B1G Basketball power rankings: the “we apologize” edition


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There are certain B1G basketball teams that owe an apology right now. Sure, one team nationally ranked in the preseason losing to a low-major that you’ve never heard of is excusable although unexpected. Upsets happen. However, two preseason AP top 25 teams losing to low-majors on two separate occasions? That’s kind of embarrassing. Plus the B1G hasn’t had a whole lot of signature wins to really counter-act those ugly losses.

Hey, at least they won the challenge versus the ACC

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Cardale Jones came to play football; with authority


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Before this evening, Ohio State QB Cardale Jones was known first and foremost as the guy who infamously tweeted: “we ain’t come to play school, classes are pointless” He was designated the “I don’t play school” guy. After his superlative performance tonight, he’s known as a guy who came to play football.

He didn’t just play football; he dominated. Cardale Jones took way too much undeserved flak for that Tweet. I applaud his honesty. I’m with him on telling it like is  (Maybe not the really poor grammar/spelling part of it).

We should applaud athletes for speaking their mind and articulating how hypocritical the system is; instead of the usual standardized boring boiler plate we receive in interviews nearly all the time.

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OSU DE Joey Bosa: top 3 pick in 2016 NFL Draft?


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On Saturday night in Indianapolis (B1G Championship game preview here), the player with the best pro potential will not be Wisconsin tailback Melvin Gordon (although he will be a top 15, top 20 pick himself, it looks like the Seahawks are very likely to draft Gordon) but Ohio State Defensive End Joey Bosa. He is projected to go higher in his class, as Bosa will be in the 2016 NFL Draft, not the 2015 class like Gordon.

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Ohio St. now turns to Cardale Jones ( the “I don’t play school” guy)


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Ohio State freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett suffered a right ankle fracture in the second half of the Buckeyes’ 42-28 victory over their hated rival Michigan today. He is scheduled to have surgery tomorrow and he’s done for the season.

And the next guy on the depth chart is……..Cardale Jones! The guy who infamously tweeted: “we ain’t come to play school, classes are pointless”

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Buckeyes football players load 500 boxes of food for elderly


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Members of the Ohio State Buckeyes football team helped out at three area facilities that provide for senior citizens, the poor and the under-privileged. Virtually the entire team to help out at the Mid-Ohio Food Bank and LifeCARE Alliance’s two facilities.

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Top five Illini football coaching candidates


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Beyond Ws and Ls, Q Rating is a severe issue for Illini football. As awful as Tim Beckman’s 10-24 (2-23 versus the Power 5) record is on the field…take a second to think about the program’s non-existent brand awareness.

Nationally, the Fighting illini do not even register. In their biggest stronghold (Chicago), Illini football is way down in the pecking order. The next hire needs to win games first and foremost, but he also needs to win hearts and minds- immediately!

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How the Ohio State Buckeyes can make the playoff


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The Big Ten is not good at football. It’s not really a conference that deserves to have team in the inaugural college football playoff, but it could still happen. The Ohio State Buckeyes actually have a path to the playoff, believe it or not. While everyone else in Big Ten country has now switched over to hoops season, playoff possibilites still exist in Columbus.

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2015 NCAA Tournament Bracketology


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It is tip-off week for the 2014-15 college basketball season.  Here is an extremely early projection of the 2015 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 four of the past five years.

UPDATED: 10/10/14
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2016 NBA Mock Draft (10/31/14)


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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.

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2015 NBA Mock Draft-First Round (10/30/14)


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Here is The Sports Bank’s 2015 NBA Mock Draft where team needs 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…]

2015 NBA Mock Draft-Second Round (10/30/14)


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Here is The Sports Bank’s 2015 NBA Mock Draft where team needs 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…]

VIDEO: MSU Spartans mascot dancing in Taylor Swift parody


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It’s a good thing my 11-year-old niece doesn’t read my site. She’s a “Swiftie” and might get upset by seeing how much I’m about to rip the music of Taylor Swift here. On the other hand, she’d probably find this parody of Taylor Swift’s “Shake it Off” as disturbing and bizarre as I do. In the video below, you’ll see several Big Ten mascots “shaking it” and “working it” and lusting after young women.

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