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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GIF: female Golden Gophers fans sending dumbest selfies ever


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Want to take a really attractive woman and make her annoying and blah, in just one easy step?

Make her do “duck lips.” Or “concerned face!”

Or whatever dumb, stupid faces these Minnesota Golden Gophers girls are doing at the game last night. The Big Ten Network cameras caught this gaggle of giggling girls at The Barn taking some selfies, and making us hate the word “selfie” and potentially hate social media too. “Blue steel” the Golden Gophers fans are not. They’re not Hansel, “he’s so hot right now.”

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Big Ten basketball postseason projections 1-6-14


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Note: projections will not include my predictions for the Big Ten basketball tournament, nor any March Madness predictions.

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2013 Big Ten/ACC Challenge Preview and Predictions


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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.

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2013 Maui Invitational Preview and Predictions


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Forget about Thanksgiving, it is college basketball’s Feast Week! The usual headliner of the week is the Maui Invitational which tips off Monday afternoon and features Top 25 teams Syracuse, Gonzaga, and Baylor. It should be a competitive tournament as all seven Division One teams in the field have yet to lose a game this season. Here are my preview and predictions for the 2013 Maui Invitational.

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#19 Wisconsin Badgers vs. #25 Minnesota: brutally honest preview


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If someone told you that the Wisconsin Badgers and Minnesota Gophers would face off with matching 8-2 records and both be ranked in the BCS Standings, you probably would have slapped them and told them to go back to the one of the 10,000 lakes that they may be from.

All joking aside, the #19 Badgers and #25 Gophers are two of the hottest teams in college football right now and the 2013 Battle for Paul Bunyan’s Axe has huge implications on the bowl outlook for the Big Ten.

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Big Ten Basketball Season Preview


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Big Ten basketball season cannot get here fast enough. Especially for someone like me, who covers two college football teams, Northwestern and Illinois who are #10 and #11 in everybody’s conference power rankings. Then again college basketball season is always something that never gets here soon enough for me. I prefer college hoops over college football.

The two times I went on spring break in college I don’t recall anything about the partying I did in Cancun or Key West, but I can tell you the exact score of the 2001 Michigan State versus Penn State Big Ten Tournament game. I don’t remember the names of any of the girls I hooked up with on spring break, whether they were hot or ugly or mediocre. Or even if they were any good in bed. They probably were as refined and classy as the lovely young ladt pictured above I’m sure. But I vividly remember the Maryland vs Duke ACC Quarterfinal game that went into double-overtime.

The point is, even paying hundreds of dollars to go escape the winter chill and enjoy the alcohol and sunshine; I was still more into watching college basketball.

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Ra’Shede Hageman looks like a top 10 NFL Draft Pick


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Ra’Shede Hageman is a hometown product getting it done for the Minnesota Golden Gophers.

The Minneapolis native is leading the Gophers in tackles for losses and looks like a top ten pick in the NFL Draft in May. It’s a toss-up between Ra’Shede Hageman or Michigan OT Taylor Lewan to be the first Big Ten player taken in the draft. They are also the only guys who could be top ten picks.
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Tracy Claeys gets win for Jerry Kill, Gophers


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Tracy Claeys scored his first win as Interim Head Coach of the Minnesota Golden Gophers today in front of an announced attendance of 36,587 at Ryan Field in Evanston.

Tracy Claeys got blown out by the Michigan Wolverines two weeks ago on the road, but had a bye week to prepare for this one. And his Gophers responded by winning 20-17 in a game that was essentially a play-in contest for the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl. Or maybe the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl actually.
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Golden Gophers Donnell Kirkwood returning this week vs NU?


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“You have to be finesse, it’s everything war is, just without a gun and bullets. And I think that’s what I like about it,” Donnell Kirkwood said about the game he plays.

The Minnesota Golden Gophers running back was by far the best interview at Big Ten football Media Day.

He was so good that he was also the second, third and fourth best interview at this college football media day. And perhaps he’ll make his return this Saturday for Minnesota. Kirkwood and the Gophers head to Northwestern for an 11 AM Saturday kickoff. If he plays, it will be Kirkwood’s first Big Ten action this season.

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Marc Trestman “playing ’74 Golden Gophers football” –Dungy


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Marc Trestman has been called many things lately: mad scientist, Willy Wonka, Quarterback Guru, Quarterback Whisperer. Tony Dungy, who was Trestman’s roommate for road games in college described the Chicago Bears ’ new offense: “You’re not seeing Canadian football. What you’re seeing is University of Minnesota 1974 football.”

If Marc Trestman mania hadn’t already started last night…well it’s morning now in Chicago, Marc Trestman mania has officially begun.

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#59 Minnesota Golden Gophers: College Basketball 111 in 111


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Welcome to The Sports Bank’s fourth annual college basketball season preview series where we break 111 teams in the 111 days leading up to the opening tip-off of the 2013-2014 season.  We will rank the 84 power conference teams (including the new Big East and American Athletic Conferences) and top 27 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters, transfers, incoming freshmen, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

Good bye, Tubby Smith.  Hello, Richard Pitino.  The Minnesota Golden Gophers made a needed coaching change this off-season and now enter a new era.  It will take Pitino some time to make his mark on the program though as Minnesota will struggle in the Big Ten this year due to a ton of uncertainty at frontcourt (to be honest, I totally over-ranked them.)

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