nowhere, insanely hot shooting stretch in the 2013 National Title game. And then also think of the next day when he made his Twitter pass at insanely hot swimsuit model Kate Upton.

The Game of War pitchwoman, also a big Michigan fan, attended the game.

For or better or worse, Spike Albrecht will always be connected to Kate Upton. However, this season the junior guard is starting to become known for something more than an episode from his freshman year. (which we discussed in an exclusive podcast here)

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Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh to pep talk Michigan


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Too many Harbaughs! It’s Harbaugh to Harbaugh during spring football next month as Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh will be the featured speaker at the University of Michigan Spring Football Clinic.

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Jim Harbaugh pulls a Kelvin Sampson on Northwestern


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No, Jim Harbaugh did not exceed the overages in his cell phone plan. That’s not why we’re comparing Jim Harbaugh to “Mr. Telephone Man” Kelvin Sampson. It turns out Harbaugh poached a recruit away from a Big Ten team in the state of Illinois at the very last second, i.e. “pulling a Kelvin Sampson.”

That really wouldn’t be fair to say though because this type of thing happens all the time. When it comes to college recruiting in Chicago sports, the Gordon/Sampson incident in 2006 is the most infamous. In reality, this is very commonplace.

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Michigan needs Jim Harbaugh halo effect in recruiting now


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(UPDATE: the Jim Harbaugh halo effect kicks in! WR defects from NU to UM at the last minute)

The incoming Michigan football recruiting class is very small (just nine commits), and for the past few months their recruiting situation has been chaos (you might have heard about this program once or twice in the media). The Jim Harbaugh effect needs to kick in right now. According to 24/7 Sports, Michigan is ranked 74th nationally, and dead last in the Big Ten.

24/7 even ranks Western Michigan’s recruiting class higher than Michigan’s class. Rivals ranks Michigan 82nd, behind schools such as Texas-San Antonio, Arkansas State and Middle Tennessee. The Wolverines need the Harbaugh halo to do activate it’s magical powers in this recruiting class.

Starting now.

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Caris LeVert’s season is over, as is Michigan’s


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We know Ann Arbor is a place where basketball season doesn’t typically start until Mid-February. It’s the opposite in places like Champaign and Bloomington; basketball season begins in October there. However, when you look at how talented Caris LeVert is, it’s something that’s worth more attention.

Unfortunately, that’s not going to happen. LeVert, who had surgery on the same foot in May, will have surgery again this week. He suffered a left foot injury versus Northwestern, and he’ll miss the rest of the season.

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Tyrone Wheatley returns to Michigan Football; joins Harbaugh’s staff


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Michigan football certainly won their bowl game this postseason in the hiring of Jim Harbaugh. (You might have heard a thing or two about it given all the excessively soft coverage and incessant promotion of the Harbaugh hire overshadowing the heart of college football bowl season).

This past week, the focus for Michigan football has evolved to the program rounding out the Michigan football coaching staff.

(We just like to say Michigan football, we’re like Brady Hoke in that way)

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Taylor Anderson, girlfriend of Nik Stauskas, doing celeb prom date bit


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(UPDATE: Stauskas trade rumors: Detroit Pistons in play?)

Taylor Anderson, the girlfriend of Sacramento Kings shooting guard Nik Stauskas is the latest participant of the celebrity prom date routine. To be more specific, the social media inspired celebrity prom date. Technically, Stauskas is the celebrity here, as the former Michigan Wolverines shooting guard was last year’s Big Ten Player of the Year, and he was the #8 overall pick in the draft.

However, Taylor Anderson is more famous. Or “internet famous” I guess.

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How long before Jim Harbaugh turns Michigan around?


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Jim Harbaugh or Urban Meyer: which Big Ten coach will become the Alpha Male of the league? Which coach receives more marshmallow soft coverage from the media? Seriously, Big Ten Network, ESPN, everybody out there; they act as publicists, not journalists, when it comes to “covering” both Meyer and Harbaugh.

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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…]

Les Miles on Jim Harbaugh to Michigan: “Go Blue”


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Les Miles is known for doing some crazy things on the football field every now and then. “The Mad Hatter” has also a reputation for making post game press conferences interesting for a change. He often deviates from the boring “coachspeak” script and likes to be funny and compelling during his media availabilities. Those media sessions will remain in Baton Rouge.

He will not be relocating to Ann Arbor, and Michigan introduces Jim Harbaugh as the next UM coach today.

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