2014 Big Ten Tournament Predictions and Preview


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As we head into the 2014 Big Ten Tournament, every coach’s job is safe. That’s the first time I’ve ever been able to say that during the past five years. I’ve been covering the BTT every year since 2010, and “Championship Week” has meant “Pink Slip Week” as one coach has gotten fired during each tournament in every year since 2011.

On top of job security, the 2014 Big Ten Tournament promises to be wild and unpredictable. They league’s results made no sense all season long, so I’m predicting this conference tourney will be the same. Seeding almost doesn’t matter here.

Match-ups are what matters in the 2014 Big Ten Tournament.

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2014 NCAA Tournament Bracketology (3/10/14)


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Selection Sunday is just six days away.  Here is a projection of the 2014 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 three of the past four years.  Be sure to check back at The Sports Bank throughout the college basketball season for daily updates this week.

UPDATED: 3/10/14

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Michigan’s Nik Stauskas: Big 10 MVP, 1st-round pick, CANADIAN ICON


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Nik Stauskas clinched the Big Ten Player of the Year award last as the Michigan Wolverines crushed the Illinois Fighting Illini 84-53. (The award will be officially handed out on Monday) He’s also likely to be a first round pick in the NBA Draft in June, in the high teens/early twenties range. Here’s where we have him slotted in our latest NBA Mock Draft) And he’s a new Canadian basketball icon.

Move over Bill Wennington and Steve Nash, there’s a new premier Canuck hoopster.

The Illini nation, especially the Orange Krush….FELT THE WRATH OF CANADA!!!!

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2014 NBA Mock Draft- First Round (3/5/14)


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Andrew WigginsJoel Embiid, or Jabari Parker.  Who will be the first pick in the 2014 NBA Draft?  It’s an ongoing debate that will continue up to draft night on June 26th.

Here is The Sports Bank’s 2014 NBA Mock Draft where team needs and outstanding trades have 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.

So without further ado, here is our 2014 NBA mock draft.

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2014 NBA Mock Draft- Second Round (3/5/14)


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Here is the second round of The Sports Bank’s 2014 NBA Mock Draft where team needs and outstanding trades have NOT been taken into account with this second round.  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.

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VIDEO: Canadian Nik Stauskas silences “U-S-A” antagonist fans with 3-ball


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Michigan Wolverines guard Nik Stauskas is the overwhelming favorite to win the Big Ten Player of the Year Award. We also have him in the first round of our 2014 NBA Mock Draft.

The Ontario native has been harassed by opposing Big Ten fans with the “U-S-A! U-S-A!” a couple times this season. When the Indiana Hoosiers fans did it to Nik Stauskas earlier this year, it made Olbermann’s top three “worst persons in the sports world.” Why?

Because IU has Colombian born Hanner Mosquera-Perea on their roster. So the Hoosier fans were indirectly saying something offensive about a member of their own team. Tonight, members of the Orange Krush, the Illinois Fighting Illini student section, engaged in the exact same act of stupidity directed at Nik Stauskas.

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NFL teams explore Taylor Lewan’s potential red flag


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Michigan Offensive tackle Taylor Lewan, Greg Robinson and Jake Matthews,: any of the three could be the first OT off the board in the NFL Draft, and the order of the three is in flux. Overall, the triad grade out higher than Lane Johnson, Luke Joeckel and Eric Fisher did last year. Even though all of them went top five. But I’m surprised THIS isn’t affecting Taylor Lewan’s draft stock very much.

People aren’t talking about it. They should.

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Feds investigating Michigan’s handling of Brendan Gibbons rape case


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Former Michigan Wolverines kicker Brendan Gibbons was kicked out of school about a month ago, coincidentally right around the time his college football eligibility expired. You don’t know the name Brendan Gibbons?

Well, neither do many other people. And that’s surprising considering the magnitude of the crime he’s being investigated for and the high profile of Michigan football.

Brendan Gibbons is somehow out of the headlines, despite the fact that the Federal government is investigating how the University handled Gibbons allegedly raping a fellow Michigan athlete.

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2015 NBA Mock Draft (2/6/14)


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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.

Click here for The Sports Bank’s 2014 NBA Mock Draft.

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2014 NBA Mock Draft-Second Round (2/5/14)


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Here is the second round of The Sports Bank’s 2014 NBA Mock Draft where team needs and outstanding trades have NOT been taken into account with this second round.  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.

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2014 NBA Mock Draft-First Round (2/5/14)


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Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid, or Jabari Parker.  Who will be the first pick in the 2014 NBA Draft?  It’s an ongoing debate that will continue up to draft night on June 26th.

Here is The Sports Bank’s 2014 NBA Mock Draft where team needs and outstanding trades have 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. [Read more...]

Michigan football names Nussmeier new Offensive Coordinator


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It took Michigan football a long time to fire Al Borges, but it didn’t take very long for them to name his successor. It was talked about that Borges would be canned back in October, but Michigan football didn’t do the deed until last night. Shortly afterward, reports surfaced of who his successor would be. Michigan football Coach Brady Hoke officially named Doug Nussmeier as Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach.

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