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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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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Draft stock of the 6 Ohio St. Buckeyes participating in the combine


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There are six Ohio St. Buckeyes participating at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. Today was day one, THE Ohio St Buckeyes, along with the Wisconsin Badgers, have the most players from a Big Ten team at this year’s event.

Here’s the Ohio St. Buckeyes competing at the combine, and where they grade out as of now. Obviously, that’s highly subject to change as the Scouting Combine continues. Today was OL, TE, Special Teams, which means two Ohio St. Buckeyes went today.

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OSU’s LaQuinton Ross will not be suspended for fight with Cerina


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LaQuinton Ross is the only guy on this current Ohio State Buckeyes with any true NBA potential. Lenzelle Smith Jr. was on the radar for awhile, but he’s not going to be drafted. Some NBA GM might take Aaron Craft, he’s kind of like what Ben Hansbrough was in 2011. Or he might be a priority free agent.

Amir Williams and Shannon Scott are big time talents, McDonald’s All-Americans, but you won’t hear their names called on draft night either. Tonight Williams got into it with Northwestern back-up big man Nikola Cerina.  LaQuinton Ross was ejected, due to accruing two technicals. He will not be suspended for the fight.

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Illini fall to Aaron Craft’s blue-collar lunch pail scrappy hard work


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The next time you hear Aaron Craft referred to as “blue collar” or “lunch pail” by an announcer, remember that Craft is a pre-med major at Ohio State, and that he graduated valedictorian at Liberty Benton High School in Findlay, Ohio. The Duke Blue Devils Point Guard disguised as an Ohio State college basketball player led his #20 Buckeyes to a (well, for the sake of the image of Big Ten basketball, I’ll leave out the final score) win over the Illini.

In a “grindy, gritty, slugfest” (or “street fight”), the “gamer” that is Aaron Craft led his team to victory through “hard work on both ends.”

However, if you’re someone who doesn’t like Aaron Craft, don’t blame him. He’s the last one at fault for that. Blame the media instead.

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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...]

Ohio State recruiting: #2, no #3, wait #2 best overall class


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The Ohio State recruiting class being unveiled today is the second best in the nation. No, hold on a second, it’s 3rd. Now it changed again, it’s third. However, the Big ten Network, obviously more homerific and positively biased than any other outlet says Ohio State recruiting is 4th in all of college football. BTN also said OSU was fourth best regardless of the signings.

Confused? Welcome to National Signing Day.

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VIDEO: Aaron Craft takes out an Ohio State cheerleader


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Aaron Craft is known for his “hustle.” Or his “grit,” “grittiness,” “scrappiness,” “blue-collar mentality,” being a “lunch pail guy,” “heart and determination,” and “playing the game the right way.” Yes, I just listed a bunch of words almost all college basketball announcers use when they mean to say “white.” Yes, Aaron Craft is Caucasian. Therefore, you will hear Aaron Craft described with all of these Caucasian codewords.

That’s not to say that Aaron Craft doesn’t hustle or play hard. He truly does. It’s just that Aaron Craft is also used to further promote hoops stereotypes. Anyways, Aaron Craft gets a little too grindy and hustles a bit too hard in this clip below

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