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.
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...]
It’s never too early to start thinking ahead. Here is an early 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 weekly updates.
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.
Michigan Wolverines Offensive Coordinator Al Borges made $650,000 a year. He was the third highest paid coordinator in the nation. Bristol talking head, and icon of Michigan football, Desmond Howard doesn’t think too highly of Al Borges; who’s play-calling was downright atrocious this year.
He’s not the only Wolverines expert who thought Al Borges needed to go. Media who cover the Wolverines regularly believed that Al Borges would be out of a job back in November. They also told me that they think Brady Hoke has job security, but next year that could change. If UM has another disaster season in 2014 like they had in 2013.
Note: projections will not include my predictions for the Big Ten basketball tournament, nor any March Madness predictions.
The 2014 Winter Classic will be a “home game” for the Detroit Red Wings. They’ll take on the Toronto Maple Leafs, the most valuable franchise in all of hockey in an all original six showdown. It will be held at Michigan Stadium, home of UM Wolverines college football.
Like I wrote around the New Year, the Wings are the natural next host for the event, and THE BIG HOUSE would is the best venue for the next event. The Detroit Lions’ home stadium, Ford Field, is a dome and thus ineligible to host the game. Michigan Stadium previously hosted The Big Chill at the Big House vs. Michigan State and it is the current world record holder for attendance (104, 173) at a hockey game. The 2014 Winter Classic on New Year’s Day marks the first time a stadium dedicated solely to college football has hosted the Winter Classic. All five previous events were held at MLB and NFL stadiums.
Michigan Wolverines point guard Trey Burke swept all the college basketball national player of the year awards last year. He led UM to the national title game where they came close, but fell to the Louisville Cardinals. Burke would later become the ninth overall player taken in the NBA Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves before being dealt to the Utah Jazz.
Mitch McGary seems to think Trey Burke was a bit of a ball hog last season.
The two-day Big Ten/ACC Challenge tips off Tuesday evening. With Syracuse, Pitt, and Notre Dame joining the ACC, that conference is trying to stake its claim as the best in the country. Last year, the challenge finished in a 6-6 tie but here are my predictions for the 2013 Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
This week is rivalry week in college football. Which conjures up memories of the Toledo War and the Frostbitten Convention.
This weekend brings awesome games with cool names like “The Iron Bowl” (Alabama-Auburn) and “The Holy War” (BYU-Utah). But only one of these rivalry games can claim an actual war in the history of its geographic region. That’s the Michigan Wolverines vs. the Ohio State Buckeyes, or “The Game,” as it’s called. The Toledo War is one of the many reasons ESPN Classic is running a marathon of past tOSU-UM games today.
(Well maybe two rivalries can claim actual battles: Kansas-Mizzou, given the abolitionist vs. slave state skirmishes known as “Bleeding Kansas,” in the 1850s.
Because I’m a history dork (you may have seen me on “How The States Got Their Shapes” on the History Channel, the “Great Lakes, Big Stakes” episode) who loves things with names like “The War of Jenkins Ear,” “The Era of Good Feelings” and “Merkle’s Boner.”…Let me tell you about the boundary Toledo War, well it was kind of a war, more of a skirmish over the Toledo Strip between Michigan and Ohio, and the “Frostbitten Convention” that ended it.
With Michigan’s recent loss to Iowa, there have been talks about Brady Hoke and others on his staff being on the hot seat. A 7-4 record is not where Michigan was expected to be going into the Ohio State game, but 7-4 is no reason to make any rash decisions.
More people are calling for the head of Al Borges than they are for the scalp of Brady Hoke. But that doesn’t mean Brady Hoke isn’t feeling intense heat right now.
Even though Thanksgiving isn’t until next week, the holiday tournament season is among us. The Puerto Rico Tip-Off starts Thursday and with top 25 caliber teams Michigan, VCU, and Georgetown, it is a competitive field. Here is a preview of the three-day event and my predictions.